Although apple cider vinegar is an efficacious remedy for yeast infections, you can add anti-fungal herbs to your vinegar to create a more powerful remedy for yeast infections. Garlic, goldenseal, Pau-d’arco, and licorice are all herbs that can be taken internally and used externally to combat a yeast infection.
Please note that Pau-d’arco should not be given to infants or children. If you plan on drinking your herbal vinegar, make sure you do not use large amounts of Pau-d’arco in your herbal vinegar, as large amounts of pau d'arco can be toxic. The chances of experiencing adverse side effects may be greater if you ingest more than 1.5 grams of lapachol (lapachol is a chemical constituent of pau d’arco) per day.
You can determine how concentrated you make your herbal vinegar will be by the quantity of herbs you choose to soak in the vinegar. By using a small amount of herbs, your vinegar will contain a lower concentration of the chemical constituents in these plants. Conversely, by using more herbs, you can increase the amount of the phtyochemicals that will be transferred to the vinegar. You may wish to chop up cloves of garlic and crush other herbs before submerging them in vinegar to ensure the chemicals in these herbs become pervasive in the apple cider vinegar.
Once you have placed the herbs in a clean, sterilized container, pour the vinegar over the herbs and seal the jar tightly. Once the jar is sealed, let the herbs steep in the vinegar at room temperature. Shake the jar every day until you are done soaking the herbs in the vinegar. Make sure you do not heat the vinegar and herb mixture. After a week, you can strain out the herbs from the apple cider vinegar and place the herbal vinegar into clean jar. You can allow the herbs to steep in the vinegar for approximately four weeks if you desire a vinegar with a higher concentration of anti-fungal chemicals.
The Synergy from Mixing Herbs
According to Dr. James A. Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, mixing anti-fungal herbs together creates a synergy of fungi fighting chemicals; and, the efficacy of using multiple anti-fungal herbs together has been documented in several studies. Consequently, it would be a wise course of action to utilize two or more different anti-fungal herbs in your vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Yeast Infection Bath
Your skin will respond well to the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar. The acetic acid found in vinegar is helpful in keeping your skin’s pH slightly acidic; making it more difficult for yeast to grow on the skin. An apple cider vinegar yeast infection bath will also help remove itching, flaking skin from your body. You can use several different types of vinegar for your bath, including apple cider, rice, or wine vinegar. Additionally, you can also use your fungicidal herbal vinegar that you prepared at your home.
To make a bath with apple cider vinegar, you can add one fourth a cup to one whole cup of this vinegar to your bath water. Often, a sitz bath is used to accomplish this. A sitz bath is simply a shallow bath, with enough water to cover the gentials, but no more than this. Using a limited amount of water, of course, allows for a higher concentration of vinegar in the bath water. As you may have guessed, a regular bath contains a lot of water; and, the vinegar would become too diluted to be of therapeutic use. Also, this can help you preserve your vinegar by not needing much. And, if you have athlete’s foot, consider buying a foot bath container to just soak your feet. Sitz baths are relaxing, and can be very effective at helping to remove an infection from the perineum (the area between the anus and the scrotum / vulva), anus, and genitals. At safe concentrations of vinegar, sitz baths can also be effective for young children with Candidal diaper rash.
Apple Cider Vinegar Douche for Yeast Infection
You may wish to use your herbal apple cider vinegar as a douche to clear out vaginal yeast infections. This can be accomplished by mixing 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 quarts of warm, distilled water. A stronger concentration of apple cider vinegar to distilled water may prove more effective at treating a vaginal yeast infection; try mixing up 2 tablespoons of vinegar with one pint of water. You may wish to see how your body reacts to a weaker concentration of vinegar to distilled water before you use a stronger concentration. If you respond well to a weaker concentration, you could then try utilizing a douche with a stronger concentration of vinegar. If you wish to make a douche with a higher concentration of vinegar, it may be prudent to first consult a licensed doctor.
- Google Books — Oster, Maggie (1994). Herbal Vinegar: Flavored Vinegars, Mustards, Chutneys, Preserves, Conserves, Salsas, Cosmetic Uses, Household Tips. Storey Communications.
- Google Books— Duke, J. A. (1997). The green pharmacy: New discoveries in herbal remedies for common diseases and conditions from the world's foremost authority on healing herbs. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press.
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/pau-darco taking pau-d’arco internally