Essential oils for Candida

Candida is a very opportunistic microorganism; it grows even if it gets the slightest chance. Candida is naturally found present in the human system in small quantities, but it starts becoming a problem when it starts to overgrow rapidly in an infection. However, with a healthy diet and by using some essential oils, you can keep away from Candida infections. Yeast infection due to Candida can be very irritating if there is an overgrowth of Candida in your system, and with the infection can come some undesired symptoms and side effects as well.
 

Other than following a controlled diet and active lifestyle, you can use a few essential oils for Candida control. They are available for douching, in the bath, and some even as a mouth rinse. Using them for a few days can help control the growth of Candida to a big extent. This will not only help you get a solution for Candidiasis, but also help the whole immune system.

 

Candida can cause some of the following symptoms when a person is suffering from systemic Candida yeast infection:

– Abdominal cramps or bloating

– Bad breath

– White discharge from the genitals

– White lesions inside the mouth

– Insomnia

– Swollen joints

– Depression

– And also chronic fatigue.

 

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Essential oils for Candida that may be useful

Just like there are a few antifungals for treating Candida, there are also a few essential oils which can help clear Candida infections. These essential oils for Candida do not harm the inner ecology of your system. Here are a few:

 

Lemongrass

Essential oils for Candida - lemongrass
This used to be a Brazilian folk medicine that has a hypnotic and anticonvulsant effect. They also help in lowering blood pressure. There are also known for its powerful antioxidant character and can help stop inflammation. The essential oil is also effective in altering the cellular structure of Candida. Its aromatic effect on Candida and oral thrush can help improve one’s digestive system.

 

Myrrh Oil

Essential oils for Candida - myrrh

This is used for many types of mouth problem. The oil is added to warm water, then rinsing your mouth a couple of times work as a real relief. It is believed that Candida is briefly present in our mouth naturally. Using these essential oils for Candida to rinse the mouth will help wash away Candida to a large extent. But one should NOT drink any essential oils.

Other oils that can also be used to rinse mouth are Eucalyptus, tea tree, cajuput, Lavender, lemon, rosemary, roman chamomile, patchouli and peppermint.

 

A woman with vaginal Candida infection trouble or man having a penal Candida can use essential oils during bathing. On daily use, this will provide you with a lot of improvement to better fight the Candida infection.

Below are a few items that can be used as a douche or during baths:

– Vinegar

– Lavender

– Rosemary

– Tea tree

– Geranium

 

These are the best combinations that can be used during bathing to control Candida overgrowth. But whenever it is a case of repeated Candida attacks, it is suggested to consult a doctor.

 

Clove Oil

Essential oils for Candida - clove

You can harness a number of essential oils for Candida infection, clove being one of them, as it is a very powerful antiseptic. Use of clove essential oil inhibit Candida Albicans and prevents its overgrowth. Clove herbal tea helps in treating yeast in the digestive system. Dealing with vaginal Candidiasis is a big problem, so having good control of one’s diet becomes a big issue, and clove tea is the best to deal with Candida growth in the stomach and intestine. Moreover clove is a very common item that can be chewed from time to time. It has a good fragrance and is a herbal product that can keep your mouth fresh most of the time. Clove tea is fine to consume orally, but clove oil is very strong and should NOT be drunk.

 

Research on Tea Tree & Thymus Pulegioides Oil

A study aiming to study the in-vitro activity of tea tree oil and its products on Candida spp. was published by the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.  This study showed as to how effective was tea tree oil among essential oils for Candida. It stated that in comparison to other essential oils like sandalwood, tea tree was seen to have higher inhibiting effect on Candida albicans. Total 57 isolates of Candida was tested among which 90% were inhibited with tea tree oil. This study showed that tea tree oil actively inhibited Candida on topical application.

Another study published by Microbiology Society in 2006 hoped to find the anti-fungal effects of Thymus pulegioides oil on three different pathogens, namely dermatophyte species, aspergillus and Candida. It stated that this essential oil due to its lesion forming activity in the cytoplasmic membrane as well as the significant reduction in ergosterol content has a great effect on the fungi. It does state that the Thymus pulegioides essential oil does have its anti-fungal properties,but it also requires further investigation.

The above mentioned studies can help in drawing the conclusion that tea tree oil and Thymus pulegioides essential oils for Candida are very effective in stopping its growth. And it surely does have significant effect on quite a few other fungi and bacteria as well. Mainly all of these essential oils show their activity for inhibition of fungal and yeast activity on application topically. So it is safe to say that with the application of essential oil, there’s a very good chance to reduce such infections, especially external Candida infections.

 

References:

– Tea tree oil products and Candida spp – Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy – 1998 – By K A Hammer, C F Carson & T V Riley
http://jac.oxfordjournals.org/content/42/5/591.short
 
– Antifungal activity of essential oil Thymus pulegioides – Journal of Medical Microbiology – 2006 – By: Eugénia Pinto,  Cidália Pina-Vaz and Lígia Salgueiro
http://jmm.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/jmm/10.1099/jmm.0.46443-0
 
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