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28 User Reviews
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Posted by Athena (York, Pennsylvania) on 01/28/2011

I have been using boric acid capsules for the past 4 nights. I am feeling better, but how long should I do this? also, I have such a mess in the morning, I need any and all sugestions as to what to do! Am I doing the right thing for this? I have been going through this for such a long time and it actually depresses me. I no longer have a period and many say my hormones have alot to with it. Also I was getting steroid injections in my back. I also know stress is a big factor and boy am I stressed, mainly about this problem and my hurt back. Please tell me if I am doing the right thing and if so, how long do I use the capsules??

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Posted by Izzy (St. Louis, Mo, United States) on 10/01/2010

What can I use to alleviate the pain and irritation from my vulva, I am getting rid of a yeast infection, it seems like the soreness and irritations are persisting, I am using boric acid, I read that you have to keep using it which I will but the itching vulva is driving me mad!

Replied by Analoggal
(Rancho Cordova, Ca)

Try putting vitamin E oil on your privates before inserting the capsule. I read to do that if your itchy and sore "down there". I just bought some Boric acid myself and will also apply the vitamin E oil. Can't wait to get rid of my yeast infection. Hope this info helps! :)

Replied by Tyle60625
(Chicago, Il, United States)

Is the boric acid used for killing insects safe to use for treating yeast infections?

Replied by Shampoo
(Los Angeles, Ca)
5 out of 5 stars

Hey. I have been struggling with yeast infection my entire life. Pretty much everytime I have sex, I get one, its so awful, and I have tried everything under the sun over the years to try to help me feel, normal, down there.

Boric acid works! However, Boric acid is very strong, and very drying and traumatizing to the tissues even after 2 days of using it, so heres what I do, to get the effects while lessening the dryness, irritation, and sometimes bleeding factor of using the 00 empty gel cap boric acid inserted in the vagina everyday for a week issue. The first day of my yeast infection, I'll put one capsule up in there, and maybe even do it again, the second day. But by the third day, I open a capsule, wet my 2 fingers with water, and sprinkle the boric acid, on my fingers. Then lay down over a towel and insert, and I try to distribute evenly up in there, (I know, graphic and gross) but when your desperate to get rid of this thing, it wont matter. Then I wash my hands, dry them, the sprinkle tea tree oil on my fingers and do it again. It feels very cooling, and medicinal and your flowers will feel back to normal in about 4 to 5 days of doing this every night. You can even have sex during this treatment, because the tissues arent dried out, like if you were using the capsules.

You guys, Ive tried everything, EVERYTHING. I use to use these herbal suppositories, (cant say the name on here) but you can purchase them on amazon. Com, which contain Boric acid, and tea tree oil, as the main ingredients, and they worked. But them they changed the formula, and removed the boric acid, which was the main ingredient that really worked in there, and everyone started to complain. So, Im essentially recreating that suppository. I've tried tea tree oil on its own twice a day to cure and infection, and its a pain, and it doesnt always work. However, inserting a bit of tea tree oil in the vag rite after sex, is an awesome preventative. I also take a good expensive multi strain probiotic everyday, and that has prevented future UTI's aswell. Anyways, its all about Boric acid, but it is very strong, and harsh, but it does work

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Posted by Elusia (Boston, Ma) on 09/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I'm in my mid-30's and suddenly got a raging yeast infection about a month ago. Actually, it wasn't really suddenly - I think I'd had a low-lying infection for about 18 months because I was having terrible rectal itching at night (or itchy butt syndrome as folks here like to call it! ). Finally it turned into the real thing, and I was trying everything - oregano oil, coconut oil, the Monistat 7-day treatment. Nothing worked. So, I went off all carbs and have been eating only veggies and chicken/turkey and eggs. I also started taking high potency probiotics (50 billion/capsule, 2 capsules am and pm). And I added in the boric acid - 1 600 mg (00) pill that I fill myself with the powder I got from my compounding pharmacy. I've been doing it every night for 9 nights and plan to keep on doing it for 5 more. I also went out and bought all cotton panties. My goal has been to rid myself of this wretched thing before I get married next weekend and head to Hawaii for 2 weeks. I was determined to kick this thing before then - and so far it's worked. I'm not up all night because of the itching - in fact the itching is gone completely. I'm not ready to claw myself to pieces after intercourse. And no more discharge. I'm a happy gal after finding this site. Thanks to you all for giving me a happy honeymoon!

Replied by Betsy
(Deridder, Louisiana)

Yes Boric Acid! Just remember your partner can carry the yeast and give it right back to you.

Replied by Julianna

How do you treat your partner for a yeast infection? Would he apply diluted Apple Cider Vinegar and for how long or simply yogurt and for how long, etc.... Or dust with some boric acid????

Thank you so much!


Replied by Rs
(Sf, Ca)

Hi Julianna,

I dont think boric acid is intended for use by males. It is used internally by women who have bacterial vaginosis, and not necessarily yeast infections, although you might as well give it a shot because most likely you have BV. I had it for about 8 years and used boric acid capsules almost daily. This works, but I also found that drinking alkaline water and taking alkaline supplements has completely take away the symptoms. There is NO cure for BV currently, so your struggle is to keep it at bay and from reoccurring. I started my alkaline experiment a few months ago and I have had no BV symptoms since then. I drink bottled pH balanced water (ready the labels for pH level....8.5-9.5 is best). Yeast and bacteria cannot survive in an alkaline environment. Your partner probably needs to see a doctor for a prescription because boric acid is NOT meant to be "dusted" on your body....and apple cider vinegar should not be put on a man's penis. It is basically acid and is also used for facial chemical get the idea. Have your boyfriend drink alkaline water and try the alkaline supplements. Get this online at Its much less expensive than going to a health food store. Trust me. Do NOT use boric acid externally!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Dee (Charlotte, Nc) on 09/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am a 27 year old female who has suffered from a raging yeast infection for the past six months. I tried everything, and I mean EVERYTHING to get rid of this infection and it would not go away. I took the one-dose diflucan pills three times and used a prescription cream once. These treatments used to help, but this time they did nothing. I then turned to alternative meds. At one time, I was taking oil of oregano drops, pau d'arco drops, garlic pills, capyrilic acid pills, doing apple cider vinegar douches, and following a low sugar/bread diet. This did not alleviate my symptoms at all. I had basically given up hope at this point and the yeast infection was seriously affecting my sexual relationship with my husband. I was sore and itchy all of the time and I had a serious amount of discharge. I tried the boric acid suppositories as a last resort. I had been afraid to use them before because of toxicity of the boric acid. After thoroughly researching, though, I realized that they were only toxic when taken internally and not intravaginally. Well, I bought the boric acid powder at the pharmacy (it was difficult to track down though, you might find it easier to order it from and I actually used grapeseed extract capsules to fill. I just opened the capsules and dumped out the grapeseed extract and filled them with boric acid powder. This was MUCH cheaper than buying the empty capsules and just as effective. Now these capsules may be smaller than the OO empty ones and I also used half of the recommended dosage (one half-full pill every night for two weeks). I was still a little scared when I began the treatment, which is why I used less. I would recommend trying the lower dosage and then increasing the dosage if you respond well to avoid unecessary irritation. Well, within a week, my symptoms had drastically improved. After the two week treatment, my symptoms had disappeared. They later returned after my period and I had to continue treatment for another week (same low dosage). For me, the boric acid is more of a treatment than a cure (I often have to resume treatment when the infection returns), but it is the only thing that has given me relief from my symptoms. I am SO glad that I discovered this treatment. Just remember that you cannot take them orally, only as a vaginal suppository. I don't usually write testimonials, but I felt that I had to share this in case anyone found themselves in the same situation that I was in.

Replied by Fliffles
(Brooklyn, Ny)

Betty - it is true that boric acid is toxic when ingested, but it is NOT when inserted vaginally. there is plenty of research out there, and many standard gynecologists do recommend this as a solution. i know you mean well by warning people about the toxicity of this compound, but your response is so alarmist it is more scary than helpful. you have to ingest a LOT of boric acid for a lethal dose, but ingesting any amount can definitely lead to sickness. as a vaginal suppository, however, the chemical re-balances the pH in there and makes sure to leave no room for the bad stuff (yeast infections, BV). read up on this a little more before scaring everyone away! this can help a LOT of people!

We all should research the things that we put into our bodies in general, and it is wise to do so.

Replied by Pneumatikos
(Carmel, Indiana)
5 out of 5 stars

Boric Acid has been recommended by doctors for years and has worked well for me. I bought the medical grade powder from a seller on Ebay and used a teaspoon in 8 ounces of water for douche. It does have a drying effect so I use virgin coconut oil to keep moist because it is antifungal.

Boric Acid kills roaches because it dehydrates them when they ingest it. Since I'm not eating or drinking it, I don't see a problem.

Replied by Wisdom71274
(Springfield Gardens, New York, Usa)

Dear, Betty from Salt Lake, Ut,

First off Wikipedia is a open access public database, which means anyone can post anything on there and it doesn't necessarily mean it is true. In other words it is not a scholarly source. College students are not allowed to use it in their research for that reason.

Second there is validity to what you're saying about the boric acid acid being dangerous but do the research before replying. It is safe to use for the purpose of yeast infections.

Lastly, you wrote that you are all for natural cures (homeopathic medicine). Homeopathy is based on similars. Therefore the treatments are like the problem or illness. One of the main ingredients in many homeopathic preperations is ARSENIC.

Replied by Dee
(Wixom, Michigan)

Sorry Betty. Dr. Jack Sobel, a leading BV specialist and an infectious disease specialist at Wayne State University, MI with a thriving personal practice of booked clinics prescribes 600 mg '00' boric acid gelatin capsules as a treatment for BV that doesn't respond to drug therapy and for chronic yeast infections (it kills both). Initial treatment involves two capsules, one morning and one night for one week. His clinical research is widely published and greatly respected. He is an authority on a subject that clearly needs greater attention in the medical community.

Compounding pharmacies call this 'an oldie but goodie' remedy for vaginal bacterial infections and those who cannot take azole drugs for yeast infections. It's been used for some time and the medical contradictions are only for those who use it incorrectly (do not ingest it) which is far less than ALL the side effects associated with the current drug therapies. It is well documented in the drug accomanying literature that the most commonly prescribed anti-fungal fluconazole (brand name Diflucan) damages the liver at high enough concentrations from prolonged use and anyone who has taken the antibiotics for BV can attest to the long list of nasty side effects and recurrence.

You wouldn't drink a glass of pure bleach, but to make contaminated water safe to drink, it is added to kill bacteria. This is much the same. Take vaginally; do NOT ingest by mouth.

Replied by Julie
(Montreal, Quebec)

A reply to Betty from Salt Lake city. You are a little over-reacting about the fact that we are making our own boric acid capsules. The compounding pharmacy does the very same thing we are doing: placing pharmaceutical grade boric acid into empty gel caps. Nothing more complicated and easily replicated at home. Much cheaper too. It is also incorrect that the boric acid we are suggesting is found in the pest control aisle. That is the wrong product, though is does contain boric acid. The correct boric acid is pharmaceutical grade, sold in a pharmacy, in the aisle where the disinfectants are sold. Ours has it beside the alcohol, peroxide, iodine, methylene blue... The fact that it also happens to kill insect is irrelevant. The fact that water is an ingredient in hand sanitizer does make water unsafe.

Replied by Nicole

haha great point!

Replied by Michail

Look at the CDC website search for boric acid.

Reichman O, Akins R, Sobel JD. Boric acid addition to suppressive antimicrobial therapy for recurrent bacterial vaginosis. Sex Transm Dis 2009;36:732–4.

Sobel JD, Chaim W, Nagappan V, et al. Treatment of vaginitis caused by Candida glabrata: use of topical boric acid and flucytosine. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003;189:1297–1300.

Nuff said.

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Posted by Leila (Lilburn, Georgia) on 06/22/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Boric acid suppositories cured my yeast infection. I've always had occasional minor infections on my skin, but shortly after I started having sex and got on birth control, I begin to get vaginal yeast infections. At first the cream worked, but the infection returned. Then then doctor prescribed a single fluconazole pill, which had the same effect. Then, I returned for a week long treatment of the high dose pills, also helping only to have it return later. Eating yogurt and using the yogurt douche as a preventative only temporarily helped. Soon I had a raging infection, including thrush and sore joints, that seemed incurable. The "spit test" confirmed it was a bad one (spit into a cup of water beside your bed first thing when you wake up. If "legs" or strings form down from the spit immediately then it's BAD. Floating debris can indicate an infection too. Look it up.) Going off birth control was my absolute last option and a no sugar or bread diet just wasn't working, but these doctors visits were expensive and ineffective so far. Instead, I decided to use the boric acid suppositories that a friend told me about. I used 600mg at night for 12 days (I meant to do 14) and so far it's worked well. I plan on doing it twice a week preventatively and I'm also taking an over-the-counter probiotic on top of yogurt to help with keeping the systemic yeast in check.

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Posted by Allie (New York, New York) on 01/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I used to take antibiotics orally for 3 years as part of an acne regimen. Now when I need antibiotics, they don't work for me. I came back from a 4 month trip to the carribean with a raging yeast infection that nothing would help. I also had a kidney infection at one point and everyone refused to see a connection. With the help of doctors who actually listen, I found a plan that WORKS.

First, birth control contributes to yeast. If you take it, get off of it, at least for a few months. Antibiotics will not work for yeast! Yeast is fungal, antibiotics kill bacteria, not fungi, and there is a huge difference. Maintaining a diet that is high in vegetables and low in or void of bread and sugar. Yeast survive on what you put into your body. They looove sugar and bread. This includes alcohol, too. Alcohol turns into sugar... Finally, BORIC ACID capsules saved my live! By maintaining a yeast free-sugar free diet and using boric acid vaginal suppositories for 2 months, I am 95% clear. Talk to a doctor about using boric acid. It is safe, natural, and won't affect the balance of your body's natural good bacteria.

Fixing this problem is about restoring a balance of healthy bacteria in your body, not killing all of them with antibiotics. I took 4 rounds of antibiotics for treatment and it only made my symptoms hide for months! If you are headstrong and willing to get rid of this forever, change your diet and use boric acid!

Replied by Alabama
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

I have had infections for a year. My swabs kept coming up negative for anything. Then we noticed the same funky smell on my husband and when the doctor realized that my husband had yeast as well. We were giving it back to one another. That was problem number 1. So he got treatment for that. But all the yeast treatments I had been using were not helping but irritating me even more. I got the book writtten by a gynecologist called THE V BOOK. It helped me to understand EVERYTHING. There are chemicals in a lot of those over the counter creams as well as lube and ph balancing gels and BV gels that actually have glycerin and lactose in their base.... Which is sugar and makes yeast/BV worse. And also chemicals that make the stinging worse. So even if the infection is gone you could still have allergic type reactions to the products. I tried everything. Even boric acid capsules... That actually burned so badly they bleached my underwear! But I persisted and the doctor finally did a swab and it was super positive for BV and Yeast. SO she put me on Lamisil for 30 days and boric acid (which has a 90% success rate in clinical trials for both yeast and BV). But this time I did it differently. I made icecubes of either pure coconut oil or pure olive oil... I rotated and emptied the small capsule of boric acid to the cube and mixed it up well. I also made regular olive oil ones too. Every night I put one of each in... A boric one and an olive oil one............ Such relief, the cold, the lubrication, the anti inflamatory properties. AMAZING. 14 days... I pushed them high up with old applicators so they wouldn't leak too much. Then I went to bed with a pad on............. Sometimes I had to change it before I fell asleep and sometimes I applied vaseline to avoid vulvar burning. Within 3 days, this depressing, horrible agonizing situation was over. I bought the boric acid BEHIND the counter at the pharmacy. I think you can also buy it in the hardware store or online............ Give it a try. No diet change, husband treated as well and boric acid icecubes! Super cheap and super effective. Don't know if I needed the lamisil but hey it was only 30 days. I think you should try without oral pills first. I do maintenance now when I feel an itch and also back off and stop when it feels like it's burning and not in the yeasty way... Which means I don't need it. Everybody is different, but I implore you to get the book and try the icecubes. And get your partner checked! And the rest is up to your body and how much and how often you need it. Listen to your body it tells you a lot and also knows how to repair itself. Be patient and don't use too many things at once like I did, it just makes matters worse. The V Book explains it all.

Replied by Jillery
(Rawlly, NC)
89 posts

good info! Thank you. and you are right, everyone is different!

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Posted by Lorena (Santiago, Chile) on 09/29/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I've been suffering with yeast like for 5 months..been going to doctors all this time.. they keep prescribing OTC yeast infection remedies and diflucan even after i told them they wont work.. so finally I decided to try this Boric acid supossitory.. and it's onle been three days and I just cant belive how good I's truly amazing.. I read about this cure from a Doctor who treats people with chronic or recurrent yeast infections and vulvodynia with this protocol to acidify the vagina.. im doing exactly as he says.. the first week one suppository in the evening and one in the morning, the next week just at bedtime.. and then one every two days...I highly recommend this..!!

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Posted by Laura (Sarasota, FLORIDA) on 07/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Many years ago, a gynecologist suggested that I use Boric Acid to end my yeast infection. At the time, Monistat, etc, creams were only available with a prescription. I followed her advice with immediate releief. I went to the drugstore and bought a small jar of Boric Acid, which was a white powder, plus I bought some empty glycerin capsules. These had to be special ordered by the pharmacist at the time, but I see them in the drug stores all the time now. I filled the capsules with the boric powder by pushing both ends of the capsule into the powder until it was crammed with the powder, then I pushed both ends of the capsule together to close it. The capsules were NOT injested orally, although it seems now that i may have been able to do this, but instead, they were inserted into my vagina at night, just as you would the Monostat cream. I never knew how many capsules to insert or for how long, and since the name of the product was boric ACID, I was afraid to use too much for fear of burning my interior skin. After that, I rarely got yeast infections, and when I did, this remedy always worked, and for far far less money than going to the doctor and getting a prescription.

I also learned that boric acid is used to get rid of insects and cockroaches ...sprinkle it around the perimeters of the base boards or window sills, ect, anywhere where you see the critters exiting or entering. It's worth a try and not toxic for humans.

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Posted by Sara (New York, New York) on 05/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered routinely with debilitating yeast infections every month prior to my period, and nothing, including expensive otc creams and prescriptions, seemed to work. I tried boric acid suppositories after reading a rave about them in a diy health guide. I used 600 mg gel caplets and filled them with boric acid (cheap!) I obtained from an out of a way drug store. I used one every morning and evening for two weeks. I couldn't believe the difference. While creams and prescriptions took forever and sometimes made me feel worse, boric acid provided almost instantaneous relief and cleared things up right away. I highly recommend!

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Posted by Sylvia (Los Angeles, California) on 12/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I try a lot of holistic/natural remedies and can't say that they all work - however - Boric Acid to cure vaginal yeast infections really works. I've had yeast infections that were never cured with otc medications. In desperation I tried boric acid capsules and it worked. Now it is all I use. Much cheaper than otc meds and it works much better! It's kind of a pain to put the capsules together every night, but it's worth it. You'll have to find the boric acid at the drug store and then 00 capsules at the health food store. Insert every night for two weeks. Do the full course otherwise your infection might come back. Just wanted to share because this is a natural cure that really really works!

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Posted by Laine (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 08/25/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter suffered yeast infection off and on from the time she was a baby. One night when she was red, irritatted and not wantting to urinate because of the burn, I remember and article I had read about boric acid. At seven she didn't like the cream monostat because it felt "yucky". I filled my old sitz bath wth warm water. I disolved two tsp boric acid in a cup of boiling water from the microwave. I dumped it in the water along with about a 1/3 cup withc hazel (for discomfort). Within about 3 minutes she was feeling relief and wanted to go to bed. I did this the next three nights and she is now 13 and has not been bothered with yeast there since, PTL.
For myself and boric acid I do something easier than capsule, I take a soda straw and and shuff it down in the boric acid and drop it in the end of an old applicator I keep along with a little cortizone for quick relief and easy application. Also, did you know that athlete's foot cure is also either miconsole or chlortiromozol as AF is a yeast infection. It's also cheaper to buy than the packaged vaginal yeast infection cure.

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Posted by Kerry (Clinton, MS) on 08/21/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have have yeast infections the week before my period for the past 6 months or so....I was going crazy! Went to the OBGYN and she suggested that when I feel the slightest burn or itch that I put 1/2 cup of boric acid into a tub of slightly hot water about 2 inches deep and sit for 15 to 20 minutes before bed. She said that this would neutralize the inbalance of PH in the vagina. She said do this every night until infection is gone. (for about a week)

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Posted by Melissa (Madison, WI) on 06/29/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Boric Acid has been a great remedy for my vaginal yeast infections. If you have BV it is not as good for a long-term solution. You may want to take an antibiotic cure and then use boric acid as a later treatment to prevent a yeast infection.

One thing though, if you want to really rid yourself of yeast infections, just remember to use the boric acid the whole span of treatment or else the infection will come back. Also NEVER ingest boric acid because it is toxic if ingested!

I was recommended to use it straight as a suppository for a full week, then stagger it every other night, then after a week of that stagger it every two nights, etc; until you don't use it at all.

Boric acid is antibacterial, but it doesn't kill the strains as well as antibiotic medicines (like metronidazole).

I am very excited to try the folic acid tx for my BV. I'll let you know if it works for me!

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Posted by Caren (New York, NY) on 05/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I had a yeast infection for a whole year, and took Monistat, which didn't work. Then was told by a girlfriend to go to DuaneReade and buy Boric Acid powder. Then go to a health food store or order online to try to find empty caplets. You put the powder in the individual capsules, which is tricky to do, but so worth it. Then I insert it with finger as far up as I can, and try to do this quickly, because if the capsule gets wet and soft, it's harder to do. Your vagina needs to be a certain ph level in order to be healthy. Using the boric acid restores it to normal levels again. Anytime I feel a yeast infection coming on, I put a capsule in. It's worked for me every single time. And if I still feel the yeast infection, I will use a capsule the next day as well. It's good to put it in at night time, so that it stays in there, doesn't fall out. Maybe you could also use vitamin C in the same way? I'm not sure, I will have to look into this. The last time I had a yeast infection though, I stupidly did a vinegar douche, and gave myself Bacterial Vaginosis. I forgot to do the boric acid. I probably forgot because it's been a whole year since I've had one! Anyhow, usually a vinegar douche does the trick, but they warn you right on the box that douching can bring on infections, and sure enough it happened to me. So be careful with douching. Better to insert an acidic capsule, because douching will remove all yeast, from your vagina, as well as remove all bad bacteria - and all beneficial bacteria as well! So it can set the stage for more infections! Another problem with douching is that it can push bacteria up into your uterus. This is bad.

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Posted by Randi (Altamont, UT) on 03/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

After taking birth control pills for 2 month I ave suffered with Chronic Vaginal Yeast infections for 7 years. I have found that diet is the most important. No sugar, and avoid yeast products, and dairy. I take very high quality essential oil. Don't take low quality because they can really hurt you. I use oregano oil and put about 5-6 drops in a capsule and take it orally. It kills candida. I also put 6 drops of coriander oil in a capsule and take it internally, because it cleanses out the mercury toxin. I put rosemary oil, frankisense oil, and hellicrism oil in a capsule and stick it right up in the vagina. It works amazingly fast. I will also use Boric acid in capsules and insert it vaginally to balance ph levels there. I have tried many many different things for the past 7 years, that have helped but this has worked better than anything else. Adding grapfruit seed extract capsules will really help also.