Looking for a yeast infection home remedy?
Yeast infections can be very uncomfortable. Sometimes the itching and discomfort can get so bad it is difficult to go about your daily routine. Wouldn’t it be great if there were an easy remedy instead of having to make an appointment at the medical clinic and go through all that hassle?
In fact, you may have an infection remedy in your kitchen right now. You may not even need to go to the store to get relief.
Before we start talking about remedies, it will help if you know a little about how these infections work. These infections are caused by bacteria we harbor in our bodies all the time… Candida albicans. Usually Candida behaves itself, and helps us fight off the other nasty bugs out there.
When there is an imbalance in the body, Candida can grow out of control causing an infection. Imbalances can be caused by illness, stress, anxiety, diabetes or the consumption of too many foods that break down into sugars in the body.
Foods that do this are anything sugary and carbohydrates. If you balance these foods with protein and vegetables, the chances of developing a food-related yeast infection will drop.
Now it’s time to look in your kitchen for that yeast infection home remedy. The most commonly used home remedy is plain yogurt. You may have that in your refrigerator already if you use it for cooking or you like your yogurt plain.
If you do find some plain yogurt with active cultures hidden inside your fridge, freeze a small dollop of it to insert in the area affected by the yeast infection. The Lactobacillus acidophilus inside the yogurt is the active ingredient here. It can restore your balance of bacteria and cure your infection. Be careful… this remedy is messy, but effective.
If you don’t have any yogurt, what about a clove of garlic? Garlic powder won’t cut it here… you need a clove. If you have minced garlic in a jar in the refrigerator, it may be possible to use if you can wrap it securely in enough cheesecloth to prevent any of the small bits from escaping.
The whole point is you want to be able to retrieve it all after a few hours. Garlic is fast and effective. It only needs to be in place for a short time. If you need to apply it again the next day, go ahead, but again only leave it for a few hours.
If you don’t have garlic cloves, check your medicine cabinet for tea tree essential oil. A few drops of this potent oil will usually give you a lot of relief. Tea tree oil is very strong, so you may want to mix those few drops with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
The yeast infection home remedy you need may already be at hand. If you’re prone to infections, it may pay to keep a few of these items on hand so you can treat it at the first sign of trouble.