Treating Fungal Infections Naturally and Effectively
There is something icky about the thought of a fungus living on you - even the word fungus conjures up a range of uncomfortable images and sensations. Dandruff, white spots on our skin, athletes foot, jock itch... none of them pretty, yet all are relatively common and all can be caused by form of fungi, either of tinea or candida.
They can cause itching, cracking, white spots on our skin, rashes between crevices and other unsightly symptoms, and while none are endangering our health, they are better to be addressed as they can worsen and can also be a sign that perhaps the bodies internal environment isn't in optimum condition, as fungi thrive when the pH of our body is more acid, rather than alkaline.
You can treat these with numerous over-the-counter drugs, creams and shampoos, however often the symptoms return when the over health of the body isn't addressed and this sometimes can take months to do at a deeper level, so having the guidance and support of a Naturopath is very useful to remain persistent!
I also think it is worth noting, Head and Shoulders (one of the highest selling shampoos in the world), and other dandruff/fungal infection shampoos and washes can interrupt and destroy the skins natural bacteria and are often full of very harsh chemicals, often making the problem worse. (plus they also often experiment on animals)!
EXTERNALLY FOR DANDRUFF:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Mix a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week.
LEMON JUICE IN WATER: Just massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat this daily until your dandruff disappears
TEE TREE OIL: Take few drops of tea tree oil and rub a moderate amount of oil into the scalp and hair before going to bed. Leave it like that for the overnight and then wash it off with shampoo in the next morning.
COCONUT OIL: Cover your scalp with coconut oil after you have shampooed your hair. You can either leave it over night each night for a week, or alternatively cover it and leave for 20 minutes and then rinse.
EXTERNALLY FOR FUNGAL SKIN INFECTIONS
SOAKS/WASHES: Bathing (make sure not too hot as this can make symptoms worse) with 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of Epsom salts. This help alkalise the body and increase detoxification.
100ml Aloe gel 100 organic 5-10ml Teatree oil 5-10ml eucalyptus oil Mix in bowl till emulsified to a white cream. Keep in air tight container. Apply twice a day after shower.
Colloidal Silver - spray twice daily onto infected sites.
INTERNALLY FOR ALL FUNGUS INFECTIONS
Look at your diet - include good oils such as coconut, flaxseed and lots of fresh water and vegetables. Avoid; sugar, yeast, gluten, caffeine, alcohol and packaged foods for at least a month. We want to make sure the environment inside your body isn't helping fungus/candid flourish.
Take probiotics daily
Anti-fungal herbs; such as Olive Leaf, Golden Seal, Berberine, Calendula, Pau d' arco, Citrus Seed Extract. These are medicinal treatments and I believe highly increase the chances of successfully treating the infection. It is always best to get one made up specifically for the individual.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Korolex herbal supplements ( this company also does creams but I haven’t tried them)
Emotions - Our skin is also rich in sensory nerve endings and physical manifestations can often be an outer reflection of internal emotional problems, therefore it is also worth doing some gentle and kind personal investigation into our inner environment if we are suffering from fungus infections of the skin.