Herbs for Candida do not just reduce the presence of Candida; they also strengthen the body to fight other diseases. Many of these antifungal herbs are available in the form of teas and supplements and have been used traditionally since centuries to fight candidiasis. Recent scientific studies have also backed up this historical use of these herbs. Let us take a look at the best natural antifungals to ward off Candida overgrowth.
1. Black walnut
Black walnut tincture or tea is one of the strongest natural antifungals for yeast and Candida. Studies have now proven that this herb is even more effective in fighting fungi and yeast as compared to popular conventional antifungal drugs. You can use the tincture as a douche but do note that it can stain your hands and clothes. Also drink the tea made from the black or green walnut husks.
Chaparral leaves make a great douche for hard-to-treat vaginal infections. The herb’s strong antibacterial and antifungal properties make this one of the most powerful herbs for Candida symptoms. Caution– take very small quantities of this antifungal herbal tea internally (no more than a quarter of a cup daily for just one week). The herbal tea has a strong and bitter taste.
3. Chinese skullcap
Chinese skullcap is one of the most potent antifungal herbs for Candida and yeast infections. A test conducted on more than 60 herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) showed skullcap root to be the most potent antifungal fighter for Candida overgrowth. You can easily buy this medicinal herb from Chinese market or even grow it in your herb garden. Many varieties of supplements of Chinese Skullcap are also available in health-food/drug stores and online.
4. Pau D’ Arco
This South American herb is also known as Lapacho. The inner bark of this tree is full of quinones that act as potent antifungals. Some studies have shown that Pau d’ arco also contains compounds that inhibit Candida.
Extensive scientific studies have now demonstrated that Echinacea root contains strong antimicrobial properties that can resist many kinds of viral, bacterial and fungal diseases. The high polysaccharide content in this herb stimulates the immune system to fight diseases. They also strengthen the cellular walls making them less susceptible to microbial invasion. Echinacea also contains resins and glycosides that curb the growth of fungi.
Garlic has strong antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties and can destroy Candida and yeast infections. Eating a clove or two of garlic is the best thing you can do to prevent Candida overgrowth. Alternatively, take powder or pills which are readily available in the marker. Cooking does not destroy this herb’s antifungal properties but it is best to lightly cook garlic before consumption.
7. Uva ursi
Uva ursi is one of the best herbs for urine infections but it also can be used as tea for Candida cleanse. Take care not to exceed the standard dosage of Uva Ursi as it can be toxic in high amounts. Here is the standard dose for this natural antifungal supplement:
- Dried leaves for tea- 1 to 2 tsp daily
- Tincture-no more than 4 to 6 ml
- Powdered extract-no more than 500 mg per day.
Goldenseal is one of the most powerful natural antifungal supplements. Historically, herbalists and naturopaths have used it for treating bladder infections owing to its efficacy against e.coli which causes urine infections. Its active ingredient berberine is a potent antimicrobial agent. Here is the safe dosage for Goldenseal for antifungal activity:
- Tincture- 4 to 6ml per day
- Powdered dried root in capsules or tea-1-2 grams or 1-2 tsp
Marshmallow soothes the irritation caused by Candida microbes. The root of this herb is also a strong immune booster.
10. Essential oils
The essential oils found in many herbs have demonstrated strong antifungal activity. Studies done on many essential oils showed 70% reduction in Candida and bacterial infections. In 1970s, studies conducted on essential oils in Russia and Germany showed following herbal essential oils to be most potent antifungals:
Additionally essential oil of Tea tree or Melaleuca Alternifolia from Australia is also known to have strong effect on dermal afflictions including Candida.
11. Candida diet
A well balanced diet with minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids is very important to avoid Candida. Pay special attention to getting B-vitamins especially vitamin B2 and iron and Vitamin A to fight infections. Avoid eating sweets and even limit your intake of certain fruits and fruit juices. Emphasize on a diet rich in whole grains and organic vegetables. Limit your intake of dairy but do eat yogurt with live cultures and kefir as well. These are probiotic and increase the good flora in the intestines. If you have taken antibiotics for some reason, make sure you replenish the good bacteria in the gut by taking lactobacillus acidophilus supplements.
Use the above antifungal tea, dietary tips and supplements to curb Candida overgrowth.