Home Remedies for Yeast Infection

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A yeast infection, also known as Candida, is basically caused by a group of microscopic fungi or yeast called Candida albicans. It generally affects the vaginal area but can also develop around dentures, under the breasts, lower abdomen, nail beds, and beneath skin folds.

Factors that can increase the risk of getting a yeast infection are pregnancy, stress, chronic health conditions, diabetes, use of oral contraceptives, steroids and antibiotics.

Women can also get yeast infections after menopause due to declining estrogen levels, which thin the vaginal walls. Most men and women suffer from a yeast infection at least once.

Some of the signs of a yeast infection are itching, burning or swelling in and around the affected area. If it is a vaginal yeast infection, there will be pain or discomfort in the vagina during sex, a burning feeling when urinating, and odorless vaginal discharge. There are many simple home remedies that can eliminate the infection in a relatively short time.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for yeast infections.

1. Yogurt

Lactobacillus acidophilus, a “friendly” strain of bacteria present in yogurt, can control the growth of infection in the body. For treating a yeast infection, only use plain, unsweetened yogurt.

  • You can externally apply plain yogurt on the affected skin area and let it sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes, or preferebly overnight. This will help relieve the itching sensation.
  • For a vaginal yeast infection, dip a tampon in yogurt and then insert it in the vagina for two hours. Do this twice a day.
  • Also include yogurt in your diet plan.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has effective antifungal properties that can kill the fungi responsible for yeast infections.

  • Externally apply coconut oil on the affected areas three times a day.
  • You can also make a mixture of equal amounts of coconut oil and cinnamon oil. Apply it on the affected skin area to control the growth of the infection.
  • In case of oral thrush, swish the oil in your mouth for five to 10 minutes. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil or cinnamon oil and then use. Do not swallow. Do this at least three times a day.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar contain some distinctive components that can control a yeast infection and get rid of the fungi causing it.

  • Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (organic apple cider vinegar should be murky brown in color) in one cup of warm water and drink it twice daily for a few days.
  • Prepare a hot bath and add some vinegar. Soak your body in this bath for about an hour. Soon the skin irritation and itching will lessen.
  • Alternatively, you can dilute white or apple cider vinegar with plain water and then apply it externally on the affected skin area. Leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off with water.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a very well-known herb that can be used to cure various ailments. The antifungal, antibacterial and natural antibiotic components present in garlic can be highly effective in treating any kind of yeast infection.

  • Crush a few garlic cloves and make a paste out of it. Apply the garlic paste directly onto the affected skin area. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can dilute garlic oil with vitamin E oil and a few drops of coconut oil and apply it to the affected skin.
  • You can also take a couple of garlic tablets or eat a few fresh garlic cloves daily. Eating fresh cloves can cause bad breath, but it is very effective in treating yeast infections.

5. Cranberries

Cranberries contain both antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used to fight the fungi responsible for yeast infections. It can also treat urinary tract or any other kind of bladder infections.

  • Drink unsweetened cranberry juice several times a day. This will speed up the healing process and produce effective results within a short time.
  • If unsweetened cranberry juice is not available, you can take cranberry tablets two or three times a day. Cranberry tablets are readily available at a natural health store.

6. Boric Acid

Boric acid is a chemical substance with mild antiseptic and antifungal properties. Boric acid is not recommended for pregnant women.

  1. Dilute some boric acid with water.
  2. Apply the diluted solution over the affected skin area and leave it on for a few minutes.
  3. Then rinse the area thoroughly with water.
  4. Do this daily for two weeks.




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  2. So much information THANK YOU. I had strep throat and the doctor gave amoxicillin 500MG one capsule twice a day for ten days. That cause yeast. I am not a happy camper from my head ( throat ) to my bottom. Your site answers so many questions and gave me ways to fight naturally. Home remedies that I have now I tried one and it worked.

    God Bless You

  3. So glad I finally got to your site! I went to at least twelve others before I got to yours and it was just time wasted for me. The other sites had so much other information to read. Sorry, but I need help now! I had oral surgery and had to take an antibiotic afterwards. Now it’s the weekend and the Dr.’s office is closed! So thanks so much!!! Your site is very informative and straight to the point. I will refer others!

  4. antibacterial soap October 5, 2013, 7:39 am

    All the 10 home made remedies are awesome. I also love to use natural products. Thank you for sharing information. I find this article useful.

  5. I am trying to treat external yeast infections, is it possible to overdo treatment if I want to try many of these remedies at the same time?

  6. My husband is on long term antibiotics. His breath stinks. I am looking for a solution to eradicate thrush and hope it tackles the stinky breath.

  7. There are certain foods that could trigger or worsen yeast infection. If you are prone to candidiasis, you should be aware of such foods and avoid them altogether as much as possible. Since sugar is one of the common culprits, limit your intake on sugary products, especially processed foods which may contain hidden sweeteners.Breads and Other Baked Products: doughnuts, pastries, cookies, cakes. This includes products with wheat content.Legumes: steer clear from peas, beans, tofu.Pasta: all types of pasta and all types of noodles.Dairy Products: sour cream, sweetened yogurt, all types of cheese and milk.Seeds and Nuts: walnuts, coconut, almond, pistachios and peanutsBeverages: all types of coffee, alcohol, all types of soft drinks, fruit juices, all processed teas, black tea and all fruit teas.Fruit: avoid dried fruits. When starting a Candida diet, it is best to temporarily avoid eating fruits altogether. The fructose content in fruits may help trigger yeast.Meat: pork, chicken and beef must be cut off from your diet. These meat products contain hormones and antibiotics which may just worsen yeast infection. Salami products, sausages and bacon must also be avoided.Vegetables: cucumber skins, beetroot, all kinds of mushrooms, canned tomatoes and processed soups.Sauces and Condiments: All kinds of processed tomato sauce and steak sauce, powdered/died garlic, powdered/dried onion, Miso and any product with sugar content in them.

    • Exactly what can be eaten?? Seems like everything known cannot be.
      Would be of great help to mention foods that we could eat :)

    • I agree is it possible to mention foods that can be consumed?

    • So dont eat anything? What we can eat would have been a much shorter list.

    • What is there left for one to eat?

    • so what is LEFT to EAT? I am also diabetic and gluten intolerant..

    • Very helpful advice.

    • So, Teddy Flower, your advice is- just don’t eat any food appropriate for humans? If one has a topical yeast infection, a person should eat only eucalyptus leaves like a koala?

    • I guess avoiding all those foods will get read of yeast infection. Mostly it leaves you nothing to eat so you can’t grow yeast after you starve to death

    • Ok Now im confused… If you are Using Coconut oïl to Fight Yeast infections , Why then cant you eat Coconut? Are you Meaning sweetened Coconut or Coconut all together ? Thanks , Karla

    • Almost all fruits are not to be eaten

    • Great advice. Steering clear of the mentioned foods helps tons! And for those of you asking what to eat- vegetables & organic meat (or at least meat without hormones. You basically need to cut out (or limit) anything that turns to sugar so no starchy stuff like bread or pasta…fruit is full of sugar but some has less than others l…alcohol also turns to sugar…I also avoid dairy (including yogurt but the yogurt thing can vary for people- I’ve read mixed stuff- some people swear by dipping a tampon in plain yogurt (esp my mother) but depending on ones levels I’ve read that the live bacteria (albeit normally beneficial) of yogurt and acidophilus can make things even more out of whack but I’d definitely try it first to see if it works for you because I’m guessing it works really well on 80% of people and doesn’t only on 20% so I’d take the chance). Love seeing other people spreading knowledge like this. Every time I have a yeast infection I try to follow this way of eating and it helps tons!

  8. The symptoms are very unpleasant and could affect your life altogether if not treated accordingly. It can occur in the mouth, also known as oral thrush. Other places in the body commonly attacked by Candida albicans are the genitalia, toenails, in belly buttons, underneath the breasts, under the fat rolls, crotch, glands in the penis, around the anus. Basically, any part of the body has the possibility of getting yeast infections, anywhere warm and moist.

  9. i heard cinimmon gum helps with bad breath that still smells after someone has brushed theit teeth or used mouth wash. also there is a product called breath freshener its little capsules u just swallow. i think walmart or walgreens sale it. cleans from the inside out. good luck.

  10. Can someone use white vinegar instead of cider vinegar and as a family a husband is he also likely to take some.

    • I have read elsewhere that you should NOT use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar, because plain white vinegar feeds the yeast.

  11. Very helpful information you have. Thank you for posting it. I also heard that red clover is good to apply topically for skin cancer is that true? Also heard that taking ESSIAC for anyone who struggles with cancer issues can be cured completely even if it has gone into the bone and there is no hope for chemo or radiation. It’s nice that you can make your own tea tree essential oil (or lavender) mix to repel spiders (also scorpians? i know they hate cloves and cinnamon also): 1qrt H20 + few drops of tea tree + couple of drops of soap in spray bottle; for tics you use 2:1 ratio with more tea tree than water and spray it on your shoes and pant cuffs. I love it that God gave us all these good things to use to help us along!!!

  12. I have tried oil or oregano, pau de arco tea, acidiphollous, garlic cloves and tablets 1200 mg.. also apple cider vinegar(only for about a week wondering if that is why the cap on my tooth broke off)
    I do not know what else to use.. trying to avoid…antibodics for internal and external yeast but have had yeast for many months… I do the spit test.. 1st thing in the morning spit in a clear glass of water if within 5 min there are tendrils flowing down it IS yeast… so what is a person to do??? for internal and vaginial too

  13. I was told i could eat chicken ??

  14. I have suffered from thrush on and off for years. I am an asthmatic and inhalant treatments can caused this even if I rinse my mouth out as directed. I also found if I drink or eat foods that have sugar in them or yeast breads the thrush comes back. I can tell I have thrush even before it shows up on my tongue because my throat and tonsils will be sore, as if I am coming down with a cold.
    An diet to kill thrush or candida is extremely limiting and quite frankly not very realistic. There is medication one can get, by prescription, but that also has problems. Eating yogurt helps but it is not a fix all solution.
    The way I treat this is very simple. During an outbreak after I brush my teeth and tongue I sanitize my toothbrush by pouring a bit of hydrogen peroxide, or mouth wash or even a small amount of rubbing alcohol on it. I let the disinfectant sit on the brush for a moment than rinse it clean and make sure to dry it. Wet toothbrushes breed germs.
    After that I do a mouth rinse, but one without alcohol, because those can burn. Then I will take a dose of liquid antihistamine and swish it around like a mouth wash before swallowing. I always have a bottle of children’s liquid antihistamine at home. It helps to kill the thrush in my mouth and throat. I do this for a couple of days and avoid sugary foods and drinks. Usually the thrush is gone or at least subsidizes after about 3 days. I read somewhere that candida stays in the body for a long time. It’s very hard to kill it completely without going on one of those candida diets. Once you have had it, it can come back much quicker because it hasn’t fully left the body. I do have a lot of problems with the yeast on my skin. Mostly I just try and keep the areas clean and dry, very hard to do because folds of skin sweat more.

  15. I had systemic candida which left me basically housebound for a while. Beat it back with four step process. Drink a tonne of water for a few days, then start very restricted diet of green veggies/ juice/ steamed/ salad, then start anti fungal treatment I ate a lot of coconut and also took (and continue to take) turpentine- pure gum essential oil, ironically you mix it with white sugar ( 3 cubes) twice a week. Then take a variety of immune building supplements and detox tea ( nettle, dandelion, camomile and ribose). During this process I also learned that stress and unprocessed emotions were actually the cause of my adrenals, then immune then finally my gut packing up. So it’s really key to address the mind body link otherwise you’re just treating the symptoms instead if trigger and the cycle will just continue. So I suggest getting really happy people and understand you are really amazing xxx

  16. In other words, eat steamed vegetables ONLY. ONLY. ONLY! A conventional doctor put me on this diet for two weeks when I had a bad case of thrush on my boobs, and was nursing. Sooooo painful. My baby had oral thrush. (He did not prescribe any medication to either me or baby.) Immediate improvement, everyday, although healing seemed slowly but surely. You lose a lot of weight, and discover the world of vegetables! Look for variety and make it fun!

  17. Word of caution about using garlic paste ALONE. It can burn your skin, and in the most delicate region we’re talking about for a yeast infection, proceed, carefully. I recommend putting a small amount of crushed garlic in olive oil and vitamin E. Then apply to your private parts. Otherwise, you can do what I did, apply pure garlic and feel hell fire on your ass. Make sure you’re near a bathtub for an emergency drenching.

  18. Thank you. I will try virgin coconut oil, apple cider and garlic. Suddenly my vulva region became very itchy and I haven’t made love since November because we broke up. The comments are also helpful.

  19. I got thrush after taking several 10 day antibiotic treatment’s. I have toned it down with probiotics and tea tree oil drops in 1/4 glass of water switched around 5+ times a day plus soaking my toothbrush in a solution of tea tree oil. The pure oil cures toenail fungus fast.

  20. i have used cocnut oil and its really really good and effective…

  21. Yet to try …

  22. coconut oils defo works as i use the proskin treatment that i got from amazon containing coconut oil and it beat it. i still uses ocassionally and it keeps it at bay.

  23. HoMe ReMiDiEs R NiCe AnD ThEsE WoRk ThAt iS Y i LoVe ThiS SiTe…!

  24. The garlic is very effective. Don’t use antibiotics they only breeds the yeast more on you. Natural is the best. Putting a glove inside work really well.


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