Kill Fungus Naturally with Herbs
There are many reasons a person may contract an infection caused by fungi. These include poor personal hygiene, overusing antibiotics, or an immune deficiency. The most common infections are caused by fungi in the candida family. Candida albicans, for example, is the culprit behind yeast infections. Fungi thrive in moist, warm areas. For example, they are often found on the feet, especially on the skin between toes, under the arms, or in the genital area. If a fungal infection spreads, it can become fatal. Prescription medication usually cures the infection, but they can lead to irritation of the gastrointestinal system or the liver.
Luckily, many herbs can prevent fungal infections without side effects. However, it is important to talk to your physician before beginning an herbal regiment.
The Greeks honored the olive tree and used just about every part of it. Olive leaves and olive oil contain a chemical called oleuropein. Oleuropein has anti-fungal properties. It does not kill the yeast or fungi, but it stops reproduction and quickly reduces the risk of it spreading. Additionally, fungi and yeast require sugar, and oleuropein stabilizes and reduces blood sugars.
Another herb valued by the Greeks was garlic. Garlic is best taken in its raw form to destroy fungi. It is especially powerful against candida. Garlic contains allicin, which protects the good bacteria found in the intestines while destroying bad and invasive fungi. Garlic can be taken in capsule form, eaten raw, or directly rubbed on external infections.
Oregano leaves produce an oil that is a strong antimicrobial. It is so strong, in fact, that it has to be diluted before you can safely use it. Otherwise, it may sting. The oil is made up of the chemicals thymol and carvarcol, both of which are good at killing candida infections. It can also wipe out fungus on the skin and nails. Athlete’s foot is the common name for these types of fungal infections.
Coconut oil is not only good at killing fungi, it is also a good laxative. This is important because you need to purge the negative microbes. Coconut oil is made up of caprylic and lauric acids. These are fatty acids that attack yeast and fungi directly. Coconut oil can be used internally, as a vaginal douche, for example. It can also be taken orally. Finally, it can be used on the skin to cure a fungal infection or simply be used as a moisturizer.
Goldenseal root can treat burns and small cuts. It is also used as a disinfectant. Recent evidence also shows that goldenseal can be used as an antifungal or antiviral booster. Usually, though, goldenseal is used with other herbs as it can activate their positive effects. Goldenseal can be taken orally as a capsule or applied to the infection as an ointment.
Finally, it cannot be stressed enough that it is important to consult your doctor before taking herbs to cure infections, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication to treat another medical condition.
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