Home Remedy for Thrush

Home Remedy For Thrush

Thrush is a candida yeast infection manifesting in the mouth affecting mostly infants, babies and their breastfeeding moms.

Thrush can occur in male and female adults too, as a white coating on the tongue.

If your tongue is coated with white patches that bleed easily and don't simply wipe away, it's probably thrush.

More info on infant and baby thrush.

I've compiled this home remedy for thrush list from reader recommendations and some of my own reading. 

Natural Home Remedy for Thrush

Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)

Follow this link for more detailed information on how to treat thrush with grapefruit seed extract.

This potent antimicrobial has been demonstrated in lab tests to be more effective than bleach for killing pathenogenic microorganisms, yet it's safe to ingest, like taking a natural antibiotic. It's used from everything from water purification to disinfecting cutting boards and counter tops.

It also does quite a number on the yeasts that cause thrush.

Natural Home Remedy For Thrush

Pure, Raw, Unrefined Coconut Oil, and its derivative, Caprylic Acid

If either you or your baby has thrush, you can apply pure, raw, virgin coconut oil to your nipples and to baby’s mouth to help prevent passing the yeast back and forth.

Pure virgin coconut oil is perfectly safe for babies, in fact the MCFA'a (medium chain fatty acids) found in pure coconut oil are very easily digested and are actually good for them (and you)!

natural remedy for thrush

Pure coconut oil (not hydrogenated or refined in any way) is a great natural immune booster, as well as a great home remedy for thrush. It's great to cook with, and to melt over steamed vegetables.

It's really expensive to buy it in a store. I buy it in bulk, online, by the gallon or more, to save money (see the link to my favorite coconut oil supplier below). It has a great shelf life so I've never had any go bad. I even had an opened container in a storage unit for more than 2 years and when i opened it up again, it was fragrant and delicious!

The caprylic acid found in coconut oil is a natural and very potent antifungal.

Instead of turning to drugs and chemicals, pure virgin coconut oil will help to clear up thrush in your baby’s mouth, as well as protect your nipples from the yeast.

For a doubly effective natural treatment, mix caprylic acid powder with some pure virgin coconut oil and apply topically to the nipples between breast feedings. 

Natural Home Remedy for Thrush

Tea Tree Oil

This is one of the most effective natural remedies for skin and nail fungal infections I've come across. In fact, as I began to study more about Tea Tree Oil, I learned that it's not only effective against skin and nail fungus - it's safe to use (in small quantities) in adult oral applications.

For breastfeeding moms - Use 5 drops of pure tea tree oil mixed with 1 oz coconut oil or olive oil and apply to the nipples after each feeding. Gently rinse nipples in warm water and pat dry before feeding when using tea tree oil applications. Although it is not dangerous in such small quantities, it has a very strong smell and taste.

Try a topical application of tea tree oil mixed with a carrier oil for a yeasty diaper rash too.

If you're concerned about the safety of using tea tree orally, just look at the oral care section in your health food store and you'll see toothpastes, mouth rinses, toothpicks and more products made with tea tree oil specifically formulated for use in the mouth. Or use Coconut Oil or Oregano Oil instead.

Natural Home Remedy For Thrush

Oil of Oregano, Oregano Essential Oil

More suited for adult applications.

There is evidence that "oil of oregano" can be too strong for breastfeeding moms and babies.

For adult applications, only use oil extracted from the plant Origanum vulgare. 

The best Oregano Essential Oil I have found is here.

Natural Home Remedy for Thrush

Clove Oil

Clove oil is a fantastic antifungal. It's too strong to be used full strength topically (on the skin, such as treating the nipples), so it must be diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut oil (which creates a doubly effective antifungal concoction). Make sure to rinse nipples of any oil residue and pat dry before breastfeeding.

The best Clove Oil I have found is right here.

Read more about clove oil here.

Natural Home Remedy For Thrush

Breast Milk Is Not The Best Remedy for Candida-Related Problems Such As Sore Nipples From Nursing

Here is a direct quote from one of our readers, a registered nurse, who explains it best:

"Just a comment on oral thrush in breast feeding infants. It is NOT recommended to express breast milk and allow it to dry on the nipples in the case of a child/mom with candida infection. True, doing so is a great help in cases of sore, cracked nipples from other causes, such as bad latch-on. However, because candida is a yeast, which thrives on sugars (of which breast-milk is full), expressing milk [and applying it to sore, cracked nipples] will actually cause the infection to become worse. If you try this and it works, your child probably didn't have thrush in the first place (Some infants have creamy white deposits on their tongues which are completely normal, from naturally occurring oral bacteria).
You should then probably look into other causes for sore nipples.
Hope this info helps !"

- Sonya G, RN

Natural Home Remedy For Thrush

Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

After each feeding you can dab a few drops of raw, apple cider vinegar around the nipples. Make sure it's the raw unfiltered kind. Apple cider vinegar and yeast do not get along, yeast can’t grow in a vinegar-y environment.

I recommend apple cider vinegar over other vinegars as a home remedy for thrush simply because its the best vinegar to have around, but almost any vinegar will also help to alleviate yeast. Click the Apple Cider Vinegar button to the left of this page for plenty more information on Apple Cider Vinegar and its effect on yeast.

Natural Home Remedy For Thrush


Yeasts thrive in dark, moist environments. They do not do well in sunlight. For nipple thrush, expose your breasts to a few minutes of sunlight each day.

Also, wear cotton undergarments. Wash them in very hot water after each time you wear them, in a natural mild detergent with vinegar added to the rinse, then dry them outside in the sunlight whenever possible.

Also, while we’re on the subject – try to avoid using the plastic-lined bra pads which trap moisture against your skin.

Natural Home Remedy For Thrush

Wash Everything!

-toys that baby likes to chew
-bottle nipples, pump parts
-towels, wash cloths, spit up rags
-bras, underwear...

Anything that is coming into frequent contact with baby or mother needs to be disinfected frequently. Why not add some grapefuit seed extract to the rinse cycle??

Dry things in the sun whenever possible.

Yeasts do not like sunlight.

Natural Home Remedy For Thrush

Avoid Getting It in the First Place

Take good care of yourself.

Eat well, rest well. Make sure your diet is rich in natural, wholesome foods and cut out the refined grains and sugars. Include plenty of anti-thrush foods: Raw & fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut, raw pickles and kimchi, and raw milk kefir & yogurt with live active cultures if you do well with dairy products. It's easy to make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and yogurt at home!

Antibiotics kill beneficial bacteria in our intestines which allow plenty of room for thrush to grow out of control very quickly. If you do ever end up taking antibiotics, it's extra important to include these foods in your daily diet to help re-populate your inner ecosystem with the "good guys". You can also take probiotics (the opposite of anti-biotics)!

What About Gentian Violet?

Some people recommend using Gentian Violet as a natural home remedy for thrush. It works, but be warned, it's messy! It can stain skin and clothing purple. Stains on skin can remain purple for a few days.

Also, regardless of its effectiveness, it was discovered by researchers in Australia to be cancer-causing in larger doses. I’d choose grapefruit seed extract, coconut oil, and the other ideas presented here for a safe, effective home remedy for thrush over Gentian Violet for those simple reasons.

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