Candidiasis, the annoying fungal infection due to Candida Albicans can easily be eliminated using simple and safe homemade herbal remedies. However, with herbal remedies for Candida infection one must note that using one herb for a very long time or taking too many herbs at a time can decrease the potency of the herb. Therefore, herbalists always recommend using one herb for a week for getting the best possible and permanent result against Candida Albicans.
Here, we give out a long list of herbs (in alphabetic order) that can be tried every week to kill the overgrowth of Candida Albicans.
Herbal Remedies for Treating Candida
Astragulas is an immune system stimulating Chinese herb that is used by many to fight Candida infection. It is often used to protect the body against other forms of infections such as cold and flu.
The herb Barberry is scientifically known as Berberis vulgaris. The dried fruit of this herb contains the chemical Berberine. Berberine is the reason why Barberry is considered as an effective herbal remedy for Candida infection. The herb has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and also is anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant in nature. Barberry tea can be taken three times a day for treating Candida growth.
Another herb that can kill Candida overgrowth is Black Walnut. Black walnut is also used against parasitical infection. The reason why Black Walnut is considered one of the best known options for fighting Candidiasis is that it has natural tannins and the chemical Juglone.
Black Walnut is available in the following forms in the market – capsules and powder.
The roots of Burdock are also used to kill Candida growth as it has anti-fungal properties. The herb is also popular for its blood purifying and diuretic abilities. Burdock root oil extracts are available in the market and can be directly applied to the affected area. Burdock root tea powder and capsules are also used for Candida infection.
Another immune boosting herb is known as Cat’s Claw. By making the immune system strong, the herb helps in preventing fungal and other types of infections in the body. Thus, Cat’s Claw can also be used to treat Candida overgrowth. Cat’s Claw is available in the following forms in the market – tea, capsules and powder extract. Cat’s Claw is more popular for its use in fighting HIV infection. The herb contains tannins and many important phytochemicals.
Echinacea helps in the fight against Candida as it is a powerful immunostimulant with antiseptic properties and can easily ward off infections. Echinacea tea bags and capsules are available in the market.
Garlic has been made popular for its medicinal values especially in Central Asian countries. Many in-vitro studies have showed that Garlic has the following important properties – anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Garlic is also popular as an herbal remedy for solving heart related ailments. However, this herb is considered a deadly killer when it comes to the case of Candida Albicans.
It is therefore claimed by many that Candida Albicans can never survive in the presence of Garlic. It is recommended that people suffering from Candida infection must add garlic to their daily diet. Those who cannot stand the smell of garlic can also go for garlic capsules available in the market.
Another herb that contains the chemical Berberine is Goldenseal. Apart from Berberine, Goldenseal also contains another anti-microbial chemical known as Hydrastine. Berberine is the reason why Barberry, Goldenseal and Oregon grape root are known as anti-Candida herbs.
Neem is an important constituent of Ayurvedic medicine and is known to possess anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. This potent detoxifier can be applied directly to the skin or affected part to treat Candidiasis. In the market, Neem extracts are also available in the form of Neem oil. Tea made from Neem leaves can also be taken several times a day to treat Candida infection.
Olive leaves can be collected from the Olive tree that is more famous for its olive oil. However, Olive leaves and Olive leaf extracts are also available in the market as they possess antibiotic properties. Olive leaves contain oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, flavonoids and polyphenols. The oleuropein found in the leaves of the herbal tree is the real reason behind its fungus fighting abilities.
Many claim that Olive leaf extracts work in Candidiasis patients as it can be used to control blood sugar levels. It is a known fact that elevated blood sugar level is one the major reasons for Candida overgrowth in humans. Drinking two or three cups of Olive leaf tea per day can be helpful in the fight against Candida infection.
Oregano is an effective herb for treating Candidiasis as the phenols found in the oil of the herb can fight fungal and bacterial infections. Oregano is from the mint family and has purple colored flowers. The herb is known as an effective antioxidant as it contains phenolic acids and flavonoids.
Pau D`Arco is an herbal tree with extreme hard wood and equally extreme action against Candida Albicans. Tea made from Pau D`Arco extracts can be had daily to fight Candidiasis.
Infact, the herb can be used against a range of other infections including viral, parasitic and fungal types. The herb has powerful anti-cancer and immunostimulant properties. The herbal extract of Pau D`Arco can be directly applied to the skin to treat yeast infection. However, pregnant women and lactating mothers should avoid this herb.
Thyme is one of the safest and commonly found herbs available across the globe. Thyme contains the component Thymol which is considered antiseptic in nature.
Centuries ago, when antibiotics were not in use it is said that Thyme was used to treat infections, acne and wounds. Thymol is also a powerful anti-fungal agent and therefore is used effectively to treat Candida infection.
Apart from the above list of herbs, the following can also be used to treat Candidiasis effectively – Peppermint, Chamomile, Yellowroot, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Licorice, Primrose Oil, Bromelain, Milk Thistle, Aloe Vera, Calendula flowers, Myrrh, Clove, Melaleuca etc.
It must be noted that most of these herbs are considered safe, affordable and are easily available in the market. However, pregnant women and lactating mothers must use these herbs under proper medical guidance and after a lot of careful research. This is because some of the herbs mentioned here may be harmful for babies and may also lead to contractions & early labor in pregnant women.