Clove Tea is a natural remedy to help alleviate candida overgrowth symptoms.
Clove Tea Recipe
This makes a strong flavored tea. If it’s too strong for your taste buds, dilute it, or start with a smaller amount of cloves and gradually increase. You might enjoy the Decaf Chai recipe below as well.
-1 quart pure water
-1 tablespoon whole cloves – freshly ground in a spice grinder or with a mortar & pestle
-stevia to taste (optional - you can use brewed stevia leaf tea, or use a few drops of liquid stevia extract to sweeten a cup of straight tea).
Bring water to a boil. Turn off the heat. Add the ground cloves and let steep 20 minutes. Strain the tea though a fine mesh strainer and drink it hot or cold, makes 4 cups.
It will keep for a few days in a glass jar or covered pitcher in the fridge.
Try a cup once or twice a day, in between meals, for up to 5 days at a time. It's good measure to take a break for one or two days before resuming.
Due to the antifungal nature of cloves, drinking this tea may cause some die-off symptoms. You may want to wait until you’ve made some dietary changes and have stuck with them for a while before adding a strong medicinal tea such as this.
If taking the tea between meals causes too much discomfort (due to its yeast-killing properties), drink it immediately before a meal and see if following directly with food helps to diminish unpleasant symptoms. If you still get too much discomfort, stop the tea for a while. Continue with the dietary changes and try again with the tea in a week or so.
Decaf Clove Chai Tea Recipe
I like drinking Clove Tea mixed with a decaf Indian chai spiced tea. Cloves are a common ingredient in chai spice blends, so the flavors are a perfect match, and makes drinking the medicinal clove tea a more enjoyable experience. It's a nice way to begin if you've never had straight clove tea before.
Brew clove tea as described in the recipe above.
Brew decaf chai tea according to package directions. (There are a number of delicious decaf chai blends on the market, just use your favorite one.) If you want a real treat, brew the chai using pure, unsweetened coconut milk in place of water.
Combine the clove and chai teas in a combination that suits your tastebuds. Sweeten to taste with stevia if you like. You can store this mixture in the fridge and heat up a cup as you like, and it's great cold too.
Clove Tea Hand Rinse
Take a bottle of the tea on a picnic, or for camping or backpacking trips. Use it as a hand cleanser by simply pouring a small amount into the hands and rubbing well. Follow with a rinse of plain water if you like. It’s great to do before and/or after you eat, especially when you’ve eaten a meal mostly with your hands, and leaves a pleasant fragrance too.
Clove Tea Compress
For the pain of arthritis, strained muscles, or a sprained ankle, try a Clove Tea compress made by soaking an old, clean washcloth or clean rag in the tea and applying to the affected area for 20 minutes, two or three times a day. Use cold tea when it is a new injury, and warm tea for arthritis or an injury which is over 24 hours old.
For fungal skin infections try rinsing the affected area two or three times a day with the tea, or use a compress on the affected area, for 20 minutes two or three times a day. You can also use Clove Oil diluted in a carrier oil for this purpose.
Clove Tea Douche or Enema
Dilute one part clove tea to 4 parts pure, non-chlorinated water.
Use this solution as an antifungal douche, along with proper anti-candida dietary modifications, for a vaginal yeast infection (once a day for up to 5 days in a row).
Use this as an antifungal enema solution, along with proper anti-candida dietary modifications, once a day for up to 5 days in a row.
Clove Tea for Brown Hair Highlights
For dark hair with auburn or red highlights, clove tea makes a great rinse after shampooing. It brings warm tones to browns and enhances red and auburn highlights. Simply wash hair as usual, condition if you like, rinse with the tea and finish with a rinse of pure water. Once for every 5 shampoos is about right.
If you don’t care for the taste of the tea, then a good unsweetened chai tea may be more palatable. You can make chai with pure coconut milk (no additives or preservatives) for a super delicious treat (coconut is a natural fungal fighter too). Chai spice blends include cloves, with a more rounded out finished flavor.
Clove Oil is a great alternative too. Use Clove Oil full strength as a natural analgesic (pain killer) and disinfectant for tooth and gum infections. Also, Clove Oil can be used topically (on the skin) when diluted in a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil, for its analgesic and antiseptic qualities.