fungal infection of the nails more commonly happens with
toenails but also is seen in fingernails. A typical
infection will start at the tip of the nail as a
yellowish-white spot and if left unattended will spread to
the rest of the nail. The result is usually a thick
nail with split and crumbly end and edges. Fungus
infections are contagious so you may get the infection from
walking barefoot where others may have the problem, from
someone or even yourself if you have athlete’s foot, ring
worm or other fungal infections. Fungus prefers moist
warm place so if your feet are in boots or enclosed shoes.
are moist, and you are in a warm climate it is the ideal
place for the fungus to thrive. The infection is also
more prone to grow in someone who has a compromised immune
system from other ailments or age.
A fungus that invades the nail bed and the underside of
the nail causes the most common form of nail fungal
infection. Another less common form invades the upper
layers of the nail and the least common attacks the proximal
nail fold or the base of the nail where the new nail growth
begins. This latter form is unusual in healthy folks
but may occur when someone is weakened by other health
problems. There is a condition called keratin
granulations that looks similar to a fungal infection but
is, in fact, a reaction to frequent use of nail polish and
nail polish remover.
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dermatophytic onychomycosis, ringworm of the nail, tinea
Distal subungual onychomycosis, White superficial
onychomycosis (WSO), Proximal subungual onychomycosis,
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends: Topical BlendC, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melaleuca, OreganoC
Essential oils based
products: GI Cleansing Formula, Probiotic Defense Formula
Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Lemon, Rosemary
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Different folks have had to use stronger protocols than
others, here is a range of suggestions. In any case the
length of time is weeks, not days, so be patient and
consistent. It is not abnormal for the nail to
turn yellow or black as it heals, do not be concerned.
Replace emery boards and sterilize other manicure/pedicure
Mild - Apply 2 - 3 drops of the oil
topically to the affected nail 2 - 4 times daily.
Continue 2 weeks after it is healed to prevent the infection
from returning. Suggested oils are:
Melaleuca and Oregano*
or combinations of the above oils and rotating them has been
helpful for some
*Note: Oregano is termed a
"hot" oil and can irritate the skin, especially if someone
has sensitive skin. Consider diluting with a carrier oils or
only applying to the nails and avoiding skin contact.
Moderate - For some the fungus infection
is not just on the nails but is an internal candida
infection and is best helped with the above protocol
using the topical application combined with an internal cleanse of the candida.
Use the GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula protocol monthly (or more
often to start with):
1-3 GI Cleansing Formula capsules daily with meals for 10 days
Follow with probiotic Probiotic Defense Formula
This Candida Cleanse from Dr. Hill uses individual oils
and was suggested before the GI Cleansing Formula became available:
5 drops of Lemon
· 5 drops of
3 drops on Oregano (see note above)
Put the oils into a gel cap and take internally twice a
day for 10-14 days, rest two weeks and repeat the
Strong - Some have found that if they
have a persistent candidiasis problem they need to couple
the above protocols with a serious diet eliminating yeast
and acidic foods.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Testimonial - I have had a fungus
problem on my toe for years. I've tried prescription
medicine for over 4 years to try to control it. But now, after
only just over a month using essential oils, the problem seems
to be gone. I used Melaleuca and Oregano directly on the
nail daily for two weeks. I then switched to Frankincense
and Lemon for a week then back to the Melaleuca and Oregano.
After about 6 weeks, the fungus seems to be completely gone.
Bette - A friend is
using Topical Blend and Oregano for her toe fungus but the
nails are going yellow and she is concerned. Will the nails
have to come off for the new nails to be free of fungus?
Rosemary – I remember hearing that the
nail will turn different colors when you use Topical Blend and
do not be concerned.
Pat – Even before Topical Blend I knew
someone using Oregano with a bad toe fungus and his toe nail
turned yellow, but he continued and was able to totally get
rid of his nail fungus without losing the nail. Dr.
Hill mentioned the nail will turn colors while healing.
Janet - My husband and I are using
Melaleuca for his toenail fungus and his toenail is growing
out clear. In a few more weeks and it should be all the way
out. The oils heal from the inside out so while you think
it's working really slow it is actually healing so
completely from the inside out so there is no fungus left
under a scab or down deep. I understand better after
watching different sores heal that they heal differently
than just a Band-Aid and Neosporin. There is so much less
scarring while it is healing from the inside out on
anything! LOVE THE OILS!!
Cookie - My
husband has fungus on one big toe. I have been putting
Melaleuca on it. Any other suggestions?
Megan – Topical Blend.
Tausha - Try Melaleuca internally. Those
funguses are usually deep in the tissue, and the Melaleuca
may be more effective in a capsule.
Pat - Lemongrass will work wonders.
Don't worry when it starts to turn disgusting colors it just
means its working.
Suzy - Lemongrass. He might also
need to do a cleanse since those things are typically from
within the body. Capsules of Oregano would also be
Jeanette - Someone on the forum also
suggested using Topical Blend and occasionally Melaleuca. I
have been using that combination and it is working
Lia – Someone
suggested Lemongrass for toenail fungus, but it turns the
toenails Orange and then black and then when the fungus is
gone the toenails will grow in normally. Can you tell me if
the Topical Blend and the Melaleuca do the same? The friend I
suggested the Lemongrass to didn't want her nails to turn
Jeanette - I use the Topical Blend and
Melaleuca and I haven't found any discoloration but my
husband has. However, we've put up with this toe fungus for
years having previously been prescribed medications. A bit
of discoloration for a short time is a small price to pay!
Mama - My aunt's friend has been using
the Melaleuca topically for over 2 months now for a finger
nail fungus. The fungus doesn't seem to be going away.
Should be be trying something internally? What different
oils could we try topically? How long should this take to
get rid of. How do we take it internally if that is the
Pat - She should be doing a
detoxification using the GI Cleansing Formula and also use Lemongrass
on the fungus, and be prepared for magic!!
Denise - I've found that adding Oregano
to the Melaleuca really makes a difference.
Mama - So use the Oregano topically with
the Melaleuca? I heard we should not use the Oregano over
21 days, so should it take that long to cure?
Denise - In my experience, using Oregano
topically for the 4-6 weeks until the fungus was cleared up
wasn't a problem. I used Oregano/Melaleuca/FCO in a glass
bottle with a sprayer on it so it was easy to apply. Doing
this we saw a difference in her nails (toes in this case) in
under 2 weeks. But she need to continue to use it until the
fungus was completely gone. The reason nail fungus is so
difficult to get rid of is because most medicines work by
affecting the blood, but fungus is in the nail where there
is no blood supply. So, it's perfect for the topical use of
If you still have a concern, you can have them use the
Oregano/Melaleuca for 3-4 weeks, then switch to the
Lemongrass for two weeks, then go back to the
Lisa - Ok I am confused because my
husband had nail fungus from wearing his combat boots while
in the Navy and he was specifically told that you cannot
topically apply anything to get rid of it and that only an
internally taken medicine would get rid of this! Oh and by
the way it takes months for the cleared up nail to cover
the toenail but you should be able to tell if this is
working by the new growth.
Tamalu - Within Western medicine, there
is no topical medicine effective on foot fungus. Just as
there is no truly effective medication for chronic pain. But
because of the unique nature of essential oils, and their
ability to penetrate and do their work within tissue of all
kinds, we find that the answers have truly been with us all
PS. I've seen great results for nail fungus with Oregano
dripped onto the nail several times daily. Depending on the
length of time/thickness of nails/etc, I have seen results
(completely normalized nails) in as little as 2 weeks. No
growing out necessary in most cases. Kind of like watching
villagers flee before a hot lava flow
Lisa –I love the ps part! I will have to
try this; I am tired of the holes his toenails put in my
Jan - Many years ago, I developed a nail
fungus under the nails on both big toes from trekking in wet
boots for several days in Nepal. My doctor refused to give
me a prescription for the internal anti-fungal medication
because of its high toxicity. No argument from me once I was
aware it was so dangerous. So I just ignored the condition
for many years until I learned about and started using
essential oils. Thank goodness for the oils. By that time,
both nails were 3/4 unattached from the nail bed!
Morning and night, I dropped one drop of oil at the free
edge of the nail. I could feel/see some improvement in about
2 weeks. I used a variety of oils - Oregano, Melaleuca,
Lemongrass, Clove, an Protective Blend'ish blend - each for a week or
two and just kept alternating from one to another. Within
about a month, it was obvious that the new nail growth was
attaching until finally they were entirely normal.
At that point there was no sign of the fungus except when
I stopped applying the oils for a few days and a slight itch
would develop. However, applying an oil 3 or 4 times a week
for a while it was finally gone completely.
Moral of this story? Use various oils and stay
persistent. Good idea to put cotton balls laced with oils in
shoes and boots to disinfect them too.
Our thanks to:
One major failure I wanted to pass
on was an attempt to treat my sister's toe
nail fungus. After consulting various
sources, we agreed on the following
Oral, Monthly x 2:
· 1 GI Cleansing Formula capsule daily with meals for 10 days (30 caps total in the
· Follow with probiotic Probiotic Defense Formula 1 capsule three times a day for 5
· Wait 15 days, repeat. Do this 2 times. (repeat 15 day protocol
for 2 months)
· Apply 1 drop of the Oregano/Melaleuca (equal amounts) oil
blend on each affected
nail. Massage into base, sides, and under nail
· Apply the oils morning and evening for 4 weeks.
· Switch to Lemongrass oil for two weeks, then go back to the
· Continue 2 weeks after the nail is healed to prevent
the infection from returning.
The first six weeks went fine (4 weeks of
the Oregano/Melaleuca blend and 2 weeks of
the Lemongrass). Not too long after
resuming the Oregano/Melaleuca, my sister
developed severe contact dermatitis -
started out at the base of one toenail and
blossomed quickly to involve both feet to
the base of all her toes. Her feet swelled,
she could not wear shoes, had to seek
dermatologist help, and lost a week of work.
My sister does say she did not worry if
during the application process the oils got
on her skin - she just sort of wiped it off.
She now wonders if she had been very
careful to just touch the nail with the oils
- using a Q-tip applicator - if the skin
reaction would have occurred. Just thought
I would pass this experience along as a
warning as to what could happen to some
people...I imagine it was the Oregano that
primarily caused the reaction as it seems
the "strongest" oil.
Anne - I've read
lots on using oils with nail fungus....does anyone have any
testimonials on what actually works? What would be the best
oil to use if the fungus is systemic and what topical oil
have people had success with?
Pat - Treat a bad tow fungus internally
and topically. The GI Cleansing Formula internally 3 times a day for a
month. Apply Oregano and/or Lemongrass topically on the
fungus 2-3 times a day. Be aggressive and consistent.
Frank - Hi I’m a homeopath in Guatemala
city, and have a little experience in two essential oils.
The first Melaleuca, put one drop in the night on the nail,
and the next day use one drop of Lavender. The explanation
that I can give is: the Melaleuca is a powerful disinfectant
and will kill nail fungus, Lavender is a tissue regenerator
and this will enhance the regeneration of the nail. I have
used it on many patients.
Anne (1 month later) - I followed this
protocol for 30 days consistently with no change whatsoever.
Do you have any more thoughts or suggestions? Thank you.
Connie - I've been prone to get
serious yeast/fungal infections since I was small--I've had
far too many to count. When I was younger doctors always
treated them with antibiotics and steroid or cortisone
creams. Eventually things deteriorated to the point that
medicine didn't work at all for me. That's how I got
interested in herbs and essential oils, etc. GI Cleansing Formula, Probiotic Defense Formula and essential oils help a lot (Melaleuca, Lemon,
Oregano, Thyme), but still, the thing that helps me the most
is eating a strict yeast-free diet. When I eat acidic foods
I get yeast infections, bladder infections, and funguses, no
matter how many oils I take or use.
Kathy - I have an adult disabled son who
has had a really bad case of nail and toe fungus for a long
time. I decided to get serious and began using Oregano (a
couple of drops mixed with a couple of drops of FCO) in the
morning and Melaleuca at night massaging it into his toes
and nails. Within a week the fungus on his toes had gone. I
am continuing as his nails are in really bad shape. They are
looking so much better and I am hoping that they will grow
out more healthy. I also add in Lavender now and then as I
read it can help with the healing...I have been doing this
for about a month. Hope this helps.
John - Anyone had experience with toe
Pat - My friend used Oregano, be patient if its been
around a long time. Also maybe some Oregano in a capsule
internally. Kristen told me that she used Lemongrass and it
worked extremely well.
Au - Use Oregano. You probably want to
dilute it. You could also do foot baths with hot water,
Epsom salts and Melaleuca. Rotate direct application between
Oregano, Melaleuca, Lemon and Myrrh daily. I bet you'll see
a difference within a couple weeks.
Rob - I would expect Melaleuca and
Oregano essential oils through topical application to be
most effective. These oils penetrate well, which you need to
get to the fungus. A daily foot bath like someone mentioned
would also be good. I would use these oils for a couple
weeks even after it visually looks better.
Editor’s note: Natalie and Pat’s
comments following were before the introduction of GI Cleansing Formula
and Probiotic Defense Formula which they would point as better alternatives
than Dr. Hill’s blend followed with acidophilus.
Natalie - I would look to candida-
basically this fungus is so throughout the body that it is
making an exit here. Dr. Hill talks about fingernail and toe
fungus being one of the key indicators of systemic yeast.
So, he recommends a formula of 1 Oregano, 2 Melaleuca, 3-5
Lemon. I've seen people that eat pretty well test for it for
twice a day for the first week, then once a day for the next
2 weeks. Others that do a lot of sugar or processed foods
I've noticed test for it twice a day for all 21 days. I
would also supplement with a primadophilus or acidophilus,
preferably lactose free, in order to increase the healthy
flora if this has gone on for years.
Pat - At a meeting that I attended with
Dr. Hill he adjusted the candida recipe just a bit. It is 5
drops Lemon, 5 drops Melaleuca and 3 drops Oregano. I do
something a little more aggresive: I 15 ml bottle of Lemon,
1 15 ml bottle of Melaleuca and 2/3 rd bottle of Oregano. I
put these in a 2oz bottle with a dripper lid and use the
dripper lid to put the oils in a size 00 capsule. Its a lot
easier this way and after emptying the bottle see where you
are with your problem.
Also you can put Oregano directly on the nail fungus or