(NaturalNews) New research out of Portugal has found that lavender oil is a powerful antifungal agent that fights and prevents skin and nail infections, including Candida albicans. Published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, the study found that lavender essential oil exhibits amazing protection against a wide range of pathogenic fungi -- and it works better than all known antifungal drugs at doing so.
"In the last few years
there has been an increase in the incidence of fungal diseases,
particularly amongimmunocompromised patients," said professors Ligia
Salgueiro and Eugenia Pinto from the University of Coimbra , authors of
"Unfortunately there is also increasing resistance
to antifungal drugs. Research by our group and others has
essential oils may be cheap, efficient alternatives that have minimal side effects."
The team observed in tests that lavender oil effectively killed fungi that cause a wide range of infections on skin, hair, and nails, including those categorized as Athlete's food, ringworm, and Candida albicans. Not only was lavender oil more effective than antifungal drugs,
many of which no longer work on mutated fungi that have grown
resistance to them, but lavender oil use does not cause negative side
"Lavandula oil shows wide-spectrum antifungal activity
and is highly potent," added the researchers. "This is a good starting
point for developing this oil for clinical use to manage fungal
The research adds to the growing body of evidence concerning the many medicinal
benefits of lavender oil. Previous research has identified lavender oil
as a powerful antimicrobial, and studies have shown it also works well
as an antispasmodic treatment. As part of various herbal blends,
lavender oil can also be used to treat coughs and colds, influenza,
headaches, fatigue, and stress.