There are many plants in nature that have a natural ability to kill various fungal pathogens. Such plants can be easily taken advantage of to allay and destroy fungal infections. Yeast infections are no different from other fungal infections in this regard. There are many herbal remedies for yeast infections that will work very well. In addition to being efficacious healers, herbs are often safer than synthetic prescription antifungal medications. Also, Candida yeast can rapidly become immune to certain antifungal drugs; however, herbs can always kill even the most stubborn multidrug resistant Candida strain. In addition to immunity, Candida can develop biofilm to protect itself; increasing its resistance to some prescription antifungal drugs by over 1000 times (Khan et al). Herbs and essential oils can cut through this biofilm and kill such intrenched Candida. So, if you're looking for a great natural cure for yeast infections, you can try a few of the herbs listed below!
Instead of looking for just one herb to use for a yeast infection treatment, try using several herbs together. Dr. James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, highly recommends mixing antifungal herbs together to create a healing synergy. He personally liked to use black walnut husks, garlic, and tea tree oil together when he has a fungal infection. Dr. Duke also says it’s entertaining to mix up the herbs as well! In The Green Pharmacy, he states this about mixing herbs together:
Mixtures of antifungal herbs almost always work better than single herbs. The synergy—the harmonious working together—of antifungal herbs has been demonstrated in several studies. In one test of ten plant species whose oils were antifungal, researchers noted that “combinations of the antifungal essential oils increased their activity remarkably.” In a similar study, researchers noted that “in all the oil combinations, the antifungal potency was found to increase over individual oils.”
The Green Pharmacy (p. 246)
How to Use Herbs for Yeast Infections
Topical application is likely going to be the safest and best route to choose for killing the yeast on your body. You can make herbal teas, infuse oils, or add the powdered herbs to honey. Try making an infusion of your herbs with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and diluting it with water before you use it. As research indicates, you will need no more than a 1% concentration of the apple cider vinegar to prove therapeutic for a Candida infection. In a diluted form, ACV can be utilized as a vaginal douche (you can learn more about ACV here: Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection). Then, before you go to sleep, mix some herbs into honey and soak a tampon on the mixture. Insert the tampon and let it stay in the vagina while you sleep. In the morning, you can remove the tampon and wash out the vagina with warm water. This should give yeast a good blow. You may have to repeat the douching and honey tampon procedure for a few days.
Infusing oils can take some time, and you can always make an infused oil in advance, before you get a yeast infection. To do this, simply take dried herbs, put them in a jar, and fill the jar up with oil. Let the oil and herbs sit for several weeks. After enough time passes, you can take out the old herbs and add fresh herbs to the oil; this will infuse the oil with even more plant phytochemicals.
If you need an infused oil immediately, you can use heat to expedite the infusing process. Simply take a generous helping of each herb you're using and place it in a pan. Add your oil to the pan and heat the oil on medium-low heat for about an hour. Once the oil cools, you can use it topically where you're experiencing the infection. For an even stronger infused oil, simply remove the old herbs after they’ve been heated in the oil, add fresh herbs and reheat the oil again. You can do this process several times if you would like.
Decoctions of various herbs can be made just like you make tea. Add dried herbs to water and simmer the mixture for about 20 minutes. Often 5 to 7 teaspoons of the herbs should be used for every cup of water; if you want a strong decoction, that is. Make sure you do not drink any herbs that are not safe for internal use. A decoction of well known antifungal herbs should probably be safe for external use.
If you have essential oils on hand, feel free to add an oil to your topical yeast infection treatment. Several essential oils are very effective at killing Candida; and, as Dr. Duke states, the more plants you use the more healing synergy could result.
12 Hour Natural Cure for Yeast Infection
Herbs can take a while to prepare and use; it could take much longer than 12 hours to cure your Candida. However, there is a very fast, safe, and natural solution to yeast infections that works in 12 hours. Sarah Summer is the woman who developed this treatment; and, she has written a book detailing exactly how to cure a yeast infection in 12 hours.
Sarah Summer was a former recurrent yeast infection sufferer herself; so she knows the agony and inconvenience of Candida all too well. After receiving the news from her doctor that her situation was hopeless in regards to a particularly severe yeast infection, she decided to seek some answers. She began to understand that by focusing on the root causes, not merely surface-level symptoms, she could finally be free from her problem. The result of much study and trial and error, was her powerful natural solution. If you’d like to learn more about Sarah’s story or her book, you can check out Sarah’s website. She offers an 8 week, 100% money back guarantee and her book is published by a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated.
Herbal Remedies for Yeast Infections
The following herbs are all proven antifungals that have a documented ability to kill various types of Candida. Each page will give you summations of studies relating to the herb’s Candicidal efficacy. You may want to use whichever herb is easiest to get a hold of, but you shouldn’t need more than a few for treating a yeast infection.
Black walnut is a great plant to use for treating a yeast infection. Black walnut, and walnut trees in general, produce a substance called juglone. Juglone is a great antifungal, and can be used to treat Candidiasis. The husks of the walnut’s fruit, the green outer shell known as the pericarp, contains a high level of juglone. Try to use the outer, fleshy shell of black walnut fruit for the best assault on yeast.
Learn more here: Black Walnut for Yeast Infections
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Chamomile has around 9 different Candida fighting chemicals in it, making it powerful against yeast infections. In addition to stopping Candida, chamomile can be used to treat certain bacterial and viral infections. This herb is certainly one to have on hand for a variety of medicinal uses. There are different species of chamomile, so make sure you’re using Matricaria chamomilla (common names: annual chamomile, german chamomile, wild chamomile) and not Chamaemelum nobile (common names: garden chamomile, perennial chamomile, Roman chamomile) as the former is perhaps a better treatment for yeast infection than the latter.
Learn more here: Chamomile for Yeast Infections
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Cinnamon is a great natural remedy that you probably have in your pantry already. The bark, what cinnamon powder is made from, is antifungal. Cinnamon bark contains primarily three chemicals: trans-cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, and linalool. The phytochemicals in cinnamon bark are the reason why it works well at stopping Candida. If you have cinnamon sticks, you can boil them in water and make a tea. The cinnamon tea can be used topically and you can soak a tampon in the tea to use overnight.
Learn more here: Cinnamon for Yeast Infections
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
Cloves can help to break up persistent Candida biofilm and greatly enhance any other herbs or prescription drugs you might be using to fight Candida. Clove is also able to inhibit Candida yeast, as well as destroy biofilm; so, it’s an excellent choice for an herbal remedy. There are different species of cloves, but one of the best, Syzygium aromaticum, contains a large amount of the chemical eugenol. You may have cloves on hand in your pantry, simply crush them up and use them in the way that you choose.
Learn more here: Cloves for Yeast Infections
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic is a potent antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral herb that has a wide array of health uses. The ancient Egyptians would use honey and garlic mixtures to treat infected teeth. You can use garlic internally or topically to get rid of a yeast infection. Make sure you mix the garlic in a blender and let it set for a stronger remedy. The mixing of garlic causes alliin and alliinase to react together and form allicin. Allicin won’t be formed in your stomach as the strong acid deactivates the enzyme alliinase. However, pureed garlic can be very strong and may cause skin irritation!
Learn more here: Garlic for Yeast Infections
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Goldenseal was traditionally used medicinally by the Native Americans long before modern science documented the herb’s healing qualities. Goldenseal contains a few compounds (canadine, canadaline, hydrastine, and berberine) that are able to inhibit Candida. Using goldenseal with fluconazole also increases the effectiveness of this prescription antifungal. Use goldenseal to attack Candida with an assortment of natural substances that are toxic to its development!
Learn more here: Goldenseal for Yeast Infections
Henna (Lawsonia inermis)
Henna is popularly used for tattoos; however the leaves do possess antifungal properties. Just a few milligrams of henna can work about as well as prescription antifungal drugs do at treating a yeast infection. Consequently, it is a great choice for an herbal remedy. The primary reason why henna works against yeast is due to the presence of a chemical called lawsone. You can make the dried leaves into a tea and use it topically or as a douche.
Learn more here: Henna for Yeast Infections
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice has long been used in India; there, it is used in over 1000 different Ayurvedic remedies. For use against Candida, licorice is packed with about 25 different chemicals that are known antifungals. You can take this herb internally and use it externally as a topical treatment. Licorice root can also stop Candida biofilm and germ tube (hyphal) growth. Consequently, licorice should be an herb you try to procure for your herbal treatment.
Learn more here: Licorice for Yeast Infections
Pau D'Arco (Tabebuia, various species)
Pau d’arco, indigenous to South America, is an herb that has long been used by natives of that area for medicinal purposes. Pau d’arco contains two naphthoquinones, lapachol and beta-lapachone, that help give this herb its Candida killing power. Often, the bark of these plants are utilized in decoctions or slaves for the express purpose of getting rid of a yeast infection. If you can, find a salve containing pau d’arco and follow the directions on the package to treat your infection. This herb has been proven to kill many different species of Candida, and thus should work for your unique situation!
Learn more here: Pau D’Arco for Yeast Infections
Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Pot marigold, also known as Spanish marigold, has a long history of being used as a medicinal herb. Its medical application is at least as old as the 12th century. This herb contains flavonoids (natural antioxidants) and other chemicals that can stop some fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Frequently, dried pot marigold flowers are used to infuse oil or water. The infused liquid is then applied topically to the area being attacked by yeast. There is research showing that this plant can inhibit multiple types of Candida; making it an ideal choice to use for such infections. Pot marigold may stimulate menstruation, so if you’re pregnant, you should avoid using it.
Learn more here: Pot Marigold for Yeast Infections
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- 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.
- 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.