One of the most uncomfortable things a woman can experience is an unbearable yeast infection in her nether regions. Well, a yeast infection is uncomfortable anywhere, but women understand the true anguish that comes with this condition. Yeast infections are an extremely common condition caused by the bacteria Candida albicans. In fact, getting a yeast infection is so common that it affects approximately 75% of women at some point in their lives. While there are plenty of over-the-counter treatments available, they’re full of nasty chemicals, which are obviously not the greatest thing for such a sensitive part of the body. Luckily, there are some natural alternatives that can be used, the greatest of them being coconut oil!
Coconut oil is a fatty oil that comes from the flesh of the coconut fruit. According to studies, coconut oil has an incredible number of health benefits, including balancing your hormones, fighting gingivitis, and aiding in digestion. It’s also be found that coconut oil has incredible antibacterial properties, which is why it’s so great for yeast infections. Now that you understand the basics, let’s discuss how to use coconut oil to treat that uncomfortable yeast infection.
If you’re like most people, then you want to see the research before you put something new on to your body. Luckily, you won’t have to look much further than right here to convince yourself of the incredible benefits of this fatty oil.
- A study from 2007 showed that coconut oil does a great job at killing species of yeast. In fact, Candida albicans was the bacteria most affected by coconut oil.
- Researchers have found that coconut oil had a “good clinical outcome” without the appearance of adverse side effects.
What is a Yeast Infection?
Yeast infections are caused by a single species of bacteria known as Candida Albicans. Although these bacteria naturally inhabit our bowels, the trouble begins when they start overpopulation our intestines and then spreading to other parts of our body. The resulting infection is called Candidiasis and it can affect several parts of our body.
Most commonly, it tends to affect the genitals and, in this respect, it’s more common with females. That said, candidiasis can also affect the mouth, skin, throat, and even blood. The causes of such an infection are often connected with sudden drastic changes in your diet and lifestyle. This leads to the overgrowth of these bacteria, which then has further negative implications.
Other than food poisoning and diarrhea, yeast infections represent some of the most common ailments in humans. They can affect both old and young, male and female, and can be found in different body parts – causing all sorts of trouble for the unfortunate soul who suffers from it.
The annoying thing about them is that they can be incredibly stubborn and tough to get rid of, so prolonged treatments are often required to successfully banish this fungus from the parts of our body where it’s not supposed to be. (For the record, in normal quantities, yeast is one of the bacteria that’s regularly found in human stomachs. The trouble begins when there’s too much of it!)
In this article, we’re going to talk about coconut oil and its potential healing properties that can tackle yeast infections, in particular. We’ll tell you how to use this natural oil to treat yeast infections affecting different parts of your body.
(An important note: The healing potential of coconut oil against yeast infections has not yet been sufficiently scientifically tested to be sure if it works or not. It’s alleged healing power comes solely from the experiences of users.)
Right then, without further ado, here’s the deal.
5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection
1. Treating Thrush
As we’ve already implied, one of the types of a yeast infection is the one that affects the mouth and it’s called thrush. This annoying condition is characterized by notable difficulty in swallowing, throat soreness, discomfort in the entire oral area, some redness in the oral cavity and white spots on the tongue.
Now, if you want to try the coconut oil treatment to take care of this, melt some coconut oil (At room temperature, coconut oil is not in liquid form. It sort of looks like lard.) and then swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds. After you’ve covered the entire inside of your mouth with the coconut oil, spit it out.
Don’t eat or drink anything for half an hour. (If you’re hungry or thirsty, eat first and then do the procedure.)
2. Skin Infections
Yeast infections can also affect the skin. When this is the case, the coconut oil procedure couldn’t possibly be simpler. All you need to do is run some of carefully onto the affected area and wait for your skin to soak it in.
So, you should pretty much use the coconut oil for skin infections as you would any other type of skincare cream. Simply apply a small pea-sized amount of the coconut oil and spread it evenly. As simple as that!
3. (For Women) Spread It Across Your Lady Parts
One of the most common yeast infections that affect women would be a vaginal yeast infection. It causes great discomfort and itchiness and it can be tough to get rid of. The coconut oil treatment for this consists of two procedures, so to speak. (The other one will be described in the section below.)
The first procedure is to take a small amount of the cream and spread it over your lady parts – especially over the affected areas. Similarly to skin infection practices, you should consider the coconut oil the same way you do other skincare products. So, make sure to apply only a small amount at the time.
4. (For Women) Dip a Tampon Into It
The second part of the treatment for vaginal yeast infections would be to dip the end of your tampon into some coconut oil before inserting it. This way, you can properly treat the affected areas you otherwise can’t reach.
So, this approach, combined with ‘the spreading of the coconut oil’ from above should pretty much cover your needs for vaginal yeast infection. (Again, it’s important to keep in mind that you should not try this before consulting your doctor. Waiting before taking proper care for yeast infections is likely to make them worse.)
5. Coconut Oil Detox
Another way to get rid of a yeast infection using coconut oil (allegedly) would be to complete a detox course, which lasts a couple of days. The main idea is to slowly build your tolerance for coconut oil by taking it regularly with your meals.
When starting the detox, you should take 10 to 14 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil every day for five days total. The second day you should not eat anything else and only take the coconut oil. During this period, your body should cleanse itself. (You can experience diarrhea and vomiting, but this is normal for this sort of detoxing treatment.)
You should not attempt to use coconut oil as a yeast infection treatment in the following cases:
- You’re not exactly sure that you have a yeast infection.
- You’re already using other medications against yeast infections.
- You’re allergic to coconut and its byproducts.
- You tend to often suffer from yeast infections.
All in all, the best course of action if you suspect you may be suffering from a yeast infection would be to visit your physician and get checked. If he or she determines that you are suffering from a yeast overgrowth problem, discuss with them the idea of treating it with coconut oil. They will tell you if it is safe to try it or not.
First and foremost, make sure that you purchase a jar of pure, organic coconut oil. Some brands try to pass off their coconut oil blend as organic cacao powder, but it’s entirely diluted and won’t work the same way, so make sure you pay attention to this by purchasing 100% coconut oil.
Next, it’s important that you know that you can scoop the coconut directly from the container that it’s in. Once you get a good amount on your hands, apply it to the area with the yeast infection and allow it to sit there. If you have a yeast infection in your mouth, scoop a spoonful out and put it into your mouth. Swish it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, make sure to do it for that long or it won’t be as effective. Once you’re done, spit it out and make sure that you don’t eat anything for approximately 30 minutes after. In the case of a vaginal yeast infection, some experts advise putting the coconut on your tampon before inserting it.
Risks and Warnings
Coconut oil typically doesn’t come with any negative side effects, but there are a few things that you should keep in mind before actually using it to treat a yeast infection.
- Don’t use coconut oil to treat a yeast infection if you’re not 100% sure that you actually have a yeast infection.
- Don’t use coconut oil if you’re allergic to coconut.
- Don’t use coconut oil if you frequently suffer from yeast infections.
- Don’t use coconut oil if you’re treating your yeast infection with other medications.
If you’re looking for a natural way to get rid of that uncomfortably itchy yeast infection, and you’ve found that nothing else seems to work, then you should definitely try a bit of coconut oil! Trust us, you’ll be pleased with the results!