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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


See also Candida and more very helpful information under the general category of auto-immune diseases..

Thrush is caused by the candida fungus that is normally present in the body including the mouth in small quantities. It is normally kept at a manageable level by the body’s immune system and bacteria native to our bodies. If this balance is upset then an overgrowth of candida erupts and one form of this is thrush. The symptoms typically include small raised whitish areas in the mouth and throat area. This may cause slight bleeding, difficulty in swallowing and a fever if it spreads widely.

Those with a weakened immune system are most susceptible to thrush. This would include those with diabetes, HIV, cancer, dry mouth or aging. Certain medications and especially antibiotics can make one more likely to have thrush. Smokers or other chronic irritations to the mouth area also increase the risk.

Mothers during and after pregnancy may acquire thrush and it is common to infants and children. Night terrors (intense nightmares with small children) are associated with thrush.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Clove, LavenderC, MelaleucaC, Oregano, ThymeC

Essential oils based products: GI Cleansing Formula, Probiotic Defense Formula

Also consider: Grounding Blend, Topical BlendC, EucalyptusC, LemonC, MarjoramC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:


2 drops Protective Blend and 1 drop Oregano to bottoms of feet. If for an infant premix the oils in these proportions and apply one drop of blend to the bottoms of the feet. Cover with socks to avoid accidental transfer of oils to the eyes. Continue 3 to 5 days even though symptoms disappear.

If symptoms continue or repeat consider a candida infection and use the protocols suggested. If child is breastfed consider the candida clease for the mother. see Candida


Begin the GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula protocol:

·   1-3 GI Cleansing Formula capsules daily with meals for 10 days

·   Follow with probiotic Probiotic Defense Formula for 5 days

Simultaneously gargle 3 - 4 times daily with a mouthful of water with 1 drop each of Protective Blend and Clove, swallow. Continue 2 days after symptoms subside.


Experiences and Testimonials of others


Pam - Any suggestions on thrush in an infant?  The mother is not nursing.  Thanks!

Tamalu - Melaleuca and Oregano 2:1, applied to the bottoms of the feet and covered with socks will wipe it out quickly, in my experience,  I would advise her to combine them in a separate bottle so she can use just a drop (or less) at a time.  Our tiny people don't need as much oil at a time as we bigger people do.  It can be applied after every feeding or diaper change, and I would do the oils for a minimum of 3 days, probably more like 5, even though the thrush may disappear before that.  Also adding Grounding Blend to the spine will speed things up with more ease.

If the trush has become systemic, I would add Melaleuca to the diaper-changing process, as well, by diluting it in coconut oil and wiping that little bottom before covering it back up


Jana - I have a friend who wants me to make up a solution for her baby, who has Thrush in the mouth. I know that melaleuca and lavender are recommended, but what kind of carrier oil would be the best? And how many drops per ounce? Or has something else worked for you? She also wants me to make up a solution with Respiratory Blend...I'm thinking about making that into more of a cream, and lastly she needs a solution for Cradle Cap (poor kid has lots of issues)!

Erika - All of these issues are symptoms of candida. I have done it with my own infants and would recommend to anyone to get the baby on a good pro-biotic.  (...)’s Probiotic Defense Formula would be a place to start but there may be a more appropriate one for infants out there.  Is the mother nursing?  She should get on it too!!

Pat - The best thing for the thrush would be a very small amount of Melaleuca on a q-tip and swabbed on the affected area. The Breath in the lotion would be good and the cradle caps will go a way with cleaning and a little lavender with coconut oil. You do not want to use too many oils at a time with the baby. Be cautious.


MOM - I have a 6 month old with thrush; I haven't noticed any in me except for the fact that everyone has yeast. I have been taking the cleanse for a week now and rubbing melaleuca in her mouth without FCO. It seemed to work at first but now, not so much she doesn’t eat sometimes because of it I think, am I doing it right, using the right oil, and how often should I apply. And if this doesn’t work does anyone know of some homeopathic or herbal remedy that will help, I really don’t like to go to doctors.

Kathy - In addition to the advise of others, I remember dealing with a case of infant thrush, by making a blend of about 1 drop clove to a teaspoon of VCO, then applying it often to the tongue.  Also I would add melted VCO (about a teaspoon) to her warm milk.   It will fight the yeast internally.

Jan - I have had success with infant thrush by applying a blend of

1 teaspoon VCO

3 drops Rosemary

3 drops Melaleuca

Apply the blend directly to the affected areas every few hours



Jenyce - My mom's friend has had thrush for 3 days and is not swallowing, eating or drinking do to the pain. She is presently dying do to other causes and they want her to be comfortable. Any suggestions?

Rob - Assuming this is an adult... I would definitely start her on the candida blend 2 drop oregano, 2 drops melaleuca, 3-5 drops of lemon in a 00 capsule, twice daily (This is not more conveniently replaced with GI Cleansing Formula).  Also I would begin a regimen of hourly gargling with 3 drops of Protective Blend and 3 drops of clove in 1-2 tablespoons of pure water or carrier, then spit.  Followed by a swallowing a drop each of clove and clove and Protective Blend in a shot of water.

Kathy - Gargle with clove and VCO.  Take the candidia/yeast blend in capsules.

Jenyce - She cannot swallow at all, any other applications besides swallowing that might work. We are mainly wanting to get her comfortable. Thanks

Rob - If she can gargle with the blend that would be ideal.  If she can't, mix a couple drops of clove with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of carrier and apply it to her tongue, assuming that’s where much of the irritation is. Clove, historically, is known to kill thrush, plus it will be analgesic. The GI Cleansing Formula capsule may also be opened and applied to the bottom of the feet.


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