How to Heal Yeast Infections and Kill Pathogen Overgrowth

How to Heal YEAST INFECTIONS and treat pathogen overgrowth: Part 2 {Candida and more}

Megan Essential Oils & Supplements, Healing Diets, Health & Nutrition 24 Comments

If you need to conquer internal (or external skin) pathogen overgrowth there are a few components that I have found essential for success.

  1. We need to be, firstly and most importantly, on a grain-free, refined-sugar-free diet.
  2. An herbal regimen should not only be implemented but rotated to prevent pathogens from morphing.
  3. Biofilm disruptors should be included in one’s protocol.

Let’s discuss these components… and then, a weird secret weapon for external (super itchy) yeast overgrowth!

(I am not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be one. Please consult a naturopathic or functional medical doctor to decide the correct and safe healthcare protocol for your body. This post contains affiliate links that provide a commission to Eat Beautiful, with no up-charge to the customer.)

1. THE GRAIN-FREE, SUGAR-FREE DIET

I recommend either the GAPS Diet or the AIP Diet.

If you are having vaginal or anal (or other areas on the outer skin) outbreaks as well as internal overgrowth, I recommend temporarily also eliminating the following foods that can feed fungi: mushrooms, all cheese, carrots and beets, all starchy veggies like potatoes (which already are not allowed on GAPS), all fruit, vinegar, alcohol (except those in herbal tinctures) and honey. (It is assumed that other sweeteners like maple syrup and coconut sugar have already been eliminated.)

Which diet to choose is based on your body’s unique response to food. For instance, I can not eat starches like arrowroot or sweet potatoes. If I do, I feel horrible. I am a classic GAPS patient. My body thrives on bone broth, eggs, lots of fat and cholesterol, protein and lots of soup. It also loves watermelon, living juices, sprouted nuts and aged cheese.

However, several of my clients feel energized by sweet potatoes, for instance, and may not do well with eggs, the histamines in broth, or with nuts. Every patient scenario is slightly different. We are each intricate. By reading what each of the diet’s espouse for healing, you may easily be able to recognize which diet will benefit your body more. But if you choose AIP, remember that you may need to temporarily cut out the starchy vegetables and fruit that the diet includes, if you have a flare-up yeast infection.

2. THE HERBAL ROTATION

There are many herbs that can be used to kill pathogens. I name several but you only need to choose four. My practitioner had me take the prescribed dosage of the first herb for 4 days. The patient then stops and begins the protocol for the second herb, again, for 4 days. Repeat, taking each herb for 4 days, then beginning the next. It is recommended to keep the rotation going for a minimum of 2 weeks. (The following recommendations should be queried with your practitioner. They are recommendations for adult dosages.)

  • Berberine– Found effective with SIBO, 2 capsules twice daily with meals is suggested, once in the morning and once in the evening.
  • Oregano Oil– Use oregano oil for up to 10 days; then cease use. It is very strong and can kill even good flora. It’s one to use in more serious cases of overgrowth, because it’s effective, but only short-term. 1 capsule morning and night, with meals.
  • Pau D’arco– Tea, too, can be made of pau d’arco. 4 capsules, 3 times daily, with meals.
  • Kolorex– Derived from New Zealand RedLeaf Horopito, an evergreen shrub, this lesser-known  pathogen killer is very strong and highly effective. If it causes irritation (burning) to one’s leaky gut, use the other options instead. Only one pill is needed daily.
  • Black Walnut– Tried and true, this tincture can be used 3-4 times daily, between meals, 40 drops each time.
  • Olive Leaf– One capsule daily, with a meal.

If you wish to use these herbs and supplements synergistically, this can be done with good results.  (Oregano oil can be taken in the morning and berberine at night, the same day, for instance.)

3. BIOFILM DISRUPTORS

Biofilm disruptors contains enzymes that break down the various layers of the pathogen. Otherwise the pathogen can essentially produce a sheath of protection against the herbal regimen. Only one biofilm disruptor is needed.

  • Interface Plus~ “Designed to disrupt the biofilm matrix,” the enzymes in this product improve the effectiveness of herbal antibiotics by also degrading the yeast and bacterial cell walls. I started with 2 of these capsules and worked up to 8, 2-3 times daily, shortly before taking an anti-fungal.
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine~ In addition to breaking down pathogen biofilms, this compound can be used as a cough remedy, as it thins and breaks up mucus. It is also antiviral against the flu. Only one capsule daily is the prescribed dosage.
  • Lauricidin~ Containing monolaurin from coconut oil, this product has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, as well as being able to break through the biofilms that pathogens produce. I took one scoop of these pellets 15 minutes before a dose of pathogen-killing herbs. (Do not chew these; you swallow them whole with water, as per the instructions.)

Timing can be tricky when trying to fit in all of the components. It helps to create a daily schedule. Alternate when you take pathogen killers and when you take probiotics, so they are taken at different times. Don’t fret if you can’t fit it all in; just do your best to create a schedule that works.

If you need to conquer internal (or external skin) pathogen overgrowth there a few components that I have found essential for success.

4. A POTENTIAL REMEDY FOR EXTERNAL YEAST OVERGROWTH, that won’t quit!

When my husband’s jock itch began to challenge his sanity (and I’ve been there too), he looked online for any remedies he hadn’t yet tried. He found a weird one mentioned on multiple forums: Cool Mint Listerine! It’s not a totally natural product; so we waited to buy it, continuing to choose and use essential oils and other natural remedies. But when he ceased to make progress, we decided to buy it. The active and effective ingredients are alcohol and menthol. The menthol works to cool the inflamed and itchy skin, while the alcohol kills the source of the symptoms.

The short story is that this product works. It gives relief and improvement immediately; and then, for bad cases, starts to really make headway over the course of an additional week or even two, with gradual steady improvement the whole time. Multiple applications and keeping the area dry are necessary. Using cloth of any kind to keep the skin dry is good.

About two weeks after my husband was finally well, I had a good friend break out with an itchy yeast rash all over her upper chest, arms and shoulders. She tried all the natural remedies and nothing worked well enough. I told her about the last resort of using Cool Mint Listerine. Finally one night she got desperate enough and asked her husband to run out and get some. It worked. Immediate relief and then gradual and complete healing.

So, of course, I thought of making my own {natural version} if there is ever a next time.  Why not mix up my own batch of menthol and alcohol sans the blue dye and additional ingredients? Then I found this recipe! I am not, frankly, a DIY gal when it comes to body care products. But if any of you (guys or gals) are and you are disinclined to buy Cool Mint Listerine, I think that Wellness Mama’s spray might be a great example of how to start a homemade, natural version. The Witch Hazel would be replaced with alcohol. I have not done this yet myself but I have indeed, since that time, read about combining alcohol and crushed menthol (you use a mortar and pestle) for pain relief. Such a homemade product would also allow you to add in an essential oil like lavender, to provide soothing and reparation to the damaged skin. Let me know if you make this! And, in the meantime, please do know that Cool Mint Listerine is an effective last resort!

Feel free to ask questions or share your own input below. I hope this article will help you to find relief! If you pin, please do pin this post so it can reach and help more people.

Read How to Heal YEAST INFECTIONS: Part 1 if you specifically need to address the healing of vaginal yeast infections, thrush or other topics not covered in this post.

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    Wow Megan, this is great. Thank you for sharing this with us. I had no idea about most of this and really appreciate your knowledge. So interesting because I’m just learning more about biofilm now and then saw your post and learned more. Always love your posts!

  • Great post Megan! Cutting out all sugar from the diet – including fruits and starchy veggies – really helped Candida issue for my family. I also gave them Candibactin from Metagenics to aid their detox. But more importantly, after they healed their leaky gut, Candida issue went away. So going back to the basics of healing your gut will control the yeast overgrowth.

  • Megan Stevens

    Indeed! And yes, Metagenics makes great products. Thanks for sharing Candibactin. Thank you, Karen!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you!! So glad it’s helpful. <3 🙂

  • I found this super interesting-Especially the herbal rotation-I take olive leaf on occasion but didn’t realize I need to rotate if I’m taking it for a prolonged amount of time! Thanks!!!

  • Pamela Fulcher Awad

    All of this is excellent advice. I am not familiar with biofilm attack…but I AM familiar with food grade diatomaceous earth…(not dirt, but the skeletons of ancient diatoms…) While not the most pleasant substance to deal with, and a hazard for dry contact with mucus membranes (eyes, lungs) it is VERY handy to have around…mixed with the liquid of your choice, a tablespoon of this, twice a day can work wonders in many areas…in as little as four days hair is strengthened, acne is remediated, body odor is virtually eliminated, any fungal infections, viruses, etc in the body are attacked most vigorously… Good to supplement 2 hours after with some type of probiotic and enzyme…since extended use will unbalance the intestinal environment…BUT an extremely effective tool. Also handy to kill fleas on pets, kill pests on plants, and absorb odors in shoes… 🙂

  • linda spiker

    Pinned and shared. Never hear of biofilm either!

  • Megan Stevens

    You’re welcome, Jennifer.

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Pamela, for your insights.

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Linda!

  • tashenawa

    Who would have thought Listerine would be such a life saver, but hey, if you’re desperate then why not? Great post as always!

  • Megan Stevens

    Lol, yes, indeed! That’s definitely the song we were singing! Thanks, Tash!

  • Chloe

    Really good info! We studied biofilms in microbiology – nasty stuff. Pinning for later.

  • Megan Stevens

    Wow, that’s great when class translates to real life, how interesting (and nasty)! 🙂 Thanks, Chloe!

  • Amy D

    Megan, Not sure I understand about altenating the herbs with the probiotics. Do you mean take a probiotic at night and pathogen killer in the morning or do you mean don’t take probiotics until you complete the pathogen killer rotation? Thank you. Love your book.

  • Megan Stevens

    Hi Amy! You alternate, the former example you gave. But I alternate twice like this: pathogen killer near breakfast time, probiotics near lunch time, pathogen killer in afternoon, probiotics a final time near dinner or bedtime. Hope this helps! SO glad you love the book!! 🙂

  • Amy D

    Megan,
    Where do the Biofilm disrupters fit in on this rotation? Just once a day?

  • Megan Stevens

    Look under #3 and it gives the dosage for each, that I took/take. It varies, depending which of the three you choose. 🙂

  • Rebecca

    Hi Megan, I just found your site, thank you for so much useful information! From reviews of the monolaurin it seems people take this continuously. I was assuming that at some point you are supposed to stop the herbal rotation, and the biofilm disrupters. Or is this a maintenance program as well?

    Thank you!

  • Megan Stevens

    Hi Rebecca, you’re welcome. It depends on the individual. If someone has chronic pathogen overgrowth then continuing a lower dose herbal rotation is a good idea prophylactically, with a biofilm disruptor. In this situation, the biofilm disruptor can have added benefits. For instance, Acetyl L-Cysteine is anti-inflammatory, excellent for lung health and has many other healing/wellness properties. For someone who has just had short-term pathogen issues, this ongoing treatment is no longer necessary.

  • Laura Aulenbacher

    Hi Megan, a lot of what you are going through seems to be the same albeit different foods as me. I also believe mine has been caused by stress, antibiotics overuse, excess sugar, no breast feeding as a baby. I have IBS-C mostly, and probably leaky gut, SIBO?, as well as numerous food intolerances. I have done SCD and felt much better as well as dropping 40-50 much needed to be dropped pounds in four months. Then I messed up and started a little coffee latte and I was back where I started. That was 3 years ago. They (med. profession) has learned much more since then, but I don’t go to the doctors anymore. I believe that our doctors do a great job on isolated injuries, but don’t know a thing about the whole body. It is not taught in med school—-at least those financed by Rockefeller’s dynasty. And unfortunately that is what my insurance pays for. I can not justify going to someone, a DO or naturopath that is not covered under our govt. insurance. If I could have the 300-400 a month that my company pays for govt. insurance for my choice of medicine, then I could go to a naturopath. Sorry for the rant. What I am asking is how you came to know the order with which you are doing things? I understand the diet—-you chose GAPS, but you don’t recommend antifungals early on and you take and isolate some supplements, like NAC and Lauricidin, but not others like L-Glutamine, and that confuses me. I am interested as you seem to have had a 75% improvement, I am gone 12 hours a day with work and commuting, cooking is not a big priority and unfortunately due to stress, finances are much lower as I shifted from being a school teacher to a TA. I have 3 years and I can retire and maybe develop an interest in cooking. I burn things a lot, probably because I don’t have an interest in food when I should have. Thanks for listening and i hope you share your scheduling over the years (you said 5?) of trying to treat this.

  • Megan Stevens

    Hi Laura, I would say that at this point I am 95% well. I didn’t start with anti-fungals because just eliminating sugar alone caused extreme die-off in the beginning. If a patient has already removed grains and sugar and isn’t dealing with die-off from diet alone, it would probably (each patient is different) be a fine time, in my experience and opinion, to start killing pathogens with herbs and biofilm disruptors. L-glutamine may be fine for some folks; but because we don’t know who it’s going to cause anxiety and other symptoms in, I think it much better to get that amino acid from bone broth or gelatin, instead of taking it in supplement form. NAC and Lauricidin are both biofilm disruptors, and it’s time to choose one of those when the pathogen killing herbs begin. Blessings as you progress and make choices for your healing!

  • Leslie Brush

    Megan, do you take the Lauricidin before each dose of pathogen killer, or just once a day?

  • Megan Stevens

    Hi Leslie, 2-3 times daily, with each dose of pathogen killer, is recommended with Lauricidin.