An easy, at-home remedy for yeast infections.
Yeast infections are the worst! Most women have had at least one during their life. This simple oil concoction can help.
Note: using essential oils internally is a controversial topic. With that in mind, I’m not advising you on what to do. I’m simply telling you what worked for me when I was desperate. Talk to a trusted healthcare professional about your options!
Yeast overgrowth is commonly due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Coconut oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil are beneficial antifungal and antibacterial oils, so I decided to make a concoction and see how it worked. It was amazing! Instant relief. I’ve tried a few other natural treatments before, like eliminating sugar, taking probiotics, applying yogurt or garlic for their anti-yeast properties, but this one is by far the best and most effective in my opinion.
- Unrefined organic coconut oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
- Spoon and small bowl for mixing
- Fridge or freezer
I used high quality oils (no additives, fillers, fragrances — I prefer Aroma Foundry for affordable quality oils). I tested each of these oils on my skin first to make sure I didn’t have a reaction. Tea tree oil is a very potent oil, so I used caution and didn’t apply it neat — I mixed it with coconut oil first. After skin testing, I made the mixture.
In a small bowl, I mixed about two tablespoons of coconut oil with one drop of tea tree oil and three drops of lavender oil. I ended up adding a few more drops of each essential oil to make the concoction more potent, since I tolerate these oils well. The genitals are sensitive mucous membranes though, so I was very cautious and only added one drop at a time, then retested my skin before adding more.
After mixing the oils together, I put the bowl in my freezer, stirring the mixture regularly to shape the oil into a solid clump. This made the oil easier to insert, since coconut oil melts as soon as it comes into contact with skin. Once the oil blend froze into a solid, easily insertable clump, I used clean fingers to gently insert it into my vagina. I used a cloth pad to absorb the oil, which leaked out over the next couple hours.
I found this to be an incredibly potent treatment that relieved the itching immediately, and cured the infection overnight. Hooray!
Consult a trusted healthcare professional before trying this treatment.
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