Anti-Fungal Essential Oils

As with any information presented on this page, please use all proper precautions in using these powerful aromatic essences, and consult a medical practitioner when in doubt. We are in no way responsible for misuse of the information presented herein.

Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia)

Most frequently recommended for the treatment of athletes foot, candida, in fact any sort of fungus. Tea tree oil is an effective all round anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal oil. Many authorities recommend using Tea Tree neat (undiluted) but much recent evidence shows that it is actually more effective in a 2% dilution. I personally consider it much too harsh to use undiluted on the skin.

Tea Tree is the usually suggested aromatherapy remedy for Ringworm. If I were trying to treat this fungal infection I’d go with a weak (ie 12 drops/ounce of carrier) dilution of Tea Tree in Jojoba Oil.

Myrrh Essential Oil Commiphora myrrha

Specifically often recommended in a blend to treat “Jock Strap Itch.” I have found it effective blended with tea tree and worked into Bentonite Clay, used as a body powder. Please don’t use Corn Starch in this “do it yourself” dusting powder as it tends to feed the fungus and makes things worse, not better.

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Cedarwood, either Atlas or Virginia.

Wonderful for clearing out musty closets or basements, perhaps blended with Lemongrass, or Lemon Eucalyptus (see below.) For a basement or large area, I would suggest running in a nebulizing diffuser to really fill the atmosphere. For a closet, first wipe the closet down with a blend of the oils in water and allow to dry thoroughly (perhaps running a dehumidifier, if available.)

Tagetes Tagetes glandulifera

Recommended for use with fungi that affect the feet. Tagetes is a strong photosensitizer so really shouldn’t be used on other parts of the body. I’ve found a blend of Tea Tree oil and Tagetes added to a vinegar and water foot bath very effective for athletes foot and for dealing with toenail fungus.

Lavandin Lavandula hybrid var. Super

This is the essential oil that I use to keep the linen closet fresh and sweet smelling. I use one of our little “clay pot” diffusers in the closet.

Lemon Eucalyptus Eucalyptus citriodora

Lemon Eucalyptus, in a nebulizing diffuser is what I used when part of the house was flooded, wet carpets etc., last year. It is a wonderful air cleaner and strong antifungal for use in a large area.

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Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can. One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets. Dee also teaches Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Color/Crystal Therapy at the Alternative Healing Academy

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5 Responses to Anti-Fungal Essential Oils

  1. snakewash October 13, 2009 at 12:56 am #

    Does anyone have info on fungus killing essential oils that could be used for
    oral thrush? I am reluctant to put oils in my mouth without some advice.
    Thank you.

    • Dee October 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

      Put 1 drop of tea tree in about a 1/2 cup of warm water. Swish around at least 30 seconds, spit out – do NOT swallow! It may numb your mouth a little for a bit – I’ve used tea tree this way for gum infections (it’s also a strong antiseptic) and it has worked wonderfully. Because it’s also anti-fungal, it should help the oral thrush as well. :)

  2. Copiaba December 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    I’m glad I found your site. I really love essential oils and it’s always so great to see how other people use them. Do you have any posts where you talk about Copiaba?
    .-= Copiaba┬┤s last blog ..Upset Belly =-.

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