Natural remedies for yeast infections have become quite sought after in recent years as more and more microbes become resistant to standard medicine.
Fortunately, some of the best herbs for yeast infection treatment can be bought locally and are very inexpensive.
Yeast infections, known as Candidiasis, are caused by a fungus (Candida albicans) that begins to grow and multiply within the body.
Surprisingly, the most common fungus in the Candida family already lives inside our mouths and intestines without causing harm. Our body’s natural immune system and other healthy bacterium, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, keep the yeast in check.
When the body’s immune system is weakened, however, or something destroys too much of the our good bacteria, those tiny yeast cells will begin to multiply very quickly and take over the surrounding tissues.
This causes yeast infections in places such as one’s mouth, throat, intestine, genitals, and bladder.
As more microscopic fungi become resistant to standard drugs, medical researchers are finding it harder to keep up and produce new drugs to counteract them.
In fact, some drugs, like antibiotics, even cause yeast infections by inadvertently killing off the healthy flora in the intestine that keep the yeasts in check.
Natural remedies for yeast infections come from an organic source, and are often stronger than standard medicines.
It is quite amazing how a variety of plants can offer so much natural medicine for humans to use. In fact, communities of people have been using plant medicine for thousands of years. Successfully, too.
Plants are full of tannins, saponins and flavanoids, ingredients which contain antimicrobial properties that can be of great use to people and animals. Tea tree oil is probably one of the most potent, and can be used to treat many skin problems.
Tea tree oil is toxic if it is swallowed, but you may consider carefully gargling it as a mouthwash. Mix ⅛ teaspoon tea tree oil with two cups of water. This is a great home remedy for oral yeast infections.
If the infection is elsewhere on your body, mix 1/8 teaspoon tea tree oil with 1/4 cup raw cold pressed coconut oil and spread over the area twice daily for at least a week to clear it up.
Cinnamon is another natural plant material that specifically treats Candida albicans quickly.
Cinnamon actually comes from beneath the bark of the Cinnamon tree, a tree that originally grew in warmer southern countries like Indonesia and Thailand.
Researchers credit “cinemaldehyde” within the particles for having sharp antifungal properties.
Cinnamon can be applied directly onto external rashes, or eaten daily for internal infections. You might try adding cinnamon to your favorite herbal tea, or sprinkling it on toast and fruit in the morning.
Garlic is another edible herb that serves a great many purposes related to health. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, eating just a clove of garlic each day should be enough to bring a yeast infection under control.
If the infection is external, crush two cloves of fresh garlic and place them in a bowl. Then, add two tablespoons of olive oil and allow the mixture to steep for at least half an hour.
Topically apply the garlic oil to the rash once or twice per day until the infection is gone.
Tea tree oil, cinnamon, coconut oil, and garlic are a few of the best natural remedies for yeast infections. It is best to buy them as fresh as possible to yield the highest potency.
Both men and women can get internal and external yeast infections, although vaginal yeast infections are probably the most common. Yeast infections can also appear in babies and young children.
There are many areas of the body that can have these skin infections, and many of them look different than others. A yeast infection appears as a red rash if it is on your skin, such as under your breasts, in your armpits, behind the knees, or on a limb.
If it is a vaginal or penile infection, the area will become red and swollen. Women who have vaginal infections will notice a bad odor that smells “fishy”, and it will most often be painful.
Sometimes people may even contract signs of a yeast infection between fingers and toes, causing a dry, red and flaky itch between them that can be both painful and scratchy.
Generally speaking, most Candida infections not on the genital area are flat rashes. When they advance to a worse stage, they produce pus just like a pimple would do.
External infections are easiest to treat with natural remedies for yeast infections, especially because some herbs cannot be ingested. Tea tree oil is one of these, and thus performs very well when a diluted form is directly applied to areas of the skin.