Yeast infections, commonly known as Candida is caused by microbes called Candidaalbicans.The common places of its occurrence in the body are around the gums, nails ends, folds of the skin, under the breasts and vaginal area. They cause itching, swelling and a burning sensation if around the vagina. Though these infections can be caused by lack of hygiene, but the common causes are pregnancy, steroids and antibiotic intake, diabetes or the use of oral contraceptives.
These natural remedies for yeast infections are free of side effects and can be easily done at home
This common household disinfectant can be used to treat yeast infections. Dilute boric acid in water and apply on the affected area, leave to dry and wash after a few minutes. Continue this treatment for 2 weeks and the antiseptic properties of boric acid will eventually treat the infection.
Probiotic are excellent for the treatment of yeast infection as they increase the good bacteria and reduce the ill-effects of the harmful bacteria. Yogurt contains ample amount of friendly bacteria that can control the spread and increase of the yeast infection. Yogurt can be applied to the affected area and left for 30 minutes. Rinse thereafter. For vaginal infections, a tampon can be soaked with yogurt and inserted in the vagina and kept for 2-3 hours.This can be repeated 2-3 times a day, till the infections subside away.
This natural antibiotic has antifungal and antibacterial properties to banish off all infections away. Crush the garlic pods and apply on the infection-prone area. leave for a while and wash it. Also, dilute garlic oil with water or add coconut oil and vitamin E oil to it and apply to the infections. Eat a pod of fresh garlic every day to strengthen the immune system to fight off diseases.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil can be used to treat candida as it has antibacterial properties. Dilute tea tree oil with olive oil or water and apply on the affected area. It can also be used for treating vaginal infection.Dip the tampon in tea tree oil and put it in the vagina for 2-3 hours. Do not use this oil in pregnancy.
Cranberries are highly recommended for treating urinary and bladder infections. Drink cranberry juice regularly to ward off infections as this berry contains strong antiseptic and anti-microbial properties which help in eradicating infections from the body.
Oregano intake can increase the immunity of the body and oregano oil has found its use in treating various kinds of infections. Apply this oil topically on the affected area. It can be diluted with olive oil or water if the impact feels very strong on the skin.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties of calendula is very effective in treating candida. Crush the leaves of this herb and apply 2-3 times on the affected parts. Tea made from calendula extracts can be topically applied on the infected parts.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaves are anti-viral and have antioxidant qualities to protect the skin from microbial attack. It increases the instance of the friendly bacteria. Chop few leaves of olive and put them in a clean jar. Add some vodka to the jar and cover with a lid. Leave this mix for 4 weeks. Thereafter, strain the liquid and apply it on the affected area 3 times a day till the time the infection ceases.
This is a very handy natural remedy for any skin infection. Mixing it in equal quantities with cinnamon oil and applying it on the affected area can help in reducing the infection. For an oral thrush gargling with coconut oil which is mixed with tea tree oil/ cinnamon oil helps in reducing the inflammation.
Apple Cider Vinegar /White Vinegar
Both brown and white vinegar can help in reducing the inflammation caused by candida. Add 2 tab of apple cider vinegar in warm water and drink it twice a day. Add a few drops in warm water in a bathtub and prepare a soak and dip yourself or the affected part for 1/2 hour. The vinegar can be diluted and applied on the affected area for good results.