Candida & Cinnamon

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Cinnamon is a great natural remedy that you probably have in your pantry already.  The bark, what cinnamon powder is made from, is antifungal.  Cinnamon bark contains primarily three chemicals: trans-cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, and linalool.  The phytochemicals in cinnamon bark are the reason why it works well at stopping Candida.  If you have cinnamon sticks, you can boil them in water and make a tea.  The cinnamon tea can be used topically and you can soak a tampon in the tea to use overnight.

Herbal Cinnamon Yeast Infection Cure

The consumption of cinnamon and its use for a variety of other purposes has a long history.  Even Moses used cinnamon in his holy oil in the Bible’s Old Testament.  The spice trade of historic Europe thrived on cinnamon as one of its primary luxury goods.  Cinnamon is now grown in many parts of the world and has been used medicinally for some time.  With the advent of modern technology; scientists have also verified that cinnamon is a viable treatment for some bacterial and fungal conditions.  Getting rid of yeast infections is one medicinal use cinnamon shows excellent efficacy in.  You likely have some cinnamon bark powder already in your house; you can add it to your yeast infection treatment to bolster the power of your current therapy!

Cinnamon Bark Powder for Candida

According to a study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2013, 13:275), essential oil derived from Cinnamon zeylanicum bark contains primarily trans-cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, and linalool.  These three chemicals comprise 82.5% of the total composition of the essential oil.  Trans-cinnamaldehyde is the constituent that comprises the bulk of the cinnamon bark oil, accounting for approximately 49.9–62.8% of the total amount of bark oil.

The study provides a chart showing the results of many tests of cinnamon against various fungal and bacterial pathogens.  Included in the chart are many different species of Candida. Even multi-drug resistant (MDR) Candida albicans was susceptible to cinnamon.  See the results chart here.  As you can see in the chart, many separate studies found cinnamon was a powerful anti-Candida substance.  So, this study’s chart thoroughly shows that cinnamon powder can be used to safely inhibit the development of Candida; as demonstrated by a host of researchers.

One of the studies that the aforementioned and linked result chart talks about was a 2012 study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review [2012, 16:125–129].  The study took bark from Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) and the more common “true cinnamon tree” bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and tested these two bark’s capabilities to inhibit Candida albicans.  The powdered bark of these two cinnamon species were diluted to small concentrations of their weight in the total solution.  The study found that a solution containing just 4% cinnamon powder from both types of cinnamon radically inhibited Candida albicans development.  True cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum; the kind you find labeled as just “powdered cinnamon” in the grocery store) worked better than Cassia cinnamon at inhibiting Candida albicans.  The following chart was taken from the study and shows these two types of cinnamon labeled “Cz” for true cinnamon, and “Cc” for Cassia cinnamon.  The chart shows how many days various concentrations of these spices stopped Candida from growing.  As you can see, just small concentrations of both cinnamon types were able to arrest the growth of Candida albicans for many days; even possibly permanently.  Other spices used in the study against this species of Candida are also listed at the bottom of the chart.

Caption: Number of days specific concentrations of spices stopped Candida albicans from developing.

Another study focused on fluconazole resistant and susceptible strains of Candida.  The study was published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine (Volume 24, Issue 02, 1996).  The bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum was used in the study.  Cinnamon bark had a powerful ability to stop all the strains of Candida used in the study.  The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of the bark ranged from less than .05 to 30 mg/ml.  Trans-cinnamaldehyde, the primary active chemical constituent of cinnamon bark, exhibited MICs of .03 to .5 mg/ml.  The study also found that some people with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who took a commercial cinnamon product orally for one week saw improvements in their oral thrush.  

How to Use Cinnamon for Candida

To help get rid of Candida in your digestive system you can drink a tea made from cinnamon bark.  Simply take a few cinnamon sticks and boil them in water for about half an hour.  After you are done boiling the cinnamon sticks, take them off the heat and let them steep while they cool.  When the water is cool enough to drink, drink the cinnamon tea!  You can also simply use cinnamon bark powder and strain out the powder before you drink it; if you don’t have cinnamon sticks that is.

You can also use cinnamon in the vagina, but first you should add it to honey.  Add a significant amount of cinnamon bark powder to honey, but not so much that the honey loses its viscosity.  You can also add a few drops of Candicidal essential oil to the cinnamon honey mix for an even better cure.  Before you go to bed, get a tampon and let it soak in the cinnamon honey mixture.  When the tampon is fully soaked with the mixture, insert it into your vagina and then go to bed.  Let the tampon remain in your vagina while you sleep at night and remove it when you wake up the next day.

Cinnamon Infused Oil

You can also make a cinnamon infused oil with fresh cinnamon sticks.  Simply buy a package of cinnamon sticks and some carrier oil to infuse.  Put the cinnamon sticks in a pan and cover them with oil.  Turn your stove’s burner on medium-low heat and let it heat for about an hour.  After the mixture is done heating, take it off the stove and allow it to cool.  You can also then put the mixture into a jar and let it further infuse for a day in a cool, dry place.  If you desire a stronger infusion, take the old cinnamon sticks out after heating the oil and add fresh cinnamon sticks.  Heat the oil mixture for about another hour as you did the first mixture.  Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the strength of your infusion.

Once you have your cinnamon infused oil, you can apply it topically to the area that is infected with yeast.  Try adding a few drops of other Candicidal essential oils to the infused oil for an even better treatment!

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil can also be used instead of cinnamon bark powder.  You can add cinnamon essential oil to water and drink it as a tea, or put it in honey or another carrier oil and apply it directly to the vagina or infected area.

Home Yeast Infection Remedy

Cinnamon is one herb recommended, you can always add more herbs or essential oils to this treatment to increase its potency.  If you have the time, read up on the various herbs and essential oils that you can use to treat Candida outbreaks.  Natural medicines can cut through Candida biofilm (biofilm makes Candida over 1000 times more resistant to conventional drugs) and kill yeast as well or better than prescription antifungals.  As Dr. James Duke recommends, in his book The Green Pharmacy, mixing herbal remedies together is a great way to formulate a superior remedy for yeast infections.

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