Our lady parts are complicated— just like us! Deep inside, there’s a whole ecosystem of microscopic life going on. With the risk of sounding gross, we’ve basically got a factory of bacteria, fungus, fluids and other germs. Lovely, right? Each of these organisms (both the good and bad ones) work to maintain the health and acidity balance of our inside bits. When the system falls out of balance, Candida (yeast) can overgrow and cause an infection. If you’re not a fan of over-the-counter medicines, here are some natural ways to cure yeast infections.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that live inside your body-- even inside your nether regions. They are responsible for preventing harmful germs from growing inside and causing infections. The most common type of bacteria is called Lactobacillus, which helps create a more acidic vaginal environment to prevent the growth of bad microbes.
Take two probiotic capsules daily to overcrowd the party of Candida (yeast) and help heal the infection.
Along with your probiotics, you should take anti-fungals. These remedies are natural herbs or oils that help kill off the yeast. Coconut oil is a safe anti-fungal that you can use as a natural cure for yeast infections.
According to Dr.Bruce Fife, author of the book, “The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil”, you can apply some to a tampon for insertion. He also suggests using coconut oil to your external parts to relax the itchy sensation. Since coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it can soothe a burning vulva.
Go sugar-free for a week
Did you know that sugar is Candida’s food source? So eating all those sugary, starchy comfort foods will only worsen your yeast condition. According to Jessica Shepherd, MD, an assistant professor of gynecology, “When you’ve had too much sugar and your body can’t get rid of it, the sugar can end up in your blood, including to the vagina.” By going sugar-free (as much as possible), you’ll starve the yeast so it can naturally die off.
Echinacea is a popular herb that boosts your immune system. As explained by Medical News Today, “the herb encourages the immune system and reduces many of the symptoms of colds, flu and some other illnesses and infections.” Taking this supplement can strengthen your immunity, helping your body fight the yeast infection.
If you have allergies, you can always consider other immune booster like garlic pills and vitiman C.