10 Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections

Yogurt-Probiotics

The common yeast infection, also known as vaginitis, is a painful condition that many women experience at some point in their lives.

Characterized by extremely uncomfortable itching, burning and pain, and discharge, vaginal yeast infections are most often caused by unhealthy forms of fungus that grow in the warm, damp environment of the female genitalia. Men may also experience this condition, but it is most common in women. The most prominent form of yeast infection fungus is Candida albicans.

Below, are ten of the most common natural remedies for yeast infections. Hopefully, these remedies will provide relief from the uncomfortable itching and burning.

1. Probiotics

If you are currently taking any form of antibiotic, the likelihood of a yeast infection is increased. Taking a probiotic supplement or eating probiotic foods will help fight and maintain the natural gut flora that prohibits fungus like Candida from forming. The antibiotic tetracycline is especially prone to causing growth of yeast organisms in the body. Learn more about probiotics benefits.

2. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Douche

Soothe a yeast infection by douching with apple cider vinegar. Mix 3 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar with 1 quart of water, add to douche apparatus and use. I recommend Braggs ACV, but any raw apple cider vinegar with “the mother” still included should work. For added benefit you can add some colloidal silver to the mix. I recommend adding 2 ounces of Silver Fuzion to each batch.

3. Organic Garlic

Garlic for Yeast Infections

Another common remedy for yeast infections is to eat several fresh garlic cloves each day. While this will probably give you bad breath, it will also help clear up your yeast infection. This works because garlic has natural anti-fungal properties and is a well-known anti-bacterial and natural antibiotic.

4. Avoid Harsh Feminine Products

Most soaps strip natural protective oils and are too harsh for the delicate feminine anatomy. These oils help prevent yeast from forming. Feminine hygiene douches, sprays, and perfumed products reduce natural protective oils. Alcohol and other toxic chemicals in these products alter the delicate pH balance of the vagina and leave it more susceptible to infection. Use organic hygiene products, if necessary.

5. Organic Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is another effective remedy for yeast infections. It will help reduce yeast and candida infections. Place 9 drops in a capsule and swallow 2-3 times daily after meals on a full stomach.

6. Organic Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful natural fungal cleanser. Place a few drops of organic tea tree oil on a natural tampon and insert into your vagina for 4 hours. Do this in the morning and afternoon. Do not sleep with the tampon inserted. A couple of days should be sufficient to relieve the symptoms.

7. Organic Cranberries

Cranberries for Yeast Infections

Cranberries are not just for bladder infections, they can also be used to help with yeast infections. You can also drink the juice, unsweetened, to help boost healthy pH balance in the vagina. This helps fight off fungal infection.

8. Organic Plain Yogurt

Another common folk remedy related to restoring flora and pH balance, yogurt can be used topically and vaginally to reduce a yeast infection. Insert 1 to 2 tablespoons into the vagina, and externally to the affected area and leave for at least several hours before washing. Make sure yogurt has no added sugars, fruit or other ingredients. A tampon may be soaked in the yogurt and inserted for 2 hours, then removed.

9. Wear Loose Clothing

This remedy may sound silly, but it’s one of the easiest things you can do to help with yeast infections. It works because yeast fungus loves warm, moist environments. Wearing loose-fitting clothing and underwear keeps oxygen moving and prevents the growth of fungus. I recommend trying organic cotton clothing.

10. Relax

Everyone has natural amounts of Candida yeast in the body, although a healthy body’s natural environment prohibits this fungus from taking over. It is when you get an infection that your body gives you a sign that you are out of balance. A stressful lifestyle can cause Candida to grow in excess, as our immune system becomes compromised. Make sure to take time to slow down and recuperate, particularly after stressful life events. I recommend massage, meditation, yoga and frequent exercise.

These are just ten remedies for yeast infections and I probably missed a few. Please feel free to add your remedies or discuss your experiences in the comments below.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • Natalie Sherwood

    I also have a yeast infection right now. I think i’m gonna try the Apple cider vinegar douche remedy that’s listed above.. Will that help get rid of the smell?

  • Patricia

    I would suggest extreme caution with tea tree oil. It’s a very useful remedy for many things, and I usually have some in my home, but I think it’s way too strong to use straight even on the skin, much less the ultra-sensitive mucous membranes of the vagina.

  • Don W

    Why did you not mention coconut oil?

  • Judy

    Great tips… But how do we apply all those into our natural treatment?? Doing research on yeast infection natural remedy lately, but most of the foundings only concentrate on which ingredients work, but not how to make it work…. (May be that’s why we need doctor ;) )

  • Ken Turner @Natural Herbal Remedies

    If you learn how to cure your yeast infection symptoms and control the overgrowth of yeast, you’ll enjoy good health and avoid yeast infections for years. A natural herbal anti-fungal yeast infection remedy can work quickly to cure the problem.

  • My own theory

    I have struggled with yeast for most of my life. I have tried several things to control it. When the yeast starts to get out of control, I will burp yeast (Does NOT smell like yeast. It smells like someone died in your mouth). It seems to be mainly in my stomach and has to get really bad before I will get a vaginal infection. I notice this after I have eaten a lot of high yeast foods, like pizza and other breads, along with a lot of sugars. This makes sense. Most times I just eat some yogurt and it will retreat. Cranberry juice also works. I tried a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, in a glass of water, and was up all night with diareha and vomiting. I think I’ll stick to the yogurt.

  • Logo Style

    Awesome Post ! Keep writing good information.

  • Other

    I have struggled with infections my whole life, but in the last 1-2 years I’ve finally found the secret for me, 2 things:
    1) Reduce/eliminate all sugar and white/wheat flour. I have even lowered my fruit intake. And the first thing I notice when I am having too much sugar and flour in my diet, is a small itch from below.
    2) Take all underwear and sportswear that touches the vaginal area and boil it for at least 3 seconds. This helps to kill the bacteria and fungus that may be surviving the wash cycle and then growing again once exposed to the warm moist environment. I know it sounds silly, but it works!

  • Migi

    Every month before my period I would get a yeast infection. Then I started having to wear panty liners all the time. I could’ve opened a bread factory I was producing so much yeast. My sex life was gone because I was so worried. I was prescribed all types of antibiotics. At one point the doc thought it was from my bc pills (femcon). Then I was OK for a while. Then I got sick and prescribed antibiotics which caused a yeast infection which meant more antibiotics. I’ve tried to eat more yogurt. That doesn’t work. So I did some research and came across the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse. I’m about to order my 2nd bottle and I take as directed. Things are getting better needless to say. :-)

  • Grace

    My husband hates it when I get Yeast infections. These remedies should help our sex life. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Organic Garlic
    I would suggest extreme caution with Organic Garlic . It’s a very useful remedy for many things, and I usually have some in my home, but I think it’s way too strong to use straight even on the skin, much less the ultra-sensitive mucous membranes of the vagina.Garlic are a very great remedy for yeast infections.There are many natural remedies for Candidiasis and one of them is garlic. This well-known herb has strong anti-septic and anti-fungal properties, therefore it has the capacity to reduce the number of candidal microorganisms within the body.

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  • Amy Adinda

    But the question is just how effective are these home remedies? The answer to that question is that it depends on the remedy and what the remedy is attempting to do. Clearly, some remedies will be more powerful than others, and, some folks will have better results with some remedies than other people. Everyone is different.
    There are natural remedies that can address the yeast infection symptoms, and there are remedies that can focus on the underlying causes of yeast infection. In this way home remedies for yeast infection have the ability to get rid of your yeast infection symptoms, plus, sort out the underlying issue that helps to trigger Candida infections. And, in the main, to do this without the side effects and costs of drug-based medications.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.barron.5682 Josh Barron

    Being infected by candida can manifest in a lot of bothersome ways. I am so happy I saw your site as well as http://yeast-infection-treatment.org since I am looking for an effective remedy to my condition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamienjon Jamie N Jon Clegg

    I have my own silver generator and it was such a blessing for my yeast infection when I was pregnant. Even just putting some on a cloth and wiping or splashing with it immediately solved the external itching problem. Douching with it cleared it in a matter of days, though I continued at least twice a day for two weeks to make sure. Another good treatment externally is coconut oil, as it actually bursts the cell walls of the candida. Acidity problems play a big part in candida, so taking some Braggs ACV two to three times a day helps with that as well, and LOTS of water.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamienjon Jamie N Jon Clegg

    Eating the garlic….

  • http://yeast-infections.co/ Yeast Infections

    Your just ten remedies were awesome to know and very interesting. such natural treatments are easier to follow up. thanks and keep on updating

  • sarah j

    Have your monthly yeast infections been eliminated? I have tried everything. :(

  • pau

    Do they also apply for pregnant women? Thanks

  • ghc_health

    Pau,
    Thank you for your post! Many of the suggestions your read here are easily used by pregnant moms. It is always advisable to speak with your primary care physician if you do make any changes to your normal routine.

    Take care and be well!

  • MomofKLA

    I currently have a yeast infection and I am taking a 50 billion probiotic for vaginal support. How many days should I expect it to take for the infection to go away? Can’t seem to find that info anywhere. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.cellderm James Cellderm

    Immunophen’s pinecone extract has proven to fight yeast naturally. Pinecone extract strengthens and balances the immune system to help your body fight off yeast naturally. The good thing about pinecone extract is there are no known side effects, and it does not kill off the good bacteria.

    Immunophen has been proven to get to the root of the problem by supporting the immune system to achieve its own healthy balance. Since yeast will always be with us it is critical to create a healthy immune system that has the ability to keep yeast in a healthy balance too.

  • Victoria in Seattle

    I put a natural, organic garlic oil on a tampon and insert this. Tea tree oil can be a little harsh on the skin. This works really great and stops the itching immediately. I think what is happening is that the tampon is keeping the yeast from exiting and itching, and the garlic is killing the yeast on the inside. It seems like it would sting or burn if it leaked outside the vagina, but it doesn’t. And I feel OK about keeping it in all night! Thank you doctor for a wonderful article. This is truly something that can make a woman go mad with excruciating discomfort!!!

  • Victoria in Seattle

    You also need to apply something directly. I put organic garlic oil (poke a capsule) on a tampon and insert that. The relief is beyond words!!!

  • Katie

    Grapefruit seed extract also helps as it’s a natural anti-fungal. I’ve been taking 10 drops in a glass of orange or grapefruit juice (mix well!!) twice a day for the past week and have done a douche with 5 drops of the extract in a glass of warm water a couple times this week and my yeast infection is finally clearing up! I’m almost 4 months pregnant and have had the infection for almost 2 months now, and nothing yet has worked except the GSE treatment.

  • Michael Penn

    Foods are one of the major factors that influence yeast infection. There are foods that trigger it altogether and ones with the power to prevent its occurrence. The Candida diet has proven to be very helpful in treating the condition. There are certain foods that help control fungal overgrowth, but there are also those which trigger it.

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  • Gloria

    Sometimes the burp that is a bad smell is a bacterial infection in the upper GIRL tract and can cause halitosis (bad breath) which sugar and white breads are feeding the bacteria, you may need a antibiotic to rid yourself of this infection

  • Stephanie

    Was your Dr aware that you were douching during pregnancy? That is incredibly dangerous!

  • Loren

    First thing I’d do is to see your GYN. Make sure that there isn’t a serious issue there first. If everything checks out, I’d look into some natural ways of dealing with this problem.

    For me I started looking into fruits and vegetables that help. Grapefruit and pineapples help a lot. There are also vitamins that help but none really showed any type of change for me.

    Then after spending a few hours on the net I came across this natural supplement for women’s needs and care on amazon called balance complex for women.

    I’ve been let down before by supplements promising the world. This type of issue is especially embarrassing and I’m just thrilled this has been working so far.

    Would tell any lady to not hesitate and give this a try, will change your life.

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