Herbal remedies available to treat ingrown toenails include white flower oil, tea tree oil, oregano essential oil or lavender oil. Other home remedies that do not involve herbs are Epsom salt, hydrogen peroxide, lemon and apple cider vinegar.
White flower oil is made from multiple herbal oils, including lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint. Applying a few drops of white flower oil helps heal the ingrown toenail, but be careful not to get this in the eyes or mouth, as it can be toxic. Tea tree essential oil works as an antibiotic and can be applied to the wound to speed up healing and provide relief from pain.
Oregano essential oil can be mixed with olive oil and applied to the wound because of its antibacterial characteristics. Oregano oil should not be used by pregnant women or children under the age of five.
Other natural remedies can also be used at home to treat ingrown toenails. Epsom salt is known to soften the skin around the wound, making it easier to remove the ingrown nail. Soaking the affected foot in hydrogen peroxide mixed with water also softens the skin around the wound and alleviates pain. The same can be done with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.