Yeast infections. Most women have had at least one during their life, and it is commonly due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. In my experience, essential oils can help.
Note: using essential oils internally is a controversial topic. With that in mind, I’m not advising you on what to do. I’m simply telling you what worked for me when I was desperate. Talk to your doctor about your options!
I learned that coconut oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil are all anti-fungal and anti-yeast, so I decided to make a concoction and see how it worked. It was amazing! Instant relief. I’ve tried a few other natural treatments before, like eliminating sugar, taking probiotics, applying yogurt and/or garlic for their anti-yeast properties, but this one is by far the best and most effective in my opinion.
- Unrefined organic coconut oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
- Spoon and small bowl for mixing
- Fridge or freezer
I tested each of these oils on my skin first to make sure I didn’t have a reaction. Tea tree oil is a very potent oil, so I started out with only a couple drops and repeated as necessary, adding more drops as needed. A tingling sensation is normal, but if you’re sensitive or allergic, it could burn you, and we don’t want that!
In a small bowl, I mixed about a tablespoon of coconut oil with a few drops of each essential oil. I started out with only two drops of each, but now that I know my skin is not sensitive to them, I use several drops of each– probably 8-10. I put the bowl in my freezer, stirring occasionally to form the oil into a solid clump. This will make the oil much easier to insert, as coconut oil melts as soon as it comes into contact with skin. Once the oil blend froze into a solid, easily insertable clump, I removed it from the spoon and used clean fingers to gently insert it into my vagina. I used a cloth pad or toilet paper to absorb the oil, which leaked out over the next couple hours. I repeated this treatment as necessary. I found this to be an incredibly potent treatment that relieved the itching immediately, and cured the infection over night.
Again, I am not medically advising anyone. This is a personal anecdote of what worked for me. If you are pregnant or allergic to any of these oils, consult an informed naturopath, midwife, or trusted physician before trying this treatment.