Does Oregano Oil Get Rid of Nail Fungus?

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Austrian communities have traditionally used oregano extracts to treat the respiratory tract, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract diseases. This is according to an article published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Additionally, some people use oregano oil to clear toenail fungus. Below is some more information about oregano oil for nail fungus.


What is Oregano Oil?

Oregano oil is extracted from the oregano plant, which is native to the Mediterranean, western and southwestern parts of Eurasia. An article published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture states that oregano oil contains more than 60 different compounds including thymol, carvacrol, caryophyllene, germacrene-D, ?-fenchyl alcohol, p-cymene, and ?-terpinene. Out of these, thymol and carvacrol account for more than 80% of all known oregano oil chemical compounds.

Does It Actually Work for Getting Rid of Nail Fungus?

Toenail fungus affects an estimated 11 million Americans, according to data published by the Pharmacy Journal. In addition, up to 48% of all individuals develop some form of toenail infection by the time they turn 70 years old. Luckily, oregano oil can effectively treat these infections, according to a study done by researchers from the Manav Bharti University’s Department of Pharmaceuticals and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research all based in India.

Another study published in the journal of Phytotherapy Research found that thymol is effective in clearing fungal pathogens, especially those associated with toenail infections. Yet another study published in the Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy journal found that thymol was effective in treating experimentally induced dermatomycoses in rats. The term dermatomycoses is derived from dermatophytes, which are fungi that thrive in a keratin-rich environment according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Lastly, a study done by researchers from the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Milan found that thymol inhibits the viability and formation of candida albicans hyphae. Candida albicans is a type of fungus that is a key factor in the spread and establishment of nail fungus.

There appears to be plenty of scientific evidence to back up the fact that oregano oil can help to prevent and treat toenail fungus.

How to Use Oregano Oil for Toenail Fungus Treatment

At this point, it is worth noting that pure oregano oil can irritate the skin. As such, you should dilute it before applying it on your skin. With that in mind, here are the steps that you should follow when using oregano oil to treat toenail fungus:

Step 1

Add 2 to 3 drops of oregano oil to a teaspoon of olive oil and stir the solution thoroughly.

Step 2

Rub this solution on the affected toenail/s at least twice per day until the fungal infection clears.

Step 3

Since the fungus associated with toenail infections thrives in warm and damp/moist environments, wear open shoes as much as possible to expose your feet to fresh air.

Step 4

You can also use oregano oil to get rid of toenail fungus infections by adding it to your regular footbaths.


Oregano oil contains potent anti-fungal compounds including thymol and carvacrol. As such, oregano oil is suitable for treating toenail fungus. As a safety precaution, you should never apply pure oregano oil onto your skin because it can cause skin irritation. In other words, you should dilute it or add it to your footbaths.

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