Finding Natural Cures for Yeast Infections

Almost all women experience one yeast infection in their life, while others are vulnerable to this unpleasant and painful condition, experiencing several in a single year. Itching, burning, and swelling in the vaginal area, along with pain during intercourse are some of the symptoms of this distressing condition.

Candida albicans is the yeast which causes this condition. Normally, the vagina has an acidic balance where both “good” and ”bad” flora and fauna coexist with no ill effect. Yeast is held in check by the natural acidic balance. When this natural acidity is thrown off balance, the yeast multiply rapidly, unchecked. The end result is the yeast infection all women hate. Antibiotic use almost always results in a yeast infection. You’ll be happy to know there are a number of reliable natural cures for yeast infections.

All of the natural cures for yeast infections work by restoring the natural acidity of the vagina and surrounding areas.

One of the best known and reliable of the natural cures for yeast infections is yogurt! The yogurt must contain the live bacteria, lactobacillus acidophilus and be unflavored. This ”good” bacteria quickly restores the natural acidity required, bringing quick and welcome relief. The yogurt may be eaten as a snack, or spread on a tampon and inserted into the vagina two or three times a day. Both methods may be employed if you wish.

Another of the good natural cures for yeast infections is apple cider vinegar. The best and most convenient method is to add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your hot bath water. Take a nice long soak. Not only does the vinegar help restore the correct acidity, but it does double duty by relieving the itching.

No matter which of the natural cures for yeast infections you choose, you may simultaneously take garlic, a powerful anti-fungal which will speed your recovery. If you don’t like garlic or your spouse or co-workers don’t care for garlic breath, use garlic and parsley capsules or gelcaps which downplay this effect. Kyolic is a patented garlic product which entirely eliminates the breath problem and does not upset your stomach.

The oil of oregano is another of the powerful anti-fungal choices among the natural cures for yeast infections. One teaspoon daily is the usual recommended dose. Note: Do not use the essential oil of oregano as it’s far too potent to be used safely. The ordinary oil of oregano is what you want.

While using any of these natural cures for yeast infections, be sure you drink plenty of water, which helps flush sugars that feed the yeast from your body. Avoid foods containing sugars, yeast or refined flour. Wear only cotton underwear, as cotton “breathes” and doesn’t trap warmth and moisture which encourages the growth of yeast. Avoid tight-fitting pants. Pay close attention to hygiene, ensuring a dry and clean environment in the vaginal area.

Consult with your doctor, especially if you get yeast infections frequently or if your infection is severe.

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