Thursday, January 31, 2013

6 Natural Yeast Infection Tips That Really Work

The suffering caused by a yeast infection is prominent and persistent.  Symptoms include a white or yellow accumulation at the infected area, and moves into a rash of inflammation.  An imbalance in the body is a contributing factor for yeast infections if they do not result in poor hygiene.  Fluctuating hormones and immune system function are also key culprits for vulnerability to the candida bug.

If you suspect you have a yeast infection, first consult your physician.  The safety of an herbal remedy depends on the individual.  We all have our “kryptonite” and our doctors know best how to handle the conditions that afflict us.

That said, here are five suggested home remedies for curing a yeast infection and stomping out the candida bug:

Echinacea.  This herb is useful for stimulating the immune system and assisting the body with fighting off a yeast infection.  Yeast infections can be caused by a temporary reduction in immune system function so it naturally follows that stimulating the immune system would assist in staving off an infection.  In Europe it is more commonplace to take Echinacea in a cyclical nature, where it is taken for a few weeks then the body is allowed to rest.

Garlic.  With its antifungal and antibacterial properties, garlic is a natural choice for snuffing out yeast infections.  Some even go so far as to wrap it in cheesecloth, tie a string to it, and use as a sort of tampon to treat yeast infections.  To me, it seems like a better idea to ingest it the usual way, incorporating it into as many food items as possible.  Yeast infections can spread into other organs once introduced into the body, so allowing it to attack all areas of the body that are infected seems like a much safer solution.

Calendula.  This herb does wonders for burns and rashes, so if you have a yeast infection on the skin it can provide a great deal of relief.  It is possible to purchase this in herbal form, but creams and gels are also available that are easy to apply and use.  A bonus?  These gels and creams have a very mild fragrance making it easy to apply frequently throughout the day to the infected area.  Calendula also has antifungal properties.

Aloe.  An extremely safe plant to use, aloe also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties that can stave off an infection.  A great solution for men and women with sensitive skin aloe gives immediate relief to rashes and infection.  Coupled with tea tree oil, aloe can be strengthened to create a potent antifungal solution that heals and prevents yeast infection.  It is also noteworthy that aloe is available in consumable form, assisting with ulcers that are caused by internal yeast infections.

Tea tree oil.  As mentioned, tea tree has profound antifungal properties.  When blended with an anti-inflammatory like aloe, the relief is profound.  A few drops of tea tree in two ounces of aloe blended together provide enormous relief for yeast infection sufferers.  Not only can it easily be applied topically (unlike remedies that require you to be in the bath or shower), the relief is almost immediate while the symptoms subside over the course of a couple of days.