see also Acne,
Ring worm, Scabies,
cancer, Skin cosmetic
Athlete’s foot, various types of
ringworm, and jock itch are all fungal infections of the
Athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is
caused by a type of fungi called dermatophytes. There
are three types of athlete’s foot. In any of the three
types of athlete’s foot, especially if the fungal infection
causes open sores, an added complication of a simultaneous
bacterial infection may occur. The three type are:
· The most common is the between the toes
(most often the fourth and fifth toes) and is accompanied by
peeling or cracked skin with burning and itching.
Tight shoes and socks with a warm, damp environment enables
· Trichophyton rubrum fungus causes moccasin
type athlete’s foot. In this case it usually begins
with soreness of the feet then the sole of the foot can
become dry, thick, and scaly. In difficult cases the
infection can move to the toenails.
· The least common, known as “jungle rot” is
caused by the fungus Trichophyton mentagrophytes.
Symptoms include a sudden development of liquid filled
blisters commonly on the bottom of the foot but may also be
on the top. Secondary reactions to the fungus can
cause a wave of blisters elsewhere on the body, arm, chest,
sides, or fingers.
Of importance to essential oils users is that in any
athlete’s foot problem the primarily infection is a fungal
infection but in difficult situations it can include a
bacterial infection. Both need to be addressed.
Ringworm. Tinea capitis and tinea
corporis are the medical terms for ringworm of the scalp and
ringworm of the body. Both are fungal infections of
the top layer of the skin and the only thing in common with
a worm is the circular shape. They can begin in a
localized area and spread in a circular fashion even with
the center region healing as the infection spreads outward.
Besides the characteristic red circular rash there may
also be blisters and it is usually accompanied by itching.
Ringworm of the scalp, common among children, can also leave
bald patches on the head. The infection can be spread
from person to person if clothing is shared or contact is
frequent. Dogs can be a carrier as well.
Jock Itch. This is another type of
fungal infection known as tinea cruris. Again a red,
itchy rash forms, sometimes is a ring shape. This is
usually in moist warm areas of the body, hence the name, as
athletes or overweight people will have this rash in the
genital, inner thigh, or buttocks area.
[for search jockitch, ring worm, athlete foot, athlete's
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Topical BlendC, Essential Oil Cellular Complex C, Geranium, LavenderC, MelaleucaC, Protective Blend,
Essential oils based
Commonly mentioned oils for these fungal
infections are Melaleuca, Oregano, Thyme, and the blend ClearSkin to address the infection itself.
Concurrently, applying Lavender soothes and helps relieve
itching. Finally, Geranium is an excellent oil for
skin disorders and healing.
A protocol suggested is to make the following blend and
apply topically. Mixing up a 10 day supply initially
would be wise. The amount typical for one application
· 1 drop Lavender
· 1 drop Melaleuca
· 1 drop Thyme
· Therefore, 30 drops of each blended
together would provide the 10 day protocol.
Apply 2-3 drops of this blend topically on the area of
infection 3 times a day for 10 days. Follow this with
Melaleuca (may be mixed 3:1 with a carrier oil) for 30 days
to assure the fungus does not return.
Some have found success with applying Essential Oil Cellular Complex topically
to area plus taking 2 Essential Oil Cellular Complex caplets 2 times daily.
With athlete's foot persistent re-infection may come from
one’s own shoes. Place a cotton ball with Melaleuca or
Cleansing Blend in each shoe and close them inside a bag overnight.
If you are treating someone else it is a good idea to
cleanse with Melaleuca or Protective Blend after treatment so the
fungal infection is not spread.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
5 Mar 2010
Tamera - Is there
any one out there who has had success with getting rid of
ring worm. This person has had doctor treatments years ago.
One always pops up every few months . He put Oregano on it
for a few weeks and it burned it off. Now two more have
come. Should he try something internal?
Stephanie - My first choice would be
Melaleuca. I know this list is about oils but just as a
note, we used black walnut tincture topically before we were
introduced to oils and it worked within a few days.
John - I would use Geranium, Lavender,
Melaleuca, Peppermint or Myrrh. The following blend
may be useful:
2 drops Lavender, 2 Melaleuca , and 2 Thyme .
Apply 1-2 drops of the blend on the ringworm 3 times a
day for 10 days. Then Melaleuca with a carrier oil daily
until the ringworm is gone.
folks recommend for children
12 May 2009
Teresa - I have to share a story. We
have a 10 year old daughter that had what I figured was a
ringworm type fungal infection. She had oozing spots on her
scalp, arms, hands, legs and groin. The doctor gave us a
prescription with the ominous warning that it may or may not
work, then told us horrible side effects to watch for,
including sever allergic reactions, vomiting, and seizures.
I "accidentally" lost the prescription, and we started
with a blend of Melaleuca and Rosemary applied
neat to every spot 3
times daily or more. We would alternate with Lavender and
Lemon so her body wouldn't grow tired of one blend. After
about 2 days, many of the legions started to crust over and
dry out. Most were gone within a week. There are still a
few hanging around, but not nearly as many as their were,
and we are trying to find an oil or blend that will get rid
of the last of these fungus.
I'm so thankful for the oils and the power it gives us to
take care of our own families.
What Science & Research are saying
Trichophyton mentagrophytes is the technical name for a
common found fungus that is the source of superficial
infections on the skin of humans and some animals. It
commonly infects the skin, hair, and nails being a frequent
causative agent of chronic infection of the feet, nails, and
groin. The common names of such infections are jock
itch and ringworm.
The study only explored exposing this fungus to the
vapors of essential oils and did not explore direct
(topical) application. The essential oils tested in
this research were Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Oregano,
perilla, and tea tree (Melaleuca). The findings were
that they all were effective in killing this fungus.
Oregano was the most effective; Clove and perilla second
most effective; and Geranium, Lavender and Melaleuca third.
Further Oregano, perilla, Melaleuca and Lavender were
effective in 3 hours while Clove and Geranium required
Original report (from SpringerLink):
The vapor activity of Oregano, perilla, tea tree,
Lavender, Clove, and Geranium oils against a Trichophyton
mentagrophytes in a closed box.
Inouye S, Nishiyama Y, Uchida K, Hasumi Y, Yamaguchi H,
Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology, 256
Otsuka, Hachioji, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0395, Japan.
The vapor activity of six essential oils against a
Trichophyton mentagrophytes was examined using a closed box.
The antifungal activity was determined from colony size,
which was correlated with the inoculum size. As judged from
the minimum inhibitory dose and the minimum fungicidal dose
determined after vapor exposure for 24 h, the vapor activity
of the six essential oils was ranked in the following order:
Oregano > Clove, perilla > Geranium, Lavender, tea tree. The
vapors of Oregano, perilla, tea tree, and Lavender oils
killed the mycelia by short exposure, for 3 h, but the
vapors of Clove and Geranium oils were only active after
overnight exposure. The vapor of Oregano and other oils
induced lysis of the mycelia. Morphological examination by
scanning electron microscope (SEM) revealed that the cell
membrane and cell wall were damaged in a dose- and
time-dependent manner by the action of Oregano vapor,
causing rupture and peeling of the cell wall, with small
bulges coming from the cell membrane. The vapor activity
increased after 24 h, but mycelial accumulation of the
active oil constituents was maximized around 15 h, and then
decreased in parallel with the decrease of vapor
concentration. This suggested that the active constituent
accumulated on the fungal cells around 15 h caused
irreversible damage, which eventually led to cellular death.