Top 5 Scientifically Proven Home Remedies For Yeast Infections

Yeast is an infection that is prominently experienced by women. It affects millions of women globally and isn’t life threatening. The infection originates and thrives in the vagina. The fungus that causes this infection is known as Candida albicans (yeast). In this article on home remedies for yeast infections information has been given on the symptoms, causes and simple methods to get relief from discomfort.

Nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one “yeast infection” in their lifetime.

The vaginal yeast infection is highly contagious and spreads from the affected member to uninfected member via sexual intercourse.

Yeast can be treated easily by several antifungal oral applications. Doctors will often prescribe medicated talcum powder – you can apply in the infected region and you can get rid of the symptoms sooner.

home remedies for yeast infections

Causes Of Yeast Infections

  • If you notice white patches in the mouth, it is caused by a type of yeast called as Thrush.
  • If you are experiencing difficulty to swallow food, the chances are you may have Candida esophagitis. It is thrush that affects your esophagus.

Symptoms Of Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast will project symptoms like itching, burning sensation, discharge of clear viscous fluid and pain while having sexual intercourse.

Home Remedies For Yeast Infection In Vagina

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is effective in combating Candida albicans yeast. The medium chain fatty acids are strong enough to suppress the yeast fungus and to kill the yeast cells. Coconut oil can be applied directly over the infected area or you can include the oil in to your diet.

kitchen home remedy for yeast infection

  1. Take a pint of coconut oil and warm it sufficiently if the contents are solidified due to lower temperature.
  2. Using a clean cotton ball, dab the coconut oil gently in the affected region and let it remain for 20 minutes. Repeat the process twice a day and you can see the improved results.

How Does It Work?

Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain saturated fatty acids such as lauric, capric and caprylic acid (having antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties).

Not Good If:

  1. Your metabolism rate is high. Coconut oil has high caloric density. The fat can cause an increase in blood pressure and increase your level of high cholesterol.
  2. You do not like the odor of coconut oil. It can easily solidify below 24°C (76 °F).

2. Oregano Oil

When it comes to oregano oil, the main variant namely Origanum vulgare (Wild Oregano) ,  is the best than other oregano oil.


Oregano has anti-fungal properties with terpenoid phenols like Carvacrol, thymol and eugenol which are potent inhibitors of candida yeast infection. Oregano can also be combined with other natural antifungals to get the best results.

How Does It Work?

You can find good oregano soft gels capsules that can be taken after your meal as per doctor’s advice. Make sure that the oregano product you are trying should be free from alcohol as they tend to promote the candida yeast. Make sure that the oregano supplements you’re trying has high % of Carvacrol.

Not Good If:

Some people try oregano oil ( combined with carrier essential oils like almond oil, coconut oil or olive oil) , soak the tampon in it and use it to treat yeast infection. But if you’re doing so, always get a doctor’s opinion and make sure you change those tampons every three hours.

2.  Garlic Remedy For Yeast Infection

Garlic has been used for treatment of variety of ailments  since ages. It can cure a plethora of illness and has been proved effective due to the anti-fungal and anti-microbial essence that this humble underground stem beholds within itself.

Natural home remedy for yeast infection

  1. Take a clove of peeled garlic. You can wrap the garlic in a cheesecloth or gauze.
  2. Tie the wrapped clove near the infected part with dental floss.
  3. You can leave the garlic for several hours and then replace with a new one till the infection is cured.

How Does It Work?

The critical component that fights off the fungal infestations is known as allicin. That does not mean the garlic will naturally release this element upon immediate consumption. It is effective only if the garlic clove is crushed. When you crush the garlic, the enzyme alliinase will convert alliin to allicin.

Not Good If:

  1. If you are using oral contraceptives, stave off the garlic. It is known to reduce the effectiveness of these pills. According to research, birth control pills produce estrogen, and having garlic will intensify the process of breaking down estrogen in the women’s body.
  2. You are suffering from yeast infection in vaginal area. Directly applying the garlic in the mucous membrane of the vagina can induce burns and is unsafe in most of the conditions. It is advised to not apply the garlic enzyme directly on the infected region. However, if you have yeast infection on the other parts of the body, it is safe to use them directly.


Natural yogurt is being used to treat the yeast infection as a home remedy as the plain natural yogurt is rich in probiotics i.e. has good bacteria that inhibits the yeast. The natural yogurt is applied on the vulva or inside the vaginal opening.

yeast fighting food

To use natural yogurt to treat yeast function:

  • Wash and clean your hands thoroughly.
  • Scoop yogurt with your clean fingers ( the required amount)
  • Fill fresh new tampon applicator with the yogurt and insert it.
  • People use refrigerated natural yogurt or sometimes they use fresh yogurt-filled tampon applicator that’s been kept in the freezer for few minutes to get a immediate cooling soothing sensation.

How Does It Work?

Yogurt is made of good, non evil things bacteria which restores the healthy yeast in part of vagina. The bacteria known as Lactobacillus expels the air hydrogen peroxide that kills the yeast infection bacteria

Not Good If,

Plain yogurt has the good bacteria Lactobacillus. It does not contain any artificial sweetness. But other kinds of yogurt contains an added sugar which does make an increase to the yeast infection therefore it makes the yeast to multiply.

5. Cranberry Juice

It is another acidulous berry that can treat the yeast infection. It qualifies as an excellent antibacterial and antifungal supplement. It can also easily treat a list of other ailments that affect the urinary tract and the bladder.

It is recommended to have unsweetened cranberry juice, because the sugar is known to interfere with the healing process.

 remedies for yeast infection at home

  1. Take four cups fresh or frozen cranberries and one quarts water. Mix them together.
  2. Crush the berries to release their juices and allow the residue to settle.
  3. Strain through the mixture with a spoon and discard the berries. The juice is ready.

How Does It Work?

The juice is widely popular for treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI) and vaginal yeast infections. The pH of cranberry juice is from 2.3 to 2.5 (acidic). Thus the juice effectively prevents growth of bacteria and yeast and eliminates the infection.

Not Good, If:

  1. You are allergic to aspirin. Cranberries contain large amounts of salicylic acid similar to aspirin.
  2. You have a kidney stone problem. A chemical called oxalate is used for the production of kidney stones by the body. Cranberry juice has large amounts of oxalate chemicals.
  3. You are taking warfarin. The interaction between the anti-coagulant and cranberry might lead to bleeding and hemorrhage.
  4. Drinking large volume of cranberry juice can lead to diarrhea.

We have listed only three home remedies for a yeast infection. We will be including more in the following days.

How To Prevent Yeast infections?

  • Wear airy clothes and avoid tight fitting fabrics. The perks of wearing breathable dresses are you will avoid creating a favorable environment for the yeast.
  • A normal immune system is enough to keep the yeast infection under control. But any cut-downs on sleep and relaxation, not indulging in physical activity or exercise can give rise to yeast infections. In case of a history of diabetes, you have to keep the blood sugar levels under control.

When to Avoid Home Remedies

Many simple home remedies tend to work well for yeast infection  but still, home remedies for yeast infection will not work and can cause adverse reactions for people who:

  • Have sexually transmitted infections
  • Is pregnant
  • Suffers with recurrent yeast infection
  • Are not sure if it’s really an yeast infection

When To See The Doctor

You should call for medical care if you face the symptoms:

  • Getting abdominal pain and have fever high than 101 degree Fahrenheit along with vaginal discharge.
  • The symptoms point to pregnancy, but there is a urinary infection.
  • Face extreme vaginal itchiness, suffer from pain during sex or urination.
  • The symptoms recur after two months even though you have taken antibiotics.


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  1. I am a cranberry lover and i drink cranberry juice thrice in a week. Thank god now I have realised it can help to overcome yeast infection.

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