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Wouldn’t it be great if women had a fast remedy for yeast infections?

Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), or more commonly known as a yeast infection, is the second most common cause of vaginitis {inflammation in the vaginal area} in the US.¹

It’s caused by the fungus Candida albicans, however other species are becoming increasingly common.

But, wait up.

There are two other types of vaginitis; Bacterial Vaginosis and Trichomoniasis that also cause itching and discharge, so you may want to see your doctor and get tested, especially if you are pregnant.

So, what are the symptoms you are looking for?

Yeast Infection Symptoms

  • A smell of yeast may be the first indicator that you notice.
  • Next may be a mild to severe itching and irritation of the vulva area.
  • You also may notice the vulva is red from scratching; which you want to try to avoid.
  • **2 Unique symptoms include:

You may notice one or more of these symptoms

  • inflammation
  • burning
  • itching
  • irritation
  • swelling
  • pain with urinating {Dysuria}
  • thick, whitish, vaginal discharge
  • yeast-like odor
  • it started during menopause
  • it happens monthly

Your gut health and digestion can also affect the amount of yeast infections you have in a lifetime

Yeast Infection Discharge

  • Look for curdy, whitish to yellowish discharge
  • You may have no order or smell similar to yeast bread
  • You may have redness from itching
  • If you were to test your PH, it would be normal

What causes these repeated infections?

Yeast Infection causes

    • Repeated antibiotic use
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • HIV infection/AIDS
    • Increase estrogen levels {HRT}
    • Pregnancy
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Allergies

And.. anything that disrupts the vaginal flora such as:

  • Antibiotics
  • Use of tampons, sponges, douches, intrauterine devices, and sex toys
  • Sexual practices or new partners
  • IUD, spermicide
  • Rise in PH
  • Decline in lactobacillus
  • Lack of hydrogen peroxide
  • Hot tubs
  • Sexual abuse

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4 Step Yeast Infection Home Remedies

I like to take a four-step approach when treating a yeast infection.  Follow these four steps to reduce the number of yeast infections you experience.

#1 Take an antimicrobial internally AND externally {see below}

Antimicrobials for yeast infections Internally
Look for the following herbs or take a blended formula like this one and take daily.<


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  • Take garlic internally and consider inserting it vaginally {see recipe below}👇
  • Consider taking these herbs INTERNALLY to reduce infection and inflammation
    • Echinacea
    • Garlic
    • Astragalus
    • Goldenseal
    • Oregano
    • Thyme
    • Various mushrooms like Reishi

#2 Internally take an adaptogen to boost immunity and resistance

Adaptogens for Stress

  • Eleuthero
  • Ginseng
  • Schizandra
  • Ashwagandha
  • Reishi

There are so many beautiful Adaptogen blends out on the market.  This is a nice blend with Reishi.

Anything from Gaia herbs, Herb Pharm, or Herbalist & Alchemist is a good start.

#3 Internally address your gut health

Read this post on how I was able to eat gluten again because of the 4R approach: https://taragregorio.com/how-the-4r-approach-helped-me-heal-my-gut-allowed-me-to-eat-gluten-again/

Consider adding in:

  • a probiotic daily or a spoonful of yogurt every day
  • digestive enzymes- I love Enzymedica
  • DGL
  • and drinking teas of Chamomile & Peppermint

#4 Externally apply botanicals to reduce inflammation.

DIY Yoni Wash Recipe

  • Make a cup of strong Calendula tea
  • Strain & Cool
  • Add 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • Place in a Peri-rinse bottle like this one
  • Rinse the vaginal area 2-3x day

Optional: Apply a healing salve with Calendula if you’re feeling dry, red, and irritated.


Read this post for UTI relief: https://taragregorio.com/5-steps-to-stop-a-uti-naturally/

 

How to use garlic for a yeast infection

Garlic is a wise woman’s popular herbal remedy.

How do you use it?

  • Take a fresh, single clove- peeled
  • Carefully insert nightly and leave overnight
  • You could dip it into vegetable oil to ease insertion if you needed

Garlic is effective against the fungi E. coli, Proteus, Mycobacterium, and Candida species, but you may notice a garlicky smell!!

And…Watch for irritation or even chemical burns for sensitive skin.

Conclusion

Medications, antibiotics, and the use of tampons and vaginal lubricants can all affect the healthy flora in the vaginal area causing recurring yeast infections.

Addressing your gut health and integrating more natural products, could be the number one way to stop this irritating cycle.

Click below to see my favorite products to reduce yeast infections and urinary tract infections for years to come.


¹ Romm, Aviva; Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health pg. 258

 

Certified women’s herbal educator, Tara Gregorio is helping moms around the world reduce medications with herbs & homeopathy. Learn more about Tara here: https://taragregorio.com/

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