Candidiasis. Rather a fancy name for something so awful and feared. Here it is again, a troublesome yeast infection.
Yet candida, the fungus that causes yeast infections, lives on our bodies as a regular inhabitant. There are many types of candida that are at the root of human yeast infections. Candidiasis infections can be in mucous membranes as well as on the skin.
The yeast infection we will discuss here creates an uncomfortable internal infection, called: Candida albicans.
Essential Oils: Defeat The Yeast!
The bad news is that the candida fungus is a fact of life. The good news is essential oils can sure save the day when a yeast infection darkens your mood.
As you read on, you’ll find there are several essential oils to use for limiting the duration of yeast infections. Their antifungal abilities mean they can limit the chance of a candida outbreak, or stop one already underway.
‘What About Babies?’ You Ask. Yeast infection in babies is quite a tender topic. The forms most commonly seen are thrush in the mouth and a yeast diaper/nappy rash, and occasionally a neck rash. It is best to consult your healthcare provider before administering essential oils to your baby, and one that is up to date with essential oil safety for babies.
Always note to never use essential oils in baby’s mouth, or have them ingest essential oils.
Best Essential Oils For Yeast Infections: Candidiasis Top 9
1. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree oil has been used for generations for its antiseptic and antifungal benefits. It is uplifting and packed with powerful active ingredients. The components that result in beneficial actions are monoterpenes. This lovely oil stimulates your immune system, offering extra aid when dealing with any form of yeast infection.
One beneficial use of tea tree is that it can be applied neat as a topical. This means that you can put it straight from bottle to skin or nail cuticles for a quick fix. The little-dab-will-do use can be applied to skin fold areas that are less delicate than some.
Tea tree can be used as part of a suppository blend for yeast infections in tender female areas.
2. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
This vigorous oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial attributes that aid in reducing inflammation. Its disinfecting quality helps to quell the spread of candida outbreaks. This is because thyme is a whizz at changing the structure and composition of the yeast causing candida fungus.
Think of it! How wonderful to turn to an essential oil that helps you by altering something nasty that is lurking on your skin. Thyme’s compound carvacrol adds stimulation, arousing your circulation as it offers pain relief. This versatility extends to the various uses to choose from for ridding candidiasis from your life!
One way to use thyme essential oil is by adding 5 drops to a tablespoon of bath gel to prevent or care for yeast infection between skin folds.
3. Geranium Egypt (Pelargonium graveolens)
Geranium aids in reducing anxiety, something that can readily occur when dealing with any infection or inflammation.
Geranium essential oil is composed of two compounds that interfere with fungal activity. Citronellol and geraniol are known for fighting other pests, reinforcing this oil’s overall benefit. An in vitro study of geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) examined samples of its essential oils with various concentrations of its compounds. The researchers concluded that, even with varied percentages of citronellol and geraniol, geranium essential oil creates changes that interfere with candida actions.
This is nifty as a deodorant blend while fighting the yeast outbreaks, especially when you have these in the underarm or brassiere areas. Blend 5 drops with a teaspoon of witch hazel and wipe affected area with a cotton ball.
4. Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon)
One of lemon oil’s strengths is its cleansing action associated with limonene, a monoterpene compound. It makes the cell membranes of microbes porous, thus interfering with the action of their enzymes. This causes the fungi to lose vitality, reducing harm wherever they go. At the same time, lemon oil encourages your immune system by ridding toxins, a sure support when dealing with a yeast infection.
Taking support to the next level, lemon offers you an uplifting aroma and atmosphere. Let’s face it, a yeast infection is wearing, and especially so when it drags on, or makes a repeat appearance. You’ll welcome lemon’s friendly presence just for the joy it brings!
Use as spritzer to disinfect and infuse your place with a bright, uplifting aroma. 25 drops to a blend of 50 ml distilled water and 50 ml witch hazel will do nicely!
5. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
In the case of a yeast infection, I call on clove essential oil because it is rich in eugenol, a compound that interferes with yeast actions. And to top that off, it boosts the immune system function and rids toxins.
Another compound, beta-caryophyllene, has a chemical structure that is rare in nature. The compound aids with pain relief, discomfort, and stressors that cast a dark shadow that accompanies a yeast infection. Plus thymol adds to the oil’s antifungal gifts.
Blend clove with a carrier oil for topical application on areas of skin where yeast infections have occurred in the past.
6. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint oil possesses calming qualities that soothe inflamed skin that feels raw from a yeast infection. Its menthol compound offers welcome cooling followed by comforting warmth. This layering of sensations occurs as peppermint settles into your skin with its lovely gifts.
Its compound, menthone, offers stimulating qualities as well as some analgesic relief. This helps to lift foggy brain brought on by draggy days confounded by yeast infection complications. Peppermint’s uplifting nature paves the way to clear thinking and a lightened mood.
Pack this one along as a personal inhaler to lift brain fog on busy days when the last thing you need is yeast interference.
7. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender is anti-inflammatory and known to repel fungi, viruses, and bacteria. The oil is analgesic, offering you relief for any discomfort that is part of a yeast infection.
Lavender is packed with components that offer immediate aid. One is an alcohol named linalool that fights the very microbes that can infect a wound. Ugh, there’s no time for that! Speaking of time, the ester, linalyl acetate, is quickly absorbed into blood, assuring swift delivery to upset tissues. Thus lavender is able to reduce inflammation and put its ketones to work building new skin tissues.
You can apply it right from the bottle, as it is considered an overall safe oil. Place a couple of drops on your finger or a cloth and rub onto an inflamed or infected area.
8. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Oregano is a fungus foe that is also antiviral, warding off infections and using its antioxidant abilities to rid toxins from our bodies.
Oregano essential oil gifts are granted by carvacrol, a fast-acting monoterpene compound, and cymene, a terpene known to be antifungal. This oil is an aid to circulation and balances nerves. These are true benefits when living with a yeast infection that simply needs to disappear!
Put this fungus foe between your toes as a blend of 5 drops to 5 ml carrier oil.
9. Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Patchouli is rich in sesquiterpenes that cleanse and protect your skin, fending off fungi and other microbes. It offers skin restorative support, a benefit in repairing skin that has suffered from a yeast invasion.
One patchouli compound is methanol, noted for providing mild pain relief for inflammation. The dynamic interplay of the oil’s alcohol and terpene compounds create patchouli’s uplifting, balancing benefits. This helps when feeling down, foggy, or distracted because of candidiasis. You’ll feel uplifted and better able to focus on the tasks at hand.
Blend patchouli with aloe vera gel to create a recovery gel that will help your skin regenerate following a yeast infection.
Essential Oil For Yeast Infection Recipes
It sure is amazing to think of the powers these marvelous essential oils offer when I have a yeast infection! Putting them together in blends adds extra protection and cleansing to beat the yeast!
This blend is one that can be used for delicate female tissues, inside and out. Even the coconut carrier oil comes to the rescue! It works magic in overcoming the yeast beast that causes such personal misery.
For a 1% dilution:
- 30 ml coconut carrier oil
- 120 ml filtered or distilled water
- 5 ml witch hazel
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops tea tree 1
- 1 drop patchouli
Blend everything well. Wash external genital area with this mix and pat dry.
Coat a tampon with the blend and insert into vagina for two hours. Remove tampon, rinse outer area, and pat dry. Wait several hours and repeat this form of care.
Time Out Oil
What better way to calm your skin as you make use of thyme and friends essential oils with their combined anti-fungal go-get-’em actions! This makes a super skin rub for another reason being coconut oil adds its own abilities for overcoming yeast infections.
To make a 1% dilution:
- 30 ml coconut carrier oil
- 3 drops thyme
- 2 drops orange
- 1 drop clove
Blend everything well, and use as an ointment. This oil can be rubbed on yeast outbreaks between folds of skin, or between your toes.
Beats Yeast Bath
Consider this combination when you’re yearning for freedom from yeast! This delightful blend of sweet orange and patchouli oils renews the life color and sexiness that left when the infection arrived.
- 20 ml of castile shampoo or shower gel
- 10 ml coconut oil
- 4 drops orange
- 2 drops patchouli
Blend the oils with the gel / castile, making sure to blend well. Draw a warm bath and add the desired amount of blend, mixing well into water. Relax in your bath for 20 or more minutes, making sure that any yeasty area is well washed. Carefully alight from your bath, thoroughly drying your whole self, including between your toes!
Baby Calming Blend
This is for babies who have turned 3 months. If premature, then 3 months from their due date of full-term gestation. Lavender is one of the essential oils that can be used for babies, helping your little one to calm. This is for use in a bath before bedtime or when baby is upset because of thrush or a diaper/nappy rash. This is for a 0.25% dilution, making it safe for baby.
- 30 ml coconut
- 2 drops lavender
Blend well and keep in a glass jar. Mix 15 ml of this blend with a dollop of liquid baby soap, blending well. Swish and blend in baby’s bath water. Use to wash baby’s body, but do not use to wash face or hair. Rinse at end of bath and dry well.
The blend can also be applied to affected areas, permitting area to be exposed to the air if possible. Let the oil stay in place for an hour. Follow with a warm water rinse, patting the area dry.
Note: Do not use if there are any signs of sensitivity such as redness or any signs of difficulty breathing.
- Candida, the fungus that causes yeast infections, is a resident of our bodies. It resides on the skin and internally in mucous membranes. Yeast infections happen when there is an overgrowth of candida.
- There are a number of essential oils that support us when troubled by a yeast infection: They boost the immune system and interfere with the life of fungi. There are many wonderful ways to use the oils for health and comfort.
- It is possible to use lavender to care for babies with thrush or a yeast diaper rash. Just follow some simple steps.
- Talk with the baby’s health care provider.
- Follow essential oil directions for use, including a patch test.
- Carefully observe your little one for any signs of sensitivity, like redness or breathing issues.