It’s been known that every 3 out of 4 women will suffer from a yeast infection during their life. Men can easily fall victim to this problem too even though it’s much more common among women. These infections can drive anybody crazy which is why people suffering from them are looking for effective ways to cure themselves. Some people try using over the counter products as a treatment to deal with their yeast problem. They try using OTC products like Diflucan but find themselves getting immune to it because they’ve taken it so much before.
The amount of home remedies for yeast infections out there that you can use to cure yourself at home can easily leave you confused and unsure about what home remedy you should begin using to treat yourself. The best part of using these natural remedies is the fact that they’re cheap and can probably already be found in your kitchen pantry or cabinet.
Before you begin using any remedy you should first make sure it’s infact a yeast infection and not some other kind of infection you’re suffering from. Once you’re sure it’s a candida infection you’re dealing with you can begin taking the necessary actions to treat yourself effectively at home.
The first step in your yeast infection home remedy involves using something like epsom salt to get rid of the bad bacteria in your system so you can replace it with the good bacteria that the body needs to cure this infection and keeping it from returning. With any cleansing method you use you should keep in mind that they are most effective when you use them first thing in the morning before you eat anything else.
Epsom salts can easily be found in your local whole foods market and to use it you’ll need to add around 3 to 4 teaspoons of it to an 8 oz glass of water and allow it to dissolve. Drink the 8oz glass of Epsom salt water each morning for 3 days before you eat anything. Even though the taste of the epsom salt is not the most pleasant thing you’ll ever taste it will create a good effect on your body that eliminates harmful waste beneficial in stopping the candida fungus from overpopulating your body.
It’s important to keep in mind that epsom salt is only for short term use and not meant to be used excessively. If you have kidney disease, stomach pains, or if you’re pregnant then you should probably stay away from using epsom salt for a body cleanse. Another way to cleanse yourself if you can’t use epsom salt is to drink plenty of water and take supplements along with it. It’s been proven in some cases that adding fresh garlic or ginger to your water will help cleanse your body and flush the candida causing bacteria. While cleansing your body it’s very important to avoid foods that yeasts feed on like sugar, alcohol, cheeses, mushrooms, and wheat.
The next step to cure yourself at home using natural remedies is to reintroduce the good bacteria in your body. Your body will need this good bacteria in order to help stop the symptoms of the infection and keep them from returning. Another name for this good bacteria is called probiotics.
Candida probiotcs include lactobacillus spirogenes, lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum, which are the healthy bacterias that will control candidiasis. Not only do probiotics help control the candida population in your body, but it also helps with digestion and detoxificaion. You can find these probiotics in tablets, liquids, powders, and capsules. One of the most well known candida probiotics is yogurt.
If you choose to use yogurt it’ll have to be yogurt that doesn’t contain any sugar or preservatives. Sugar and preservatives will kill the lactobacillus acidophilus which is the beneficial bacteria in the yogurt you need to stop your yeast infection. To use the yogurt you can eat it or just rub inside your affected area and leave it on overnight and clean it off in the morning. If you’re not a big fan of yogurt you can eat sauerkraut or kim chi. Both of these probiotic vegetables contain the same beneficial bacteria as yogurt and can help restore the good bacteria in your system.
Boric acid is another helpful probiotic you can use to naturally cure yourself. You can find boric acid capsules at your local pharmacy and use them as suppositories. The capsules will release the boric acid once it dissolves inside the vagina. Simply insert 2 600mg inside your vagina each night until you notice symptoms are gone, usually about a week or 2.
You can also try drinking some thyme tea to combat your problem. To make a thyme tea you’ll need 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and 1 cup of boiling water. Steep the 1 teaspoon of dried thyme with 1 cup of boiling water to make the tea. Drinking this home remedy 2 to 4 times each day will help repopulate your body with the good bacteria to stop the symptoms of your infection.
Another great home remedy for yeast infections is potassium sorbate. This is a natural antifungal you can find at your local natural food store. To use simply add 1 tablespoon of the potassium sorbate to a cup of water and drink. If you’re a woman suffering from candida you can wash your vulva with this solution a few times each day until the infection is gone.
Garlic is a very powerful antifungal you can use to naturally stop your yeast infections. Taking fresh raw garlic in the morning will help make your epsom slat cleanse even more effective in removing the candida bacteria. Just crush the garlic so you release the allicin which is what makes garlic so good for fighting bacteria.
You can peel off the papery skin of the garlic clove and insert it into the vagina. Leave it there for a few hours or even better, overnight for several nights in a row until the symptoms go away. There are other antifungals you can use to naturally cure yourself such as pau d’arco, coconut oil, wormwood, grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, and oregano oil.
Once you’ve stopped your yeast infection you’ll need to focus on maintaining a healthy diet in order to keep the candida bacteria from returning. You should also keep drinking as much water as you can throughout the entire day. You can start slowly implementing the foods you normally eat back in your everyday diet once you’ve been on the candida diet for a few months. You don’t want your infection to return so it’s important to follow this diet and avoid sugar, wheat products, and food preservatives.