Relieve Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis Naturally

The lactic acid in plain yogurt can be a great ally when trying to relieve to symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. Its benefits are useful if used topically or consumed.
Relieve Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis Naturally

Last update: 21 February, 2019

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection that develops in a woman’s intimate area due to an imbalance in the bacterial flora. It’s a very uncomfortable condition since the harmful bacteria causes a yellow discharge that generally has a strong, fishy odor. Here are 6 natural remedies to help relieve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis.

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are quite bothersome and painful, as well, since there is also usually a burning sensation when urinating. Additionally, many women with this condition also suffer from itching of the external vaginal area.

While it is not a serious condition, it is necessary to receive prompt medical treatment to avoid having it develop into a bigger problem and to avoid feeling insecure.

The good news is that there are many natural treatments that relieve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. In addition, these do not have side effects and help accelerate the healing process.

Next, we will share 6 alternative treatments that you can try when you first notice the symptoms.

6 Natural Remedies to Relieve Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

1. Tea Tree Oil

Relieve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis with tea tree oil

Tea tree essential oil is an excellent product for treating infections in your intimate areas.

Its powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties help to stop the growth of germs, and, at the same time, control existing infections. Although this is a natural remedy and won’t necessarily cure you, it will help relieve the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis.

How to use:

  • Mix 8 drops of tea tree oil in a bathtub of hot water and wash externally.
  • Another option is to apply 3 drops to your underwear before putting it on.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antibiotic and antifungal properties that can help relieve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis.

Applying it can control the growth of bacteria, decrease itching, and reduce the strength of the smell. 

How to use:

  • Warm up a tablespoon of coconut oil, and after ensuring that it is cool enough for the skin, use a cotton ball to apply it to the vagina externally.
  • Another option is to soak a tampon in it and insert it into the vagina for one to two hours.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Relieve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis with apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains natural acids that help regulate the pH levels of the vagina and control the growth of bacteria that cause this type of infection.

Its antibacterial and antifungal properties help control dangerous microorganisms, inhibit their reproduction, and relieve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. 

In the process, its refreshing effect can calm itching and irritation of the external intimate area.

How to use:

  • Mix a cup of organic apple cider vinegar in the bathtub, then soak in the water for 20-30 minutes.
  • Take a bath like so twice a day until the infection has cleared up.

4. Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt with probiotics is effective to counteract changes in vaginal bacterial flora. Thanks to its concentration of active live cultures, it helps to balance your flora.

The lactic acid in plain yogurt alters the environment that harmful germs need to grow. Additionally, lactic acid helps to neutralize bad odors.

How to use:

  • Soak a cotton ball in plain yogurt and apply it to the vagina where irritation occurs.
  • Consume a glass of plain yogurt daily.

5. Calendula Tea

Relieve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis with calendula cream homemade

Calendula is one of the most well-known plants when it comes to natural treatments for a woman’s intimate areas. It is very calming and therefore helps relieve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis.

Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and refreshing properties, which can help relieve irritation and the bad odor caused by vaginosis.

How to use:

  • Prepare a concentrated brew of calendula and use the liquid to wash the vagina.
  • Repeat this twice per day until the infection is under control.

6. Sage Tea

Sage has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make it easier to control the bacteria that cause vaginal infections.

The use of this tea in a sitz bath relieves the itching caused by vaginosis, at the same time reducing the bad odor.

How to use:

  • Brew a tea with sage leaves, and when it is a temperature that is safe for the skin, use it in a sitz bath.
  • Repeat this daily until the infection is completely cleared up.

Choose any of the remedies mentioned here and use them every day until the infection is gone. You can also use them each, one by one, to prevent any adverse reactions.

In addition, to gain even better results, try to eat foods that will help strengthen your immune system. 

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