Products used: 1 part thyme oil to 5 parts coconut oil AM, urea cream PM
In November, I went on a trip to Israel with some folks from my church. As a single guy, I shared a room with my pastor’s brother in law from California. I didn’t want to offend a stranger with the constant smell of strongly scented oils, so I put the whole treatment on hiatus for three weeks. I didn’t pay too dearly for it, and although there was a little yellow creeping in on the edge of some of the nails, I treated this as an opportunity for a fresh start when I got back.
To recap: I started out with a successful treatment formula, became impatient, and started trying all sorts of things in the hope of finding something better.
There were the three facets to my original treatment:
- Tea tree oil. This is what actually kills the fungus.
- Coconut oil. This makes the tea tree oil not burn so much.
- Urea. This softens the nail and helps the tea tree oil penetrate down into the nail bed.
I’ve tried various things here and there, always looking for something better. So far, nothing has worked as well.
Before I go back to my original formula, I’m going to try one more thing. Take the original formula, but substitute tea tree oil for thyme oil. I have read a lot of stories from people who say that it is the active ingredient in the famous “Vick’s Vapor Rub” nail fungus cure, and that it has worked wonderfully for them. I think it is worth a try, if only to report the results to you. If it doesn’t work, I’m going back to square one, since I see now how great it worked compared to everything else I’ve tried so far.
The mixture ratio I am using is 1 part thyme oil to 5 parts coconut oil. I apply it morning and afternoon, and then apply the urea cream at night before bed.
I’ve also updated my step by step guide. After all the things I have tried, I have to recommend the original method above all else. Start with tea tree oil, coconut oil and urea cream. If this thyme oil works out, I will update the guide but only after a proven track record of several months of progress.