Thrush Remedies

Gentian Violet  

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Posted by Debbie (Cambridge, Canada) on 06/07/2007
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Two of my sons had thrush as infants and I got it on my nipples too. I was told by a friend that if I did not mind a bit of mess to try gentian violet. I went to Ultra Food and Drug and got a bottle and painted his mouth and my nipples with the stuff and it cleared right up. Use old clothing and sheets though as it does stain everything purple but was worth it.

Replied by Dawn
Portland, OR
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My pediatritian recommended trying Gentian Violet when my nursing 6 month old had thrush that would not go away with Nystatin. I just put a little on a q-tip, swabbed his mouth and it quickly went away. It should be noted that his lips turned purple and his drool discolored anything he put into his mouth. This was a small price to pay to cure his thrush and relieve my pain.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Gentian Violet contains mercury so I would strongly reccomend against using this for Thrush in babies
Here is a link from the government of canada

Replied by Lori
McKinleyville, CA
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This is in response to the negative feedback for gentian violet and thrush. Look up the website in Canada and look up any possible name for gentian violet on wikipedia and you will find the person who left that feedback is misinformed. Gentian violet, or any of the other names it goes by, are not listed on the website the user mentions.

I used gentian violet--one time--for my baby's thrush. Painted my nipples and she sucked. Within a day, the white spots in my infant's mouth were gone and she was back to eating normally.

Replied by Anonymous
San Francisco Bay Area, Ca
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In response to Lori from McKinleyville, CA regarding mercury in Gentian Violet. Angela from Vancouver Island posted this link: because she wanted readers to see the toxicity of mercury. You can confirm that Gentian Violet contains mercury on this site:

Replied by Jemi
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Gentian Violet is extremely damaging to the ears/hearing cells. I would not use gentian violet on an adult, much less a baby. Any of the gentian violet systemically absorbed can damage your baby's hearing. Look up "Gentian Violet" and "Ototoxicity" for more information.

Grapefruit Seed Extract  

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Posted by Cheryl (Sturgeon Bay, Wi) on 08/29/2011
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For over a month I had a white coating on tongue diagnosed as thrush. Was given 2 doses of nystatin. Didn't work. Was told to get Grapefruit seed extract as acts as antifungal. Took internally for one week. The next week I emptied the capsules and put it directly on my tongue. After 3 days the white coating was definately better. Been 6 days now & almost completely gone. Will continue for another week to take internally & put on tongue to make sure gone.. Notice I feel better now also. Not as tired & my bowel constipation has cleared up. I think this is a wonderful cure & it works!!!

Himalayan Pink Salt  

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Posted by Amanda (Chicago, Illinois) on 04/27/2012
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Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of HIMALAYAN PINK SALT 1 or more times a day under the tongue for thrush/white coated painful tongue/dry mouth. You should see a BIG difference in 1-2 days. Also, it may be helpful to take a rest from all other supplements (except acidophilus) for at least a few days while trying the salt treatment.

Iodine, Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Probiotics  

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Posted by Mary (Crystal River, Florida) on 06/26/2013
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Thrush: Low iodine in the body can cause yeast. I have hypothyroidism and didn't know that the thyroid regulates iodine in the body. I started eating dulse and kelp and used vinegar/water mix on vagina before I finally had the bloodwork done and it helped alot as the burning was untolerable, along with drinking apple cider vinegar, 2 tbls per cup of water with small pinch of baking soda and 2 tbls lemon. Also took good probiotics.

Lemon Juice  

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Posted by Mel (Gloucester, UK ) on 01/12/2009
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BV and Lemon Juice:

I've suffered with intermittent thrush in my teens and 20's. It would be brought on by:

i) non condom sex with some men. not all.

ii) using soap, bath oils etc.

I switched to pH balanced soap and discoverd that dilute lemon juice poured over my vulva would get rid of any little flare ups. The earlier you catch it (at the first sign of a prickle or an itch) the faster it disappears!

I'm 48 now haven't needed to buy an over the counter remedy for thrush (which I hardly ever get now due to soap avoidance) since I started using dilute lemon juice.

I started HRT about 3 months ago and to my horror my vulva started reeking of fish. Just looked it up and found out about BV.

I'm assuming that this is another "upset pH" problem which causes the wrong type of bacteria to flourish, so I have just started the lemon juice routine to see if it will also deal with BV as well as thrush.

Please try lemon juice (I use Jif diluted with equal water), girls - it might work!

Best wishes...

Milk of Magnesia  

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Posted by Jharry (Avon Park, Fl) on 05/14/2014
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I had a stubborn case of thrush. I tried peroxide, genetian violet and when that didn't work I went to the doctor and was put on Fluconazole for 10 days and after I was out of the prescription I still had it or at least I think I did. My tongue was still white but I didnt have any other symptoms. I tried scraping the tongue and everything and still white. Started looking for other remedies and came across this page so I tried milk of magnesia and let me tell you that it worked almost instantly. my tongue is back to normal. WOW

Replied by Sophie
Hawley, Pa

I tried milk of Magnesia and my mouth became so tart that I had a hard time breathing. Did you have any reaction to milk?

Posted by Barbara (So. Florida, Usa) on 05/29/2013
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I developed horrible oral thrush after 5 weeks on antibiotics for a chronic Staph aureus sinus infection of 34 years. I've had so many antibiotics over the years for this infection that my systemic Candida was now on overload. My heart rate was escalating and I felt like the thrush was taking over and I would probably die if it wasn't eliminated. The immediate source seemed to be Candida in my sinuses which was flowing down the back of my throat.

I was given Nystatin Oral Suspension in the ER but it has a ton of sugar and made me gag. I decided it was irrational to treat Candida with sugar so I had to look for something else. I would have called my doctor for an Rx of plain Nystatin powder to use as a mouthwash, but it was Memorial weekend.

Desperate, I read the testimonies on EC and decided to try Milk of Magnesia. I started with 2 tablespoons undiluted MoM and swished it in my mouth for a few minutes. I was amazed and overjoyed when the fungus began peeling off right away. I did this for two days but increased the time and diluted the MoM a bit. By evening of the 2nd day there was no more white mold bonded to my tongue or gums.

However, the night of the 1st day I realized I needed to attack the immediate source or the thrush would return. So I took the syringe that came with the Nystatin suspension, partially filled it with diluted MoM and shot it up my sinues. Then tilted my head backward and forward and upside down so it would move around. It did burn but was not unbearable. I then went to bed and the next morning felt much better. I did the same thing on night #2 and day #3 felt even better.

I realize I now need to destroy the Candida in my sinuses or I'll have another outbreak of thrush. Has anyone been able to totally eliminate Candida in the sinuses with MoM? If so, what is the procedure? I am also starting in earnest an anti-Candida program for my whole system which will take several months, but it's the only way to deal the problem.

Thanks so much for your testimonies and for this website. They have been an enormous blessing!

Replied by Ben
Wang, Nz

Hi Barbara, Check out Bill's protocols for candida. It works. Hit the problem from the inside.... The thrush is usually just a symptom, good luck. Ben

EC: Here's the link to Bill's Protocol:

Posted by Shannon (Titusville, FL) on 11/12/2007
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Thrush in newborns: Take a q-tip or cotton swab dip it in Milk of Magnesia and rub it around the babies mouth twice a day sure enough it will cure it just as fast as it came on. I have a one month old who got thrush and sure enough instantly it started working. Helped ease the discomfort and cleared it up with not problems!!!

Replied by pro8688
Vincentown, NJ
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After a heart attack in 2007, I came home from hospital and quickly developed a very painful oral thrush. Eventually I discovered the value of magnesium in heart disease. That led me to search for other benefits magnesium might cure. I found this Milk of Magnesia remedy for thrush on Earth Clinic. I used about a tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia mixed with the same amount of water so I can swish, gargle and spit.

It was nearly instant relief of the oral pain... and the thrush itself was gone in about a day. God bless the folks at Earth Clinic.

Replied by Ella
Rocky Mtns, Ut, Usa

I'd been using GV for mouth thrush and having little success. As soon as I swished around the MOM it immediately abated the swelling and the skin patches started falling off. Thank you so much for posting this!

Replied by Row
Brooklyn, Ny
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After coming down with thrush from treatment for pnuemonia, my Dr prescribed Nystatin. 8 Days later, it was still holding on and getting worse. I took the advice here and gargled with Milk of Magnesia... Full strength, no diluting for about 3 minutes... The effect was instant. It pulled all the yeast from my tongue, gums and even lips with the first treatment and instantly my mouth was soothed. I've done 3 treatments and brushed with baking soda and I feel so much better.

Replied by Deb
Laurel, Maryland
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I have to say that I am amazed. I have had oral thrush for weeks and even with the Nystatin prescribed by my dentist, it wasn't getting any better - in fact getting worse. I read this post (I am at the beach and I was so ticked off that I was having trouble eating anything) and decided to try the Milk of Magnesia. OMG - it really works!!! It has taken 2-3 days of doing it for 3 min about 4-5 times a day but it is almost gone!!!! Thanks!

Multiple Remedies  

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Posted by Terry (Geneva, Florida/USA) on 03/11/2009
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I appreciate finding this page.I have 5 grown children and 7 grandchildren.I have cured at least 14 cases of thrush over the years. Mostly with yogurt, probiotics, diet and tea tree oil. I have had thrush now for 3 months. I was surprised to find someone on this website that had it for 9 months.
I traced the cause back to when I was sick and put on albuterol with the breathing machine for a month. NOONE told me to rinse out my mouth, I did use the spacer I was told to use. Then one drop of an anti biotic/anti fungal in my ear set it off and it's been over 3 months now. I have tried baking soda, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, milk of magnesia, lidocaine (toxic), and every kind of thing in mouth wash and tooth paste. I use coconut oil after a shower because lotion makes the fungus worst after it's use. I developed a tooth that needed a root canal from all of the mouth imbalance. I have all of it under control with the exception of Thrush. I am now on a generic form of diflucan along with another bottle of nystatin, olive leaf extract, beta gluten with caprilic acid, garlic, coq10, oregano oil. I just started swishing the organic, extra virgin coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes (oil pulling)this morning. After reading this I am off to get GNC's last bottle of oil capsules of coconut oil to hopefully finish this off. Thank you for this sight. It is the first time I have found anyone with the problem of extended thrush. I'll be back

Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi

Have you tried Apple Cider Vinegar? When my last child was born, he had thrush in his mouth. I was nursing him at the time and got a cracked nipple. The Dr. told me I had to quit nursing as the baby and I would just pass the condition back and forth. An old woman told me that was nonsense and to dilute apple cider vinegar with a little water and put it on a q-tip and rub it around in the baby's mouth and to rub soome on my nipple as well. She told me it would be gone in a couple of days at the most. I tried it and it worked. I have since passed this information on many times and it always seems to work. So, it's a cheap and easy thing for you to try if you haven't tried it already.

Replied by Terry
Geneva, Florida/USA

Janice,Thank you ((.Thrush))Yes I did only the acidity caused me to have to quit, regarding my tooth.I used _____s Vinegar and it is the best for so many things. I have the book written by the _____ family on all it's uses. This one has me stumped for the time being. I did not write of all the things I tried as the list was too long. Friends and family and neighbors come to me for so much in medical, health issues for them and their pets, this is the first time I have been temporarily unsuccessful....And I am the patient ha ha.

Loving this website:)

Replied by Bridget
Redmond, Wa

Another quick suggestion: I have been using grapefruit seed extract diluted in olive oil on my nipple thrush. It seems to be working pretty well for the surface thrush and what my little guy has in his mouth. I think my yeast issue may be more systemic so I'm going to try some of the internal remedies, but baby definitely seems more comfortable! I am absolutely going to try the oil-pulling thing... I am excited to see if it works!

Replied by Amy
Columbia, South Carolina

Just out of curiosity... I am suffering from thrush and the only thing I can trace it back to is the over-usage of my ProAir/albuterol inhaler (which supposedly is not a steroid???). However, I am a healthy adult, but after doing some research, scared the crud out of myself because all the websites are talking about thrush being associated with HIV, cancer, diabetes, etc... A bunch of very scary stuff. I cannot get rid of the thrush, which is making it all the more scary. I need help. Should I consume the coconut oil as oil, or are the pills more effective? Does anyone have any "surefire" methods to get rid of this crap in my mouth?

Replied by Kareng
Sugarland, Texas, Usa

I have not had it in my mouth but a friend gets it regularly. I finally persuaded her to begin an Acidopholis Therapy. Go to your local Healthfood Shop and look in the Refrigerated Section for a good Prebiotic/Probiotic/Acidopholis. Take twice the dose for about a week then follow dose on bottle, forever! You can change brands to get different strands. I use only one, but you have to get it from the company online. It is superior IMO. Caprylic Acid is also helpful. For quick relief you can find Candida drops in your Healthfood Shop. Also, White Oak Bark can be found in a Tincture or open the capsule and mix in distilled water to rinse the mouth. If you can get Raw Milk, rinsing with that will help as well. Good Luck!

Replied by Robin

I've had thrush for over a year. When it first started, I got a rinse. Helped for a minute and kept coming back. I'm thinking by now it's in my sinus cavity. Drs are telling me that it's burning mouth syndrome. My mouth does burn all the time. I'm at my wits end. When it flares up I can't sleep. I'm up for 3 days and it makes my anxiety levels go through the roof. So I'm gonna start trying the mil of mag remedy. I'm desperate. If anyone could help, I would be so grateful. Thanks

Oil Pulling  

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Posted by Sorrokine (Vs, Ny, Usa) on 11/23/2010
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This is wonderful! I just tried the sesame oil OP and I already feel my sinuses opening. I Suffer from severe mold poisoning, and have gone the route of natural herbs to treat it with success. I am also suffering from a body candida infection from mold poisoning as well. This helped the thrush portion of the sickness I couldn't quite tame. I am being cured of the mold poisoning with great herbs and supplements. Learned the hard way that Doctors can't treat me for since they'll loose their license. Thank you Earth Clinic for your amazing group of people and their knowledge. I will post when I see more results.

Posted by Paul (Miami, Florida) on 12/18/2007
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I tried oil pulling for the first time this morning and it had an incredible effect on my thrush. Not only that but my gums have already almost completely stopped bleeding. I've been on medicine after medicine for thrush but each one makes it worse and the doctors were stupmed. 1 session of oil pulling (I only did it for 5 mins to start off) has gotten rid of most of my thrush except the thick parts in the back of my tongue. This is truely amazing.

Replied by Phyllis
Kansas City, MO

Can you tell me what is "oil pulling"? Have never heard the term but my friend is desperate to try anything for thrush. Thanks.

EC: More information about Oil Pulling:

Replied by Lara
Philadelphia, Pa

What is the best oil to use for treating thrush??

Replied by Huepuchica
Houston, Tx

I read on e-how that oil pulling with coconut oil is recommended for 20 minutes and then spitting it out, but no rinse. Forgot how long, maybe week. FYI, oil pulling is swishing oil in your mouth for 5 or more minutes and then spitting it out.

Replied by Ava
Boston, Ma

Oil Pulling CAUSED me to get thrush - totally dried out my mouth! Be very careful! Maybe start pulling only like 5 mins at a time to see of it works for you.

Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil  

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Posted by Finally Found Relief (Missouri) on 05/27/2016
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I developed oral thrush after taking Flonase for 6 weeks, and while using a night guard for teeth grinding. I think the combination of those two really did me in. I stopped using the Flonase, and my dentist prescribed 10 days of nystatin oral tablets, 3 times a day. Then, he prescribed 10 days of clotrimazole lozenges, which didn't work either. I finally decided to completely eliminate sugar--even trace amounts in mayonnaise! I was so fed up with it, I wasn't taking another chance that sugar would derail my efforts. But it was excruciatingly difficult because I have a major sweet tooth.

I visited my primary care doctor and she prescribed 3 days of diflucan 100mg tablets, one tablet per day, and combined with the no sugar diet--I still thought my gums weren't back to normal. I was so frustrated and depressed about it. I felt like I would have thrush forever! I had tried coconut oil pulling with 3 drops of clove oil mixed in, before the visit to my primary care doc, after the clotrimazole didn't work. That combination is recommended by Dr. Axe's website--a tablespoon of coconut oil with 2-3 drops of clove oil. I thought it made my gums angrier. Then, when I read another forum related to thrush resulting from asthma inhalers, someone said they had repeated bouts of thrush, and swore by coconut oil pulling. So, I tried the coconut oil by itself for 20 minutes twice a day. Immediately, I noticed relief, and a marked decrease in redness and irritation. I was so happy! I think the clove oil was irritating my gums.

I continued to "pull" with coconut oil twice a day for 20 minutes, morning and night for a little more than a week. I visited my dentist more than 6 weeks after I had initially suspected I had thrush--and he said I'm normal. I don't think he gave much credence to my belief in the coconut oil pulling, but I'm convinced it cured it! My primary care doc was positive my gums were just irritated from doing salt water rinses and rinsing with a mouthwash I found at the health food store, and the coconut oil pulling. I only started those after the clotrimazole troches didn't work! I didn't do anything for a week after that visit with her--while I was taking the diflucan--and they were red and angry the whole time. So, a few days after the diflucan was up, I went back to straight coconut oil pulling, and it worked!!!!!!!!!!

I had to write this here to help someone, because this was the most frustrating health experience I have ever had! Also, I changed my toothbrush out constantly while trying to get over this. At the end, while I was doing the coconut oil pulling--I changed it out every day. I hope this helps someone out there who is as frustrated as I was! The irony is that I found out from a food allergy test (my primary doc ordered blood work to rule out an underlying condition), that I'm allergic to tree nuts. But the pulling did wonders for my mouth! I also took probiotics, and ate unsweetened, plain yogurt with loads of ground cinnamon in it. I kind of abided by the diet outlined in "The Yeast Connection" by Dr. William Crook, too.

I've tried warning people I know not to take Flonase, or other steroid nasal inhalers, but no one seems to care. I even went to a Naturopath doc to find help for oral thrush, and he was as bad as a regular doctor. He didn't care. He didn't help me. I was scouring the Internet trying to come up with a solution for this horrid condition--desperate. I'm so grateful I'm finally back to normal. Thank God! Good luck out there!

Posted by Crosel (Toronto, On) on 11/16/2013
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Oil pulling (meaning swishing around in your mouth) Coconut oil before or after brushing your teeth is EXTREMELY effective against Thrush. I've never seen my tongue this normal in a long time. I was so happy I had to create an account on earthclinic and post my awesome results! GO COCONUT OIL!

Important details are as follows:

- use 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- swish it around for 10 to 20 minutes
- spit it in your garbage or outside because it can clog your sink

Replied by Ava
Los Angeles, California

Taking coconut oil by spoon greatly helped my oral thrush, but oil pulling in general, especially oil pulling with coconut oil, made it infinitely worse! Be careful!


Posted by Erin (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) on 04/29/2012

After taking antibiotics I had a stubborn white coating on my tongue. I followed the advise of someone else who had posted on earthclinic and cut open a probiotic. I put less than half of the contents in a spoon of water and swished and spit the mixture out. By the next morning, the white coating was just about gone! However, as soon as I stopped, the coating came back.

In about five days I will be taking a prescribed oral yeast medication (for after the antibiotics) and am taking a probiotic twice daily and eating a cup of plain, organic greek yogurt (with the bacteria listed in the ingredients) a day. Hopefully, this will permanently eliminate the problem. Since I have been taking probiotics, I have noticed that my gums rarely bleed after brushing/flossing anymore.

I may try oil pulling with sunflower oil here after the antibiotics and yeast medication, but I do not buy the whole "detox" or "herx effect" claims after doing much research. I would use it simply for teeth whitening and to eliminate bacteria in the mouth. If you are suspicious of "big pharma" medication, then you should also be suspicious of detoxes and cleanses (they are all profit industries). Personally, if anything makes me feel like crap, then I am going to stop doing it. Listen to your body above all. (with antibiotic symptoms, I eat very well, take probiotics, and drink lots of water, and I barely have symptoms, therefore feeling like crap is more a result of an unhealthy lifestyle when my body has less of an ability to deal with unhealthy food/habits than it would off of the antibiotics).

Replied by Juliemartha
Orlando, Fl

Just wanted to mention that certain fungal and yeast organisms are KNOWN to grow hyphae/bloom under extreme stress in an all out effort to survive adverse pH or other sudden change. May depend how deeply seated the condition has become. Any initial worsenening of symptoms should be evaluated with that in mind. Coconut oil will KILL the organism AND promote speedy recovery of healthy mucous membranes.

Raw Sauerkraut  

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Posted by Danny (Seattle, Wa) on 08/19/2014
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I started taking raw sauerkraut about a week ago and the thrush I've been battling for years is gone now. I read some research about how raw, fermented foods like Sauerkraut and Kimchi cure yeast, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I took only about a teaspoon for the first 2 days, then I moved up to 1 tablespoon, and now I'm taking 2 tablespoons. Also, I've been having chronic sinus problems and the sauerkraut seems to be clearing that up as well. I guess it really was a yeast issue all along. Make sure you buy RAW sauerkraut. The raw kind helps fight yeast and the kind that's not raw can actually add to it. Good luck out there! There are cures if you really investigate!

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That is great Danny. I made some a week ago and it should be ready tomorrow. I hope it turns out right. I took some raw green cabbage, sea salt, and a probiotic pill and sealed them into a air tight BPH free container. Ground cabbage up, put a layer and then covered with sea salt and repeated. Took about 2 maybe 3 cups of cabbage with probiotic and some water made it into liquid with the ( nutria bullet )poured over the top, smashed down with spoon ( wooded ) and fill the rest up with rolled up cabbage leaves and sealed.

There are lots of recipes on the net, but it is time consuming. I have also been making some kefir coconut water. Only I am able to get it to ferment and turn bubbly, but my kefir grains are not turning into the cauliflower looking grains when it is finished. It looks and has the texture of yogurt. I could only find milk kefir at the store. But at least the water does ferment and is like wine almost.

I just started doing all of this, I am trying to get rid of possible candida or morgellons on my arms, I think the two could be related, because every time I have a breakout on my arms I also get athletes feet between my toes. These two things always come together and leave together.

Replied by Danny
Seattle, WA

That's amazing. I didn't make my own sauerkraut - just bought it at a health food store. Hope it works for you. Best of luck!!