Yeast infections are a result of an overgrowth of yeast in various areas of the body. They usually grow in areas conducive for reproduction, and the mouth and genitals are the most common areas to get infected [R].
Candida albicans is the most common causative agent for yeast infections, causing an infection called candidiasis and causing oral or vaginal thrush [R].
We have listed 6 natural yeast infection treatments that are backed by research.
Equisetum telmateia, or horsetail, is a medicinal herb that is indigenous to Europe, North America, the Middle East, and some regions in Asia [R].
Then, there was a study done in March 2018 showing that horsetail contains potent components that can fight a variety of viral, bacterial, and of course, yeast infections [R].
Today, horsetail is usually administered in capsule, tea, lotion, essential oil, or cream form.
2. Coconut Oil
In 2010, the Microbiology Department in the University of Minnesota Medical School did a study that proved the effectiveness of coconut oil treatment against vaginal thrush [R].
In fact, in 2007, the Journal of Medicinal Food published a study showing that 100 percent concentrated coconut oil was more potent against candida species than fluconazole. Fluconazole is a standard antifungal treatment for patients with candidiasis [R].
Several studies show that people who incorporate cinnamon into their diet significantly lower their risk of candida overgrowth than people who don’t. In fact, a Brazilian study once stated that the potency of cinnamon against candida species can be effectively utilized as a treatment for thrush [R].
Aside from being a spice, clove is also known for its ability to treat oral thrush. Microbiology published a study showing that clove oil was just as effective as nystatin in treating fungal infections. Nystatin is a standard drug prescribed to treat oral thrush, and as with any other synthetic drugs, it can come with some undesirable side effects [R].
Additionally, in 2005, a study proved that clove oil is very potent against opportunistic pathogenic fungus like candida. When using clove oil, it is best to dilute 2 to 3 drops with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil, such as coconut oil [R].
Oregano oil is a fast-acting antibacterial and antiviral treatment. In 2010, the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology published a study noting that oregano oil is potent against candida species, making it a great alternative treatment for thrush. Simply mix 1 to 2 drops of oregano oil with a glass of water. If you have to use oregano oil internally for more than 10 days, it is advised to pause the treatment for 7 days to avoid side effects [R].
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Another natural treatment backed by studies, apple cider vinegar exhibits antifungal activity against candida species. All you have to do is mix one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with two tablespoon of distilled water apply it on the affected area to try its effectiveness [R] [R].
We strongly advise you to have a regular check-up with your doctor and lab tests (blood, kidney, and liver) at least every three months if you decide to take any herbal medicine or supplement mentioned in the list for long-term.