Candida albicans, as it’s officially called, is yeast that lives naturally in the human body. It is controlled by the immune system and the beneficial bacteria in our organisms. When we take antibiotics, the beneficial bacteria die and Candida grows, leading to various symptoms and conditions such as vaginal yeast infections, skin infections or oral thrush. The treatment for candida includes both supplements and a strict diet. At the same time, there are numerous natural approaches that can be beneficial in treating this condition.
The latest studies have shown that Black Walnut is more efficient than the anti-fungal drugs. It is rich in tannins, powerful substances that kill yeasts, parasites and fungus. At the same time, it has Juglone, a compound that has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. Remember that any herb that can kill parasites, can also kill candida. Black walnut can be taken as capsules and you can find them at the healthy food stores.
This herb is also anti-fungal and people have used it to treat candida for numerous years. It also has the ability to detoxify your internal organs and purify the bloodstream. You can drink burdock root tea made of 2 teaspoons of this herb and boiling water (1 cup). Let it steep for 15 minutes, and then drink it. You can consume up to 3 cups per day. You can also use burdock root supplements or tincture taken with water.
This is one of the world’s best antiseptics and immune stimulating herbs. Thus, it can strengthen your immune system, helping you fight against candida. Still, take it only when necessary and not as a daily supplement. You can drink Echinacea tea up to 3 times per day. You can find Echinacea tea bags at the healthy food stores or you can buy Echinacea herb and make your own tea with 2 teaspoons of it and boiling water.
Another natural antiseptic is garlic. A study has shown that it has cured 24 cases of candida out of 26. Its main property is that it destroys the bacteria and instead it supplies the body with good bacteria. You can consume up to 4 grams of fresh garlic per day. However, if you don’t like its taste, there are also other options. So, you can take garlic oil, up to 0.12 ml thrice a day or garlic softgels, up to 200 milligrams per day.
This herb has anti-fungal properties and it can regulate and strengthen your immune system. It can be taken as tea. Mix 2 teaspoons of thyme with boiling water (1 cup) and let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain it and drink up to 3 cups of tea daily. This tea is also helpful for the women suffering from vaginal yeast infections. Prepare the tea and let it cool naturally, don’t put it in the fridge. Then, you can use it to wash the affected area.
Other natural treatments that can be used against candida are: propolis, grapefruit seed extract, Aloe Vera juice, tea tree oil, coconut oil or clove oil.