How To Treat Yeast Infection Naturally

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Vaginal yeast infections are very common among women and cause itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes pain or burning when urinating or having intercourse. Some women also have a thick white lumpy discharge.

Yeast normally lives in the vagina in small numbers. When too many yeast cells are growing in the vagina it causes vaginal yeast infection, which most of them are caused by a type of yeast called Candida albicans. Taking antibiotics sometimes causes an imbalance of the organisms in the vagina which results in yeast infection.

So what can you do when you have vaginal yeast infection? there are few natural remedies for yeast infection that help solving the problem. Try them as soon as you feel the uncomfortable feeling in the vagina.

Probiotics

Probiotics boost the immune system and increase the resistance for infection. They maintain the good bacteria in the gut which is the foundation of a good health. Yogurt that contains active cultures is a good source of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics are also available in supplement form in capsule or as powder. It is recommended to consume the probiotics supplement with food. You can also read my article 9 reasons to take probiotics.

Diet

Yeast love sugar, so if you want to get rid of yeast eliminate sugar from your diet, or at least have a low sugar diet. Other foods that are not recommended are: processed carbs, alcohol, caffeine, vinegar, beer, fruits, aged cheeses, peanuts, melons and soy products.

Coconut Oil and Caprylic Acid

Unrefined coconut oil is one of the leading anti-fungal foods and contains fatty acids that help the body to eliminate yeast. The recommended dosage is 2 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. Caprylic acid is one of the fatty acids found in coconut oil and is available as a supplement. Recommended dosage is according to the label (consume with meals).

Oil of Oregano

This oil is effective in destroying the candida. It has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. You can make oregano tea by mixing 2 teaspoon of dried oregano in hot water for 10 minutes and drink it 3 times a day. You can also take it as a supplement, 250 to 500 mg three times a day. Oil of Oregano is not recommended for pregnant women.

Garlic

Garlic has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties which help fight candida. It is advised to consume 600 to 900 mg daily in divided doses.

Garlic will also help to boost your immune system and offset any symptoms that you feel from candida die-off.

To maximize the health benefits of garlic, crush or mince the garlic, then wait 10 minutes before consuming it to further enhance the formation of allicin and to ensure the maximum synthesis of allicin.

Tea Tree Oil

Dilute tea tree essential oil and soak a tampon in it. Keep it in the vagina overnight. This essential oil has antiseptic properties and is excellent to treat infections.

If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

To use tea tree oil to kill off oral thrush candida infections, this is what you should do:

  1. Add 3 drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of water and mix well.
  2. Swish the mixture around your mouth for a few minutes and spit out.
  3. Repeat 2 times a day to keep your mouth fresh and kill off bacteria and candida.
  4. Take care not to swallow any of the tea tree oil remedy as it is toxic if swallowed.

Boric Acid

Boric acid suppositories are highly effective in women with chronic yeast infections. The suppositories need to be inserted vaginally twice a day for two weeks, then continued for an additional two weeks if necessary.

Candida infection doesn’t have to be only in the vagina. Read more about candida in my article about top signs that you have candida infection and what to do about it: Top Signs That You Have Candida Infection and What to Do About It.

You can also learn about the symptoms of candida die-off and what to do about it.

Read these related articles:

1. Foods That Improve Your Vaginal Health
2. Swollen Vaginal Area: Causes and Natural Treatments
3. How to Get Rid of Vaginal Odor: The Best Natural Remedies
4. The Top 9 Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) – Research Based

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52 Responses to How To Treat Yeast Infection Naturally

  1. Sheila says:

    Also apple cider vinegar works gd used as a douche rinse

    • Mary Ann says:

      Hi… I had tried apple cider, and truly like a miracle it worked in three days. However am having the infection again, and taking a bit longer this time. Will try to work it out with yogurt n a better balanced diet, and observe:)

  2. Anne Horner says:

    What I have is a question. I have a mini-poodle who suffers from yeast infections in his ears. I have him on the no grain diet the vet recommended, but he is still having problems. It costs at least $200 per visit for his ears. Do you have any suggestions for treating his problem?

  3. Ruth Cobb says:

    My problem is mostly esophageal due to antibiotics for 18 weeks (six bags a day) due to osteomyelitis (bone infection) of my feet. I have had multiple rounds of diflucan, have used Terazol for vaginally, but have had little relief of either vaginal or exophageal yeast infection. Any ideas to relieve esophageal yeast infection. I would appreciate any ideas as the prescriptions seem to not help.

  4. Melanie White says:

    What is the ratio of Tea Tree Oil and water for the tampon method?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Melanie, since tea tree essential oil can sometimes cause skin irritation, start from no more than one or two drops in one tablespoon of carrier oil. Coat the tampon and insert. If there is any irritation stop using the oil and wash the area with clean, warm water. Use the coated tampon for several days and at least a day after all symptoms are gone.

  5. Tina says:

    I must to take all of this or just one or two?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Tina, don’t take all at once. Try to see what works for you. You may see for example that probiotics and low sugar diet solve the problem. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what works best for a person, as results vary between different people, and it may take some time until you see results.

  6. Gaye Allison says:

    Ann Horner…Acidophilus is your answer, works for humans and works for pets with yeast infection in the ears…started using acidophilus 30 years ago…no problems since.”knock on wood”..lol this tip was given to me by a pharmacist in Seattle thirty years ago. Good luck!

  7. hijab says:

    i uses yougrt dirct in vagina and it cmfrts alot..i hav tried many medicns and creams recmnded by doc bt all in vain…only yougrt helps me

  8. Seajaye says:

    Can anyone please tell me how such an organism in women just goes for a woman’s vagina, as if that is the only mucosal membrane she has while men have typically been treated systemically for yeast problems, thus providing opportunity for actually getting rid of the damn thing in the latter? Years of experience with doctors prescribing the vaginal cremes wised me up. My theory is that unless you treat such systemically, you will soon be repeating symptomatic treatment to support Big Pharma, big government (unaffordable health care, abominable care), while you continue to suffer with mere treatment minus cure. There are many amongst the sufferers and a very few doctors (good luck finding them) who realize its sweet relationship to cancer, another disease for which the merging medical government complex has no incentive to cure.

    • Glorioustimes says:

      The medical treatment for yeast infections amazes me to this day! 25 years ago I had a very good gyoncologist, who recommended yoghurt for yeast infections and it worked well. To this day I have experienced various doctors in various countries who never rebuild the vaginal bacterial status after treating the candida and who even after being asked don’t come up with any advice or even deny the effectiveness of yoghurt/acidophilus bacteria. And it is indeed correct:when infection won’t leave, it does have to be treated systemically. Absolutely! After all, yeast infections are just a symptom for a body out of balance.

    • JC says:

      yep, spot on dear, if one is not sick, the powers that be don’t make any money…for those of us who chose to take it into our own hands and find safer alternatives, because there are..you must be diligent to rid yourself of it. I was pregnant with my third baby and living just up the road from the beach, I took my two very bored children and my yeast infected body to to swim in the ocean…It was the perfect cure! I sat in the strangely, very calm water of the Atlantic ocean and enjoyed a very calming, relaxing (rare) soak in the salty water. My yeast infection was cured! So if ever I get another, which has not occurred since! no exaggeration, and this baby I was pregnant with turns 30 this August! I would use a salt water flush!

      It is said, when men start losing their private body parts, then there will be a cure for cancer..until then ladies, know your body and heal it with the safe ingredients God in Christ created for us! Search it, read about it, don’t ignore it, and fix it. If not, enjoy being in the arms of your heavenly Father for eternity.

  9. Susie Thompson says:

    So called yeast infection under the boobs and tummy when I gets hot outside we sweat and then I come inside with heat looking rash under my boobs. I was told it was yeast infection. Antibactial powder I buy and use that. Dry on wet…not wet on wet

  10. Christine says:

    I have suffered for years with vaginal yeast infractions. The only think to help my symptoms subside was Vitamin b shots (pernicious Anaemia). So please have a blood tests to have levels checked

  11. Natasha says:

    Nothing helps mone. It’s killing me.

    • renee says:

      try mixing boric acid and coconut oil then make balls with the mixture and place in the frig. this is what i do and it has helped me. i got a candy dot tray from amozan and i put the mixture into that and put it in the frig after it hardens i then put it into a contianer . (i use borax and coconut oil )

    • Carolyn says:

      Search youtube for bacterial vaginitis…..peroxide douche….it worked like a miracle in just a few days of treatment……no problem for 2 years since. I recommend it.

  12. Marie carpenter says:

    Take showers too it helps clean out yeast while bathing sitting in water brews it more

  13. yvonne sinclair says:

    I just wanted to say I ave sufferd from thrush for a long num of years an nothing seems to help an it just gets me realky down!!

    • JC says:

      have you ever used homeopathics? here is the site from rxhomeo.com they are a trusted place to buy inexpensively and larger quantity. It will take up to three weeks for order to arrive if you are in the U.S. this company is in India, where they have legal homeopathic hospitals and know homeopathy works! I can attest to it and use homeopathics for years to cure cows, dogs, children and myself…no turning back~
      http://www.rxhomeo.com/pharmacy/homeopathic.php?act=viewCat&searchStr=Thrush

  14. Leef says:

    Patchouli and tea tree are both anti fungal ,
    You can use these (essential oils) diluted on a tampon or
    you can make a shallow bath and help
    the problem by palming into the entrance of the
    vagina. 🙂 Sitting in the tub for 10-15 will do you some justice !

  15. Kim says:

    I have recurrent yeast infections. Gyn. Prescribes diflucan which works but the infection comes back. I have eliminated most refined sugars from my diet. I’m a little nervous about the tampon method and can’t use yougurt due to migraines. How much success has anyone had with probiotics or other natural remedies? Thanks

  16. Vanessa says:

    Ladies, get with it. The only solution is antibiotics. Any qualified doctor or pharmacist can give you the right prescription. If you have serious issues, then visit your gynecologist and have him do an examination of your vagina to determine if there are serious issues that need to be treated. Why take chances with your “kitty”? If you abuse it, then you will lose it. Get tested and Get treated by a medical doctor!

  17. asma naureen says:

    Im suffering from frequent uti what shall I do to get rid of this, tried antibiotics several times,avc cranberry etc.my manopause period s also started, jenny please do u have any suggestions for this? Is this happening due to manupause? Very painful.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Asma, according to Mayo Clinic website, after menopause UTIs may become more common because the lack of estrogen causes changes in the urinary tract that make it more vulnerable to infection. I have an article about how to treat UTI naturally – http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/treat-urinary-tract-infection-naturally/ – it’s important to treat UTI as soon as you notice the signs of it and UTI that last longer than two days requires medical intervention. Have a look at the suggestions and tips in the article, but in some cases only antibiotics can help.

  18. Lynn Johnson says:

    I have found that coconut oil suppositories work better for me than Monostat and are much more pleasant to use. Just take a blob of pure organic coconut out out of the jar with a spoon and place it on a square of cling wrap. You shape it into a bullet shape by rolling the wrap up. Place in the fridge for a an hour or so or just store them there. Wonderful for relief from dryness as well.

  19. Tracy says:

    Anne Horner there is a gal named Skye Patterson on Facebook who deals with the use of essential oils an natural remedies for pets. Look her up. She’s a wealth of information.

  20. saleha ali says:

    What is the best solution for infection… I am also suffering from this problem …what should I do sometimes leakage comes out and sometimes there us a rash around the outer area….especially after periods should I eat yougrt is use it in vagina….please help me

    • Jenny says:

      It’s hard to know what will work best for you as everyone is different and there is no one solution that fits all. Sometimes it’s a matter of trial and error to see what works best for you. As for the yogurt – you can eat it so the probiotics boost the immune system and increase the resistance for infection and/or you can also put it into the vagina. One method is to smear plain yogurt directly over the vulva to ease any soreness or irritation, and then insert it directly into the vagina. If you see no improvement or the symptoms worsen, go to see your doctor.

  21. saleha Ali says:

    Thanks for your reply….. Today I bought boric acid to wash my part…I ll add it with water and wash it ..is it fine or safe?….I ll let you know the result….

  22. Saleha Ali says:

    Thank you very much ….it really works…I just put boric acid in Luke warm water in a tub and sit in the tub for 15 min…and also use seperately boric acid water for washing that part…. really feeling betterthankyou once again..now plz tell me for how long should I use boric acid water……

    • Jenny says:

      According to webMD website, standard yeast infection treatment is one capsule inserted in the vagina at bedtime for 7 days. For treatment of recurring yeast infections, standard yeast infection treatment is done for two weeks, and then boric acid can be used twice a week for 6 months to 1 year.

  23. Lara says:

    Wow, I am suffering from a bout of yeast infection that comes every 4 or 5 years. . . this one was from a shot of penicillin for strep throat. . . the most horrid and uncomfortable feeling ever “raw” is how I feel and all dried up from pouring water mixed with witch hazel. Dr. gave me a one-time antibiotic. Not helping much, but after, now, 2 days, it seems to be calming a bit. Dr. said I have to wait a few days and put anti-itch cream on the outside. That nothing else can be given for this dilemma. I want to hang this “girl” up. So sore and tired. Did all the yogurt, probiotics, anti-itch creams, vagisil wipes, loads of drinking water. . . . So all-in-all you have to wait it out and live through it until it heals. I am not chronic. . just every several years. My heart goes out to you chronic sufferers. . . .

  24. Ruth Onoguere says:

    Please I use to have boil every month when I want to see my period, the boil will just go like that at the end of the month for 4years now only when I want to see my period please help me

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