Lavender Oil Can Treat Many Skin and Nail Infections

A study appearing in the Journal of Medical Microbiology states that Lavender oil has potent antifungal properties to fight many antifungal-resistant infections. Lavender oil can prove beneficial in combating several common nail and skin infections caused due to fungi. The essential oils from the lavender plants are used widely in perfume, food and cosmetic industries. Lavender oil also has antispasmodic and sedative properties along with being rich in antioxidants and antimicrobials.

Researchers from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, tested distilled lavender oil against many pathological fungi. It was observed that the essential oil can be lethal to many skin-pathogenic strains called dermatophytes. It can also fight against various Candida species.

Dermatophytes are responsible for the hair, skin and nail infections. They use keratin in the tissues to get nutrients. They cause conditions like ringworm, Athletes’ foot etc. Candida might cause thrush in some individuals and some serious infections. Till now very few antifungal drugs are available to treat these conditions. These drugs come with their own side effects. On the other hand, lavender oil is cheap, effective and with minimal side effects.

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