5 effective natural remedies for vaginal itching

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Vaginal itching is an uncomfortable and painful condition, which is quite difficult to deal with. It can be caused due to several reasons like vaginal dryness or using chemical irritants or dull razors. But in several cases, it can even be due to certain medical conditions, like bacterial vaginosis or sexually transmitted infection. However, the itching is mostly caused due to yeast infection, while irritation on the skin around the vagina could be due to eczema or a skin condition. Internal irritation is mostly considered severe and it is best to consult a gynecologist, but infection around the skin can easily be treated with simple home remedies. Here are 5 simple natural remedies you can try for relief.

Baking soda

Baking soda is known as sodium bicarbonate, this means that when people dissolve baking soda in water, it forms an alkaline solution that creates a non-conducive environment for the fungus to multiply. The benefits of baking soda include:

  • It helps maintain and balance pH levels, which can treat yeast infections.
  • It helps in keeping the skin dry, thereby preventing rapid growth of these harmful microorganisms. It dehydrates microorganisms by absorbing their water and enzyme content.
  • It can soothe and relieve yeast infection symptoms such as itching, burning, and swelling.
  • Antifungal properties of baking soda can kill’ Candida’ cells, according to a study.

Taking a bath with baking soda can help to treat yeast infections and reduce skin irritation. Baking soda has antifungal properties, which can kill irritation causing bacteria. Put 1/4 cup of baking soda in your bath or make a paste and apply it to the skin.
Baking soda baths can potentially treat yeast infections as well as certain itchy skin conditions. Baking soda has antifungal effects. A 2014 study found that baking soda killed Candida cells, the same cells that cause yeast infections.

Coconut oil

Not only can yeast infections be uncomfortable and itchy, they can be hard to get rid of. Although they’re typically treated with over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription creams, some women are turning to home remedies. One such remedy is coconut oil.

Coconut oil is a fatty oil derived from the flesh of the coconut fruit. The oil is said to have many health benefits, such as aiding digestion and helping to balance your hormones.

It’s also thought to have antibacterial properties, which may make it an effective treatment for yeast infections.

Coconut oil is not only healthy for cooking food but is also good for the skin. Coconut oil can kill bacteria causing yeast infections. Take a few drops of coconut oil on your fingers and rub it properly on your skin.
A 2016 study demonstrated that coconut oil can kill Candida albicans, which causes yeast infections. You can insert coconut oil directly into your vagina. Be sure to use high-quality, pure coconut oil.

ACV bath

Apple Cider Vinegar works well for antibacterial and anti fungal treatments and it helps restore the natural pH balance of your vagina.

You can either drink a spoonful of ACV with a glass of lukewarm water or add a half cup of ACV to your bath water and then wash your vaginal area regularly with it to treat the infection. 

Just like baking soda, taking a bath with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) may also help to soothe an infection. ACV has anti fungal and antibacterial properties, which prevents the growth of bacteria. Put half a cup of ACV in water and take a bath with it for relief.
Keep itchiness, dryness and burning sensation at bay with Apple cider vinegar. ACV has anti-fungal properties and anti-bacterial properties. By including Apple Cider Vinegar in your diet, it will help in fighting toxins in the vaginal areas. You can either drink it or add half a cup of ACV to your bathing water.

Probiotic foods

Yogurt is a probiotic, which can easily treat your vaginal itching and burning. The soothing effect of yogurt  can correct the imbalance in bacteria, reducing your risk of yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.

Eating food items containing probiotics promote the growth of healthy bacteria and can help to get rid of the nasty infection. Probiotic foods are good for your vagina as well as your gut. When suffering from vaginal issues, include kombucha, kimchi and yogurt in your diet.
Since L. acidophilus is naturally found in the vagina, eating yogurt with the probiotic is sometimes recommended for women who frequently get yeast infections. Researchers believe that eating yogurt to replace good bacteria could help maintain the correct balance and keep yeast from overgrowing.

Essential oil

Some essential oils are also effective in treating infection. Tea tree and oregano are the two most effective oils that you can use for itchy vagina. Their antifungal properties can kill a range of yeasts and fungi. Take 2-3 drops of oil in your hand and apply it on the outer skin of the vagina.
Lavender, as a kind of medicinal herb, can be effectively used in the treatment of vaginal discharges.

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