Be prepared to be totally grossed out by this post, but also impressed at the same time. I have traditionally had really nice feet. No problems, no fungus, etc. But last month I got a pedicure and I was horrified, disgusted, and frankly embarrassed by what was hiding under my perfectly polished feet --a total disaster. It took everything in my will power not to ask for polish when I got a pedicure to just hide what was going on, but I knew about the amazing benefits of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree essential oil) for nail health) and thought it was worth a try.
I gave myself a very easy baseline to work with for this treatment. Commit to applying the oil directly to the nail 2x a day for about two weeks and see what happens. Well, it started to give me great results so I gave it another two weeks. Here we are a month later and the fungus is completely gone. Yes, I had to go all month during the summer without polished nails, but it was well worth the effort. I also went a step further and did an epsom salt bath 1x a week for about 10 minutes to see if I could get any other added benefits.
The hardest part was really remembering to apply Mel A (tea tree) 2x a day, but the trick that I used was pretty easy. I placed it next to my facewash that I use in the morning and am. After I went through my daily routine of face washing I applied the essential oil to my toes and let them dry. There were definitely a few days that I skipped just because I simply forgot, but can't believe how using this essential oil can truly help build nail health. See the results for yourself. I warned you it's totally gross....As I look at feet constantly as a yoga teacher I know women in particular are almost always polished, so I can't be the only one hiding something! The pictures go from start of the four-five weeks to the end.
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