Candida albicans is a fungus that lives in the intestinal tract of all humans. Candida overgrowth can occur when healthy bacteria levels are interrupted from excessive sugar consumption or the use of antibiotics. When the candida yeast spreads throughout the body, several symptoms can occur, including fatigue, yeast infections, acid reflux, diarrhea, cravings for sugar and alcohol, and irritability. According to sources such as Dr. Cass Ingram's book, "The Cure is in the Cupboard," oregano contains volatile oils, including thymol and carvacrol, which have strong anti-fungal properties, making it an ideal choice to kill off candida overgrowth.
Purchase a high quality oil of oregano, either at a local health food store or online. Choose the type with an attached dropper lid, which is usually in a 1 ounce or smaller glass container.
Squeeze one drop of oil of oregano into a small glass or cup.
Ad half a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, or 3 tablespoon of water, to the oil of oregano. Mix together.
Drink the mixture. Begin with one drop on the first day, then two drops the second day and finally three drops the third day. Consume throughout the day at spread-out intervals, ideally at breakfast, lunch and dinnertime.
Continue taking oil of oregano until candida symptoms completely clear up, usually around two to four months.
Combine your oil of oregano regimen with a candida diet. Without proper diet changes, the candida bacteria overgrowth cannot be completely killed off. Your diet should be void of all forms of sugar and processed grains. Eat vegetables, fresh or steamed, and fresh meat and fish. Enjoy fruit and whole grains in moderation, and drink plenty of water.
Oil of oregano has a strong herbal aftertaste. Try taking the oil before a meal to get rid of the strong taste.
Oil of oregano can cause acid reflux in certain individuals.
Certain individuals may be extra sensitive to the strong flavor of oil of oregano.
- Holistic Health Solutions: Identifying Candida Symptoms
- Holistic Health Solutions: Candida Treatment
- Diagnose-Me: Oil of Oregano Treatment
- "The Cure Is in the Cupboard: How to Use Oregano for Better Health"; Cass Ingram; 1997
Sarah Bourque has been a freelance writer since 2006 and is based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes and edits for the local publisher, Pacific Crest Imprint and has written for several online content sites. Her work recently appeared in "The Goldendale Tourism and Economic Development Magazine" and "Sail the Gorge!" magazine. She attended Portland Community College where she studied psychology.