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These foods and herbal oils can be used to treat fungal infections naturally

These foods and herbal oils can be used to treat fungal infections naturally

According to the CDC out of the 1.5 million species of fungi, only about 300 of those can make people sick. Fungal infections not only affect different parts of your body and skin, they can also affect your lungs and even infect your brain. So, here are the foods and herbal oil can be used to treat fungal infections naturally


The foods and herbal oils listed bellow will help you to treat fungal infections naturally, because they have been scientifically proven to work. Here are some studies on their potent antifungal activities!


Garlic, ginger and Lime

In this study, scientists prepared ethanolic and aqueous extracts of garlic, ginger and lime. The aim was to compare the antifungal activities of each one individually against three types of fungus. The first fungus was aspergillus flavus, which is the second leading cause of invasive aspergillosis or lung infection and it is the most common cause of superficial infection. The second fungus was aspergillus niger, one of the most frequently encountered fungal infection in ear, nose and throat clinics. The last fungus tested against garlic, giner and lime was a fungus called cladosporium herbarun, which has been known to cause several different types of infections, including skin, eye, sinus, and brain infections. Cladosporium has also been associated with allergies and asthma.

Scientists observed after 7 days of incubation in the ethanolic extract, all funguses succumbed more effectively to ginger followed by garlic and then lime. In the aqueous extract, Lime exhibited the highest antifungal effect on all test fungi, followed by garlic on Aspergillus species, on C. herbarum whilst ginger was ineffective on Aspergillus species but highly fungicidal on C. herbarum. Scietists concluded that water base extraction technique was the most effective in inducing antifungal properties of lime whiles ethanol base extraction technique was the best for ginger. Garlic on the other hand exhibited a good antimicrobial (antifungal) property in both ethanol and water extraction media.


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Onion is another food that will help you treat fungal infections naturally. A study comparing the fungal activities between onion, garlic and ginger demonstrated that onion can indeed be used as a potent anti fungal.


This fruit has been raved by the ancient as the miracle fruit. Perhaps because its packed with nutrition. But research shows that its consumption can benefit us, as it has been proven to be antibacterial and antifungal. In this study scientists observed that the peel extract has the highest anti fungal activity compared to other extracts. Among the selected bacterial and fungal cultures, the highest antibacterial activity was recorded against Staphylococcus aureus and among fungi there was high activity against Aspergillus niger.

Lemon and Lemon grass

Lemon and lemon grass, were proven to be effective remedies to treat fungal infections naturally.In a clinical trial, patients with HIV/AIDS were given lemon juice or lemon grass for 11 days, to treat oral thrush. Scientists concluded that the use of lemon juice and lemon grass for the treatment of oral candidiasis in an HIV population was validated by the randomised controlled trial.

Herbal essential oils

The essential oils that can be used to treat fungal infections naturally are: the oil of cassia, allspice, clove, cumin, coriander, thyme, basil, anise, curry leaf, and asafetida. This is because they were tested against 9 types of fungi, and they inhibited growth of all test fungi.

For more ways to treat fungal infections naturally you may want to read about: 5 home remedies that will treat yeast infection, how a hairdryer may stop you from getting fungal infections, and also how vitamin b3 works against the C. albicans enzyme. Recently, scientific research has discovered a new compound called filastatin that may pave the way for the development of a new treatment for fungal infections.