There are many medicinal herbs that can be used to help mitigate and eliminate a yeast infection. Some herbal remedies for yeast infections are taken internally while others are applied externally. If you are not sure how to properly use an herbal remedy for yeast infection make sure you consult a physician before you attempt to treat yourself with an herb you do not fully understand.
Some herbal remedies for yeast, such as tea tree oil, are effective at fighting fungal infections but should not be taken orally for any reason at all. Conversely, garlic is one powerful fungus fighting herb that can be used both internally and topically to fight yeast infections.
Although there are several yeast infection herbal treatments, this page will only focus on four herbs used for fighting yeast infections: black walnut, tea tree oil, licorice, and pau-d’arco.
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) Herbal Remedies
Black walnut is a tree that is in high demand for its wood and nuts. Black walnut is used to make fine pieces of furniture and gunstocks. Due to a diminishing supply, the black walnut trees that remain are used primarily for veneer. The nuts produced by the black walnuts are also coveted by bakers and by ice cream producers.
Black walnut is is native to eastern North America and grows in the central and eastern parts of the United States. Black walnut grows well drained bottoms in the Appalachian mountains and the Midwest. If you plan to grow this plant, note that black walnut secretes a toxin--known as juglone--that is hazardous to other plants. Make sure you do not plant this tree close to a garden or other plants you want to thrive.
To treat a yeast infection, you can make a tincture of fresh black walnut husk and apply the tincture to the skin where the infection has occurred. Try combining the black walnut tincture with a few drops of a tincture of lavender flowers, a few drops of valerian root tincture, a few drops of pau d’arco tincture, and ten drops of tea tree oil. Make sure you to not ingest this mixture as it is harmful to your health if taken orally.
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) Herbal Remedies
Tea tree oil is a substance with powerful chemical constituents. Some of the chemicals present in tea tree oil have antibacterial properties, some have anti-fungal properties, and some have antiviral properties. Using pure tea tree oil can cause skin reactions that are undesirable and therefore tea tree oil is frequently diluted before using it.
Although there are dangers involved when using tea tree oil, it does have powerful anti-fungal chemical constituents that will stop a yeast infection. Only use tea tree oil externally and apply the oil directly to where the infection of yeast has occurred. If you are worried about your skin being irritated, it may be a prudent course of action to dilute the tea tree oil with an equal quantity of vegetable oil. Diluting the tea tree oil may be a very prudent course of action when applying it to the sensitive skin of the vagina or penis.
Taking tea tree oil orally is not a safe use of this herb as tea tree oil is toxic when ingested. There are several different adverse health effects that can occur if you consume tea tree oil. Some effects of taking tea tree oil orally include confusion, rashes, comas, and death. Since tea tree oil can cause such adverse health effects, make sure you use it as a last resort. If you are unsure how to properly utilize tea tree oil make sure you talk with a physician before you use it.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Herbal Remedies
There are at least 25 constituents of licorice root that are known antifungal chemical compounds. Due to the fact these 25 chemical compounds are present in licorice, it is an efficacious cure for a yeast infection. To extract these chemicals and start putting them to work fighting off yeast fungus, make a decoction of licorice. To make the licorice decoction, combine five to seven teaspoons of powdered licorice root with one cup of boiling water. Once you have mixed the licorice root and the boiling water, let the mixture simmer for around twenty minutes. When you are finished cooking the licorice root powder, remove the licorice root powder and let the liquid cool. You can put the liquid directly onto the area of skin infected with yeast one to three times each day.
Licorice can cause some unwanted health maladies. if you are pregnant make sure you do not ingest licorice as it might induce a miscarriage or cause premature birth. There is not enough data available on the safety of licorice to know if it is safe to take while you are breast feeding. If you suffer from hypertension make sure you do not consume big doses of licorice as licorice can raise your blood pressure. Be sure you discuss taking licorice with your doctor before you take this herb internally as it can cause unwanted interactions with drugs you may be taking.
Pau-d’arco (Tabebuia) Herbal Remedies
There are three powerful chemical constituents of pau-d’arco that have good anti-fungal properties. These three chemicals are lapachol, beta-lapachone, and xyloidine. Lapachol’s antifungal capabilities are similar to ketaconazole. To utilize pau-d’arco and start fighting yeast with it, you can either make it into a decoction or you can use pau-d’arco capsules and make a salve. Make sure you talk with a doctor before you use pau-d’arco as using too much pau-d’arco can pose dangerous to your health.
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 Ph.D., The Green Pharmacy p.203
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