Lots of women suffer from frequent vaginal infections and all the unpleasantness that accompanies them, including itching, burning, irritation, altered urination, and more. These things affect not just their daily lives, but also intimate relationships. In this article, we’ll explain how you can help resolve this issue by following our guidelines. We’ll give you some simple, all natural remedies that you can make at home.
A pinch of baking soda
When we have an infection it alters the pH of the vagina, making it more acidic than normal. A good way to bring it back to normal is to apply a pinch of baking soda directly on the labia, which will help prevent the proliferation of harmful bacteria and fungi.
It’s also good to know that in general, you don’t need to wash your nether regions with conventional soaps or gels because they can also alter the pH. Choose organic, natural soaps that are made with glycerin or coconut oil – or simply mix a little baking soda into some hot water.
Garlic is the best remedy for fighting fungi and parasites, something we’ve discussed in other articles. And while you can increase your defenses against disease by consuming garlic, there’s another, more direct way to combat vaginal infections.
Prick a clove of raw, peeled garlic with a fork or a toothpick to draw out its nutrients. Then insert the clove directly into the vagina. You can wrap the clove in sterile gauze that will also absorb the oil, and allow the tip of the gauze to protrude slightly for easy removal.
This treatment is best done at night before going to bed, for three nights in a row.
Vaginal rinses are performed with the help of a bulb or syringe made of silicone, similar to those used for intestinal enemas. The liquid is drawn up into the bulb and the other end is inserted into the vagina, so that by squeezing the bulb the liquid flows inside.
Hold it in for a few minutes, and then expel it into the toilet.
Vaginal rinses should always be warm or at room temperature.
What can you use in a rinse?
- Thyme: Thyme is a medicinal plant that’s used to fight all kinds of infections, because its antiseptic properties help to disinfect any part of the body without altering the pH. Make a fairly concentrated infusion.
- Yogurt and salt water: A combination of these two makes an excellent natural medicine. The former helps promote healthy vaginal flora, while salt water restores the body’s pH and adds minerals. Make a mix of 50% plain yogurt and 50% salt water, ensuring that it’s well blended.
- Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar: Vinegar has also been used as an ancient remedy for women, thanks to its low price and ready availability. It not only helps fight pathogens but also promotes healthy vaginal flora. Still, always choose fermented “live”, unpasteurized vinegar, which today are not so easy to find. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar per quart of water.
- Supplement bacterial flora (Lactobacillus), which are usually taken orally. But you can empty the capsules into some water and use that as a rinse. This is a much more direct tactic.
As always, if you want to solve a health problem naturally you’ll attack it from different angles: taking care of your diet, avoiding back habits, and following a clear treatment regimen – medically supervised, if needed. For vaginal infections it’s especially important to eliminate refined sugars and flours from your diet. Additionally, taking evening primrose oil and borage in capsule form will provide omega-6 and have a positive effect.