Candida infections, also known as candidiasis, is an infection caused by yeast known as Candida albicans, which lives harmlessly in small numbers in different parts of the body. The growth of this fungi is usually controlled by the immune system; but in cases of weakened immunity, this fungi may grow unchecked, and may lead to development of symptoms such as oral thrush (infection in the mouth), vaginal yeast infections and even skin infections.
Left untreated, Candida infection could penetrate the intestinal walls and may even lead to conditions like fibromyalgia. Using certain herbs and natural remedies, you can easily deal with Candida infections.
Here we’ve listed down some of the best herbs that could help control the spread of this infection and bring about relief in symptoms.
It is surprising how garlic is a natural remedy for innumerable health conditions- its antibacterial and antifungal properties are what makes it a natural remedy against a wide range of bacterial and fungal infections. Garlic is also thought to be a powerful agent that kills parasites in the body and regulates blood pressure levels.
Raw garlic is the most potent herbal remedy against Candida infections; however, one can also take them in the tablet form.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Though apple cider vinegar is not exactly an herb, it is way too effective to be taken off this list. Apple cider vinegar works by balancing the pH levels of the body and preventing the Candida fungi from breeding and causing an infection.
A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar taken right before meals is believed to help aid digestion and cut down the risk of Candida infections.
Neem is popularly used in Ayurvedic medicine practices, and is known to possess valuable immune-boosting properties. Neem extracts are believed to fight fungal and bacterial infections in the body, detoxify the blood, and improve immune system function naturally.
Neem oil can also be applied (in the diluted form) topically to the affected areas for relief from fungal infections.
Olive Leaf Extracts
Olive leaf is thought to contain a compound known as oleuropein which helps the body fight a wide range of bacterial and fungal infections, especially Candida overgrowth. You may find a standardized olive leaf extract solution in your nearby herbal specialty store.
Pau D’Arco is yet another effective herb that possesses antifungal properties that may help prevent and treat Candida infections. The extracts of this herb are often brewed in the form of a tea- drinking just a cup of this tea could prevent not just Candida, but many other fungal infections.
Black walnut is a natural herb and is known to possess tannins that don’t just kill fungal overgrowth but also other parasites and microbes. Those suffering from Candida yeast infections can take black walnut extracts as a remedy for the infection.
Echinacea is known as a popular remedy for fighting away cold and cough; but in reality, it is actually a wonderful immune system booster. The extracts of this herb are thought to support the immune system and help it fight against various infections, including Candida yeast infections.
The medium chain fatty acids of coconut oil are what make it a strong remedy against fungal overgrowths, including Candida. It is believed that coconut oil may also help kill parasites. You can apply coconut oil directly to the affected areas.
Oregano oil is a rich source of phenols that are thought to be highly effective in fighting against a wide range of fungal and bacterial infections, particularly Candida overgrowth. Wild oregano oil can be applied externally to the areas affected by Candida.
Chamomile, when taken in the form of a tea, is thought to stimulate the production of stomach acids that maintain the pH balance of the body. This pH regulation prevents the growth of bacteria that cause the yeast infection and thereby relieve symptoms associated with it.
Licorice root is yet another effective remedy against Candida yeast infections. Licorice extracts can help decrease the growth of fungi that lead to the infection.
Many other herbs including Goldenseal, Barberry, Oregon grape root etc. are thought to be wonderfully effective in dealing with Candida yeast infections; however, their efficacy has not yet been supported by clinical studies.