Four Herbal Remedies That Alleviate Yeast Infections

Perhaps the more revitalizing concept of the latest generation is the mantra: food is medicine. After all, the more we study some of our favorite foods out there, the more it comes to light that they not only hold the key to our nutrition, but also to maintaining our heath in the face of infection.

I urge you to consult your health care practitioner before undergoing any type of home remedy for a yeast infection. Certain herbs can conflict with medications– or with certain ailments–known or unknown.

Licorice. To make a topical licorice solution, brew into a tea and reduce, or grind into a powder and mix with aloe to produce a paste. This herb is more commonly known for making candy, but actually has a surprising ability to fight fungal infections as well. If you would like to take internally, there are licorice root tablets available that you can take, as well as several varieties of tea. It is recommended to remove sugar, yeast, and alcohol from the diet as yeast thrives on these substances. Starving the yeast coupled with consuming an antifungal can be a solid strategy for alleviating a yeast infection.

Oregano. One of the most powerful herbal remedies available, oregano is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and serves as a natural pain reliever. It has been used as a tea for centuries to alleviate coughing and sneezing. Today, lozenges, capsules and sprays and droppers are produced to stave off infection with this miraculous herb.
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Rosemary. Another natural remedy that is antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. Legend has it that when people were once buried with material possessions, grave robbers used rosemary oil to prevent themselves from contracting illness while performing their night dirty deeds. Rosemary is another item easily incorporated into the diet: you can steep fresh rosemary to form a tea or chop with other herbs to form a marinade or sauce.

Garlic. It doesn’t just keep vampires at bay. A powerful antifungal, garlic is perhaps the most common home remedy for staving off candida. There are many forms of garlic for purchase including oils and capsules. No doubt, these are produced with a concentrated garlic effort in mind. Fresh garlic also makes a great option but buyer beware: a fresh clove of garlic rubbed on the skin is said to maintain its fragrance even after a shower.

Capsules are available that cut back on the odor emitted during consumption, but I think the best way to enjoy garlic is incorporated into a meal. Imagine coupling these remedies together: fresh garlic, rosemary, and oregano tossed together in a salad dressing or as a marinade.

A licorice tea to accompany your delicious meal?Why not.

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