5 Home Remedies for Treating Vaginal Yeast Infections

As well as having sitz baths with infusions, you can also treat vaginal yeast infections internally by consuming certain foods or drinks, such as cranberry juice.
5 Home Remedies for Treating Vaginal Yeast Infections

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Vaginal yeast infections can be a really uncomfortable problem for a woman.

Even though it’s not a serious infection, the symptoms can cause insecurity both sexually and socially.

It often appears as the result of excessive growth of Candida Albicans. This is a type of yeast which, although it lives in this area under normal conditions, can cause infections as a result of certain stimuli.

Although the vaginal flora will do everything it can to fight it, an uncontrolled pH creates the perfect environment for it to proliferate without any problems.

As a consequence, secretions increase and become thicker. At the same time, it causes unpleasant smells and uncomfortable irritation.

There are many pharmacological remedies that you can apply for treating vaginal yeast infections. But before you resort to those, there are some home remedies that you can try first.

Are you ready to try them? Here are the 5 best.

1. Thyme

Thyme can be used for treating vaginal yeast infections

Thyme is a medicinal plant with antibacterial and antifungal properties. Extracts can help balance the healthy bacteria in your intimate areas and reduce infections.


  • 3 cups of water (750 ml)
  • 3 teaspoons of thyme (45 g)


  • Put the water on the heat. When it’s boiling, add the thyme.
  • Cover the pan and leave it on the heat for 2 minutes. Then, remove from the heat.
  • Let it sit until it’s warm.
  • Strain it and pour it into a tub or sitz bath.


  • Take a sitz bath for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Use it every day until you notice an improvement.

2. Oxygenated Water

You probably already know that oxygenated water has compounds that help to disinfect wounds. What you might not realize is that it’s also really effective for treating vaginal yeast infections.


  • 3 cups of water (750 ml)
  • 5 tablespoons of oxygenated water 3% (75 ml)


  • Heat the water and add the oxygenated water.


  • Pour the solution into a tub and take a sitz bath for 5 minutes.

3. Mallow

Mallow next to a bowl of mallow infusion

Mallow has some interesting health benefits for your intimate areas. Extracts from its leaves help to reduce the irritation of the delicate skin around the vagina.

It has a light soothing and analgesic effect which reduces the burning sensation. Furthermore, it neutralizes the unpleasant smells and reduces excess secretions.


  • 5 tablespoons of mallow leaves (75 g)
  • 3 cups of water (750 ml)


  • Add the mallow leaves to the water and bring to the boil.
  • Once boiling, turn off the heat and leave it to rest.
  • Once the mixture is warm, pour it through a colander and into a tub or sitz bath.


  • Have a sitz bath with the solution for 5 minutes.

4. Cranberries

Drinking organic cranberry juice is a great way to accelerate the alleviation of vaginal yeast infections. Although it’s not an external solution, it can still help balance the vaginal flora.


  • ½ cup of cranberries (75 g)
  • Water (as required)


  • Wash the cranberries and put them in a blender.
  • Add a little water to help process them.


  • Drink some cranberry juice 2 or 3 times a day, for as long as necessary to cure the infection.

5. Comfrey

A comfrey plant

Comfrey tea is a refreshing solution which reduces itching and rashes around the vagina. If you apply it directly, it will soothe the itching and burning sensation.

Some of its components are good for slowing the growth of the fungus. Therefore, the ideal thing is to apply it multiple times a day until you see results.


  • 3 tablespoons of comfrey (45 g)
  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)


  • Put the comfrey and the water in a pan.
  • Bring the water to the boil and then remove from the heat. Leave it to rest at room temperature.
  • Once warm, filter it with a colander and pour it into a spray bottle.


  • Spray the product on the outside of the vagina and leave it to be absorbed without rinsing.
  • Use it 2 or 3 times per day to prolong the soothing effect.
  • As an option, you can also use this solution in a sitz bath.

Don’t forget that you need to combine these remedies with good hygiene habits. Avoid using irritating products and wear cotton underwear.

If the discomfort persists for many days, consult a gynaecologist. Sometimes, you’ll need to resort to other types of treatment to get rid of it completely.

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