Candida yeast infection is becoming more and more commonplace today due to people’s stressful lifestyles, poor diet etc. When it comes to candida overgrowth conventional therapies aren’t always the best or healthiest treatment option. Pharmaceutical antifungals comes with their own side effects like liver toxicity, in addition yeasts are becoming resistant to these drugs.
Natural treatment options are usually gentler and equally effective against candida overgrowth and balance the system. Along with candida diet herbal remedies comes with strong antifungal properties. This will replenish your gut flora and boost your body’s natural immunity against yeast infections.
If you have any existing health problem or on any kind of medication, please consult your doctor before taking any herbs.
While there are various natural treatment options are available, these 9 antifungal herbs for candida can surely give promising results:
1. Pau d’Arco
Pau d’Acro is the bark of a rain forest tree which contains various different compounds that support the immune system, decrease inflammation and prevent & treat yeast infection. The bark can be sourced in a tea or capsule, also known as Taheebo or Lepacho.
Garlic contains sulfur containing compounds alliin and allicin, which gives it very strong antifungal powers. It has been found that raw garlic cloves are active against difficult to treat Candida albicans biofilms.
Some medical researchers recommend treating candida by simply eating one clove of garlic per day. Any freeze dried supplements standardized to 1.3% alliin or 0.6% allicin can be taken. 600 to 900 mg is recommended dosage for candida infection.
A diluted solution of oregano leaf is very effective against all fungal infections like dermatitis, toenail fungus and dandruff. Oregano leaf oil contains anti-microbial agents (thymol & carvacrol) which stops fungus in its tracks both internally & externally. In a study it has been shown that oregano leaf oil even stopped fungal infection in baked goods.
4. Black Walnut
When it comes to antifungal, ant parasitic, antibacterial and herbal formations, black walnut hull is one of the most common ingredients. Black walnut hulls contains omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid, tannins, iodine, vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid, sterols and quinone.
It can be taken internally or use the tincture tropically on skin or nail fungal infections.
Olive leaf extracts is well known for its potent antibacterial with antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It contains oleuropein, which is converted into elolenic acid on consumption, which boosts your immune system and allows it to fight against pathogens like candida.
Olive leaf extracts have 4 times more antioxidants power than vitamin C and 2 times more that green tea, which makes it a very powerful ally against candida. Can be taken for candida treatment in dosages starting at 2000 to 6000 mg a day.
Calendula comes with natural potent anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It’s been used for a very long time in both medicinal and therapeutic uses. As per a study conducted in 2012, ethanol extracts of this herb worked wonders on fungal infections, eliminating them completely.
Calendula helps faster healing of wounds and can successfully treat various fungal infections like toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm. Calendula stimulates menstruation and therefore pregnant women should not take it.
Goldenseal contains berberine which is widely used in Chinese traditional medicine for the treatment of various infections. Goldenseal stops fungus to penetrate and adhere to host cells in the body. It also strengthens the immune system by activating the white blood cells. It can be used as a mouthwash, skin rinse and a douche for vaginal yeast infection.
Goldenseal is also available in the form of tablets and capsules.
Neem is widely known in Asia for its medicinal properties and is widely used in Ayurvedic properties. Neem is very good for immune system and helps fights fungal overgrowth as well as bacterial infections.
Neem oil can be used topically for the treatment of skin and toenail fungal infections. It’s also an excellent detoxifier.
Cloves contains oil of oregano which makes it highly antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and antimicrobial in nature. It is very important for fighting intestinal and oral infestation of Candida.
You can find some products in oral hygiene section of most drug stores, made from the essential oil of cloves. Which are used for pain relief and topical treatment of tooth and gum infections. This herb help ease the pain and its antiseptic properties fight the yeast infection.
Note: It’s very important that you must consult your doctor before start taking any antifungal herbs. Killing off Candida can lead to various painful side effects as headaches and chills.