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Five best antifungal herbs for home treatment
(NaturalNews) Fungal infections are one of the most common diseases
known to humanity. Since the prehistoric times, humans have struggled with
fungal infections and have relied on herbs for their treatment and
prevention. Nowadays, with the presence of modern medicine, there are now
innumerable over-the-counter treatments for fungal infections. However,
these gels, creams and ointments tend to possess unwanted side effects which
often result in exacerbation more than cure.
In spite of its being considered somewhat dated, herbs still continue to be
used as "alternative" remedies for fungal infections of all sorts, and,
unlike synthetic drugs which often cause allergic reactions or other
unwanted side effects, herbs provide a safe, readily accessible, affordable
and reliable way to treat fungal diseases.
Here are the top five antifungal herbs that you should always have in your
pantry or kitchen cupboard.
-- Perhaps the oldest and most well-known anti-fungal herb, it is also a
highly popular culinary additive. Garlic possesses potent antibacterial,
antifungal and antiparasitic properties, thanks in part due to the chemical
compounds ajoene and allicin. When using garlic as an antifungal remedy, the
bulbs can be used freshly crushed and applied to affected areas as a warm
poultice, or otherwise infused in oil in its dry state, and the subsequent
product applied topically to affected areas.
Cloves -- another well-known spice and culinary additive, cloves
contain the active compound eugenol, which is not only an excellent
pain-reliever but a great
agent as well. It helps relieve toothaches and is commonly employed as a
home-remedy for oral aches and pain, but it also makes for a great
antiseptic and antifungal mouthwash and a hygienic wash that fights fungi
athlete's foot and other yeast infections.
Oregano -- The leaf of the oregano plant is a well-known culinary
herb, but a strong decoction of the leaves or a potent extract of its
essential oil is also an excellent remedy for run-of-the-mill fungal
infections of the likes which cause dandruff, dermatitis, psoriasis and
eczema. Oregano contains two powerful compounds, carvacrol and thymol, which
not only combat fungal and bacterial infections, but, if taken orally, helps
to boost your immune system as well.
Calendula -- better known as a Spanish or pot marigold,
Calendula, with its unmistakable yellow-hued flower is also a very
Commonly made into oil by soaking fresh or slightly dried plant parts in
one's choice of base oil, it can be applied topically to relieve all sorts
of fungal infections.
Tea tree -- Perhaps the most well known -- and probably the best of
the top five
-- antifungal remedy there is, tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of
a relative of the mint family and possesses potent antifungal properties.
Because of its concentrated nature, it is often diluted in base oil and
applied to the affected areas. It is known to treat a number of fungal
infections and even skin inflammation.
With these top five antifungal
there is no need to rely on synthetic drugs or go through the hassle of
buying out a pharmacy just to treat fungal infections.