Toenail fungus is difficult to remove. It takes patience and perseverance in treating it to make it disappear for good. If you have been treating it for a while, it’s likely that you have already heard of the many options for home remedies such as essential oils, vinegar, and baking soda.
It takes months to eliminate a toenail fungus infection. The common of most treatments is that they are not able to penetrate deep enough to fight off the fungus infection. Another problem is that the fungal spores easily spread to all other surrounding toenails. This makes it challenging to localize the treatment.
One of the home remedies often brought up when toenail fungus is discussed is cornmeal which has been used for a long time to get rid of the black-spot fungal disease that affects roses. It’s an indication that cornmeal has some sort of antifungal properties.
Horticultural cornmeal is not only a great source of help for treating fungal problems. It is also a great source of organic matter and nutrients. Trichoderma fungus, which cornmeal has, abundantly kills off other disease-causing fungi in only a matter of weeks.
Cornmeal is an ingredient for making Johnnycakes (cornmeal pancakes), cornbread, cornmeal biscotti, cornmeal battered fish, and many bread and pastries. Cornmeal is from dried maize and has been used in many cultures for cooking. It was first cultivated in Mexico more than 10,000 years ago. It has been known to have antifungal properties; and in theory, it means that cornmeal can penetrate the nail and eliminate the onychomycosis fungus.
There is no published scientific research on its efficacy against fungal infections, but there are many anecdotal evidences.
Cornmeal’s Antifungal Properties
Cornmeal is believed to contain natural anti-fungal properties just like tea tree oil. This substance has been used by many gardeners to get rid of the unwanted fungus that thrives in flowerbeds and lawns. In the same way, it can fight toenail fungus that well.
Several advocates claim that cornmeal mush helps to lessen the pain and discomfort caused by toenail fungus. When it is used extensively, it is said to be able to penetrate the nail and get rid of the fungus directly.
2Creating the Cornmeal Mixture and Soaking Your Feet
It is easy to prepare the cornmeal mixture for your toenail fungus infection. Just take a cup of cornmeal and place it in a container. Make sure that your foot or feet can be accommodated by the container. You can use a pan, a basin, of some sort. Add two quarts of water into the container. Let the cornmeal stay there for an hour or perhaps two. Then soak your foot or feet for a half hour or more. After thirty minutes or more, you can remove your foot or feet from the basin, rinse, and dry them. The procedure has to be repeated twice every day. It will hasten your recovery if you make sure to keep your feet dry as much as possible.
Here is another way of preparing the mixture. Put an inch of cornmeal in any shallow container that will be able to accommodate your foot or feet. Pour an inch of warm water on top of the cornmeal and let it stay there for an hour. This will give enough time for cornmeal and water to combine in a natural manner. After an hour, add more warm water just enough to cover the foot, and let it sit there for an hour.
The mush must cover the entire area and not only the toenails. Remember that fungus lives anywhere on the toes and the spaces between them. After an hour, rinse off the mush and dry your foot with a clean towel. Do this once a week until the toenail fungus infection is gone.