Candida (or yeast infection) is caused by a fungus named Candida Albicans. Yeast is always found in small quantities, but the problem appears once it starts growing. Symptoms can include redness, itchiness, and burning sensations.
Even though yeast infections usually affect the vaginal area, they can also start developing in the digestive system, lower abdomen, beneath skin folds and under the breasts. It can be triggered by chronic health conditions, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, stress, antibiotics and many other factors.
An Alternative to Conventional Medicine
While there are many treatments that can be bought from pharmacies, you can also use an alternative which is tea tree oil. It’s chemical-free, which means it won’t have any unpredictable side-effects. Here are just a few reasons why it’s so great.
- Its antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties can help treat yeast infections.
- It reduces inflammation, restoring the balance of good and bad bacteria in your body.
- It contains terpinene, which stops the growth of bacteria that cause yeast infections.
Tea tree oil can be used in various ways to prevent or treat yeast infections. Due to the fact that it’s extremely potent, one should dilute it beforehand. Take a look at the following methods and see which one fits your needs.
- Tea tree oil and baking soda: You can add it to your bath and soak in it for about 20 minutes, or you can mix the ingredients with some water and apply it on the affected area. Rinse it off after 3-7 minutes. The baking soda will also restore the pH balance, relieve itchiness, swelling and burning sensations.
- Tea tree oil, emu oil, and calendula flower oil: Make a mixture out of 4 drops of tea tree oil and half an ounce of emu oil and calendula flower oil, and apply it to the infected area 3 times a day. This will help heal the damaged tissue and relieve inflammation.
- Tea tree oil and garlic: It is a known fact that garlic kills fungus and bacteria, so applying a paste made out of a garlic clove and a drop of tea tree oil over the infected area should solve the problem. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
- Tea tree oil mouthwash: Mix tea tree oil with an equal quantity of water and keep a sip in your mouth for 30-60 seconds before gargling and spitting it out. At the end, rinse with water. Careful not to swallow it.
- Tea tree oil and honey: Honey is also used to kill fungi and bacteria that cause infections, so mixing it with tea tree oil will double the power. Mix 2 tablespoons of raw honey with 3 drops of tea tree oil and apply on the infected area, leaving it overnight. Rinse in the morning and repeat the following evening.
Tea tree oil is toxic, so it should not be consumed internally. It may cause nausea, diarrhea, and even hallucinations. The best way to use it is externally, being careful to drink a lot of water so that you can flush out the toxins. If you do not find any relief after using tea tree oil, consult your doctor for further treatment.