Herbal remedies for Candida are as diverse as the produce you can find in your local grocery store. This is just as well so it is easier to find one that best suits you. Also, variety means there are many ways of finding a treatment that matches your palate and your budget. Equally important, since different fruits have different properties, various yeast infections can be targeted for healing using different options.
Candida is a species of naturally occurring fungi in the human body. At a regulated growth, it poses no health hazard to us. However, when the organism becomes prolific, it causes infection in the area that it inhabits and threatens our systems. Thus it is important to keep the fungi population at a benign level. At times when this is impossible, as when one is stressed, exposed to the infection or is immuno-impaired, certain measures to restore one’s health can be taken.
Since Candida albicans, the specific subspecies of Candida that is harmful at increased levels is present in various sites in our body, the resulting yeast infections are varied as well. When the oral cavity is affected, the ensuing infection is commonly called thrush. If it is the genitalia, particularly that of females (women are more prone to the disease), it is termed vaginitis because of the resultant inflammation of the area. Other organs that can be infected are the esophagus or pharynx, the intestinal tract, and the urinary bladder. Hence it is crucial to find out the specific infection so the most potent herbal remedy may be provided.
Many of the herbal remedies for Candida are currently in use for the treatment of other diseases. One of these is garlic; already medically accepted as beneficial in maintaining or lowering blood pressure, this popular spice has anti-fungal properties as well. This leads to the subsequent regulation of fungi in the body.
Cinnamon is another favorite food enhancer. The tummy-rumbling scent can make your mouth water, which is just as well since it is placed in the infected tongue and palate. This herb is a cure for thrush.
Thyme and peppermint are likewise in the hit list of spices. Now we know it’s not just for their taste, but also because of their medicinal value. They have elements that kill off yeast growth.
Lavender, tea tree oil, and rosemary may very well make you think of “spa”, but these aromatic plants also provide relief from fungal infestations. Each of these has anti-fungal properties, which cuts down the parasites’ population. Especially with lavender and tea tree oil, these can be applied topically on the affected area to fight of the harmful organisms.
As for intestinal infections, grapefruit extract may be taken orally. It is the high acidic content of the fruit and low fructose that discourage the development of fungi. As such, fruit juices that are high in sugar should be avoided; the mango is one such sweet fruit that must be passed up during an infection.
With going herbal, taking your medicine does not sound bad at all. On the contrary, it encourages you to take another serving, just for the taste of it. But then again, it would be best if you’re taking these without any sickness. Hence keep yourself clean and healthy, so you can plainly enjoy the delights of the season.