Effective Natural Cures for Vaginal Yeast Infections
There are many natural cures for vaginal yeast infections that women use when they need immediate relief from itching. While they may prove very effective, it’s always best to stay safe and consult your doctor before using any of these.
Aloe Vera for Vaginal Yeast Infection
It’s my favorite natural remedy for a yeast infection. It brings instant relief, whether used topically or as a vaginal suppository. If you want to use it on your skin, smear an all natural aloe vera gel on your vulva and it should stop itching immediately (but it won’t cure a yeast infection!). If you want to prepare aloe vera gel suppositories to get rid of a yeast infection for good, follow these steps:
- Mix 1 ounce of aloe vera gel with 8 ounces of coconut oil
- Pour the mixture onto an ice cube tray and leave it in the fridge
- Once solid, insert one suppository before going to bed.
- Make sure you use a pad!
Boric Acid for Vaginal Yeast Infection
Studies suggest that boric acid is a safe and economic option for women with recurrent and chronic symptoms of vaginal yeast infection when conventional treatment fails due to the presence of non-albicans Candida species or azole-resistant strains.
- You can make your own boric acid suppositories by filling size 0 gelatin capsules with boric acid (about 600 mg).
- You may also choose to buy ready made boric acid suppositories.
- The treatment usually consists of one capsule inserted in the vagina overnight for a week. In case of recurring yeast infections, the treatment takes two weeks, and then boric acid suppositories can be used twice a week for a longer period of time (from 6 to 12 months), as prescribed by your doctor.
Yogurt for Vaginal Yeast Infection
One of the most common natural remedies for vaginal yeast infection is yogurt. Its effectiveness is due to the presence of probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, which impedes the growth of candida in the vagina. Eating yogurt every day helps balance the bacteria in your digestive system as well.
For instant relief, you may simply spread some yogurt around the affected skin and the entrance to the vagina or insert it into your vagina. Make sure that the yogurt you use is sugar-free, as yeasts thrive on sugar and look for those containing live and active cultures.
What is the easiest way to insert it?
- Fill rubber glove fingers with yogurt
- Leave it in the freezer for a few hours
- Insert yogurt tampons into your vagina overnight
- It may get a bit messy in the morning, so don’t forget to to use a thin pad!
Garlic for Vaginal Yeast Infection
Garlic is known for its anti-fungal qualities. According to studies, ingesting garlic does not help clear thrush. There is some scientific evidence that garlic extract significantly inhibits growth of Candida albicans, however those studies were not focusing specifically on vaginal yeast infections. Although inserting garlic into the vagina is not scientifically proven to work, many women claim it’s effective.
Some women make garlic tampons in the following way:
- Thread a sterile needle on a sterile thread and tie a knot
- Peel and wash a garlic clove
- Using a sterile needle, tie a thread through the clove. Make sure you leave enough thread to comfortably remove it in the morning (like a tampon)
- Insert garlic clove into your vagina overnight
I personally wouldn’t use it because the most potent antifungal garlic compound called allicin can cause damage to tissues and has got a very strong odour.
Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Lavender Oil for Vaginal Yeast Infection
Coconut oil, tea tree oil, and lavender oil are known to have potent anti-fungal properties. They can be used separately, applied on the affected skin. Some women make a concoction mixing all of them together.
- In a bowl mix a tablespoon of coconut oil and a few drops of lavender oil and tea tree oil (make sure you`re not allergic to any of them!)
- Put the bowl in the freezer and stir the mixture from time to time.
- Once it`s solid, form a lump and insert it into your vagina overnight. Remember to use a pad!
You can also buy ready made tea tree oil suppositories (pessaries). They have strong anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, however occasionally tea tree oil may cause an allergic reaction, so it’s best to check before inserting the suppository.
Potassium Sorbate for Vaginal Yeast Infection
It’s a strong antifungal used to preserve foods, in brewing beer it stops the growth of the yeast at the right time. You can get it at shops that sell home-brewing supplies, and at some natural foods stores. How to use it?
- Add 8 gm (1 tablespoon) potassium sorbate to a cup of water.
- Dip a cotton tampon in the solution, insert it at bedtime, remove it in the morning, continue for a few days, until the vaginal yeast infection symptoms are gone.
- If you’ve got difficulties inserting it, use a tampon in a plastic applicator or insert a dry tampon and then squirt the solution up, so the tampon will absorb it.
Cranberries for Vaginal Yeast Infection
Thanks to a high amount of proanthocyanidins, cranberries have excellent antifungal properties. Research shows that cranberry extract prevents Candida from sticking to human tissue and damages its protective cover called biofilm.
So how can you use it to prevent or treat yeast infections?
- incorporate cranberries in your daily diet
- Drink cranberry juice every day (make sure it’s pure juice, with no additives)
- Take cranberry supplement with high concentration of cranberry extract
- Try other foods that contain proanthocyanidins, such as grapes, apples, red wine, blueberries, black currants, hazelnuts, pecan nuts and pistachios.
Make sure you talk to your doctor before using any of these natural cures for vaginal yeast infections.