Medicinal herbs for athlete’s foot or athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot or athlete’s foot is a common condition of the feet, caused by a fungus. Some people who have it have no problems at all. In other cases it may itch or hurt. Many remedies are available to cure it. There are also several herbs in nature that can help with athlete’s foot. Home remedies with Ivy (Hedera helix) or Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) can work very well.

What is it?

Athlete’s foot or athlete’s foot is a fungal infection on one or both feet. The fungus is most commonly contracted in swimming pools or shared showers. It can heal spontaneously, but it can also persist for years. Athlete’s foot is not ‘real’ eczema, because it is a fungus. For medicinal herbs for real eczema, see Medicinal herbs for eczema.


There are many different remedies available at pharmacies to combat athlete’s foot. Nature also has its remedies for this condition. Ivy and lemon balm are common plants that can help heal athlete’s foot.

Ivy ( Hedera helix )

The foliage and leaves of ivy contain saponins. These have an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal effect. They are most easily released from dried leaves, but fresh leaves can also be used.

Ivy can easily be made into a foot bath. This requires:

  • 6 liters of water
  • A generous handful of ivy leaves (fresh) or 2 tablespoons of ivy (dried)

Bring 1 liter of water to the boil. If you are using fresh ivy leaves, finely chop them in the meantime. You can pulverize dried leaves between your fingers. Once the water is boiling, pour it over the ivy. To complete the foot bath, mix with the water another five liters of cold or lukewarm water. This also allows you to bring the bath up to temperature. Keep your feet in the bath for ten to twenty minutes. Dry your feet thoroughly afterwards, because the fungus likes wet places. Repeat this ritual daily for the best effect. If it has no effect after a week, it probably won’t have any effect if you continue for longer. In such a case it is better to look for another remedy. If it works, continue until a week after the fungus is no longer visible. This way you prevent it from coming back.

Lemon balm ( Melissa officinalis )

Melissa contains essential oils that have an antifungal effect. They also have a bactericidal effect. Making an effective remedy for eczema from lemon balm takes a lot of time. The advantage is that you can make a supply for several days at once.

For an infusion of lemon balm you need:

  • 100 ml vodka
  • 4 teaspoons balm leaf

Preparing the decoction is simple. Pour the vodka over the leaves and put everything in a tightly closed bottle. Then shake it briefly and put it away in a warm, dark place. After two weeks, pass it through a fine sieve to remove all leaf residue. Rub this into the affected parts of the foot three times a day. The infusion is best stored in a dark place in a closed bottle. There should be a clear improvement after a week. If this does not happen, it is unlikely that it will have an effect later. In that case, it is best to look for another remedy. If it works, continue until a week after the fungus is no longer visible. This way you prevent it from coming back.