5 Ways to Naturally Treat a Yeast Infection
I learned that yeast infections were a part of womanhood early in life (but they shouldn’t be!). Mothers pass on the imbalance to their daughters, and we’re left with itching, scratching, prescriptions, and lovely white boxes from the drug store..a horribly embarrassing white boxes with turkey baster messes of epic proportions.
Who came up with that idea? Gross. I promise that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Yeast infections of any kind are not normal, expected, or inevitable, and are completely preventable. I haven’t had one in over 10 years and was able to clear acne, mood swings, insane monthly cravings and food addictions, cramps, and bloating with it.
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Why We Get Yeast Infections
Chronic yeast infections are caused by imbalances within our bodies.
Our skin’s health is directly affected by liver function and gut health, especially the microbes in the GI tract. The GI tract needs a lot of different microbes to stay healthy and protect us from overgrowths of pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and parasites (the bad guys).
Did you know that we have an estimated 3 pounds of microbes just in our digestive tract? Microbial cells outnumber our cells by 10 to 1 and number in the trillions. (source)
5 Natural Yeast Infection Remedies
1. Vinegar Baths
My go-to method for instant relief is an Itch Be Gone bath. Vinegar is great for balancing the skin’s pH and killing yeast.
I highly recommend organic, non-GMO vinegar. We only use organic raw apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’. You can find it at either a local health food store or online.
- Add 1 cup of raw apple cider vinegar to tub full of warm water. If you don’t have a water filter, you can easily neutralize the chlorine with this Vitamin C method.
- Soak for 20 minutes, and then dry the area thoroughly. A hair dryer works well.
2. Coconut Oil
The lauric and caprylic acids in coconut oil are powerhouses against fungus (including yeast), viruses, and pathogenic microbes. It also protects the skin from chafing and is much less messy that those nasty white creams.
- Clean and dry the area thoroughly. Again, I like to use a hair dryer.
- Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the affected skin as needed. Morning and evening before bed are usually the easiest.
I don’t recommend anything for internal use unless directly recommended by your health practitioner. External use is enough for most people.
We usually take them as a supplement or by eating fermented foods like yogurt and kombucha, and they can help naturally reverse overgrowths of harmful ‘bugs’ that cause leaky gut and sinus, ear, and skin infections.
- Apply a powdered probiotic 2-3 times daily. Do it away from anything antimicrobial or it can kill off the beneficial microbes. Apply at least 30 minutes before or after antimicrobial remedies like iodine or vinegar.
- Pour about 1/4 teaspoon into a small bowl. Tablets can be crushed into powder, and liquid supplements can be used as is.
- Dip a clean finger into the powder and apply to moist skin with a dabbing motion to help it stick. Try to cover your skin with a light layer and then leave it on until your next shower or bath.
Do not take iodine if you have an autoimmune disorder unless you are working closely with a qualified health practitioner and addressing the autoimmune condition first.
- Add liquid iodine to coconut oil 1-2 times per day, starting with one drop at a time to find your tolerance level.
Iodine will stain so be careful during application and don’t panic if your skin color changes to brown or yellow. The color will return to normal, usually within 24 hours.
5. Long-term Solutions
Though these remedies are helpful for short-term use, a permanent health change is the only way to prevent future outbreaks. Replacing high sugar foods, alcohol, and refined and processed foods with nutrient-dense healing foods is a critical step to healing any recurring condition.
Healing digestion is one of the first steps to my client protocols and a perfect way to prevent future yeast infections.
Where to Buy Online
Probiotics – I recommend probiotics based on bioindividuality, so I don’t often make broad suggestions. I also don’t usually suggest those that sit on the shelves in a conventional grocery store.
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.