A yeast infection follows the overgrowth of yeast – a type of fungi that most often target the genital area, leading to itching, thick white discharge, and painful urination. 75 Percent of women have dealt with genital yeast infections at some point in their lives. Although uncommon, men also get yeast infections and usually manifests small white spots, a dry peeling rash on the penis, itchiness, and burning. In this article, we look at the top 3 natural remedies for yeast infections and the practices that you can apply to prevent yeast overgrowth in future.
1. Tea Tree Oil – According to an NCBI Clinical review tea tree oil has potent antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying diluted tea tree oil around your genitalia soon after a bath and leaving it overnight provides relief.
2. Natural Yogurt – unflavored and unsweetened yogurt contains friendly bacteria also known as probiotics, which restore a proper balance of bacteria and prevents yeast overgrowth in the body. Applying yogurt around and into your vagina helps cure yeast infections naturally. Additionally, regular eating of yogurt helps keep fungal imbalance at bay.
3. Wild Oregano – The common oregano (Origanum marjoram) has little to no anti-fungal properties. The wild sister (Origanum Vulgare) on the other hand is potent enough to halt and inhibit the growth of fungi. Oregano can be encapsulated and inserted into the vagina or mixed with carrier oils such as coconut oil and applied directly.
Healthy and hygienic practices such as avoiding tight clothing, thoroughly drying the genital area after a shower, eating probiotic foods, avoiding chemicals such as perfumes, lotions, soaps and sprays and anything that upsets the body’s natural balance of bacteria and fungi go a long way in guaranteeing healthy genitalia.