Simple Treatments for Vaginal Infections
On top of maintaining good personal hygiene, it's important to also make sure that your diet doesn't allow for the growth of fungi and bacteria. Always avoid refined sugars and flours.
Lots of women deal with frequent vaginal infections and all the unpleasantness that comes with them. Itching, burning, irritation, altered urination, and many other things. These affect not just their daily lives, but also their intimate relationships. In this article, we’re going to show you some natural, homemade treatments for vaginal infections to help you deal with them.
When you have an infection, it alters the pH levels in the vagina, making it more acidic than usual. A good way to bring it back to normal is to apply a pinch of baking soda directly on the labia. This helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and fungi.
It’s also worth remembering that you shouldn’t wash this part of your body with conventional soaps or gels. They can alter the pH levels too. Instead, use organic, natural soaps made with glycerin or coconut oil. Or, just mix a little baking soda into some hot water.
Garlic is one of the best treatments for vaginal infections because it’s great at fighting fungi and parasites, which we’ve talked about in a lot of other articles. You can boost your defenses against infection by eating garlic, but there’s also another, more direct way to use it to fight off 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 your vagina. You can wrap the clove in sterile gauze that will absorb the oil, and if you let it stick out some, you can use it to make the garlic easier to remove.
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It’s best to do this treatment at night before bed, three nights in a row.
Vaginal rinses are done with the help of a bulb or syringe made of silicone, similar to the ones doctors use for intestinal enemas. You draw the liquid up into the bulb and insert the other end into the vagina, so that that liquid flows in when you squeeze the bulb.
Hold it in for a few minutes, and then expel it into the toilet.
Vaginal rinses should always be done with warm or room temperature water.
What can you use in a rinse?
- Thyme: Thyme is a medicinal plant you can use to fight all kinds of infections. Its antiseptic properties help to disinfect any part of the body without altering the pH. Make a fairly concentrated solution if you do this treatment.
- Yogurt and salt water: Combining these two makes for an excellent natural medicine. Yogurt helps promote healthy vaginal flora, and salt water restores the body’s pH and adds minerals. Make a mixture of 50% plain yogurt and 50% salt water, ensuring that it’s well blended.
- Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar: Vinegar is an age-old remedy for women, thanks to its low price and easy availability. It not only helps fight pathogens, but also promotes healthy vaginal flora. Still, you should always choose fermented “live”, unpasteurized vinegar, even though it’s not as easy to find nowadays. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar per quart of water.
- Supplement bacterial flora (Lactobacillus), which you usually have to take orally. You can also 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: watching your diet, avoiding bad habits, and following a clear treatment regimen – medically supervised, if necessary. For vaginal infections it’s especially important to eliminate refined sugars and flours from your diet. You can also take evening primrose oil and borage in capsule form: they provide omega-6, an extremely beneficial fatty acid.