10 Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

A wooden bowl of organic yogurt. Foods like yogurt contain probiotics which is one of the natural remedies for yeast infection.

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 the 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.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • 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/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….

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    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

    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.

  • LAdy Peach

    Yes it will!! It will get rid of the itch, smell and burning i follow my vinegar douche with a plain greek yougurt tampon.
    You can also put vinegar in your bath water.

  • Yeasty McGinty.

    If garlic oil is to harsh, could you cut it with coconut oil? It seems like a good theory. Or, it could be one of those situations where someone hands you their beer to hold and says “Watch this”
    If I get brave enough to try it, I will report back.

  • Jacqui

    Hi Dr. I first had UTI. I took an antibiotic for 7 days, didn’t help. So the Dr. prescribed me another antibiotic for 10 days which helped on the 7th day with major ugly side effects. Now I have a yeast infection. Is this normal? I heard that antibiotics can give you a yeast infection. I stopped eating anything and everything with yeast. I’m eating vegetables, fruits, lots of chicken. I’m currently taking 500mg of Magnesium, 1000 of Vitamin C, drinking a lot of cranberry juice and eating about 3 cloves of garlic with my food. I’m also washing myself with diluted tea tree oil, which stops the itching and burning right away. Any other tips that might help me clear up this infection faster?! I feel so depressed, I am tired of this problem. Please help!

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Hi Jacqui, well you’re not the first person to complain of an unwanted side effect from antibiotics. Are you taking a probiotic now? Have you had success w/any methods discussed in the article?

  • jessica

    Hi Dr. I’m pregnant and just got over BV and now I have a yeast infection, are any of these options suitable for someone who is pregnant?

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Possibly but to err on the side of caution I would encourage you to talk to your doula.

  • sam

    Does the yogurt have to be organic??

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    It’s better if it is.

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  • Christina

    Good job I’m impressed with the info!!!

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  • Annette Smiling

    When using tea tree oil Always use it with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil. If you try to use it straight in the vagina you will burn yourself. I hate these sites that give advice without the knowledge to put full instructions of usage UGH! There are usage tables out there for tea tree oil, not sure how much for antifungal use. I know for ringworm which Is a fungal that’s 2 -3 drops tea tree per tsp of olive oil. Always test on another part of body to be sure you don’t have allergies to essential oils you are about to use.

  • Annette Smiling

    People get yogurt like fruit flavored yogurts that are high in sugar mixed up with probiotics (yogurt) which are the Greek yogurts. You want plain or vanilla greek yogurt, probiotic, you can actually buy them in pill form now. There are different kinds of probiotics out there. Don’t get things like Activia that is high in sugar it won’t help with yeast infection only with regulating bowel movements.

  • Annette Smiling

    Have you been checked for celiac disease? Sounds like you need to eliminate all wheat products from your diet. Also have a A1C test done.

  • WLM

    Treatments aside, I needed immediate relief from the burning and itching. Coconut oil applied topically and externally was a life saver. It stopped the misery within minutes. I am sooooo much happier now.

  • WLM

    I was desperate for relief last night and tried coconut oil externally. OMG! I feel so much better. Glad you suggested it, because I had some in the cupboard. I was already trying a treatment to get rid of the infection, but I needed immediate relief from the misery.

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  • Becky Johnson

    What do you do with the coconut oil ?

  • WLM

    I used it externally like a soothing cream. it just removed the burn, unlike those over the counter products.

  • Jay

    Hey Dr. I wasn’t able to to go to the doctor’s office but suspected I had a yeast infection and used Monistat. I’m experiencing a lot of discharge…help

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  • SarahPajera

    Just a warning about vaginally douching – I did one this morning and got so sick I missed a whole day of work and still feel crook. I think what happened was I used a plastic syringe to squirt up the diluted apple cider vinegar and I think some went right up my cervix. I felt a stabbing pain then spent two hours on the toilet with diarrhoea and vomiting! Felt like really bad PMS.p

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  • JJ

    So wholemeal flour is fine?

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  • laurie

    Ken, tell me about your yeast infections. Should I be concerned that my partner and I will swap this mess back and forth? Yikes.

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  • Kitten

    That’s normal.

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