If you are currently experiencing a yeast infection, you may be wondering what natural options are out there. Fortunately, there is an answer to your question.
Using something like raw honey can help to relieve the symptoms, and potentially get rid of a yeast infection. This is because it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that are useful in this kind of situation.
It is Candida albicans that often causes a yeast infection to appear either on the vagina, scalp, mouth or skin. It is a natural microorganism found on the human body.
However, while we will touch on other areas that may suffer from a yeast infection, we will focus mainly on the vaginal area.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how to use honey for a yeast infection.
What Is A Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection is when the Candida albicans take over the good bacteria (Lactobacillus) within the body.
This can be for a number of reasons: a weaker immune system, prolonging a warm and damp area of the body (for example not washing after exercise), and generally having an imbalance of good and bad bacteria.
Sometimes antibiotics can cause a yeast infection due to killing off the good bacteria. This is especially true when it comes to vaginal yeast infections.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection has a few symptoms that you should look out for depending on which area of the body it is:
There may be a feeling of soreness or a burning sensation in or around the mouth. You might even notice that you find it difficult to swallow.
You will want to get this checked out by a professional just to make sure it isn’t something else before treating it with honey.
When a yeast infection happens on the skin, it can cause an itchy rash. It will feel uncomfortable, so you will want to add honey to the skin to soothe it.
However, just like the above, it may be something like eczema so get it checked out by a dermatologist first.
A scalp that is suffering with a yeast infection may have a rash in places as well as cracked skin. A honey mask may do the trick of sorting this area out, as it will also soothe and moisturize the skin too.
A vagina that has a yeast infection can feel very uncomfortable. The main symptoms are irritation and itchiness in the area.
You may also notice thick and white discharge, and feelings of dryness, especially after having intercourse.
This can happen after taking antibiotics – so watch out for this if you need to take them. Fortunately, a yeast infection is easy to get rid of.
Is It A Vaginal Yeast Infection?
If you suspect you might have a vaginal yeast infection, then you will want to make sure just in case the honey treatment does not work. When it doesn’t, it could actually be bacterial vaginosis, or BV for short.
This infection cannot be treated using at home care, and sometimes over the counter medicines can make it much worse and prolong the issue.
For this reason, you will want to see a doctor if it does turn out to be bacterial vaginosis. There are quick tests that can determine the issue, so it is nothing to be worried about. You may then need to take medication like an antibiotic to get rid of it.
What Are The Symptoms Of Bacterial Vaginosis?
- Odor from the vaginal area which is often described as a fishy smell.
- An increase in discharge which is often clear and watery. It may also be thin and yellow.
- Sometimes you may feel pelvic cramping too, but this is often mild.
If you notice symptoms such as:
- A fever alongside a vaginal infection
- Sever pain within the vagina or pelvic area
- Irregular bleeding in between periods (especially after the menopause)
- Or symptoms after being with a new partner
The problem could be something else, so you may need to see a professional to really understand what is going on.
How Can Honey Be Used For A Yeast Infection?
Applying honey to the infected area can help to soothe and clear up the infection due to the natural healing properties within this kind of ingredient.
However, you will want to use raw honey alongside organic yogurt to ensure you are only getting the nutrients needed.
Highly processed honey often has a lot of the goodness removed. This means that you will not be getting the full benefits – if any – to get rid of the infection.
Before you head to bed, add organic yogurt to a bowl and mix in a tablespoon of raw honey. Mix the ingredients well.
Apply the mixture to the affected area. It may be a little messy, so do be prepared when it comes to underwear and bedsheets.
Keep applying this mixture once a day before bedtime to allow the mixture to get to work. It may take from two weeks to a couple of months to clear up depending on how severe the infection is.
How To Avoid A Yeast Infection?
It is easier than you may think to avoid a yeast infection. So long as you keep up with daily hygiene habits, then you can live your life without worrying about a potential yeast infection.
- Wear underwear that is breathable. The best material is made from cotton.
- Wipe front to back after using the toilet.
- Change pads and tampons often.
- Remove wet clothes.
- Never douche the vagina.
- Keep clothing loose.
- Avoid very hot baths.
If you are suffering from a yeast infection, then there is the option to try honey to get rid of it. Fortunately, it is a really easy process that involves mixing raw honey with organic yogurt, and applying it to the area.
You should also think about how to avoid a yeast infection too by keeping up with daily hygiene habits.