A lab experiment compared the fungicidal (fungus-killing) power of several essential oils. In order from highest to lowest fungicidal activity were oregano, thyme, cinnamon, lemongrass, clove, palmarosa, peppermint, lavender, geranium, and tea tree. Adding salt and heat to the essential oil solution amplified the fungicidal power.
Note: Alternatively, you can put hot-to-tolerance water and salt in the foot basin. Stir in 5 drops of essential oil of oregano. You can use thyme essential oil instead, but only if you select the linalool type. The others are irritating to skin and mucous membranes. Other alternatives include peppermint and lavender oil.
What You Need
- 1 quart (946ml) water
- 2 tablespoons (5g) dried thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons (6g) dried oregano leaves
- 1/4 cup (72g) salt
Preparation And Use
1Boil the water in a saucepan.
2Turn off the heat, add the herbs, cover, and steep for 20 minutes.
3Stir in the salt.
4Reheat over low heat until the water feels warm but not scalding.
5Strain into a basin big enough for your feet.
6Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes until the water is no longer warm.
7Dry your feet, including between your toes, with a clean towel.
8Then put the towel in the laundry to wash (do not reuse without laundering).