Home Remedies for Yeast Infections

Yeast infection (Candida) is caused by a group of microscopic fungi or yeast known as Candida albicans.
Most of the time it affects the vaginal area. It can also affect other parts of the body like nail beds, under the breasts, beneath the skin folds and the lower abdomen.

Stress, steroids, chronic health conditions, oral contraceptives usage, antibiotics and pregnancy are all factors that can increase or raise the risk of getting yeast infection.


During menopause, women becomes very prone to yeast infections because of the decline in estrogen levels.

The signs of vaginal yeast infection are:

1. Burning sensation during urination.
2. Odorless vaginal discharge.
3. Discomfort or pain in the vagina during sexual intercourse.

The signs of yeast infection in and around any other part of the body are:

1. Burning
2. itching
3. swelling.



The following are nine (9) effective home remedies for yeast infections.


1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can help kill or stop the fungi that causes yeast infection because of it's antifungal properties.

Procedure:

Apply the coconut oil on the affected area of the skin.
Do this at least three (3) times daily.
                                              OR
Mix equal amounts of cinnamon oil and coconut oil together.
Now, apply this mixture on the affected part of the skin.
                                                OR
For oral thrush;
Pour the coconut oil into your mouth.
Leave it in your mouth for about ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes.
Do this at least three (3) times daily until an improvement is noticed.



2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is good for getting rid of yeast infection because of it's acidic properties.

Procedure:

Pour two (2) tablespoons of apple vinegar into a cup of warm water.
Stir it very well for a uniform mixture to be obtained.
Drink it at least two (2) times daily.
                                        OR
Prepare a hot bath.
Add some amount of apple cider vinegar.
Now, soak your body in the bath for about one (1) hour.
This will help reduce the skin itching and irritation.
                                       OR
Dilute your apple cider vinegar with clean water.
Apply it on the affected part of the skin.
Leave it on for about sixty (60) minutes.
Wash it off with clean water.


3. Yogurt

Yogurt contains some kind of bacteria that can control the growth of yeast infection.
Only plain, sugar free yogurt should be used for the treatment of yeast infection.

Procedure:

   Apply the plain yogurt on the affected area of your skin.
Leave it on for at least thirty (30) to thirty five (35) minutes.
   For vaginal infection;
A tampon should be dipped in the yogurt.
Insert it in the vagina.
Leave it in the vagina for about two (2) to three (3) hours.
This should be done at least twice each and everyday.
Note: eating yogurt regularly can also really help cure your yeast infection.




4. Boric Acid

The antifungal and antiseptic properties of boric acid makes it a very good chemical for treating yeast infections.

Procedure:

Add some amount of water to boric acid.
Stir it to make sure it is diluted.
Now apply the diluted solution on the affected area of the skin.
Leave it on for  about twenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes.
Wash it off with clean water.
Do this once daily until an improvement is noticed.

Note: Boric acid must never be used by pregnant women.


5. Garlic

Garlic is good for getting rid of yeast infection because of it's antibacterial, antibiotic and antifungal properties.

Procedure:

Make a garlic paste by crushing a few garlic cloves.
Apply the garlic paste on the affected part of the skin.
                                           OR
Chew fresh garlic cloves daily until an improvement is noticed.


6. Cranberries

Cranberries can help get rid of the fungi that causes yeast infection because of it's antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Procedure:

Simply drink cranberry juice regularly.
                                OR
Buy cranberry tablets at any health store.
Take the cranberry tablet three (3) times daily.



7. Oregano Oil

The antifungal and immune system boosting abilities of oregano oil makes it good for getting rid of yeast infections.


Procedure:

Take a capsule of oregano oil two (2) times a day.
                                                OR
Dilute the oregano oil with a little bit of olive oil.
Now, apply the mixture (oregano oil and olive oil) on the affected area of the skin.




8. Calendula

Calendula is a good herb for getting rid of yeast infections because of it's anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.

Procedure:

Grind or crush a few calendula leaves.
Gently apply the crushed or the grinded leaves on the affected area of the skin.
This should be done three times daily.
                                     OR
Simply apply calendula ointment or lotion on the affected area of the skin.
                                      OR
Drink calendula tea.

Note: Pregnant women should avoid calendula tea.



9. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree is good for getting rid of yeast infections at home because of it's antifungal properties.

Procedure:

Organic tea tree oil should be diluted with water or olive oil.
Apply the diluted tea tree oil on the affected area of the skin.
                                           OR
For vaginal yeast infection;
Apply few drops of tea tree oil on a tampon.
Insert the tampon into your vagina.
Leave the tampon in your vagina for about three (3) hours.
Do this at least two times a day.

Note: pregnant women should avoid the use of this home remedy.

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