Derived from an aromatic perennial herb, volatile oils from oregano display significant antifungal properties against various candida species, including C. albicans. At least one study showed that oregano oil completely inhibited C. albicans in culture. Carvacrol, oregano oil’s active ingredient, damages the cellular membrane enveloping the candida yeast.
One of three fatty acids in coconut oil, caprylic acid possesses antifungal characteristics that make it an effective treatment for yeast infections. Its ability to break down candida cell membranes makes it a vital tool in the fight against candidiasis.
A beneficial type of bacterium, Lactobacillus acidophilus is a probiotic that deprives C. albicans of the food and space that the latter needs to proliferate on human mucosa cells.
Taken from the anise plant, which is native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean, anise seed is another antifungal powerhouse. Its active ingredient is anethole, which exhibits a destructive power over C. albicans.
More formally known as Ganoderma lucidum, this reddish, kidney-shaped mushroom species has enjoyed a long history in Asian traditional medicine. In addition to pulverizing candida biofilms, it also improves the immune system’s ability to stop overgrowths.