Did you know that 75% of women will get a vaginal yeast infection at least one time in their lives and more than 50% will have a recurring episode? This isn’t all that surprising considering candida thrives in an acid environment created by the consumption of processed foods, too much coffee, too much sugar and too many antibiotics. This breeding ground for candida often needs a reset and this DIY antifungal tampon with essential oils for yeast infection can help with that.
Essential Oils for Yeast Infection
We know that essential oils can be effective fighting fungal infections. For most people, that fungus comes in the form of yeast, which can be difficult to get rid of.
One of the best ways to protect yourself is with preventative measures. There are some simple things that put you at a higher risk of a fungal infection.
A primary risk factor is the use of antibacterial products or prescription antibiotics. When you disrupt the beneficial microbes that are naturally part of your body, you leave yourself open to harmful bacterial and fungal infections. That’s one reason we use essential oils instead of antibiotics whenever we can.
Another huge risk factor is the consumption of sugar. We’ve been preaching the benefits of using natural sweeteners for years, but personal comfort and health is a great reason to make a few shifts to your diet. 🙂
But if you do find yourself struggling with a yeast infection you aren’t alone. And you certainly aren’t without hope. Mama Z has the perfect recipe for you below.
In addition to using known antifungal essential oils for yeast infection (lavender and tea tree), you’ll notice the combination of yogurt and honey. Several research studies have proven that this honey-yogurt one-two punch is quite effective at fighting candida.
For example, in 2015 an Iranian study was published evaluating how 70 women with vaginal infections responded to creams made up of yogurt and honey compared to clotrimazole, the popular antifungal medication. Outperforming the medical treatment by large margins, the researchers put it this way, “This study indicated that the therapeutic effects of vaginal cream made up of yogurt and honey is not only similar with clotrimazole vaginal cream but more effective in relieving some symptoms of vaginal candidiasis!” (1)
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops tea tree
- ½ tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp organic, plain yogurt (no flavoring, no sugar added)
- 2 tsps unrefined coconut oil
- Cotton tampon (unbleached and organic if possible)
- Poise pad
- Mix essential oils and coconut oil together in a glass bowl to dilute them.
- Pour in honey and yogurt, and mix well.
- Roll tampon into mixture to absorb the contents and insert into vagina before going to bed.
- Wear a poise pad or similar alternative to absorb discharge.
- Take out first thing in the morning and clean vagina in shower.
- Repeat every night for one week.
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