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22 February 2011
Lavender makes a lovely visual and aromatic addition to any garden. The beautiful scent of the lavender plant derives from its essential oil and this essential oil is proving to be useful in areas other than your “oil burner”; it may be able to cure infections affecting your nails and skin.
Dermatophytes are fungi that cause infection of the skin, hair and nails. They feed on the keratin within these parts of your body. Unfortunately, when in residence they cause a range of problems including Athlete’s foot, ringworm, and scalp and nail infections.
In recent times there has been an increase in the incidence of fungal diseases especially among people who have weakened immune systems. The problem is that there is also an increasing resistance to standard anti-fungal drugs. That is why alternatives are being sought and lavender essential oil appears to be a winner.
Lavender oil was tested against a range of disease causing fungi and it was found to be effective against a range of dermatophytes as well as the widely problematic Candida, perhaps best known as the cause of thrush.
The researchers showed that lavender works by damaging the cell wall of the fungi. So far it has shown to be effective against a wide range of fungi. The fact that lavender essential oil also has such a delicious aroma means that you can use it with the secure knowledge that not only is your fascinating skin disease being treated, you are smelling all the better for it.