Treatment of yeast infections with herbal and home remedies can often treat the infection while chronic reoccurrences may necessitate lifestyle changes.
Natural remedies for yeast infections, like yogurt and garlic are inexpensive and extremely effective methods according to our readers.
What is a Yeast Infection?
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.
Natural 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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