A yeast infection home remedy? Could we be dreaming?
For 70 percent of women, an overgrowth of the yeast Candida causes persistent fungal infections in the vagina, skin, GI tract and more. Not only can the symptoms of yeast infections be terribly uncomfortable, they can also be expensive to treat—if you try to treat them with drugs, that is. The good news is, there is a potential yeast infection home remedy on the rise that can help nix the pesky condition without you needing to empty your wallet. In fact, you might already have this yeast infection home remedy in your house.
Scientists reporting in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine say inhaling thyme (Thymus vulgarus) or pine (Pinus sylvestris) essential oil can help as a yeast infection home remedy. When they exposed 3 different strains of Candida to popular essential oils, thyme red oil and pine oil required the lowest concentrations to kill off over 90 percent of the Candida. What’s more, they were dramatically more effective than common anti-fungal drugs.
Wow! Who would've known that the secret to a yeast infection home remedy might have been hiding all along inside the essential oils we've only been using as air fresheners or massage oils? This gives a whole new meaning for the word "essential" in the name, that's for sure.
So how does this yeast infection home remedy work, exactly? The authors credit the oils’ potent antimicrobial compounds, which are dispersed through the body when inhaled. A brand to try: Aura Cacia Red Thyme Oil ($14 for 0.5 fl oz) and Aura Cacia Pine Oil ($8 for 0.5 fl oz; iHerb.com). Try adding a few drops of each to an aromatherapy diffuser or into a bath 2 to 3 times a week.