Before big pharma invented creams, potions and medicine to help treat yeast infections, many people treated their candida infections with a simple herb, garlic. Before we get started, you should know that if you are prone to eczema or have sensitive skin, this treatment may be a bit harsh for you.
Garlic is a natural yeast killer. Bakers cannot put garlic in the bread together with yeast, because it would kill the yeast. Garlic needs to be added at the end of baking, right before it goes in the oven.
Even without this problem you may find the treatment a bit "wierd". I thought it was a weird solution when I first heard about it too. However, after recommendations of people who had tried it, I've decided to share it with you.
How Do I Use Garlic As A Yeast Infection Treatment?
If you suffer from a vaginal yeast infection, you know it will be itchy or painful in your vaginal area. To treat it, all you do is take a clove of garlic, remove the skin, cut it in half and... wait for it... place it in your vagina before going to sleep.
Yes, I know it sounds brutal!
You should keep the two pieces from the clove of garlic inside you for the duration of the night. Repeat the process for a few nights if your situation is mild.
If your yeast infection is more severe, you may need a few more days until it is fully cured.
It is important that the clove of garlic is inside at all times.
If you have a very severe situation, you may need to do the regimen during the day as well. If this is the case, make sure you have something to help keep it inside. Also, this method can make your breath smell like garlic, so be concious of that.
Additionally you may add raw (make sure it's raw) garlic to your food for a few days, to complement the regimen.
As a last ditch effort you can supplement with garlic capsules on a daily basis. You can find these types of supplements at your local health food store.
Does The Garlic Yeast Infection Treatment Really Work?
Preliminary research has shown that antimicrobial and antioxidants found in allicin and ajoene has a lot of benefits not only for yeast, but for overall health. There haven't been any significant studies covering the specifics of garlic on candida yeast infections, but maybe there will be in the future?
Because of the anti-fungal compounds in garlic, it is commonlu used to treat fungus, kill parasites and eliminate bacteria. Some evidence suggest it may even prevent tumors. This shows that garlic is a powerful anti-yeast infection remedy. Garlic also helps with colds and the flu. Some will include some variation of garlic to cure acne, other skin problems and even blood clots.
You can use over-the-counter (OTC) medications, pills or creams to treat a yeast infection. Others prefer the natural method of garlic, tee tree oil or olive oil. Because they are all-natural solutions, many feel it is the right treatment for them. OTC creams and products will always be more expensive than a natural garlic treatment. Price and simplicity of treatment is another reason many prefer garlic, coconut oil or tee tree oil variations to treat a yeast infection.
Are There Any Side-Effects of Using Garlic For Candida Infections?
Before you try any kind of treatment for yeast infections that have medical solutions, it is recommended to see a doctor first. This is a do-it-yourself approach. For obvious reasons, if you have any kind of allergies towards garlic or any onion, it is not recommended to try this solution.
Before you sleep with chopped garlic cloves where the sun doesn't shine, it may be wise to try it on your skin first. If you are sensitive to garlic on your skin, be sure it is worse in your va-jay-jay. A yeast infection will most likely be painful, but burning from garlic can cause more painful symptoms.
The easiest way to test for any form of possible adverse reaction is to take some garlic juice and spread it onto your yeast infection. If the stinging sensation does not subside after 20 minutes, wash the affected area with warm water and avoid using garlic as a treatment plan.
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