Yeast Infections & Herbs

Herbs For Yeast Infections

How to Naturally Cure Gut Yeast Infections

Before you begin a natural treatment program for gut yeast infections, you might want to learn a bit more about some natural items that can kill yeast.  Candida Hub has two sections detailing two classes of items that can cure this problem: essential oils and herbs.  

The two items you will be primarily employing to clear out a gut yeast infection are garlic and cinnamon.  Both garlic and cinnamon have proven antifungal efficacy and can effectively stop Candida yeasts.  And, as these items are common foods, they should be safe to use in large quantities for nearly all people.  The following are the steps you can employ to naturally treat a gut yeast infection:

If you can, fast for 24 or more hours and drink mostly blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) juice, some unsweetened cranberry juice, and water.   Once your fast is complete, get some fresh garlic and some empty 00 gelatin capsules. You will need to decide how many cloves you will take at a time. More garlic should mean more Candida killing effect; but, too much garlic might make you sick and hurt your digestive system. So, you might want to start off with a small amount of garlic and increase it as you see fit. Peel the clove(s) of garlic you decided to use and put them into a blender and puree the garlic cloves.  The mixing and crushing of the garlic will allow alliin and alliinase to mix and form allicin--a powerful antifungal chemical.  Let the puree sit for about five minutes and then start filling the capsules with the mixture until you have no more garlic puree left.

  • Fill up an approximately equal number of 00 gelatin capsules with fresh cinnamon powder. (For non-vegans) or find vegan capsules…..
  • Swallow all the garlic and cinnamon capsules.  You may wish to do this right before you go to bed.  Try to not eat or drink anything for about 8 hours.  Thus, going to sleep and fasting until morning would be a prudent course of action.
  • Repeat the last 4 steps 2 or 3 times a week.
  • Stay on a reduced sugar, anti-Candida diet while you are performing this cleanse.
  • Switch as many fats and oils you use over to coconut oil when possible. Coconut oil is a natural yeast fighting substance and will help to rid the digestive system of Candida.
  • Every day take a probiotic supplement rich in Lactobacillus acidophilus. Probiotics are the natural competitors of yeast, and will help to reduce the sugars available for them to feed on and produce lactic acid--which will acidify the intestines. Acidic environments are not conducive to yeast growth.

According to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy [69.2 (2014): 428-436], cranberry juice should help to stymie the development of Candida biofilm and possibly reduce its adhesion to the mucous membranes of the digestive system.  Cranberry juice is acidic and contains arbutin--a natural healer of Candida infections.  Additionally, Dr. James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, recommends using cranberry juice for yeast infections.  Another study, conducted on blackcurrant cordials, was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food [6.1 (2003): 57-61].  The study found that blackcurrant cordials, at a dilution of 1:5, would successfully inhibit Candida albicans.  Consequently, these juices--especially blackcurrant juice--will help to fight Candida in the digestive system.  One caveat, try and use only unsweetened juices; excess sugar is not good for controlling yeast in the gut! 

As you may have learned in our herbal remedies or essential oil sections, adding essential oils and other Candicidal herbs to this regimen should greatly enhance its power.  Having a variety of herbs and a few different essential oils with this treatment will give you a significant edge in your quest for being Candida free.  Dr. James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, recommends mixing antifungal herbs together to create a healing synergy.  As Dr. Duke points out, studies indicate that mixing these natural remedies creates a synergistic fungicidal effect.

Using Plants for Yeast Infection

There are many plants in nature that have a natural ability to kill various fungal pathogens.  Such plants can be easily taken advantage of to allay and destroy fungal infections.  Yeast infections are no different from other fungal infections in this regard.  There are many herbal remedies for yeast infections that will work very well.  In addition to being efficacious healers, herbs are often safer than synthetic prescription antifungal medications.  Also, Candida yeast can rapidly become immune to certain antifungal drugs; however, herbs can always kill even the most stubborn multidrug resistant Candida strain.  In addition to immunity, Candida can develop biofilm to protect itself; increasing its resistance to some prescription antifungal drugs by over 1000 times (Khan et al).  Herbs and essential oils can cut through this biofilm and kill such intrenched Candida.  So, if you're looking for a great natural cure for yeast infections, you can try a few of the herbs listed below!

Instead of looking for just one herb to use for a yeast infection treatment, try using several herbs together.  Dr. James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, highly recommends mixing antifungal herbs together to create a healing synergy.  He personally likes to use black walnut husks, garlic, and tea tree oil together when he has a fungal infection.  Dr. Duke also says it’s entertaining to mix up the herbs as well!  In The Green Pharmacy, he states this about mixing herbs together:

Mixtures of antifungal herbs almost always work better than single herbs.  The synergy--the harmonious working together--of antifungal herbs has been demonstrated in several studies.  In one test of ten plant species whose oils were antifungal, researchers noted that “combinations of the antifungal essential oils increased their activity remarkably.”  In a similar study, researchers noted that “in all the oil combinations, the antifungal potency was found to increase over individual oils.”  
The Green Pharmacy (p. 246)

How to Use Herbs for Yeast Infections

Topical application is likely going to be the safest and best route to choose for killing the yeast on your body.  You can make herbal teas, infuse oils, or add the powdered herbs to honey.  Try making an infusion of your herbs with apple cider vinegar and using it as a vaginal douche.  Then, before you go to sleep, mix some herbs into honey and soak a tampon on the mixture.  Insert the tampon and let it stay in the vagina while you sleep.  In the morning you can remove the tampon and wash out the vagina with warm water.  This should give yeast a good blow.  You may have to repeat the douching and honey tampon procedure for a few days.

Infusing oils can take some time, and you can always make an infused oil in advance for the time you get a yeast infection.  To do this, simply take dried herbs, put them in a jar, and fill the jar up with oil.  Let the oil and herbs sit for several weeks.  After enough time passes, you can take out the old herbs and add fresh herbs to the oil; this will infuse the oil with even more plant phytochemicals.

If you need an infused oil immediately, you can use heat to expedite the infusing process.  Simply take a generous helping of each herb you're using and place it in a pan.  Add your oil to the pan and heat the oil on medium-low heat for about an hour.  Once the oil cools, you can use it topically where you're experiencing the infection.  For an even stronger infused oil, simply remove the old herbs after they’ve been heated in the oil, add fresh herbs and reheat the oil again.  You can do this process several times if you would like.

Decoctions of various herbs can be made just like you make tea.  Add dried herbs to water and simmer the mixture for about 20 minutes.  Often 5 to 7 teaspoons of the herbs should be used for every cup of water; if you want a strong decoction, that is.  Make sure you do not drink any herbs that are not safe for internal use.  All well known antifungal herbs used medicinally should probably be safe for external use as a decoction.

If you have essential oils on hand, feel free to add these oils to your topical yeast infection treatment.  Several essential oils are very effective at killing Candida; and, as Dr. Duke states, the more plants you use the more healing synergy could result.

Antifungal Herbs for Yeast Infections

The following herbs in the next couple of sections are all proven antifungals that have a documented ability to kill various types of Candida.  Each page will give you summations of studies relating to the herb’s Candicidal efficacy.  You may want to use whichever herb is easiest to get a hold of, but you shouldn’t need more than a few for treating a yeast infection.

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