When treating yeast infection for the first time most sufferers use prescription or over-the-counter topical medications. But for many folks the infection just returns at some later stage. Recurring yeast infection can happen because these drug-based medications just attack the local symptoms, not the root cause. So many of these disappointed sufferers have turned to simple home remedies like yogurt, apple cider vinegar and garlic. Find out here how these home remedies could help your yeast infection.
To understand how treating yeast infection with yogurt, apple cider vinegar and garlic can be beneficial, it will be helpful to first get to know just what causes yeast infections…
The culprit is a yeast-like fungi called Candida Albicans which resides in most of us quite naturally. But it doesn’t usually cause any harm due to your body’s ‘good’ bacteria which keeps it in check. However, sometimes the Candida fungi can multiply and ‘overgrow’. When this happens it causes your yeast infection symptoms. So any treatment has to address the Candida fungi.
And so to the 3 simple home remedies for treating yeast infection; yogurt, apple cider vinegar and garlic:-
Treating yeast infection with yogurt is a very popular remedy. But it has to be plain, unsweetened, with no added fruit nor color. It must also be labelled as containing ‘active cultures’ or ‘live cultures’ or similar. One of these is Lactobacillus acidophilus which we recognize as a ‘friendly’ bacteria which helps to prevent the Candida fungi from overgrowing.
Apply the yogurt directly to the area affected, e.g. labia and vulva. For inside the vagina just soak a tampon in the yogurt and leave in overnight, repeating nightly until your symptoms have gone. Eat yogurt everyday to build-up the good bacteria in your intestinal tract.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar for treating yeast infection has to be the raw, un-distilled and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that you get from health food stores and maybe some grocery stores. It contains good things like enzymes, trace elements and minerals, etc. It works to re-balance the body pH which helps to contain the growth of the Candida fungi.
Drink a glass of water with 2 teaspoons of vinegar 3 times a day. Douche your vagina with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 2 quarts (2 liters) of warm water. Alternatively, sit in a low warm bath containing 2 cups of vinegar for about 20 minutes or more. Repeat 2 times a day until your symptoms disappear.
Raw garlic is a natural antiseptic full of vitamins and minerals. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s great for eliminating the stinging and discomfort of yeast infections.
Eat it raw if you can, cooking removes some of it’s natural potency. Apply a pulp of a raw, peeled clove over the affected area. Internally, insert a peeled clove into the vagina and leave overnight. Many women prefer to make up a tampon by wrapping a peeled clove in muslin or similar and insert that. Repeat nightly until your symptoms are eliminated.
These remedies are some of the most popular home remedies that people are using for treating yeast infection. But because yeast infection is a complex condition, you have to address not just the symptoms, but the root cause and underlying conditions such as diet and lifestyle which can ‘trigger’ a Candida overgrow.