Top 10 Home Remedies for Yeast Infection
“Best Home Cures for Vaginal Infections”
Using home remedies for yeast infection can be an effective way to treat the itching, burning and irritation caused by fungal, vaginal infections. Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called Candida albicans that colonises the tissues of the vagina, mouth, rectum or skin and once taken hold can be difficult to combat and frequently recur. Chronic antibiotic use, pregnancy, chronic illness and cancer can make yeast infections more likely.
There are a variety of remedies, both prescription and natural that may effectively treat vaginal yeast infections and I strongly recommend trying them before relying on prescription remedies. This is because natural remedies have fewer side effects and are also gentler on the body. In many cases they are also more cost effective than obtaining prescription medications from a doctor.
However, before using one of these remedies you must ensure that you do have Candida albicans infection. Once properly diagnosed, try one of my top 10 home remedies for yeast infection. All of the remedies listed below are natural and free from harmful side effects.
My Top 10 Home Remedies for Yeast Infection
1. Yogurt and Probiotics
Plain, sugar-free yogurt may be applied to the vaginal tissues on a sanitary towel or inserted using a tampon. This remains one of the best home remedies for yeast infection and works by repopulating beneficial vaginal bacteria which inhibits the growth of Candida albicans. Lactobacillus acidophilus capsules may be taken once or twice a day to help the body to combat the Candida albicans fungus from inside the body.
2. Vaginal pH Remedies
Correcting the pH of the vaginal tissues can sometimes help inhibit the spread of the Candida albicans fungus. Healthy vaginal tissues are acidic with a pH of between 3.5 and 4.5. It is this acidity that keeps infections at bay. There are a variety of branded natural remedies available that can help to balance the vaginal pH. You may also use white vinegar in the bath to help correct an acidity imbalance (two tablespoons per pint of water).
3. Cranberry Juice
Many of my customers who suffer from vaginal thrush find relief from taking cranberry juice extracts. Cranberry juice helps to combat harmful bacteria in the digestive tract and vagina. Make sure to drink only unsweetened varieties as sugar promotes the growth of fungal infections. If the taste of cranberry juice is not to your liking you can take cranberry tablets or capsules instead.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
The benefits of the aloe plant have been studied for many years and its benefits on the skin and mucosal linings of the body are well known. Aloe vera gel is also one of the best home remedies for yeast infection. You can apply the gel to the vaginal tissues and drink the gel. Four to six ounces of gel a day can effectively combat vaginal yeast infections.
5. Pau D’ Arco
Pau D’ Arco is an herbal Candida treatment that can be brewed into a tea and used to treat vaginal thrush infections. If your infections prove stubborn, drink one cup every day to help combat the irritation, itching and spread of Candida infection.
6. Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract contains oleuropein which is a powerful anti-fungal compound. Taking a high potency olive leaf extract tablet or capsule three times a day can be very effective against Candida albicans. Since olive leaf extract can interact with certain medications and is not recommended if you suffer from certain medical conditions, you should always check with your doctor before using it to treat a fungal infection.
This powerful immune system enhancing herb can help to stimulate your body’s immune system response to fight off the fungal attack on the skin. Echinacea tablets, tinctures and raw herb can be purchased at most health stores and pharmacies. Used regularly, it can aid the body to become resistant to fungal attacks by enhancing immune resistance.
8. Black Walnut
Black walnut is an herbal remedy that contains strong levels of plant tannins, which work to destroy fungal colonies. Since black walnut also combats parasites, it can be used where Candida and parasites occur simultaneously.
9. Coconut Oil
Coconut is one of my favorite home remedies for yeast infection as it is very powerful. The medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil i.e. lauric and caprylic acids give coconut oil its powerful anti-fungal properties. Three tablespoons of coconut oil will combat Candida albicans infections.
Ayurvedic medicine makes extensive use of Neem to treat fungal skin infections. It is a very powerful detoxifying herb and also stimulates the immune system to combat skin fungi.
My Top Pick - “Yeastrol” to Treat Fungal Infections at Home
Yeastrol is a 100% natural homeopathic treatment for Candida infections. I highly recommend Yeastrol as a treatment for vaginal fungal infections. Yeastrol has a combination of twelve homeopathic remedies that effectively combat the symptoms of yeast infection from the inside and works very effectively.
Yeastrol is completely safe to use and has no unpleasant or harmful side effects. All that is required is two sprays under the tongue three times a day to begin to target yeast overgrowth, not just vaginally but throughout the body.
Remember to check with your doctor before using any of the remedies for yeast infection listed on this page.
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