Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection

Are you looking to treat yeast infection using natural remedies?

I created a complete list that you can choose from, complete with dose guidelines and ratings as to how effective they might be.

Yeast infection is caused by the overgrowth of the fungus candida albicans. Using natural remedies to cure yeast infections is the best way to resolve this condition.

Often several steps may be required to treat the candida overgrowth.

For example, you may need to do the following together. First, cut back on simple sugar and alcohol which feed yeast.

Second, take garlic and oregano oil to kill off the yeast.

Third, take acidophilus capsules to restore the balance of good bacteria in the gut. And fourth, boost the immune system by using the herb echinacea.

Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections and Overgrowth

Natural Remedies What Experts Say ...

Lactobacillus acidophilus

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Also called probiotics, lactobacillus is essential bacteria that help protect against yeast overgrowth in the body. Antibiotic use kills off these bacteria and may cause a person to suffer from yeast infection.

Experts suggest using a course of lactobacillus therapy after taking antibiotics. Yogurt is a rich source of lactobacillus and some brands are even marketed as a high-potency probiotic blend.

Vaginal suppositories are shown to be effective in curing vaginal candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis.

Dose: Take 1 to 10 billion live lactobacillus bacteria daily (divided into two to four doses) for 5 to 14 days.

For bacterial vaginosis - Use 1 or 2 vaginal tablets once or twice daily for 6 days. Each tablet may contain 10 million to 1 billion live lactobacillus bacteria.

Of all the natural remedies for yeast infections, this is one of the more effective one to use.

Garlic

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Garlic has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties that can be very useful in killing off yeast infections.

Dose: Take 200 to 400 mg three times daily. Anecdotal reports suggest that a peeled whole clove of garlic can be wrapped in a gauze and inserted in the vagina to treat this condition.

Make sure you do patch test first to see if you develop an allergic reaction as it is a common side effect.

Tea Tree Oil

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When applied to the skin, tea tree oil is able to kill off bacterial and fungal infections.

A mouthwash formulation was shown to kill off Candida albicans in the mouth in individuals suffering from AIDS.

Dose: Apply the oil on the skin. Make sure you do patch test first to see you you develop an allergic reaction as it is a common side effect.

A mouthwash of 5% strength (5 mL of tea tree oil in 100 mL of lukewarm water) was used four times daily for thrush. Be careful not to swallow this mixture.

See our report on tea tree oil dosage and dilution ratios for complete directions and details.

Tea tree oil is a commonly used natural remedies for yeast infections on the skin and nails.

Oregano

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Oregano shows potent activity against parasites and fungus. Studies show that oregano call kill off parasites in the intestine when taken for 6 weeks.

Dose: Take 200 to 400 mg enteric-coated capsules two or three times daily.

Also, a tea can be made by steeping 1 heaping teaspoon of leaf in a 250 mL of water, boil for 10 minutes, strain and drink.

The tea can also be used as a mouthwash or applied to the skin.  

Lemon Juice and Lemon Grass

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In one small well-designed study involving 90 patients with HIV/AIDS suffering from oral thrush, lemon juice and lemon grass shown to be as effective as gentian violet solution (standard treatment for oral thrush) after 11 days of treatment.

Dose: Use lemon juice directly into the mouth or use a lemon grass extract. Use several times daily.

Echinacea

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Echinacea stimulates and boost the immune system. It is shown to help fight off viral infection (as in the common cold and the flu).

This herb may allow your body to fight off the fungus infection better. One study showed that combining echinacea with standard anti-fungal medications reduces the frequency of the infection.

Dose: Take 500 to 1,000 mg three times daily.  

Propolis

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Propolis has antifungal activities. It has been used on the skin to treat wounds & herpes. As a mouth rinse, it is used to help with healing and treating pain and inflammation.

Dose: A 3% ointment formula has been used to treat skin viral infections such as herpes.  

Thyme

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Thyme and thyme oil have been historically used for its disinfectant and antifungal properties. Today, thyme oil can be found mouthwash and natural toothpaste products.

Thyme oil is also found in some natural product drops used to treat fungal and bacterial infections in the ear.

Dose: There is limited information on the dose to use. We suggest using 3 to 5 drops in 30 mL of mineral oil to treat fungal ear infections.

Higher concentration may be used but always do a patch test first to make sure you don't suffer from excessive skin irritation.  

Caprylic Acid

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Caprylic acid is a type of fatty acid that shows antibacterial and antifungal activities.

It is found in foods such as milk and is known to help maintain the bacterial flora in the gut.

Dose: The effective dosage is unknown. Experts suggest taking 300 to 1,200 mg daily about 30 minutes before meals.  

Cinnamon

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One small study showed that taking this herb (as a candy or chewing gum) helped to treat fungus infection in the mouth.

Another study also showed that it helped oral fungus infections in patients with HIV/AIDS.

Dose: Use lozenges or gum containing cinnamon as often as needed for up to one week.  

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

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One report suggested that using an apple cider vinegar bath mixture can treat vaginal yeast infection

Procedure: Mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar in a tub of warm water. Sit in this solution for about half an hour. When done, dry the outside carefully.

Repeat this once daily or every other day.   

Cinnamon Oil

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Cinnamon oil possesses antifungal properties. It is historically used on the skin to treat thrush (yeast infection in the mouth).

Dose: Mix 30 drops into a 100 mL of lukewarm water. Gargle and swallow (or spit out) up to three times daily.

Catnip

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Vitamins & Minerals Natural Remedies For Yeast Infection

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Boric Acid

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A study showed that boric acid vaginal capsules were able to cure 85% of recurring vaginal yeast infection.

Dose: Insert one 600 mg boric acid capsules vaginally twice daily for 2 weeks.

This is one of the natural remedies for yeast infections that often are suggested by pharmacists.

Zinc

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Since zinc is known to stimulate the immune system, it may provide some relief from infections with Candida albicans.

One small study showed that zinc was able to help fight off  candida even in people who had normal levels of zinc in their system.

However, another study could not verify this initial finding. Dose: Take at least the RDA amount daily. Click here to see the U.S. RDA amount to take for the different age groups.

Vitamin C

Helpful

Vitamin C is helpful in supporting and enhancing the immune system. Dose: Take 500 to 1,000 mg once to twice daily.

Vitamin A & Vitamin E

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Zinc acts to boost the immune system by stimulating the thymus gland (which has some control over the production of germ-fighting white blood cells).

It can be combined with vitamin A and vitamin E to enhance the benefit in fighting off fungus infections.

Dose: Take 30 mg daily of zinc (which is twice the RDA amount of 15 mg daily).

 

Bottom Line

Should I consider using natural remedies to treat yeast infections?

Many people have. Fortuantately, it is safe and low cost to try out.

Just be aware that a small percentage of people might experience an allergic reaction to some of the herbs.

If natural remedies fail, there's always non-prescription antifungals like Diflucan, Monistat or Canesten that you can consider as a backup option.

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Revised: 04.09.2017

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