Home remedies for yeast infections are truly a viable way to mitigate, and cure, many types of Candida attacks. Often, when you use an eclectic approach, incorporating several different methods of treatment, you can arrive at a superior, natural home remedy for Candida. Mixing two or more essential oils into coconut oil, for example, will be far superior to using a single essential oil or coconut oil alone. There is a healing synergy that is frequently created when you use multiple natural items. Each antifungal item has different chemical composition, and can attack the yeast in different ways. So, if you're going to use a home remedy, consider using a few different remedies at the same time for a more effective cure!
Changing the types of clothing you wear may also have some influence on the frequency, and severity, of your yeast infections—especially for women. However, research seems to indicate that this may only make a significant difference if you are in a hot, humid climate. One study we will talk about later on, found that modifications—like wearing loose clothing and cotton underwear—did not make much difference. Yet another study, which took place in a tropical climate, found clothing choice did impact women’s frequency of developing yeast infections. So, a prudent course of action—if you are in a hot, humid climate—would be to opt for loose, breathable clothing that allows moisture and heat out readily.
It is true, that there is so much information about various natural home remedies for Candida, it is hard to include all of it in a giant overview. So, included in this article are links to other pages with more comprehensive explanations of various natural remedies. Also, you will find many studies cited, that back up the credibility of these natural, alternative treatments. And, at the close of this article, we will be discussing a novel, all natural treatment for yeast infections, that can get rid of one in only 12 hours time. This 12 hour protocol, is an exceptional home remedy for yeast overgrowth.
One study looked at how doing things like wearing cotton underwear, using colored toilet paper, and wearing tight clothing affected the likelihood of a woman developing a yeast infection. The study was published in American Journal of Public Health [80.3 (1990): 329-331]. The study used 85 women in the case group; which consisted of women who had received a diagnosis of having a vaginal yeast infection. The control group women were without vaginal yeast infections; two groups served as controls: one group comprised of 1,245 students using a health service, and another group of 113 women. And, all the women in both groups were not pregnant. The study found, there was no increased risk of having a yeast infection, in women who wore a mix of fabrics or always synthetic fabrics in their underwear choice. Also, there was no increase in risk for women who wore tight clothing. Using tampons did increase women’s risk of getting a yeast infection by about 20%. Always using colored toilet paper also increased a woman’s risk of vaginal Candidiasis by about 31%. Additionally, being constipated and having infrequent bowel movements, raised the odds of getting a yeast infection by about 26%.
Another study looked at how wearing tight clothing affected women’s rate of developing vaginal yeast infections. This research was published in the American Journal of Public Health [73.4 (1983): 450-452]. The study used 160 women; 80 who wore loose clothing 80% of the time or more, and 80 who wore tight clothing 80% of the time or more. However, this study was conducted in Nigeria; where the climate is hot and humid. Thus, this research may be more comparable to what such clothing will do during the summer time in more temperate climates.
The study found that wearing tight fitting clothing, along with wearing panty hose or nylon underwear, causes there to be more moisture and warmth in the vaginal region. These hot, humid conditions create an environment more conducive to yeast development. The study also suggested that such things as moisture and heat could be a result of obesity as well; however, the researchers stated this was not the case for their study—as none of the study participants were overweight. In all, Candida albicans was recovered from 129 of the 160 symptomatic patients (81 per cent). A small detail to note, is at the time of the study, all germ tube growing Candida species may have been identified as Candida albicans; now, there is more of an exact classification of Candida species. The following chart, was taken from the study, and shows the number of colony forming units of yeast present in women given their clothing choice:
Thus, according to the American Journal of Public Health [80.3 (1990): 329-331] study, it would appear switching all of your underwear over to cotton fabric underwear and wearing looser clothing is not going to be of much help. But, the Nigerian study, in the American Journal of Public Health [73.4 (1983): 450-452], did show tight clothing significantly increases Candida growth in the vaginal area. Thus, perhaps the first study was conducted in a colder, dryer climate; and, the tight clothing the women wore did not make as much of a difference as it did in the Nigerian women. Thus, perhaps, the use of cotton underwear and loose clothing, is practical only when the weather is like summertime.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, which is the essential oil of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, has long been used for medicinal purposes. The indigenous Aborigines of Australia, utilized tea tree oil to heal skin infections, more than three hundred years ago. This essential oil is widely used in Australia as a topical medical therapy. Medical science has proven this essential oil can be used to treat certain viral, fungal, and bacterial infections in people. The medicinal uses of tea tree oil are primarily antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
A study, published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology [95.4 (2003): 853-860], looked at the minimum amount of tea tree oil, and the primary chemical constituents of this oil, required to kill Candida in vitro (in a test tube). The study found that regular tea tree oil was able to kill Candida albicans at a 0.25% concentration after 24 hours of exposure. The study found, that all but one of the chemical components of tea tree oil, possessed antifungal ability. The component that did not show antifungal ability was b-myrcene.
The more tea tree oil you use on the penis, in the vagina, or wherever you have your yeast infection, the more therapeutic it should be. You may not need much; as such low concentrations can be fatal for Candida cells. There are two things you should consider before you decide how much tea tree oil to use. The first, is the fact that tea tree oil, when enough is ingested, can be lethal. So, never use tea tree oil in your mouth in high concentrations (mouthwashes and toothpastes with tea tree oil should only have tiny concentrations of the oil in them). Secondly, tea tree oil may cause skin irritation. So, you may want to try using a bit on a patch of skin somewhere on your body to see how your skin reacts to it. Also, you can start out with weaker concentrations in douches and creams you use on your genitals. And lastly, excessive amounts of tea tree oil in the vagina may not be safe; make sure you do not use too much; limit the concentration of this oil to 2%.
To use tea tree oil, try using a 2% concentration of the oil in douches, creams, and other mediums you wish to use it in. For more information on tea tree oil, you can check out this extensive explanation of using it: tea tree oil for yeast infections.
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil is a ubiquitous food item; and, an item frequently used in skin care. Coconut oil can be utilized to prevent stretch marks, ameliorate dermal dryness, and stop flaking. Coconut oil is also used for eczema, rashes, minor burns, and bruises. Coconut oil is often used to treat fungal infections as well—such as yeast infections, ringworm, and athlete’s foot. Virgin coconut oil has been used to stop yeast infections at small dilutions. Research has shown, that coconut oil at 25% dilution, was able to fully inhibit Candida growth. Coconut oil contains a good amount of capric acid and lauric acid; which both have the ability to disrupt Candida cells (Kannan, Mohammed; 2014).
One study, looked at how well virgin coconut oil could work to stop the growth of Candida albicans. The study was published in the International Journal of Phytotherapy Research [Volume 4 Issue 2, 2014]. The study placed the coconut oil in with the yeast, and determined how far away the coconut oil could stop the growth of the yeast. The tests were performed three times; and, the study reported their results as mean averages. The study found that the average zone of inhibition (the distance coconut oil would prevent growth) was 19.6 mm. The following quote was taken from the study; and, is the researcher’s conclusion. Below the quote, is a picture taken from the study, of the plate where the zone of inhibition formed by coconut oil is shown.
The results of this study indicate that virgin coconut oil exerts an antifungal effect on Candida albicans. The findings as reported in the present study indicate a strong potential therapeutic value of virgin coconut oil against Candidial infections. Oral therapeutic products from coconut oil should be safe, effective and efficient alternative in antifungal therapy clinically. This will certainly increase the quality of life and decrease morbidity of the chronic fungal oral lesion that are seen associated with several debilitating diseases especially in the extremes of life.
International Journal of Phytotherapy Research [Volume 4 Issue 2, 2014]
Yes, it is true, that coconut oil can quickly kill yeast and help to relieve an infection caused by this fungus. On the coconut oil for yeast infection page, you will see research, that has shown a 3% concentration of coconut oil, can kill Candida cells. So, when you use pure coconut oil, you are going to be using a very high amount of the fatty acids that work to kill off the yeast. You can even take it a step further and infuse the coconut oil with antifungal herbs; or, you can add several drops of various antifungal essential oils. When you look for a coconut oil, try to use a non-hydrogenated oil that doesn’t contain any other chemical additives.
According to a study, published in International Dairy Journal [9.1 (1999): 53-61], the spread of Candida throughout the gut is a frequent result of using antibiotic medicines. Research has shown that the microbiotic organisms in the gut play a key role in the suppression of Candida. One study, reported that the probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii, helped to protect mice from Candida. This study states a human trial in 1983, found that milk with Bifidobacterium and L. acidophilus was quite capable of lowering the the prevalence of Candida in stool samples. This study reported, that the time of its writing, the mechanisms by which probiotics work were not fully understood. A few possible ways, probiotic bacteria may help protect the body, include the following:
- Reduction of toxin synthesis
- Stimulating the immune system
- The production of antimicrobial substances
- Competition for resources and binding sites
Another research study, published in the Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition [39.1 (1999): 13-126], discussed probiotics and gut yeast. The research reported, surfaces that have been previously covered with Lactobacilli, inhibit the adhesion of Candida albicans anywhere from 0% to 67%. This may be vital for preventing Candida from colonizing the surfaces of the vaginal interior and the walls of the interior intestines; thus, reducing the virulence of this yeast. The study also stated, that when Lactobacilli were utilized to challenge Candida albicans that had already adhered to a surface, these bacteria caused up to a 91% displacement of this yeast. Thus, it may be possible, that the introduction of such Lactobacilli bacteria can rip away the yeast cells stuck on the tissues lining the intestines and vagina. The study speculates, that the normal female genital microbiota (which is heavily dominated by Lactobacilli in healthy women), may play a critical role in interfering with Candida’s infection process.
One of the most popular probiotics, L. acidophilus, is often used as a preventative and treatment measure for Candidiasis. The section on Candida Hub about this probiotic, acidophilus for yeast infection, goes into greater detail about how this helpful bacteria can work to fight against yeast. As mentioned, species of Lactobacilli normally dominate a healthy vagina; and, strains within the L. acidophilus complex are generally considered to comprise the bulk of these vaginal Lactobacilli. Thus, when your looking for a probiotic home remedy for Candida, choosing a probiotic rich in L. acidophilus is a great choice. Try ingesting such probiotics daily; and, if you are a woman, insert them into the vagina on a daily basis as well. This may help the bacteria to more rapidly colonize the gastrointestinal system and the urogenital system. When the bowels and vagina are full of the normal, helpful bacteria; they are more capable of mitigating Candida growth and development.
Post-Antibiotic Candida Vaginitis
One study looked at women and their methods for dealing with post-antibiotic vaginitis. The research was published in The Medical Journal of Australia [179.1 (2003): 43-46]. The authors stated, that a search of the literature, revealed a study that found 28% of 78 women came down with microbiologically verified vaginal yeast infections after taking antibiotics. The study also found, out of 798 women who had a past history of vaginitis, that some type of lactobacillus product or yogurt was used as a preventative measure by 40% of these women. Concerning the route the women used to take these products, 29% took it orally, 7% used it in the vagina and took it orally, and 3% used it in the vagina only. Around the same rates, of lactobacilli / yogurt use in the treatment of vaginitis, were used by the women. And, the ways in which they used these products, were also similar to the methods for prevention. Some lesser utilized methods, for the treatment of vaginitis, included: tea tree oil, personal hygiene habits, wearing cotton clothing, vinegar use, and a change to dietary habits (such as reducing sugars).
Other Home Remedies for Yeast Infections
Candida Hub has extensive information about several natural home remedies for yeast infections. These remedies include herbs, essential oils, extracts, honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil. Natural items like honey, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar make excellent mediums to infuse with herbs and essential oils. The late Dr. James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, stated that combinations of essential plant oils regularly outperform single oils at fighting fungal infections. Dr. Duke described a possible healing synergy that can arise from mixing plant oils. Thus, each herb or essential oil may attack yeast at different angels; and, when you bring the fight to yeast on multiple fronts, you may end up with a very superior natural remedy. So, if you can, learn about several natural items and mix them together to form a unique yeast infection treatment.
Digestive system yeast overgrowth is perhaps the key way Candida gains a foothold in people’s bodies; and, how it begins to cause a more systemic problem. The cells of Candida can readily attach to the intestinal lining, sink into these skin layers (likely via a proteinase; i.e., an enzyme that breaks down proteins), and grow tendrils that puncture these layers. Some people, who have enough Candida in their gut, will see large masses of white, tendril like material come out with their stool (for more information on yeast in your poop, and pictures of this, you can check out the Candida in stool article).
One key toxic chemical produced by Candida is gliotoxin; and, this poison has been scientifically found to suppress the function of the immune system (Shah, D. T., et al.; 1998). Candida, since it is a yeast, also ferments carbohydrates into alcohol. When your body begins to be inundated with a constant flow of alcohol and gliotoxin, a drastic decline in your immune function can occur. And, people can have very large quantities of yeast growing in their gut! The result of this fungus overgrowth, can be regular bacterial infections in other parts of the body; and, more frequent viral health maladies.
Maybe you seem to be sicker more often than most; the strain yeast has put on your immune system may be why. Doctors may then suspect you're just more vulnerable to infections than most people; and, they give you antibiotics frequently. This only serves to worsen your Candida problem—as the antibiotics keep wiping out the natural competition of the yeast.
Gut yeast infections, like home remedies for Candidiasis, is an extensive topic. Candida Hub does have a solid overview of this topic. You can find out about a possible way to do an intestinal cleanse to wipe out the yeast, learn why it may cause constipation, and find out about other relevant topics. Feel free to check out the gut yeast infection section for more great, scientifically backed, information.
Some of the home remedies for Candida have already been listed in this article. But, if you would like to explore a little more about other natural items effective at stopping yeast, you can check out the following extensive exposes:
- Antifungal Extracts
- Anti-Yeast Herbs
- Antifungal Essential Oils
- Using Honey Therapeutically
- Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Candida
Linda Allen’s 12 Hour Home Remedy for Candida
You may be one of the many people who suffer with a systemic Candida problem, or recurrent yeast infections. A good portion of people will also find themselves dealing with recurrent yeast infections; and still others will have Candida throughout the body. One woman who had this kind of problem was Linda Allen. Allen spent about 12 years dealing with yeast infection outbreaks and the hell of systemic Candida overgrowth. It took a lot of work, and diligent effort, but Linda did arrive at a permanent, powerful answer to the Candida puzzle—and, was able to totally end her yeast related health troubles. Even if this is your first yeast infection, Linda Allen can show you exactly how to wipe it out fast.
Linda’s problems began to appear in her late teen years; about the same time she came down with a sinus infection. When linda saw she had a yeast infection, she made an appointment with her physician. The doctor who saw Linda gave her a prescription antifungal and Linda used it with much success. Yet, after some time had passed, Linda’s yeast infection came back. Again, Linda scheduled another appointment with her doctor, and was given another prescription medication to take. As before, the drugs cleared everything up without much fuss. As you may have guessed, however; it wasn’t long until the yeast came back and caused yet another infection. This cycle of recurrent Candidiasis, and the subsequent treatment of the surface level symptoms, would go on for about a decade in Linda’s life.
Along with her frequent yeast infections, Linda’s whole health began to rapidly decline. She frequently went to the doctor for any help to make her feel better. The doctor didn’t do much except prescribe her stronger and stronger antibiotics to fix her up. She even was put on allergy medication. The pharmaceuticals she got from her doctor’s visits did seem to temporarily improve her health; but, it was only a momentary fix. Linda knew she was not feeling like herself; and, she didn’t know why her body was always in so much turmoil. Those who knew Linda wondered if she was much sicker than she was letting on; or, thought she was somewhat of a hypochondriac. In all, Linda’s medical bills had cost her a small fortune; and, instead of living in a nice place, she could only afford a small, cramped apartment.
Things drastically changed for the better though, when Linda made an appointment to see a naturopath about her health. The naturopath knew exactly what was giving Linda her problems; and, told her that she was the victim of a systemic yeast infection. Suddenly, Linda now knew the root cause of the myriad of health problems she had been facing. Although the methods the naturopath suggested for Linda would not result in a permanent cure, her new found understanding of her health was life changing.
Linda then began to fervently study natural medicine and medical texts related to Candida diligently. Linda read many books cover to cover; she worked religiously to understand Candida. When a doctor or other medical professional would be nice enough to give her some time, Linda would seek their advice and opinions. Linda also began to try a host of alternative therapies for yeast overgrowth; and, although none of them permanently solved her problem, they did show her key clues to beating Candida. Eventually, Linda aggregated her knowledge and experience and put together a treatment method to eradicate the yeast from her body. Linda spent a whole year polishing and refining this new approach before giving it a try on herself.
Finally, the time came for Linda to put her ideas into practice. When Linda began her new treatment she did find that her yeast infections cleared up quickly. And, as time went on, the usual recurrent Candida attacks stayed gone. Within a few weeks of starting her treatment, Linda’s health began to rapidly improve. Eventually, Linda was feeling amazing again—she felt like her old, yeast free self that had vanished long ago. Time kept going by, and Linda’s health stayed fantastic and she never saw another outbreak of Candida. Eventually, Linda concluded that she had finally solved her Candida problem.
Linda spoke to a doctor about her new treatment, and the physician thought Linda may have something, and suggested giving it to others and letting them see how they would respond. Linda, via her previous experience in the world of yeast infections sufferers, easily found several people willing to try. After Linda gave them her treatment protocol, the amazing results began pouring in. The people who used Linda’s approach wrote her and told her that they too were free of their yeast problems. Linda found that oral and genital yeast infections would vanish in just 12 hours time using her treatments.
Linda has since written an extensive book describing how to implement her natural treatment plan. Linda guarantees that following her book will totally wipe out systemic yeast infections; and, guarantees oral and genital yeast infections will be gone in just 12 hours time. She backs these claims up with a generous 60 day, 100% money back guarantee. So, if you find you don’t see these results, you can quickly get all your money back. Since Linda published her book in 2004, over 100,000 individuals from around the world have used her methods to arrive at permanent freedom from yeast infections and systemic Candida.
Linda’s book is published by a large retailer of digital products—one of the largest in the world. Linda’s publisher is owned by the U.S. based firm Keynetics Incorporated. Linda’s publisher guarantees your satisfaction; and, if you want to request a refund, you can simply visit their website and make a request. You can even call them on the phone, or chat with them live, for prompt, friendly service and an expedient refund of your investment. Keynetics makes it easy for their clients to feel like they’ve been treated right!
To find out more about Linda’s life story and her struggle with Candida, to learn more about her book, to see testimonies of others who gave Linda’s book a try, or to see some of the other great books Linda includes with every copy of her book (for free), you can get more information at Linda Allen’s website.
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