Though yeast infection is fairly common, it’s still uncomfortable and alarming. Check out the 10 best home remedies to help relieve the symptoms and restore vaginal PH balance.
In a previous post, I explained the symptoms and leading causes of yeast infections. In this post, I share 10 simple remedies to help relieve the symptoms of yeast and other vaginal infections in the comfort of your own home.
10 Best Home Remedies for Yeast Infections
Here they are:
1. Try over-the-counter fungus creams
If you’ve had yeast infections before and you’re confident this is what you have, you can try an over-the-counter fungus cream. I’ve used Monistat 7 Day Treatment before. It works pretty effectively.
2. Take an oatmeal bath
Natural colloidal oatmeal has long been known to be an effective and healthy way to help relieve itching. Add some colloidal oatmeal powder to a warm bath and soak for about 10-20 minutes. It’s very soothing, and helps to provide some relief for itchy, irritated tissues, naturally.
3. Do a healing douche
As mentioned in my previous post, routine douching can cause yeast infections and is generally not a good idea. If you have a yeast infection, however, you can try the following home douche remedies as exceptions to the rule.
Douche with apple cider vinegar
A mild apple cider vinegar douche can help restore the vagina’s normal pH (which is about 4.5). Add 1.5 cups of apple cider vinegar into a bathtub filled with lukewarm water and soak in it for about 20 minutes.
Do this once a day for the first 3 days of the infection.
After 3 days, mix 1.5 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and use it as a vaginal douche twice a day for up to 5 days.
You can also start drinking a glass of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar once a day. This not only helps prevent yeast infections, but also has many other health benefits, such as improving skin condition and boosting metabolism.
Douche with yogurt
Douching with yogurt that contains live lactobacillus or acidophilus bacteria may also help restore the loss of “good bacteria” during infection or as a result of antibiotic use.
Douche with rosemary tea
Alternatively, you can make a tea of rosemary, drink it, use it as a douche, or apply externally with pads that have been soaked in it.
Douche with tea tree oil
Tea tree oil can be used as a highly effective douche treatment against yeast infections, thanks to its antiseptic and antifungal properties.
Combine 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. Mix the solution, which should appear milky white. And store the solution in a dropper bottle.
Add 10 drops of the solution to a pint of water. Use this douche once a day for a week to rinse the vagina.
4. Eat live-culture yogurt
A study found that women who ate 8 ounces of yogurt every day were less likely to develop yeast infection than those who didn’t.
If you already have a yeast infection, yogurt can help replenish the “good bacteria” and restore the normal pH in the vagina. You can eat it or apply it directly onto the vaginal surface for 10 to 15 minutes each day until the symptoms subside.
Alternatively, you can take a lactobacillus supplement, which supports a healthy yeast balance in the body. It does so by replenishing flora (healthy bacteria) to the intestines. As result, it also supports digestion and intestinal function.
5. Check out Boic Acid Power
Some studies have shown boric acid powder to be a safe, inexpensive and effective yeast remedy.
Boric acid powder is a chemical substance with mild antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral properties. In addition to treating yeast infection, it’s often used for skin conditions such as acne and as eyewash. Consult your doctor to see if boic acid power is right for you.
6. Eat a clove of garlic
Garlic has strong antifungal and antiyeast properties. It’s particularly good at inhibiting the growth of yeast. So try to eat a clove of raw garlic a day. I like to mince it and use it to make a yummy guacamole at home. It’s addictive!
7. Take probiotics
Probiotics are a popular natural remedy for yeast and other vaginal infections. These microbial organisms, “good bacteria,” are naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina. They help suppress the growth of “bad bacteria,” such as Candida fungus.
Jarrow Formulas Fem Dophilus contains two patented and clinically proven probiotic strains, Lactobacillus GR-1 and Lactobacillus RC-14, which helps maintain or restore a healthy vaginal flora.
A Cycle Harmony member recommended Bee Panacea, a nourishing, detoxifying, anti-aging mixture of raw bee products, botanical herbs, super-foods and probiotics. I like that it contains all the most important nutrients in one spoonful – and it seems really yummy too!
8. Boost your immune system
Our body has a natural, resilient tendency to come back to a state of health and balance. By strengthening our immune system, we activate our body’s innate abilities to fight off harmful bacteria and restore its natural balance and harmony.
You can strengthen your immune system by creating healthier lifestyles, practicing positive thinking, and by taking supplements for extra immune support.
Echinacea and goldenseal are also excellent herbs to support the immune system, and are commonly used in treating yeast and other vaginal infections.
9. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
Yeasts grow in warm, humid, and damp environments. Certain foods, such as sugary snacks, glutenous grains, high-sugar fruits and refined oils, create such an environment for yeast to flourish, and cause inflammations in the body – one of the leading contributors of heart disease, menstrual problems, allergies, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.
Start eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Check out Jessica K. Black’s The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book.
10. Join a support group
Creating a lifestyle change is not easy, especially when doing it on your own. It’s much easier when you are among likeminded people who share similar concerns and goals – and who understand, listen and support you.
Join our Cycle Harmony community – a wonderful group of women from all around the world who are committed to taking charge of their menstrual health, and live vibrantly!
Note that some of remedies mentioned above are not suitable for pregnant women and may interact with certain medications. So if you’re pregnant, or have any underlying health issues, you should consult your doctor before trying those remedies.
Monistat 7 Day Treatment to clear up yeast infection
14 Day Quick Colon Cleanse to clean up the digestive track
Pearls Probiotic to restore intestinal flora balance
Jarrow Formulas Fem Dophilus to support vaginal and urinary tract health
Source Naturals Wellness Formula to boost immunity and fend off bacterial intrusion
The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book to reduce inflammation (the underlying cause of excessive vaginal discharge and vaginal infections)