Candida is an opportunistic yeast that commonly infects the mouth, digestive tract and vagina and may also target the skin. Although candida exists naturally in the body, various conditions (such as antibiotics over-use and hormonal upset) can cause it to overgrow, resulting in chronic health issues including eczema, gastro-intestinal issues, weight gain, a white tongue coating and craving for sweets.
Candida overgrowth is easy to acquire yet notoriously difficult to eliminate, with prescription anti-fungals like Fluconazole being extremely harsh on the liver. Some of the world’s leading health experts are recommending oregano oil as a way of tackling candida.
Lisa Richards, digestive health expert and author of the book “The Ultimate Candida Diet” says:
“Wild Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antifungals, so oregano oil is an excellent choice of antifungal to start your Candida treatment. Oregano oil is not only an antifungal, but also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. One study has even shown it to have cancer-preventative properties too.
The wild oregano shrub originates high in the Mountains of the Mediterranean, where its medicinal properties have been known for centuries. Indeed, it has long been used as a natural alternative to antibiotics.
Oregano oil is particularly useful for treating a Candida infestation. One advantage that oregano oil has over other antifungals is that the Candida yeast does not develop resistance, whereas some other antifungals may lose effectiveness over time as the Candida adapts to them. For the best results, take oregano oil after you have finished your cleanse, and use it in combination with one or two other natural antifungals.
According to a 2001 study at Georgetown University Medical Center(see here), “Origanum oil at 0.25 mg/ml was found to completely inhibit the growth of Candida albicans”. Furthermore, the study concluded that “the daily oral administration of origanum oil may be highly effective in the prevention and treatment of candidiasis.”
“Oregano oil contains two naturally occurring antimicrobial agents named carvacrol and thymol. Research suggests that these chemicals react with the water in your bloodstream to dehydrate and kill the Candida yeast cells. And as oregano oil is entirely natural, it also tends to have fewer side effects than the regular antifungals that you might find in your pharmacy. A team at the University of the West of England in Bristol, working with partners in India, found that tiny quantities of carvacrol, a naturally occurring compound in oregano, is a more effective antimicrobial agent than 18 pharmaceutical drugs it was compared against.”
“If you buy oregano oil in a bottle XX, start by drinking 3 drops in water twice daily. You can gradually increase this up to 6 drops twice a day. It’s best to drink one glass of water per 3 drops to prevent any burning in your mouth.”
“Longer term, oregano can also be used to prevent a recurrence of your Candida overgrowth. Oregano is an excellent supplement to take with many benefits for your health. Oregano is used these days for respiratory conditions, digestive health, clear skin and a healthy immune system. It has anti-histamine properties for your allergies, and contains phenols like carvacrol and thymol that protect your body from pollutants and other toxins.”
“Oregano oil is derived from the leaf of the wild oregano (or Oreganum Vulgare) plant. The leaves are picked from the plant, then steam distilled to extract the essential oil. The active ingredients in this oil are far more concentrated than in the leaf itself, which is why an oregano leaf tea will not have the same potency as the oil.”
“Look for an oregano oil that does not contain alcohol (this is very important for Candida sufferers). Also find a brand with a high level of carvacrol. Carvacrol is one of the active, antifungal compounds found in oregano.”
Dr Josh Axe is a wellness physician and radio host who has written numerous popular books on digestive health and diet. He says:
“The number one way oil of oregano is used today is to treat funguses and candida. For a lot of us, it’s very easy to develop things like candida in your body. Common candida symptoms include getting a white coat on your tongue or developing different types of infections. Oil of oregano has been proven in medical studies to kill off candidiasis, that bacteria or fungus that can grow within your system, and thus works as an antifungal.
“Quick side note, my Mom, after going through chemotherapy years and years ago, came down with a toenail fungus and had chronic yeast issues. For 10 years, she had a toenail fungus, and we started using oil of oregano as a natural treatment every day. After two months, it was completely gone. She had used different creams. She had used different medications. Nothing had worked until she used oil of oregano.”
Patrick Holford is a British nutritionist and bestselling author, and founder of the Institute for Optimal Nutrition. He says:
“One of the most common gut infections of all is an overgrowth of a kind of yeast called Candida albicans. The infection is technically called candidiasis. This is what is meant by a yeast infection. The name Candida albicans means ‘sweet and white’, suggesting something delicate and pure but in reality Candida albicans is a minute microbe, a yeast, which multiplies, migrates and releases toxins. All of us have some Candida present as part of a normal balanced gut ecology. However, when it overgrows, it can afflict us with countless symptoms, both physical and mental – bowel problems, allergies, extreme fatigue, hormone dysfunction, skin complaints, joint and muscle pain, thrush, infections and emotional disorders – many of which mimic other diseases and are frequently misdiagnosed.
“Candida overgrowth occurs when we feed it the food it loves the most: refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates. In addition, antibiotic use wipes out friendly bacteria in the gut, leaving the way clear for Candida to proliferate; steroid drugs and hormone treatments depress the immune system so that it cannot keep Candida levels under control; and lack of breast feeding ensures an early imbalance in gut ecology.
“Oregano oil is an excellent anti-fungal agent. It also has the advantage of crossing the gut wall into the body so may be better if you have more ‘body-wide’ fungal symptoms such as athlete’s foot.”
by Precious Williams.