Essential oils are extracted from leaves, stems, bark and flowers by distillation, often by using steam. They have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. You may have read about fantastic antifungal qualities of tea tree oil and lavender oil, but there are much more essential oils that kill Candida. I have come up with a list of essential oils that have been shown to have potent antifungal qualities in recent studies making them excellent natural remedies for a yeast infection:
Ajowan essential oil
Geranium essential oil
Coriander essential oil
Black cumin essential oil
All these essential oils require further clinical trials to confirm their pharmaceutical effectiveness and to find their potential toxic effects. Also, more research has to be done to find out the right concentration of essential oils to achieve maximum healing effects.
Studying antifungal properties of essential oils helps scientists come up with new combinations of antifungal agents to fight drug-resistant Candida strains and to avoid side effects associated with the currently used antifungal drugs. Essential oils will help provide clinically safe and more efficient antifungal agents to those suffering from Candida infection.
Other essential oils, such as thyme, sage, rosemary, basil and ginger have showed no anti-fungal activity so far, however it may change in the future, as in recent years the anti-fungal properties of essential oils have been the main focus of researchers looking to find the most effective and safe drugs for yeast infections.
When using essential oils, remember that they should never be used undiluted on the skin. Before applying, they should be diluted with some sort of a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. However, there are certain essential oils that are safe undiluted, this includes lavender and tea tree essential oils.
To treat a yeast infection or keep Candida at bay, you could try to add a few drops of your favorite antifungal essential oil to your bath or your intimate wash, or mix a few drops with coconut oil and spread it on the affected skin.
If you’re suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, you could also insert a coconut and essential oil concoction into your vagina overnight and see if it helps. There are also tea tree oil suppositories you can buy online, the recommended treatment lasts 6 days.
Many essential oils are considered toxic, the antifungal oils with highest toxicity levels are lavender essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, thyme essential oil and tea tree oil. For these reasons you should never ingest essential oils and they should be kept out of children’s reach. when you use them, always blend them with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil as they may be irritating, or even cause burns on your skin if applied on their own.
While more research is needed to start using antifungal essential oils in antifungal medication, the results of scientific studies are very promising. They offer a new opportunity to create more natural, chemical free medication that will help treat Candida strains resistant to common antifungal drugs.
The good thing is, we can already use some of these essential oils as a home remedy for vaginal yeast infection without risking any side effects. However, make sure that you consult your doctor before trying to use essential oils to treat a yeast infection. For more information about how essential oils kill Candida, check this video:
Have you ever tried using any of these essential oils to treat a vaginal yeast infection? Did it help? Please share your questions and comments in the comment section below.
My name is Kams and I'm passionate about researching health related topics. I created this website for Candida sufferers looking for reliable information about yeast infection treatments. I hope that through my articles I'll help you make the best decisions regarding your health and get rid of Candida for good.