Honey – A Natural Home Cure for Yeast Infection
Let me Introduce Honey, a Natural Home Cure for Yeast Infection
Vaginal yeast infection is one of the most common infections in women of reproductive age and it’s becoming a serious problem because Candida strains that cause the infection are developing immunity to commonly used antifungal medication.
Many women turn to natural cures for vaginal yeast infection, such as ginger, aloe vera, cranberry juice, to tackle the condition on their own. I tried honey a few times and every time it gave me much needed relief, but now that I have researched it in depth I learnt new ways to use honey to get rid of a vaginal yeast infection and I want to share them with you.
Honey has become the focus of a few recent studies on natural remedies for Candida. Turns out, it’s got excellent antifungal qualities and ability to relieve symptoms of vaginal yeast infection, especially when mixed with beeswax, olive oil or yogurt. In this article I’ll go through some recent studies and I’ll tell you how you can use the findings to prepare an effective natural remedy for yeast infection at home.
What’s the Evidence That Honey Works?
To be honest, at first I was skeptical about using honey for a yeast infection, because it’s full of sugar, and sugar nourishes yeast and promotes its growth. So I decided to investigate how exactly honey can help relieve a vaginal yeast infection and I found many interesting studies that came up with promising results, let me discuss some of them:
- In a 2015 study, they divided a group of 70 women with a vaginal yeast infection into two groups. First group was treated with a mixture of yogurt and honey, while the second group used clotrimazole. The results show that yogurt and honey mixture is more effective than clotrimazole when it comes to relieving symptoms and it’s got the same antifungal properties as clotrimazole.
- A similar study was carried out in 2012 on pregnant women with vaginal yeast infection. 87.8% of women treated with a yogurt and honey mixture experienced a significant relief in symptoms such as redness and itchiness, compared to 72.3% of women treated with typical antifungal medication. On the other hand, 91.5% of women who used antifungal medication completely recovered from the infection, compared to 76.9% of those who used yogurt and honey. The researchers say that honey and yogurt can be used as an alternative to antifungal agents, especially during pregnancy.
These results are very promising and show that a mixture of honey and yogurt can be almost as effective as antifungal medication, especially in mild cases of vaginal yeast infection. Women suffering from recurring yeast infections may need a more potent treatment.
So how to use honey for a vaginal yeast infection?
- Boil a cup of water and leave it to cool down to lower than 104°F (40°C), a higher temperature will destroy honey’s properties.
- Place two tablespoons of high quality raw honey in a bowl, if it’s very thick stir in a bit of the warm water from the cup.
- Add two tablespoons of natural yogurt and blend it with honey.
- You can use the mixture to apply it on the vagina and vulva and squirt the mixture into your vagina with a clean syringe before going to bed. Don’t forget to use a panty liner.
- You can use the mixture every day, as many times as you need for a week, make sure you keep it in your fridge.
What’s the best honey to use for yeast infection?
Make sure you use high quality, raw honey. Research shows that rhododendron honeys and multifloral honeys are most effective against yeast infections, but all honeys have got antifungal properties. The most important is to make sure that the honey you choose is unprocessed, raw and of high quality. There are many poor quality or fake honeys available on the market, so it’s important to know how to differentiate them from quality honeys, you can use the following techniques:
- Read the label, the only ingredient should be honey. If there are any additives, don’t buy it. However, some producer may lie about the purity of their honey, so you still use other techniques.
- Pure honey should crystallize within around 6 months from being collected, depending on the variety.
- Pour a spoonful of honey into a glass of room temperature water. If it dissolves quickly, it may be a sign that the honey is not pure and it’s got some sort of sugar syrup added.
- Another way to avoid fakes is to buy comb honey. It comes directly from the beehive, in a honeycomb, so you can be sure it’s the purest form of honey you can get.
Bee products are fantastic natural remedies for a yeast infection. Apart from high quality honey, you can use propolis or bee pollen to help relieve your symptoms. Remember that sometimes honey can give you an allergic reaction, so don’t use it if you’re allergic to bee stings, pollen or other bee products. I like the fact that yogurt and honey mixture is safe for pregnant women but if you’re pregnant, make sure you check with your doctor before using it.
I would love to hear about your experiences of using honey for a yeast infection? How did you use it? Did it help? Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts and questions.