The common yeast infection, also known as vaginitis, is a painful condition that many may women experience at some point in their lives.
Characterized by extremely uncomfortable itching, burning and pain, as well as a smelly discharge, vaginal yeast infections are most-often caused by unhealthy forms of fungus that grow in the warm, damp environment of the female genitalia. And while men may also experience this condition, it is most common in women. The most prominent form of yeast infection fungus is Candida albicans.
Below, we will discuss ten of the most common natural remedies for yeast infections. Hopefully, these remedies will provide you with relief from the uncomfortable itching and burning.
If you are currently taking any form of antibiotic, the likelihood of a yeast infection is increased. Taking a probiotic supplement or eating probiotic foods will help fight and restore the natural gut flora that prohibits fungal infections like Candida from forming. The antibiotic tetracycline is especially prone to causing growth of yeast organisms in the body.
2. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Douche
Soothe a yeast infection by douching with apple cider vinegar. Mix 3 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar with 1 quart of water, add to douche apparatus and use. I recommend Braggs ACV, but any raw apple cider vinegar with “the mother” still included should work. For added benefit you can add some colloidal silver to the mix.
3. Organic Garlic
Another common remedy for yeast infections, is to eat several fresh garlic cloves on a daily basis. While this will probably give you bad breath, it will also help clear up your yeast infection. This remedy works because garlic has natural anti-fungal properties, which will also help these infections from starting. It is also a well-known anti-bacterial and natural antibiotic.
4. Say NO to Harsh “Feminine” Products
Most soaps are too harsh on the delicate feminine anatomy. They strip the area of its natural protective oils. These oils help prevent yeast from forming. Similarly, feminine hygiene douches and sprays, as well as perfumed products, also reduce the natural protective oils. Alcohol and other toxic chemicals in these products alter the delicate pH balance of the vagina and leave you more susceptible to infection. Use organic hygiene products, if necessary.
5. Organic Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is another effective remedy for yeast infections. It will help reduce yeast and candida infections. Place 9 drops in a capsule and swallow 2-3 times daily after meals on a full stomach. Learn more about oregano oil benefits.
6. Organic Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful natural antifungal. Place a few drops of organic tea tree oil on a natural tampon and insert into your vagina for 4 hours. Do this in the morning and afternoon. Do not sleep with the tampon inserted. A couple of days should be sufficient to relieve the symptoms.
7. Organic Cranberries
Cranberries are not just for bladder infections; they can also be used to help with yeast infections. A well-known female reproductive tonic, you can also drink the juice, unsweetened, to help restore healthy pH balance in the vagina. This aids in fighting off fungal infection.
8. Organic Plain Yogurt
Another common folk remedy related to restoring flora and pH balance, yogurt can be used topically and vaginally to reduce a yeast infection. Insert 1 to 2 tablespoons into the vagina, and externally to the affected area and leave for at least several hours before washing. Make sure yogurt has no added sugars, fruit or other ingredients. Another way is to soak a tampon in the yogurt and insert for 2 hours, then remove.
9. Wear Loose Clothing
This remedy may sound silly, but it’s one of the easiest things you can do to help with yeast infections. It works because yeast fungus loves warm, moist environments. Wearing loose-fitting clothing and underwear will keep oxygen moving, and help prevent the growth of fungus. I recommend giving organic cotton and other natural forms of clothing a try.
Everyone has natural amounts of Candida yeast in the body, although a healthy body’s natural environment prohibits this fungus from taking over. It is when you get an infection that your body gives you a sign that you are out of balance. A stressful lifestyle can cause Candida to grow in excess, as our immune system becomes compromised. Make sure to take time to slow down and recuperate, particularly after stressful life events. I recommend massage, meditation, yoga and frequent exercise.
About the author
Dr. Edward F. Group III has his Naturopathic Doctorate, Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist certifications, and is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the American Board of Functional Medicine. He founded Global Healing Center Inc. in 1998 which has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.
A dynamic author and speaker, Dr. Group focuses solely on spreading the message of health and wellness to the global community with the philosophy of full body cleansing, most importantly colon cleansing, consuming pure clean organic food, water, air, exercise and nutritional supplementation. Visit GlobalHealingCenter.com to learn more about living green and healthy!