control candida with oregano



Native to Greece, oregano (Origanum vulgare) is not just a spice found in classic Italian dishes like pizza and spaghetti — it's a potent medicinal herb that helps treat many types of infections and imbalances within the body. Now produced mostly in Turkey, oregano is a member of the mint family and thrives in hot, dry weather and also at high altitudes. The active ingredients, found in the leaves, are the volatile oils thymol and carvacol.

Oregano is a strong antifungal and is therefore extremely effective at combating yeast problems, particularly Candida. If you have had a vaginal yeast infection, it was probably caused by the yeast Candida albicans — the culprit behind full-blown Candida (also called candidiasis). In cases of Candida, which affect both men and women, an overgrowth of Candida albicans leaks into the bloodstream through damaged mucous membranes within the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include chronic yeast infections fin women], digestive problems, unexplained fatigue, oral thrush, sugar cravings, allergies, sinus problems, and itching in the ear, rectum and/or beneath the breasts.

Candida is not something that can be caught like a cold or the flu, but rather a condition that develops based on multiple factors. To explain further, Candida albicans (and about a dozen other bacterial and fungal bugs) naturally reside in the human gut, as well as other parts of the body. These bugs help with digestion and absorption of micronutrients, including glucose, essential fatty acids and amino acids, and are necessary components of a healthy body.

Unfortunately, it's not hard to disrupt the gut's delicate balance — something as simple as inadequate water intake on a regular basis will affect the equilibrium. And if your gut becomes chronically compromised, the bugs can go haywire. Sometimes, the good bacteria can't survive, and this allows the fungal organisms, such as Candida albicans, to proliferate. Certain drugs, namely birth control pills, steroids and antibiotics, are notorious for creating a yeast — friendly environment within the gut. For example, antibiotics kill all gut bacteria — good, bad and indifferent. In turn, this allows fungi to overpopulate the gut. Normally, good bacteria keep the yeast in check.

Another contributing factor for most patients involves gut cells that have lost their integrity and become less tight and healthy over the years. In general, the cause is poor dietary choices, such as consuming too many greasy and sugar-laden foods. (Sugar actually feeds yeast, which is why sugar cravings are a hallmark of Candida.) This can lead to chronic inflammation within the body, as well as poor elimination of toxins and other waste matter. The immune system can become suppressed as a result.

A Simple, Effective Three-Step Plan for Yeast
The following three-step plan can help restore balance and eliminate yeast:

The first step in treating chronic Candida is tightening gut cells within the small and large intestines. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by consuming tannin-rich foods, such as black or green tea, berries and pomegranates. This also helps minimize something called the "die-off" process, a condition that occurs as yeast is eliminated from the system. Die-off symptoms are often flu-like and can include headache, fatigue, aches and fuzzy thinking.
The second step is using oregano capsules or liquid extract for at least three weeks, until symptoms start to wane. The dosage for Candida is 0.2-0.5ml daily of undiluted oil; follow label instructions for other forms.
Follow with probiotics for two to four weeks. Because we are chronically exposed to chemicals and pollutants that compromise the balance of symbiotic organisms living on and inside us, a daily probiotic supplement is always a good idea.
Oregano's One-Two Punch
The medicinal benefits of oregano are not limited to Candida. The herb's oils can help clear congested sinuses and ease cold symptoms. Place a few drops of concentrated oil in the bottom of a bowl; add several cups of boiling water and lean over the bowl with a large towel draped over your head. Inhaling the steam helps break up mucus. Do not put the concentrated oil directly on mucous membranes (i.e., the inside of your nose, mouth, vagina or eyes). Oregano tea also eases cold and sinus symptoms. Use 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves to 2 cups boiling water. Steep for at least five minutes.

QUICK TIP: Consult the Yeast Expert
William Crook, MD, author of The Yeast Connection and Women's Health and other books, dedicated his life to studying and treating chronic Candida. For information on yeast, how it can affect your life and how to control it naturally, visit

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Oregano can be your partner in health — and your ally in housecleaning, especially when it comes to eliminating mold. The oil works particularly well on moldy carpets and mold around the edges of showers and bathroom windows. Here's how to test it out: Just spray oregano oil diluted with water to the affected areas and then wipe with a towel — the mold should come right up. Your place will smell great and be mold-free for months.


By Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc

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