Friday, November 30, 2007

Home Remedies for Yeast Infections

Home Remedies for Yeast Infections using Garlic:
Garlic (Allium sativum) is a powerful antimicrobial that directly fights bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that cause infection. Garlic must be eaten raw and either chopped or chewed to take full advantage of its infection-fighting properties. However, chewing a raw clove of garlic is not easy for most people because it is so pungent. Try finely chopping a garlic clove and adding it to salad dressings, pasta, or soups just before serving, or simply wrap the chopped garlic in a small piece of bread to make it easier to take. For general immune enhancement, eat one clove daily. During an active infection, eat three cloves daily.

Home Remedies for Yeast Infections with Calendula:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a soothing, gentle herb that calms inflammation and promotes tissue healing. It also has antimicrobial properties (including antifungal action) and is ideal for vaginal washes. Pour four cups boiling water over six tablespoons calendula, cover, and steep until cool. Strain and use as a vaginal wash.

Homemade Herbal Wash for Yeast Infections:

2 tablespoons powdered goldenseal
3 tablespoons thyme
3 tablespoons calendula
4 cups boiling water

Preparation Method:
Pour boiling water over herbs, cover, and steep until cool. Stain through a coffee filter. Use as a vaginal wash several times a day.

Yeast Infections Home Remedies with Apple-Cider Vinegar:
Apple-cider vinegar is an excellent way to relieve itching and helps to restore a healthy pH balance to the vagina. Mix three tablespoons of unpasteurized apple-cider vinegar with one quart of warm water. Add three drops of lavender essential oil and two drops of tea tree essential oil. Use as a vaginal rinse as needed, or as a gentle douche twice daily. To soothe irritated mucous membranes, apply a liberal amount of aloe vera gel or calendula gel or salve to the vaginal tissues two or three times daily.

Yeast Infections Home Remedies using Thyme:
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is rich in fragrant essential oils that have potent antimicrobial properties. When made into a strong tea and applied externally, it relieves itching and is excellent for baths and vaginal washes for treating vaginal infections. Pour four cups of boiling water over six tablespoons of thyme, cover, and steep until cool. Strain and use in a sitz bath or as a vaginal wash.

Herbal Baths for Vaginal Yeast Infections:
Warm or hot herbal sitz baths help to relieve itching, pain, and inflammation and also help to wash out the vagina. Make a strong herbal tea to add to the bath by pouring one quart of boiling water over four tablespoons each of calendula and thyme. Steep until cool, and strain. Pour the tea into a large plastic tub (large enough to hold your buttocks) and fill with enough hot water so that the water barely reaches your navel when you are sitting in the tub. Your upper body and your legs will be out of the tub. The idea is to soak just your pelvic region in the water. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Soak for 15 minutes, allowing the water to flow freely into your vagina. Repeat this bath twice daily until the infection has subsided.