Thrush or vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common reasons for women to seek medical attention. The symptoms include itchiness of the external and internal genitalia and a thick white discharge. Thrush can vary greatly in its severity. And in some women it can be a recurrent problem.
Thrush responds well to natural remedies but it is important to treat it on all levels:
- Externally tea tree oil can be used by diluting it in water and using it as a douche or applying to a tampon. Similarly Aloe Vera gel can be very cooling and soothing for the symptoms of thrush and can be used liberally.
- Probiotic supplements (which contain friendly bacteria) are vital as they restore the gut’s balance of good to bad bacteria. Lactobacillus acidophilus, a species of friendly bacteria, is particularly beneficial. It works by preventing the overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast. It also produces lactic acid which acts like a natural antibiotic. Lactobacillus acidophilus can be taken orally in the form of capsules or powder but it is also available in pessaries for local use.
- There are also many natural antibiotic and antifungal remedies that have been proved to kill yeast, including Candida Albicans – the most common cause of yeast infections. Such remedies include: Oregano Oil, Pau D’arco, Grapefruit Seed Extract, and Caprylic Acid.
- Finally, it is important to watch what you eat as certain foods encourage the growth of yeast. Refined sugar feeds yeast, therefore it is best to reduce white sugar and processed white flour products (such as white bread and pasta). It is also best to avoid alcohol, especially beer which also contains high levels of yeast.