Do you hide your feet in summer because of embarrassing toenail fungus?
Or do you cover your arms and shoulders thanks to red ringworm circles?
Fungal and yeast issues show up in several ways, including toenail fungus, ringworm, itchy skin, athlete's foot, and various rashes. At my last count, candida is linked to over 80 symptoms and health problems! 10 to 20% of those are skin-related.
So, what's the best way to control candida overgrowth? A multi-faceted approach achieved over a length of time.
Yet summer is right around the corner… Sometimes you just need something to work fast on the outside while you chip away at the bigger issue on the inside.
On that note, here are my 3 favorite essential oils that fight candida and ease skin-related candida symptoms!
3 Essential Oils That Fight Candida-Related Skin Problems
These essential oils are natural and effective means to quickly fix the surface problem. Make sure you also address candida at its root cause to ensure it doesn't come back, however!
#1 — Cinnamon
Let's start with cinnamon!
True cinnamon inhibits candida and common skin fungi (source and source). In fact, according to this particular study, it fights Candida albicans most effectively of all the spices tested! It also showed strong antimicrobial activity against certain microorganisms.
What is true cinnamon? Cinnamomum verum, also known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum or Ceylon cinnamon. Most cinnamon available today is actually Cassia cinnamon, so be sure to read the label!
#2 — Clove Bud
Cloves are tiny, dried flower buds from trees native to Indonesia.
According to researchers in Portugal, both the essential oil and eugenol itself cause yeast cells to rupture and die. Cloves almost completely prevented the formation of hyphae — the branching roots that penetrate tissue.
#3 — Oregano
Oregano essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and an antioxidant. It's a candida-killing powerhouse — every microbe tested against it has surrendered to it! This is true only of the wild, medicinal-grade oil, not the spice used in cooking, however. (The Cure Is in the Cupboard, page 11.)
According to Dr. Bakker, ND,
“…[O]regano oil is stronger, much stronger [than tea tree oil] and if you use it be sure to get wild crafted oregano oil. I’ve seen the most difficult of all toe nail fungal conditions clear up entirely with oregano oil, even when nothing else worked. Go easy though, it is a strong treatment. Drop the pure oil onto your nail or feet twice daily. You must be persistent and keep applying the oil each morning and each night for best results.” (Candida Crusher, page 166.)
What's the difference between oregano essential oil and oil of oregano? Oregano essential oil is the pure oil, whereas oil of oregano is the essential oil already diluted in a carrier oil. Traditional Cooking School recommends buying oregano essential oil and diluting it yourself — before use — in a carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, almond, or grapeseed oil) to ensure that it is a safe and quality product.
What essential oils have you found effective against candida-related skin problems?
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