Last Modified on May 19, 2015
Treatment of yeast infections with herbal and home remedies can often cure the infection while chronic reoccurrences may necessitate lifestyle changes. Home remedy treatments like yogurt and garlic are inexpensive and extremely effective methods to cure yeast infections.
Vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, a naturally occurring fungus. When something (like antibiotics, stress or diabetes) causes an imbalance between the yeast and other organisms, the yeast multiply, causing the infection with all its burning, itching misery. More than four infections a year makes it particularly important to search for the underlying cause.
Home Remedies for Yeast Infections
Home treatments are directed at instant relief, but a holistic approach involving lifestyle changes and detoxifying the body can give more permanent control. Because an imbalance in the body’s natural bacteria causes the yeast infection, a healthy diet should reduce the frequency of future outbreaks.
Yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, a bacterium is found in healthy vaginas and kills yeast by producing hydrogen peroxide. Buy a good quality plain yogurt, insert into vagina and get almost instant relief while it starts to work.
This home remedy works to balance the system and kill the out-of-control yeast fungus. Women take the capsules daily by mouth. Some take the powder out of the capsules to use directly in the vagina.
People with chronic health problem are more susceptible to yeast infections. An anti-candida diet could help by removing sugar, junk foods and food additives from the diet. Antibiotics cause many yeast infections, so becoming healthier and taking fewer antibiotics should mean fewer yeast infections.
Herbal Remedies for Yeast Infections
Many herbal remedies are natural antifungals, making them effective against yeast infections. Garlic is the most commonly used herbal treatment.
Garlic is an herbal treatment successfully used to clear mild to moderate yeast infections because it contains a natural antifungal. A whole, fresh peeled garlic clove (or garlic capsule) is inserted into the vagina.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is used throughout Europe as a natural treatment for yeast infections. This effective antifungal herbal remedy can be used as a douche or directly in the vagina.
This herbal remedy gives cooling relief (after an initial discomfort which quickly goes away). A piece of the leaf without the skin or aloe vera gel is inserted.
The most effective way to use natural remedies to treat yeast infections at home is to start the treatment early. Using a holistic approach by combining home treatments, herbal remedies and lifestyle changes should greatly reduce the frequency of the yeast infections.
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I have a question. If yeast infections begin with an imbalance of either too much acid or too much alkali in our bodies, how do I know if I should be treat myself with alkali type things like yogurt and soda, or with acidic things like vinegar or caprylic acid? Ive had recurrent yeast infections for 25 years. After doctors over dosed me on Fluconazole, Diflucan, Monistat and such Ive been treating my yeast infections with white distilled vinegar and water douches but they come back more and more often until finally I can no longer have a sexual relationship at all!
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Acidophilus Cure for Yeast Infections
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Acidophilus Supplements
Acidophilus is a bacterium that naturally occurs in the human body, including in the vagina. To reduce yeast levels and restore your body's natural balance, you can take acidophilus capsules available at the pharmacy. Use as directed for a long-term yeast infection cure. For fast relief, some women will insert a tablet vaginally in addition to the oral route.
Approval Ratings YEA (10) 100% Posted by And12 (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) on 12/14/2011
I've had yeast infections a couple of times every year since I was a teenager (I'm in my 20's now). In that time I've seen doctors who tell me to use Monistat or other over the counter antifungals to "fix" the problem. In the past, this has always worked fine... With patience. In an effort to use more natural methods to cure the ailment I tried ACV and garlic and they had some effect, but I ultimately ended up falling back on Monistat because the above mentioned methods take much time and consistency to cure the infection.
Last year I began working in a natural foods store where we emphasize preventative measures in dealing with all health issues. I've learned a great deal about how important probiotics are to balancing not only digestive health, but also in keeping pH levels in check. This morning when I woke up with that all too familiar slight burning/itching feeling, I consulted our selection of acidophilus and found "FemDophilus". The package suggests taking one pill per day for a month to see noticeable results - so I started that. I also inserted two of the "pills" into my vagina and within an hour I feel complete relief. I'm quite impressed with how little time this method took in relieving my symptoms and I will continue to take the acidphilus orally to prevent future yeast infections. This is a great product - whether you use this brand or not, I think using straight acidophilus rather than "antifungals" to cure yeast infections is the way to go for me.Replied by Joan
Los Angeles, Ca