There are many viable herbal remedies that can prove to be as efficacious as conventional treatments for yeast infections. Many plants contain natural chemical constituents that have potent antifungal properties; therefore, such plants can be utilized by humans to allay fungal infections.
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Mixing Antifungal Herbs Together
According to Dr. James A. Duke, using multiple antifungal herbs together has a synergistic effect; the mixture of herbs kills fungus better than any single herb used in isolation against fungus. Dr. James A. Duke notes in his book, The Green Pharmacy that In a study conducted on antifungal essential oils, it was found that the combining of antifungal essential oils together created a mixture that possessed more antifungal efficacy than individual essential oils possessed by themselves.
Given the facts on the power of combining antifungal herbs, it may be a prudent course of action to utilize more than one herb to treat a yeast infection. Keep in mind that each herb must be used properly. Some herbs, such as tea tree oil, should not be ingested. If you are unsure about how to properly use an herb, consult a licensed doctor who specializes in herbal remedies. A professional herbalist can show you how to properly exploit each herb so that you can synthesize a yeast infection remedy that is both safe and effective.
Herbs to use for Treating Yeast Infections
There are an assortment of herbs that possess antifungal chemicals and can therefore be utilized to treat a yeast infection. Some of the herbs that will be discussed on this page include garlic, black walnut, licorice, henna, and goldenrod.
Fresh garlic cloves that have been thoroughly smashed have to extremely efficacious yeast fighting components. These two components are known as ajoene and allicin. You may have heard about these two chemicals if you have done any research on garlic’s medicinal uses.
Allicin is a powerful chemical that is capable of eradicating several different types of bacteria, viruses, fungus, and parasites. This chemical truly allows garlic to be considered a cure for a myriad of health maladies. Despite allicin’s remarkable ability to treat a plethora of diseases, it is considerably unstable and, in its pure form, allicin’s half-life is under three hours. Refrigeration at cold enough temperatures can slow the degradation of allicin.
Allicin is made when alliin (a chemical in garlic) is mixed with alliinase (another chemical in garlic); therefore, allicin is created when you crush fresh garlic. Considering the short period of time stable allicin will exist after garlic is crushed, you should use freshly crushed garlic immediately to ensure you are harnessing the power of allicin to treat your yeast infection.
Ajoene is another component of garlic that has been shown by research to be an effective killer of Candida albicans, the yeast responsible for the majority of Candida infections. Ringworm and jock itch can also be cured using ajoene. By using fresh garlic, you should be getting some of the chemical ajoene to come into contact with the yeast causing the infection.
Black Walnut Treatments
The fresh husk of a black walnut can be utilized to combat a yeast infection. To properly exploit the antifungal power of the black walnut husk you can create a tincture of the fresh husk. When the tincture is made you can apply it externally to where the yeast has invaded your body.
There are several chemical components of licorice that possess antifungal properties. Because of these chemical components, licorice makes a viable natural treatment option for yeast infections. A good way to utilize the chemicals in licorice that can fight yeast is by making a decoction of licorice by mixing five or six teaspoons of licorice root with about one cup of boiling water. Let the licorice root simmer for approximately 20 minutes after combining the licorice root powder with the boiling water. After the mixture has completed the 20 minutes of simmering, you can remove it from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, you can apply the licorice root decoction to the area where yeast has invaded your body one to three times a day.
You can also drink licorice tea to combat yeast infections in the intestines. Licorice tea is safe to take in normal amounts, up to around three cups of tea a day. Using licorice for extended periods of time, such as taking it daily for over six weeks, or taking large doses of licorice can cause various side effects. By using a more processed version of licorice known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), the side effects of using licorice can be reduced.
It is not safe to ingest licorice if you are pregnant as it may cause miscarriage or premature birth. Make sure you talk to a licensed physician before using licorice if you are pregnant. Licorice can also raise blood pressure and cause the body to retain water; consequently you should not ingest licorice if you have heart disease.
The herb henna contains 5,500 to 10,000 parts per million of the chemical compound called lawsone. Lawsone is an effective killer of several varieties of fungus and bacteria. You can therefore utilize the herb henna to help allay a yeast infection. A good way to do this is by making a decoction of henna by adding 5 to 7 teaspoons of henna for every cup of water you use in you decoction. For example, if you use two cups of water, you should put in 10 to 14 teaspoons of henna in the water. Once you have combined the henna and the water, bring the water to a simmer and let the mixture stay simmering for about 20 minutes. When the mixture is done cooking, take the mixture off the heat. Make sure you allow the henna infused water to cool until it reaches room temperature before you use it. Once cooled, the henna decoction can be placed directly onto the infected area one to three times a day.
Henna may not be safe to ingest, make sure you talk to your doctor before taking henna orally.
Commission E, the group of botanical medicine experts that provides advice to the German government about herbs, approves goldenrod for the use of urogenital disorders such as yeast infections. Goldenrod contains the chemical compounds known as ester saponins which are active against Candida. You can use goldenrod by making a tea of this herb and drinking it or by douching with the tea to get it directly into the vagina.
Goldenrod is generally considered to be a safe herb to use. Some individuals may experience a mild allergic reaction to this herb and should not take it. Unless you have an allergy to goldenrod, using the herb should be safe to do.
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.
- James A. Duke. The Green Pharmacy (p.201 mixing herbs for synergy, essential oil study)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidiasis C. albicans most common cause of candidiasis
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajoene ajoene has broad spectrum antifungal and antibacterial properties
- James A. Duke. The Green Pharmacy (p.203)
- James A. Duke. The Green Pharmacy (p.436-437)
- James A. Duke. The Green Pharmacy (p.204)
- https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/med-aro/factsheets/HENNA.html this article sited this source: Source: Simon, J.E., A.F. Chadwick and L.E. Craker. 1984. Herbs: An Indexed Bibliography. 1971-1980. The Scientific Literature on Selected Herbs, and Aromatic and Medicinal Plants of the Temperate Zone. Archon Books, 770 pp., Hamden, CT.
- James A. Duke. The Green Pharmacy (p.464)
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