What Is Antifungal Tea?

Dan Harkins

Several herbs have proven reputations for having astute antibacterial properties. Though many are used in topical creams and salves to fight external infections, others can be used individually or in concert for a batch of antifungal tea. These drinks may include more-unpalatable antifungal agents like garlic or goldenseal, though they are usually confined to those with pleasant aromas and tastes like chamomile, grapefruit seeds, lemongrass, black walnut and Pau d'Arco.

Antifungal tea includes many ingredients with antibacterial agents.
Antifungal tea includes many ingredients with antibacterial agents.

The chief fungus with which an herbal remedy like antifungal tea will do battle is Candida albicans. This can infect the mucus membranes, skin, digestive tract and reproductive system. A 2005 study by biologists at the California Polytechnic State University compared mainstream antifungal treatments like Amphotericin B and miconazole nitrate salt with herbal remedies, such as an extract of grapefruit seeds, tea tree oil and garlic juice. Though the latter two treatments showed only inhibitory qualities in high concentrations, grapefruit seed extract actually showed antifungal inhibition that superseded more conventional treatments.

Grapefruit seed extract is often added to tea due to its antifungal properties.
Grapefruit seed extract is often added to tea due to its antifungal properties.

Antifungal tea can be purchased from health food stores, from herbalists or online. A typical mixture will often contain a diverse medley of herbs that have long been used as antibacterial agents. Some, like grapefruit seed extract, goldenseal and the flower known as Pau d'arco, have scientifically proven records for fighting various fungal infections, from colds and influenze to diarrhea and yeast infections. Others may have lesser studied antifungal properties, but have been used for generations as medicinal tea ingredients. Many of these like peppermint, black walnut, cinnamon, peach tree extract, olive leaf, sage and flowers like chamomile or lavender also have reported antiseptic and antibacterial characteristics when ingested.

Chamomile tea has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making it a good choice for an anti-fungal tea.
Chamomile tea has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making it a good choice for an anti-fungal tea.

Some herbal remedy enthusiasts forgo store-bought antifungal tea and concoct their own at home. This requires not only a healthy garden and a reliable herb dealer, but also the knowledge of which herbs are flavorful and non-toxic enough to use in oral doses. Once an assortment of flavorful herbs with antifungal qualities have been gathered, they can be placed in a tea sieve to be steeped in boiled water for several minutes. Some of the remedies will come as extracts or tinctures, which can be added to the steeping tea at a dosage recommended by the manufacturer.

Tea tree oil can be toxic when ingested in high concentrations.
Tea tree oil can be toxic when ingested in high concentrations.

Some herbal antifungal agents are not suited for antifungal tea. Remedies like tea tree oil can be toxic when ingested in higher concentrations and should only be used topically. Others like oils of oregano or pine appear to be safely ingested, but probably will not be tasty in a tea.

Some people prefer to brew their own antifungal tea at  home.
Some people prefer to brew their own antifungal tea at home.

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ysmina

@bluedolphin-- Yes, you are absolutely right. Ginger, cloves and cinnamon do have anti-fungal properties. A tea made with them will certainly help fight fungal infections.

They may taste strong combined though. So you may want to make a milder tasting anti-fungal tea like chamomile and add a slice of fresh ginger, a couple of cloves or a cinnamon stick to it. Remember to buy real cinnamon though. The type that's mostly sold at groceries as cinnamon is not true cinnamon.

Licorice tea also has anti-fungal properties. When I had a fungal infection, I drank a cup of licorice tea daily and I believe it helped. It was also nice because I love licorice tea.

bluedolphin

Don't ginger, cloves and cinnamon have anti-fungal properties as well? Will a tea made with these ingredients help with candida?

literally45

Neem is another plant that is believed to have anti-fungal properties. It is widely used in Indian homeopathy.

I've drank the tea before. It's a bit bitter but steeping the neem leaves for a shorter period of time makes a milder tea. It can also be mixed with other teas like green tea to improve the taste. Those who are looking for an effective antifungal tea might want to try neem tea. It's usually available online, at health stores or stores selling homeopathy herbs. I had purchased mine online.

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