At Home Remedies For Yeast Infections

The two words that make women feel totally un-sexy: yeast infection!

Have you ever found a cottage cheese looking discharge in your underwear?  If so – you probably started worrying about your sexual health and what you can do to fix this ugly problem.

Millions of women suffer vaginal yeast infections every year and at least 75% of all women will experience a vaginal yeast infection at some point in their lives.

Vaginal yeast infections (also known as vaginal candidiasis, vulvovaginal candidiasis or candidal vulvovaginitis) are caused by an overgrowth of a fungus that naturally lives in your vagina, called candida albicans. This overgrowth triggers irritation, inflammation, itching, and painful discharge. Recurring vaginal yeast infections are pesky and are known as vulvovaginal candidiasis.

What causes candida and yeast infections?

  • stress

  • antibiotics

  • lack of sleep

  • weak immune system

  • uncontrolled diabetes

  • excessive sugar in diet

  • oral contraceptive pill

  • hormonal imbalance near your menstrual cycle

  • pregnancy

  • tight fitting clothes in warm environments

How do you know if you have a vaginal yeast infection? Many people may not realize that they have a vaginal yeast infection or mistake it for another problem, such as a urinary tract infection, side effects from birth control pills, irregular periods, or a sexually transmitted disease.

Here are some of the main signs of a yeast infection:

  • vaginal itching

  • vaginal discharge that’s white, thick, clumpy and odorless (while not sexy to visualize, it’s described as looking like cottage cheese)

  • irritated skin around the opening to the vagina (vulva and labia), redness and swelling

  • slight bleeding

  • vaginal pain, especially during intercourse or during menstruation

  • pain when going to the bathroom or when urinating

  • sometimes a slight smell that’s unusual

If you’re like me, the first thing you do is google at home remedies for yeast infections.

Here are my top 11 natural at home remedies for a yeast infection:

  1. PROBIOTICS:  replenishes good bacteria

    Oral supplements take about 10 days to reach their full effect, so you can use probiotics as a vaginal suppository to see results more quickly. Harvard Health studies show that probiotic suppositories are effective for treating vaginosis.

  2. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: helps balance pH levels

    Add a half cup of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bathtub and soak for 20 minutes. (If you don’t have a bathtub, find a large bowl that you can sit in.)  The acidic component of the vinegar eliminates any harmful microorganisms.  Do not douche with apple cider vinegar.

    Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink 15 minutes before each meal (1-3x/day).

  3. COCONUT OIL:  antifungal properties

    Apply cocount oil directly to the affected area.  You can make frozen coconut oil suppositories with essential oils and insert overnight, or you can soak a tampon in coconut oil with 1-2 drops of tea tree oil, and insert overnight.

    Add coconut oil to your diet – cook with it and/or add it to your tea or coffee.

  4. ESSENTIAL OILS

    TEA TREE OIL / LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL / MYRRH ESSENTIAL OIL: kills fungi, bactera, and viruses; maintains a healthy balance of flora in the vagina

    Dilute with coconut oil and apply topically directly to the affected area.

  5. GARLIC:  natural antibiotic that kills candida

    Add more garlic to your diet, take garlic supplements, or insert a garlic clove into your vagina overnight for 7 days in a row.

    Your mouth and vagina are connected.  Don’t believe me?  Insert a clove of garlic into your vagina and see what you taste in your mouth! 😉

  6. VITAMIN C:  boosts the immune system

    Add more vitamin c to your diet in supplements.

  7. BORIC ACID: has been used for over 100 years as a safe alternative to prescription medications for the treatment of recurrent yeast infections

    Place boric acid inside a gelatin capsule and insert into your vagina.

  8. YOGURT:  contains live bacteria that are essential to creating a healthy environment in your vagina

    Use plain greek yogurt that doesn’t contain added sugar, which fuels the growth of candida, and insert into your vagina.

  9. WILD OREGANO: stops or slows the growth of candida

    Take 4 drops of oregano daily in a glass of water.

  10. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE:  bacteria and yeast killing antiseptic

    Dilute it before applying it to your genitals and don’t use it for more than 5 days in a row.

  11. CBD OIL:  anti-fungal properties

    Take 4 pumps of PrimeMyBody’s CBD oil under your tongue 1-2x/day.

    You can also add 1 drop of CBD oil to the coconut oil suppository recipe below.

Often times, your vagina is the window to what is going on in your body, and there may be an excess of candida in your body creating other unwanted symptoms that have gone unnoticed or linked to something else.

Candida is capable of spreading to different parts of the body, specifically your digestive system, and causing all types of problems. It causes symptoms such as fatigue, digestive upset, changes in appetite, food cravings, bloating, constipation, cystic acne, hormonal problems, headaches, and much more.

A quick and easy at-home test that you can do to check for candida in your body is this:

First thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth or drink water, spit in a clear glass of filtered water. Over the next hour, watch it for possible signs of candida overgrowth.

  • ‘Strings’ streaming down through the water from the saliva at the top

  • Cloudy saliva that is sitting at the bottom of the glass

  • Opaque specks of saliva suspended in the water

If you notice any of the above signs, then start a candida protocol to eliminate the cause and to heal your body.