In our body, there exist fungi called Candida Albicans which cause infection whenever our immune system is upset. Yeast infection can occur due to various reasons like use of oral contraceptives, hormonal changes etc. It is common in the genital regions and can also be seen under the breasts, beneath skin folds and in your nail beds. Most of us are prone to yeast infection at least once in our life. If you are suffering from yeast infection, here are a few home remedies to help you out.
Coconut oil has anti-fungal properties, thanks to the presence of caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid in it. These only target the harmful bacteria, leaving out the ones which are required for your body. Caprylic acid breaks the cell membrane of yeast, thus preventing it from replicating. Lauric acid is very effective in improving your immune system. Rinse the affected area with water and dry it completely. Gently apply coconut oil all over it. Do this 2 to 3 times a day until the condition gets better.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar provides relief form irritation and helps maintain the pH balance of the skin. It is also very effective in reducing the itching caused due to the infection. Apart from all this, apple cider vinegar is also known to control yeast growth. All these make it an excellent remedy for yeast infection. Fill your bath tub with water and add two cups of apple cider vinegar to it. Also add a cup of iodized sea salt. Sit in a position where your knees are bending towards your body. Soak yourself in it for around twenty minutes. Pat yourself completely dry before putting on clothes.
Baking soda is also excellent in balancing the pH levels in your body. It is also effective in dehydrating the fungus, by sucking out water content and enzymes from it, and killing it. Moreover, it prevents the growth of other micro-organisms and keeps your skin healthy. Drawing a bath would be an effective way to make use of baking soda. Soak yourself in it the same way as mentioned above for an apple cider vinegar bath. Do this two times a week.
Tea Tree Oil
The terpinen-4-ol present in tea tree oil is very effective in killing fungi. It contains other compounds which also inhibit the growth of fungi. Moreover, tea tree oil is also effective in reducing inflammation. Its therapeutic properties make it an excellent remedy to relieve yeast infection. Combine tea tree oil with any carrier oil like olive oil, almond oil or castor oil. Massage this on to the affected region and leave it on overnight. Rinse thoroughly in the morning and pat yourself completely dry.
Yeast thrives in an environment that is less acidic. Yogurt balances the acidic levels and prevents the growth of yeast. Yogurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus which when combines with the sugar in our diet, produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is very effective in destroying yeast infection. One way to use yogurt is to consume a cup, day and night, every day. Another is to apple yogurt on the affected areas. Leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse thoroughly and pat it dry completely.