Top 8 Home Remedies for Yeast Infection in Women
Top 8 Home Remedies for Yeast Infection in Women
If you’re suffering from a yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis) you’re surely looking for a way to get rid of the itch as soon as possible. A vaginal yeast infection, apart from giving very unpleasant symptoms, can seriously affect your quality of life. Fortunately, you can find the solution to your problem right in your pantry! Let’s have a look at my list of 8 best and scientifically supported home remedies for a yeast infection in women.
Coconut Oil for a Yeast Infection
Numerous studies show that coconut oil has got excellent antifungal qualities. It can enhance the effect of antifungal suppositories, such as Clotrimazole. It’s even more effective when used in combination with antifungal essential oils. Just make sure you use high quality organic coconut oil! Learn more about making your own coconut oil suppositories here.
Ginger Tea for a Yeast Infection
Ginger has got proven antifungal qualities and it can be used to treat different kinds of yeast infections. If you want to treat a vaginal yeast infection, brew a cup of good quality ginger tea and mix it with two tablespoons of coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil for a stronger effect. Soak a tampon in the mixture and insert it into your vagina overnight. You can repeat the treatment until your symptoms disappear.
Tea Tree Oil for a Yeast Infection
Tea tree oil is one of the most potent essential oils that can help you treat a yeast infection. It’s best to use it in combination with coconut oil. Learn how to make tea tree oil and coconut oil suppositories here or check my review of tea tree suppositories with teat tree oil that you can buy on Amazon.
Lavender Oil for a Yeast Infection
If you don’t have tea tree oil at home, use lavender oil. It’s as potent as tea tree oil when it comes to treating yeast infections. You can mix it with coconut oil to make homemade suppositories (check my recipe here) or with ginger tea and coconut oil to make antifungal tampons (see the recipe above).
Honey for a Yeast Infection
Honey, just like other bee products such as bee pollen or propolis, has been scientifically shown to be an excellent yeast infection remedy. Mix two tablespoons of high quality raw honey with two tablespoons of probiotic yogurt. Squirt the mixture slowly into your vagina with a clean syringe before going to bed. Repeat the treatment until your symptoms are gone.
Yogurt for a Yeast Infection
Natural, unsweetened yogurt rich in probiotics (friendly bacteria) can help you fight a yeast infection and reestablish a healthy bacterial flora in your vagina to prevent future bouts. You can use it in your vagina overnight together with honey (see the recipe above) and also speed up your recovery by eating yogurt every day.
Cranberry Juice for a Yeast Infection
Studies show that cranberry juice can not only help you treat UTI but also vaginal yeast infections. It’s thanks to one of its compounds called proanthocyanidins, which stops Candida cells from growing. It would be difficult to treat a vaginal yeast infection with cranberry juice only, but you can use it to complement another natural antifungal treatment. Drinking cranberry juice during your yeast infection treatment can help you recover quicker as well as prevent future yeast infections. Learn more about using cranberries for a yeast infection here.
Aloe Vera for Yeast Infection
Many studies have confirmed that aloe vera has got excellent antifungal and antibacterial properties. You can make your own suppositories using aloe vera pulp (if you happen to have an aloe vera plant at home) or aloe vera gel (make sure that it’s a 100% natural gel). In order to prepare aloe vera suppositories for a yeast infection:
- Mix aloe vera gel (or liquidized aloe vera pulp) with coconut oil, 1:8 ratio.
- Pour the mixture into a suppository tray and leave it in the fridge until solid.
- Insert one suppository into your vagina before going to bed and repeat the treatment until your symptoms are gone.
- Use a pad after you insert a suppository, as it may leak.
What Else Can I do to Speed up my Recovery From a Yeast Infection?
- Eat probiotic-rich foods such as sauerkraut, olives in brine, pickles or take probiotic supplements every day during and after your treatment. Probiotics will help reestablish healthy levels of friendly bacteria in your gut and vagina making it difficult for Candida cells to keep feeding and multiplying.
- Never use vaginal douches. Even if it’s an antifungal douche, it can make things worse by rinsing out not only Candida cells, but also friendly bacteria that are crucial in protecting your vagina from infections.
- Avoid drinking coffee and eating foods that contain caffeine, such as chocolate and cocoa. They raise cortisol levels in your blood which can lower your immunity making it more difficult to recover.
- Abstain from sexual activity until your recover completely. Sex can lead to microinjuries within your vaginal area creating favorable environment for yeast to thrive.
- Do not use any scented soaps, feminine ashes or intimate deodorants. They usually contain harsh chemicals that can make your infection worse or make you more prone to yeast infections. It’s best to switch to 100% natural feminine washes that contain antifungal ingredients that will help you fight the infection, or use only water to wash your intimate areas during your yeast infection treatment.
Once you fully recover from a yeast infection, it’s good to introduce small changes to your lifestyle to help prevent reinfection. You can learn more about it in my article about preventing vaginal yeast infections.
It’s amazing how many yeast infection remedies nature has provided for us. There are many more than I have mentioned in this article. For example, there are at least 10 other essential oils that kill Candida cells!
However, before you start your treatment , it’s best to see your doctor who will take swabs of your vaginal secretions and have them analyzed in a lab to get a proper diagnosis. It’s easy to confuse yeast infection symptoms with bacterial vaginosis or sexually transmitted diseases, so getting diagnosed by a doctor is crucial.
Also, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, do not attempt to treat your yeast infection at home. Your doctor will prescribe you a special treatment that is safe for you and your baby.
What is your favorite home remedy for a yeast infection? Have you tried any of my recommendations? I’d love to hear about your experiences! Please share your stories and questions in the comment section below.