Yeast infections can be embarrassing, even though they are extremely common. While it is more common for women (roughly affecting 75% of women at some point in life) to develop yeast infections, men can also develop them. Most yeast infections are caused by the Candida albicans organism, which can induce severe itchiness, redness, or a white discharge.
One of the best ways, specifically for women, to discourage yeast development is to keep the vaginal area dry and clean. Try to wear loose clothing, wear cotton underwear, and practice good hygiene. If you have a yeast infection, make sure that you don’t share towels with anyone because that can spread the infection. Because yeast infections can be treated naturally, try the holistic remedies below and let us know how they work for you.
Because aloe vera has antifungal properties, it is one of the best natural remedies for combating yeast infections. If possible, try to use fresh aloe vera so that you don’t have to deal with preservatives, additives, or chemicals. Take 1 tablespoon of aloe vera twice a day and you can apply fresh aloe topically to the affected area until it heals.
While yeast feeds on sugar, Manuka honey has antifungal properties that work well to fight off a yeast infection. Apply a liberal tablespoon of Manuka honey topically twice a day until symptoms go away.
You’ll think that garlic has superpowers, if you don’t already think that, after you use it as a natural remedy. Eating 2-3 garlic cloves per meal can be beneficial, but you can also insert a garlic clove vaginally. We aren’t going to lie: this can burn. If you are sensitive then avoid that method and add garlic to juices or meals instead.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help rid the body of the infection by creating a more alkaline environment. Don’t worry, you don’t have to use this vaginally. Mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of filtered water and drink that three times a day until the infection goes away.
If you are experiencing burning or itching, you can apply coconut oil topically to provide relief. You can also ingest 1-2 tablespoons of organic, virgin coconut oil to attack the infection from the inside.
Probiotics promote healthy gut flora and help to boost the immune system. Some of the best probiotic foods to eat include kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, and kefir. Make sure to read the ingredient list to ensure the probiotics don’t have sugar.