It sounds horrible, it feels horrible and we all get it. But it’s actually pretty easy to remedy, if you are a girl in the know. We have scoured the internet to find you 5 of the best natural remedies to help you cure Oral Thrush. Natural means the remedies will have less impact on your body and usually, they’re pretty cheap too, which is always nice.
What is Oral Thrush?
As I said, it’s pretty darn common. The big boy name for it is Candidiasis, it’s a fungus that lives in the mouth. Candida albicans, which apparently grow in the mouth (they sound like a group of mediterranean islands to me ). This troublesome mouth fungus is not an issue until it starts to run wild, and is allowed to overgrow. The problem is, it’s not uncommon that the little blighters are resistant to the antibiotics used to get Oral Thrush under control. That’s why these natural remedies are great!
When you have Oral Thrush it’s easily transferrable to others, which is yuck. Although it’s not really more serious than being uncomfortable, if left untreated it can spread to the roof, of your mouth, your throat and can really affect the immune system making you more open to other diseases (which might be nastier).
Here are the top 5 ways to treat Oral thrush. You can thank me later!
1 - Eating is not cheating
Food is my enemy! It loves to turn to fat and sit on my love handles just so it taunt me the next time I look in the mirror after a shower. But not this time, eat the right things and food can be your best friend when it comes to treating Oral Thrush! These are the foods that really make a difference:
Cinnamon : Actually, studies have shown that people who eat cinnamon have less candida overgrowth and is a good way to combat excess candida during Oral Thrush.
Be inhospitable: Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice (which is very acidic) creates an environment for the thrust to live. Infact, general rule. The more acidic stuff you can drink (within reason of course) the tougher you’re going to make it for the bacteria
Coconut Oil: Is there anything this oil won’t cure? (Here comes the science) apparently, the combination of lauric acid and caprylic acid ( to ingredients found in coconut oil) kills off candida when drunk and applied topically
2. Essentially, Oil can help
Some essential oils are killer at helping to cure Oral Thrush. The best thing is, these oils are easy to get and don’t break the bank.
Clove: This oil kicks some serious Oral Thrush butt. In fact when tested against the best antifungal medicines and treatments on the market, Clove oil is as effective as any of them and it has none of the side effects that they have. And it’s cheaper. Much cheaper.
Here’s a tip. Add 2-3 drops of Clove oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and rinse your mouth with it for 20 minutes or so. Huge impact on Oral thrush!
Oregano: Get the essential oil, add 2-3 drops into a glass of water and drink for 10 days (then take a break if it’s not gone completely) Also proven (by scientists no less) to restrict Candida overgrowth.
3 - Drink Tea (With exotic names)
I would love to pretend I’m worldly and that I knew what Pau D’arco is, but I don’t. All I know is that it comes from South America, they make Tea from it, or you can buy tablets and it has a lot of natural benefits to the body, including fighting inflammation, battling cancer, building up your immune system, and for us: fights Candida in the body.
It’s not super expensive, you can find it in Walmart or Amazon it’s not one of those ‘super fashionable’ amazonian thingys you get charged a small fortune for, it’s the same price as any other herbal tea.
4 - Garlic kills more than just vampires
It’s no secret that although eating raw garlic gives you whiffy breath, it’s also a natural antibiotic. On top of that, it’s antiviral and antifungal. As Oral thrush is a fungus, garlic works just as effectively or getting rid of this pesky nuisance too.
They say take 1 clove of garlic a day. Here’s what I do. I grate some cheese, chop up some garlic. Mix them both together with some mayonnaise (unhealthy I know) then have on toast or bread. It masks the taste enough for me to swallow the garlic down raw.
5 - Meet a girl’s best friend
Apple Cider Vinegar helps to cure so many things, it’s called ACV for short to save article writers time and energy, they get to write about it and it’s benefits so often. Stick it on your face, and it’s a natural makeup remover, it helps with blood pressure, diabetes, rinse your mouth with it and it will cure you of Oral thrush too. It’s the real super hero.
Add 2 teaspoons of ACV to half a teaspoon of salt. Mix in warm water and rinse your mouth out 3 times a day, and you will start to see a difference almost immediately. It’s cheap, it’s quick, and it’s very very effective. It will restore PH level, and attack the fungus too..
Last bit of advice
One of the reasons why our body allows Candida to become overgrown and cause Oral Thrush is a lowered immune system. If you’re suffering from thrush it means you’re more likely to become a victim of a cold or the flu or something nasty. Have a look at an article we’ve written on 5 things you can do to increase immune system (link). It’s also a pretty painless and cheap way to make sure you don’t continue suffering from Oral thrush in the future.