10 Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on September 15, 2014


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.

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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.

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