Tips On Treating Nail Fungus With Tea Tree Oil

The medicinal properties of tea tree oil are myriad especially when it comes to treating nail fungus. A person could spend an entire day reading and researching the healing power and properties of this oil. Tea tree oil comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree belonging to the Myrtle family native to New South Wales, Australia. Since medicine has relied on plants, traditionally, it seems only natural that the oil from this tree would have the properties it has. Research shows that this oil is of the highest quality compared to other naturally occurring substances. Rest assured, tea tree oil is what they say it is, a powerful healer in many ways.

The Melaleuca alternifolia tree is a shrub like tree that grows, indigenously, in Australia but has been developed in plantation use for the ease of harvesting the oil and are now grown in many parts of the world. The tea tree oil is harvested by cutting the leaves and select branches, then collected and put through a distillation process in which steam that passes through the leaves, ruptures the tiny oil cells in the leaves. A vapor of moisture and oil is then condensed to form a liquid that is drained into holding tanks. The tea tree oil is lighter than water, and so floats to the top of the tank. The oil is then skimmed off and collected.

Studies have shown that tea tree oil has properties that are not found anywhere else in nature. Other studies have shown tea tree oil to be 5 times stronger than most household cleaners and disinfectants and does not burn or irritate when applied to cuts and bruises. Thus, tea tree oil becomes a must have for the home first aid kit. However, it should be kept in mind that the best results come from a pharmaceutical grade tea tree oil.

Paronychia is an inflammation or infection on the fingernail or toenail and the tissue around it. The most common cause is usually the bacteria staphylococcus, with the fungi Candida albicans as a secondary intruder. These intruders enter through a break in the skin and usually appear as white patches or a lifting or thickening of one edge of the nail plate.

Tea tree oil has been clinically proven as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Since nail fungus is a common problem with many people, tea tree oil is an excellent, natural solution. When treating nail fungus with tea tree oil, the first thing to do is to clean the affected area with anti-bacterial liquid soap. Let the nail soak in one quart of warm water and 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil for 15 minutes, pat dry. Then simply use a dropper and apply the tea tree oil directly to the nail and cover with a loose bandage. Repeat this morning and night until the condition clears. Tougher infections may take several months to clear up. Drinking Melaleuca alternifoila leaf tea would also help fight the fungal infection. But do not take the tea tree oil, itself, internally.

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