Vaginal yeast infection also known as (vaginal candidiasis) is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus that naturally lives in our vagina- called Candida albicans.
This overgrowth triggers irritation, inflammation, itching, and painful discharge. Most women will experience a yeast infection sometime during their lifetime and this might really not be as dangerous as some think it is.
There are some natural home remedies for this though and we have a few listed below
Below are some home remedies
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an immune system booster. A strong immune system which allows your body to bring itself back into balance. Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid) has antimicrobial properties when it’s dissolved in liquid form, so some women use it to kill candida overgrowths.
Like many other home remedies, using a vitamin C tablet might burn the sensitive skin of your vagina. Instead, try increasing your intake of vitamin C to boost your body’s ability to beat the yeast infection.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a fatty oil derived from the flesh of the coconut. The oil has many health benefits, including antifungal properties. Studies have shown that coconut oil is effective against C. albicans, making this home remedy one of the few that actually works for yeast infection.
To treat a vaginal yeast infection using coconut oil, be sure to buy pure, organic coconut oil. You can apply the oil directly to the affected area as many times as you want and wait to see desired results.
3. Apple cider vinegar
A very popular yeast infection remedy is the apple cider vinegar bath. Vinegar has many medicinal uses, some more potent than others. When you add a half cup of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bathtub and soak in it for 20 minutes, the acidic component of the vinegar is supposed to kill any harmful microorganisms.
4. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil effective for killing fungi, bacteria, and viruses and research has shown that treating vaginal issues with substances containing tea tree oil may help treat vaginal infections. Tea tree oil is also believed to help maintain a healthy balance of flora in the vagina.
Tea tree oil is incredibly powerful, so make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil if you’re going to use it as a vaginal suppository. Only use tea tree oil occasionally, and never swallow it.
Yoghurt can be considered a probiotic because it contains live bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. These bacteria are essential to creating a healthy environment in your vagina. They can help treat an overgrowth caused by an imbalance.
Plain Greek yoghurt is the best kind to use for this home remedy. Make sure that the yoghurt doesn’t contain added sugar, which fuels the growth of the Candida fungus.