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8 Natural Remedies to Cure Vaginal Yeast Infections
7. Coconut Oil
It’s true that coconut oil is a natural antifungal (find out 101 uses of coconut oil) but it will probably work better if you mix it with some more potent antifungal oils such as tea tree oil or oil of oregano. If your infection is severe and you have symptoms on the outside of the vagina, rubbing a bit of coconut oil should provide some instant relief from the itching. Neem oil is another oil with a bit of a weaker antimicrobial properties but can provide some relief from itching.
8. Boric Acid
Research shows that using a suppository seems to work very well against yeast infections, especially against certain types of yeast. One study showed that using a boric acid suppository every night for 7 to 10 days had a 92 percent cure rate. In fact, an article posted in the journal Diabetes Care in a 2007 issue, stated that boric acid suppositories were more effective in killing yeast infections in women with diabetes than an over the counter azole medication.
Boric acid is toxic if swallowed. Some women complained that the suppositories caused a burning sensation, so be forewarned. Also, don’t use boric acid if you are pregnant.
Although some of these methods might produce a burning sensation for those with sensitive skin, they won’t cause any actual damage. Use common sense. Begin with small amounts and then increase the amount if you don’t feel any adverse effects. Undecylenic acid is the most painful of all the above methods, but it also works the fastest and is the most effective. Although many women state that they do feel burning, there are no reports of any skin damage as of this writing.