Using Garlic for a Yeast Infection

Despite advances in modern medicine, such as being able to grow a heart outside of the body and prosthetic body parts that look unbelievably real, holistic medicine is still a trustworthy form of treatment. Reputable medical establishments like the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic even rave about the benefits of certain herbs. Garlic is a plant in the onion family that makes your spaghetti sauce zesty and your meat burst with flavor; however, it also is renowned for its many healthy benefits.

Orally Taking Garlic

When you take garlic by mouth, it does have numerous benefits to your heart and it kills off yeast. Whether you eat a clove of garlic or use it on a daily basis in your cooking, you still receive the benefits of it. But, just ingesting garlic does not work quickly or as effectively as other methods.

Garlic Supplements

Like consuming garlic, supplements are an effective way to treat a yeast infection. Although effective as an antifungal, garlic supplements work slowly, and when you are not taking it in large quantities, you may not notice quick results.

Using Garlic Vaginally

In order to insert garlic vaginally, there are a few things you should remember. Never ever cut the cloves. By severing the garlic, you are allowing for the juices of the plant to flow into your already sensitive vaginal area, which will result in irritation and additional pain.

To make an external treatment, use a piece of gauze and wrap it around an entire clove of garlic. Make sure you remove the external white paper-like shell surrounding the clove. Tie a piece of string or yarn around the covered clove, so that you have the ability to remove the treatment with ease. Once you have the garlic “tampon” made, insert it directly into the vaginal canal. Leave the garlic situated in the vagina overnight. Remove it the following morning, by simply pulling on the string. You may not reuse the treatment, so discard of it after removal. Instead of using gauze, you may also use cheesecloth.

As a vaginal treatment, garlic can be used up to twice a day. You may use this treatment throughout the day or only at night. But, you should keep in mind that the more often you do it, the more quickly you will see results.

If you want, you can always insert the garlic without the gauze or cheesecloth, if you do not have either one of those items. Rather than just inserting a clove in your private region, you may wish to use a needle and thread to sew a loop to grab onto, so you can remove it easily.

Side Effects

Unless you are allergic to garlic, there are not really any side effects associated with using garlic. Although some women say that they taste garlic in their mouth after using this method of treating a yeast infection. Obviously, the odor will cause your vaginal region to smell a little, but the reward is worth the unpleasantness. Also, the smell is only temporary and will improve with time and bath soap.