CANDIDA

ESSENTIAL OILS

Clove. Proven as effective as nystatin, a drug prescribed to manage yeast infections.57

Oregano. Acts quickly to combat fungi, bacteria and viruses within the body.58

Cinnamon. One of the top oils for fighting harmful fungi and bacteria.59

Grapefruit. Contains d-limonene, which can help dry up excess dampness in the body.

Research
A 2005 study observed that clove was as effective as nystatin, which is a drug commonly prescribed to manage yeast infections of the mouth (thrush) that includes a slew of harmful side effects.

Home Remedy
Candida Cleanse. Add 1 drop of clove oil to a smoothie for two weeks under the care of a physician or nutritionist; also, eliminate all sugar and grains during this time and consume a diet consisting of probiotic fermented foods, bone broth, cooked vegetables and organic meat.

Background
Candida is a yeast that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion when produced in proper levels in the body; however, if the body’s natural pH balance is upset, candida can quickly grow out of control. With approximately 460,000 cases each year, candida (or candidiasis) is a common yeast infection that can lead to many health problems, from a sore throat to serious stomach conditions. Common causes of candida overgrowth include taking antibiotics, birth control pills and oral corticosteroids; excess sugar consumption; and experiencing too much internal dampness. Candida can cause a white coating on the tongue, headaches, an inability to concentrate, chronic fatigue, sugar cravings and stomach issues. Oral thrush is a yeast infection caused by the same strain of candida that affects other mucous membranes, including the vagina.

Suggested Supplements

» Pau D’arco. An herb traditionally used to eliminate candida from the body. Consume 1 cup of tea or supplement two to three times daily.

» Probiotics. Help clear candida and bad bacteria from the body. Take 50 billion CFU twice daily.