There are a variety of natural remedies that can be employed to help alleviate a Candida infection. It is often prudent to take an eclectic approach when considering how to effectively utilize natural Candida cures. By using a variety of treatments, such as multiple herbs and diluted vinegar (make sure you do not exceed a concentration of 1% vinegar; strong concentrations of vinegar can cause skin irritation or chemical burns)together, you can help ensure that your natural treatment will work. If one herb or natural remedy fails, another may work quite well. It can be a fun and enjoyable process to create your own natural treatment for Candida. Be warned, there are potential side effects to using various herbs and natural remedies; make sure you consult a doctor if you are not familiar with a natural remedy you are going to employ to fight Candida.
The natural remedies for Candida infestation that will be discussed here include acidophilus yogurt, garlic, camomile, and henna. You can try using all four of these herbal remedies to help allay an infection of Candida. By using them together it is likely you will create a treatment that surpasses the effectiveness of a single remedy. The synergy created by using these natural remedies together is likely to help you effectively mitigate your Candida infection.
You should always eat acidophilus yogurt and apply it to the area infected by Candida to ensure the L. acidophilus can help keep the Candida at bay. Using this yogurt along with an herbal remedy is perhaps a great way to help stop a Candida infection.
Acidophilus Yogurt for Candida
Eileen Hilton and her co-workers at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y, performed research using yogurt containing L. acidophilus bacteria. Hilton’s research showed that women who ingested yogurt containing live L. acidophilus bacteria had yeast infections less frequently.
You can use L. acidophilus oral capsules if you do not have access to yogurt containing live L. acidophilus bacteria. Additionally you can also make your own yogurt with live L. acidophilus. If you have a way to incubate milk at a steady temperature, you can make your own homemade yogurt. Remember when you make your yogurt to not add any sugar or foods containing high amounts of sugar. Sugar is a natural food supply of Candida. If you intend to use L. acidophilus yogurt as a douche, having excess sugar in your yogurt will feed the Candida.
When you make your own homemade yogurt, make sure you let the yogurt ferment for 8 to 12 hours. The longer you let your yogurt ferment, the more bacteria will be present in the yogurt and the less sugar will be present in the yogurt. Having a lot of bacteria and a low amount of sugar in your yogurt will make it ideal for use as a Candida remedy.
Garlic for Candida
Freshly crushed garlic contains two powerful anti-fungal chemicals: allicin and ajoene. Allicin has been shown to be an effective fungus killing chemical compound. Despite the fact that allicin is an effective killer of fungus, allicin is quite unstable. Pure allicin’s half life is less than three hours. If refrigerated at a cold enough temperature, allicin can be maintained for no longer than 48 hours. If you want to get the most allicin possible, make sure you crush your garlic thoroughly and use it immediately. When you crush garlic the chemicals alliin and alliinase go through a chemical reaction to create allicin.
Ajoene is a chemical constituent of garlic that was studied in Japan and was shown to be able to stop Candida albicans from growing. Ajoene is effective at halting different types of skin Candida infestations such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. A garlic gel with a one percent concentration of ajoene was similar in its effectiveness as Lamisil.
Camomile for Candida
Camomile is an herb that is particularly effective against Candida. In addition to fighting Candida, camomile is also a strong antibacterial herb and has anti-inflammatory constituents. Camomile can be both ingested and used topically to cure Candida. To do this you can make a strong tea of Camomile and drink it throughout the day. You can also apply the tea two to four times each day right on the area attacked by the fungus.
Henna for Candida
Henna has a chemical constituent that is good for fighting off fungus known as lawsone. You can start to utilize henna by making a strong decoction by simmering five to seven teaspoons of henna per cup of water for approximately 20 minutes. Once you have simmered the mixture allow it to cool and you can place the henna decoction directly onto the part of your body invaded by Candida one to three times each day.
Henna may not be safe to consume orally, so make sure you talk with a licensed doctor before you decide to take any amount of henna orally.
Henna is a flowering plant that has been used historically as a dye for skin, hair, leather, and wool. Henna is a native plant to the tropical and subtropical areas of Africa, southern Asia, and in parts of northern Australasia. Henna flowers can also be used to make a perfume and henna also can repel some insects.
More Herbal Remedies
If you would like to learn about more herbs you can use to stop Candida, Candida Hub has an entire section on this. The herbs listed on this section have a proven track record for stopping Candida. You can order these herbs online or just pick them up at your local grocery store. Many are also able to stop certain viruses and bacteria as well! If you want to enhance your herbal medicine, check out this page detailing these herbs: Herbal Remedies for Yeast Infection.
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- Google Books — Dr. James A. Duke, The Green Pharmacy — (p.201 using herbs together has synergistic effects)
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3555334 (ajoene stops Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans from growing.)