Effective Natural Remedies for Thrush: Safe & Easy Solutions

Milk of Magnesia

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Posted by Fabio (Brazil) on 05/21/2024

Hello guys, I'm studying white coated tongue and thrush for years and years, by watching my own body and doing all sorts of tests.

Milk of Magnesia works for white coated tongue and thrush, but you gotta do it correctly.

But let me explain how it works. It creates an alcaline environment that makes the good bacteria to thrive, so It's a process that takes TIME to work, because the goal is to grow good bacteria in the mouth, and not to kill the bad guys.

Let me tell you what doesn't work, which is almost more important to what works. If you gargle with salt + hydrogen peroxide + baking soda and gargle with that solution for 3 hours straight, you will have a clear pink tongue for some days because you killed all the pathogens, but this is very bad for your mouth, because the white tongue will come back 2 times worse. This is not the goal.

Growing good bacteria in the mouth the key for solving this issue. And in order to grow good bacteria in your bouth, you need an alcaline environment that will promote the growth of good bacteria over time.

If your mouth is acid by drinking coffee, this will give you bad breath, and a perfect environment for thrush and white coated tongue to develop in your mouth. But many people are addicted to drinking coffee. So after drinking coffee, you must brush your teeth and swish milk of magnesia to restore your ideal ph in your mouth.

You won't simply use Milk of Magnesia one single time and hope it will fix your issue, because it won't. It takes time for the good bacteria to thrive in the alcaline environment. It's a process that little by little the good bacteria will eventually grow and overcome the bad bacteria and fungus.

One of the secrets is to swish Milk of Magnesia before bed, because mouth will be more alcaline the entire night, and this is key for good bacteria to thrive.

I only swish milk of magnesia for 1 minute. Don't over do it by swishing for 1 hour straight, because you don't want to KILL the good guys too.. You only want them to thrive! It's totally different concept.

Also, please don't forget to floss and brush your teeth after every meal, because sugar and foods will be on top of your tongue for many hours, and the bad guys will thrive eating those foods on top of your tongue. That is why you also need a copper tongue scrapper, which is really easy to find in the internet. It needs to be made from copper, because copper doesn't allow the development of bacteria. So if you buy a plastic scrapper you will make things worse, because bad bacteria will develop on the plastic, and you will be inserting bad bacteria in your tongue when you scrape it... So it needs to be made from COPPER.

So summarizing:

1) Swish Milk of Magnesia upon waking up and after drinking coffee.
2) Brush your teeth and floss after every meal.
3) Scrape your tongue with copper scrapper after every meal.
4) Swish Milk of Magnesia after every meal.
5) Swish Milk of Magnesia before bed.

The idea is to keep your mouth slightly alcaline the entire day, with no food for bad guys to thrive.

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Posted by Acole130 (San Antonio, Texas) on 01/24/2024

Maggie, for thrush or yeast in the mouth. I use Milk of magnesia. I brush regularly with it. I know it seems weird but it really works. I brush my teeth without toothpaste first. I use a small amout of milk of magnesia the taste can be a bit bland unless you get a flavored one. I've used both. Then I rinse and brush with toothpaste. so you will definitely feel a difference! This being said. I'm going to use this regularly orally to help a yeast infection along with acidophilus and yougurt. I will also drink this amazing tea my 19 year old makes. I'm not sure what's in it but it has yougurt so it tastes good and is good for ya.

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Posted by Kixxritxz (Mo) on 06/04/2022

I am so excited! About this milk of magnesia a friend told me to try it and It will get rid oral thrush she wasn't lying my thrush was so bad It was making me sick but this milk of magnesia does the job

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Posted by Jharry (Avon Park, Fl) on 05/14/2014

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?

Replied by Pat

How much milk of magnesia did you take? And how often? Thanks!

Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Pat,

I will chime in because the original post is pretty old and I don't know if she will see your question.

I suspect she used the milk of magnesia swabbed inside her mouth and that she didn't really swallow it, except for incidental swallowing.

If that doesn't work, try calendula tincture. A dropperful in 1/4 cup of water swished in the mouth several times a day. It worked wonders for me.

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Deb (Laurel, Maryland) on 07/02/2013

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!

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Posted by Barbara (So. Florida, Usa) on 05/29/2013

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 Karen

You can buy a Grapefruit Seed Extract nasal spray that works wonders on sinus issues. I highly recommend you try this.

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Posted by Row (Brooklyn, Ny) on 01/03/2012

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.

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Posted by pro8688 (Vincentown, NJ) on 01/27/2009

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.

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Posted by Shannon (Titusville, FL) on 11/12/2007

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 Ella
(Rocky Mtns, Ut, Usa)

I'd been using Gentian Violet 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 Kixxritxz

It works.

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Posted by Lilli (Wa) on 11/02/2018

Oral Thrush (Candida) My symptoms: sore throat (which was really white patches on the back of my throat that turned into red sores) and a thickly coated tongue. Thrush can be several colors: white, yellowish, brownish, orange.

After going to 2 MDs (worthless) and a specialist (even more worthless) I was left to figure out treatment on my own. Thank Heaven for Earth Clinic.

Here's what worked for me:

1. NO sugar. The problem exists in the gut, so treating the mouth alone will not work. Candida thrives on sugar.

2. Probiotic: use a good quality REFRIGERATED probiotic. Buy one that is enteric coated (sealed) so it opens in the lower intestine where it will do the most good.

3. Drink LOTS of filtered water.

4. Treat the tongue. I alternated hourly the following: a mixture of baking soda and sea salt on the tongue and rub it in, swish then spit, swishing with vegetable glycerin (spit out), swishing with whole leaf aloe juice (then drinking it as directed), oil pulling with organic coconut oil (swallow or spit), dentist gave me an Rx for Nystatin (not sure how effective this would be alone). I also found that having an apple before bedtime soothed both my throat and stomach. Chew a piece of apple then let the bits rest on your tongue before swallowing.

5. Plain, organic, probiotic yogurt. This is my breakfast. I also left some on my tongue for several minutes before swallowing.

6. Yeast supplements. Contacted my herbalist for a good quality yeast supplement.

7. Do not use a toothbrush on your tongue. It is too harsh. I bought a tongue scraper that has a wide, soft brush that works great. Use the tongue scraper a few times a day and especially after brushing your teeth at night. I disinfect both brushes by tossing them in a jar of alcohol.

8. Get plenty of rest. Infections deplete your body.

9. I have GERD which I think contributed to the thrush. DO NOT USE OTC antacids!! They make your system too alkaline. Ask your naturopath/herbalist about gentiana/scutellaria capsules to aid digestion. Use as directed at meal times and before bed.

10. Be patient. I've been dealing with this for nearly two months and am finally seeing change. But if the infection persists make sure that there are no underlying causes such as diabetes or auto immune issues.

(I have also ordered gentian violet tincture. There are numerous articles on using this product as a swab directly on the tongue in babies. I will update after use)

Oil Pulling

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Posted by Sorrokine (Vs, Ny, Usa) on 11/23/2010

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.

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Posted by Paul (Miami, Florida) on 12/18/2007

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 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.

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Posted by Finally Found Relief (Missouri) on 05/27/2016

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!

Replied by Tracie

Thank you for your post. I've been going thru same thing for 5 months I'm like help, my gums red or raw, thanks so much docs think it's my brushing or something else I had surgery I had it in my esophagus was in diflucan 21 days it helped the burning in my esophagus but my mouth never stopped, hope this helps.

Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
Posted by Crosel (Toronto, On) on 11/16/2013

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!

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Posted by Don (Michigan, Usa) on 11/28/2016

Adult white male USA.

I have had Candida and thrush all my life. As a child I lived on sugar, two tablespoons added to sugary cereal. As an adult I switched to booze, beer, flour and antibiotics.

For the past 30 years I have constantly had some form of thrush, from light to white sticky coating with cheek and gum sores. I tried every prescription and holistic swish and systemic I could find.

Recently I read about this simple combination and it worked within 6 days. It worked so fast I got my first real case of herx which turned into fibromyalgia-like symptoms across my shoulders and upper arms and plugged Eustachian tubes.

Here is what worked FOR ME. I will include the brand and amount I used simply because I had it on hand.

One large mug. 14-16oz.

One N*W Brand 500mg capsule Pau D' Arco Inner Bark

One N*W Brand 400mg capsule Echinacea Purpurea Root


1. Open capsules and add to empty mug

2. Sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

3. Add boiling water

4. Sip like you would any tea.Be sure to swirl the bottom grounds and swallow.

One mug every morning on a empty stomach while fixing breakfast of mixed beans.

I continued this for two weeks. I still have it occasionally just because I like the flavor.

To ease the herx I took one 500mg PLNT (Vit Sh*pp*) Olive Leaf twice a day for a week.

Most of the muscle aches have gone away but the plugged right ear is still a challenge.

No more headaches, brain fog or sticky stools.

I do not eat sugar or flour. Very little lean pork tenderloin or salmon. I don't like beef, chicken or eggs.

I eat tons of EVOO, beans, nuts, seeds, avocado, squash, and mixed green salads of every shape and size. Every Sunday we make 10qts of mixed beans then refrigerate in qt. canning jars for the week.

All rice makes me feel "sugary" so I buy cheap bulk sunflower seeds and grind about 1/2 cup and mix with beans at mealtime for complete protein.. The cutter cap on cheap Oster blenders fit on a canning jar so we grind sunflower seeds in a qt. jar then refrigerate with a plastic cap.

I eat small amounts of blueberries, apples and pineapple.

I will add that my go-to bean mix is one lb. each of Baby Lima, Great Northern, and Pinto soaked overnight then cooked in same water. When these have cooked about 1 1/2 hr. I add one lb. Lentils unsoaked and cook another 20 minutes. Turn off heat a let set a bit. Then jars.

I am not posting this as fuel for trolls that like to argue diets. It works for me and I hope it helps you.

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