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How To Use Essential Oils for Athletes Foot

Athlete's Foot - Using Essential Oils for Foot Fungus

If you want to use essential oils for athletes foot, tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a top choice to fight fungus. A simple technique is to blend tea tree with a little carrier oil and apply to areas with the fungus.

Always wash your hands well after touching fungus to avoid spreading it to other areas of your body.

If the fungus is well-established under your toenails, tea tree alone may not be enough. Try one of the following stronger blends.

From Advanced Aromatherapy:  

  • 80 drops thyme essential oil, thymol chemotype
  • 40 drops oregano essential oil
  • 40 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil

Blend the oils in a dark bottle. Apply a few drops to fungus two times a day for 14 days. If you don't see visible improvement after 14 days, stop using this blend.

From Hands-On Healing Remedies:

30 drops lavender essential oil
25 drop tea tree
20 drops thyme, linalool chemotype
10 drops sage essential oil
5 drops cinnamon essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
1/2 cup jojoba oil
Blend all oils in a dark bottle. Shake well. Let set in a cool, dry place for 24 hours before using.

To use: Shake. Apply to a few drops to dry feet. Apply to both feet even if only one has fungus. Be sure to massage some of the oil between toes and on toenails. Let your skin absorb the oil for a few minutes before putting on socks or hosiery.

Athlete's Foot Soak

For an athlete's foot soak, add the following essential oils to a basin of comfortably hot water and soak your feet for 15 minutes or longer:

  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary or sage essential oil

Athlete's Foot Powders With Essential Oils

To make a foot powder, use one of the following recipes. Place the ingredients (starting with the dry ones) into a resealable plastic bag. Close the bag and mix well with your fingers (through the outside of the bag). Apply as needed to your feet.

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 25 drops tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops each: clove and peppermint essential oils


  • 1 tablespoon goldenseal root powder
  • 1/4 cup bentonite clay
  • 12 drops each: clove, geranium, and tea tree essential oils


  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 drops each: lavender, patchouli, and tea tree essential oils
  • 1 drop pine essential oil

Sources For Essential Oils For Athletes Foot

Aromatherapy for Dummies

Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Other Tips

Be sure to keep your feet as cool and dry as possible to create an inhospitable environment for fungus.

Consider an overall yeast/fungus eradication program—consult a naturopath or other holistic healthcare practitioner.

Read about other ways to use essential oils for your feet.

I recommend Young Living essential oils.

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