Most of the remedies I write about are mostly by requests from my audience, like every other one – my kid sister woke me up this morning asking for remedies for vagina itching. Although she tried to make me believe the request was from her friend – I definitely knew it was for her. I had no response to give her, because I never thought an issue like that existed, so I asked her to check back the next day. I had to comb my natural remedies books page by page, in search of the remedy for vaginal itching. I called my girlfriend to ask her if she had ever experienced such before, her answer was a capital YES – she also said it’s a common thing among women. So if you are a woman reading this piece, you know best. After all the article only benefits women. Let dive straight into the actual causes of vagina itching.
What causes vaginal itching, burning, and irritation?
Most times the root cause of vagina itching might be an un treated infection – that’s why it’s imperative to know the symptoms associated with the infection, so as to give you a clear picture on what remedy works best.
- Bacterial vaginosis: It might surprise you to know that bacteria lives in your vagina – don’t freak out yet, they are the good bacteria that are responsible for the protection of sensitive organs in your vagina. But problem arises when the bad bacteria invades your vagina and outnumbers the good ones. This is commonly known as bacterial vaginosis.
- Sexually transmitted disease (STDs):Diseases like chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea can cause you vagina itching and irritation. Most time the symptoms includes bumps, sores, warts near mouth, painful urination, swelling in the vagina, vaginal discharge, fever and chills, night sweats, fevers and chills. Yours may or may not be caused by STD.
- Yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis):This is one of the most common cause of itching in women. Yeast infection is so common among women, that 3 out of 5 women at some point will develop yeast infection – so if it’s your turn embrace it and treat it, don’t take it personal. Yeast occurs when the yeast candida grows excessively in the vagina and vulva. Some of the causes of yeast over growth are pregnancy, intercourse, antibiotics and weakened immune system. A point to note, if the itching is coupled with thick white, cheesy discharge, then you sure do have yeast infection – don’t panic my home remedies will can take care of that.
- Menopause: Most times when a woman hit menopause, she experiences a drop in estrogen which leads to the thinness and dry out of her vagina – this can lead to itching and irritation
- Chemical irritants:You wouldn’t blame the poor vagina, it comes in contact with various products – ranging from unknown brands of condom, contraceptive foams, douches, creams soaps, and fabric. All this can irritate the poor thing.
- Lichen sclerosis.This is a rare condition that causes white patches to form around the vulva and can sometimes scar the vaginal area. This happens most in post-menopausal women.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: this might sometimes lead to hormonal fluctuation that can make the vaginal walls dry and thin, which leads to vaginal itching and irritation.
Home Remedies for Vaginal Itching and Burning
You must know that home remedies can never take away the place of conventional medicine. If your itching is due to severe infections like STD, I must advise you seek the attention of a medical doctor, never rely on home remedies to cure everything. The doctor will do a pelvic examination and probably take samples of the discharge to ascertain the source of the problem. Most times they will prescribe treatments like estrogen cream, tablets, vaginal ring insert, steroid creams or lotion etc. If your vagina itching it not due to serious infection, then you can rely on home remedies to give you relief from itching and burning.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Itching in Vagina
Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties which makes it very effective in killing bacteria – since vagina itching is caused by bad bacteria it makes perfect sense to use it. ACV also helps to maintain the vagina alkalinity, which makes it difficult for bad bacteria to thrive. You can get a good ACV brand here
- Dilute 1tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and used it rinse your vagina. To be on the safer side boil the water and leave it to cool down a little bit before diluting with apple cider vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar can also be taken orally to balance the body’s pH and keep bad bacteria at bay. Simply dilute 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and take it orally.
Yogurt for Vaginal Itching
Yogurt has good bacteria – the weird name given to it is lactobacillus acidophilus cultures. The good bacteria maintains healthy balance of friendly bacteria in the vagina. Yogurt is mostly used when the itching is mild. Please bear in mind that flavored or sweetened yogurt shouldn’t be used – because it can worsen the situation, use only plain yogurt for the purpose.
Direction: With the aid of a cotton wool apply plain yogurt to the itchy areas. You can also soak a tampon in plain yogurt and insert it into your vagina and leave for about an hour. Please don’t forget to remove the tampon after two hours. I will also advice you consume plain yogurt daily, this will restore the balance of good bacteria internally.
Garlic for Vaginal Itching
In my previous article on yeast infection, I wrote a step by step guide on how to treat yeast infection with garlic. If your itching is due to yeast infection, it makes perfect sense to use garlic because garlic is anti-bacterial and antibiotic.
- Take a piece of garlic clove and cut it open a bit. Insert the clove into your vagina and leave it overnight. Upon waking up remove it and wash your vagina with diluted apple cider vinegar.
- If you frown at the idea of inserting anything into your vagina – simply take 1 tsp of vitamin E oil and mix it with a few drop of garlic oil. Apply the mixture into your vaginal area. Leave for about 10-15 minutes before washing off with warm water
Epsom Salt for Vaginal Itching
Epsom has anti-bacterial properties and have been well known for over a hundred years and widely used to soothe the body, mind and soul – it also used to control the growth of microbes – bacteria and fungi. You can get a nice brand here
Direction: Start by adding 1 tbsp of Epsom salt into 2 cups of water – use the water as a douche (rinsing the vagina with Epsom salt water). Another way to use Epsom salt is to add ½ cup of salt to your bath water and immense yourself inside for like 15 minutes – this is also a way to ease stress and relax the body. A herbalist friend of mine recommends you mix 3 drops of lavender, thyme, rosemary and chamomile essential oil with 1 tsp sea salt – then fill the mixture with water and use it as a douche.
Coconut Oil for Vaginal Itching
Coconut oil is something every home should have. I call it the miraculous oil and I use it for virtually everything. Coconut oil is an excellent source of lauric, capric and caprylic acid which makes it antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal. The caprylic acid is responsible for breaking down the yeast cell membrane. If taken orally the lauric acid helps boosts your immune system. Here is the link to the one I use.
Direction: There are many ways to use coconut oil to soothe vaginal itching. You can apply it topically on the vagina for a particular number of days – or add 3 tsp of coconut oil into 6 cups of water and use it as a douche. Coconut oil can also be consume orally to strengthen the immune system
Tea Tree Oil for Vaginal Itching
Tea tree is an oil you should never lack in your natural first aid box. When applied topically can be used to cure acne, fungi infections, ringworm, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis – toothache, infections of the mouth, nose and sore throat. If your vagina itching is due to mild infection or yeast, then no need to waste your money in the hospital, settle for the good old Tea Tree Oil. Here is a link to the one I use
Direction:There are several ways to use tea tree oil. You can start by having a tea tree bath, which entails you add 6 drops of tea tree oil into your bath water and mix thoroughly. Soak yourself inside the water for about 10 minutes daily. This should give you the needed relief. You can also mix few drops of tea tree oil with 2 tsp of aloe vera gel. Apply the portion in your vagina and the surrounding areas
Neem for Vaginal Itching
Neem is very powerful in the treatment of vaginal infections – and you can use it either by taking it orally to eradicate fungal and other viral infection or used internally to combat itching and discharge. Please my dear, before you use neem internally, always confirm it was designed to be used in that fashion. The capsules are meant to be taken internally but the oil are made to be used topically. Most people who use neem swore that it works better than most over the counter vagina creams, because it cures infection from the inside out while balancing the immune system. Below is a simple recipe if you are using the leaves
- Boil a handful of neem leaves in 3-4 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Let it cool down – use the resulting solution as a douche. You can also dilute few drops of neem oil in water and use it as a douche. Another interesting way to use neem is to mix it with coconut oil and apply it on your vagina and the surrounding areas. Leave it for 20 minutes before washing off
Chamomile for Vaginal Itching and Burning
If your itching is also accompanied with a burning sensation, then it could be due to redness in your vagina. Chamomile is widely used to sooth inflammation, and can be used to get rid of the burning and irritation in your vagina. Here is a link here you can het chamomile capsule
- 1-2 Chamomile tea bag
- 4-5 drops Tea tree oil
- 1-2 cups Water
Direction: To use this herb, simply add it to boiling water and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, then put off the flame and let it steep for another 5 minutes. Then strain it. If you prefer to use tea bag, simply dip the tea bag in hot water and steep for about 5 minutes before removing the bag. Leave the tea bag to cool for a while before adding tea tree oil to it. Use the potion as a douche. Repeat this 1 -2 times daily.
Boric Acid for Vaginal Yeast Infection
Boric acid is a very effective anti-fungal agent and be used to combat some of the very resistant types of yeast infections. I must warn you, never take it orally – because it will sure do harm you. When using boric acid to treat vaginal itching at home, use it cautiously.
- ¼ tsp Boric acid
- Water- 1 cup Or Gelatin capsule
Direction: Dilute boric acid and water, use the diluted boric acid as a douche. Alternatively, you can fill a gelatin capsule with boric acid and insert it into your vagina. Most gelatin capsules dissolve naturally inside there. If, however, it doesn’t dissolve on its own, remove it after 2-3 hours.
Cold Water or Cold Compress
Most times heat and contact with chemicals can lead to vaginal itching – doing a simple cold water compress can go a long way in getting rid of vaginal itching and the burning sensation.
Direction: Next time when you experience such itching and discomfort, never use soaps or other cleansing products. All you need is to rinse it off with cold water. To do cold compress simple take some ice cubes and wrap them with a clean cloth. Place the ice pack on your vagina for a few minutes. Remove and place again after about a minute. Repeat this till itching is over
- Try as much as possible to mostly wear cotton panties, not nylon or synthetic, to decrease perspiration and to allow your genital area to breathe. Air is very healing.
- Avoid wearing synthetic-fibre clothes like polyester, nylon, Dacron, etc. Synthetic fibres do not allow the area to breathe properly.
- Do not use colored or perfumed toilet paper; instead use unbleached toilet paper.
- Avoid wearing panti-hose or wear panti-hose with cotton gussets.
- Try and avoid wearing tight jeans, exercise pants, leotards, and swimsuits which constricts the pelvic region and does not allow nourishing blood to flow freely.
- Wear a nightgown to bed instead of pajamas, in order to allow the area to breathe. Do not wear underwear to bed.
- Launder clothing in unscented detergent, and do not use fabric softeners.
- Do not take bubble baths or use scented oils in your bath or perfumed soap. Instead add 1 cup of Epsom Salts or 1 cup of baking soda to the bath. Also use a non-toxic bar soap from the health food store that is unscented, preferably made with coconut oil.
- It’s best practice to apply coconut oil on your vagina area after showering. The coconut oil will be less oily if is exposed to the air for a bit before you dress.
- Its best Use unrefined coconut oil as a lubrication during sex.