How to Use Ginger for Yeast Infection?
Ginger is known as an excellent natural remedy for yeast infection and it also offers such health benefits as:
- nausea relief
- boosting the immune system
- relieving menstrual pain and headaches
However, with growing resistance to 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, I’ll discuss some of them later.
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 it 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
- reduce inflammation
- improve the absorption of nutrients
- boost your immune system and the cardiovascular system
What’s the Scientific Evidence for Ginger’s Antifungal Properties?
- 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 the 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.
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.
Not Sure if it’s a Yeast Infection? Get Tested
Sometimes, vaginal itching and discharge may be caused by something more serious than a yeast infection. Some sexually transmitted diseases, as well as bacterial vaginosis, may give similar symptoms. That’s why it’s very important to get tested to know for sure what kinds of infection you’ve got.
Sexually transmitted diseases can have a devastating effect on your health if left untreated so you should establish the cause of your symptoms as soon as possible.
One of the most convenient and discreet ways to do it is ordering a home test kit. It allows you to take your swabs from the comfort of your home and send them straight to the lab. You’ll get your results by email within 3 to 5 days.
There are many companies that offer online testing services, but my favorite one is MyLabBox because apart from STD testing, they also test for BV and yeast infection. If you test positive, you’ll get a free medical consultation so you can start your treatment as soon as possible.
Ginger is one of the best natural remedies for a yeast infection next to aloe vera and coconut oil. You can easily incorporate it into 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.