Yeast Infections: Symptoms and Remedies

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Yeast infections are unpleasant fungal infections that affect the female reproductive organs, but there are quite a few natural remedies to alleviate the symptoms, including the use of yogurt, cranberries, apple cider vinegar, garlic, tea tree oil, coconut oil and boric acid, as well as wearing cotton underwear.

Home Remedies for Yeast Infections

Home Remedies for Yeast Infections are as follows:

Cranberry Juice

The most popular and oft-recommended remedy for yeast infections, as well as most vaginal disorders and infections, is cranberry juice. This simple berry contains many antifungal and antibacterial compounds that can rebalance the mixture of yeast and bacteria in the vagina, quickly clearing up a wide variety of infections. Drinking 2-3 glasses of cranberry juice per day, or purchasing concentrated cranberry extract is a tried and true treatment for yeast infections. [1]

Apple Cider Vinegar

This trusted remedy boasts a number of antifungal components that can make quick work of a yeast infection, and apple cider vinegar is readily available in most places around the world. You can mix apple cider vinegar with water and drink it 1-2 times per day, or mix it in with your bathwater and soak in the bath, letting the antifungal compounds do their work and get you back to normal fast. [2]

A wooden bowl and a spoon full of cranberries with a glass of cranberry juice on a wooden surface.

The tart-sweet taste of cranberry juice. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


This common herb contains antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial compounds that can quickly neutralize the Candida albicans fungus in the vagina. There are a number of ways to consume garlic as a remedy, either crushing garlic cloves into a paste and applying it directly to the affected area, or simply eat a few gloves of garlic every day until the infection disappears. [3]

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a powerful remedy for yeast infections due to the comprehensive mix of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal compounds that it contains. You can apply a small amount of coconut oil directly to the infected area multiple times per day, and the infection should clear itself up within a few days. [4]

Tea Tree Oil

As one of the most trusted remedies for fungal and bacterial infections in Australia and nearby regions, tea tree oil has shown its value in the treatment of yeast infections. Due to the powerful nature of tea tree oil, only a small amount is necessary. A few drops can be applied on a tampon and inserted in the vagina each day, which should eliminate the infection within a week. [5]

Boric Acid

One of the less common methods of eliminating yeast infections, boric acid has impressive antifungal and antiseptic properties that make it a popular home remedy for this infection. Pregnant women should not use this remedy, but for other women, mixing boric acid with water and applying it directly to the affected area should clear up the infection quickly. [6]


When it comes to healthy bacteria, few substances are as good as yogurt, as it contains probiotics that can rebalance the mix of yeast and bacteria in the vagina, quickly neutralizing the overgrowth of yeast. You can apply plain yogurt directly to the affected area, put it on a tampon and insert it into the vagina, or simply add yogurt to your daily diet for quick relief. [7]

Cotton Underwear

Since fungus loves warm and damp environments, wearing underwear that is too constricting or made of non-absorbent materials can make the infection even worse. Cotton underwear is the best option if you want to dry out your vagina and prevent the infection from growing any worse. You can also avoid wearing underwear entirely, as this will also help make the environment difficult for the fungus to survive and flourish. [8]

Reduce Stress

Every part of our body and mind is connected, and studies have linked excess stress to yeast infections, due to the imbalanced hormones that chronic stress can cause. If you are suffering from chronic yeast infections, try soothing activities like yoga, acupuncture, or aromatherapy to balance your mind, which will in turn help your immune system rebalance your body! [9]

Discontinue Use of Feminine Products

While many feminine products are good for improving hygiene and odor, some of the harsh chemicals in feminine products can make it inhospitable for the “good” bacteria to survive, leaving perfect conditions for a yeast infection. Also, the harsh chemicals can exacerbate inflammation, which can make the infection even more painful and uncomfortable. [10]

A Final Word of Warning

Although most yeast infections are harmless, and can be eliminated with these simple home remedies, chronic yeast infections may be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. If you have excessively long or frequent yeast infections, or if they are accompanied by cracked skin or bleeding, you should see your medical professional or gynecologist immediately. Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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