Using an apple cider vinegar douche for a yeast infection is a great way to acidify the vagina and make it less conducive to the overgrowth of yeast fungus. There are herbs you can add to your vinegar to make it more effective against yeast. To learn how to create an herbal vinegar that can be used as a douche to treat yeast infections peruse this page: apple cider vinegar yeast infection cure.
In addition to using herbs in a douche with apple cider vinegar, you can ingest certain herbs and use other herbs as topical treatments. The herbs we will discuss on this page can all be used in a herbal vinegar and can be used by themselves. Studies suggest that by using several different antifungal herbs, a synergistic effect occurs; making combinations of antifungal herbs more effective than using only one antifungal herb in isolation.
Garlic and Vinegar
Garlic contains two powerful chemical constituents that are capable of treating a yeast infection: allicin and ajoene. Allicin has been proven to have antimicrobial abilities and can kill fungus; especially the fungus responsible for most yeast infections, Candida albicans. Ajoene, the other potent antifungal chemical compound found in garlic has been utilized to treat fungal infections. Garlic gels with a one percent concentration of ajoene are approximately as effective as Lamisil. If you plan on making an herbal vinegar with garlic you might want to do two things to your vinegar to ensure you have a high amount of both chemicals in the garlic vinegar you create.
The first thing you should know about using garlic is that the antifungal chemical allicin is very unstable. Allicin is created when two other chemicals in garlic, alliin and alliinase, get mixed together. In a pure state allicin’s half life is under 3 hours; causing you to have to use it quite quickly if you wish to harness allicin’s antifungal capabilities. Additionally, the enzyme alliinase is deactivated if it is exposed to substances with a pH of 3 or lower. Most vinegars, if not diluted, have a pH that ranges from 2.4 to 3.4. As a result, If you place garlic directly into apple cider vinegar, there is a chance that the enzyme alliinase will be deactivated by the acidic vinegar. You can try diluting the vinegar with water to help raise the pH so that is well above 3.
To get the most out of garlic you should include it in your herbal apple cider vinegar and also use the cloves of garlic in other fashions. An effective oral dose of garlic would be 12 raw, chopped cloves of garlic that are eaten two to three times every day. If you wish to use garlic directly in your vagina, you can make a little sack of gauze and insert one chopped clove of garlic into the gauze sack. Attach a string to the sack and use it just like you would a tampon and insert it into your vagina each night before you sleep. In the morning when you awake from sleep, remove the gauze sack. You can repeat this process for up to 6 consecutive nights.
To use garlic in vinegar, put fresh chopped cloves of garlic into vinegar and let it steep for one to four weeks. You can try using it after just one day if you need it immediately, but the longer you allow it to steep, the more chemicals from the herbs the vinegar will contain. To ensure you get allicin as well, you may wish to crush garlic cloves and allow them to sit for several minutes to allow the allicin to form from alliin and alliinase. Once the allicin is formed, you can add the crushed garlic to your herbal apple cider vinegar and use it immediately. You can use the vinegar in a bath, topical skin treatment, or as a vaginal douche.
Licorice and Vinegar
There are 25 chemicals that exist in licorice that are known to be able to terminate fungus. Consequently, utilizing these 25 chemicals by including licorice in your herbal vinegar is a prudent course of action.
In addition to using licorice in your herbal vinegar, you can make a decoction by adding 5 to 7 teaspoons of powdered licorice root to one cup of boiling water and let the mixture simmer for about twenty minutes. Once the licorice root decoction has finished simmering, let it cool and you can apply it directly to the area of the body infected with yeast.
Licorice will make a great sweetener and can be added to antifungal teas.
Licorice and its extracts are safe to use in moderate amounts for short periods of time; which is about three cups of tea a day for less than six weeks. Many side effects of taking high amounts of licorice or using this herb long term can largely be eliminated by using deglycyrrhizinated licorice.
There may be some safety concerns when using licorice, and this herb might cause miscarriage or cause premature birth. Large amounts of licorice should not be taken if you have high blood pressure as licorice can elevate your blood pressure.
Pau-d’arco and Vinegar
Pau-d’arco has three efficacious yeast fighting chemical compounds in it that makes it a prudent choice for antifungal apple cider vinegar. The three chemical compounds are xyloidine, beta-lapachone, and lapachol. Lapachol’s yeast fighting ability is comparable to that of ketaconazole.
If you wish to use Pau-d’arco, you can add Pau-d’arco to boiling water and create a decoction. If you wish to make a salve, you can put a few capsules of Pau-d’arco into a medicated salve. Alternatively, you may wish to find a commercial preparation of Pau-d’arco and follow the directions provided for you on the package.
More Herbal Remedies
If you would like to learn about more herbs you can use to stop Candida, Candida Hub has an entire section on this. The herbs listed on this section have a proven track record for stopping Candida. You can order these herbs online or just pick them up at your local grocery store. Many are also able to stop certain viruses and bacteria as well! If you want to enhance your herbal medicine, check out this page detailing these herbs: Herbal Remedies for Yeast Infection.
- James A. Duke. The Green Pharmacy (p.201 synergy of fungal fighting herbs)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinegar vinegar pH
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliinase alliinase is an enzyme
- James A. Duke. The Green Pharmacy (p.436-437 using licorice normally and long-term, Many side effects of taking high amounts of licorice or using this herb long term can largely be eliminated by using deglycyrrhizinated licorice.)
- James A. Duke. The Green Pharmacy
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