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Bay Leaf Combats Thrush

by Carol

December 2009

When my son was 4 months old he developed thrush in his mouth. Breastfeeding became extremely painful with cracked, bleeding, and raw nipples. I gave him antibiotics and, of course, it came back within 2 weeks. The doctor wanted to put him on another round of antibiotics but by then I had done research and no longer trusted them.

I fixed a strong tea of about 10 Bay Leaves by putting them in a cup measure and covered them with boiling water. When it was cool I strained it and put the liquid in a small spray bottle. After and before every feeding I sprayed his mouth and my nipples and after every diaper change I sprayed his little bottom. They quickly started healing, NO more pain, and within a week all the spots were gone from his
mouth.

I recommended this to a friend who has no use for herbs but she was desperate with a 1 year old who had a few cycles of antibiotics, and even antibiotic cream. The child had diarrhea and was having a terrible runny mess every half hour, his little bottom actually bled and he just screamed and screamed. She went out that night and bought Bay Leaves. A week later I talked to her and she told me that within hours of applying it after every diaper change his bottom was healing and he was no longer crying.

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Shoshanna,

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