Treating Candida Naturally

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The first step in treating candida

The first step we recommend to treat candida is a colon cleanse to rid your body of toxic waste that can harbor it. The best colon cleanse is gentle and natural. From experience, we recommend the Colon Cleansing Kit by Blessed Herbs. Their herbal cleansing kit is safe, effective, and, without sharing too many details, we know from personal experience that it works well. :)

Many diseases start with an impacted colon – give candida a run for its money by eliminating (pun intended) its hiding place.

Treating candida naturally

Candida Crusher ebook - 3-Stage candida diet.(disclaimer: Candida Crusher is a medical volume and contains anatomical photos that some readers may find objectionable.)

There are many herbs, oils, and natural approaches that can help treat candida and I’ve listed several of them below.

But I know for many of us, it’s nice to have a specific plan of action, a step-by-step approach to treating, say a yeast infection or a nail fungus. If you’re interested in healing specific candida-related yeast issues such as yeast infections, thrush, cradle cap, diaper rash, jock itch, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, tinea versicolor (and other forms of tinea), etc., I highly recommend Candida Crusher by Dr. Eric Bakker, ND.

Dr. Bakker is a naturopath from New Zealand who’s has been treating candida patients for over 20 years. His book is devoted to explaining candida and how to treat common candida symptoms naturally.

Treat candida with herbs

Note: Because using too many herbs or supplements at one time can decrease their potency, it is suggested to use only one herb per week. For example, use Black Walnut every day for one week. Then stop the Black Walnut at the end of the week, and start Garlic for one full week. At the end of that week, discontinue the Garlic and begin on Golden Seal and so on.

When you’ve gone through the herbs you want to use, repeat again until you have no more symptoms of candida.

Here are some of our favorite herbs:

  • Black Walnut – In a recent study, Black Walnut was shown more effective against candida than any other anti-fungal drug. It contains natural tannins which kill fungus, parasites, and yeasts. (Any parasite killing herb will also kill candida.) It also contains Juglone, a chemical that has anti-fungal and antibiotic properties.
-To take Black Walnut capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-You can also make your own capsules with Black Walnut powder.
-For Black Walnut extract, follow the directions on the label.

This herb should not be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding (will stop lactation) women.

  • Barberry – This berry contains Berberine. Berberine has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It’s also an effective immune stimulate.

-To make Barberry tea, boil 2/3 cup of water over 1 or 2 teaspoons of Barberry bark. Steep for about 15 min., strain bark, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
-If you prefer Barberry capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-For Barberry extract, follow the directions on the label.
-If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Barberry root and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.

Adults should not take this for more than 7 consecutive days. Children should only take for three days in a row. Not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers.

natural anti fungal plant burdock root treats candida(source)

  • Burdock Root – Burdock is an anti-fungal and has been used effectively against candida for many years according to Medical Herbalism. It’s also used to purify the bloodstream and internal organs of toxins.

-To make Burdock Root tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
-If you prefer Burdock Root capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-For Burdock Root extract, follow the directions on the label.
-If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Burdock Root and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.

  • Cat’s Claw – Candida grows out of control in a weakened immune system, and Cat’s Claw is a strong immune boosting herb that strengthens white blood cells.

-To make Cat’s Claw tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of Cat’s Claw Bark. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
-If you prefer Cat’s Claw capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-For Cat’s Claw extract, follow the directions on the label.
-If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Cat’s Claw Bark and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.

Avoid using before pregnancy (can interfere with fertility) and while pregnant.

  • Echinacea – is one of the best immune stimulating herb and antiseptic. And a good, healthy immune system is needed to defend against candida. However, it should be taken as needed (i.e. colds, flus), not as a regular supplement.

-To make Echinacea tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of the Echinacea herb. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day. If you don’t want to make your own, you can use Echinacea tea bags.
-If you prefer Echinacea capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-For Echinacea extract, follow the directions on the label.
-If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Echinacea herb and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.

Garlic heads and cloves treat candida naturally.(source)

  • Garlic – Garlic is one of the most potent natural antiseptics. It has been shown effective against 24 out of 26 strains of candida. It destroys unfriendly bacteria while boosting good bacteria.

Garlic can be taken in several ways:

-garlic cloves – 2-4 grams per day of fresh, minced garlic cloves
garlic softgels – 100-200 mg daily
-garlic oil – 0.03 to 0.12 mL three times a day

Garlic can thin the blood so anyone about to undergo surgery should refrain.

  • Goldenseal – contains Berberine and Hydrastine, two powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredients that restrict candida’s growth. Goldenseal also stimulates the immune system.

-To make Goldenseal tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of the root. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
-If you prefer Goldenseal capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-For Goldenseal extract, follow the directions on the label.
-If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Goldenseal root and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.

Pregnant women should not take Goldenseal as Berberine can cause uterine contractions.

  • Olive Leaf – is a strong anti-fungal and anti-parasitic that has anti-viral and antibiotic properties as well. It has 400% more antioxidants than Vitamin C and twice the antioxidants of green tea with similar effects to the antioxidants in garlic and onions. Olive Leaf also stimulates your immune system and helps stabilize blood sugar levels (elevated blood sugar levels feed candida). If that isn’t enough, it also gives the body a natural energy boost which is helpful when candida makes us fatigued.

-Look for solutions with 20% Oleuropein if possible.
-To make Olive Leaf tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
-If you prefer Olive Leaf capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-For Olive Leaf extract, follow the directions on the label.
-If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Olive leaves and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.

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Treating candida with herbs is only one of two parts needed to fully heal. Diet is 80% of what you need on the road to health. You can find over 130 safe-to-eat candida diet recipes in our e-Cookbook: Healing Candida with Food.

  • Pau D’Arco – this herb has a two-fold effect against candida. First, it helps to gently loosen the bowels, creating a mini colon cleanse (not to the point of diarrhea). Then its anti-fungal, immune-stimulating, and anti-tumor properties get to work. It inhibits and destroys candida. It is most effective in tea form.

-To make Pau D’Arco tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
-If you prefer Pau D’ Arco capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-For Pau D’ Arco extract, follow the directions on the label.
-If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Pau D’Arco and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use Pau D’ Arco.

  • Thyme – an anti-fungal with no contraindications. It stimulates the thymus gland which regulates the immune system. It is often paired with Fenugreek, an herb that helps expel toxins through the lymphatic system.

-To make Thyme and/or Fenugreek tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.You can also allow the tea to cool and treat external fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and vaginal yeast infections by washing with it.
-If you prefer Thyme capsules or Fenugreek capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-For Thyme extract, follow the directions on the label.
-Try Thyme essential oil in a diffuser.
-If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Thyme and/or Fenugreek and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.

Treat candida with oils

Do not use any essential oils full strength. Dilute a few drops with a carrier oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, almond, or grapeseed oil) before using on skin.

  • Clove Oil – has powerful anti-fungal properties while boosting your immune system at the same time. Cloves has a phytochemical called eugenol that anesthetizes internal parasites, bacteria, and fungi. It is safe to use as a breath freshener as it kills the bacteria that causes odor in your mouth.

Clove oil is quite strong so you will want to dilute 15-30 drops in water and take it 1-3 times a day.

coconut oil is a natural anti fungal.(source)

  • Coconut OilCoconut oil contains several candida-fighting acids:

capric acid: a medium chain fatty acid (saturated fat – that’s the good fat) known for its anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties which have been found very effective in killing candida (also found in breast milk).
caprylic acid: another medium chain fatty acid with anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties similar to capric acid.
lauric acid: like capric acid, this anti-fungal agent forms a compound called Monolaurin, an expert at killing germs and fungi.
caproic acid and myristic acid: mild anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.

-Take one tablespoon orally 1-2 times a day (our favorite way is to eat it in Chocolate Coconut Cubes).
-It also works well to rub on infected areas on your skin.
-Use it as a night-time moisturizer!

  • Oil of Oregano (oil of wild oregano is the best quality) – This versatile oil has two microbial chemicals that actually dehydrate all varieties of fungi and yeasts without harming good bacteria.

-It can be taken internally by taking five or more drops of oregano oil under your tongue or adding it to water 2-3 times daily.
-You can diluted 1-2 drops of oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil to rub over infected areas for external use.
-If you prefer wild oil of oregano capsules, please follow directions on the label.
-If you have oregano leaves, you can make a tea by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of leaves. Steep for about 15 min., strain leaves, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day or add to bath water.

  • Neem Oil – this oil stimulates the immune system and is toxic to fungi, parasites, and viral infections. It is also one of the most powerful detoxifiers and blood purifiers.

-For external use, mix neem oil in a cream or coconut oil and apply regularly until the infection has cleared.
-To make Neem Leaf tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.

Neem leaf tea should only be gargled by children under 12, but adults can drink three cups for several days to help rid the body of both external and internal infection.

Pregnant and nursing women should not use neem.

  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) – this powerful oil is anti-fungal and proven effective against candida.

Tea Tree Oil is used internally as a mouthwash for thrush by adding 3-4 drops to 6 oz. of water and swishing it around your mouth before spitting out. Do not swallow it as large amounts can be toxic.

-You can use it externally for fungus and infections of the skin and nails by placing 2-3 drops in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and spreading it over the infected area or by adding several drops to bath water.

Candida Crusher ebook based on 25 years experience from naturopath Dr. Eric Bakker.

Dr. Bakker’s book, Candida Crusher, goes into great detail on the steps and natural ingredients needed to clear yeast infections (for both men and women), nail fungus, mouth and throat (thrush), and diaper rashes resulting from candida.

Treat candida with natural supplements

  • Aloe Vera Juice – a gentle juice that is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It lowers pH levels (candida thrives in acidic environments) and can help alleviate constipation (remember, the colon collects toxic waste). Aloe Vera is a great detoxifier, especially for the liver (the organ that cleans the candida by-products from your blood).

Taken no more than a 1/4 c. of aloe vera juice a day. It also comes in capsules (follow label dosage) if you don’t like the taste of juice.

  • Colloidal Silver – fights fungi on contact, internally and externally. It’s been reported to cure athlete’s foot, vaginal infections, and skin fungal infections.

You can apply Colloidal Silver two to three times per day until the symptoms subside. However, if these symptoms reoccur, it’s a sign of an internal infection in which you can take normal amounts internally, about 1 teaspoon up to 3 times per day.

Do not use for extended periods at a time.

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract – is another parasite eliminator (anything that kills parasites is also effective against candida) that does not harm good bacteria. A 1990 study showed it more effective than 30 antibiotics and 18 fungicides.

Grapefruit Seed Extract can be taken by adding 10 drops to a cup of water 3 times a day.

  • Propolis – has strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can be used externally and internally with great success against all types of viruses, bacteria, fungi and microbes, even strains that are very resistant.

-To take Propolis capsules, please follow directions on the label.

Side effects

Please be aware of herxheimer reactions (a.k.a. herxes). When candida dies, it releases a toxic waste (the liver eliminates it) that can initially make a person feel worse, or have flu-like symptoms. Avoid jumping into any anti-candida regimen too quickly. If you notice these symptoms, ease into it more slowly.

If you’re interested in natural methods to heal your candida, but a little nervous about using the right herbs for your specific issue, I can’t recommend Candida Crusher highly enough. Read it and your life will never be the same!

Vegetarian Times
Medical Herbalism
Cat’s Claw
Practical Herbalism
Botanicals for Common Infections in Women
Using Probiotics to Prevent or Eliminate Candida
Olive leaf extract
Pau D’ Arco
Antifungal activity of the clove essential oil from Syzygium aromaticum on Candida, Aspergillus and dermatophyte species
In vitro antimicrobial properties of coconut oil on Candida species in Ibadan, Nigeria
The Cure Is in the Cupboard: How to Use Oregano for Better Health
Toxicity of Neem Seed Oil against the Larvae of Boophilus decoloratus, A One-Host Tick In Cattle
Tee Tree Oil
 Aloe vera extract reduces both growth and germ tube formation by Candida albicans
Silver colloidal nanoparticles: antifungal effect against adhered cells and biofilms of Candida albicans and Candida glabrata
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Propolis Cures Yeast Infection in the Mouth


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I’m Paula - like many of you I wear a lot of hats. Child of God, wife of 19 years, mother of 5 earthly children (and another on the way), reluctant cook, chocolate-snatcher, and health and fitness coach at Various family health issues including Lyme disease and candida has turned me into a 'researcher' with a passion for understanding how our God-created bodies thrive or deteriorate based on what we put in it.

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  1. Jennifer @ How to Peel an Onion says

    What a comprehensive list! Thanks for all that great information. Looking to nature is the way to fight medical problems. Also, the GAPS diet is also a great way to combat candida.

  2. Paula says

    Jennifer –

    At the bottom of the post you'll see a link to Treating Candida With Diet. This is very similar to GAPS, but stricter when it comes to nuts and a few other foods.

    I would certainly agree though, after 9 months of a strict anti-candida diet, Travis has seen huge amounts of improvement. Yay!

  3. Valerie says

    What a thorough, informative post! Thanks for putting all this together. I have been using many of these natural remedies for years due to yeast infections only during pregnancies.

    Do you know what amazes me? I have never read online to do this one thing I thought of a month ago…
    Crush raw garlic, scoop it into empty gelatin capsules, and swallow as many as you want with a meal!

    Isn't that way better than gagging it down raw with honey?! :)

  4. Avonlea_dreamer says

    Omgosh! Thank you so much for this series! I've been suffering with many of these symptoms for over a year. Took the quiz you linked to in the first post and had signs of 90% of the symptoms. Thank you so much! I can now change my diet and try to fix this!

  5. Paula says

    Isn't it a relief when we finally figure out what's wrong! I hope you find these diet changes and herbs helpful! Let me know if you ever have questions, I'm just an email away!

  6. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures says

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  7. achola pyerina says

    i have had this candida problem for about 5year being on antibiotic. but know it has become too much for me to bee pain all the time i really need help on how to get ride of this disease. thanks pyerina

    • says


      The first step is realizing/accepting that you have candida and then doing something about it. I encourage you to read my other links on a candida diet and treating it with herbs. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

  8. says

    I’m struggling with thrush right now and have been taking gelatin capsules filled with coconut oil and GSE. I’m also using coconut oil topically. Thankfully, between that and cutting out sugar, I seem to be getting better pretty quickly this time around!

  9. Kristie says

    I am right now doing a colon cleanse (detox + from the bulk herb store) that also helps get rid of metals. I was thinking of ordering Yeast Assasin next from the Beeyoutiful company to kill candida and parasites. Do you think rotating the antifungals is so important that I need to try to do it that way instead of ordering the Yeast Assasin? Also I have had some elevated liver enzymes in the past. (They have been up and down.) I am also on alot of vitamins and bio identical progesterone. I was thinking of a liver cleanse last. I would love any advice!

  10. Kristie says

    Also, lately when I eat (like tonight-hamburger, rice, green beans, coconut oil) My stomach gets hard and bloated and I get sort of sharp pains in my stomach. I also get sort of a heartburn feeling. When I had this before, my doctor has put me on l-glutamine, cucurmin, sf 734 (active ingredient in pepto bismal-for h pylori), increasing my probiotic and prilosec (for less than a month). I also took a break from all my regular vitamins and supplements. That program did help. I am thinking of maybe adding the l-glutamine, cucurmin, and maybe some aloe to my regimen. I was figuring this was okay to add to the detox +and all my other vitamins. The ingredients for detox + are bentonite clay, apple fruit pectin, flax seed, psyllium seed, slippery elm bark powder, marshmallow root powder, bilberry fruit powder, peppermint leaf powder, activated charcoal powder.

    • says

      Hi Kristie,

      I hate to use the line, “I’m not a medical doctor. . . blah, blah, blah”. All of your ideas sound great, but without knowing much about liver enzymes and bio identical progesterone I hesitate to suggest anything.

      I will however, direct you to the site Healing Naturally By Bee. She has a yahoo group that answers questions like this much better than I ever could. :)

      It sounds like you’re on the right track though. Doing colon and liver cleanses is definitely a good way to start ‘clean up’.

      • Kristie says

        This is Kristie again! I was wondering if you or some of your family was able to rid yourself of candida rotating these herbs. Thanks!

        • says

          Hi Kristie,

          First, I want to explain that a person can never totally ‘get rid’ of candida. We all have it in our systems – even ‘healthy’ people. The problem with candida is when it’s not kept in balance by good bacteria, and when your immune system becomes weakened by diets, antibiotics, etc, then it ‘transforms’ if you will, into systematic candidiasis (most of us just refer to it simply as candida) and causes all these health problems we’re dealing with.

          The idea is to ‘starve’ and ‘fight’ it back into submission with our diets and these natural herbs.

          That being said, neither I nor my family has been able to ‘rid’ ourselves of candida – (I know I’m being a bit technical but it’s important to understand how candida works :)).

          BUT with both the diet and herbs, we’ve all improved to the point I’d say it is either very nearly back in submission or is already (my husband also deals with Lyme Disease so it’s sometimes hard to tell whether his symptoms are candida related or Lyme related.) We’ve both stated over and over that it wasn’t until we started the diet and herbs that we noticed any significant improvement.

          Hope that helps! :)

          • Kristie says

            Thank you for your detailed reply! I really do appreciate you taking the time! First off, if you ever feel led to, I would love to read any posts about your husband and how he is doing, and what has helped him improve. (My lyme’s test looked suspicious according to my doctor.) Was your husband allowed to take all the herbs you mentioned since he also had Lyme’s? Also, I was thinking on the diet and wondered if I should do the scd diet or just lower carb. Did you measure carbs in some way? For example, I often eat a piece of fruit, no starchy veggie, and 2 eggs for breakfast with some fat. Then at lunch I will eat fried rice with fat and protein and non starchy veggie, and the same for supper. And I eat a ton of coconut oil. :) I noticed today I had bloating and heartburn BEFORE lunch. I didn’t know if that was any sort of clue.


  11. Kristie says

    Also, I just read your About Page. I really enjoyed it! I also homeschool and am on a health journey. I had a tubal pregnancy after struggling with infertility, so babies are very close to my heart. I will be following your blog!

    • says

      I’ve often thought of writing a page about Travis’ journey . . .

      We first suspected Lyme as we did research online typing in symptoms and spending hours reading online forums. Everything kept coming back to Lyme.

      He first tested at a ‘normal’ medical clinic. They tested for a few (14?) strains of Lyme (there are over 300) and since he had some of the strains show up and some that didn’t, he was considered negative. Um. . .to me if ANY Lyme strain shows up – you’ve got it.

      You read about the rest of our journey on About Page. It wasn’t until he started following the candida diet in January of 2011 that he’s shown the most marked improvement – and for the longest period of time.

      As far as supplements, he rotates the herbs I’ve listed as well as taking supplements our naturopath recommends specifically for him and his degree of candida.

      The fruit and the rice you mentioned raised red flags. I can’t say I’ve been 100% on this diet – it’s not easy!, but the more sugar (fruit) and starch (rice) you can cut out – the better. Having a tiny portion during one meal a week would be better than some at each meal during the day. Baby steps. . .

      If you want to have a number of carbs, fat, and protein to go by, I’d recommend looking here.

      Kristie, I know this is hard – and unfortunately subduing candida isn’t easy, but it’s worth the fight.

      For the first three months, Travis’s symptoms seemed to get worse and then go up and down all the time. He’d feel good for one day and bad for five. Then after awhile he’d notice that he had two good days and then it would be bad. Then three good days. . .I can’t tell you how many times we sat and debated if it was even worth it! LOL

      Travis was on this diet for over 9 months before he felt ‘a break through’. He came home from work and said, “I can’t explain it, but I just feel better.” He now has 15 good days and 1 or 2 bad days.

      It takes awhile – but we’ve seen the affects.

      I’m cheering for you!

  12. Kristie says

    Hi Paula! I just wanted to let you know that I have prayed, printed this article, and am working on which herbs to try and/or buy! I am thinking of buying burdock root, olive leaf, goldenseal, garlic and aloe vera. I already have dried thyme, and propolis extract (also has raw honey in it). We eat coconut oil everyday. :) I have a few questions.

    1. First, I read in a DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions) article to finish a bottle, and then rotate to a different antifungal. I wondered what you thought of taking a supplement for that length instead of only one week.

    2. My husband still has mercury fillings. Do you happen to know if colon cleanses are okay with those still in? I still have some detox + left from the bulk herb store. (I did it for two weeks, but it caused heartburn and indigestion issues for me.)

    3. Are the aloe vera juice and propolis meant to be taken as extras with other antifungals, or like this: garlic one week, goldenseal one week, aloe vera one week, propolis one week etc.

    I was also planning on taking clay baths. So that is my detox plan for now. Thank you for your kind words!

    PS I feel hope in my heart today which I know is from God!

    • says


      I wish I could be more specific for you, but I can’t. This protocol (rotating anti-fungals each week) is something I’ve read and we’ve implemented. However, each person has different degrees of candida and each person reacts to their method of treatment differently. What works for me might not work for you.

      The reason it’s suggested that you rotate herbs and supplements is so that you are coming at the candida from land, air, and sea. LOL You’re coming at it with a variety of herbs that ‘attack’ it in their individual ways. You’re always changing what you’re doing and keeping the candida guessing. :)

      I did an herbal colon cleanse (not the one from Bulk Herb Store) with mercury fillings years ago and don’t remember any side effects. However, I didn’t do the amount of research I do now when looking into something like that, and since my mercury fillings have been removed, I haven’t looked into that issue at all. I’d suggest Googling ‘herbal colon cleanse and mercury fillings’. Just be sure to look carefully at who wrote the articles you read. :)

      As far as the aloe vera and propolis, it’s up to you, but again I like the suggestion of rotating everything. I do want to encourage you to ease into anything you do and ‘listen’ to your body.

      Again, I think you’re on the right track. These herbs and the candida diet are the things we’ve used for candida – but it’s not written in stone that this is the only way to treat it.

      I hate to be vague but. . . :)

  13. Jennifer says

    I have tried so many herbs and natural anti-fungals, including precription. The most effective is “Black Seeds” or kalonji seeds from India. I soak 1 tsp in room 1/4 c temp water for about 10 minutes. I then chew them. The taste is strong, but the results have been the best I’ve had. My tongue turned pink for the first time in YEARS! I will take this daily!

    • says

      No, I would not use them all at once. You’d want to try them one at a time first, for about a week each, to make sure you didn’t have adverse reactions to them. Then, if you didn’t notice any reactions, you could take an oil at the same time as an herb, but I wouldn’t take more than 1 herb at a time.

  14. Martina says


    Gluten free diet cured my depression and anxiety. I would like to get rid of candida as well because I am certain that I have it. Can I do that while breastfeeding? I am worried that the toxins from candida dying would affect breast milk and harm the baby. Thank you.

    • says

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond, Martina. I can only share from my experience and that of others I know who have been breastfeeding while battling candida.

      When I was breastfeeding I had already had an anti-candida type diet for my whole pregnancy due to morning sickness that was constant for nearly 8 mths. So when I started breastfeeding, I continued eating that way as my body was already used to it. I did not notice that this affected my little girl at all.

      My SIL has candida and during her last pregnancy and while breastfeeding, her homeopathic dr encouraged her to eat an anti-candida diet both for herself and the baby. I would suggest REALLY easing into it though rather than going cold turkey as the die off might be more than you or your baby wants to deal with. Maybe start by only eating grains 3 days a week, then two, than eventually none. At the same time, start easing off any foods with sugar – you can even take a month or more to ease out of it – making your goal the elimination of sugar and starches.

  15. says

    I can’t wait to give this info to mygirlfriend, as she as candida very badly. she bloats up, her mouth turns totally white and she is miserable, she as so has post traumatic distress disorder from being molested by family members when she was three till 12 yrs old. can you help me help her?

  16. karen alkurd says

    Hi. I have been researching natural ways to combat/control candida. I have a 13 yearold daughter with multiple health issues. Cystic Fibrosis,Gastroperesis,small bowel bacterial over growth and immune deficiency (Cell Mediated).she has been found to have an absent immune response to candida. And is currently on an IV antifungal to treat a reoccurring candida infection of her gtube site. I am desperately looking for ways to help keep candida levels down. Your sitebhas been very informative. And a great start for alternative information.

    • says

      Hi Karen,

      I’m sorry your daughter is having to deal with so much right now! I’m going to assume you have a good naturopath or doctor to work with, but if you’re looking for some guidance, I know Dr. Bakker does Skype and provides consultation for patients world wide. His website is

      I’m glad you found my site – let me know if you have questions. :)

  17. Jenny G. Bulatao says

    Hi Ms. Paula,

    I have been suffering from candidiasis. I am also confused about all the research i have made regarding the food to eat and what not to eat.

    I have read about this in your writing but unfortunately, you only stated stage one.

    I would like to simply ask you a list what food should i eat. Only the ones that would help me beat candida.

    I have read one article that talks about sulfur and it inhibits cauliflower, brocolli and the likes. I am really confused and want to make it simple.

    Hope you can help me with this.


    • says

      Hi Jenny,

      Foods are a tricky subject – and one of the main reasons I refer people to Dr. Bakker’s book Candida Crusher. It is one of the best I’ve found in explaining the foods that heal candida, the foods that don’t, and all the details of the why’s and why nots.

      It literally would be impossible to share all of that information here. He has graciously allowed me to share parts and pieces of his book here on my site, but it would be unfair and impossible for me to share everything in his book you would need to know.

      There is more information in my cookbook: Healing Candida with Food – and all the nitty-gritty details are found in his book, Candida Crusher.

  18. Lisa says

    Hi Paula!
    I’m enjoying your site. I found it through your book on the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. :) I’ve also bought Dr. Bakker’s book and am working through – LOTS of info. Anyway, I am wondering if you have actually used the pau d’arco tincture, or just included directions on how to make it? I’ve been rotating anti-fungals and experimenting with pau d’arco. No alcohol is such an emphasis on the candida diet, so I’m wondering how it affects someone using an alcohol-based tincture. My gut (ha ha!) is that it is fine but I thought I would ask to see if you have personal experience. Thanks so much!! Blessings, Lisa

    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      I’ve used both the tincture and the tea. Honestly, I prefer the tea simply because I like tea so I have a lot more experience with that than the tincture. If you’re worried at all about the alcohol, you can also make tinctures using Apple Cider Vinegar – but the shelf life will only be about 2 years as opposed to . . . many, many years. :)

      • Lisa says

        What a quick reply, thanks Paula! I’ll still probably try the alcohol – my husband bought it specifically for this purpose, and I’m not going to do anything else with it! I’ll be visiting your site more, thanks again! :)

  19. Pat M. says

    Hi, I have really enjoyed reading your site. I have battled candida a good part of my life, mostly in my 30’s and 40’s. Now at 56, I am much better do to, low sugar diet, low carb diet and veggies and a lot of the herbs talked about here. I do a garlic foot soak, 8 cloves liquefied, put in hot water, soak feet for 1 hour, you can add ginger, lemon juice, parsley cuts the odor. However, something has just happened that I never considered before. I received an black pepper grinder for xmas, and we have been using it on everything. My stomach is so inflamed, also intestines feel puffy. Doing research, black pepper can cut, and irritate the lining of your stomach and your gut, causing you to bleed, thus, allowing undigested food to pass into your blood stream causing a host of problems with allergies etc…. plus the body produces mucus to protect itself, which is where the parasites and yeast can grow or hold on. Long story short, give up black pepper, no it is not a sugar, no it is not talked about much in candida diets. Just sayin’ it’s worth a try in the healing process. Hope this helps someone!

    • says

      Hi Mary,

      This protocol is one my husband and I practice based on different books we’ve read over the years. However, each person is different and their bodies react to herbs and supplements differently than the next person.

      I’ve never read that there is a specific herb or supplement to take first. They all fight candida in a variety of ways so they’re each beneficial in their own way. Maybe start with ones you’re most familiar with, like garlic perhaps.

      You don’t have to take EVERYTHING mentioned. I’ve listed the herbs that are helpful in fighting candida – you can take some or all of them, but I’d recommend only doing one at a time and rotating them as mentioned:

      Because using too many herbs or supplements at one time can decrease their potency, it is suggested to use only one herb per week. For example, use Black Walnut every day for one week. Then stop the Black Walnut at the end of the week, and start Garlic for one full week. At the end of that week, discontinue the Garlic and begin on Golden Seal and so on.

  20. Sarah says

    Paula, thanks for this list. Very helpful for me and the way my mind processes and organizes info! I’m curious, are the oils and “other” also included in the use-a-week-then-switch, or can you use oils in conjunction with the herbs?

    • says

      I’d error on the side of caution and use one at a time to begin with. The flush of dying candida can cause a herx reaction which isn’t always pleasant. :)

  21. Charles says

    Hi Paula,

    Thank you kindly for all the invaluable info! I was just curious if you rotate with every single one of these herbs and oils in your list? Or do you and your husband only use certain herbs/oils in your list? If so which ones? I thank you kindly!

    I suspect that I have candida, and I am trying to get rid of it. I so far got amazing results from a good quality probiotics, but I just can’t seem to get rid of the remaining candida in my liver! So I am looking for more natural treatments. Thanks again for the great info : )

    Best Regards,


    • says

      Hi Charles,

      We do rotate with some more than others – simply because we use them for other things so we always have them on hand. We’ve made tinctures of Burdock Root, Cat’s Claw, and Echinacea so having ample supply of those we tend to use them a lot. We’re never without garlic, Pau D’ Arco tea, Coconut Oil, Oil of Oregano, Tea Tree Oil, and usually have Colloidal Silver and Grapefruit Seed Extract.

      The above herbs/oils are the ones I’d say we tend to use more, and sometimes we skip one because honestly we get lackadaisical about it and forget to take them. :)

  22. Loren says

    First thing I’d do is see your GYN. Make sure that there isn’t a serious issue there first. If everything checks out, I’d look into some natural ways of dealing with this problem.

    For me I started looking into fruits and vegetables that help. Grapefruit and pineapples help a lot. There are also vitamins that help but none really showed any type of change for me.

    Then after spending a few hours on the net I came across this natural supplement for women’s needs and care called balance complex for women.

    I’ve been let down before by supplements promising the world. This type of issue is especially embarrassing and I’m just thrilled this has been working so far.

    Would tell any lady to not hesitate and give this a try, will change your life.

  23. christinamom7 says

    I’ve been suffering with candida and yeast imbalance for some time and have tried a number of remedies recommended by my Naturopath. I was keen to the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse, because it is an all in one candida cleanse, containing anti-fungals, enzymes and probiotics, so I only need to take one product, instead of a whole series of different formulations. I took the full dose to begin with, and was pleased with the results, which started to kick in within about a week. Now I just take 1 capsule per day of the Lady Soma pill as a maintenance dose and that seems to be keeping things under control for me. For the first time, I feel like I have found a simple long term solution to keeping my candida at bay.

  24. Chi Shi says

    For the record, my ENT diagnosed me with Candida overgrowth in my throat and esophagus. Not sure how far it’s gotten, gut-wise… I read your early blog post about the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse- and within an hour of the first dose — my stomach started churning and it was off to the restroom. All I can say is, YEAH, THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. Granted, it gave me a fit of diarrhea for a few hours but I’ll take it if it means expelling these toxins from my body.

    Thank you so much for the Lady Soma recommendation! I took 2 pills, popped a probiotic, and now have finally have that horrible thing out of my throat. . .

  25. Tasha says

    I am getting ready to start another candida cleanse. I have battled with yeast issues (rashes on skin, etc) since I was in grade school. Upon finding a good chiro that has been more informative on the candida and pointed me in the direction of research and steps to eliminate it I have found several articles that say NOT to do a liver or colon cleanse before eliminating candida. My chiropractor backs up this logic as well saying the candida is the root problem and unless the root is addressed first It will always be an issue.
    With all that, I am wondering how you came to your conclusion of doing the colon cleanse first? I’m wondering about the logic and benefits.

    Thanks so much!

    • says

      I’ve always read that the colon is a huge part of why we have health issues, that ‘good health starts in your colon.’ An impacted colon is the ‘perfect’ hiding place for yeast.

      When you start eliminating candida, your body has to flush out the toxins. If you rcolon is impacted and things aren’t ‘moving’, it makes it harder on your body to clean everything out.

      Dr. Bakker’s book Candida Crusher states: “…a colonic cleanse is best attempted now before you start on the Candida Crusher Diet. I have seen less noticeably less aggravations during the candida treatment phase in those who have a colonic at the start compared to those who didn’t…”

    • says

      My best advice is to read Dr. Bakker’s book, Candida Crusher. His is the most informative book I’ve found on candida. He’s a renowned naturopath with years of experience. I can share some of his information here, but per agreement, I can’t share it all – nor could I – his book is over 700 pages!

      Neither a candida diet or probiotics/herbs alone will be enough though. Being fully committed to a candida-diet is 80% of your needed action – and taking good quality probiotics and herbs is the other 20%. Doing them together is the key.

  26. christopher morgan says

    Hi I am 57 and since the age of 22 I lost my natural energy and developed brain fog, mood swings and lost my sense of smell for no apparent reason. By the time I was in my 30s I started to think my lung was somehow involved after following a cleanse diet and clearing mucous up from my lung and feeling energy return with clearer thinking but it did not last when I returned to a normal diet. I then thought it must be food allergies so for the next 10 years I tried to figure out the reactive foods but with little success except for occasional mucous clearing from the lungs, The interesting side effect of the clearing was that I uncovered a singing voice that I never knew I had but only lasted during the clearing. During this time I went to numerous doctors and 3 lung specialists who all concluded that I had nothing wrong with my lungs and it was all in my mind as a yeast or mould infection in the lung will not always show on scans or x-rays. By the time I turned 50 I began to think it may be a mould or yeast infection and when I tried a general candida diet I started to get a more serious clearing from the lung with voice changes and increased energy but again it was difficult to maintain or resolve. After researching I added various herbs etc. but with mixed results. Meanwhile of course falling off the wagon and eating all the wrong things in despairing moments. Finally this year I stumbled upon an enzyme Serrapeptase which I took for pain related issues in my neck and within 3 weeks, one morning I coughed and a flow of clear slime poured out of my mouth. I had never experienced anything like this and wondered if the Serrapeptase was affecting the lung issue. Sure enough it is highly recommended to attack and break down the bio-film that forms to protect the yeast when it is in your lungs. As soon as I realised what was happening I brought in garlic, oregano oil, pau-darco, Candyzyme enzymes, raw coconut oil, Polybac 8 probiotics, clove oil small amounts and a strict candida diet. Now more and more of my lung is opening for the first time in over 40 years, bringing more energy, clearer thinking and a whole new range of normal stable emotions. I am amazed that I was so ill and undiagnosed and how insidious and destructive a yeast infection can be. It has been 1 month since the new serious healing has begun and I expect another 5 months of relentlessly attacking the yeast using different combinations of natural remedies to ensure the yeast does not build up any resistance to get on top of it. And a lifetime of careful eating. I am going to add Black Walnut tomorrow and later Golden seal. I am sure the holy spirit led me to the Serrapeptase and I thank the lord for helping me endure this last 40 years of illness .I pray all sufferers may have a full recovery, all the best, chris

    • says

      Wow Chris,

      Thank you for such powerful testimony! I’m so excited to see you on the path the healing – what a blessing after so many years of struggle and an encouragement to others!

  27. md says

    Maybe you got lucky and discovered candida as your first foray into health…but I doubt it. Maybe you got lucky in making the most comprehensive anti-candida herbal list with great explanations…but I doubt it. I have several letters after my name and you deserve an honorary set of at least as many. Nice work.

      • kimberley says

        Hey I’ve been fighting candida for a while now with diet anti fungals and liver support supplements. I have just recent found out I am in early stages of pregnancy and wondering if it’s safe to continue the anti fungals? I don’t get a detox like reaction and never react badly to tablets. Can you please advise me what you think? Thank you :)

  28. Anonymous says

    Can you tell me what sort of diet to follow while taking the colozone product for the bowel purge before beginning the candida crusher plan? I’m having trouble finding the answer from his book.

    • says

      I would assume the diet protocol would come with the Colozone product itself. I’ve never personally used that colon cleanse product before, but the product I have used from Blessed Herbs in the past comes with a detailed diet.

  29. says

    Wow sound like me. Digestive issues and constipation turned me into a researcher. And I am interested in nutrition and fitness as well. I suffer from fatigue which doesnt allow me to do all the thing I’d like. Things such as preparing healthy meals more often and keeping up with a exercise regimen. Though I am almost finish my degree in behavioral science I am interested holistic and nutritional health.

    • says

      So glad you’ve found us then, Jenaveve! Have you considered joining one of our 7-Day Clean-Eating Challenges? It might be a good first step!

    • says

      There is no solid answer to that, unfortunately. It depends so much on your body, how advanced your candida is, and how you treat it. Aloe Vera juice alone won’t do it – it’s a combination of eliminating the foods that feed it, and building up your good gut bacteria. Have you read Dr. Bakker’s book, Candida Crusher?

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