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10 Natural Remedies for Thrush

natural remedies for thrushThrush, also popularly known as yeast infection, is a condition where there is an overgrowth of the fungus, Candida Albicans. Small amounts of this yeast are normally present in the body; however, microorganisms such as bacteria can control its growth.

Thrush or yeast infection occurs when certain conditions such as stress, illness or ingesting certain medications upsets the delicate internal balance causing the Candida (fungus) to grow out of control. Thrush can occur in any part of the body, the most common areas of infection are the mouth, skin and genital areas of both men and women.

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Fortunately, there are many cures for thrush nowadays. You can choose an over-the-counter prescription or a combination of two to three natural remedies for thrush. If you choose to treat your thrush naturally, here are 10 remedies for your consideration:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar increases the acidity of the environment, which can easily control yeast overgrowth. Purchase organic apple cider vinegar because they still have healing properties compared to processed ones. To use apple cider for thrush, mix 1 tablespoon to ½-cup warm water. Use as mouth wash four times a day. Gargle and swish around the mouth to cover hard to reach areas at the back of mouth. To use as vaginal wash or douche, mix two tablespoons to two quarts warm water, and wash at least twice a day. It can also be added in a warm bath. To do this, add two cups to a low bath. Sit for at least 20 minutes. For women, open the vaginal lips for best results. Repeat twice a day until symptoms disappear.

2. Plain Yogurt

When using plain yogurt to treat thrush, make sure to read the label, because it must contain live and active cultures of Lactobacillus Acidophilus. It must not contain sugar, fruit, color or any other additives. The live bacteria in yogurt fights Candida from growing. Yogurt can be taken internally and it can also be applied directly to the affected area in cases of vaginal thrush. A tampon soaked in yogurt can be used to apply it internally. Apply yogurt as well to the external vaginal area. Let it stay overnight. Chilling the yogurt before applying can be soothing especially if itching and burning sensation is experienced.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is also an effective means to kill Candida overgrowth because it alters the acidity of the environment where it is applied. To use it to cure yeast infection, take a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it in 250 ml water. Dissolve completely. Soak a cotton ball and apply to affected area. This is particularly useful in babies with thrush lesions in the roof of the mouth, tongue and gums. In treating oral thrush in breastfeeding babies, make sure to apply the mixture as well to the mother’s nipples and areola to prevent re-infection. Some people add a drop of dish washing liquid to the mixture but this is not advisable if it is to be applied to babies and infants.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is considered a good anti-fungal remedy. It can be used as treatment to any types of fungal infections including thrush or yeast infection. Based on scientific research made, a 25% concentration of tea tree oil is capable of killing 90% of Candida Albicans. Tea tree oil, however, should never be used or applied to affected area in full strength. It can be mixed with a carrier oil to create 50% dilution. It can then be swabbed to the affected area at least twice a day for three days. Another option is to mix 20 drops of tea tree oil to 100 ml water. Use a mouthwash or gargle three times a day until symptoms completely disappear. However, be cautious when using in children as tea tree oil should never be swallowed. Some common side effects of tea tree oil ingestion includes confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, disorientation, loss of muscle control, unsteady gait and even coma.

5. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract is known to possess anti-fungal properties. It can be added to a glass of water instead of apple cider vinegar or baking. To create the mixture, add 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to 250 ml water. Mix well, soak a cotton ball and apply to affected area at least twice a day.

6. Wormwood

Wormwood, scientifically known as Artemisia Absinthium, is considered to be the most potent for severe forms of thrush. There are many Wormwood capsules sold in the market. It can be taken as maintenance for those experiencing chronic, systemic yeast infections as well as for acute infections.

7. Acidophilus tablets

Taking acidophilus tablets can help cure long-term suffering from yeast infection and thrush. It is also effective to cure vaginal thrush due to anti-biotic. Incorporating probiotics in your diet can help prevent thrush even before it starts. It helps restore the balance of microorganisms not only in your digestive tract but also throughout your system. Acidophilus capsules can also be used as vaginal suppository. Insert frozen acidophilus capsule in the morning and in the evening during the first day. Insert only once at night for the succeeding 10 days.

8. Cranberry Juice

Unsweetened cranberry juice is not only a popular natural remedy for UTI; it can also help cure thrush. The main action of cranberry juice is to flush out bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in the digestive and genito-urinary tracts. It is also packed with Vitamin C for a stronger immune system.

9. Lavender Oil

If tea tree oil is not available, lavender oil can be used as a substitute. Put a few drops in a glass of water and use as mouthwash or gargle. It can also be added in a hot sitz bath in cases of vaginal thrush.

10. Diet restrictions

People infected with thrush should avoid starch and sugar because yeast feeds on them. Avoid bread as well as cheese, mushrooms, processed foods and breakfast cereals. Stay away from certain beverages such as coffee, tea, fizzy sugary drinks and those with alcohol.

 

Beating thrush can be tricky especially if it is recurrent. However, natural remedies for thrush provide cheaper ways to fight it without the need to spend more. Treating thrush the natural way provides safer treatment alternatives for children and infants. However, it would be best to talk to your doctor before using any of these remedies.



Bob Boilen's Year In Concerts : All Songs Considered : NPR St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who played Bob Boilen's favorite concert of 2014, on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2014. Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption toggle caption pre bonded hairBob Boilen/NPR St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who played Bob Boilen's favorite concert of 2014, on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2014. Bob Boilen/NPR

I missed another year of TV shows. I missed every single Netflix and HBO series. I did, however, see four times as many movies in 2014 as I did in 2013: four, instead of just one. What I did see once again was a whole lot of live music, 662 performances to be exact. (I count each band as a show or performance.) In a year packed full of concerts, I saw 555 different bands in 144 venues across 16 cities. It turns out I saw exactly the same amount of shows this year as last, which made me laugh ... guess I've hit my ceiling. Each time I go to a show I hope for a unique experience, that marriage of venue, audience and performer. I don't get that from any other medium. I madly love it. When I look back at my favorite shows of the year I find a commonality: Every one of those top bands/acts owns their sound. There's a vision pouring out of the speakers, hearts and instruments. Their lives compel them to do what they do. It's not casual — it's a pure and absolute commitment. Whether it's Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones down on his knees; Perfect Pussy's wall of noise; Dave Grohl's guitar solo on the bar of the 9:30 Club; Nick Cave literally standing in the arms of his fans; James Blake's soulful soundscapes; Moon Hooch's never-ending breath-filled squeals, squawks and drop dead starts and stops — these come off as extraordinary acts of human expression. They touch me and keep me coming back in hopes of that singular unforgettable moment. I saw so much worth sharing. Below is a list of my top 20 shows, starting with the best concert I saw all year. Following that is a chronological list of the other performances I loved (I deleted duplicates, so even though I saw Courtney Barnett play three times, I only listed my favorite one). If you'd like to see the crazy list of all 662 shows I saw, click here and prepare to feel exhausted. Tomorrow I'll post my favorite concert photos of 2014. 1. St. Vincent9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (March 2) Nothing was better than this show. It was a perfect blend of new songs, brilliant, inventive guitar sounds and engaging, sometimes funny choreography that took Annie Clark's already charismatic character, St. Vincent, to places I'd never seen her even dip her toes in. A huge growth for a young artist who is already musically mature. 2. Moon HoochHoly Mountain in Austin, Texas (March 14) I don't think anyone at SXSW had a clue what they were in for late one evening in Austin. There were looks of amazement while this trio — two saxophones and one monster drummer — made a magic mix of jazz, rock and electronica. No one makes music like this and the fusion of improvisation and turn on a dime stops and rhythmic starts seemed beyond human. This band is a must see! 3. James Blake The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. (June 12) No venue ever sounds better than during a James Blake show. He and his crew understand how to use bass in a profound, body-rattling way. Unlike other bands that use that big bottom end to bolster their sound, Blake's bass doesn't bury the subtlety that is present in his music. You can hear every click and snap of the drum, every texture of the guitar (which never sounds like a guitar) and then all the words, so soulfully sung. remy hair extensions4. Courtney Barnett The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 18) I've seen Courtney Barnett probably six times since CMJ in 2013. She's grown immensely over the past year-and-a-half as a guitar player and as a singer of the best words in rock music today. On this night her band was on fire. Keep a close eye on her this year — there'll be new music and a show that's not to be missed. 5. alt-JLe Poison Rouge in New York City (Sept. 2) They have been my favorite rock band of the decade since I first saw them in the fall of 2012. Alt-J plays quirky art rock with funny, sometimes disturbing words that always have depth and imagination. Their songs are filled with more songs that shift abruptly but with purpose. And this year there were new tunes and a brilliant new album. They don't let me down; they thrill me. 6. ProtomartyrThe Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Oct. 23) I didn't see this coming. I was so-so on Protomartyr's album and then they rocked my world. This Detroit band reminded me of the punk futurism of Pere Ubu in the '70s. Front man Joe Casey — in suit and tie, with drink in hand — conjures images of a salesman one drink over the line, stumbling accidentally on a stage but spouting unforgettable poetry. I'm a lover of words that summon imagery and spark thought. Get someone singing about their love of their "baby" and I'm gone but sing me a line like, "And I'll try to live defeated / Come and see the good in everything / Outside, outside, animals sound / Come and see then lead us all to heaven," and I'm there. Joe Casey and Protomartyr, I'm all yours. 7. Public Service Broadcasting The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (March 4) On the opposite end of the lyrical spectrum here's a band that never utters a word of their own. The entire lyrical content of PSB's songs is appropriated from British public service films from the middle of the last century. It's hilarious (and informative) and the music that glues the films and language together is a fun mix of electronica and rock. The duo's motto is its mission: Inform - Educate - Entertain. 8. Foo Fighters9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (May 5) OK, so most everyone in the room was probably a bigger fan of Foo Fighters than I, but by night's end I was one of them. This band is undeniable, its attitude is winning and the playing is extraordinary. Washington has a fair claim on Dave Grohl as one of our own: He grew up in the D.C. suburbs and saw many of his early shows at the old 9:30 Club and the Black Cat. On this night, he made himself right at home with a performance that included a rock guitar solo on the bar of the club that was legendary.

9. Sylvan EssoDC9 in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 28) For every band that becomes something of a household name there's an unforgettable moment in some club on some night in which the group moves from obscurity to fame. I believe this was that night for Sylvan Esso. The duo of Amelia Meath on vocals and Nick Sanborn on electronics had just released their single, "Coffee." That song, with a bit of the classic rock tune "Hanky Panky," was an ear worm for everyone in the audience that night and when they launched into it and heard a crowd sing back the words, the look on their faces was priceless. 10. Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsConstitution Hall in Washington, D.C. (July 23) Nick Cave needs to perform as much as you and I need to breathe. I can't think of another performer more compelling than he. At age 57 he out performed every 20 and 30 year old I saw on my list. I believe that some time, perhaps in his late 70s, Nick Cave will be surfing in the crowd and will die in the arms of his fans. It would be his perfect poetic final exit. 11. St. Paul & The Broken BonesRock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. (March 29) Terrifically fun live big band with a bank-teller-turned-soul-singer down on his knees pouring out his heart and soul. 12. The Front BottomsThe Lab in Arlington, Va. (Jan. 29) In the six or so times I've seen this band, Brian Sella has never failed to get a crowd to become a community. We all sing/scream back his words as cathartic acts of love and release. Group rock therapy. 13. Randy Newman as FaustNew York City Center in NYC (July 1) Randy Newman resurrected his cynical, modernized and truly funny musical version of the classic tale of Faust. From the moment he walked on stage wearing devil horns, I wore the biggest grin. 14. Rodrigo AmaranteSixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. (June 28) This mans sings with his eyes, lures you in as a true romantic. Simply transporting. perruques cheveux naturels15. Perfect PussyRock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. (Aug. 30) I saw this band four times in three cities on two continents. Their show, a (maximum) 25 minute blast of fierce noise led by Meredith Graves' impassioned, poetic growl feels almost as good when it stops as when it starts. Hard to explain; best to experience. 16. SaintsenecaThe Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 14) A new discovery for me, this Ohio band was easy to love, with foot stomping tunes played on banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, bass and bouzouki. (Oddly, the third St./Saint band on my list ... What's up with that?) 17. DakhaBrakhaWebster Hall in New York City (January 12) Calling them a Ukrainian folk quartet makes them sound quaint. They're not. With hats that resemble a handful of Marge Simpsons in a performance art band, these folks rock. 18. Bo NingenPianos in New York City (Oct. 24) A sonic/visual shock. This Japanese psych/metal/punk/prog band of four Japanese dudes with waist-length hair, wearing long dresses, making faces like blowfish while playing pummeling tunes of wonder. Wow. 19. LulucHouse concert in Silver Spring, Md. (Aug. 8) This Australian folk duo made my number one album of the year. This intimate house concert was the perfect setting. 20. The ShackletonsMuchmores in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Oct 25)

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