Manuka Oil or Honey for Toe Fungus?

Why consider Manuka oil for toenail fungus?
First, let's touch on toe/toenail fungus, quickly defining the problem. Then, we'll define Manuka honey --and touch on the oil, too--and talk about multiple natural approaches to addressing toe fungus.
Toenail fungus refers to a nail infection of fungal nature. These infections affect up to 14% of the general population.
(Source: Gupta AK, Jain HC, Lynde CW, Macdonald P, Cooper EA, Summerbell RC. Prevalence and epidemiology of onychomycosis in patients visiting physicians' offices: a multicenter canadian survey of 15,000 patients. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2000 Aug;43(2 Pt 1):244-8. doi: 10.1067/mjd.2000.104794. PMID: 10906646.)
Toenail fungus can affect anyone but most often affects older adults, especially those with the following:
  • Diabetes
  • Athlete's foot
  • Nail injuries or cracks
  • Poor blood circulation
  • A compromised immune system
To allay discomfort and the risks associated with untreated or improperly treated infections, people seek relief from toenail fungus. Some do this through nature's provisions. One potential go-to from nature is Manuka honey or Manuka oil to address toenail fungus.
Next, let's define Manuka honey. What is it? How does it differ from regular, raw honey?
Unlike regular, raw honey, which can come from various sources, Manuka honey originates only from a plant in Australia and New Zealand.
Manuka honey earns accolades in the natural health world for its purported antibacterial and antioxidant properties that surpass those of raw honey.
Another key difference that's easy to notice is how Manuka honey differs in pricing. It is expensive because it only comes from New Zealand and Australia. The higher cost of Manuka is due to supply and demand: The supply is 'low' compared to that of other honey.
Manuka Oil vs. Manuka Honey:
Manuka honey and Manuka oil must come from the Manuka plant to be authentic; their difference lies in the fact that the honey is yielded by bees that pollinate the Manuka, and the oil is produced from distilling with the plant's leaves and other parts.
How Manuka Honey is Made
Simply put, Manuka honey relies on bees feeding on Manuka flowers. The honey produced is then gathered in New Zealand or Australia. Potency can vary depending on the quality of Manuka the bees fed on.
How do you use Manuka honey or Manuka oil for toenail fungus?
Source a high-quality Manuka honey or oil. Apply a drop onto the infected nail; consider marrying with one of the essential oils and a carrier oil mentioned below. Cover, if needed, and rinse after 10-20 minutes. Repeat as needed and complement with other recommended approaches. Toenail fungus can penetrate and therefore take time and repetition to tackle the issue.
Are there other fast ways to cure toe fungus?
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE: Is hydrogen peroxide good for toenail fungus?
Hydrogen can complement Manuka honey in addressing toenail fungus. Wipe hydrogen peroxide on infected toenails or use it as a foot-soak.
ESSENTIAL OILS: What essential oils kill toenail fungus?
The following essential oils, when used properly with a carrier oil and advised by a trusted healthcare professional, can be of consideration for addressing toenail fungus:
  • Camphor,
  • clove,
  • oregano,
  • menthol,
  • thymol,
  • eucalyptus,
  • among others.
Again, confer with your trusted healthcare professional.
SUNLIGHT: Can sunlight cure toenail fungus?
Sunshine may help mitigate fungi in conjunction with other remedies. It would be counterproductive to walk outside barefoot if you risk further contaminating a fungal toenail, though, get sunlight responsibly under clean conditions, such as by responsibly sun-bathing on a clean area on your porch for small durations, such as 10-20 minutes. As with all the aforementioned, even with trusted Manuka honey, confer with your trusted healthcare professional on how to merge these approaches to tackle toenail fungus.

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