Yeast Infections & Essential Oils

Natural Herb Essential Oils for Yeast Infections

Have you been recently introduced to the world of essential oils; or are you a veteran practitioner and have been around the block when it comes to using natural oils?  If you are curious about whether or not you can use an essential oil to stymie and heal a yeast infection, the answer is “of course!”  There are several different types of oils you can employ to fight off nearly any kind of yeast infection.  Most of the antifungal oils will be discussed here, so take some time to get informed on these oils; feel free to consult the sources at the end of an article for further learning. It won’t take long before you know enough to start using essential oils for yeast infection treatment.

About Essential Oils

Whenever you look for which essential oils you will be purchasing; you may have to do some research on that particular essential oil you are considering.  Thyme oil, made from Thymus vulgaris, is one example of how a plant can produce different types of oil.  Thymus vulgaris can produce a wide array of chemotypes (a difference in chemical properties of a particular plant; minor genetic and epigenetic differences, that can have little or no effect on morphology, can result in a plant that produces different chemicals) depending upon the altitude, climate, and various conditions of the plant’s growth.  If thyme was harvested in mid summer to early fall, the oil can contain a higher percentage of carvacrol (carvacrol content in time oil can cause the oil to be more caustic and irritating to the skin).  Using low pressures and temperatures in the distillation is also essential for maintaining thyme oil’s purity and therapeutic value.

Some essential oils are manufactured with the sole purpose of getting as much oil from the plant as quickly as possible; in the pecuniary interests of the producer, of course.  Some essential oils that have had chemical solvents, high pressures, high temperatures, or other rapid processing techniques employed on them can be much lower in quality.  Such low quality oils will probably smell just as good and appear fine to the consumer, but cost the manufacturer less money to produce.  Low quality oils can lack the chemical constituents that produce the actual therapeutic effects desired; making them undesirable to use medicinally.

How Essential Oils Work

Essential oils are lipid-soluble (able to be dissolved in fatty acids) and can penetrate the walls of cells–even cells that have become damaged and hardened due to lack of oxygen.  According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils (Abundant Health, 1998), essential oils are absorbed into the body and can affect every cell in the body in about 20 minutes after they are applied.  The essential oils are then metabolized by the body just like other nutrients; making them quite safe to utilize.

As you will see in the articles about the individual oils, many essential oils have some degree of antifungal, antibacterial, or antiviral efficacy.  Therefore, you can use them to treat infections and in cleaning supplies for their antiseptic capabilities.  Air diffusers can also be used to circulate essential oil vapors in the air; cleansing and purifying the air in your house.  There are a wide array of uses for essential oils!  And, you can certainly use an essential oil or two to treat a vaginal yeast infection!

How to Use Your Essential Oils

You will likely need to dilute the oils you end up using in a carrier oil or other substance.  One great idea for using essential oils is to put them in a carrier oil that has anti-yeast action.  One oil, as you may know that can stop Candida, is coconut oil.  Coconut oil is comprised of several fatty acids that can inhibit Candida.  Aside from oil, honey makes another great substance that you can use topically to treat Candida by itself.  Yes, externally honey can stop yeast from growing; so, if you mix in some powerful essential oils into your honey you will have an even better natural remedy on your hands.  One caveat with honey; don’t eat honey in an attempt to reduce a gut yeast infection.  Honey only works when it is not diluted much; and, in your stomach it will be mixing with liquids you drink and other gastric fluids and become a food for Candida and will be of no therapeutic value.  

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