Athlete’s foot is the general name for a fungal infection that can form among toes and leave your feet dry, itchy, scaly, cracked, and red. Athlete’s foot is very contagious.
Applied topically to the affected areas, tea tree oil works to ravage fungal infections. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of olive oil, and put to the affected area twice a day for two to three weeks or until the infection goes away. You can also combine three parts tea tree oil with one part aloe vera gel for a soothing treatment to massage into your feet. This method should also be put to use two times per day until the athlete’s foot disappears completely.
Lemon is a natural disinfectant with anti-fungal things. To treat athlete’s foot, simply rinse your feet with lemon water two to three times per day. Not only will a lemon water rinse help keep your feet free of fungus and bacteria, as a bonus, it will make them smell superiors well.
A warm cinnamon water immerse is another soothing remedy that will softly scent your feet while fighting off infection. Boil plenty water to allow you to comfortably submerge your feet in a large pot. Add a few whole cinnamon sticks or a couple of bags of cinnamon tea. Let the water cool until it’s pleasant to the touch, and then soak your feet in the cinnamon water for a few minutes every night.
Lavender, too, has a relaxing, fresh smell as well as anti-fungal properties. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a carrier oil, such as almond or walnut, and massage into the affected areas once per day.
Make a paste using three teaspoons of water and one tablespoon of baking soda, stirring until the mixture becomes a thick, spreadable paste. Apply directly to affected areas, and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. You can also put a small amount of baking soda inside your shoes to soak up unwanted moisture and keep odors at bay. If excess perspiration is a problem for you, try sprinkling your feet with talcum powder before putting on your socks.
Calendula is an all-natural ointment that has been used for centuries to treat unwanted skin conditions. It has very strong anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties and is quite affordable. Apply calendula ointment to your feet as directed on the package, being sure to cover the spaces in between your toes.