Five Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Vaginal Odors

These remedies should neutralize vaginal odor. However, you might want to consult your doctor if they don't. Continue reading to find out more about them.
Five Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Vaginal Odors

Last update: 27 February, 2021

Foul vaginal odors are a common problem that every woman has experienced at some point in her life. In fact, it is one of the most frequent reasons for gynecological consultation worldwide. In general, it may be accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, burning, and vaginal discharge.

If so, professional care is essential, as it may be caused by infections that require specific medical treatment. Our remedies below will help you temporarily soothe the problem, but they won’t be enough if the root of the problem is serious.

Common causes of vaginal odors

According to information published on the Cleveland Clinic website, vaginal odors can be caused by infection or inflammation. Often, this occurs because certain factors generate an imbalance in bacteria that normally inhabit the vagina. Among the most frequent causes are the following:

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Trich
  • Rectovaginal fistula
  • Vaginal and cervical cancer

Of course, vaginal odors don’t always indicate a serious problem. Sometimes it’s simply a sign of hormonal imbalances or from diets rich in foods such as garlic, onions, flour, etcetera. In addition, sometimes it’s a symptom influenced by other factors.

Risk factors

  • Wearing tight-fitting or synthetic underwear
  • Unprotected sexual intercourse
  • Taking antibiotics frequently
  • Parasitosis
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
Some bacteria which cause vaginal odors.
Vaginal odors may be influenced by alterations in the bacteria that inhabit the vagina.

Natural remedies to stop vaginal odors

Before trying any of these remedies against vaginal odors, it’s important to readjust your habits of intimate hygiene, because many times this symptom arises from there. In this regard, the Mayo Clinic recommends:

  • Wash the external genital area. When doing so, use a minimal amount of mild, unscented soap and plenty of water.
  • Avoid douching. In their normal state, all healthy vaginas contain bacteria and yeast. In general, the acidity of the vagina maintains its balance. However, douching can upset this balance and increase the risk of infection.

However, according to the same entity, it’s important to seek gynecological help, especially when the bad odor is accompanied by other symptoms.

Although these natural remedies help soothe it, they aren’t a first-line treatment and aren’t a substitute for conventional treatment. Therefore, the professional’s recommendations should be followed first.

1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an acidic ingredient that has shown activity against some types of fungi and bacteria. It should be used in moderation, in small amounts, since in excess it can be irritating. However, according to anecdotal data, it may be useful in regulating vaginal pH alterations.

In fact, in a case published in the journal Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine, a 32-year-old woman overcame the symptoms of vaginal infection by using apple cider vinegar. Its application took care of the bad odor, itching, and pain in the area.

A bottle of apple cider vinegar which is a remedy against vaginal odors.
Apple cider vinegar should be used diluted, as it can be irritating. Use it for two or three days, until the discomfort subsides.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 c. of warm water

Preparation

  • Mix the two ingredients together
  • Then, apply them to the vaginal area
  • Finally, rinse as usual

2. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is another recommendable for fighting bad natural odor because it’s anti-fungal and antiseptic. This is because it helps against vaginal odor caused by vaginal infections. It also reduces inflammation.

In particular, this oil is useful in treating infections caused by Candida albicans strains, as detailed in a study published in BioMed Research International. Thanks to its antifungal activity, it helps stop the growth of these yeasts and helps with recovery.

Ingredients

  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 c. of warm water

Preparation

  • Firstly, mix the ingredients together
  • Then, put the mixture in a container and use it to wash the vaginal area
  • Do this procedure twice a week

3. Vitamin C

As detailed in an investigation published in the European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vitamin C applied vaginally has the ability to increase the acidity of the vagina, inhibiting the growth of bacteria associated with bacterial vaginosis. Therefore, this remedy can serve as an adjuvant for vaginal odors.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 tsp. of vitamin C powder
  • 1 c. of water

Preparation

  • Firstly, mix the ingredients together
  • Then, use it to wash the external areas of the vagina
  • Finally, you should consult your doctor about the periodicity and time of use, since in excess it can be irritating to the vaginal mucosa

4. Fenugreek tea

Fenugreek is one of the natural ingredients that can help against this symptom. The reason? According to a publication in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, this plant has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that, in this case, could help stop the growth of infectious microorganisms.

A jar of fenugreek and some sprouts.
Fenugreek has shown antimicrobial effects. Therefore, it’s believed it can help against vaginal infections that cause bad odor.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. of fenugreek seeds
  • 1 c. of water

Materials

  • 1 mortar and pestle

Preparation

  • Firstly, grind the fenugreek seeds
  • Secondly, heat the water and once it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat
  • Add the fenugreek seeds to the hot water and let steep for 15 minutes
  • Finally, you can drink the infusion hot or cold, according to your taste

6. Neem water vaginal wash

According to information published in Current Medicinal Chemistry, neem has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that could be useful to inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria in the intimate area. For this reason, some suggest that it reduces vaginal odors.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. of neem leaves
  • 1 c. of water

Preparation

  • Prepare an infusion with the two ingredients
  • Then, when it’s lukewarm, use the liquid to wash the external parts of the vagina
  • Repeat use the next day if discomfort persists
  • Discontinue use and rinse with plenty of water if you observe any unwanted reactions

Recommendations to avoid vaginal odors

In addition to using the above-mentioned remedies, there’s another series of basic care that can help eliminate vaginal odor. If you have this problem, put them into practice.

  • Use cotton underwear
  • When washing your clothes, don’t combine underwear with the rest of the clothing
  • Use neutral soap
  • Wash your vagina before and after sexual intercourse
  • Don’t wear tight-fitting clothing
  • Sponges irritate the vaginal area
  • Don’t use deodorants, talc, or perfumes on your vagina
  • Wipe the vagina from front to back (never the other way around) every time you go to the bathroom

Consult a doctor

These natural remedies to help you get rid of vaginal odors can be useful to control the symptoms while seeking gynecological care. This is important because many times bad odors are a sign of a larger problem, such as a bacterial or yeast infection.

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