There are many natural remedies to relieving vaginal itching that you can try at home. Some of the remedies include:
– Apple cider vinegar
– Boric acid suppositories
– Epsom salts
– Tea tree oil
Yoghurt contains “good bacteria” such as Acidophilus, Bifidus or Lactobaccillus cultures. Yoghurt is beneficial in replenishing probiotics in the intestine when eaten. Yoghurt may also be beneficial in replenishing “good” bacteria in the vagina when smeared inside the vagina using clean fingers. Good bacteria in the vagina is benign (non-disease causing) and helps to keep “bad” (potentially disease-causing) bacteria and fungus in check by competing with them.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Douching with diluted apple cider vinegar can help to decrease vaginal itching because increasing the acidity of the vagina should help to eliminate any bacterial overgrowth that may be causing your itching. Vinegar lowers the pH levels and raises the acidity of the vagina – making the environment less hospitable for bacteria. There is one area of confusion with this pH altering method and that is, Candida prefers an acidic environment. So if your itching is caused by a yeast infection (which is fungal), making the vagina more acidic will increase your itching. By trying this method, you will soon know!
Boric Acid Suppositories
In some countries in the world, Boric acid suppositories are common and used with great success to treat Candida overgrowth. In fact, in one Indian study published recently, Boric acid suppositories outperformed Fluconazole, the oral anti-fungal drug, in diabetics with recurrent (reoccurring) Candida infections. Unfortunately, some participants had to cease treatment before the end of the study because Boric acid can cause burning in the mucous membrane linings of the vagina. Another problem with using Boric Acid suppositories is that in Australia and some other countries, Boric acid suppositories are only available by prescription from your doctor. Then you have to find a compounding chemist to make them up for you (presuming you can find a doctor who will prescribe them in the first place)! In my experience most doctors will not consider Boric acid suppositories as a Candida remedy because they prefer to prescribe the common anti-fungal drug treatments.
Douching with a diluted solution of Epsom salts (which is alkaline) can increase the pH of your vagina and make it less hospitable for vaginal thrush. Always be careful when douching to use a very diluted solution as vaginal tissue is quite sensitive and can “burn”, becoming raw and sore if the solution is too strong. One way to test the strength of the douching solution is to pick up a drop of solution on your finger and touch it to the entrance of your vagina. If it feels at all uncomfortable, wash the area immediately with water, since discomfort is a sign that the solution too strong. You will need to dilute it further and retest before applying as a douche to your vagina.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of nature’s best anti-itch agents. The most common way to apply tea tree essential oil to the vagina is also by douching. Take care not to use a commercially prepared ‘tea tree solution’ for douching your vagina. These ‘solutions’ contain tea tree oil dissolved in ethanol (alcohol) which is particularly drying and may irritate the vagina. Care must also be taken to dilute the tea tree oil so that it will not burn the delicate lining of the vagina, but still be effective (about 0.5 – 2% tea tree is effective and generally non-irritating).
You can also apply tea tree oil to a tampon and insert it, but again you need to be careful about the quality of the tea tree oil you use and to dilute it properly (0.5 – 2%) prior to applying it to the tampon, so that you don’t irritate your vaginal lining. Always change tampons after 4 hours insertion to avoid “toxic shock syndrome”.
A Simple and Effective Tea Tree-Based Remedy
There is a product already made up into a soothing cream with the correct amount of tea tree oil in it. “LadySoothe” can be smeared wherever it is needed both inside and outside the vagina. LadySoothe is a 99% natural cream formulated by women for women. It has tea tree oil as its main active ingredient and is in a soothing coconut oil base. LadySoothe was developed as a convenient, easy to apply, natural remedy for vaginal itching. LadySoothe can be applied by smearing with clean fingers both internally and externally or by smearing on a tampon and inserting into the vagina.