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Hi Thomas,

there are a number of herbs that can work towards the dying-off of Candida, while protecting our immune system and the overall well being.

Here I am listening a few that I use in powder form to make the capsules I take, with some of their properties, in particular those that help to heal the Candida, support the immune system and cleanse the toxins out of the body.

Garlic: Antibiotic, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, antispasmodic, antiseptic, fungicide. A natural antibiotic – Bacteria DO NOT become resistant to it.

Aloe Vera: bactericidal against staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus viridans and 5 strains of streptococcus mutants – the cause of dental plaque. It is used as an antibiotic, demulcent, coagulant, analgesic for mild degree pain and antiviral. Helps to eliminate toxic minerals from the body and neutralises free radicals created by toxic substances. Has a soothing and protective effect on the digestive system.

Cinnamon: It has anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial, carminative, anti-diarrhoea, anti-worm and antiseptic properties. It is also used to counteract flatulence and diarrhea. Used for a weak digestion, vomiting, hyperacidity, to promote secretion of gastric juices, irritable bowel, summer diarrhoea, influenza and colds. Suppress growth of numerous micro-organisms such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans.

Beetroot: High in iron and silicic acids, it assists regeneration of red blood cells. Cellulose fibre helps cleanse the bowel and promotes bowel movement. It is also a good Liver, biliary system and gall bladder clenser. Beetroot assists the liver to break down stored fats, and improved energy and vitality.

Thyme: It has anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-spasmodic, antifungal, carminative, anti-oxidant, and antiseptic properties. Also used for infections, wind, irritable bowels, coughs, mouth ulcers & Candida.

Cloves: a carminative, warming stimulant, powerful anti-septic, anti-neuralgic, anti-histaminic and mild anti-spasmodic. Used for digestive problems like flatulence, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, worms.

Rosemary: a member of the mint family which is high in antioxidants and contains carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid & camphor (antimicrobial). Rosmarinic acid has a number of interesting biological activities e.g. antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Rosemary extract has been shown to improve the shelf life and heat stability of omega-3 rich oils, which are prone to going rancid. Recent evidence also suggests that it may also help in the body. It also sweetens the breath.

Oregano: contains a number of constituents which are responsible for anti-microbial and anti-fungal actions and inhibit the growth of Candida.

Orange Peels: In Chinese medicine, used as a diuretic and for digestive properties. Contains plenty of healthy vitamin C and bioflavanoids.

Uva Ursi: also known as bearberry. Has an antiseptic effect on the urinary tract provided the urine is alkaline. Traditionally used for cystitis, urinary infections, prostitis, oedema of the legs & face. Avoid in pregnancy.

Pau D’Arco/Lapacho: Reduces and relieves inflammatory problems especially in the stomach and intestines. Used to treat a wide range of other inflammatory conditions such as cystitis, inflammation of the cervix and prostatitis. It’s an antibiotic, antifungal, immune-stimulant and anti-inflammatory. Avoid in pregnancy.

Barberry Root: Barberry has astringent properties and also works on the bowel to help control diarrhea, and the herb is said to be an effective purgative. Blood Purifier, Constipation (liver related), Debility, Diarrhea, Digestive Disorders, Indigestion, Infections, Itching, Liver Conditions, Migraine Headaches, Skin Disorders.

Neem Leaf: It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic, and strengthens the body’s overall immune responses.

Olive Leaf : Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, are just some of the labels that identify this herb and its many healing powers.

Peppermint Leaf: Excellent for the digestive system, increases the flow of digestive juices and bile, relaxes the gut muscles. Reduces nausea, colic, griping and wind, soothes and irritated bowel, helps with diarrhoea and relieves a spastic colon.

Lemongrass: used for tonic and astringent properties. Excellent as part of a cleansing program.

Pot Marigold: Long been considered a detoxifying herb, helps treat the toxicity that underlies many fevers and infections and systemic skin disorders such as eczema and acne. Also cleanses the liver and gallbladder and can be used to treat problems affecting these organs. Used to reduce period pain and regulate menstrual bleeding. The infusion makes an effective douche for vaginal thrush.

Also consider Echinacea angustifolia root, Echinacea purpurea root, Eleuthero root, Usnea lichen, Cat’s Claw bark, Grapefruit Seed, Quercetine, Chapparal Leaf…

Tea Tree oil for external use I find it to be quite a relief when the itching is unbearable.

—Do you know herbs which help with adrenal fatigue?

White American Ginseng root, Astragalus root, Milk Thistle seed, Chinese Ginseng root, Asian Ginseng root, Eleuthero root, Echinacea angustifolia root, Mullein leaf & flower. Used as a tonic these will build, strengthen, tone and increase the ability to handle stress while reducing fatigue.