Ginger is known as a natural remedy and offers such health benefits as:
boosting immune system
relieving menstrual pain and headaches
However, with growing resistance of yeast such as Candida to conventional antifungal drugs, scientists focus more and more on its antifungal properties. Recently quite a few studies emerged on how ginger can be used for a yeast infection, let me discuss some of them:
A 2008 study shows that fluconazole-resistant C. albicans, C. dubliniensis, and Candida non-albicans are susceptible to ginger essential oils
A 2013 study found potent antifungal qualities of glycolic ginger extract against Candida albicans, while another study found that ethanolic ginger extract solution in concentration 1:5 was comparable to Nystatin (an antifungal drug used against fluconazole-resistant Candida strains) in terms of effectiveness.
Another 2013 study found 10% ethanolic ginger extract shows antimicrobial potential against Candida albicans.
One more study from 2013 evaluated how ginger starch can boost antifungal qualities of honey against Candida albicans and it found that it can be an alternative to tackle the resistance to antifungal drugs.
Apart from its antifungal compounds, ginger can help you fight a yeast infection by raising your body temperature, creating an inhospitable environment for Candida.
So how can ginger help you fight a yeast infection?
Antifungal qualities of ginger come in different forms, from essential oil to ginger tea. We still need more studies about using ginger in pharmaceutical medication, but we can use its antifungal properties by simply eating it in its natural form by adding it to sauces and stir fries or drinking ginger tea.
You can make a homemade ginger tea by chopping a piece of ginger and adding it to boiling water, leave it there for a few minutes and add some honey and a dash of lemon juice for exquisite, refreshing taste.
You can also use ginger tea to relieve vaginal yeast infection symptoms. Soak a cotton pad in ginger tea and spread it around your vulva for instant relief!
Ginger Tea and Coconut Oil Tampons
Mix a cup of freshly brewed ginger tea with two tablespoons of coconut oil and 15 drops of tea tree oil. Soak a tampon in it for 10 minutes and insert into your vagina. It’s best to insert a new tampon every six hours until the infection clears.
Ginger Root Supplement
You may also choose to use ginger diet supplements, such as Herbal Secrets Ginger Root Supplement, which doesn’t contain any fillers or artificial ingredients. Apart from antifungal properties, it can:
help you remove toxins from your body
improve absorption of nutrients
boost your immune system and the cardiovascular system
What are the side effects of ginger?
Ginger is generally considered safe, but there’s a possibility of rash, belching, heartburn, bloating and nausea. Eating ginger isn’t recommended to those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers and gallstones. Some women experience extra menstrual bleeding after eating ginger. When applied to the skin, ginger can cause irritation.
Ginger is one of the best natural remedies for a yeast infection next to aloe vera and coconut oil. You can easily incorporate it in your diet as a preventative measure or use ginger tea to relieve your symptoms. Make sure you always have it handy because it’s a very versatile remedy, it will not only help you fight symptoms of a yeast infection, but also common cold, nausea and headache.
Have you ever tried using ginger for a yeast infection? Maybe you used it as a home remedy for other conditions? Please share your experiences and feedback in the comment section below.