Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Nail Fungus Treatment

Summer is almost here and for those who suffer from toenail fungus, the thought of wearing open-toe shoes makes them wish winter was back.

The Naturopathic Doctor blog has offered the following advise about how to get rid of nail fungus using easy-to-find and natural ingredients. This blog is written by contributing, reputable naturopathic doctors.

Natural Nail Fungus Treatment: The Beer Soak

The basic premise behind this odd sounding natural toenail fungus treatment is to soften nails with beer, create an acidic environment with vinegar which is beneficial to good bacteria and deadly to fungus and then penetrate nails with specific beneficial bacteria to help kill and prevent further recurrences.

Essential Ingredients:

  • Acidophilus containing a specific strain of 125 billion organisms.
  • Guiness Stout beer or any other dark beer (Guiness is the one proven to work).
  • White Vinegar
  • Basin big enough for your feet or hands
  • Time
  • Persistence and Consistency
  • Natural Toenail Fungus Treatment Procedure:

  • In tub, pour 1 liter of room temperature beer into a basin
  • Add 1/2 a sachet which is 60 billion acidophilus and other probiotics.
  • Add 1 liter of White Vingear
  • Soak clean feet in the solution for 30 minutes before bed or when best for you.
  • On removing your feet or fingernails from the basin, file the nails down with a pumice stone or file
  • After each 3rd day, toss out the entire solution mixture and remake using the formula: 1 liter of white vinegar, 1 liter of dark beer and the remaining half of one sachet. This keeps the solution’s ingredients in active live form. If too old, it will not work.
  • Repeat for 30 days every day. Do not skip a day for best results.
  • Do twice a day for faster results
  • What to look for:
    As fungus gets killed by this natural toenail fungus treatment, you will notice new nail growth from the nail base coming in clear. This is a good sign. Some people see clearing at the base within one week and some people see clearing at the base in one month. It all depends on how fast your nails grow and how often you soak them.

    It will take about 3 to 6 months for infected nails to completely grow out. As long as you keep seeing the nail base come in clean and grow out cleanly, you are on the right track. If it is not growing in cleanly, keep soaking the nails.

    Make sure you do this toenail fungus treatment daily. Make it a routine. Watch some TV, read a book or wash the dishes for 30 minutes. Do not skip a day. If you do, it may take a bit longer than a month but keep at it.

    If you know your nails grow slowly, then consider MSM or Silicea 6x cell salts as they have shown to increase nail growth.

    This anti-fungal protocol is an excellent way to help prevent liver damage via Lamisil.

    If the formula is not strong enough, play with it. Perhaps add some more of the acidophilus to the mix or more vinegar or more beer. Play with the concentrations if necessary.

    ... if you take the acidophilus sachets internally, you are treating a cause of the fungus – not just treating the nails....

    ...If you’re debating whether or not to do this soak, don’t. If you are wondering if it works – it does.

    Give it a shot – it is safe, effective, inexpensive. Yes it takes some work, but popping a liver toxic Lamisil pill for 3 months daily also takes work – especially repairing the damaged liver. You only get one liver.

    The Acidophilus and White Vinegar and the Guiness are the proven ingredients.

    People have tried other strains of acidophilus from their health store without result. You may try them to see if they work for you but from I have seen, they do not work well.

    One factor is that the sachets contain a variety of acidophilus, not just one form and they also contain a specific strain of those types. Why that matters I cannot say but it seems to as those who used a different product did not have success.

    Another reason why other bacteria fail to work was found out by my Immunology professor, Dr Sheryl Berman, PhD. She did a study on about 35 different acidophilus companies and found that only one had the actual amount of live bacteria it claimed in the container – some of the companies stated 1 billion live bacteria per capsule and contained…none. The Acidophilus that I suggest claim 125 billion per sachet and at manufacturing have 170 billion.

    Choosing a different dark beer that is less expensive may hinder your success. I have not had reports of other effective dark beers so I am not sure. You can give it a shot but you are only saving a few bucks while investing 30 days of soaking. That is pennies per day extra. Worth the risk? If you have time, it would be good to know if the others worked…if they do, let me know...

    ...Enjoy healthy nails once again! It’s summer – put on those sandals!

    ...Please note: Fungus is due to either a weak immune system, trauma to the nail area, high refined carbohydrate diet or recent or long term use of antibiotics.

    That said, taking one sachet in a glass of water before dinner for 14 days helps restore healthy gut bacteria which likely has a direct impact on proper immune function, may help combat fungus internally and externally longterm and reduce refined carbohydrate and sugar cravings as the ‘bad’ bacteria which do crave sugar will be wiped out by the beneficial bacteria. So taking the sachets internally for one week, soaking for a few months, changing your diet, building your immune system and not bashing your nails will likely improve your fungus situation.

    A mild headache may occur while taking the sachets internally. Taking vitamin C usually helps. The headache is usually due to the ‘die-off’ reaction from unhealthy bacteria being killed by the healthy probiotic found in the sachets.

    Saturday, March 21, 2009

    Natural Tattoo Care

    I recently got another tattoo and developed an ointment with products from my kitchen and beauty cabinet:
    • Non-scented, all natural vitamin E lotion
    • Olive oil
    • Lavender oil
    In an air-tight container, mix about 2 tbps. olive oil, 1/2 cup lotion, and a few drops of lavender oil. Mix thoroughly.

    After washing your skin with mild soap and water and patting dry, apply the ointment liberally. Place plastic wrap over the tattoo and secure with gentle medical tape.

    When a tattoo is healing, do not let that tattoo dry out so a hard scab does not form. Scabs or picking at tattoo scabs can make your tattoo look blotchy because doing this can remove the ink for which you paid.

    After getting a tattoo, do not soak it in water for a couple of weeks. This means no direct water sprays on the tattoo in the shower, no baths, no hot tub soaks, no swimming in pools, etc. When taking a shower, apply petroleum jelly all over the tattoo so there is less water contact on it. Wash the petroleum jelly off at the end of the shower, before applying the aftercare ointment you made.

    Tattoo are cool, but can look really stupid without the proper aftercare.

    Note: The tattoo pictured is not of my tattoo. I don't have man-arms.

    Monday, January 19, 2009

    Make Your Own Beauty Products

    When making your own bath products, you know exactly what's in it. These make great gifts.

    Homemade Hair Conditioner

    Recipe Ingredients:

    Apple Cider Vinegar
    Fresh Herbs: lavender, rosemary, basil, sage
    Citrus Peels: lemon peel, orange peel


    • Take a sterile jar of any size and fill half way with your favorite assorted herbs and citrus peels, make sure they are pesticide free.
    • Next fill the jar to the top with apple cider vinegar.
    • Seal, store in a cool, dark place and shake daily for three weeks. Strain & refrigerate the infused vinegar.
    • Take 2 TBS of the herbal vinegar and put into a 12 to 16 ounce spray bottle. Top with water.

    Spray as much as you need on your hair after shampooing (first wash off the shampoo, shake spray bottle before using), massage into scalp, rinse off. No application of commercial hair conditioner is needed.

    This recipe not only helps condition and nourish your hair, it also helps remove much of the buildup from commercial shampoos and conditioners.

    *Note: Some herbal combination may affect light colored hair (blondes, grays) or dyed hair color. You should be ok since it’s such a small amount of herbal vinegar that is well diluted in water, but just a heads up to test a small patch of hair first.

    Homemade Lavender Water

    2 cups water (distilled)
    3 TBS vodka
    15 drops Lavender essential oil


    • Mix the essential oil and vodka together then add water. Seal in a jar or bottle, keep in a dark place for 2 weeks before using.

    Bath Jelly


    3/4 cup water
    1 envelope unflavored gelatin
    1/2 cup liquid soap (unscented–use shower gel, hand soap or bubble bath)
    *Essential oil (choose your favorite–a few drops)


    • Bring water to a boil, remove from heat then slowly stir in and dissolve the gelatin. Slowly add liquid soap and stir to mix. Add essential oil, stir well.
    • Pour liquid into a clean clear jar or container, seal and refrigerate overnight.

    Once the mix gels, it’s ready to use. Just add a spoonful under running water in the bath for a bubbling treat (a tablespoon or two will do).

    *If you wish, you can skip the essential oil and use liquid soaps that have a fragrance.

    Notes: Use within a few weeks. Keep refrigerated and airtight to avoid mold.

    Peppermint Milk Bath Recipe

    1 cup powdered milk
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    2 cups hot water
    1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil

    Herbal Milk Bath Recipe

    1 cup powdered milk
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    2 TBS dried herbs of choice
    2 cups hot water

    Almond Honey Milk Bath

    1 TBS Almond Oil
    1/4 cup honey (*omit honey if mixing ahead, add when using)
    1 cup powdered milk
    2 cups hot water

    Lavender Milk Bath

    1 cup powdered milk
    1/8 cup dried lavender
    2 cups hot water

    Brown Sugar Scrub

    1/2 cup of brown sugar
    1/4 cup of almond oil
    1/4 cup of liquid Ivory hand soap
    1/4 tsp of vanilla

    Lemon Sugar Scrub

    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 TBS lemon zest (grated)

    Lavender & Rosewood Scrub

    1 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup almond oil
    1/2 tsp vitamin E
    6 drops rosewood essential oil
    4 drops lavender essential oil

    Coffee & Brown Sugar Scrub

    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup white sugar
    3 TBS fresh coffee grounds
    5 tsp almond oil
    5 tsp jojoba oil
    2 tsp honey
    1 tsp vitamin E
    1 tsp vanilla

    Tea Sugar Scrub

    2 cups white sugar
    1 cup honey
    2 TBS tea
    5 drops vanilla

    Yogurt Sugar Scrub

    3 TBS baby oil
    1 TBS yogurt
    1 TBS white sugar


    • Mix ingredients and use as a body scrub/exfoliator.