Coconut Oil for Athlete’s Foot and Other Fungal Infections


Many people who use over the counter or prescription medication for fungal infections find that not only does the problem reoccur after treatment, but they also get unwanted side effects from using harsh chemicals and toxins on their skin. Using organic coconut oil is a holistic and multi functional approach to healing your skin issues. The results can be more effective, longer lasting and safe for the whole family. 

Follow our step by step guide to curing Athlete’s Foot and other Fungal Infections with Coconut Oil.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis as it’s also known, is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. If not treated it can also spread to the toenails and the hands. You can catch the fungus through direct contact with tinea pedis, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments.

Coconut Oil? How Does it Work?

Organic raw coconut oil has a very high concentration of lauric acid, abundant with medium-chain fatty acids. This unique molecular structure helps with the killing and treatment of bacteria, fungal infections and viruses.  The Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology states that “medium-chain fatty acids prevent the creation of the mycotoxin citrinin within a fungus”. Citrinin is what allows the fungus to infiltrate into the skin. Coconut oil can therefore prevent the fungal infection from developing on the skin and treat the problem area. Read more research behind our claims at the bottom of this post.

Which Coconut Oil is Best?

The best type of coconut oil to use on athlete’s foot and other fungal infections is one that arrives to you exactly how nature intended. One with a high content of lauric acid and medium-chain fatty acids, which has not gone through any molecular adjustments, processing or fractionation. Unaltered, totally clean and raw coconut oil retains the largest amount of natural benefits for your advantage.

Getting rid of Athlete’s Foot: Step by Step

The beneficial qualities of certified organic raw virgin coconut oil work best with three stages of treatment for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections of the skin:

Prevent: Keep skin healthy, hydrated and bacteria free. 

Treat: Treat fungal infections with the naturally occurring lauric acid and medium-chain fatty acids of raw coconut oil. 

Heal:  Soothe irritated skin with coconut oil’s anti inflammatory and alleviating properties. Hydrate skin that cracked due to infection with the deeply moisturizing effects of coconut oil. 


Action: Submerge feet in warm water and cleanse the skin with  Organic Fiji’s raw coconut oil soap. Use the rich creamy coconut oil lather to massage fully over both feet for at least a minute. Rinse and pat dry with a clean towel.

The high content of raw coconut oil in the soap will not only cleanse impurities, but will also start the process of treating infections and deeply moisturizing your feet.

Bonus: You can use the wondrous benefits of essential oils in addition to coconut oil soap! Our Tea Tree Spearmint Coconut Oil Soap uses 2 essential oils, nature’s anti bacterial, as well as coconut oil to treat infections and fungus, as well as sooth inflammation.


Action: Generously apply and massage  Organic Fiji’s Raw Coconut Oil all over feet, paying special attention to the problem area.

All the natural benefits of raw coconut oil and its lauric acid content will begin to get to work on infections, fungus and cracked skin. The longer you can keep the coconut oil on your feet, the better.

Alternative: For a more intensive treatment, cover feet with plastic shoe/foot so that the oil can absorb into the feet effectively without being rubbed off. For best results and full absorption of the coconut oil, we recommend an overnight treatment.


Repeat for happy feet! We recommend repeating steps 1 & 2 on a daily basis for at least 7-14 days to thoroughly treat the problem areas.

Benefits: Continuing this coconut oil foot routine past the suggested time allows your feet stay healthy, fungus free and deeply hydrated.

Bonus: We also recommend adding our organic sugar scrub to step 1’s cleansing process if you need an extra burst of exfoliation and hydration! Or, you could even try our complete pedicure kit which includes a natural loofah too.


An Easy Coconut Oil Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

1. Cleanse feet with raw coconut oil soap or tea tree oil infused soap.

2. Massage Raw Coconut Oil into skin or leave on overnight.

3. Repeat daily for healthy, moisturized, fungus free feet.

Our Products

Our mission is to bring you the traditions of island life and all the benefits earth’s harvest has to offer your body and soul. The active ingredient in all our products is certified organic, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil.

Our Tea Tree Spearmint Coconut Oil soap is ideal for cleansing feet with!

Our USDA certified organic raw coconut oil is perfect for hydrating & healing feet!

Our USDA certified organic salt or sugar scrubs are ideal for home pedicures!

Organic coconut oil products for your complete foot routine plus a natural loofah!

Heal from the inside out with our certified organic, kosher, raw culinary coconut oil.


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What customers are saying:

Highly recommend the Teatree products for the feet! Feels minty fresh and helped my nail fungus.

Thomas Guilin, CA

Friend bought me the Pedicure pack and I can’t get enough! Will be reordering! Yay!

Gill Bycraft, MA

Get the sugar scrub for home pedicures! Your feet will love you for it. I prefer the lavender smell.

Michaela Jones, NM

The Research Behind Our Claims

Natural News explains how lauric acid found in organic coconut oil combats fungal infections. “Lauric acid is converted into monolaurin, a compound that is highly toxic to viruses, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms because of its ability to disrupt their lipid membranes and virtually destroy them. Monolaurin is effective for treating candida albicans, fungal infections and athlete’s foot”.

The 2007 Department of Medical Microbiology & Parasitology‘s report also explained that organic virgin coconut oil has antifungal properties. The study shows that raw coconut oil kills fungal infections such as Candida glabrata, Candida albicans, Candida parapsilosis, Candida tropicalis, Candida stellatoidea, Candida krusei and more.October 29, 2019 by Becky Lane Coulson

Organic Fiji’s mission is to bring you the traditions of island life and all the benefits earth’s harvest has to offer your body and soul. The active ingredient in all our products is organic, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil. We create unique, artisanal personal care and culinary items, inspired by the tropics of the Fiji Islands. We will never compromise the quality of performance or the cleanliness of ingredients when designing our organic wellness range.