As a reflexologist, I am often asked how someone can rid his or her athlete’s foot for good. I wish there was a simple, one-step, overnight solution to the problem, but alas, fighting any fungal infection is not that easy.
Fungal infections are tenacious. Often, though they may express externally on the skin’s surface, they are a systemic infection that must be addressed with an internal remedy as well as topical approaches. If after strictly following the approach below (or any other valid essential oil/herbal approach) you may wish to consider addressing the possibility of an internal fungal infection.
An Immediate Solution
A remedy that works for many is a combination of Melaleuca alternifolia (often referred to by its more common name of Ti tree or Tea tree) and aloe vera.
Tea tree is a strong anti-fungal, anti-microbial agent good for athlete’s foot, ringworm and other skin infections. Aloe soothes and calms irritated, itchy skin.
Combine 4 oz. pure aloe vera juice with ½ teaspoon of high quality tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use; spray liberally on the infection twice daily. Allow the feet to dry before donning socks or shoes. Use the spray for at least one month, even if symptoms have disappeared, to ensure that the fungus has been completely eliminated from the tissue.
Take the following steps to prevent reinfection:
- Dry your feet well after bathing, especially between the toes (where fungus usually takes hold).
- Change socks daily – more often if your feet perspire heavily.
- Wear socks that breathe – 100% cotton, or some of the newer microfibers are good choices.
- Alternate your shoes daily so as to give them a chance to air out between wearings.
- Wear flip-flops in public showers and locker rooms – places where fungus thrives.
Be patient and diligent. You will win the fight!