Candida albicans is a fungus or yeast organism, which is present along with many other microorganisms in the gut. Candida is a yeast infection and can affect anyone, including infants. It is an organism of low infectivity, but if provided with the ideal environment, it can flourish and cause a large number of imbalances. As the candida multiplies we begin to suffer from symptoms of an excessive load of yeast. Gradually our bodies accept the yeast as normal and accommodate it rather than fight against it.
Candidiasis is the medical term used to describe conditions resulting from the fungus overgrowth. Candida can cause many unpleasant symptoms, often misdiagnosed, which lead to the incorrect treatment of the condition. For example, antibiotic, cortisone and anti-inflammatory treatments may be prescribed, which will “feed” the fungi and cause the condition to worsen. Some factors which contribute to candida overgrowth are: a lowered immune system; diets high in refined carbohydrates and processed foods—especially sugar and sugar-containing products; antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, steroids, cortisone, birth control pill, etc.
As candida is part of our natural make-up, we can never get rid of it. The aim is to “starve” it back into perspective by depriving it of the foods on which it thrives. These include fermented foods, such as vinegar, pickles, soy sauce, and cheese; fungal foods, such as mushrooms; yeast foods such as bread, etc., and, most importantly, refined carbohydrates, such as pasta, white rice, sugar and sugar products, alcohol, and soft drinks are to be avoided as well. Adopt a diet high in fresh vegetables, salads, and fruit. Complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, oats, maize, and grains (except wheat), are permitted. It is also beneficial to eat “live” yogurt, as this contains acidophilus (friendly bacteria).
Application of an aromatherapy oil will soothe and heal fungal-related conditions which appear on the skin and nails. It will have the same effect internally as it penetrates the skin.
Suggested essential oils: Lavender, patchouli, petitgrain, tea tree, frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, ravensara, amyris, chamomile German, blue tansy, yarrow.