Someone recently came to me to consult about a mild case of fungus on his foot.
Let’s start by understanding the conditions fungus needs to thrive. Next, we can begin to eliminate or mitigate them.
Fungi eat sugar and thrive in warm moist places (socks and shoes, shower floors, armpits…) and are linked with imbalanced biotics in the gut and in the skin. So instead of just using a replacement therapy approach that is a topical natural treatment, we tried a multi-pronged approach that addresses the stated nature of fungi and aims to creates an unlivable situation for it.
The first recommendation was to stop eating all sugar and man-made yeast, as fungus eats sugars hence the sugar fast starves the fungus from the inside out. The man-made yeast enhances imbalances in the gut. In addition, we sent him an off with a small jar of sauerkraut and instructions to eat a teaspoon daily to get some probiotics in his gut to fight the fungus.
Next, we made two topical treatments, one for daytime and one for the night. The day time treatment is a balm made using two antifungal cold-pressed carrier oils, coconut and black seed oil, and antifungal essential oils: tea tree, lavender, and patchouli. This is to be applied on clean and dry skin before putting on socks and shoes.
The night-time treatment is a probiotic vinegar-based spray with similar antifungal essential oils. This is another way of getting the essential oils on the foot but allowing the foot to be uncovered air it out at night instead of putting oil-based balm again. Airing out the feet again creates conditions that make it difficult for the fungus to thrive.