10 Natural Ways to Use Yogurt For Yeast Infections

Yeast infection, one of the most common skin fungal infections, can be quite a bit stubborn and difficult to deal with. If you are one of those people struggling with it, we have good news for you. A simple natural remedy for yeast infection can be found right in your kitchen, well within your reach – yogurt. Using yogurt for yeast infection is beneficial in many ways and can be done in some easy DIY techniques that we have listed out for you here.

What Causes Yeast Infection?

Yeast infection is caused by a fungus of the scientific name ‘Candida Albicans’. This fungus is always present in the body in limited numbers. However, when the numbers cross a certain range, it causes infection in various regions in the body leading to a host of variations of this condition – the vaginal yeast infection, yeast infection in the mouth (often called as thrush), yeast infection on feet (athlete’s foot) and elsewhere on the skin.

The good gut bacteria keep a check on the numbers of this fungus in the body and when the good gut bacteria fall down in numbers, it leads to yeast infection. Yogurt is very helpful in healing yeast infection for this very reason – that it maintains the good gut bacteria.

Symptoms of yeast infection :

The areas affected will become painful, red, swollen and itchy. Extreme cases may lead to other symptoms such as fever and very rarely bleeding.

How Does Yogurt Help with Yeast Infection?

Yogurt can be effective in healing yeast infection because of all these properties of it and the resulting actions that these properties can cause.

Restores the good gut bacteria – Yogurt is formed by the fermentation of milk with the help of Lactobacillus bacteria. Lactobacillus bacteria is considered to be one of the strains of the good gut bacteria that helps in reducing the levels of the fungus that causes yeast infection. This is one of the primary reasons that yogurt is a great way of fighting the condition.

Ph balanceYogurt is slightly acidic in nature and hence can help in maintaining the ph of the infected areas when we use it both externally as well as internally. This ph balance can keep the fungus from multiplying and keeping its growth in check thereby controlling the infection. It also controls some of the symptomatic manifestations of the disease.

Anti-fungal in natureYogurt is known for the anti-fungal properties that it possess and therefore directly works on the fungus that causes the yeast infection.

Soothes the symptomsYogurt is soothing in nature, especially when we use it in lesser temperatures both externally as well as internally. Therefore, along with actually fighting the cause, i.e., the fungus, it also helps in dealing with the pain, the redness and the inflammation that accompany the disease.

How to Use Yogurt to Fight Yeast Infection

10 DIY Methods to Use Yogurt to Fight Yeast Infection

There are many ways in which we can use yogurt for yeast infection both externally and internally, in combination with some other anti-fungal substances and all by itself as well. Ten such methods are explored here in detail.

Method 1: Applying plain yogurt in the affected areas

With its anti-fungal properties, using yogurt directly can be greatly beneficial for yeast infection. In fact, it is one of the best ways to render its uses against the disease completely. Here is how you do this.

Remedy:

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Apply it over the affected areas with a brush or use your fingers.
  • Rub it gently and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Rinse it off with water after that.

Method 2: Yogurt and garlic

Garlic is great for fighting microbial infections both externally and internally. It especially works as one of the best cures for external skin ailments. We use it together with yogurt for yeast infection in this simple method that we describe below.

Remedy:

  • Take some garlic cloves and grind them into a fine paste by adding water.
  • Take some yogurt into a bowl and add the garlic paste to it.
  • Mix the two of them well until a uniform mixture is formed.
  • Apply it all over the affected areas gently with a brush or just your hands.
  • Leave it on for about half an hour before you rinse it off with water.
  • Repeat this everyday for quick results.

Method 3: Yogurt and apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, because of its anti-microbial benefits can be used an effective remedy against yeast infections. It can also work in balancing the Ph and therefore causing much quicker healing. Here is how we use apple cider vinegar and yogurt together for yeast infection.

Remedy:

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Add some apple cider vinegar into it and mix the two of them well.
  • Apply it over the affected areas with a brush or with your fingers.
  • Leave it on for about half an hour and wash it off with warm water.
  • Repeat this every day or alternate days over the affected areas for good results.

Method 4: Yogurt and tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an effective anti-fungal agent and can therefore be used against yeast infections for quick results. Using it with yogurt can enhance the healing properties of both yogurt and tea tree oil for the infection. Here is how you do this.

Remedy:

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Add a few drops of tea tree oil into and mix it well.
  • Apply it over the affected area with a brush or with your hands.
  • Repeat this every day until your condition gets better.

Method 5: Yogurt with cayenne pepper

Eating yogurt, either by itself or with other antifungal remedial agents can be a great way of healing yeast infections along with using them externally. Cayenne pepper is one ingredient that is known for its anti-microbial action. In addition, it also boosts the immune system of the body and helps fight the infection. Here is how you make this yogurt and cayenne pepper remedy.

Remedy:

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Add about half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to it.
  • Mix the two of them well and eat it every day.
  • If you think you cannot handle the spice, adding some honey can be a good thing to do.

Method 6: Yogurt and onion

Onions have also been known for their astringent and healing properties against many infections that attack the body, yeast infections being one of them. Making a paste out of onions and yogurt and eating it every day can be a great natural remedy for yeast infection. Here is how you do that.

Remedy:

  • Make a paste out of onions by adding water to it.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of this paste to a cup full of yogurt.
  • Mix it well and eat a few spoons of this after one of your meal in a day.
  • It can show good results in a few weeks.

Method 7: Yogurt and pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are highly beneficial in many areas. They can be anti-fungal, anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory in nature. You can consume them on a regular basis to get rid of the yeast infections for good. Using this yogurt and pumpkin seeds’ paste every day as your after-meal remedy can be a great way to fight yeast infection.  Here’s how you do that.

Remedy:

  • Make a paste out of pumpkin seeds by grinding them with addition of water from time to time.
  • Take some yogurt in a bowl.
  • Add a few teaspoons of this pumpkin seed paste and mix the two of them well.
  • Eat this on a regular basis for quick healing.

Method 8: Using yogurt sicles

Yogurt sicle is nothing but iced yogurt that can be used as a remedy on external skin conditions like yeast infections. It can be very easy to make and can be done right at home. Here is how you do it.

Remedy:

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Add water to it such that it becomes very dilute.
  • Fill this diluted yogurt into an ice tray and freeze them.
  • After they turn into ice, remove them from the tray.
  • Rub them gently over the infected areas.
  • Repeating this procedure over and over again can not only render yogurt’s anti-fungal benefits but also soothe the infected area because of the ice.

Method 9: Yogurt and ginger

Ginger is yet another one of the spices that be a great anti-fungal agent and astringent causing some effective healing upon using internally as well as externally. We look at how yogurt and ginger can be consumed to form a healing natural remedy for yeast infection.

Remedy:

  • Make a paste out of ginger by grinding it with slow addition of water.
  • Take some yogurt into a bowl and add a few teaspoons of ginger paste into it.
  • Mix it well and consume it every day after your dinner.
  • This can cause quick healing in a few days after you start taking it.
  • You can also use this as an external application over the infected areas.

Method 10: Yogurt and baking soda

Baking soda is a great natural remedy to fighting many conditions, especially of the skin and the hair. It can work great for yeast infections because of its anti-fungal properties and its ability to maintain the ph in the affected area thereby healing the inflammation and redness that usually accompanies the disease. Here is how we use yogurt with baking soda for yeast infections.

Remedy:

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Add a few teaspoons of baking soda to it.
  • Mix it thoroughly until it forms a uniform paste.
  • Apply it over the affected areas with a brush or your hand.
  • Leave it on for about half an hour or lesser and wash it off with warm water.
  • Repeat this every alternate day for apparent results in a few weeks’ time.

One of the biggest advantages of using yogurt for yeast infection is that there are no precautions that are needed for us to worry about. It can be taken by anyone, regardless of any medication they are taking or whether they are pregnant or whatever their condition might be. Yogurt for yeast infection is therefore one of the best natural remedies there is and definitely worth a try.

Sources :

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2594222/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23925786
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11362438
  • https://www.drugs.com/npc/yogurt.html
  • http://fsi.colostate.edu/yogurt/

 

 

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