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Ben

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hi all I suffer with thrush and use a mix of carrier oil with tea tree oil but someone told me sandalwood is also safe to use on the genitals. Can I have a mix of tea tree and sandalwood and how much of each in a carrier oil and what is the best carrier oil to use for thrush.Thanks in anticipation

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Hi and welcome to the forum! According to my understanding of the standard medical definition of 'thrush', it is candidiasis of the oral mucus membranes and shows itself as creamy-white, curdish plaques inside the mouth which can often come away and cause bleeding. However, often the common use of the term 'thrush' can refer to a creamy exudate from the vagina - often described as 'cottage-cheesy' and may smell rather unpleasant too. It would be useful to have a clearer idea of what you are referring to in particular, to be able to reference appropriate eo's and administration methods. Kurt Schnaubelt gives a list of eo's tested against Candida in his book Advanced Aromatherapy, page 35 and according to this Bergamot petitgrain, Cinnamon (although doesn't say whether bark or leaf oil was tested), Oregano, and Thyme (although doesn't say whether the phenolic or alcohol biochemical specificity was tested) all showed scores either over or just under 0.50 which is a numerical measure of sensitivity of the organism to the oils in that 0 = no reaction and 1 = inhibition using the aromatogram method. Bearing this in mind, I wouldn't suggest you use cinnamon bark or leaf since it's highly irritating and potentially sensitising too. Oregano is also a common irritant due to it's high phenol content, and Thymus vulgaris thymol or carvacrol would also be irritants to sensitive mucus membranes whether in the mouth or vagina. Bergamot petitgrain is the eo extracted from the foliage of that tree and I've not come across it myself. That really leaves a couple of suggestions using this reference material such as Thymus vulgaris linalool which is a much gentler and safer variation to use and would be highly effective I believe. Also Myrtus communis and Eucalyptus scored 0.39 although no mention of which species of Eucalyptus was used to test. I would suggest you try E. radiata which is a gentle oil and well tolerated. There's much research now on Manuka oil which is Leptospermum scoparium for effective use against bacterial and fungal infections, although it doesn't smell particularly good - rather sulfurous. Melaleuca alternifolia is recommended by many authorities as is Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora as Niaouli. I would suggest blending with Lavandula officinalis (a.k.a angustifolia) and/or Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) if you can afford it or Anthemis nobilis as Roman Chamomile for their potential antiinflammative effects. I would also agree that sandalwood oil would be a very useful choice but the reference I have relates to the Santalum spicatum oil which is the Australian version of the East Indian Sandalwood, Santalum album. According to John Fergeus of the Australian Botanical Products company in Melbourne, S, spicatum was used in the 1920's to 1940's in the pharmacopoeias of France, Belgium and Japan as an antimicrobial agent for treating urinary infections, and apparently much research has been done more recently to support its efficacy against Candida albicans and more effective than Tea Tree against Staphylococus aureus. Hope this helps Best Carolyn

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