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Are Essential Oils Effective Candida Treatment?

Although candida treatment for men is typically the same as it is for women, it’s imperative that candida sufferers know there are other remedies for infections aside from topical creams.  For instance, there are essential oils that can be used to effectively treat different forms of candida infections.

Essential oil is created from natural substances (typically plants and flowers).  Essential oils have been used for centuries for perfume, aromatherapy, and for their healing properties.    Essential oils are available at local health and nutrition stores; however, you will find that there are many to choose from, and not all are considered effective for treating candida.

The following are the essential oils used as effective candida treatment:

Tea Tree Oil – This essential oil is comprised of antiviral, antibiotic and antifungal properties.  It is primarily for external use, and is applied as a topical ointment for small wounds.  It is considered effective treatment for a number of candida infections including athlete’s foot, acne, and other fungal infections present on the skin.

Tea tree oil is considered a safe candida treatment for most people.  However, although rare, skin irritation or rash may occur.  Furthermore, tea tree oil is not recommended for pregnant women.

Eucalyptus – This essential oil provides excellent support to the immune system, and can kill most staphylococcus bacteria, which is a bacterium that can combine with candida to create infections such as eczema.  Eucaplytus provides the body with a cooling effect.  It can be used topically to treat candida infections and is sometimes used in small amounts for oral supplements.

Eucalyptus is considered a safe external treatment.  However, it can be extremely toxic if ingested.  This is why only a small amount of eucalyptus is found in supplements.  You should never ingest eucalyptus without first seeking the advice of a health care provider.

Rose Geranium oil– This oil has an antibacterial effect that has proven to be exceptionally effective as a candida treatment because of its ester content.  It is an exceptional skin care product that promotes hygiene, and can be used topically as an antiseptic for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.  What makes rose geranium oil so unique is geranium can eliminate yeast without affecting natural bacterial flora.  When ingested, geranium also helps stimulate liver and pancreas function, and can also sooth symptoms of breast pain in women during menses when applied topically.

This essential oil is considered safe to use and may only cause minor side effects such as skin irritation for those with sensitive skin.  However, geranium oil is not recommended for pregnant women as it is known to balance the hormonal system.

Oregano Oil – This oil is recognized for its aggressive antifungal properties and can effectively take care of stubborn candida fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, nail fungus and fungal infections of the scalp.  Oregano oil can be used both internally and externally as a candida treatment.

Oregano oil also as anti-inflammatory properties and can effectively relieve pain when applied topically, as it penetrates deep into damaged skin to provide relief.  This oil is considered safe and side effects are extremely rare.  Oreagano oil can cause a skin irritation or rash when applied topically in those who are allergic or have sensitive skin.

Two other essential oils that are recognized for their antifungal properties and may be effective at treating candida include patchouli and myrrh.
 
Before taking essential oils to treat candida infections, you should consult your health care provider to make sure the oils you are considering are safe for you to take.  This is especially true if you are pregnant or have any current or pre-existing health problems.  In addition, you should follow all directions on products, and speak to a professional herbalist to find out what the best methods for applying and ingesting these oils are for candida treatment.

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