Garlic for yeast infection

How to Heal Yeast Infection with Garlic : 10 DIY Remedies

One of the most common skin ailments that affects women and men all over the world, yeast infection, can be quite a bit stubborn. Using natural remedies for yeast infection has proven to be especially helpful since it does not fade away until quite a lot of time even upon regular allopathic medication. We show you one of the most effective natural means to heal yeast infection – Garlic. Although it can be a bit too stringent for some people to handle, using garlic for yeast infection has been proven to give good results. Read on to find out why and how you should use this remedy.

Why do we get yeast infection? (causes and symptoms)

Yeast infection is caused by Candida species of Fungi. Although the fungus is always present in the body, an imbalance in the good and bad bacteria can cause an increase in number of this fungus which then leads to an infection that affects especially women in these areas – vagina, feet, nails, lower abdomen etc. It causes some of these symptoms most commonly.

  • An excessive itchiness
  • Redness
  • Swelling at times
  • Pain while urinating

Why is Garlic a good remedy for yeast infection?

How exactly does garlic fight the yeast infection? These are some of the reasons that make it such a good remedy for Candida afflicted skin.

Allicin is the compound that is responsible for all the actions that garlic can show against the yeast infection. This is what the compound does to fight the condition.

  • It is an anti-microbial and therefore fights the fungus that causes the yeast infection. It kills them and stops their growth.
  • It helps increase the natural immunity of the skin in the inflicted areas so that the skin can naturally heal itself much faster.
  • It controls the itching, inflammation and other symptoms that most commonly exist on the skin affected by Candida.

10 Methods to use garlic for yeast infection

Garlic can be used both internally as well as externally in various forms to fight yeast infection. We made a list of ten home remedies that you can try out for the purpose, some of them including other remedial ingredients as well.

Garlic paste

Using garlic paste directly in its raw form is one of the nest ways to use garlic for healing yeast infection. The anti-microbial action can be shown to its best effect this way although we should be careful in dealing skin that is very sensitive when using raw garlic. Here is how you use garlic paste for yeast infection.

Ingredients needed:

  • Garlic cloves – 5 to 6
  • Water

Procedure:

  • Take a few garlic cloves and make a fine paste out of this by adding little water.
  • Heat this paste ever so slightly so that it is warm.
  • Apply it over the infected areas and wash it off after 20 minutes.
  • Use this remedy every day over your skin for quick results.

Garlic oil (with carrier oil)

Garlic oil, an essential oil that can be obtained through some elaborate procedures can be used both for external and internal healing purposes as well as a culinary ingredient. We can get garlic oil from many herbal and sometimes even some regular stores. We use a carrier oil that dissolves garlic oil in it and helps in showing its healing action at the affected area. Here is how we use garlic oil for yeast infection with coconut oil as a carrier oil.

Ingredients needed:

  • Garlic oil : 1 Teaspoon
  • Coconut oil : 1 Cup

Procedure:

  • Take some coconut oil and heat it slightly so that it is warm.
  • Add a few drops of garlic oil to it and see to it that it dissolves in it.
  • Rub it gently over the applied areas and leave it on for a 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with warm water.
  • You can leave the oil overnight as well if it does not show any signs of redness or irritation upon being left for that long.

Garlic paste with yogurt

Yogurt is yet another great medium for using garlic over yeast infected areas. This is also because yogurt in itself is an anti-fungal that fights the Candida. It also makes the garlic mild enough for use on skin. Here is how you do this.

Ingredients needed:

  • Garlic cloves – 7 to 8
  • Yogurt : One cup

Procedure:

  • Make a paste out of the garlic cloves by adding little water to them.
  • Add this paste to the yogurt and mix it well.
  • After you make sure that it is thoroughly mixed and uniform, rub it over the affected areas and leave it on for about a half an hour.
  • Wash it off with warm water.

Garlic and apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, being an anti-fungal agent by itself, is a great choice for a solvent for garlic. We can make this paste in a simple procedure right at home what with the ingredients being easily available. Here is how it is done.

Ingredients needed:

  • Garlic cloves : 7 to 8
  • Apple cider vinegar : One cup

Procedure:

  • Make a fine paste out of the garlic cloves by adding little amount of water to it.
  • Take the apple cider vinegar and add the garlic paste to it.
  • Mix the two of them well upto uniformity.
  • Apply it over the affected areas gently and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with warm water.

Consumption of garlic (in raw or other forms)

Yet another simple means to use garlic for yeast infection is to eat a lot of it. You can do this in various forms and this works best for intestinal yeast infection. Here are all the forms in which you can consume garlic and include it in your daily diet.

  • Raw garlic cloves eaten directly can be good if you can handle the taste and the flavor.
  • You can add the garlic paste to your foods. This way you can get to eat a lot of it at once.
  • You can add it to smoothies and fruit juices as well.

Garlic and baking soda

Baking soda is one of the most powerful healing ingredients for most skin ailments and works equally well for yeast infection as well. We can use it along with garlic paste in this simple home remedy mix that we make with garlic paste and baking soda.

Ingredients needed:

  • Garlic cloves : 7 to 8
  • Baking soda : 2 to 3 – teaspoons
  • Water

Procedure:

  • Make a paste out of the garlic cloves.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water by mixing them carefully.
  • Mix these two pastes to uniformity.
  • Apply it over the affected areas and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with warm water.

Drinking garlic infused teas

Making yourself garlic infused teas are yet another great means to fight yeast infection as it works both internally and externally as well. You can make a simple garlic lemon tea in the procedure that we describe here and consume it once or twice a day along with your external medication for healing the yeast infection.

Ingredients needed:

  • Garlic cloves : 5
  • Lemon : 1
  • Water

Procedure:

  • Take some water in a hot pot and bring it to boil.
  • Add a few crushed garlic pieces to it and continue with the boiling.
  • After a while, add some lemon drops to this.
  • Drink this hot tea twice a day for good results against yeast infection.

Garlic tampon or suppository

Yet another way to use garlic for healing yeast infection, especially if it is of vagina is to use it with a tampon or a suppository. Garlic works a lot better and quicker in healing yeast infection this way. We show you how to make them.

Making a garlic tampon:

  • Get yourself a regular tampon and apply garlic paste all over it.
  • Leave it in your vagina for a few hours (if there are no side-effects, over night will do as well).

Making a garlic suppository:

  • Get yourself some gelatin capsules.
  • Make a hole in it and fill it with garlic paste or juice.
  • Leave it in your vagina for a few hours.

Garlic and honey

Honey is yet another popular healing agent for skin ailments and works equally well for yeat infection for its anti-microbial nature and its ability to hydrate the skin. It works as a good solvent as well as a vehicle for garlic to act at the infected areas. Since both the ingredients are found easily, it is easy to make this remedy at home in these simple steps.

Ingredients needed:

  • Garlic cloves : 6 to 7
  • Honey : 3 teaspoons

Procedure:

  • Make a fine paste out of the garlic cloves.
  • Add this paste to the honey and mix it to uniformity.
  • Apply it over the infected areas and leave it on for about a half an hour.
  • Rinse it off with warm water.

Garlic + Tea tree oil in Aloe Vera gel

Aloe vera gel is used for skin ailments regularly for its amazing healing abilities along with hydrating properties. We use tea tree oil as well in this remedy which is by nature a great anti-fungal agent and healing too. Garlic, tea tree oil and aloe vera gel together make for one of the most effective home remedies for yeast infection and it can be made easily too.

Ingredients needed:

  • Garlic cloves : 5 to 6
  • Tea tree oil : 3 to 4 teaspoons
  • Aloe vera gel : 2 to 3 tablespoons

Procedure:

  • Take some aloe vera gel into a bowl and add a few drops of tea tree oil to it.
  • Add some garlic paste to this gel mixture and mix all the three ingredients to uniformity.
  • Apply it over the skin that is affected.
  • Leave it on for half an hour or more.
  • Wash it off with warm water.
  • Using this remedy every day can give you quick results against yeast.

Precautions for use of garlic for yeast infection

Being a natural ingredient, garlic can be safe for use both internally as externally. However, we’ve listed out some precautions that you should keep in mind.

  • Garlic is a spice and hence can be a little harsh on the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin or if you over-use it. You should hence be careful if either of the above is the case.
  • If you notice an additional side-affect like redness or a burning sensation, you should wash it off immediately and consult a dermatologist before you try it again.

Using garlic for yeast infection is definitely one of the best ways to heal it – safely, effectively, and in a very less time. All you should do is know just how to use it so that the infection gets healed without causing any additional reactions. Do let us know how this natural home remedy for yeast infection worked out for you.

Sources:

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC538912/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3208935/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11362438
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24308540
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4016684/

 

 

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