What Is Yeast Infection?

Yeast infection, also called as Candida, is caused due to an increase in the presence of the microorganisms called yeast in our body. Yeast in our body is usually kept under check by an acid, which dips due to certain specific conditions like pregnancy, menstruation, diabetes or even intake of certain medicines. It can affect any part of the human body. In any case, it is most usually found in the genital area, underarms, and breasts or between toes. For women, the most common affected area is usually the vagina. Yeast infection manifests itself in the form of itching, burning sensations or swelling. If vaginal, then it has been known to cause discomfort or pain while having sex.

Home Remedies For Yeast Infection

As in the case of any mild infection, most people, especially women prefer to rely on and try out a few home remedies before seeking professional help. Here is a list of a few suggested home remedies for yeast infection. Please ensure that you get this checked once with someone knowledgeable before trying them out. If you have allergies to any of the ingredients in the suggested home remedy for yeast infection, then it could cause more harm than help. Especially in the case of vaginal infections, due care is to be taken.

1. Licorice Root

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It is a very rare and useful home remedy for yeast infection not known to many. Licorice root is said to be a powerful anti fungal and is an excellent herbal remedy for treating yeast infections. Studies have proved that the usage of licorice root easily halts the advent of Candida Albicans, commonly called as yeast. There are numerous routes in which this can be utilized.

  • Ground licorice root and turmeric concoction can be taken in the form of tea.
  • Ground licorice powder can be used in a vaginal wash to clean the affected area.
  • A good boiled concoction of licorice root and water can also be used to apply to the affected areas.
  • It can be used in conjunction with water or even apple cider vinegar to get better results.

 

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a combination of lauric acid and Caprylic acid, both of which are very powerful natural substances used for fighting yeast infections. Apart from this, coconut oil also has many other distinct attributes that make it one of the best possible yeast infection home remedies. It is readily available and the usage is also simple.

  • External application of coconut oil on the affected parts three times a day will provide relief.
  • A mixture of coconut and cinnamon oil in equal proportions can also be used.
  • In case of oral yeast infections, then just swish the oil in your mouth for a couple of minutes two to three times a day.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

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It is another of the yeast infection home remedies. Extremely useful in the treatment, especially if the affected area is a vagina. Apple juice vinegar is said to keep up the pH levels, which in turn prevents and cures the yeast infections. It can also be used in many easy ways and is easily available.

  • Use it as a douche along with slightly warm water twice a day for a few days for relief in case of vaginal infection. Be careful not to exert too much pressure while douching so that the liquid trickles to the uterus. Also, there is a chance that if you douche too much, the good bacteria will also get washed off along with the bad ones.
  • You can even just soak yourself in a hot bath in which apple cider vinegar is mixed.
  • Just apply the mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to the affected parts.
  • Consume a combination of two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water twice daily.

Pick the most helpful technique for you and preferably do a patch test to avoid complications.

4. Garlic

Most of us are only aware of garlic as a flavorful ingredient in our dishes. In any case, it is a powerful herb which contains antibacterial, antifungal components, making it one of the most efficient home remedies for yeast infection.

Usage given below:

  • Apply fresh garlic paste on the affected areas. If no fresh garlic is available, then you may choose to use a mixture of garlic oil along with coconut oil and apply it on the affected areas.
  • Eat a few fresh garlic cloves every day. It’s not easy and you may also end up with bad breath, but it may just be worth it since it will cure your yeast infection like no other.

5. Aloe Vera

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This plant is known for its medicinal properties and is used widely in the treatment of many infections. Aloe Vera’s natural antifungal, antibacterial properties make it a trusted home remedy for yeast infection.

  • Peel off the skin from the Aloe Vera leaf, extract the gel, apply it and abandon it for 30 minutes early than washing it off.
  • You may use the off the shelf gel in case you do not have fresh Aloe Vera. Just be sure to read the dates and ingredients carefully.

6. Yogurt

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We are of aware of bacteria in the yogurt. It is indeed this friendly bacterial strain that aids yogurt to fight yeast infections. Yogurt is something that most people love to eat, so that makes it easy to use it for medicinal purposes.

  • Consume yogurt daily as part of your meal.
  • Apply yogurt to the affected area and leave it for a while to get relief from the itching. However, the yogurt that you use for this should be the unsweetened plain ones.

Apart from the above mentioned yeast infection home remedies, there are in fact quite a lot of them that can be considered. Tea tree oil, cranberries, oregano oil, boric acid, olive leaf extract etc. One other rare traditional Chinese remedy is to use a slice of cucumber dipped in a mixture of typhonium root, sulfur and others. This cucumber slice is then used to rub the affected area until it is slightly flushed. Regular application is said to ensure that your skin becomes normal soon.

Make a wise choice based on availability, affected area and the nature of the infection etc. Always ensure that you seek medical help at the first sign of aggravated symptoms or any other complications due to the usage of home remedies.