Stop The Itching With These Natural Treatments For Yeast Infection
It’s not a pleasant topic, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to discuss it. Often times, the situations that are uncomfortable to talk about, are the ones in which people can’t find enough information to help. Let’s not keep hushed about issues mean, women, and children face, let;s work together to spread the knowledge on how to find relief from yeast infections.
This article is mainly about essential oils for vaginal yeast infection, but address the other forms as well.
If your vagina starts itching after spending a day in tight jeans, it may be a yeast infection triggered by the accumulated body heat and moisture in the genital area. This could mean you have a vaginal yeast infection, also called candidiasis caused by the fungus Candida albicans.
While it’s normal to have some healthy bacteria and yeast cells in your vagina, too many yeast cells lead to an infection. Though it’s not serious and disappears in a few days or weeks, it is rather troublesome and discomforting.
It’s the bacteria lactobacillus acidophilus that balances yeast and other organisms in the vagina. Sometimes an imbalance occurs which leads to the multiplication of yeast cells and the microscopic fungus Candida, to trigger an infection.
The common causes of an imbalance include: antibiotics, alcohol, weak body immunity, increased estrogen levels during pregnancy or hormone therapy, stress and insufficient sleep. These infections are not STI (sexually transmitted infection), but you can get infected if you have sex with an infected partner.
The common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are:
- vaginal itching
- burning sensation while passing urine
- swollen vaginal area
- odorless vaginal discharge resembling cottage cheese
Who is Prone to Yeast Infections
Any woman or girl can get infected, but it’s rare before puberty and after menopause. Pregnancy, however, makes you more susceptible to an infection, along with hormonal birth control with high estrogen doses and douching or vaginal sprays. Men too, especially uncircumcised men can get infected after unprotected sex with an infected female.
People with uncontrolled diabetes, who have anemia, who are using chemotherapy, radiation or cancer drugs, who have recently taken antibiotics like amoxicillin and those with a weakened immune system like HIV, are more prone to any form of infection, the absence of good bacteria.
It’s also possible to get infected on the nipples or breast while breastfeeding. While it’s different from a vaginal infection, it’s caused by the same fungus overgrowth. Its symptoms are sore, deep pink and blistered nipples, shooting pain in the breast and flaky or itchy nipples.
This, in turn, can lead to mouth yeast infection, or oral thrush in the feeding baby. This is where there are white bumps on the inner cheeks and tongue which disappear once treated. While infants and toddlers are most susceptible to oral thrush, it can also affect those with a weakened immune system.
Anti-fungal creams, ointments, tablets, and suppositories are easily available over the counter yeast infection treatments.Thankfully most instances are easy to manage, and usually clear up quickly, usually within a few days.
However, it’s important to first to consult your doctor to double check, as you may be treating some other infection like an STI or bacterial vaginosis which require different treatment and can get serious if left untreated.
Caution: Pregnant women are not advised to use any medicines without first consulting their doctor as some medicines can cause birth defects. If your prone to infections, more than four times a year, or if OTC treatment doesn’t help, then you might need to take regular doses for 6 months.
Keep in mind that treating yourself when you don’t have an infection is bad because it can make your body resistant to the medicine. This will make it difficult to deal with future infections.
While yeast infections are not dangerous, one of the most notable sides affects is a foul smell, which can be awkward or embarrassing when around people. This is why people who currenty are infected prefer isolating themselves from social gatherings, in fear that others may smell the odor. And there’s the associated itching which can get irritating, and be embarrassing if you start itching while out and about. You have enough to deal with, having all this extra worry is no way to live
Instead of taking medications, it’s often better to use a natural yeast infections treatment like essential oils to stop vaginal itching They are much safer than, and as effective as, the chemical options available. These natural oils have anti-fungal effects which safely and naturally treat all kinds of fungal infections.
Essential Oils for Yeast Infection
1. Thyme essential oil
Thyme essential oil is not only incredibly powerful anti-fungus oil; it also has high antibacterial qualities to provide an effective remedy option.
Application: It can be applied directly to the vagina, after diluting it using suitable carrier oil like coconut, jojoba or sweet almond oil. Just use a small amount, like 2-3 drops of the oil to 4-5 tsp of the base oil to prevent possible reactions.
2. Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree essential oil has antifungal properties which help inhibit the replication and growth of Candida cells when used as a vaginal douche.
How to use: This is done by adding 5 to 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to a liter of water. Used as a douche every morning and night before going to bed.
3. Cinnamon essential oil
Cinnamon essential oil also has potent anti-fungal properties to effectively treat the Candida fungus responsible for most infections. Like all essential oils, it has to be diluted before topical use, and be careful if inhaling directly or diffusing as it can irritate nasal passages.
Use: It can be used by adding 10 drops of it to a tub of water to soak you in. Make sure you add the oil only after running the water, to avoid losing the oil’s value through evaporation.
4. Minty Mouthwash
You can make a safe mouthwash of 2-3 drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil in water for treating oral thrush. You can also create a blend of a few drops of tea tree, lavender and chamomile oils and mix with water.
Best use: Just swish it around in your mouth like any other mouthwash and spit the mixture out, don’t swallow it. The mouthwash is safe to use a few times a day.
While these oils are one of the best home remedies to inhibit the growth of yeast infection, remember you can also prevent recurring infection by not using scented feminine products and not wearing tight underwear or jeans.
Wear only cotton, not synthetic underwear. Cotton is a breathable material that keeps you dry and doesn’t hold any warmth and moisture. Also, keep your blood sugar in control and always wipe from front to back after using the bathroom.