Candidiasis or yeast infections are one of the most common recurring infections that can affect different areas in our body. There are many different kinds of drugs that can be used in the treatment of candidiasis; however, an herbal and organic means of treating it is through oreganol, or oregano oil, which has multiple medicinal uses including treatment for cold, coughs and infections. It has been used historically for the treatment of various problems such as PMS, fatigue, asthma, and digestive maladies.
What is candidiasis?
Yeasts belong to the fungus family and Candida to the yeast family. Candida can thus be understood as a yeast infection or largely a fungal infection. Candida exists in a number of species, the most common one found normally on adult skin and the respiratory, gastrointestinal and female genital tract mucous membranes is particularly the Candida Albicans. It usually causes no disease. However, overgrowth of Candida, usually the Candida Albicans, can cause a number of infections known as Candida or yeast infections. It usually affects people orally (thrush) and vaginally (vaginal candidiasis). It may also affect the pharynx or the esophagus, male genitals, nailbeds, the gastrointestinal tract, the bladder, or the skin. Taking antibiotics and antacids may make the body more susceptible to such infections. Anyone can get Candidiasis, which is an easily treatable infection, but for those who are immune-compromised, Candida may cause systemic infections called Candidemia, which are more serious and need medical intervention.
What are the symptoms of candidiasis?
Thrush or oral candidiasis may result in excessively white tongue accompanied with discomfort. Skin candidiasis may be indicated by redness, itching, and discomfort. Though vaginal candidiasis is more common, candidiasis may also affect male genitals. Vaginal candidiasis is indicated by severe itching, irritation, burning, and soreness and may be accompanied by a white, cottage-cheese or curd-like discharge. Similar symptoms may also result from bacterial infections so it is recommended that one make sure of the cause of the infection.
Is there an organic means for treating candidiasis?
While antifungal drugs are the most common means of treating candidiasis, an herbal and organic means is oreganol or oregano oil. Oreganol is especially extracted from wild oregano called Origanum vulgare, which is found in Mediterranean countries. Only cold pressing is used for the extraction since it helps to retain the potency of the oil. This oil has more potency than oregano leaves, which is why oregano oil becomes more effective than oregano tea. Oreganol contains rosmarinic acid that helps the body fight allergies. Rosmarinic acid is also an anti-inflammatory agent that relieves pain, works like an antiseptic and provides relief. The carvacrol and thymol present in oregano oil carry anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. Carvacrol reduces the growth of bacteria and thymol reduces their resistance to antibiotics. They also fight fungal infections.
How can one use oreganol?
For the treatment of infections like candidiasis, oreganol proves to be an effective home remedy. Oreganol is available in the form of oil, gel, and capsules. One can apply oreganol topically to the area affected and/or take oreganol capsules. Since oreganol is a very strong oil, it should be diluted with another oil like that of coconut or olive before being applied. If you plan to take the oil of oregano orally, do mix it with water and/or juice since it can cause a burning sensation on your tongue. Oregano is also available in gel form, which can be applied topically or taken orally. When you buy oil of oregano, make sure it is not one that has alcohol, especially if you plan to use it as treatment for candidiaisis. Alcohol may make the candidiasis condition worse. Since oreganol has a number of health benefits – respiratory, digestive, antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant – it makes for a good supplement to your diet. However, it is always advisable to consult with a medical practitioner over the long-term use of any health product. If you have any deficiencies like iron or if you are pregnant, you should definitely contact a doctor before trying any health product.