Yeast infection (also known as Candida) is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of otherwise benign fungus called Candida Albicans.
This fungus when present in moderate amount is useful in maintaining the microorganism’s balance of the body. It also assists in keeping the digestive systems strong. The difficulty arises in case of immune-compromised people where the fungus witnesses anomalous growth.
Symptoms of Candida include inflammation and itching around the affected part (generally vagina), discharge of white fluid and pain while urinating or during sexual intercourse.
Garlic: is a first-rate home cure for yeast infection. Garlic paste can be applied locally to the yeast infected area. In case of vaginal yeast infection, garlic wrapped in a small clean cotton cloth can be inserted and placed in contact with the affected area. A word of precaution: Garlic is an anticoagulant and if you suffer some other disease where doctors have advised you against taking anticoagulants, you may instead look at other home remedies for yeast infection.
Yogurt: Yogurt contains a bacterium Lactobacillus acidophilus which has vital antifungal properties which arrests the uninhibited growth of Candida Albicans. Yoghurt must be applied twice a day locally onto the infected area. It should be washed after it has been left to dry on the infection for around 15 minutes.
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil when applied and left applied for 20 minutes locally on the yeast infected area is one of the most beneficial home cures for yeast infection. Tea tree oil contains vital antifungal property which is very effective home cure for yeast infection. In case of vaginal yeast infection, the oil can be applied on tampon and inserted inside the vagina.
Boric acid suppository: Boric acid has certain antifungal and antiseptic attributes which are effective in treatment of calendula. Boric acid has been used over centuries as an effective home cure for yeast infection. Boric powder can be applied topically on yeast infected area twice a day till the condition does not improve. Boric acid suppository has been found very effective home remedy for vaginal yeast infection.
Calendula: Calendula has potent antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties making it effective defense against yeast infection.Calendula also strengthens the liver thus helping in detoxifying body. Crushed calendula leaf when applied thrice a day, topically over the yeast infected areas is an effective home cure for yeast infection. Tea made from calendula extracts is also effective in treatment of yeast infection. Warning: Calendula should not be taken orally during pregnancy!
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has potent antifungal properties making it one of the most effective home remedies for Candida. A topical application of coconut oil on the affected areas thrice a day helps in getting rid of Candida effectively.
Lemon grass: (Botanical name: Cymbopogon citrates)Lemon grass is an effective anti-fungal and anti-bacterial herb. It also stimulates ravished cells and helps in regeneration of healthy cells in the yeast infected parts. Owing to these properties, lemon grass is effective in treatment of yeast infection.
Cinnamon Oil: Cinnamon oil like coconut oil has antifungal attributes that are effective in cure of yeast infection. Cinnamon oil individually or mixed with coconut oil can be applied on the infected areas for arresting the growth of yeast.
Rosemary (Botanical name: Rosemarinus officinalis): Vapor bath with leaves and flower tops of rosemary induces profuse perspiration, which helps detoxify the body of toxic elements. In addition, rosemary has vital antifungal attributes which increase its effectiveness in curing yeast infection at home.
Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is amongst effective home cures for yeast infection A lotion prepared by mixing apple cider vinegar with water ( 1:4) ratio when applied locally over the yeast infected part provides relief from infection.
Vinegar: Vinegar helps restore the alkaline balance of the body and has antifungal properties which make it effective in treatment of Candida. A hot sitz bath taken by adding vinegar to water helps reduce irritation and itching in the yeast infected areas.
Tabebuia impetiginosa: (or Pau-d’arco) Tabebuia is rich in lapachol and naphthaquinones, both of which have proven anti-fungal attributes to naturally cure yeast infections.
Goldenseal: Goldenseal has potent antifungal and antibiotic properties which helps reduce irritation in yeast infected area, making it a beneficial cure for yeast infection.
Thyme: Thyme is a rich source of vitamin C (160mg per 100 gram serving). This makes it an effective antitoxic tonic. Thyme helps remove nutritional imbalances from the body and thus arrests unnatural growth of fungi. Thus thyme aids in curing yeast infection.
Cedar: A decoction or infusion made by boiling cedar bark helps relieve itching and burning sensation in the affected areas. The decoction can be taken internally or applied locally with clothes soaked in it.
Other herbs: Licorice, Myrrh, Cranberries, Camomile and Black Walnut are some other herbs which have antifungal properties which are effective in treatment of yeast infection at home. Most of these herbs can be taken orally or applied locally to infected areas as effective home remedy for yeast infection.
Nutrition supplements: Probiotics supplements like Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14 have been used since ages to cure yeast infection. Yoghurt provides a natural source for these antifungal bacterium varieties. Additional supplements may be taken based on doctor’s recommendation.
Other dos and don’ts
Diet should consist mainly of vegetables and fruits that boost body immunity.
Drink lots of water as it helps restore ph balance of the body and helps cure Candida
Drink lots of Cranberry juice to cleanse body toxicity.
If there are no signs of improvement consult a gynecologist for detailed diagnosis for possibilities of STD’s (such as gonorrhea or chlamydia) or bacterial vaginosis all of which have symptoms similar to yeast infection. It is therefore important to get the symptoms properly evaluated by a medical practitioner to ensure proper treatment of yeast infection.
A mild vinegar or yoghurt douche can help restore the pH balance of vagina or the infected area and can be taken. Regular douching is not recommended as it can disturb the natural pH balance.
Avoid food high in sugar content. Yeast thrives on sugar which may aggravate conditions.
Avoid Yeasty Foods such as brewers yeast, breads and other baked food.
Avoid antibiotics as they kill probiotics and allow yeast fungus to grow unimpeded
Don’t take birth control pills as they tend to weaken the immune system and increase susceptibility to yeast infection.
Avoid undergarments made from man made fiber. Man-made fibers entrap humidity and warmth and create favorable atmosphere for growth of yeast. In general all tight garments should be avoided.
Avoid prolonged bath as dampness promotes growth of fungus.
Avoid sexual intercourse as yeast infection is contagious through contact.