Oral thrush is caused by an overgrowth of yeast organisms in the mucous membranes of the mouth. Easily identified by the appearance of white patches on the tongue, sides of the mouth or throat, thrush is most common in infants and in people who wear dentures. Those with chronic conditions and a weakened immune system are also more susceptible to a fungal infection. Although anti-thrush medications are available by prescription, some may cause liver damage, according to MayoClinic.com. Several herbs may help to treat oral thrush, but keep in mind that herbs may interact with other medicines, and should only be used under medical supervision.
Add 2 tbsp. of pau d'arco tea to 1 quart of purified, boiling water. Drink up to six cups of pau d'arco tea each day.
Take 4,000 to 5,000 micrograms of allicin -- the equivalent of one clove of garlic -- in a garlic supplement each day.
Add a couple of drops of cinnamon oil to 1 tsp. of coconut oil and allow to dissolve in your mouth. Make a mouth gargle with a few drops of cinnamon in a small amount of purified water. Swish the mixture for one minute, and expectorate.
Steep 1 tbsp. of raspberry leaves in 1 cup of purified, boiled water. Let cool, strain and apply the tea with a cotton swab three times each day.
Apply pomegranate gel directly onto the thrush. This gel could be used as an alternative to the anti-fungal miconazole gel, a medication that may be less effective and that has more side effects.
Things You'll Need
Pau d'arco tea
Garlic clove or a garlic supplement
To help prevent fungus growth in infants, rinse bottles, nipples and pacifiers in a water-and-vinegar rinse.
Eliminate or cut back on your sugar intake to reduce the growth of Candida.
Avoid excessive use of antibiotics, which kill the good bacteria in your mouth.
Although tea tree oil is sometimes recommended for the treatment of oral thrush, it is toxic if swallowed, and should only be used as a mouthwash under a doctor’s care.