One of those stubbornly persistent infections that can be quite difficult to deal with, yeast infections are not so easy to heal. While medication works in many cases, it can cause side effects and give rise to other problems. Using natural remedies for yeast infection is in fact a much easier way to fight the disease. There are plenty of natural remedies for yeast infection that are available easily and are extremely safe for use. Here is a list of 15 such remedies that can be used for most kinds of yeast infections.
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What is Yeast Infection?
Yeast infection is a fungal disease that can be causes either externally or internally due to the fungus Candida Albicans. This fungus is always present in the body but the numbers are controlled with the help of the good gut bacteria. However when the control is lost, the numbers flare and cause the condition called yeast infection which can be of any of these kinds – vaginal yeast infection, yeast infection of the mouth, yeast infection of the feet and other kinds. It causes redness, itching and inflammation at the affected area .
15 DIY Remedies for Fighting Yeast Infection
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the most commonly used remedies for yeast infection because of its safety as well as efficiency. Using it is pretty simple too. Here’s how and why you should use it.
Why is coconut oil good for yeast infection?
Coconut oil can be greatly beneficial in healing yeast infection because of its Anti-fungal nature which curbs the growth of the yeast. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent that soothes swelling, redness and pain. Along with that, Coconut oil is nutritious has got vitamins and minerals that make it great for the yeast infection.
How to use coconut oil for yeast infection:
We can use coconut oil in multiple ways for yeast infection – as a massage oil, as oil pulling, as tampons and other means. We explore how we can use it as a massage oil.
Step 1 : Take some coconut oil in a hot pan and heat it slightly.
Step 2 : If you would like add a few drops of an anti-fungal essential oil (this is optional).
Step 3 : Massage it gently over the area of the skin affected with yeast infection.
Step 4 : Wash it after about half an hour of leaving it on with a soap.
Step 5 : Repeat this every day until your yeast infection is healed.
Cranberries are yet another great natural remedy for yeast infection. They can be taken in the form of the fruits directly or cranberry juice.
Why is cranberry juice good for yeast infection?
Cranberry juice is used for yeast infection (mainly vaginal and intestinal) as well as urinary infections as it controls the disharmony in the ph levels of the vagina which helps in reducing the growth of the fungus and culminating the already existing fungi by flushing them out from the body. It also helps the immune system of the body fight the disease by itself.
How to use Cranberry juice for yeast infection:
Cranberry juice works for eliminating the yeast infection by consuming in one of these forms:
-Eating cranberries directly
-Ingesting cranberry juice that is ready made.
-Making your own cranberry juice at home and this is how it is done:
Step 1 : Get some freshly plucked cranberries from a store near your home.
Step 2 : Grind them and remove the pulp by filtering the juice away.
Step 3 : Drink it directly without adding sugar as sugar tends to increase the growth of the yeast.
Yogurt is one of the most common natural remedies for yeast infection as it is extremely effective in eliminating the fungus and safe as well. It is easily available too. Here is how you can use it.
Why is yogurt good for yeast infection?
Yogurt is full of the good gut bacteria ‘Lactobacillus’ that can kill and stop the growth of the fungus that causes yeast infection. It is therefore considered to be a probiotic. Along with that, it is also anti-inflammatory in action and can be soothing to the affected skin.
How to use yogurt for yeast infection:
Yogurt can be used both by external application as well as internal consumption for healing various kinds of yeast infections.
An example of using yogurt externally:
Step 1 :Take some yogurt into a bowl.
Step 2 : Add a few drops of anti-fungal essential oil to it and mix it well.
Step 3 : Apply it over the affected area and leave it on for a while after massaging gently.
Step 4 : Wash it off with warm water.
A spice that can heal a whole lot of diseases, garlic can be used externally as well as internally for yeast infection and works very well. It is simple to use as well. Here we show you why and how to use it.
Why is garlic good for yeast infection?
Garlic being highly astringent can work against microbes like Candida that causes yeast. It can therefore reduce the infection to an extent. In addition it also works against the symptoms such as redness and inflammation.
How to use garlic for yeast infection:
We can garlic for yeast infection by either consuming it or by using it externally. Using it along with the foods that we consume along with consuming raw garlic as such can be highly beneficial. Here’s one way in which you can use garlic externally for yeast infection.
Step 1 : Crush some garlic cloves and make a paste out of them.
Step 2 : Use a carrier oil (like coconut oil or almond oil) by mixing the ground garlic cloves and the oil to form a fine mixture.
Step 3 : Now rub this over the affected area and leave it on for about 15 minutes to half an hour before you wash it off your skin.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most trustworthy remedies for just about any external skin condition, yeast infection being one of them. Apple cider vinegar can also be used both externally as well as internally. We show you how.
Why is apple cider vinegar good for yeast infection?
Apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-microbial and can act against the fungus that causes the yeast infection. Upon external and internal use, it also maintains the ph thereby causing a reduction in the growth and propagation of the Candida.
How to use Apple cider vinegar for yeast infection:
Apple cider vinegar works both when consumed internally and when used externally on the affected areas.
Using Apple cider vinegar internally:
One of the means is to make a solution of apple cider vinegar, either raw or diluted to half and drink it every day. You can also use it in the form of salad dressings or along with other smoothies and drinks.
Using apple cider vinegar externally:
Here’s an example of how you use apple cider vinegar for topical application along with baking soda to heal yeast infection:
Step 1 : Take some apple cider vinegar into a bowl.
Step 2 : Add a few teaspoons of baking soda to it and mix the two of them until they form a fine paste.
Step 3 : Apply this paste over the affected skin and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
Step 4 : Wash it off with warm water.
6. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, the essential oil that is known for its many benefits in healing external and internal diseases is also used against candida infections. However, we can use tea tree oil only externally as it is not suitable for internal consumption.
Why is tea tree oil good for yeast infection?
Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal compound and can inhibit the growth of the fungus that causes yeast infection. It also helps in healing the inflammation, redness and the pain that accompanies the yeast infection.
How can we use tea tree oil for yeast infection?
We can use tea tree oil for yeast infection through external means as a massage oil, a mouth wash, as a topical cream and in the form of tampons and suppositories. We show you how to make a topical massage application made with tea tree oil and aloe vera.
Step 1 : Take some aloe vera gel into a bowl.
Step 2 : Add a few drops of tea tree oil to this and mix it in the gel thoroughly.
Step 3 : Apply this over the infected area of your skin and leave it on for about half an hour.
Step 4 : Wash it off with warm water.
Step 5 : Repeat this remedy every day until your yeast infection gets completely healed.
7. Boric acid
One of the safest and the most effective remedies for yeast infection is boric acid. Although it is easily available, we can only use it externally on account of its poisonous nature and is not safe for pregnant women either. On regular topical usage, however, it can be a great way to heal yeast infection naturally.
Why is boric acid good for yeast infection?
Boric acid is a powerful anti-fungal which makes it good for healing yeast infection quickly and effectively. It can also be quite the bit healing for all the symptoms that are caused by the yeast infection like pain, inflammation and redness.
How to use Boric acid for yeast infection?
We can use Boric acid in the form of many topical massage applications that we can rub over the affected skin. We can also use it in the form of suppositories for vaginal yeast infection which we show you here.
Step 1 : Get some gelatin capsules from a drug store near your home.
Step 2 : Size 0 gelatin capsules is the recommended size.
Step 3 : Take about 600 mg of boric acid and fill it into the capsules.
Step 4 : Place these suppositories in your vagina and leave them overnight for release and slow action.
Step 5 : By next morning you will notice a reduction in the symptoms.
8. Lavender oil
Lavender oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils for fighting yeast infections for its many benefits in healing the condition. We use it externally in the form of topical massage applications for the most part.
Why is Lavender oil good for yeast infection?
Lavender oil is anti-fungal in nature and works by killing the fungus that causes the yeast infection. It is also rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an anti-oxidant and helps in boosting the immune system of the body thereby allowing it to fight the disease much more efficiently.
How to use Lavender oil for yeast infection?
Using lavender oil in the form of topical massage application is the most preferred method of use. Here is how we use Lavender oil on the skin afflicted with yeast infection with coconut oil as the carrier oil.
Step 1 : Take some coconut oil into a bowl and heat it till it is warm.
Step 2 : Add a few drops of Lavender oil to it and see to it that it dissolves completely in the coconut oil.
Step 3 : Apply this over the affected skin and gently massage.
Step 4 : Leave it on for about a half an hour before you rinse it off.
Step 5 : Repeat this procedure every day for good results.
9. Oregano oil
A very powerful essential oil for yeast infection, oregano oil is used very commonly and since a very long time ago. We use oregano oil as a topical application with a carrier oil or with any other carrier cream for good use.
Why is oregano oil good for yeast infection?
Oregano oil is one of the most powerful anti-fungals that is naturally available. This is one of the reasons that it acts so well against yeast infection. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent which reduces the symptoms such as pain, inflammation and redness.
How to use oregano oil for yeast infection?
Oregano oil is used as a topical application with oils or creams. We show you how to use oregano oil with olive oil as the carrier oil in the form of a massage oil mixture.
Step 1 : Take some olive oil into a bowl and heat it slightly until it is warm.
Step 2 : Add a few drops of oregano oil to this and see to it that it is uniformly spread out into the olive oil.
Step 3 : Apply it over the affected skin and massage it gently.
Step 4 : Leave it on for about half an hour and wash it off with warm water.
Step 5 : Repeat this remedy every day for good results.
10 . Myrrh oil
Myrrh oil is yet another powerful essential oil that is used for yeast infection very commonly. It can be very soothing upon external application and is used as a massage oil for quick results.
Why is Myrrh oil good for yeast infection?
The anti-fungal nature of the Myrrh oil makes it work against yeast infection by killing the Candida and stopping the spread of the fungus. It is also anti inflammatory in nature and can reduce the swelling, redness and the pain that accompanies the yeast infection.
How to use Myrrh oil for yeast infection?
Myrrh oil can be used as a massage oil with carriers or can be applied directly onto the skin as well for action against the yeast infection. We show you how to use Myrrh oil with a cold compress on the affected skin.
Step 1 : Take a clean sterilized cloth that is thick and dip it into cold water.
Step 2 : Squeeze it out so that it is not dripping wet and not dry either.
Step 3 : Drop a few drops of Myrrh oil onto the surface of the cloth evenly.
Step 4 : Press the affected skin with this compress gently while massaging it for about 15 minutes.
Step 5 : Wash your skin off after a half an hour or an hour after this treatment.
11. Aloe vera
Aloe vera can be used for many skin ailments and heals them efficiently enough with all the healing properties that it has got. It Is very easily available and safe too.
Why should we use Aloe vera for yeast infection?
Aloe vera is an anti-microbial agent that can heal reduce the growth and the propagation of the fungus that causes the yeast infection. It can also help in soothing the symptoms that come with yeast infection such as inflammation, redness and pain by a great measure. Being a gel, it also tends to hydrate the area affected and brings about healing.
How to use aloe vera for yeast infection?
Aloe vera is used only as a topical application on the affected areas of the skin. We show you how you can use it with an essential oil that can also act as a potent anti-fungal.
Step 1 : Take some aloe vere gel into a bowl.
Step 2 : Add a few drops of essential oil that you’d like to it.
Step 3 : Apply this over the affected area and massage gently.
Step 4 : Wash it off after a while.
A natural herb that is a cure for a whole lot of ailments, ginseng can work wonders for yeast infection upon regular and religious use. It is a herb that is found in many herbal stores all over the world.
Why is Ginseng good for yeast infection?
Ginseng is a herb that is anti-microbial in nature and hence can destroy the fungus that causes yeast infection upon prolonged use. It is also rich in anti-oxidants that make the immune system stronger thereby helping it fight the disease better.
How to use Ginseng for yeast infection?
Ginseng is used by consuming it internally. A tea is made out of it and consumed for reaping its benefits in all the areas of the body. However, you can also use the concoction as a topical remedy. We look at the process of making Ginseng tea for fighting yeast infection here:
Step 1 : Take some of the herb and add it to boiling water.
Step 2 : After the water turns golden brown by absorbing the essence of the herb, remove it from the stove and drink it any temperature that you find it suitable.
Step 3 : Not adding sugar is preferable as sugar is known to increase the multiplication of candida. However, you can add some drops of lemon to make it more palatable.
13. Baking soda
Baking soda can heal many external and internal conditions due to its ability to fight infections and being about healing. However, we use it in an external form for its action against yeast infection.
Why is Baking soda good for yeast infection?
Baking soda can against microbes and that includes the Candida that causes the yeast infection. It can also reduce the symptoms of yeast infection like inflammation and redness. Being alkaline in nature, it brings about a balance in the ph of the infected area that causes further healing.
How to use baking soda for yeast infection?
Baking soda, being a powder is used with a solvent that helps it spread and show its action. In this case, we use apple cider vinegar that not only acts as a solvent but also neutralizes the ph.
Step 1 : Take some apple cider vinegar into a bowl.
Step 2 : Add a few spoons of baking soda.
Step 3 : Mix it such that a uniform paste is formed without any lumps.
Step 4 : Apply it over the affected skin and leave it on for about 15 minutes to half hour.
Step 5 : Rinse it off with warm water.
14. Colloidal silver
One of the recently introduced natural remedies for yeast infection is colloidal silver – a.k.a silver that is reduced to nano particles and used as a medicine. You can use colloidal silver both externally as well as internally.
Why is colloidal silver good for yeast infection?
One of the primary reasons that we use colloidal silver for yeast infections is that it acts directly on the fungus that causes it. It can kill and stop the growth of the Candida and thereby bring about healing. It also helps in healing the itching upon external use.
How to use colloidal silver for yeast infection?
You can take colloidal silver internally by mouth and also use it externally. You can also use it in the form of tampons or suppositories for vaginal yeast infection. We show you one of the topical application methods where tea tree oil is also involved as a carrier.
Step 1 : Take a teaspoon of tea tree oil.
Step 2 : Add the colloidal silver to it and mix them well so that they form a uniform paste.
Step 3 : Apply it over the affected skin and leave it on for half an hour.
Step 4 : Rinse it off with warm water.
15. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is one of the most healing natural herbs for yeast infection for its many beneficial properties. You can find this herb at any natural drug store.
Why is Chamomile good for yeast infection?
Chamomile tea has natural anti-microbial properties and hence works against the fungus that causes yeast infection. It also reduces the inflammation and the redness at the infected areas.
How to use Chamomile for yeast infection?
Making a chamomile tea and drinking it is one of the best ways to use the herb. You can also use this tea as a topical application.
Step 1 : Take some of this herb and drop it into boiling water.
Step 2 : Continue boiling it till the water becomes golden yellow in colour.
Step 3 : Squeeze a lemon into it (this optional) and drink it.
Step 4 : You can make this tea and drink it once or twice a day for quick healing.
Things to Remember Before You Use These Remedies for Yeast Infection:
Despite being safe, these remedies need some care while using them. Here are a few precautions we recommend you to keep in mind.
- Not all of these remedies can be taken internally. It is important that you check for that before use.
- It is always safe to get yourself a patch test done on the non-affected parts of the skin before you use them topically.
- In case there is any itching or irritation, stop using the remedy and consult a physician.