Natural Treatments for Yeast Infections
Yeast infections can be caused by a number of organisms, many of which inhabit the healthy vagina. One of the most common causes of vaginitis is the fungus Candida albicans. The annoying symptoms can include itching, discharge that has a “baked bread” odor, reddening of the labia and in some cases, the upper thigh.
The good news is that yeast infections can often be treated successfully at home:
Stay dry and loose
Since yeast organisms like warm, moist conditions, with little or no oxygen, dry your vaginal area thoroughly after bathing or showering, in order to deny them the perfect growing medium.
Practice good hygiene
Although you may have an infection inside the vagina, you can often get symptomatic relief simply by frequently washing away the secretions with water until your chosen treatment knocks out the infection.
Avoid Harsh Soaps and Feminine Hygiene Products
The alcohol and other chemicals in these products cause irritation and alter the PH balance of the vagina, allowing yeast to flourish.
The live cultures in plain yogurt help to restore the acid-bacteria balance. Insert 1 to 2 tablespoons into your vagina, apply it externally to the affected area (anal or vaginal) or use it as a douche by diluting it with warm water.
Go to the kitchen
Unsweetened cranberry juice may acidify vaginal secretions and equip them to fight off the yeast.
Garlic has antifungal properties, therefore eating two fresh garlic cloves a day may prevent yeast infections or help clear up a case of thrush.
Boil 3½ cups of water, remove from heat, and add 1¼ teaspoons of ground basil, cover and steep for 30 minutes. For thrush use it as a gargle.
To relieve itching and burning, make a tea of rosemary, and use it as a douche or dab it onto the external area.