Lemongrass is a sweet smelling herb with the fragrance of a citrus plant. It is also known as oil grass. Lemongrass offers many unique health benefits and its use as an essential oil is very popular. This plant exhibits potent antibacterial and anti-fungal characteristics and also helps to tone skin tissue.
In different studies undertaken by experts, lemongrass oil has been proven to possess the chemical ability to fight against both fungal infections and against bacterial diseases. Lemongrass is also often used as a natural, low cost alternative to the commercially available topical ophthalmic anti-fungal.
Cymbopogon citratus is the specific variety of lemongrass that is mostly suggested for use as a medicine for toenail fungus treatment. The leaves of this plant both fresh as well as dried are used for this medicinal purpose. The lemongrass essential oil is extracted from these leaves by steam distillation. This oil is then used in herbal and natural remedies to cure various infectious health conditions such as toenail fungus, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, etc.
For the best results it is strongly recommended to opt for organically grown lemongrass plants that do not contain strains of pesticides and other chemicals. Such chemicals can possibly change and spoil this plant’s health giving properties. Some herbalists even recommend preparing organic lemongrass tea using the leaves and drink multiple cups of this tea regularly as part of the natural toenail fungus treatment plan.
Though the more common way of using lemongrass for toenail fungus cure is by applying its essential oil topically on the affected nails. The chemical citral is present in this herb’s leaves and this substance is primarily responsible for the incredible fungus fighting characteristics of lemongrass.
Lemongrass essential oil shields the nail from coming into unnecessary contact with moisture. Moisture is a vital cause for the fungus growth and when needless exposure to moisture is avoided, the fungi’s growth is interrupted greatly. This oil gives the requisite natural fluid needed to cure the toenail fungus completely. Regular use of the lemongrass essential oil kills the fungus and restores the health of the toenail in a safe and natural manner.
Lemongrass oil’s potency is increased massively when it is used along with other natural, antifungal oils in a synergistic manner as a toenail fungus treatment. So it is often recommended that a proper blend of such herbs be used to get a holistic cure from the fungal infection and increase the anti-fungal force of your treatment.
Before commencing treatment, ensure that the lemongrass oil that you purchase is pure essential oil and are of the highest quality. Only such pure lemongrass oils possess the ability to cure toenail fungal infections. Remember to get carrier oils like organic coconut oil, olive oil or grape seed oil. You can get more than one of these carrier oils, as they are good for your skin. Using carrier oil can reduce the harsh nature of the lemongrass oil.
Blend about 1 ounce of the carrier oil with 10-12 drops of the lemongrass oil. Then wash and dry your toenails properly and also clean your hands thoroughly before applying this oil mixture topically. Apply and massage the oil over the affected toenails gently at least two times per day. Continue this treatment till your toenails get cured completely.