Yeast, or Candidiasis infections are caused by a fungus. These infections are commonly found in warm moist areas of the skin, including the genitals, mouth and throat, under folds of skin, or between the toes. Females most often deal with yeast infections in the vaginal area, or under large breasts.
Yeast infections result in intense itching, and often occur due to stress, pregnancy, birth control, antibiotics, diabetes, and pregnancy. The most common yeast infections are in the vaginal area, and result in intense itching, burning, pain and redness, a thick, white, odorless discharge, and burning during urination.
If you are looking for relief for yeast infections, the following natural remedies will help clear up the infection.
Garlic has anti-bacterial, antibiotic, and anti-fungal properties. Simply grind up several cloves until they form a paste and apply. You can also take daily garlic tablets to get the same effect.
Drink 100% cranberry juice to help get rid of yeast infections and urinary or bladder infections. You can also take cranberry tablets three times per day.
Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar can be added to a warm bath and soak for up to one hour. This will help kill the bacteria, and ease the itching.
Yogurt contains the healthy bacteria Lactobacillus Acidophilus., which has been proven effective against yeast infections. Apply the yogurt to external areas for one hour. You can also soak a tampon in yogurt, and insert it for 2 hours.
Oregano oil is an anti-fungal and fights yeast as well. You can apply oregano oil to external areas, but it may cause irritation in some people. You can also take up to 2 capsules of oregano oil daily.
Tea Tree Oil
Organic tea tree oil is an effective anti-fungal for those who are not pregnant. Mix one teaspoon of olive oil with tea tree oil and apply to the affected areas at least three times per day. If you are suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, dip a tampon in the mixture, and insert it for up to three hours twice per day.
Coconut oil effectively kills the bacteria that causes yeast infections. Apply coconut oil to external areas three times per day until the infection is gone.
The herb calendula is an anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Crush 3 calendula leaves against the affected areas three times per day.