Aphtha and its natural treatments

‘Aphtha is the name of several diseases or conditions which cause white discoloration to the mouth, including:
  • Candidiasis (or “thrush”), a yeast infection of the mouth.
  • Oral ulcers, an open sore in the mouth.
  • Aphthous ulcers (or “canker”), an open sore in the mucous membrane of the mouth.’
Aphtha: Candidiasis and its natural treatments

Candidiasis deserves a little more attention here because it has become such a widespread infection in some areas. This infection is ‘caused by a yeast like fungus called Candida albicans. It can infect the mouth, vagina, skin, stomach and urinary tract. About 75% of women will get a vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime, and 90% of all people with HIV/AIDS develop candida infections. Oral infections, called oral thrush, are most common in infants, elderly people, and those with a weakened immune system.

Symptoms of candidiasis may include;

Creamy white patches in the mouth or on the throat (oral thrush)
Painful cracks at the corners of the mouth (oral thrush)
Skin rashes, patches, and blisters found most commonly in the grain, between fingers and toes, and under the breasts.
Vaginal itching and irritation with a white discharge resembling cottage cheese (vaginal yeast infection).

Natural treatment for aphtha

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Chew the seeds and slowly swallow the resulting juice for aphtha in the mouth.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Use the decoction of the flowers as a mouthwash. Dose: 30 grams for 1 liter of water. For discharges from the uterus and vagina, make an infusion of the leaves and flowers. Dose: 10 grams for 1 liter of water, 1 cup a day, taken by tablespoon.
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