Listen Ladies, I know – Yeast Infections can be embarrassing, not to mention gross. I’ll try to save you that embarassing trip to the doctors or grocery store with this post – Home Remedies for Yeast Infections that work!
If you’re unfortunate enough to have one, the LAST thing you’ll want to do is call up your Doctor, or Visit your Pharmacist. Yes, we’re human and they happen to to best of us – but that still doesn’t make them any less embarrassing.
The common symptoms of vaginal yeast infections are redness, itching, irritation, white discharge from vagina and pain while urinating and having sex.
Most infections are fairly easy to treat. However, do NOT attempt any form of self-treatment under the following circumstances.
- You are not entirely sure that you have a yeast infection. Often, yeast infections are confused with bacterial vaginosis or a urinary tract infection because the symptoms are somewhat similar in all.
- If you’re not sure – Home screening kits are available for accurate diagnosis.
- You are pregnant.
- Your infection has recurred more than 4 times in the past year.
- You have a sexually transmitted disease. (This will require a thorough medical examination. Do not even think of self treating an STD – see a doctor immediately.)
Anyways, below I’ve listed the 9 BEST Home Remedies for Yeast Infections.
[boxibt style=”danger” closebutton=”yes” bordercolor=”red”]Warning: Do not douche! Douching can cause irreparable damage to the vaginal walls and the infection can spread to the cervix and the uterus. See a doctor is your symptoms do not improve in 2, 3 days.[/boxibt]
Top Home Remedies for Yeast Infections (they really work!)
1. Coconut Oil
Research has shown that coconut oil causes the nuclei of yeast to explode. The oil contains two types of acids – caprylic acid and lauric acid. These are responsible for killing the fungi. Caprylic acid acts very fast; lauric acid is slower in comparison but it the more effective of the two. Application of coconut oil is similar to that of tea tree oil.
You can pick up Coconut Oil at your local grocery store for $10 to $14, or get some from Amazon.com for about $12.00 (same day delivery available).
Eat natural yogurt – it contains probiotics that aid in digestion and also help in maintaining the pH balance in the body. A more effective way is to apply natural yogurt onto the inner walls of the vagina.
Yogurt contains a species of bacteria known as lactobacillus acidophilus. The same species also lives in the vaginal canal of a healthy female and inhibits the overgrowth of fungi by producing hydrogen peroxide. Several factors such as taking antibiotics, stress, pregnancy, hormonal therapy etc. cause these bacteria to die.
As a result, fungi (which are also present in the vagina in small minute quantities) begin to proliferate and infect the vaginal canal. The application of yogurt introduces the ‘friendly’ bacteria back into the vagina – they produce hydrogen peroxide and begin to kill the yeast.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar (and white vinegar as well) contain some VERY unique ingredients that can easily help you control your yeast infection AND terminate the fungi that’s causing it. It restores the pH level of your vagina, and prevents yeast infections as well.
There are a few methods to using it effectively:
- Take a glass of (warm) water, adding between 1 and 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar and drink at least 2-3 times per day to prevent or cure your yeast infection.
- Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, drinking this mixture before meals two times a day.
- Take two or three tablespoons of ACV along with a piece of cotton or a small piece of cloth. (A small washcloth should work fine). Dip the washcloth or cotton into the vinegar for a few minutes (3-4 is good) and apply the cloth to the infected areas. PLEASE make sure the ACV is LOW acidic before using it for this remedy – 5% or less is preferred for this method. If you feel a burning sensation than you can dilute it with water (1:1 ratio) and apply immediately to the same area to get relief from the itching and irritation. Keep the vinegar applied for 15 minutes or so, and wash it off with warm water and pat dry to remove any moisture once completed. Do this daily as needed.
Peel a clove of garlic and sew a string through it. Insert the clove into the vagina and leave overnight. The string helps to remove the clove easily. I know the idea sounds strange. I’ll be honest, the odor is a tad unpleasant but this home remedy is very effective and many women swear by it.
5. Boric Acid
Don’t let the name fool you! LOL – Some infections are caused by certain species of fungi that are highly resistant to the above mentioned OTC medicines.
Boric acid is very good at eliminating such fungi. It is toxic if swallowed so don’t try to ingest it orally. Also, do not sprinkle boric acid powder onto the vulva. The best way is to insert a boric acid capsule (also known as boric acid suppositories and easily available OTC) into the vagina. This home remedy, although effective, must not be repeated too often and it is absolutely NOT suitable for pregnant women.
Cranberries have anti-fungal properties. They are often used to flush out bad bacteria from the body when a person is suffering from urinary tract infections. Drink plenty of cranberry juice (unsweetened only). If you don’t have access to juice, take cranberry tablets twice or thrice per day. Cranberry tablets are easily available at medical stores.
7. OTC pills and creams:
These include the oral medication flucanazole (Diflucan) and creams such as clotrimazole, tobocanazole, butoconazole, Monistat 7 etc.
Often, these creams will cause a liquid to be discharged from the vagina; hence it is best to apply them before sleeping and leaving overnight.
Do not have sex after applying these creams – even if your partner is wearing a condom or you are using a vaginal diaphragm. These creams can damage the condom or diaphragm and compromise your protection against STDs and pregnancy.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Laboratory tests have proven that tea tree oil is an antiviral and antifungal. You will need to apply the oil inside the vagina. This can be a cumbersome process – Sit on the toilet or stand and raise one leg; this renders easy access to the genital area.
Douse the top portion of an applicator type tampon with tea tree oil and insert it into the vagina. Do not leave the tampon inside the vagina – remove it after application. It is preferable to do this before going to bed. Tea tree oil causes irritation in some women – discontinue its use immediately if this happens.
Calendula is a herb that is naturally anti inflammatory and anti-fungal. Crush a few leaves (2 or 3) and apply to the infected area 2 or 3 times a day. You’re also able to buy natural supplements containing calendula at online retailers such as amazon.com.
One last option is to make tea from calendula extract and drink it, but do NOT drink this tea if pregnant.
10. Yeast Infections no More
I understand this may be a bit of information overload, but the above treatments do work if done properly. For even MORE treatment options without the stress of wondering if you’re doing things right, check out the book “Yeast Infections No More” by Linda Allen.
It’s a 150 page “guide” with some GREAT information about how to naturally and permanently eliminate your Yeast Infection WITHOUT creams, drugs or any silly gimmicks.
Here’s the website if you’re interested: www.yeastinfectionsnomore.com.