Athlete’s foot and toe nail infections are the common types of fungal infections that affect the foot. Regardless of the type of foot fungal infection, herbs with potent antifungal properties can effectively treat the condition. They work by destroying the dermatophytes and yeasts responsible for the infection.
There is sufficient scientific evidence that support the effectiveness of herbal remedies in treating fungal infections of the foot. Regular application of pastes prepared with herbs or soaking the affected foot in herbal decoctions helps in clearing the infection. In addition to topical use, certain antifungal herbs can be taken internally to enhance the natural ability of the body to fight fungal infections.
Effective Herbs For Treating Foot Fungus
Matricaria recutita, commonly known as German Chamomile, has been used for centuries for treating fungal infections of the skin.
Applying chamomile paste to the affected area or taking a footbath by adding 5 to 10 drops of chamomile essential oil to a tub of water or decoction prepared by boiling 1/4lb of dried flower in water helps to clear the fungal infection. The antifungal property of chamomile is primarily attributed to its bioactive constituents Chamazulene, Umbelliferone, Alpha-Bisabolol and flavonoids.
Senna alata, commonly known as ringworm tree, is rich in antifungal compounds that help in speedy healing of fungal infections of the foot.
The leaves of Senna alata are the key sources of powerful antifungal compounds called anthraquinone aglycones and anthraquinone glycosides that help in destroying and inhibiting growth of dermatophytes responsible for fungal infections of the foot.