Natural antifungals are commonly used to treat local or systemic fungal infections. Both the natural and prescription varieties destroy fungal microbes present in the body and on the body's surface. Apple cider vinegar, grapefruit seed extract and oil of oregano are three powerful antifungals that have been used in folk remedies for centuries and are backed by a growing body of scientific literature to support their efficacy. According to "Prescription Alternatives," natural antifungals are most effective when taken before a meal on an empty stomach. As with any herbal remedy, however, consult with your doctor before taking natural or prescription antifungals.
Combine one to three drops of grapefruit seed extract in an 8 oz. glass of filtered water. Drink the mixture at least 10 minutes before each meal. Drink up to three glasses of grapefruit seed extract per day. Because it has an unpleasant taste, you may want to combine this extract with juice or add a teaspoon of honey.
Mix 1 to 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar -- choose organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered for maximum health benefits -- with 8 oz. natural, unsweetened apple juice or filtered water. Drink up to 25 minutes before each meal. In addition to its antifungal properties, apple cider vinegar is a well-known appetite suppressant that regulates blood sugar levels. For example, several studies performed with diabetics found that individuals who consumed apple cider vinegar before meals consumed less calories and lost more weight than their counterparts.
Combine one to three drops of oil of vinegar with 8 oz of unsweetened juice or filtered water. Drink 10 minutes before eating, up to three times per day. Alternatively, fill a vegi-capsule -- a vegetarian empty pill capsule -- with five to eight drops of oil of oregano and take with a meal.
Avoid foods known to aggravate fungal conditions, such as sugar, processed wheat products, junk food and alcohol. Take a natural antifungal after a meal if you find that taking it on an empty stomach bothers your digestive system.
Oil of oregano, apple cider vinegar and grapefruit seed extract should never be used undiluted. Do not use apple cider vinegar if you suffer from a stomach or esophageal ulcer.