Essential oils that kill Candida


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:


  • Oregano essential oil – Both Oregano and Mexican oregano essential oils show high levels of antifungal activity against the fluconazole-susceptible Candida glabrata. In one experiment, researchers compared clotrimazole (a common antifungal drug) with essential oil. they found out that oregano essential oil caused more damage to Candida cells and membranes than clotrimazole!


10 essential oils that kill Candida


  • Lemon Grass essential oil – antifungal effect against Candida albicans. The research found that the main component of lemongrass oil, called citral, inhibits the ability of Candida cells to invade mucosal tissues and it could be successfully used to develop new treatments for vaginal and oral yeast infections.


  • Cinnamon essential oil – potent antifungal activity against the fluconazole-resistant Candida glabrata. A 2016 study looked at how cinnamon essential oil could be used to treat Candidemia, a Candida blood infection. They found that it’s effective against 50% of Candida isolates and it’s got 55% effectiveness against fluconazole-resistant Candida krusei strains, so it can be used against Candida albicans and non-albicans strains immune to other treatments.


  • Angelica major essential oil – active against Candida albicans. As it’s got low toxicity, it could be used in combination with other antifungal drugs especially in the treatment of oral, vaginal and skin yeast infection.


  • Thyme essential oil – apart from being active against Candida albicans, it’s been shown to have microbial effect against Candida albicans, Aspegilus niger, Rhodotorula rubra, Escherichia coli, Shigella spp., Bacillus spp. and Streptococci. Further research is needed to establish which compounds of thyme essential oil have got a fungicidal effect in order to develop effective alternative treatments for Candida infections.


  • Clary Sage essential Oil – studies show that this essential oil has the ability to destroy Candida albicans cell membranes thanks to two of its components called linalool and linalyl acetate.


  • Patchouli essential oil – this essential oil has been shown to be effective against Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Candida krusei. It may be especially useful in treating Candida intestinal infections, along with cinnamon essential oil.


  • Peppermint essential oil – in one experiment, 100% of Candida cells died after being exposed to peppermint essential oil. Its use may be considered in yeast infections caused by fluconazole-resistant strains, but further research needs to be done.


  • Vismia Macrophylla Kunth essential oil  – active against Candida albicans and Candida krusei


How Exactly can These Oils be Used to Treat Yeast Infections?


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 That Kill Candida


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 shown 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.


Read More: What is the Best Essential Oil For Yeast Infection?


How to use essential oils to kill Candida?


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 carrier oil, such as coconut oil.


However, there are certain essential oils that are safe undiluted, this includes lavender and tea tree essential oils.


10 essential oils that kill Candida


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.


Are Essential Oils Safe?


Many essential oils are considered toxic, the antifungal oils with the highest toxicity levels are a 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.


Essential Oils That Kill Candida


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.


Essential oils that kill candida


They offer a new opportunity to create more natural, chemical-free medications 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 a 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.



  • How would you get ride of an oral candida infection.
    the doc gave me the medication listed above that starts with f.
    It’s a bit better but not gone..

  • I just love essential oils. I have a decent sized collection and I use them for a lot of every day purposes. I know that they are incredibly powerful in a lot of ways, but I didn’t know this was also something they could do!

    It’s really amazing to me, the healing power a simple oil can have. It makes me wonder sometimes, why the world is so obsessed with medication and drugs, when the answer is right there in nature.

    Great article!

    • Thanks for commenting Steph. I am not against conventional medications, they save millions of lives every year and in many cases they are the only way to go. But I am very happy to see that there is more and more research into alternative forms of treatment derived from nature. There is still a lot to explore, but the results look very promising so far.

  • I didn’t realize this was for women until I got to the end of this article. Being a man I still have a need for this but not that area. So my question is can these oils help externally for something I have internally? Could I put this in my bath and would it help my Candida? I have it pretty bad. I don’t have a great job with great income so my treatment avenues are limited. When I DID have a great job I was using Standard Process products but I can’t afford this anymore. So the oils might be something I could. What oils would you suggest for me as a male?

    • Hi Michael, thanks for commenting. The essential oils I discussed here have been scientifically proven to kill Candida. How exactly they could be used to treat different kinds of yeast infections is yet to be investigated. I discussed how they can be used to treat vaginal yeast infections, because that’s what my website is about, but all the remedies you can find on my website have antifungal qualities and can be used to treat different yeast infections. Essential oils shouldn’t be ingested, because they can be toxic when swallowed, so I don’t think you could use them to clear an internal yeast infection. However, you could try other natural remedies such as coconut oil or aloe vera juice.

      • Kams, thanks for the reply. I under the reason for not using them externally and I wouldn’t want to take that kind of chance. I do take the Bragg’s Natural Apple Cider which I know helps against the Candida. I know I need to cut out all kinds of yeast and sugars and that’s really hard when you don’t have a good income. But will continue in my search for alternative methods. Thanks again.


  • This will be great news for a lot of women who suffer from Candida. It is often very stubborn to get rid of. This sounds like an effective method without all the other discomforts that usually accompany treatments with pessaries of creams. Should the mixture be tested on a less sensitive area before inserting it? I found your article very interesting and informative. Thank you.

    • Hi Margaret, the coconut, tea tree oil and lavender oil concoction is generally safe and very effective. All these oils have proven antifungal qualities and can be succesfully used as a home remedy for a vaginal yeast infection. It’s best to put a little on your skin to check for a reaction, especially tea tree oil can trigger an allergic reaction.

  • I now know how my wife can deal with yeast infection. The use of coconut oil is largely popular and it has healing property that is useful to sensitive body part. We have never came across the remedy as recommended in this website. My wife would be happy to use this knowledge in order to deal with candida. Thanks for very informative article.

    • Hi Rosian, I’m glad you found the information useful. Coconut oil is very delicate on sensitive tissues which makes it a perfect home remedy for vaginal yeast infections, as long as one is not allergic to it. Adding tea tree oil and lavender oil may make it even more potent, but it give a burning sensation for a few minutes after insertion.

  • I’m really surprised that tea tree oil isn’t on your list. I thought that tea tree oil was the number 1 anti-fungal essential oil. Or have I got that wrong?

    Anyway, some of these I have heard of but some of them I haven’t. What is Vismia Macrophylla Kunth? Also, what about Ethiopian Thymus shimperi?

    Anyway, you have to be careful with essential oils, don’t you. They are very strong if they get on your skin, aren’t they?

    • Hi Marcus, I mentioned tea tree oil and lavender oil in the first paragraph. You’re right, they are the most potent antifungal essential oils, but in this article I decided to focus on the less known essential oils obtained from less common plants such as Vismia Macrophylla Kunth, a small tropical shrub found in Africa and the Americas.

      Essential oils can indeed be harsh and all the essential oils should be used deluted, for example with coconut oil, another great antungal.

  • Hi Kamila
    I actually had no idea what candida was until I looked at your site. I thought it was a plant at first lol.. But wow! Such an informative page. I actually opened another window to see what it looked like and what the symptoms were to make sure I didn’t have it. Looks like a huge pain to have to endure. I’m very glad you created this blog because people are becoming more open about infections they have in hopes of finding a solution. I think you provided a great solution and you provided it well, considering you also posted recommendations from Amazon. And the products were all natural! What better way to heal one’s wounds than through a natural/organic source! I think I speak for many when I say thanks for creating this amazing blog. (:

    • What a wonderful comment and great motivation to keep going, researching and writing, Grin, thank you so much. I want to help women make informed decisions about their health and get to know a large variety of natural remedies and medication that will help them get rid of vaginal yeast infections, I hope that my research and my recommendations will make a difference:)

  • Hi, you have an interesting topic here. While I’ve never had candida before, I believe in the effectiveness of essential oil to cure or provide treatment to certain illnesses.
    I am pleasantly surprised that nigella sativa (black cumin) has also essential oil form. I heard a lot about how amazing it is in curing disease, but mostly in pill form.
    What do you think about mixing more than one EOs for the treatment, say oregano and cinnamon. Do they need to be in the same proportion, or is there certain guidelines on mixing to achieve best result?

  • I like your website, is very informative, has a lot the information useful for people who frequently has that infection, is very helpful..

    • Hi Anna, I’m glad you like the website, stay tuned, I’ll be adding much more articles in the coming weeks! Let me know if you’ve got any questions.

  • This is a very nicely laid out page.
    I found it very informative and it left me wanting more.
    You did though, left out a word in your last paragraph.
    I find it help to have my wife or someone else to read it and edit my pages, just because my spelling
    and writing ability are lacking. Thank God for spell check.
    Good luck,

  • Hello here. Interesting topic and what I know is an important one. These nasty bacteria can make a lot problems, if somebody who has them, does not take care of it.
    As I know that diet is very important. If we consume a lot sweets and sugary drinks, we can be in trouble. Strengtening immune system helps find bacteria too.
    Your topic about mentioned oils is new for me. This information is worth to explore, because oils is sn natural way to rid from these invaders( candida bacteria).
    I do not see here tree oil. I know that it has antiseptic abilities.
    Thank you, all the best, Nemira

    • Thank you for your comment Nemira, I mentioned tea tree oil at the very beginning, it`s one of the most potent and the safest anti-fungals, I discussed it in more detail here. I will write a post about diet in near future.

  • Hi Kamyla,
    You have a beautiful website and very interesting. I always had problems with candida and the doctor prescribed creme and medical pills , but it never helped me. The first thing I decided to do is stopping eating sugar. I heart that it’s the candia’s favorite food. Now I am sure these oils will help me to get rid of candida.
    Thank you for this awesome blog

    • Thank you very much Daniella. On this website I`m trying to focus on scientific research to make sure the information I provide is as reliable and up to date as possible. I will write a post about diet once I get time to research this topic in depth.

  • I have to assume it’s me being a guy as that’s the reason I didn’t know what this topic was about at first. I guess I knew about it being a problem, just not by the name Candida. I will say that at least I know something about it now after looking at your article, it was pretty well laid and provided a lot of good information.

    • Thank you for your comment. The website focuses on vaginal Candida infections, however both men and women may experience different kinds of Candida invasions, for example in their mouth or their gut. The essential oils will be used to create new treatments for all kinds of yeast infections.

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