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I have been dealing with a case of reoccurring athlete's foot.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with a case of reoccurring athlete's foot for the last year or so.  The skin peels all over the bottom of my feet and between the toes. While it does initially respond to over the counter and/or natural (topical tea tree oil) products, it always returns after a time. What do you suggest I try? Thanks so much!” — Rose B., Rio Rancho, NM

A. Dear Rose, Athlete's foot is a very common skin condition that affects the sole of the foot and the skin between the toes. The medical term for athlete's foot caused by a fungus is tinea pedis. Signs and symptoms of athlete's foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning.

While you can continue to apply the tea tree oil topically, I think there are some other options that may be more effective in ridding your athlete’s foot. When it comes to fungal infections, I highly recommend concentrated plant oils.

My first recommendation is for a combination of Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme and Bay Leaf concentrated plant oils. This combination is extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this blend orally twice daily.

You may also want to consider adding a second combination of natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. A combination of Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients – will help to boost your natural defenses. Take 1 softgel of this concentrated plant oil blend orally three times daily. You could also pierce a softgel with a pin and dab a few drops on the affected area, as needed.

Make sure to choose formulas that feature concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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