Man knows about 100,000s of various species of fungi and they come in many and varied forms like mushrooms, mildew, yeast, etc. The anti-fungal treatments of tea tree oil have been recognized as early as 1930s. Tea tree oil can be used anywhere in the body to treat fungal infections. There are abundant fungal infections. Our bodies are covered with fungi that feed on dead cells. Though sounds gross, it is perfectly normal to have these fungi on our bodies. The need to treat these fungi becomes essential when they run rampant. There are several types of fungal infection and each one can be cured using a tea tree oil anti-fungal treatment.
Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot)
This is a common fungal infection of the skin that thrives in damp, warm environment. Itching, burning or stinging between the toes, skin dryness on the sides and bottom, cuts, scales, cracks are some of the athlete’s foot symptoms. Tea tree oil is the most common home remedy for athlete’s foot. This oil is antiseptic and has the capability to kill many bacteria and fungi. Application of tea tree oil helps in the improvement of scaling, inflammation, itching and burning.
Tinea Unguim (Nails of hands and feet)
Tea tree oil is a wonder solution that works against a wide variety of ailments. Toenail fungus is a common condition in many parts of the world. By drenching a cotton swab with 2-3 drops of undiluted tea tree oil and wiping the swab beneath the affected nail and all over the nail helps in treating fungal infection of hands and feet.
Tinea Corporis (Ringworm)
Ringworm is an infection that is caused by the common fungus. Tea tree oil can be used to treat ringworm by using a few drops of the oil in a handful of the water and rinsing it thoroughly in the affected area that has been earlier cleaned by soap and water.
Tinea Capitis (Scalp)
Itchy, dry, scaly or oily scalp can be helped with the help of tea tree oil. By adding tea tree oil in shampoo, one can easily combat dry or oily scalp, dandruff as well as an itchy scalp. 10 drops of the oil have to be added to the bottle of 8 ounce shampoo.
Tinea Cruris (Jock Itch)
One has to apply a few drops of the tea tree oil to ½ ounce of grape seed oil and apply the mixture twice daily. Again Jock itch can also be treated by applying undiluted tea tree oil on to the area and then covering the area with cream to reduce the dryness effect of the oil.