5 Natural Remedies that may Help Control Bad Vaginal Odor

October 30, 2017
Although these topical remedies for vaginal odor may be effective, if the problem persists, you should seek the help of your gynecologist.

One of the most common reasons why women visit their gynecologist is without a doubt bad vaginal odor.

In addition to the smell, it’s common to have other symptoms like an itching or burning feeling, inflammation, and vaginal secretion.

Also, you have to keep in mind that the odor can change before and after your period, sexual relations, or after doing physical activity.

Meanwhile, deodorants, gels, sprays, or vaginal washes can have a counterproductive effect since they can irritate a vaginal infection. Proper cleansing may help you avoid an infection.

  • It should be noted that you don’t need to cleanse the inside of the vagina since it already has a natural way of doing so.
  • Every day, a white substance is released from the vagina that can become yellow when it dries, but it doesn’t have a gross smell. The vagina secretes it in order to maintain its pH level.

Factors that increase your risk

  • Wearing tight underwear or underwear made from synthetic material.
  • Having sexual relations without protection.
  • Frequently taking antibiotics.
  • Parasites.
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence.
  • Hormonal changes.

Fortunately, there are natural remedies that may help fight bad vaginal odor. Pay attention to the following list:

1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar.

It’s a natural antibiotic that may help eliminate bacteria and fungi.

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It’s especially useful when it comes to trying to control excess vaginal acid that is produced by the germs that live in the vagina. The best part is that it may help regulate your pH without creating negative side effects.


  • 3 cups of apple cider vinegar (750 ml)

How to apply it?

  • Add the 3 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath water.
  • Sit in the bath for 20 minutes so that the vagina can acquire the proper amount of acid levels.
  • After, rinse yourself off as you normally would.

2. Tea tree essential oil

Thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, tea tree oil may help fight bad odor that is caused by vaginal infections. Also, it may help reduce inflammation.


  • 2 tablespoons of tea tree essential oil (30 g)
  • 1 cup of warm water (250 ml)

How to apply it?

  • First, add the two tablespoons of tree tea oil to the cup of warm water.
  • Then, place the mixture in an adequate container and use it to wash the vaginal area.
  • Repeat this process twice a week.

3. Vitamin C

Cirtrus fruits.

In the medicine world, vitamin C is known for its high level of ascorbic acid. This substance has antioxidant properties that may help fight infections and reduce discomfort.


  • 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin C (3 g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda (1 g)
  • 1/2 cup of water (125 ml)

How to apply it?

  • First, mix the vitamin C and the baking soda.
  • Then, add the water (be careful because the reaction with the water creates an effervescent effect).
  • We recommend taking this remedy twice a day for a week.

4. Fenugreek tea

Fenugreek is an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory that may help eliminate parasites from your body.

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Because of this, it may help eliminate bad vaginal odor.


  • 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (200 ml)


  • Mortar

How to apply it?

  • Using the mortar, crush the tablespoon of fenugreek seeds.
  • Then, boil the glass of water and once it begins to boil, remove from heat.
  • Add the fenugreek seeds to the hot water and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • You can drink the tea hot or cold, whichever you prefer.

5. Neem tea may help control your vaginal odor

Neem tea.

Neem has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties that may help attack the fungi that cause vaginal infections.


  • 2 tablespoons of neem leaves (20 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of water (10 ml)

How to apply it?

  • First, heat the neem leaves in a skillet for three minutes to roast them.
  • Turn off the heat and let them cool.
  • Then, crush them until you get a powder.
  • Add the water in order to create a paste.
  • Apply the ointment to the vaginal area.

Note: Only use this remedy once.


  • Wear cotton clothing.
  • When it comes to washing your clothing, do not combine your underwear with everything else.
  • Use neutral soap.
  • Avoid using vaginal douches.
  • Wash your intimate areas before and after every sexual encounter.
  • Tight clothing isn’t recommended.
  • Sponges may irritate the vaginal area.
  • Every time that you go to the restroom, clean your vagina from front to back (never the other way around).
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