In this article, we describe some naturopathic strategies and dietary considerations for managing thrush. As always if you are experiencing ongoing symptoms, consult a naturopath for personalized advice and possible vaginal microbiome testing to save you time and money in the long run.


  1. Probiotics
    Probiotics introduce beneficial bacteria to the body, supporting a healthy balance of microorganisms, including in the vaginal area. Food sources of probiotics include yogurt with live cultures, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and high-quality probiotic supplements. For the probiotic supplements, ensure the probiotic supplement includes strains beneficial for vaginal health (e.g., Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus rhamnosus).
  2. Garlic
    Garlic has natural antifungal properties and may help inhibit the growth of Candida. Simply incorporate fresh garlic into your diet or consider garlic supplements under the guidance of a naturopath. In many cases, garlic will be comunded inot a natural vaginal cream to use. 
  3. Tea Tree Oil
    Tea tree oil has antifungal properties and may be used topically. When using on your skin, dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil and apply it externally. Do not use undiluted tea tree oil directly on sensitive areas. When diluted, tea tree is a fantatsic anti
  4. Caprylic Acid
    Found in coconut oil, caprylic acid has antifungal properties. It could be used in different ways. Consider incorporating coconut oil into your diet or using it topically.
  5. Oregano Oil
    Oregano oil contains compounds with antifungal properties and could be used topically. To use, dilute oregano oil and apply externally or consider oregano oil supplements under guidance.


  • Low Sugar Diet: Candida thrives on sugar, so reducing sugar intake may help prevent its overgrowth. Avoid sugary foods, refined carbohydrates, and sweetened beverages.
  • Whole Foods Diet: A diet rich in whole foods provides essential nutrients and supports overall health. Whole foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Hydration: Staying hydrated supports the body's natural detoxification processes. Drink water, herbal teas, and eat hydrating foods like fruits and vegetables.


  • Individualized Approach: Vaginal microbiome composition varies among individuals. Vaginal microbiome testing identifies specific imbalances, guiding targeted interventions. A test cost around $160 with a turnaround in less than 2 weeks for results.
    Why it matters: Testing can prevent unnecessary spending on supplements that may not address your unique microbial balance. A naturopathic approach based on testing ensures precision, and you dont take supplements you dont need or make sure they are at eh dosages needed to be effective
  • Monitoring Progress: Regular testing allows monitoring of changes in the vaginal microbiome, enabling adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.
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