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8 Natural Remedies to Cure Vaginal Yeast Infections
Ladies, if you have ever had a vaginal yeast infection, then you know how irritating they can be. The burning and that maddening itch that just doesn’t seem to stop! Vaginal yeast infections are almost always a symptom of systemic yeast. If you use a natural cure and it works but then you have this issue again fairly quickly, you need to consider ridding your entire body of Candida overgrowth using herbs and eating correctly.
Candida needs to be dealt with where it starts; in your intestinal tract. Cut down (or cut it out entirely) on sugar. Eat more probiotics and natural dairy products that contain healthy bacteria called lactobacillus.
By the way, some people misunderstand the “eat more yogurt” advice to prevent vaginal yeast infections and some women have actually been inserting yogurt into the vagina. This is a mistake. First, most store bought yogurt doesn’t contain enough bacteria to kill the yeast and the pasteurized milk in these products actually feed the yeast infection. Just say NO to this remedy.
Take a look at 8 home remedies that DO work. Some of these are messy, some are quite soothing, while others are just plain uncomfortable, but the bottom line here is that they will work.
1. Colloidal Silver
Although colloidal silver does kill yeast on contact, it’s probably one of the weaker options. The good news with this is that it doesn’t burn or sting. Make a douche using 8 ounces of water and 1 tablespoon of colloidal silver. Use this daily until the problem is resolved but be aware that it might take a week or more before this completely eliminated. Read more about colloidal silver as antifungal miracle.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Many women swear by this method. Tea tree oil can be used in a douche by mixing about 8 ounces of water to 20 drops of tea tree oil. Another method is to soak a tampon in tea tree oil or mix some tea tree oil with coconut oil and coat the tampon with this mixture.
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This is an age old cure for yeast infections. Peel a garlic clove and cut a few slits in it. Run a string through it so you can pull it out later. Insert this clove of garlic into the vagina at bedtime and remove in the morning. Don’t be surprised if you find you can actually taste garlic in your mouth in the morning! Do this every night until the symptoms are gone.
4. Undecylenic Acid
OK, be forewarned, that although this kills yeast quite quickly, it burns like the dickens! However, if you want to get rid of this problem the fastest way possible, this is the way to do it. Buy undecylenic acid in a gel cap form. Pierce the gel cap and apply directly to the vagina or make a douche by mixing 8 ounces of water with the liquid from 3 gel caps. Another method is to soak a tampon and insert it or mix the contents of 3 gel caps with some coconut oil.
5. Oil of Oregano
This is a fairly easy method that works quite well. You can buy oil of oregano gel caps and simply insert one or two into the vagina at night. Your body heat will melt the gel. Another method is to mix 20 drops of oil of oregano with 8 ounces of water for a douche. You can also soak a tampon in this oil and use that.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a method your grandmother probably used. Make a douche using 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 8 ounces of water. Apply daily until the symptoms are gone. Find out all uses of apple cider vinegar.
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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.