Thrush is characterized by creamy white patches in the mouth and on the tongue. Doctors usually prescribe oral liquid or topical anti-fungal medicines to cure the condition. Fortunately, thrush is uncommon in the overall population. But if you’re one of those who got infected, you can use the following at home remedies for thrush in mouth combination with conventional treatment.
Best natural at home remedies for thrush in the mouth and on tongue
1. Pure and Unprocessed Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera L.)
Organic coconut oil has no problems fighting Candida species, even those that are drug-resistant. In fact, researchers say that it’s more potent than the usually prescribed fluconazole anti-fungal drug.
It boosts your immune system. You see, Candida is an opportunistic microorganism. It strikes when your immune system is down. When partnered with zinc, organic coconut oil becomes even more capable of enhancing your immune system to fight off Candida-induced infection.
Results of this study showed that coconut oil didn’t affect white blood cells, like neutrophils and natural killer cells, at all. Instead, it increased the numbers of other white blood cells that play crucial roles in immune responses, such as T cells, T helper cells, and IL-2 (Interleukin 2).
This study recommended taking 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with zinc daily.
Coconut oil is perfectly safe for babies. Breast milk is rich in lauric acid, which is abundant in coconut oil.
Tip: Dab a small amount of organic coconut oil to and around your nipples to prevent cross infection when breastfeeding your baby.
2. Raw Honey
While many swear by its anti-fungal properties, researchers are quite divided about the therapeutic effect of honey. Some say honey is useless while others say it’s effective against Candida species at a certain concentration and depending on the type. One study showed that wasbessie honey (25% concentration) inhibits the growth of Candida albicans by 29.4%.
A more accepted theory is that honey doesn’t directly eliminate thrush-causing pathogens, but it helps the body to recover and rebuild its defenses by supplying it with antioxidants that have therapeutic potentials.
To use honey for thrush, apply it on the affected area, and then leave it there for at least half an hour. Rinse with warm water. Do this once or twice per day.
Note: Giving honey to children below one is not advisable.
3. Natural, Unsweetened, and Unprocessed Yogurt
It’s what lives in the yogurt that we’re after—Lactobacillus acidophilus. These good bacteria produce lactic acid, which makes the environment too unfavorable for the survival of Candida albicans.
For thrush affecting the mouth and throat, eat plain yogurt up to 3 times per day. To be more effective, be sure to eat it at the first sign of infection. Don’t drink liquids immediately after eating this. Hold it inside for a few seconds before swallowing.
A study showed that partnering yogurt with raw honey produces an 87.8% cure rate, which makes this combination useful for thrush. It is way higher than the 72.3% cure rate of local anti-fungal agents.