27 Effective Home Remedies For Candida

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Candida infection is a fungal/yeast infection caused by the candida albicans fungus. Candida is responsible for numerous ailments and infections such as diaper rash, oral thrush, vaginitis, candida esophagitis, etc. All the aforementioned ailments are due to an overgrowth of the candida albicans fungus.

Candida is present on the skin, mouth, as well as the gastrointestinal tract and doesn’t cause any harm when it is in certain quantities. Candida can also be found in the vagina of women.

However, an overgrowth of candida, called candidiasis, can lead to itching, inflammation, and redness. Candidiasis can affect the mouth, skin, stomach, vagina, and urinary tract.

Common factors that can increase the likelihood of candida overgrowth include; bacterial infection, a weakened immune system, pregnancy, birth control pills, long use of antibiotics, being diabetic, and being obese.

Candida overgrowth can manifest various symptoms depending on the part of the body it affects;

  • If it affects the mouth, it is called oral thrush and is characterized by white, creamy patches or coating in the mouth.
  • In the esophagus, it is called candida esophagitis which is thrush that spreads to the esophagus making it painful or difficult to swallow.
  • If it affects the skin, it could manifest as rashes and blisters especially around folds as candida thrives in warm, moist environments such as skin folds.
  • For vaginal yeast infection, it is called vaginitis and manifests as white, cheese-like discharge.
  • Yeast infection in the blood could be life-threatening as it could lead to septic shock.

Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with candida;

  • Strive to adhere to good health and hygiene. Also, keeping your skin dry and exposed to air is a good idea.
  • Try to lose the excess fat if you are obese or overweight.
  • Proper blood sugar control is also helpful especially if you are diabetic.
  • Include foods that are rich in probiotics, such as kefir and yogurts, in your diet.

Below are home remedies to get rid of candida;

1. Grapeseed Extract


Grapeseed extract is a nature-based antifungal that can kill a variety of pathogens. Unlike antibiotics, it can be used for a long period without interfering with the good bacteria in the gut. To fight off candida, add 5-10 drops of grapeseed extract in a cup of water and drink three times a day. In case of a vaginal infection, wash the genital area with dilute grapeseed extract (GSE) three times a day. If you feel any irritation, discontinue this remedy.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4017847/)

2. Garlic


Garlic contains allicin compound which helps to fight fungal infections like candida. That’s why ladies should pay special attention to this natural remedy. If you have a mouth thrush, eat a few garlic cloves or include them in your diet. For vaginal infection, crush the clove and insert it into your vagina. You can also go for garlic supplements.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12174037)

3. Oregano Oil


The benefits of oregano oil go beyond the kitchen. It has potent antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which make it effective in treating candida. Unlike other antifungal products, it’s less likely to develop resistance to candida yeast. You can use oregano oil by mixing 2-3 drops of oregano oil with one tsp of olive oil and then apply it to the problem area. Alternatively, take oregano oil capsules two times a day after meals. Before you purchase any oregano oil product, make sure it’s alcohol-free.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11855736)

4. Tea Tree Oil


Tea tree oil offers one of the most effective treatments for fungal infections. It can cure the common forms of candida including nail infections, thrush, yeast infections, jock itch, and more. For oral thrush, mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with clean water and gargle three times a day until the symptoms subside. To curb vaginal yeast infection, put a tampon in diluted tea tree oil and insert into the vagina. For best results, allow the tampon to stay overnight.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15140856)

5. Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (caprylic, lauric, Capric acid) which have special structures that attack the candida yeast. Also, the oil has potent antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal effects. To eliminate candida effectively, you should include the oil in your cooking or consume 1-2 tsp of coconut oil every day. For yeast infection, soak a clean cotton cloth into the oil and apply on the genital area.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17651080)

6. Yogurt


The easiest way to restore the good bacteria in the vagina is by taking yogurt on a regular basis due to yogurt’s probiotic nature. Alternatively, you could dip a tampon in fresh yogurt and insert it into your vagina. You can also include raw yogurt in your everyday diet. Only take the low-fat version.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23925786)

7. Burdock Root


Burdock root is effective in treating fungal infections including athlete’s foot, ringworm, and yeast infection. In alternative medicine, this herb helps to reduce inflammation, cleanse the liver, and control bacterial infections. Not only that, it’s a powerful immune stimulator. To make burdock root tea, boil 1-2 tsp of burdock for 15 minutes, strain off, and drink three times a day.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27974734)

8. Goldenseal


Goldenseal is one of the most sought-after antifungal herbs. It’s particularly effective in the treatment of topical infections including candida. This herb is also rich in berberine, an active ingredient that inhibits the growth of candida. Furthermore, goldenseal strengthens your body’s immunity and activates the white blood cells. To treat candida, mix 1-3 drops of goldenseal extract in a cup of hot water and drink once a day.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar creates a good environment for the growth of healthy bacteria and inhibits overgrowth of yeast. In natural medicine, ACV is often used to treat fungus on the skin and nails. Additionally, ACV helps to restore the body pH balance. To treat candida infections, add one tablespoon of raw ACV in clean water and sip slowly before meals. For vaginal yeast infection, add one cup of ACV in your bathing water and soak in it for 15-20 minutes.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25219289)

10. Olive Leaf


Apart from its antiparasitic properties, olive leaf works as an antifungal making it effective in the treatment of candida. Furthermore, it’s rich in vitamin C which destroys pathogens by boosting your immune system. Unlike other natural herbs, it goes into the cause of the problem. You can take olive leaf extract in the form of tea (herbal infusion) or capsules. Take 500mg capsules 2-3 times a day. Make sure it has 20% oleuropein.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5490280/)

11. Cranberries


Due to its arbutin compound, cranberries are effective in the treatment of candida yeast infections. Since there is a lot of evidence of their antifungal qualities, you should include cranberry juice in your everyday menu. To keep candida at bay, drink two to three glasses of cranberry juice. You can also go for cranberry tablets.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC547696/)

12. Cinnamon


If you’re looking for a food-based treatment for candida, cinnamon should top the list. Cinnamon is used in many parts of the world due to its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic effects. To include cinnamon in your regular diet, just sprinkle it on your toast. You can also take it in the form of tea.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5028442/)

13. Aloe Vera


Since aloe vera is a powerful detoxifier, it’s appreciated as a natural treatment for candida problems. Besides its antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, the herb contains vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants which promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Furthermore, it seals the intestinal walls to ensure candida yeast is not able to penetrate to the bloodstream. You can make the juice at home by extracting aloe gel from an aloe leaf. Then, add it to a glass of water and drink every day.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21914003)

14. Black Walnut


Black walnut has strong anti-candida properties compared to other conventional antifungal treatments. The herb contains juglone, an active compound with moderate antifungal effects. Furthermore, the husk, of black walnut, is the most beneficial part that’s why it’s sold as a tincture or an alcoholic solution. You can also take black walnut capsules to get rid of candida infection.

15. Boric Acid


Boric acid suppository helps to support the vagina’s friendly bacteria. If you have candida yeast, apply the liquid around the vagina twice a day. Since it’s toxic when ingested, it should not be used by children or lactating mothers.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21774671)

16. Calendula


Besides being an effective liver tonic, calendula improves systematic functioning thanks to its strong antifungal effects. It can be used internally and externally to treat candida infection. Simply crush a few calendula petals to make a paste and apply gently on the affected region. Alternatively, drink calendula herbal tea twice a day. Pregnant women should avoid taking the herb orally.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3768360/)

17. Thyme Oil


The benefits of thyme go beyond curing cold and flu. Thyme has incredible antiseptic, antifungal, antibiotic, antispasmodic, and calming properties which can inhibit the growth of systemic candida. Other than that, thyme oil is able to address the unnatural growth of the fungi.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22872591)

18. Salt And Water


Salt is effective in the treatment of oral thrush infection that is caused by Candida fungus. Just mix 1-2tsp of salt in warm water and gargle 3-4 times a day. For vaginal yeast infection, you can get rid of the itching or irritation by soaking yourself in a salt bath.

19. Colloidal Silver


As a powerful antifungal, colloidal silver can modulate the growth of candida organisms. Additionally, it supports a healthy immune system. Colloidal silver is more effective than fluconazole when it comes to fighting yeast infections. You can take up to 3 teaspoons daily. To keep healthy bacteria in check, you should not use this remedy for the long-term.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21756192)

20. Cat’s Claw


Cat’s claw is a rainforest herb native to South America. It’s packed with alkaloids which strengthens the white blood cells to keep candida at bay. In addition to that, it has antioxidants that help to eliminate the harmful free radicals in your blood stream. Secondly, it helps to soothe and repair the intestinal tract. To prepare the tea, boil 2 tsp of dried cat’s claw herb in water for 15-20 minutes, strain off and drink while still hot. You can also get rid of candida infection when you consume cat’s claw in the form of capsules. Just take 1-3 capsules three times a day.

21. Honey


Raw honey has antioxidant and antiseptic properties which makes it an effective treatment for yeast infection. When combined with yogurt, it can combat candida and other antifungal infections. Just apply some honey on the problem area and rinse off after 30 minutes.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16702110)

22. Echinacea


Echinacea is one of the most potent herbs that help to eliminate candida infections. When taken orally, it strengthens the immune system making your body fight candida in a more natural way. Simply put, it stimulates the production of white blood cells making your body build resistance to infections. To make Echinacea tea, add one tsp of the dried herb in a cup of water and drink up to three times a day.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10821050)

23. Holy Basil


Holy basil is a small shrub native to South Asia. It belongs to the mint family and is characterized by scented leaves. Moreover, it has potent antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties making it a powerful herbal medicine for candida. To get rid of thrush, you can use holy basil as a gargling solution or make some tea. Simply add a quarter tsp of dried basil in hot water, steep for 30 minutes, and drink one cup in the morning and evening.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20378320)

24. Barberry


The benefits of barberry go beyond regulating the blood sugar levels. Barberry contains berberine, an antioxidant that helps to boost the immune system. Since candida overgrowth occurs in the stomach, the herb will kill the pathogens and still leave the beneficial bacteria intact. To make barberry herbal infusion, steep 1 tsp of barberry in a cup of water for 15 minutes and drink three cups daily. You can also get the same benefits when you consume barberry in the form of supplements.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28514949)

25. Neem Leaves


Neem is an evergreen herb native to Southeast Asia and some parts of India. While every part of this plant is useful, the leaves help to treat candida infection including oral thrush. To get rid of candida yeast, mix Neem oil with coconut oil and apply on the problem area. Alternatively, make an infusion by boiling some leaves in water for 10 minutes, strain off and then drink 2-3 times a day. Don’t give the tea to children under the age of 12.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3768785/)

26. Clove Oil


This pungent spice is native to Indonesia. It harbors a long list of antiseptic properties that can inhibit the candida yeast cells. For instance, it has eugenol, a phytochemical that helps to fight fungi, bacteria, and parasites. To fight off candida, dilute 5-10 drops of clove oil in a glass of clean water, and drink 2-3 times a day. Alternatively, dilute clove oil with coconut oil (or any other carrier oil) and apply on the affected region.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589904)

27. Lemongrass Oil


This perennial herb is native to India and is characterized by sharp leaves. It’s quite effective in the treatment of fungal infections including athlete’s foot, oral thrush, and yeast infections. To kill candida yeast, dilute two drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or olive oil, and drink three times a day. In case of vaginal yeast infection, mix lemongrass oil with a carrier oil, dip in a tampon, and insert it into your vagina for 8 hours. Lemongrass is exceptionally gentle, so it can be used by pregnant women and children.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14615795)

 

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