Home Remedies for Oral Thrush (20+ Natural Treatments)

Home Remedies for Oral Thrush (20+ Natural Treatments)

In this article, Authority Remedies will aim to show you a number of excellent home remedies for oral thrush to help you overcome this stubborn problem as well as enjoy strong oral health.

What is Oral Thrush?

Oral thrush with its scientifical name Oropharyngeal Candidiasis, is the medical condition in which your tongue or the inner side of your mouth is infected by an overgrowth of a type of fungus known as Candida Albicans [1].As gathering, it can expand into the roof of the gums, tonsils, mouth and even back of the throat and thus, displaying the very first symptoms such as creamy white lesions, redness or even bleeding. When left untreated, oral thrush can get the immune system depressed and further serious diseases are allowed to seize.

This medical condition happens due to the weakening of your immune system which cannot fight against the outgrowth of the fungus.

According to a recent research, oral thrush is communicable, which means that it can be infectious and passed from one person to another. Newborns can possibly have thrush during birth and children can suffer from it as sharing toys with other children. And even adults can bring it back through the saliva.

In fact, as healthy adults and children contract oral thrush, an antifungal medication is widely prescribed. However, this treatment can lead to theliver damage and highly affect estrogen levels. Also, it can result in allergic reactions and drug interactions. Generally, antifungal creams and medications can only cure the symptoms but not deal with the environment allowing candida to develop.

What causes Oral Thrush?

The major condition for oral thrush to occur is because of the weak immune system and there are quite a few factors which partly contribute to a weak immunity such as:

  • HIV/AIDS: The HIV which cause AIDS is in charge of damaging immunity cells, then allowing the body to be prone to other infections and diseases[2].
  • Cancer: The chemotherapy and radiation from cancer treatment can significantly weaken your immune system and make you more vulnerable toward infections such as oral thrush.
  • Diabetes mellitus: It is when your diabetes is getting severe or uncontrollable, the increasing level of sugar in your saliva will create advantage environment for oral thrush to occur[3].
  • Vaginal yeast infection: It is caused be the same bacteria of oral thrush. Also in case you are pregnant and infected, your children will more likely to get infected by the bacteria and develop oral thrush.

On the other hand, there are few simple and effective home remedies which you might consider applying in order to relieve the pain as well as preventing oral thrush in case you are infected.

What are the symptoms of Oral Thrush?

Specifically, oral thrush can suddenly flourish, and its symptoms can get more noticeable and serious along with time. The symptom of this infection can be easily observed as there are wounds with creamy-white color slowly appearing and the position is often on the tongue and the inner side of your cheeks and lips. If the infection is not stopped promptly, it will spread throughout the whole inner side of your mouth and even down to the back of your throat.

Further symptoms for confirming the infection can be swelling, soreness with a burning sensation and unpleasant taste which affect swallowing ability.

This type of infection spares no one; however, common victims are infants and elderly people who have weak immune system and especially people with dentures. For example, a mother encountering with vaginal yeast infection can transmit the fungus to her infant, making the baby accessible to oral thrush development. Infants contracting oral candidiasis can exhibit the signs of fussiness and irritability, causing them to get trouble in feeding. As a woman’s breast is diagnosed with candida, the presence of read itchy sensitive nipples, a dry areola, or abnormal pain between the breast and nipples becomes relatively high.

What are risk factors for thrush?

In fact, healthy people will not contract thrush without getting several risk factors. Do remember that adults who have weak immune systems are more prone to getting thrush. Dangerous factors linked with oral thrush consist of some of the following:

  • Having an organ transplant
  • Illnesses, such as poorly controlled diabetes, cancer, dry mouth or HIV/AIDS infection
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

Is oral thrush contagious?

Basically, oral thrush is not contagious. But, a nursing infant getting thrush can have chance to transmit the thrush to his/her mother’s breast through contacting.

Home Remedies for Oral Thrush

Here are the top 20 most effective home remedies for oral thrush which you can easily apply at home in order to remove oral thrush and prevent the bacteria from infecting you ever again.

1. Salt

Salt - Home Remedies for Oral Thrush

Salt is considered one of the top home remedies for oral thrush as it helps destroying the habitat of the fungus[4][5]. Also, in case of infection, salt can reduce the symptoms and be a quick cure.

How to apply: 

  • Dilute ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of warm water. Gargle using this water and repeat until the symptoms are reduced and you feel comfortable.
  • Use your fingers to gently apply some salt on your tongue and rub it for a few seconds. Then rinse your mouth using warm water. Repeat it twice every day for a couple of days.

For more information about the benefits and applications of salt for oral health, please read: Home Remedies for Periodontitis.

2. Yogurt

Probiotic yogurt is said to be harboring active type of lactobacilli which is effective as a natural treatment for oral thrush[6][7]. Also, only use the type of plain or unsweetened yogurt for best treatment of oral thrush.

Yogurt - Home Remedies for Oral Thrush

How to apply: 

  • Consume 2 to 3 cups of yogurt every day for a couple of weeks.
  • Use your finger to apply some yogurt onto your tongue and the inner side of your mouth and keep it for 5 to 10 minutes. Then rinse your mouth using warm water. Repeat it once or twice every day for a couple of days.

3. Garlic

Garlic-the world’s healthiest food, is best known as one of the best home remedies for oral thrush due to its anti-fungal capability which can help destroying bacteria and yeast inside your mouth and further boosting up your immune system[8][9].

According to the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy journal (2005), the study about garlic has shown promising result regarding the anti-fungal capability of extracted fresh garlic.

Garlic - Home Remedies for Oral Thrush

How to apply: 

  • Consume 2 to 3 cloves of garlic on a daily basis in order to ward off the infection. If you cannot take fresh garlic, then there is garlic concentrated into tablets or capsules but should be taken carefully with doctor’s consultation.
  • Garlic is also proven to be extremely effective against diseases related to oral health. You can find out more about it at: Home Remedies for Blisters on Tongue.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is similar to garlic in its anti-fungal as well as anti-parasitic capability against the Candida Albicans[10][11].

The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine has published the result of the study about the positive effects and curative impacts of cinnamon oil regarding treatment for oral thrush infection.

Cinnamon - Home Remedies for Oral Health

How to apply: 

  • Consume 1 to 2 cups of cinnamon tea on a daily basis. First step, boil ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder or simply a little cinnamon stick with 1½ cups of water for about 5 minutes. Filter and consume with or without lemon juice depending on your preference.
  • Mix a few drops of cinnamon into 1 tablespoon of olive oil or any other substance. Directly apply this solution onto the wounds and keep it there for 5 to 10 minutes then wash your mouth. Repeat this every day for a couple of days.

5. Coconut Oil

Another helpful and easy-to-find treatment for oral thrush is coconut oil. It is very effective in eliminating the fungus and easing you from any uncomfortable symptoms[12][13].

Coconut Oil - Home Remedies for Oral Thrush

According to the Journal of Medicinal Food (2007), researchers have found affirmative evidences about coconut oil regarding its active response against various kinds of Candida Albicans.

How to apply:

  • Use a piece of cotton cloth to apply coconut oil directly onto the wounds. Repeat this procedure for a couple of times per day for about 6 to 7 days.
  • On a daily morning basis, with an empty stomach, practice oil pulling with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Swirl the liquid inside your mouth for about 10 minutes then spit out. Wash your mouth with warm water and begin normal teeth brushing procedure. Practice this every day will give you excellent oral health.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is said to provide enzymes that can fight the candida fungal and therefore is labeled as the top natural treatment for oral thrush. Being vinegar, it is obvious that it will return the pH level back to balance in order to control the growth of candida fungal. Furthermore, vinegar is well known for its positive effect on the body’s immune system.

The Journal of Prosthodontics in 2014 has confirmed the anti-fungal capability of apple cider vinegar against numerous kinds of candida fungal.

How to apply: 

  • Dilute 2 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar together with ½ teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this mixture a couple times per day until there are signs of betterment.
  • Dilute 2 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar together with some raw honey into 1 cup of warm water. Drink this twice every day.

This household item is also extremely popular against many oral problems. For more information, please read: Home Remedies for Loss of Smell and Taste.

7. Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the cheapest home remedies for oral thrush and still remarkably effective. It can destroy the fungal that cause the oral thrush infection[14][15].

The Brazilian Oral Research in 2009 has announced that 5% sodium bicarbonate is very effective regarding treatment of oral thrush caused by Candida Albicans.

Similar to apple cider vinegar, this also helps balancing the acid level in your mouth.

How to apply: 

  • Use enough water with 1 to 2 teaspoon of baking soda in order to make a paste. Then use a cotton cloth to direct apply this paste onto the wounds. Keep it for a couple of minutes then rinse by warm water. Repeat this 2 to 3 times per day for a couple of days.
  • Dilute ½ teaspoon of baking soda into 1 glass of water and rinse your mouth using that. Repeat it twice every day until the infection is gone.

8. Black Walnut

Black walnut is famous for its tannin richness which contains strong astringent and anti-fungal capability.

Black Walnut - Home Remedies for Oral Thrush

Another ingredient of black walnut which is juglone has been proven to contain decent antibiotic and anti-fungal capability. With many positive properties, black walnut is among the top options as natural remedies for oral thrush.

Beside the fruit, there are black walnut capsules or even extract in order to make the consumption more comfortable.

Apart from treating oral thrush, black walnut can help you alleviate symptoms of strep throat.

9. Cranberry

Cranberry is similar to black walnut as it also contains the “arbutin” which is a compound responsible for destroying the Candida Albicans and acknowledged as an excellent natural treatment for oral thrush[16].

How to apply: 

  • Consume the cranberry tablets daily according to directions, for children; fresh cranberry will be more suitable.
  • Drink fresh and unsweetened cranberry juice for a couple of times every day. Keep doing for 2 to 3 weeks until the Candida fungus is eliminated.

10. Olive Leaf

The last remedy is olive leaf; however, last but not least, olive leaf is one of the strongest and most effective home remedies for oral thrush due to its strong anti-fungal capability. Moreover, the ingredient “oleuropein” also play an important role as a powerful boost toward the immune system.

How to apply: 

  • Consume 250 to 500 mg of extracted olive leaf 3 times every day
  • Also there is olive leaf tea which can be made by steeping olive leaf into boiling water for about 15 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups of tea every day.

Even when the infection is eliminated, you should keep drinking 1 to 2 cups of tea every day for preventing the Candida fungus from coming back.


Home Remedies for Oral Thrush - Infographic

*Disclaim: The effectiveness from applying these natural tips will be depended on the body condition of the applicant.

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  1. By the way, has anyone here used cinnamon before?

    Care to inform me if it actually works for this cause i have lots of cinnamon at home though :v

    1. I have used it once to make home remedies for oral thrush. Actually, it worked. Although it didnt take effect as quick as medicines for oral thrush but it left me no worry about side effects. So be patient if you want to use natural ingredients for your condition.
      Good luck!

    2. Interesting because one of the articles I read said specifically to avoid mint and cinnamon! I use cinnamon in my coffee every morning so reading that was rather upsetting.

  2. Thanks for your tips! I suggested my sister to use olive leaf for her condition of oral thrush after this post and she got recovery really quick after that.

    1. Can you tell me more how to use olive leaf to treat oral thrush? I have tried several times but it seems like there is something wrong and it doesnt work out ๐Ÿ™

  3. Salt, yogurt and cranberry are the most suitable remedies to treat thrush in babies. My little sister just overcame this problem because I told my mother to let her gargle with salt every day.

  4. Lucky that I found this post before everything becomes worse. My condition has improved so much since I started to use black walnut to make the treatments for oral thrush! Thanks.

    1. Really? I have intention to use black walnut to treat oral thrush too since baking soda seems not to work with me. Can you tell me how long does it take effect?

  5. My baby usually comes across with trouble caused by baby thrush. Thank you so much for sharing these helpful treatments.

    1. You can totally use coconut oil for infants since it is a safe treatments for all ages. However, make sure that your baby doesn’t swallow the oil

  6. I strongly recommend baking soda for those with mild condition of oral thrush. I have just recovered from the condition after a weeks of using baking soda

    1. Thanks for your advise, I will try it immediately. Hope that baking soda will successfully help you treat oral thrush like it did to you.

  7. I constantly experience the symptoms of oral thrush even though I have used various treatments for it. The swelling and soreness might go away for some time but they keep coming back and bother me. I feel so desperate.

    1. Which treatments have you use to deal with oral thrush? Have you try baking soda or apple cider vinegar to make home remedies? I have used both of them and their effect were amazing

  8. Apple cider vinegar has always been my trusted friend! It can cure so so many health problems that I get and now is oral thrush. Thanks for good information!

  9. thank god i found these great tips for thrush treatments. The best part is that they are awfully available in my house that i can reach for any time.

  10. I have once stumbleupon this post and then apply one of these tips. These thrush home remedies work insanely effective.

  11. Lately I notice some of symptoms of oral thrush and I’m really worry. Should I deal with them at home or consult a doctor? I afraid that this is the result of other diseases

  12. I have read several just right stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much attempt you put to create this kind of magnificent informative web site.

  13. Thanks, I have been struggling with oral thrush for 3 weeks and it’s so annoying. These treatments on how to treat thrush at home are so helpful.
    But I wonder what are home remedies for thrush in babies ?

  14. I have tried a lot of oral thrush home remedies as this article guides, and for me garlic is the best home treatment for thrush. Thank you!!

  15. I tried baking soda and I think it is the best natural treatment for thrush. By the way, do you know any treatment for thrush in babies?

  16. I will give some of these a try….I had cancer and I thing that the treatments caused me this problem. I got some medicine from the doctor ultra violet but it stained my teeth purple the dds could not get it off. I will try some of your suggestions since the doctors didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to go around with purple teeth and tongue. will give it a go with the coconut and cinnamon, this fungus does burn and it very a pain in the backside. Tks so much Sharon in Georgia.

  17. Asthma inhalers can cause thrush like advair and symbicort itโ€™s important to rinse after using them if you canโ€™t brush Iโ€™m boarderline diabetic as well so I tend to have symptoms of yeast infections. Iโ€™m trying apple cider vinegar tonight because I believe I have thrush in the back of my throat where my inhaler would hit!

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