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9. Cloves Are Proven Beneficial for killing skin fungus
antifungal essential oils
Essential oils have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and fungicidal properties. Some can even stimulate new cell growth. These properties work together to form a potent treatment for fungal infections on your skin. These conditions include:
- Ringworm. This is a contagious, itchy skin condition that can be caused by several kinds of fungus. Sometimes ringworm can be found on the scalp.
- Athlete’s foot. This is a type of ringworm that is found on the feet. Athlete’s foot earns its name because it’s common in people who spend a lot of time in damp, warm socks after athletic activity.
- Tinea versicolor. This fungal infection causes small discolored patches to show up on your skin. The fungus can be found on anyone’s skin, and discoloration only happens when the fungus overgrows. Oily skin or hormonal changes can be risk factors for tinea versicolor.
- Toenail fungus. Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus affects up to 20 percent of the population. This type of fungi can be stubborn and hard to get rid of. Toenail fungus causes nails to become yellowed or otherwise discolored, with streaks or spots appearing in the nail.
- Jock itch. This is caused by fungus that can be spread from person to person. The fungus grows in warm areas of your body where sweat collects under your clothes, like your genitals and buttocks.
How to use antifungal essential oils
You can use antifungal essential oils topically to treat overgrowths of fungi on your skin. Choosing a mixture of two or three oils, along with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, gives you the best chance for results.
Don’t apply powerful essential oils directly to your skin without diluting with a carrier oil.
Mix 2 to 3 drops of each oil along with 20 drops of your carrier oil before using something clean and disposable, like a sterile cotton gauze pad, to coat the affected area of your skin.
Make sure that you are only touching the area of your skin that’s affected by the fungus so that you don’t spread the fungus over healthy skin. You may need to apply the oils two to three times per day over a period of several weeks to see results.
Antifungal essential oils can also improve the air quality in your home. Fungi sometimes grow in the air vents of your house and can be spread every time you turn on your air conditioning. By using a vapor diffuser and a few drops of an antifungal essential oil, you can make the air in your home healthier to breathe.
Side effects and risks of antifungal essential oils
Not every kind of essential oil can be used against every kind of fungi. Fungi differ in behavior, sometimes according to their host.
There’s a potential that even after treating fungus with essential oil, symptoms from the fungus will remain. In this case, seek advice from a doctor before complications develop.
There’s also the chance of an allergic reaction. Before using any essential oil as a home remedy on your skin, do a patch test with a small amount of the diluted essential oil on a small part of your skin that isn’t affected by the fungus.
Monitor that part of your skin for at least 24 hours to make sure that you can tolerate using the essential oil topically.
Essential oils are not for ingestion. Cases of essential oil toxicity have been reported when people have consumed essential oils. This holds true when essential oil is diluted with carrier oils — don’t use diluted essential oils internally.
Using essential oils to treat fungal skin infections is a promising home remedy. But it may take several applications, as well as some time, to see if the symptoms of your infection go away.
If you detect that your condition is getting worse, or if you have tried this remedy for over a week without any success, speak to your doctor. There are other treatments available to treat fungal skin infections that can be prescribed to you.
- Clove Oil May prevent ameliorate, or cure C-19 and dreaded Black Fungus Disease
Anti-inflammatory activity of clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) essential oil in human dermal fibroblasts
Abstract by Xuesheng Han and Tory L. Parker
Context: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata Thunb. [Myrtaceae]) essential oil (CEO = clove essential oil) has been shown to possess antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. However, few studies have focused on its topical use.
Objective: We investigated the biological activity of a commercially available CEO in a human skin disease model. (CEO = clove essential oil)
Materials and methods: We evaluated the effect of CEO on 17 protein biomarkers that play critical roles in inflammation and tissue remodeling in a validated human dermal fibroblast system, which was designed to model chronic inflammation and fibrosis. Four concentrations of CEO (0.011, 0.0037, 0.0012, and 0.00041%, v/v) were studied. The effect of 0.011% CEO on genome-wide gene expression was also evaluated.
Results and discussion: CEO at a concentration of 0.011% showed robust antiproliferative effects on human dermal fibroblasts. It significantly inhibited the increased production of several proinflammatory biomarkers such as vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), interferon γ-induced protein 10 (IP-10), interferon-inducible T-cell α chemoattractant (I-TAC), and monokine induced by γ interferon (MIG). CEO also significantly inhibited tissue remodeling protein molecules, namely, collagen-I, collagen-III, macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF), and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 2 (TIMP-2). Furthermore, it significantly modulated global gene expression and altered signaling pathways critical for inflammation, tissue remodeling, and cancer signaling processes. CEO significantly inhibited VCAM-1 and collagen III at both protein and gene expression levels.
Conclusions: This study provides important evidence of Clove Essential Oil-induced anti-inflammatory and tissue remodelling activity in human dermal fibroblasts. This study also supports the anticancer properties of Clove Essential Oil and its major active component eugenol.
I’ll cover this last section as titled below in the next installment, Part 3 It’s a little longer, and includes some good physiology explanations. If you plan on living past age 35, you certainly should read Part 3.
- Clove Oil is traditionally known to be beneficial for sexual performance and good health.
Great Reproductive System Benefits of Cloves For Men & Women
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