Cloves are the unopened flower buds of the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum). The clove tree is a tropical evergreen that can grow up to 20 feet in height. Clove trees are indigenous of the Philippines and surrounding islands. Cloves, of course, have now been introduced into all tropical countries for cultivation. The medicinal use of cloves is from antiquity; used in China and India to treat primarily tooth decay and bad breath (halitosis). Cloves have been shown to be quite good at improving oral health by modern scientists. Today, cloves have been investigated for their efficacy as a Candicidal herb; and, research continues to prove that cloves are excellent for the treatment of yeast infections.
You can use cloves by grinding them up and adding them to a carrier oil, or better yet, to honey. Yes, honey stops yeast (to find out more about honey treatments, check out Honey for Yeast Infection)! You can then let the honey and ground cloves infuse for a few hours; stirring the mixture occasionally. Next, take a tampon and soak it in your clove honey mixture. Once the tampon is adequately saturated with the clove honey, insert it into the vagina at night before you go to bed. Let the tampon stay in the vagina overnight and when you get up in the morning wash out the vagina with warm water. You will also find that adding a probiotic pill into the vagina after you wash the honey out will further help to improve your condition.
If you have other plant essential oils on hand, or other Candicidal herbs, add those to your mixture as well. Try to keep the viscosity of the honey intact, as you want it to flow and soak into your tampon thoroughly. For this reason, essential oils may be the best choice for adding phytochemicals to your honey—they simply will incorporate themselves better than bulky spices.
Eugenol, Cloves, and Candida
The primary component of most clove essential oil is eugenol. Eugenol comprises about 80% or more of the volume of typical essential clove oil. One study, published in BioResources [2.2 (2007): 265-269], was conducted on Turkish clove buds. The clove species used in the study was Syzygium aromaticum—this species is the typical one used to produce clove spices and essential oil. The study found that eugenol comprised 87% of the total volume of the essential oil derived from the Syzygium aromaticum cloves.
Another study was done on a different species of cloves: Syzygium caryophyllatum. The study was published in the African Journal of Plant Science [4.11 (2010): 451-454]. Syzygium caryophyllatum essential oil contained less eugenol—about 50% of the total volume of the oil was eugenol.
Eugenol is likely the primary reason why cloves are actually capable of stopping Candida. So, it is important what species of clove you're using. Most cloves should be Syzygium aromaticum, so you should be fine using cloves procured from your local grocery store.
One study, published in the Current Discovery [2:1 (2013) 46-52] journal, examined the effects of various herbal extracts on 3 different species of azole resistant Candida strains: C. albicans, C. glabrata, and C. haemulonii. This is of importance as you may be using an azole antifungal on an azole resistant strain of Candida; thus, herbal therapy can work where drugs did not. The study took raw herbs, ground them into powder, and then allowed them to soak in various solvents. Some of the solvents seemed to increase and decrease the effectiveness of the herb's activity against Candida. Once the solution was created, it was dried and later dissolved again in dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO). In instances where no anti-Candida activity is seen with one solvent, but significant activity is observed by other solvents, this is clearly a result of the solvent; the herb’s ability was merely suspended by the chemical solvent. Clove, for instance, has proven anti-Candida ability; thus, when it is not present in this study’s analysis, it is clearly due to the solvent’s chemical distortion of clove’s phytochemicals.
The process of dissolving the herb in various solvents and then redissolving the herbs in DMSO could also contribute to general alteration of the herb's efficacy. However, the study used several solvents and the general capabilities of the herb are demonstrated due to the wide range of solvents utilized. The study describes how each test was carried out by stating:
The antimicrobial screening of the Candida strains were carried out following the Poisoned Food Technique with slight modification. The plant extracts of 0.2 ml were mixed in 0.5 ml candida culture suspension and then added to 4.5 ml of pre-sterilized sabouraud dextrose broth (pH + 5.6). In control sets, DMSO (in place of the plant extract) were used in the medium in appropriate amount. Culture tubes were incubated for 24 hour at 37 [degrees Centigrade].
Clove Fights Candida Biofilm
Candida biofilm is a big deal if you’re attempting to treat a yeast infection with antifungal drugs. The ability of Candida biofilms to increase the yeast’s resistance to antifungal drugs is well known. According to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology [140 (2012) 416–423], Candida biofilms gave the yeast about 1024 times more resistance to antifungal drugs. Having over a thousand times increased resistance to antifungal drugs is a key reason why you may not have seen results from using these drugs!
Biofilms are formed by Candida albicans in three phases. Once the single yeast cells attach to a surface of the body, they begin to enter their hyphal form—which is the growing of long germ tube tendrils into the skin. They then form a slime made from cellular and noncellular material to cover themselves. This mixture of single celled Candida cells, hyphal tubes, and covering material continues to increase until it becomes a thick slime. This slime is biofilm. Once a biofilm is fully mature, you are going to have a difficult to treat yeast infection. Fortunately, cloves can break up Candida biofilm and eradicate the yeast despite its protective strategy.
The aforementioned Journal of Ethnopharmacology [140 (2012) 416–423] study analyzed the effects of two herbs on Candida albicans that had developed biofilms. Also, two prescription antifungal drugs were evaluated against Candida albicans with biofilms as well. The study found that both lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), and clove killed Candida albicans with biofilm much better than the two prescription drugs analyzed in the study. The researchers state the following about the efficacy of the herbs and antifungal drugs against Candida albicans strains (note that sessile cells refers to Candida cells that are encapsulated in a biofilm):
...more than 60% reduction in viable count of sessile cells of both the test strains was exhibited by oils of Cymbopogon citratus in 10–12 hours. Syzygium aromaticum produced similar effect in 18–20 hours against both the strains. Amphotericin B and fluconazole did not show this effect even up to 48 hours.
Unfortunately, the study did not demonstrate the ability of a combination of lemongrass and clove to kill Candida. It is likely that combining these herbal therapies would create a healing synergy. Dr. James Duke; the renowned expert on medicinal plants; stated in his book, The Green Pharmacy, that a combination of herbs has consistently proven to be more powerful than a single herb alone in the treatment of health maladies. If you have access to lemongrass essential oil, you can add it to your clove herbal therapy and probably see better results. For more information on lemongrass essential oil you can check out this article: Lemongrass Essential Oil for Yeast Infection. For more information on clove essential oil, feel free to peruse this article: Clove Essential Oil for Yeast Infections.
Sarah Summer’s 12 Hour Yeast Infection Cure
Using herbs to get rid of a yeast infection can take some time; and, perhaps take longer than 12 hours to fully heal an infection. One woman, Sarah Summer, has developed an all natural cure for yeast infections that totally eliminates the infection in 12 hours. It may seem shocking to think a cure could work so fast. If you have ever used an over the counter product with a name like “One Day,” you may know from experience that these products do not typically work in just one day. These products always disclaim this apparent claim in the fine print and say it takes many days to fully cure an infection if you use this product. Yet, Summer’s program is different. She addresses the underlying causes of Candida yeast—not just the surface level symptoms.
Summer learned her treatment the hard way. She was an unfortunate woman who repeatedly suffered from vaginal yeast infections. She tried many different drugs and cures; yet, despite short term symptom relief brought to her by these treatments, she always developed another yeast infection shortly after she stopped taking them.
Summer didn’t get serious about getting rid of her condition until one day she developed an unusually severe vaginal yeast infection. Summer quickly went to her doctor for advice and treatment of her latest flare up. Her doctor told her that the yeast in her body had grown long tubes (known as hyphae) into her skin and that the yeast had become a mold inside her body. Her doctor said that, not only was this difficult to treat, it was impossible to cure. Faced with a lifetime Candida problem, Sarah started to fight back.
Sarah and her husband Robert began to do some ardent research on Candidiasis. According to Sarah, she practically lived at the medical library. After exploring numerous treatment options and conducting long hours of research, the two eventually came to understand the root causes of Candida overgrowth. They developed a treatment that addressed the underlying issues that are responsible for making the body susceptible to yeast. It was not long before Sarah was totally yeast free and back to feeling like her normal self again.
Sarah would later find that, as she shared her treatment with others, they too got rid of their yeast infections. Typically, people got free from their problem in 12 hours. Also, even stubborn recurrent Candida problems were finally resolved by using Sarah’s treatment.
Sarah Summer has published a book detailing how to copy her methods and get free from your Candida problem in 12 hours. Her book is published by a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated and is available for instant download. Summer also provides a generous 8 week 100% money back guarantee on her book. If you don’t see the same results, just let her know. You’ll get all your money back quickly and easily. If you’d like to learn more about Sarah and her book, you can visit Sarah Summer’s website.
- https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/Crops/Clove.html — Short article on cloves
- http://www.phytojournal.com/vol1Issue1/Issue_may_2012/1.pdf — Bhowmik, Debjit, et al. "Recent trends in Indian traditional herbs Syzygium aromaticum and its health benefits." Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 1.1 (2012): 6-17.
- http://www.academicjournals.org/article/article1380885927_Bhuiyan.pdf — Bhuiyan, Md Nazrul Islam, et al. "Constituents of the essential oil from leaves and buds of clove (Syzygium caryophyllatum (L.) Alston)." African Journal of Plant Science 4.11 (2010): 451-454.
- https://www.ncsu.edu/bioresources/BioRes_02/BioRes_02_2_265_269_Alma_ENK_CloveOil_Turkish.pdf — Alma, M. Hakki, et al. "Chemical composition and content of essential oil from the bud of cultivated Turkish clove (Syzygium aromaticum L.)." BioResources 2.2 (2007): 265-269.
- http://www.ijcdi.com/papers/CD-00007-2012.pdf — Singh, Ritu, et al. "Antifungal screening of various spice extracts on azole resistant strains of Candida." Current Discovery 2.1 (2013): 46-51.
- http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2012.01.045 — Khan, Mohd Sajjad Ahmad, and Iqbal Ahmad. "Biofilm inhibition by Cymbopogon citratus and Syzygium aromaticum essential oils in the strains of Candida albicans." Journal of ethnopharmacology 140.2 (2012): 416-423. PDF Available Here
- Google Books — Duke, J. A. (1997). The green pharmacy: New discoveries in herbal remedies for common diseases and conditions from the world's foremost authority on healing herbs. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press.