11 Effective Home Remedies For Yeast Infection October 18, 2016

A yeast infection can really bring a woman down! This common, yet frustrating disease can leave you feeling rather uncomfortable. If you wake up one morning to uncomfortable itching and burning sensation in your private parts, accompanied by a smelly discharge, you may just have contracted a yeast infection. But fear not, for this infection can be easily curtailed by some simple ingredients from your kitchen rack.

Yeast infections, caused by the fungus called Candida, are said to affect as many as eight out of 10 women. While it is women who predominately suffer from this icky disorder, men too can be affected by it as the infection can develop on the body. The most commonly known remedies for a yeast infection are creams and suppositories that are easily found at most drug stores. But at times, even these fail to work. That’s when you can find solace from home remedies!

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Home Remedies For Yeast Infection

Here is a scoop of the best home remedies for yeast infection that will help you avoid shelling out wads of notes at the clinic and having to down bitter OTCs.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Garlic
  3. Boric Acid
  4. Tea Tree Oil
  5. Yogurt
  6. Coconut Oil
  7. Epsom Salt Bath
  8. Oil Of Oregano
  9. Aloe
  10. Peppermint Oil
  11. Green Tea

1. Apple Cider Vinegar For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • A glass of water
What You Have To Do

Mix the ACV in the water and drink this water.

How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a day till the yeast infection goes away.

Why This Works

Be it weight loss, skin care, or hair loss, ACV is very handy. It can be used both externally and internally to treat a bad case of yeast infection as it possesses antifungal properties (1). Soak in a bath of warm water with a cup full of ACV for all-day relief from that bothersome itch.

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2. Garlic For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Crush and grind the cloves with enough water to make a paste.
  2. Apply on the affected area for eight to 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Apply this paste twice a day.

Why This Works

Garlic exhibits strong antifungal activity against Candida species, making this a great and easy home remedy for yeast infection (2). Many will agree when we say that garlic can lend aroma and flavor to dishes like no other ingredient. Yes, in its raw form, it doesn’t seem too appetizing, but it sure can spice up your meal. Apart from topical application, include plenty of garlic in your diet to fight the overgrowth of yeast. The recommended dosage is two to four cloves in a day.

Caution

Do not use the garlic paste on sensitive areas such as the vagina and inner thighs.

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3. Boric Acid For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need
  • Boric acid powder
  • Gelatin capsules
What You Have To Do
  1. Fill the capsule with as much boric powder as you can and close it.
  2. Place this capsule in the vagina before going to bed.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this for 12 to 15 days to completely clear out the infection.

Why This Works

Who knew that the boric acid that you commonly use around the house to get rid of ants could also be used to get rid of vaginal yeast infections! Boric acid powder kills yeast (antifungal) and viruses (antiviral) and is recommended by doctors when most antifungals fail to cure the yeast infection (3).

Caution

Do not ingest these capsules as they are toxic when taken orally. Also, do not use this home remedy if you are pregnant.

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4. Tea Tree Oil For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the essential oil with the honey and apply this on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
  3. Rinse in the morning with lukewarm water.

You can also soak an organic cotton tampon in two to three drops of tea tree oil diluted in 1/3rd cup of warm water. Insert this in the vagina and leave it in overnight.

How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat for a few nights before going to bed.

Why This Works

This is yet another favorite amongst naturotherapists. Tea tree oil is antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial in nature. Along with the honey or warm water, it also soothes the inflamed skin (4).

[ Read: Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil For Health ]

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5. Yogurt For Yeast Infection

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  • You Will Need
  • Plain yogurt
  • Cotton tampon
What You Have To Do
  1. Dip the tampon in the yogurt and slip it into the vagina. Make sure not to push it in too far.
  2. Leave it in for an hour or two to get rid of the yeast infection.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this every few hours.

Why This Works

Any medical practitioner worth his salt will ask you to increase the amount of yogurt in your diet when you are hit by this infection. As tempted as you may be, avoid the flavored varieties. Gulp down plain yogurt with every meal instead. The good bacteria, Lactobacillus, that is present in yogurt is sure to work on the yeast, both internally and externally (5). Applying yogurt topically on the site can do wonders in treating a yeast infection and reducing inflammation (6).

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6. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Wash and dry the affected area thoroughly. Use a soft cloth so that you do not irritate the inflamed skin any further.
  2. Apply a thin layer of coconut oil over the area and keep it on.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

The medium-chain fatty acids of coconut oil, lauric, capric, and caprylic acid, have antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties (7). The oil also soothes chaffed and inflamed skin (8). Regular application of this oil will bring down the overgrowth of yeast that is causing the infection and irritation.

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7. Epsom Salt Bath For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need
  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • Bathtub (full of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the salt to the warm water in the tub and give it a few swirls.
  2. Soak in this water for 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this thrice a week.

Why This Works

Epsom salt is essentially magnesium sulfate. This chemical salt is capable of killing yeast and treating the infection (9).

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8. Oil Of Oregano For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need
  • 3 drops of oregano oil
  • A glass of water
What You Have To Do

Add the oil to the glass of water and drink it.

How Often You Need To Do This

Drink this twice a day for a week. You can increase the dose to upto six drops per glass of water.

Why This Works

When we speak of home remedies, a number of oils come to the forefront. Oregano oil is one of the most potent oils that can keep the infection from progressing. Its phenolic components, namely carvacrol and thymol, exert fungicidal effects on the yeast causing the infection (10).

Caution

Before using oregano oil for pregnant women and children, please consult your doctor.

[ Read: Benefits Of Oregano Oil For Health ]

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9. Aloe For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need

Fresh aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Extract aloe gel from a leaf. Apply this freshly extracted gel in a thin layer over the affected area.
  2. Let it air-dry.
How Often You Need To Do This

Reapply twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

The coolness of the aloe vera gel will ease the irritation and also alleviate the inflammation in the affected area. It also contains six different antiseptic agents that inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria (11).

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10. Peppermint Oil For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops peppermint oil
  • An 8oz. glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the oil in the water and swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes. Spit it out.
  2. Rinse with clean water.

You can also ingest one or two capsules of peppermint oil. Make sure each capsule contains atleast 0.2 milliliters of oil.

How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

This is an excellent remedy for oral thrush, also called as oral yeast infection. The menthol content of peppermint has been shown to be effective in killing the fungi responsible for causing yeast infections (12).

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11. Green Tea For Yeast Infection

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You Will Need
  • Green tea (loose or tea bag)
  • A cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Steep the green tea in the hot water for a few minutes and strain.
  2. Drink this tea while its warm. You can add a dash of honey and/or lemon for flavor.

You can also refrigerate the used tea bag and place on the affected area for 10-12 minutes.

How Often You Need To Do This

Drink two to three cups of this herbal tea in a day.

Why This Works

Green tea is full of antioxidants that stregthen the body’s immune system and help it to fight the yeast infection (13). Drinking green tea will quicken the elimination of the yeast from your body. Also, when a green tea is applied on the affected area is reduces the inflammation and soothes the skin (14).

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Let us now take a look at a few commonly asked questions.

FAQs

1. What are the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection?

Also called as candiadisis, yeast infection can occur on any part of the body. It is most commonly seen in the oral parts or genitals. Oral yeast infection, or oral thrush, has the following symptoms:

  • White patches in the mouth
  • Difficulty in swallowing food
  • Pain in the infected part (15)

The signs and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are as follows:

  • Unbearable itchiness in and around the vagina
  • Swelling, redness, and burning of the affected area
  • White discharge that looks like cottage cheese but has no smell
  • Burning sensation or pain while urinating
  • Pain during sex
  • Soreness (16)

2. What causes yeast infections? What is Candida albicans?

Yeast infections are caused by a type of fungus called Candida. This fungus has about 20 different strains that cause infections in different parts of the body. Candida albicans is the strain that is most commonly responsible for yeast infections, especially vaginal yeast infections (17).

3. How long do yeast infections last?

When a yeast infection is left untreated, the symptoms do not vanish by themselves. They may actually become worse and cause more complications. Using home remedies or proper antibiotics is recommended. Depending on the type of treatment you are using, it may take any time between three to seven days for the infection to clear.

If you wish to keep yeast infections at bay, or want to remedy an infection that doesn’t seem to abate, make small changes in the way you eat. Eliminating a few things from your diet can make a world of difference while trying to fight a bad case of yeast infection. If you are susceptible to yeast overgrowth, strike off fermented food and foods rich in refined carbs and sugars from your diet. It is also advisable to stay away from alcohol.

These were a few handpicked remedies to clean up an itchy yeast infection. We know many who have benefitted from these. So the next time you are hit by vaginal thrush and are hesitant to see the doc, just try these yeast infection home remedies!

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  • Beth

    I don’t know about the borax thing, we use borax to kill ants :/