Natural Remedies for Thrush
There are many different natural remedies for Thrush that don’t require prescription medications. Some are more effective than others and most are largely dependent on what type of infection you have (oral or vaginal in most cases) and the severity of it.
Thrush is a condition that is caused by the overgrowth of Candida Albicans a fungal infection (also commonly known as a yeast infection).
Thrush is not a particularly severe infection, but it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Whilst if you’re in any doubt or discomfort a trip down to your doctors will result in effective over the counter treatments, there are a number of natural remedies for thrush you can try, and many will clear it right up!
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Natural Remedies for Oral thrush
- Coconut Oil – Add one tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil, after brushing your teeth swirl the oil in your mouth for 15 minutes, 2 – 3 times a day.
- Cut Carbohydrates, Yeast, Sweeteners – Reducing the amount of sugar (artificial sweeteners as well), carbohydrate, starch and yeast in your diet will help stop the reproduction of Candida.
- Consume Garlic – Garlic is a potent anti fungal, taking it naturally with food or as a supplement will help kill of thrush.
- Acidophilus – is a good type of bacteria which helps control Candida and hence thrush by making the intestinal track and gut more acidic, conditions Candida cannot thrive in. It comes in a supplement form or you can get it from some Yogurts and Yakult.
- Tea Tree Oil – Another effective treatment for thrush is to add 20 drops of tea tree oil in 100ml purified water, rinse your mouth with it twice daily.
- Maintain good oral hygiene - Clean, Floss 3 times a day, avoid mouthwash (use the coconut oil technique above in place of mouthwash).
- Quit smoking
Natural Remedies for Vaginal Thrush
Vaginal Thrush is an extremely common condition in women and is probably the most known type of Candida.
- Avoid using spermicidal creams, lubricants or latex condoms as these all can cause irritation and lead to vaginal thrush
- Treat Your Partner – If you have a partner make sure they are treated as well, nothing more frustrating than a couple trying to deal with Thrush, than when they are constantly reinfecting each other
- Tea Tree Oil – Similar to the oral treatment of thrush, an effective treatment for vaginal thrush is to add 20 drops of tea tree oil in 100ml purified water. This time soak a tampon in the mixture and insert the tampon into the vagina, changing the tampon every 24 hours.
- Yogurt – Plain live yogurt contains Acidophilus which can be smeared over the vulva to relieve soreness and inserted directly in the vagina to encourage normal ph levels. A tampon applicator can be used to help the process.
- Over the counter anti fungal cremes and oral treatments such as Canesten may work well for some people
- Maintaining good hygiene – A prevent measure as well as a cure
- Avoid soap and bath gels whilst infected
- Lactobacilli Acidophilus supplements help the vagina maintain a good ph level, which helps prevent thrush from forming and growing.
- Menstruate – Menstruation is natures way of dealing with Thrush, the candida is attacked at the act of menstruation returns the Vagina to normal ph levels
All types of Male and Female Thrush
As previously mentioned men can also become infected with Thrush which is a fungal organism that predominantly lives in the genitals, gut, intestines or mouth.
The most common symptoms of thrush found in woman are vaginal itching and / or discharge. With men, the penis may become irritated and red, especially after sex.
- Keep areas that become infected clean with water only – No soaps or shower gels, even deodorants as these can irritate and feed fungal breading grounds
- Drink lots of water to flush your system
- Avoid Stress - Stress can take a toll on your immune system, which makes you more vulnerable to a thrush infection.
- Avoid antibiotics and birth control pills if possible
- Apply natural Yogurt – see above
- Avoid sugars and yeast – see above
- Keep Good Hygiene – Thrush loves damp, warm, unclean places
- Acidophilus Supplements – Encourage good bacteria to take up residence in your system
- Thrush may be a precursor or sign of a Candida overgrowth – If this is the case following a Candida Diet is recommended, click here for more information
- Diabetes Test - If you have persistent or frequent thrush infections, get tested for Diabetes as Thrush is often a sign of the condition.
- If present in infants – mother and child should be treated as they both will usually be infected.
For more Candida dietary does and dont’s check out the Candida Diet Food List
Lisa Richards book the Ultimate Candida Diet contains many excellent natural methods for treating thrush and other Candida related infections, I highly recommend you check it out if your looking for a natural remedy. You can find it here
Have any other natural Thrush remedies that work for you? feel free to add them below and share them with all our readers!