Treating Toenail Fungus with Tea Tree Oil [Natural Treatment]

By | April 9, 2018

Treating toenail fungus with Tea Tree oil has been by far the best way to get rid of the condition. It has worked like a charm for me, so it should for you too!

I got to know of this neat trick through my Mom. I mean… who believes the old wife’s tail nowadays right?

Who Am I & What’s My Story?

Hi there! My name is Jessica Hegarty and I am full-time naturopath and part-time hippie. 🙂 I am an Engineer by training and currently works with a Pharmaceutical major. I know what you’re thinking… Whats a naturopath doing at a Pharmaceutical plant right? Haha…

So, I suffered toenail fungus for a good 3.5 years! But now, I am proud to say I am a TOENAIL FUNGUS FREE!

Pretty sure you can already sense my excitement…

Looking back, I am not sure how it even began. But I suspect I contracted it while I was do my pedicure at a nail salon.

I tried everything from medicated foot soak to harsh steroid creams. But none of that work… or even if it did work, the fungus grew persistently once I have stopped the medication.

Here are some of my results using steroid creams… its nasty. Something that I’ll never recommend anyone to use… viewer discretion is advised!

Not until I tried something that my Mom spoke about… Yup… she recommended that I use Tea Tree oil to control my condition.

But of course, there are so many types of Tea Tree oil out there in the market, which is the best right?

If you are interested, you can read my reviews on 3 different type of Tea Tree oil which I have personally tried at the end of this blog post.

What is Toenail Fungus And What Are Their Symptoms

I totally understand, nail fungus growing on your toenails or finger nails, it can be really a difficult thing to deal with. I remember the time when I was too ashamed to wear slippers out. Or if I do wear slippers, I would need to get my toenails painted.

So… nail fungus, is also scientifically known as Onychomycosis. This is a very common problem among many people whose feet is often trapped in warm and moist conditions. As these conditions are favorable for nail fungus to thrive in.

For the unlucky ones like myself, you could potentially contract nail fungus when you’re at the nail salon. If your nail salon don’t have a habit of sterilizing their equipment…

I have also heard that for people who do more water sports like swimming or kayaking, are actually more prone to incubating fungus under your nails… or if you sweat a lot and don’t wash up after your workout, you’ll definitely be more prone to it.

Stages on How Nail Fungus Grow

A nail fungal infection usually begins as a white or yellow spot just beneath the tip of your fingernails or toenail.

Once your nail is being infected with the fungus, it would lead to the de-colorization and thickening of your nails. Now… that will become a very painful problem for you. In extreme cases where the pain is unbearable, this could even affect your ability to use your hands or feet.

Treating Toenail Fungus with Tea Tree Oil

The Tea Tree oil is a yellow color liquid and is extracted from the Melaleuca Alternifolia plant. They are native to Australia but are also found in other parts of the world. Most Tea Tree oil exporters export their oil from Australia because they seem to be the most reliable source and is able to weather all seasons.

For decades, the Tea Tree oil have been extensively used for healing superficial wounds due to their medicinal value ofbeing able to fight against infections and bacteria.

The Tea tree oil not only has antiseptic properties but they also have antibiotic properties that helps with skin infections, burns and other superficial injuries.

From my experience, applying Tea Tree oil on a regular basis can help cure fungal infections on nails. Just by applying Tea Tree oil in a short span of 1 month, you’ll should be able to see a drastic difference. They will improve the overall appearance and health of your nails.

According to a recent report on, it was reported that Tea Tree Essential oil has shown to be as effective as the conventional fungal medication, clotrimazole, in treating nail fungus.

However, as with any self-medication, it is best to check with your doctor before using any Tea Tree oil. The last thing I want for your is an allergic reaction 🙁


As with any treatment, you’ll need some preparations. Here are some steps required to help with the effectiveness of this natural treatment:

  1. Clip and remove as much dead nails as possible using a sterilized nail clipper. Do be extremely careful when clipping your nails so as not to cut your skin as that could lead to further infection.
  2. File down the edges of your clipped nail with a coarse nail filer.
  3. Was your fingernails or toenails thoroughly with water and soap to remove nail dust completely.

Application of Tea Tree Oil on Nails

The Tea Tree oil can be applied directly on your skin or can be diluted using a carrier oil. I don’t usually like to dilute my oils as I am kinda lazy. Haha. But of course, if you’re allergic to Tea Tree oil or are sensitive to it, you might want to consider diluting it.

Things That You’ll Need:

  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Cotton balls
  3. Tooth Brush
  4. Pail for Foot Soak

Steps Involved:

  1. You can start by pouring in a few drops of Tea Tree oil directly onto the affected area of your nails. Alternatively, you can soak a cotton ball in the Tea Tree oil and apply directly onto the affected nails.
  2. Once the oil gets onto the affected nail, gently scrub the nail with a toothbrush. By doing so, the Tea Tree oil will be able to reaches deep into the affected area of the nail.
  3. Let your nail to dry out naturally for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. After which, soak your entire feet in a water solution containing 5-6 drops of tea tree oil in 1 liter of water.

It is important to repeat this process of applying Tea Tree oil onto your nail at least five times a week for 4 consecutive weeks to see noticeable results. Remember, your persistence will eventually pay off!

Tips From My Experience

Being patient has helped me a lot in my battles with toenail fungus. There are times where it can be painful and extremely itchy. But I guess believing that Tea Tree oil will take some time to clear up the fungus helps a lot.

Don’t expect instantaneous results. Once the fungus clear up, it often takes up to an entire year for the toenails to regrow. You can see my progress pictures below, it took me a whole 9 months 🙂


Should the condition of your nail worsen or become painful, you should consult your doctor and see what is another solution for your nail fungus.

How to Prevent Toenail Fungus For The Future?

So now that you are toenail fungus free, what to do next? Simple, learn how you can prevent such nail fungal infection from happening again. Follow these six steps and you’ll be toenail fungus free 🙂

  • Keep Short and Clean Nails: Keep your nails short and clean as it will prevent bacteria from building up under the nails.
  • Use Gloves: While doing household chores such as washing the fishes or clothes, do wear gloves as it can not only prevent you from getting in contact with bacteria but also keeps your hand dry.
  • Wear Ventilating Socks: If you’re like me and sweat frequently when I wear cotton and woolen socks, it might be a good idea to switch it with synthetic socks. These socks don’t allow moisture buildup and allows your feet to “breathe” while wearing them on.
  • Wear Shoes or Slippers in Public Places: It always a good idea not to be barefooted in public places as toenail fungal infection is contagious!

Side Effects of Tea Tree Oil

I guess different people react very differently to the same kind of treatment.But in my experience, I have not had any adverse effect using the Tea Tree oil.

But one of the most common side effect that I hear of it that the Tea Tree oil causes skin irritation. This can be visible to the naked eye, as you’ll see redness on the areas that you have applied the oil or alternatively you should feel the itchiness around the applied area.

So my suggestion is to always do an allergy test on the oil before using it as a treatment. Some people could have allergic reactions to the components in the Tea Tree oil, hence they feel the skin irritation.

My Review on the Best Essential Oil for Toenail Fungus

In the course of my 3.5 years with nail fungal infection, I have tried numerous kind of Tea Tree oil, various concoction and random blends. But I’ve found these 3 to be the best out of all I have used. I’ll talk about every one of them individual, but if you want to have a summary of my review at a glance, you can just scroll down to the comparison table below.

HealingNaturalOils Tea Tree Oil

The first Tea Tree oil that I will be reviewing is from HealingNaturalOils. Based on the quality of the Essential oil and at their price point, I would think that HealingNaturalOils is one of my STAR-BUY. It only cost you $9.95 for a 11ml bottle.

It is a pure Tea Tree oil with no additives and it is harvested from Australia. What I really like about their company is that they provide very prompt service and have a dedicated hotline and customer service. They also have a 90 Days Money-Back guarantee.

After trying for about a week, what I noticed is that it makes the flesh of my toes really soft. Like… it stays soft even after washing away the oil. I also notices that this oil helps with the peeling away of my dead skin. Compared of the other Essential oil, HealingNaturalOil causes the peeling to a little bit too severe and rapid. So I had to cut back the usage to every other day.

Overall, if cost isn’t really an issue, I would go for other brand of Tea Tree oil because I prefer using organic oil. Not that organic oil makes it more effective,but I feel safer using it as I am not a fan of other chemicals and pesticides.

Where Can I Buy Healing Natural Oil Tea Tree Oil ?

The idea is that if farmers spray pesticides on their plants to prevent bugs from eating them, these chemicals will be absorbed by the plant itself. And when we harvest their oil, they get trapped in the oil. So unknowingly, we might be hurting ourselves…

Dharmaceutical Tea Tree Oil

Personally, I am a fan of Dharmaceutical range of Essential oil. However, I find that their Tea Tree oil is a little pricey. Yes… its an organic Essential oil, but that doesn’t really justify charging us $26.87 for a 10ml bottle.

Their additional cost could be due to their strict adherence to their quality and standards.To my knowledge, especially for Tea Tree oil, because that the fact it is so commercialize, a lot companies actually use the 2nd grade of Tea Tree oil to distillate their oil.

What do I mean by that? In layman terms, companies which cut corners often distillate their oil from “waste materials” from the reminiscence of the first stage distillation process of Essential oil which is commonly sold in the market.

So if you are really want something that is very pure and organic, while price not being an issue, you can buy the Dharmaceutical Tea Tree oil.

Personally, I think that their oil has got great quality and the smell of the oil is very “smooth”. It has helped with my toenail fungus but I managed to find a cheaper alternative that has the same effect.

Where Can I Buy Dharmaceutical Tea Tree Oil?

The Tea Tree scent is one of the stronger ones that doesn’t disappear after rinsing and washing it off. So if you are a fan of the scent, you’ll be in for a treat 🙂

Vida Essentials Tea Tree Oil

In my opinion, the better alternative to Dharmaceutical Tea Tree oil would be to use the Vida Essentials Tea Tree oil. It is by far the cheapest you can get for an organic Essential oil.

There are not much visible differences in terms of the effects on the Tea Tree oil on the fungal infection. After switching to Vida Essentials, I still see steady improvements in my condition.

I was itching less, and the nails that were growing our were almost “back to normal”. Not the usual thick and wavy like kind of nails. That is one sign that you’ll experience if your condition is improving.

Unlike Dharmaceutical, Vida Essentials’ Tea Tree oil does not leave an “after scent” when you rinse off the left over Tea Tree oil on your skin. That’s a good thing if you don’t want to smell like Tea Tree oil all the time.

In terms of efficacy of Vida Essentials for treatment of your toenail fungus, I would think that it is as potent as Dharmaceutical’s Tea Tree oil. They are equally potent and they showed improvements even before I finished half of the 2 bottles.

Based on the results above, I actually started using Vida Essentials and Dhamraceutical interchangeably after 2 months of using the HealingNaturalOils. As you can see, the results became more significant when I switched to a organic type of Essential oil.

Where Can I Buy Vida Essential Tea Tree Oil ?

If cost isn’t an issue, I really suggest consider getting an organic Essential oil. You’ll feel more comfortable using it and the results will be a lot more encouraging.

Best Essential Oil for Toenail Fungus At a Glance

 Healing Natural OilsDhramaceutical Vida Essentials
Cost Per 10ml$9.05$26.87$12.50
Guarantee90 Days
Money Back
-30 Days
Money Back
After Scent Strength -3 Hours-
Quality of OilAverageBestGood
Effectiveness Against Fungal InfectionAverageGoodGood


If you feel that budget really isn’t an issue for you, I personally would recommend that you can consider getting Vida Essentials Tea Tree oil. For the price that you are paying for it’s quality, I really think it is a real steal! If you do your math right, just by paying an additional $2 more (per 10ml), you get an organic version of the Tea Tree oil. Isn’t that a good deal?

Shoe-String Budget…

If you are on a shoe-string budget, and you need to save every dollar to make ends meet, I think HealingNaturalOil is good enough. It is functional and isn’t way off in it’s quality… and especially if you compare them with those off the rack at your convenient store, HealingNaturalOil’s Tea Tree oil is definitely much better than those. Those that you get at your convenient store are probably diluted versions or… maybe even sub-grade oil.

As for Dharmaceutical’s Tea Tree Oil…I don’t think it is necessary to get such top quality oil especially with the price at those level. Unless you can afford a luxurious lifestyle…if not, Vida Essential’s Tea Tree oil will do just fine! 🙂

Final Words

As a matter of advice, before treating toenail fungus with Tea Tree oil, always make sure you run an allergy test on yourself with that particular oil. Toenail fungus is a serious and tedious issue and it needs to be dealt with care and patience.

Of course, there are many other effective ways out there which you can use to deal with your toenail fungal infection issue. Tea Tree oil is only one of them!

Meanwhile, I would like to hear your experiences and if you had ever used tea tree oil for toenail fungus,what were your results? I would like to hear from you, please send me an email. 🙂