Infections of toe nails and finger nails are caused by bacteria and fungi, which feeds off the nail protein called as keratin. These infections can cause even secondary bacterial infections, In diabetic patients , foot and ankle ulcers , blood poisoning and gangrene could be the result of the nail infection. Fungi called deratophytes are the most common cause of nail infection.These infections can be treated topically by applying some essential oils or a mixture of these essential oils to the infected area. Using these oil topically once or twice daily would be advantageous. Natural remedies for Nail Infections.
1. Tea tree oil
Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, one can use tea tree oil for nail infections. Apply diluted tea tree oil on your washed and clean nails. This oil not only treats the infection it also maintains the health of the nails.
2. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has the ability to inhibit the sporulation and show potent effect against fungi responsible for common skin and nail infections. Combination of lavender oil with the herbal extract like Poke root can be really effective in treating nail infections.
3. Oregano oil
Oregano oil which is derived from the leaves of Oregano, is also used for its therapeutic properties. Due to its antimicrobial properties it can help fight off infections. Put few teaspoons of oregano oil in bucket and add 2 jugs of water and soak your feet in it. One can mix oregano oil with coconut oil as well and apply on the skin.
4. Eucalyptus oil
It has mild anti-inflammatory property and when applied topically can inhibit or reverse the spread of infection. This oil also helps to dissipate heat.