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An athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the feet. Often itchy, it can spread to the hands. In dealing with an athlete’s foot, it is important to keep your feet dry and your socks clean, and to go shoeless or to wear sandals as much as possible to air your feet.

What to Do

Tea tree essential oil, with its potent antifungal properties, can be helpful. Sprinkle the essential oil directly on the infected area, and/or soak your feet several times a week in a hot foot-bath with tea tree and chaparral essential oils added to it. In addition, try the following remedies.

Antifungal Salve

This salve was created for the athlete’s foot and works especially well for dry or chapped areas, lesions, and cracks. I have used it successfully for other fungal infections, as well as for mange on animals. If you can’t find organically grown goldenseal, just omit it from this formula.

  • 2 parts black walnut hulls
  • 2 parts chaparral
  • 1 part echinacea
  • 1 part goldenseal (organically cultivated)
  • 1 part myrrh
  • A few drops of cajeput or tea tree essential oil
  • Use the herbs to prepare a salve.
  • Apply twice daily, in the morning and evening. 

Antifungal Powder

This is an effective powder that is also simple to make. If you can’t find an organically grown goldenseal, eliminate it from this recipe.

  • ½ cup white cosmetic-grade clay (or arrowroot powder)
  • 1 tablespoon black walnut hulls
  • 1 tablespoon chaparral powder
  • 1 teaspoon goldenseal (organically cultivated)
  • 1 teaspoon tea tree essential oil
  • Combine the clay, black walnut hulls, chaparral, and goldenseal.
  • Add the tea tree essential oil and mix well.
  • Let dry; store in a shaker bottle.
  • Apply to the feet once or twice daily.

Please note: Black walnut will stain the feet black but only for a few days.


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