Some of you know that Candida is a problem for your kids and are treating it. Many of you won’t know that Candida is possibly the underlying problem causing many of your child’s (or maybe even your own) symptoms such as abdominal cramps, chronic fatigue, constipation, foggy thinking, insomnia, mood swings, depression, lethargy, cravings for sweets, chronic sinus and allergy issues, bloating, urinary tract infections and joint pain.
For those who are treating candida already, you may agree with me when I say it’s an uphill battle – one that can last years and involve very restrictive diets, supplements, homeopathics and antibiotics.
What is candida?
Candida is a fungus/yeast that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion, when there are proper levels in the body. But with antibiotics, processed foods, sugar and gluten in our lives, its hard to keep it in check. It is called an “opportunistic microorganism” and will multiply easily given half a chance and cause the issues I mentioned above.
What treatment options are available?
Your doctor or naturopath may prescribe supplements or harder hitting prescription drugs to try and combat candida but it’s crucial that these are taken in conjunction with some sort of candida diet. Typically that means cutting all sugars (including fruits and simple carbohydrates) and grains and adding in clean water, organic vegetables, fermented vegetables, broths and greens. The aim of this diet is to boost your beneficial bacteria to try and restore balance in the gut and to reduce/remove the very things Candida thrive on (sugars and refined carbohydrates).
And still that may not be enough!
Why is candida so hard to get rid of?
Candida is sneaky. It can construct a tough, slimy substance around itself to protect itself from even very powerful prescription drugs. This is known as Biofilm. This biofilm builds itself a community of candida, parasites and other microbes. As candida spreads, more biofilm is produced to protect the yeast and support its growth. These biofilms are resistant to common antifungal drugs like fluconazole (which is commonly prescribed for candida overgrowth).
But here’s the good news! A 2012 study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found essential oils of Lemongrass and Clove are effective at penetrating the tough biofilm that candida protects itself with. In other studies, Tea Tree Oil was found to be as effective as vancomycin in vitro in eradicating biofilm (Park et al 2007).
In addition, Oregano oil is proving to be a mighty force in the battle against candida and parasites in general. Over 800 studies from PubMed reference how carvacrol (the predominat healing compound in oregano oil) reduces or reverses bacterial and fungal infections, parasites, candida and allergies. Oregano is proving to be superior to some antibiotics, without any harmful side effects.
Donna Gates (Body Ecology) advocates the use of essential oils in treating candida and states “Bacteria and Yeast do not develop a resistance to herbs and their oils”.
This is great news for all of us battling to get on top of Candida for ourselves and our kids.
If you would like to know more about sourcing pure, therapeutic grade, food grade oils to incorporate into your candida treatment regime, I would love to share with you what we use and what our biomedical doctor uses. Simply email me here.
PLEASE NOTE : you must respect the potency and efficacy of essential oils if you are going to use them to treat candida. There are strict dilution rates and lengths of time for oil treatment protocols. These oils are not to be used willy nilly.