Yeast infection is one of the causes of vaginitis, it is also known as Candida. This is a common problem faced by most of the women. It is actually an irritation in vagina or vulva. When a woman suffers with yeast infection, she experiences pain, burning sensation during sex or urination, discharge, and itching in vagina. It mainly develops when there is excess growth of yeast cells in the vagina. The fungus grows in damp and warm areas of genetalia.  It mainly affects the vaginal area, but may also grow under breasts, dentures, lower abdomen, beneath nail beds and skin folds.

One of the major causes of yeast infections is antibiotics. These antibiotics damage the vaginal bacteria which disturbs the balance of vaginal microorganisms. This balance is also influenced by hormone levels. Thus, women using contraceptives are more prone to yeast infections. Women with weak immune systems also experience the same problem. Stressing out yourself, intake of alcohol, lack of sleep, pregnancy, diabetes, chronic health conditions and use of steroids may also cause excess growth of yeasts.

yeast infection home remedies

The major symptoms of yeast infection are given below:

Home Remedies for Yeast Infection

Due to this burning sensation, pain and discharge, the daily routine of woman gets disturbed. Sometimes ignoring such infection may lead to some other major disease. There are a lot of home remedies for treating yeast infection naturally. These natural remedies generally have lesser side effects and are very easy to use.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has acidic and antibacterial properties which control the growth of yeasts and help getting rid of fungi easily. To use it as a home remedy, you need to take a cup of warm water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to it. Mix the solution well and drink it two times a day on regular basis for a few days.

Note- Apple cider vinegar should always be used in the diluted form.

2. Yogurt

One of the best remedies for yeast infection is yogurt. It soothes the burning sensation and itching in the vagina. It also slows down the growth of yeast. Prefer using unsweetened and plain yogurt to check the growth of yeast. Dip a clean cotton piece in plain yogurt and insert it in the vagina. Leave it for at least two hours. Wash it off with water. Do not use this remedy more than two times a day.

3. Garlic

Since garlic has antifungal, antibiotic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties it cures yeast infection. To use garlic, get a few garlic cloves and crush them till it becomes a fine paste. Apply this paste directly onto the affected area.

Note: Consuming fresh garlic cloves causes bad breathe but relieves yeast infection.

4. Coconut Oil

The anti-fungal property of coconut oil kills infection causing yeasts. Take a few drops of coconut oil on your finger tips and apply it gently on the affected area. Repeat this remedy three times a day.

Note – Do not swallow the mixture of oil.

5. Grape Fruit Seed Extract

Grape fruit seed extract is also used in healing yeast infection. The anti-fungal properties of grape fruit seed resist the growth of yeasts and other pathogens that causes infection. Take two cups of plain water and add 5-10 drops of grape fruit seed extract in it. Blend the solution till the extract gets finely dissolved. Use this solution for washing the vaginal area. You can also dip a cotton ball in the solution and apply it on the affected area. Use this maximum three times a day.

Note- The solution may increase the extent of already existing irritation, so consult your doctor before using this. Refrain from using this solution during menstruation and pregnancy.

6. Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

Cranberries contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which kills yeasts. It is also used for curing bladder and urinary tract infections. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice multiple times a day. Drink it regularly to speed up your healing procedure.

7. Boric Acid

Since boric acid is anti-viral and anti-fungal in nature, it can prove to be a great natural remedy for healing yeast infection. Use diluted boric acid to prevent this infection. Combine water and boric acid in equal ratio and apply it directly on the infected part. Let it sit for a few minutes. Wash it off thoroughly with clean water. Repeat this remedy two times a day.

Note- Pregnant women are advised not to use boric acid at all. Apart from pregnant women, even others should not use it for a longer time because it is toxic.

8. Sitz Bath

A sitz bath could also be helpful in relieving the discomfort caused due to infection. In this bath, water is filled in a special basin and it is placed on a toilet seat. Water is allowed to overflow into the toilet bowl. To ease swelling, burning and itching, add 1 cup of baking soda (or vinegar) in the basin. Alternatively, add Epsom salt. Sit in it for a few minutes.

9. Cold Compress

Put ice pack on your vulva to get relief from itching and pain.

10. Black Walnut

The antifungal property of black walnuts eradicates yeast infection. It is rich in tannins which kill fungus, yeasts and bacteria. The nut is soaked after it is harvested, to remove its husk. This extract opposes the growth of yeasts.

Note: Black walnut is not suggested for breastfeeding and pregnant women. People suffering from kidney or liver conditions should also avoid its use as it may cause irritation in or damage to these organs.

Herbal Home Remedies

Yeast infection can also be treated by using herbal remedies. Some of them are as follows:

11. Slippery Elm Powder

Slippery elm powder is also an effective remedy for curing yeast infection. It helps relieve the irritation. Add some water to slippery elm powder to prepare a smooth paste. Apply it directly on the infected area to get instant relief. You can also add refrigerated aloe vera juice with slippery elm powder. Dip a cotton pad in it and place it on vagina. It does not kill bacteria, but soothes irritation.

12. Calendula

Calendula is a natural herb with anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, which cures yeast infection. Finely crush 2-3 calendula leaves. Apply this paste on affected region. Follow this remedy thrice a day for effective results.

Note- Calendula tea is not recommended for pregnant women.

13. Basil Leaves

Basil leaves are also helpful in getting relief from yeast infection. Boil 3-4 cups of water. Combine 1¼ teaspoon ground basil in the boiled water after turning off the heat. Cover the container with a lid. Let it steep for some time. Gargle with the water when it cools down. You can also add maple syrup for sweetening and drink two cups daily.

14. Goldenseal

The anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antiviral properties of goldenseal resists yeast infection. Goldenseal has an active component called berberine which kills the yeasts. This compound helps in detoxifying the liver and stimulating the immune system. The roots of this herb are used to deal with this problem.

Note- Nursing and pregnant women should avoid using goldenseal. Excessive usage of goldenseal may cause nausea. So, seek advice from your physician before using this herb.

15. Rosemary Tea

Rosemary is another natural herb which is commonly used to cure yeast infection. Prepare rosemary tea and place a cotton ball in the tea and dab it on the affected area. This remedy will relieve itching and burning sensation.

16. Thyme Tea

Boil one cup of water for a few minutes. Add one teaspoon of dried thyme in it. Let it steep for some time. Drink 1-4 cups a day to get rid of yeast infection speedily.

17. Concoction of Essential Oils

Essential oils like tea tree oil, cinnamon oil, grape seed oil etc have several properties which withstands yeast. To overcome this problem, you are supposed to prepare a concoction with the help of these essential oils as well as carrier oil. Mix two tablespoons of grape seed oil with 2-3 drops each of oregano oil, lemon oil, cinnamon oil, tea tree oil and peppermint oil. Store the mixed oils in a bottle. Take a cotton ball and soak it in the oil. Apply it directly on to the affected part. Let it rest for some time and then wash the affected area. Wipe it with a clean cloth.

18. Tea Tree Oil

Another natural way to cure yeast infection is to use tea tree oil. You will have to dilute the oil before using. To dilute, add some organic tea tree oil in water. You can also dilute it by adding one teaspoon of sweet almond oil or olive oil to tea tree oil. Rub it gently over the infected area multiple times a day.

Note- This remedy is not suggested for pregnant women.

19. Oregano Oil

The anti-fungal properties of oregano oil help in boosting the immune system. As it may cause irritation, dilute it by adding some olive oil to it. Apply it directly onto the affected area. This will reduce the pain and itching.

20. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is very helpful in treating yeast infection. Cut open a leaf and get fresh pulp directly from the plant. Apply it gently on the infected area for a soothing effect.

21. Olive Leaf Extracts

Another effective way to cure yeast infection is olive leaf extract. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of olive leaf extract restores good bacteria in the body and kills infection causing yeasts. To prepare olive leaf extract at home, get some fresh olive leaves and chop them finely. Place them in a jar and pour a little vodka on the leaves until they get covered completely. Cover the jar with a lid.  Store it for 4 weeks. Then, filter the liquid into another vessel. Apply this solution gently on the affected region. Do not apply more than 2-3 times a day.

22. Herbal Douche

Mix 1 tablespoon tinctures each of chamomile, thuja, lavender and calendula. Pour this mixture into 1/3 cup hot water. Transfer the lukewarm fluid to a douche bulb (you can get it from the drug store). Now lay down in the bath tub and gently insert douche bulb in your vagina. Allow the liquid to flow in the walls of vagina. It will help you get rid of inflammation and irritation.

23. Pau d’arco

This herb is a native of South America and checks the overgrowth of yeasts. It works wonders and you can apply either topically or consume it in the form of liquid form as tincture. You can choose to have it as soon as you notice the symptoms of yeast infection, in order to check it from spreading further.

24. Palmarosa Oil

Combine 4 drops of palmarosa oil with 2 drops of tea tree oil. Add this mixture to topical yeast infection cream. Apply it on the infected areas.

25. Echinacea

Pour ½ teaspoon of Echinacea tincture into ½ cup of water. Drink it four times a day for minimum 2 weeks.

Note- Consult your doctorbefore using this remedy as it may cause a few side-effects, especially if you are allergic to certain flowers and plants.

Do’s and Don’ts for Yeast Infection

You can curb yeast infection by taking preventive measures. Follow the guidelines described below to get rid of this troubling infection.