Is Oil of Oregano Effective Against Candida?
Since oil of oregano is proven to be an effective antifungal treatment, it can be effectively used against
Candida. This was the conclusion of recent studies and experiments conducted on this essential oil.
There are about 20 different kinds of candida fungus and the most common is candida albicans. Also known as
candidiasis, it is the most common yeast infection that afflicts women. Normally, we have moderate amounts of this
yeast in our bodies, but it usually doesn't pose any harm. But when the growth is unchecked, it will change
into a fungal form and spread through the intestinal walls and into other parts of the body.
When this happens multitudes of problems may occur. If the right conditions, such as
moist surfaces and warm temperatures, are present they will multiply in large numbers and cause infections.
The usual infections are nailbed infection, skin and diaper rash, vaginal yeast infection and infection of the
tissues of the mouth.
Candida is difficult to eradicate, but there are studies that show the effectiveness of oregano oil in
controlling its growth. A study conducted by Dr. Harry G. Preuss of Georgetown University in the United States
showed that a particular component of oregano oil, carvacrol, stopped the growth of candida by 75 per cent. The
study also found out that giving oil of oregano in its complete state is better than just giving one of its
components. This supports the theory that the synergy of natural substances is more effective. It is better than
using them individually.
Oregano oil is sourced from the wild oregano plant Origanum vulgare, which grows in the mountainous regions of
certain Mediterranean countries. It is believed that the combination of the special soil minerals and the climate
in these places are responsible for its powerful chemical substances. Originally, the ancient Greeks used this wild
plant for the treatment of common ailments.
Cold processing is used to extract the essential oil from the oregano plant, in order to preserve the
potent substances contained in it. Studies and experiments were conducted on the composition of this essential oil
and it was confirmed that it contains many phenols as well as minerals and nutrients that can be used to fight
diseases and strengthen the immune system. The two active ingredients that can kill fungi and yeasts are carvacrol
and thymol. They act synergistically to control the growth of these microbes. But this is not just what oregano oil
can do. The studies and experiments also showed that oil of oregano can also kill other types of microbes such as
bacteria, viruses and parasites.
You can use two methods of treatment when using oil of oregano for treating candida infections. It can be
applied topically in the affected area, and you can also take it orally to facilitate the healing.
When using it topically, always dilute the oregano oil with virgin olive oil to soften its effects on the skin.
This essential oil is highly potent and if you apply it in concentrated form, especially in your genital area,
you will feel a burning sensation and your skin may be irritated further. The usual mix is 2 to 3 drops of oregano
oil to 1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil. If that is still uncomfortable, you can increase the amount of olive
Internally, you can take one or two capsules of oregano oil two times a day. Seek the advice of your medical
provider if you want to take higher doses or if you want to take it for longer periods.