A friend of mine recently approached me for remedies to cure her vaginal yeast infection. The fact that she confined in me with something as personal as that made me willing to go the extra mile to compile this lengthy piece on vaginal yeast infection. This piece will also serve as a guide for all those suffering from yeast infection. I pray and wish you fine what you are looking for in this post. To fully understand vaginal yeast infection it imperative you know that yeast is a microorganism which is found in the body in smaller quantity. The Lactobacillus bacteria produces acid that help prevents the over growth of yeast. It becomes a problem when there is a balance disruption and too many yeast cells starts growing in the vagina – which may lead to itching, burning accompanied with soreness and redness – in some cases the woman might experience white clumpy vaginal discharge along with pain during intercourse and urination. This condition is what is known as yeast infection and it’s medical name is well known as Candidiasis. This over growth can most times result from pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes, the use of oral contraceptives, which increases the estrogen level -and the use of antibiotic which can decrease lactobacillus bacteria in the vagina. Although yeast infection is generally considered a sexually transmitted disease – even women who aren’t sexually active can still contact the disease. Women are not only alone in this – men also suffer from penile yeast infection but not at the rate women do. But most likely among men who aren’t circumcised. The symptoms in men are red rashes on their penis along with itching or burning sensation on the tip of the penis. The good news is that yeast infection can be cured either by medication or home remedies. I will always advise you go for home remedies.
Powerful Home Remedies for Vaginal Yeast Infection
Yogurt Remedy for Yeast
Yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, a bacterium that’s found in healthy vaginas and known to helps kill the yeast infection by producing hydrogen peroxide. Yogurt is also known to help restore the balance between good and bad bacteria while reducing the irritation. The presence of good bacteria in yoghurt interacts with the sugar found in your diet while attacking the yeast. This process generates hydrogen peroxide through the chemical process of fermentation. Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotic which helps cure the yeast infection and also helps maintain the balance of good bacteria.
- Endeavor to eat plain yogurt daily.
- You can also apply yogurt liberally in and around your vagina. An easy way to do this is to soak a cotton ball in yogurt. With the soaked cotton wool apply the yogurt all over the affected areas. Leave for about 20 – 30 minutes before washing off with water – then pat dry. Butter milk also has the same effect as yogurt and can be drank twice daily in-place of yogurt.
Garlic work pretty well in the treatment of yeast infection and am so sure of that – I have seen it work in tons of different occasions. Try this simple experiment, while baking bread add garlic while the dough is rising, it will kill the yeast instantly. The trick with using garlic to remedy yeast infection is to catch the infection earlier – the first day you notice a slight fleeting tickle or itchiness. Which is usually followed by the white and lumpy like tiny bit of cottage cheese (that stuff right there is the vaginal discharge). When this happens simply take a clove of fresh garlic and peel off the natural paper shell that covers it – while leaving the clove intact, insert it into the vaginal and leave overnight. One night treatment can be enough to kill the infection. If symptoms persist, continue for one or two more days till the itchiness is all gone. The reason this treatment is best done at bedtime is because there is a connection between the mouth and the vagina and when placed inside the vagina the taste travels up the mouth. Do note that upon waking up the odor emanating from your mouth will be unpleasant. In some severe cases where the woman has large quantities of white discharge and red sore labia; cut the garlic into half before inserting it into the vagina. Any cut in the clove will make the treatment stronger.
Grapefruit Seed Extract for Yeast Infection
I have seen this make rounds on the web and most people swore that grapefruit seed extract worked for them. According to diagnoseme.com a website overseen by medical doctors – states that the natural antibiotic found in grape fruit can kill a wide variety of pathogens along with bacteria and protozoa. Grapefruit seed extract is known to have a natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties that helps kills the growing yeast. (There is a nice brand on amazon get it here)
Start by adding 5 – 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to 2 cups of water. Dissolve it thoroughly inside the glass of water. Soak a cotton ball in the water and apply it on the infected area. Do this daily consistently for three days. A word of caution: If you are pregnant or menstruating I strongly advice you avoid this remedy. Also if you notice any form of irritation discontinue usage.
Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection
The article on coconut oil took me over 3 months to write because I wanted to gather as much information I can about the miraculous oil. When it comes to coconut oil – yeast infection doesn’t stand a chance. In fact several research conducted on this subject sure proves that the medium chain fatty acid found in coconut oil is effective in killing candida yeast. Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against the Candida yeast. The caprylic acid being the most potent ingredient against candida kill the yeast cells by interfering with their cell walls. Both capric acid and lauric acid have powerful antifungal treatments – making it impossible for candida yeast to build up resistance against coconut oil – unlike other antifungals which lose their effectiveness over time. Caprylic Acid being one of the three fatty acids found in coconut oil is very potent in killing candida cells and restoring stomach acidity to its normal state. According to a study conducted by Japan’s Niigata University, “the fungicidal effect of caprylic acid on Candida Albicans was exceedingly powerful. My recommendation for coconut oil is the brand from Nature’s Way. Get it here
How to Use Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection (Topical Application)
- Coconut oil
- Cotton ball
Directions: Take a cotton ball and soak it in coconut oil and gently wipe the infected area with the soak cotton ball. Repeat this thrice daily for best results. If you feel any sticky sensation wipe the oil dry with a soft cloth after about 30 minutes
2nd Method to Use Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection- Take Internally with Diet
- Virgin coconut oil, preferably organic- 3-5 tbsp
Direction: Simply take a tablespoon of coconut oil with every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which equates to 3 table spoon daily – enough to counter yeast infection. If the yeast infection is severe – feel free to take more. Coconut is natural and harmless to the body, which means you can take it as much as you like. You can also add it to your toast, salads and smoothies.
3rd Method to Use Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection- Coconut Oil Douche
- 3-4 tbsp Coconut oil
- 8 cups Warm water
Direction: Start by adding coconut oil into a warm bowl of water. Stir thoroughly and use it to rinse your vagina
Essential Oils for Yeast Infection Remedy
There are several essential oil with strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties which can also be used to remedy yeast infection. These oils are tea tree oil, cinnamon oil and grape seed oil, all of which are very powerful in fighting candida infections. Below is a simple recipe to make a powerful concoction using some essential oils with carrier oils – to give you instant relief from the infection.
- 2 tbsp Grapeseed oil – carrier oil (Get one here)
- 2-3 drops Tea tree oil. (Get one here)
- 2-3 drops Cinnamon oil. (Get one here)
- 2-3 drops Oregano oil. (Get one here)
- 2-3 drops Peppermint oil. (Get one here)
- 2-3 drops Lemon oil. (Get one here)
Direction: Mix all the oils together and store in a bottle. Using a soaked cotton ball apply the oil on the affected area. Let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe off with clean soft cloth. Repeat this process twice daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection
Apple Cider Vinegar helps restore the vagina pH level and prevents yeast fungi from thriving and infecting the vagina with further yeast infections. It is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics that kills bacteria, viruses, and protozoa providing instant relief. ACV helps to re-colonize the intestines and vagina with friendly bacteria which acts as powerful guard to stop the bad bacteria (Candida) from returning.
Direction: (ACV in Diet)
Try as much as possible to include apple cider vinegar in your diet, this helps prevent yeast infection by maintaining proper pH balance hindering fungal growth. Regular intake also boosts the immune system, fight against Candida – helps good bacteria prevent yeast infection. Get my best brand here
- 1 tsp of ACV can be mixed with a glass of water or herbal tea. Drink this regularly 2 – 3 times daily on an empty stomach to prevent yeast infection.
- Take ACV in supplement form as tablets, capsules, or in tonic form.
Method – 2: (ACV Soaking)
Directions: Start by soaking a clean cloth or cotton balls in diluted ACV for 2 – 3 minutes – place the cloth on the walls of vagina. Repeat this regularly until yeast infection is gone.