How to Treat an Internal Fungus Infection with Herbs

Fungal infections may sound unappealing, but they are are common and include yeast infections and athlete's foot. You can get an infection by breathing in microscopic fungus spores or having them land on your skin. These infections can be difficult to treat, as various fungi may be hard to kill, so it is important to get an accurate diagnosis so you can use the appropriate medication. If you want to use herbs to treat a fungal infection, talk with your doctor before consuming the supplements.

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Step 1

Consume 2 to 4 g of fresh garlic per day, or take 600 to 1,200 mg daily of a garlic supplement, in divided doses, suggests the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Allicin, a compound in garlic, has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, and garlic helps strengthen the immune system.

Step 2

Take 0.7 mg per kg of your body weight daily of lemongrass oil, recommends Drugs.com. There is no suggested dosage for lemongrass because of the lack of studies, but this herb is regarded as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You can also make lemongrass tea from the dried leaves and drink it daily.

Step 3

Take 300 to 400 mg of German chamomile tablets, 3 times daily, says the UMMC. Drinking chamomile tea made from 2 to 4 g of the herb in 1 cup of boiling water may be consumed 3 to 4 times a day between meals as another option. Though this herb is best known for its calming effects, it also possesses antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Step 4

Consume 2 to 4 mL of a 1:5 rosemary tincture, 3 times a day. The UMMC states that this herb has traditionally been used medicinally and has antifungal and antimicrobial properties. You can also add it as a spice in your meals.

Warning

If you think you have a fungal infection, do not try to treat it by yourself. See your physician for an examination so you can get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Before using any herbs to treat infections, ask you doctor if they are safe for you to consume, as some might interact with certain medications. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your obstetrician before using any herbs to treat infections.

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