Few health issues are as irritating (figuratively and literally) as yeast infections. However, yeast infections are extremely common—nearly 75% of women experience at least one in their lifetime. While yeast infections most often affect the vaginal area, they can also develop in other areas of the body such as the throat, mouth, or gut (where the Candida fungus that causes such infections naturally occurs). A yeast infection can trigger a range of symptoms, including itchiness, soreness, inflammation, and general discomfort.
To get your health back on track, we've rounded up six of the most effective home remedies to soothe yeast infections. As always, any lingering infections should always be examined by your doctor.
FYI, coconut oil is an antifungal ingredient, meaning it can help to treat yeast infections at home. Gently apply coconut oil to the affected area three times daily and before you go to bed. You can also swish the coconut oil around your mouth for about 10 minutes in the case of an oral infection.
Plain, unsweetened, and unflavored yogurt can work wonders when it comes to addressing yeast infections. Yogurt contains a bacterial strain called lactobacillus acidophilus, which helps curb the infection. Apply directly to the area and consider adding yogurt to your diet as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar
When it comes to boosting health, apple cider vinegar is borderline miraculous. Dilute a small amount of apple cider vinegar with warm water and apply it externally or mix the ingredient into a bath and sit back and relax. Apple cider vinegar can also be ingested to reap the positive effects.
Though garlic is "anti" many things (it's an antibacterial, antibiotic, and antifungal ingredient), it's nothing but positive when it comes to treating yeast infections. Consuming garlic is always beneficial, but you can also mash a few cloves of it into a paste and apply it directly to the affected area.
Cranberries are one of the most common (and most effective) home remedies for yeast infections. Both antibacterial and antifungal, this powerful fruit can be consumed as a juice (organic and unsweetened is best) or via cranberry tablets.
Tea Tree Oil
As a component of the best natural facial cleansers, shampoos, and skin treatments, it's no wonder that tea tree oil is one of the top home remedies for yeast infections. Make sure to use only pure tea tree oil and apply it directly to the area externally. You can also put a bit of tea tree oil in your apple cider vinegar bath for a cleansing and soothing result.
While the natural remedies here can alleviate symptoms, they shouldn't be considered cure-alls. Always consult a doctor for the best solutions based on your health needs.