5 home remedies that will treat yeast infection
Yeast infection, also known as candidiasis is a very common infection caused by a fungus called candida albicans. This fungus overgrows when there is an imbalance on our system, and according to The Centers for Disease Control, 75% of adult women will have a yeast infection in their lifetime. So, If you find yourself having this fungal infection, don't panic because there are remedies that will treat yeast infection and boost immunity.
Yeast infections can develop in the warm, moist parts of your body such as: the vagina (vaginal thrush), mouth ( oral thrush), skin and nails ( candidiasis). Therefore the home remedies that will treat yeast infection must target the inside and outside of your body in order to kill the fungus and improve immunity.
Here are 5 home remedies that will treat yeast infection.
1) Probiotics in yogurt
Yogurt has Lactobacillus acidophilus, which a friendly strain of bacteria. A study found that women who ingested yogurt had a three-fold reduction in infection. So, the authors concluded that daily ingestion of an 8 oz of yogurt was beneficial, and would be a good way to reduce fungal overgrowth.
You can use yogurt to treat yeast infection by:
1) Including plain yogurt in your diet
2) Applying plain yogurt on the affected skin area and letting it sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes, or overnight. This will help relieve the itching sensation.
3) Dipping a tampon in yogurt and then inserting it in the vagina for two hours ( for a vaginal yeast infection). Do this twice a day.
2) lemongrass essential oil
An in vitro study on the effects of certain essential oils on candida strains, has found that lemongrass essential oil has the highest anticandidal activity. This is because it can attach and penetrate into the fungus cell membrane and cause lysis, which is the disintegration of a cell by rupture of the cell wall or membrane. This essential oil has also been reported to boost immunity by regulating the functions of the hypothalamus, thyroid and thymus.
The U.S. FDA considers Lemongrass essential oil safe for human consumption. It can be used topically and orally but it is important to follow the instructions on the label of the product you have purchased, and not allow children under the age of 6 to ingest this oil.
3) Coconut Oil
There are many benefits of consuming and applying coconut oil to treat yeast infection. This is because it has antifungal properties that can kill the fungi responsible for yeast infections. It has also been reported to regulate insulin.
Coconut oil is safe and does not need to be diluted in order to be topically applied.
You can use coconut oil to treat yeast infection by:
1) Externally applying coconut oil on the affected areas three times a day.
2) Swishing the oil in your mouth for five to 10 minutes, in case of oral thrush.
Cranberries are rich of a natural compound called proanthocyanidins (PACs). A research on the in vitro effects of Pacs on candida albicans biofilm, found that PACs have excellent activity against Candida albicans biofilm formation, which is due to anti-adherence properties and/or iron chelation. Another benefit of consuming cranberries is that they are excellent to treat urinary tract infection.
You can use cranberries to treat yeast infection by:
1)Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice several times a day.
2)Alternatively you can take cranberry tablets two or three times a day.
5) Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract is very effective in treating yeast infections due to its antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also can restore the good bacteria in your body.
Olive leaf extract was found to have excellent antifungal activity which substantiates the use of olive and olive oil in skin diseases. But not only that: it is antiviral, antioxidant, anti- inflammatory and has been reported to inhibit leukemia cancer cells.
You can use olive leaf extract to treat yeast infection by:
1) Buying an olive leaf extract supplement and following the instructions
2) Making your own Olive Leaf extract:
finely chop some fresh olive leaves and put them into a glass jar with a lid. Pour vodka over the leaves until they are completely covered. Close the lid and store the jar in a dark place for about four weeks. Then, strain the liquid into another glass jar. Apply the solution to the affected skin area. Do this three times a day to achieve best results.
Make sure to contact your physician and start a protocol to boost your immunity, if you suspect to be suffering from candidiasis ( yeast infection) . The tell tale signs of a yeast infection are the following: red rash in the skin and nails, white lesions on the tongue and inner cheeks, itchiness around the vulva, change in discharge, Persistent Stinging or Pain All of which may occur during intercourse, exercising, walking, bicycling or even just sitting.