Some people appear to be using Thieves oil for athletes feet, at least judging by what I see shared on social media.
This proprietary blend, sold by Young Living, has been shown to kill bacteria in a lab. Athletes feet is caused by a fungal infection. I’m not aware of any studies specifically looking at Thieves and fungi. They may be out there, but I couldn’t find them.
However, we do know that cinnamon oil has been found to kill fungi that may grow in the respiratory tract. This is one of the oils found in Thieves, which also contains clove, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus oils. Most aromatherapists favor blends when treating specific conditions. That’s because of a belief that the ingredients work in synergy.
Thieves oil is named after the story of four Medieval thieves. These men supposedly lived during a plague. They stole from the sick and dying, without catching the fatal disease. They believed a special aromatic blend kept them healthy.
Even in the absence of studies, in some circles, Thieves is, apparently, being used for athletes feet, an infection that can be stubborn. It’s also contagious. Thieves as a home remedy might work. But all we have to go on are anecdotal reports.
Thieves Oil Foot Rash
Unfortunately, there seems to be little incentive to study natural essential oils, which have been safely used for centuries, long before pharmaceuticals became popular.
Because there’s so little research, I can’t tell you that Thieves oil or any similar blend will cure your athletes feet. But below is information on how this formula is apparently being used.
Thieves Oil for Athletes Feet
Young Living is a multilevel marketing company. It’s oils are sold by independent distributors, some of whom recommend Thieves oil for athletes feet.
If Thieves is being used to treat athletes feet, it should be diluted before using it on the skin. A standard recommended dilution ratio is one or two drops of aromatic oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil. However, check with a professional aromatherapist to see if a more personalized approach can be used.
Please understand I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give medical advice. For me, if I were treating my own athletes feed, I’d dilute a germ-fighting aromatic with organic virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil has known natural antimicrobial compounds. It’s also considered a remedy for athletes feet.
In one study, coconut oil was shown to kill a number of strains of fungi in the lab. The authors concluded that “coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections,” considering the emergence of drug-resistant Candida.
Although some people may tell others to use Thieves straight, because that’s what they do, professional aromatherapists, in general, advise against this. Thieves oil is strong. It’s also potentially possible to become sensitized to an aromatic oil. This would preclude using it in the future. (Thieves oil is so useful that you wouldn’t want this to happen.)
Young Living Thieves oil is probably the most famous of the infection-fighting multi-oil blends on the market. It’s an excellent product. If you don’t know a distributor, you can order it online.
I love to write about the Thieves oil recipe, because I think this or similar formulas should be in everyone’s house. A number of other companies now make similar products. Last year, I stocked up on a competitor germ-busting blend known as Fabulous Frannie Protect. After buying one bottle, I then purchased several others.
When to Seek Medical Advice for Athletes Feet
On its website, the Mayo Clinic recommends seeking medical advice for athletes feet that doesn’t clear up with a home remedy after a few weeks. But you may need to check in with your doctor earlier for intense redness and swelling, or if you have a fever or diabetes.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
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