Ladies, you probably all know how this feels. I think yeast infections might be the most miserable, awful, no good, experience ever! They are so uncomfortable and distracting that you can hardly think (at least for me).
Many women get them after a round of antibiotics because the normal gut flora and the good bacteria in your vagina is killed off allowing the candida (yeast) to have a gimongous population growth. They are also very common during pregnancy because your hormones are all out of whack (your body produces more estrogen which makes your vagina produce more glycogen which allows the yeast to grow more easily….for the scientifically minded) and I don’t know about you but shoving all kinds of antifungals so close to my growing baby, even if they are supposed to be safe, does not seem like a good idea to me. There have been many different reasons as to why a woman could experience a yeast infection, from the bizarre to more common stories. For example, some women may have very well given themselves a yeast infection when keeping it clean using some less than ordinary methods (or at least trying).
So what can you do to help?
- Coconut Oil
It can be really hard to beat back a yeast infection and even the antifungals don’t work so well sometimes and not at all for some people (I’m one of the ones that antifungals have no effect on whatsoever). So I began looking for a way to naturally support the normal function of my lady parts. And guess what? I found it in the magical oil that can be used for pretty much everything…coconut oil!
So how in the heck does coconut oil help with yeast you ask?
The active ingredients in coconut oil are Capric Acid, Lauric Acid, and Caprylic Acid. These are potent medium-chained fatty acids with amazing some properties. In other words they have been shown to kill off all kinds of nasties, fungi, bacteria, viruses. There have been multiple studies about coconut oil and how it can kill off Candida. That’s pretty cool right?
Disclaimer ***This recipe is not to treat yeast infections. It is to support the normal healthy function of your lady parts. If you have a yeast infections please consult with your healthcare provider!***
What You Will Need
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil (Organic Extra Virgin)
- 20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (supports healthy skin)
- 1 Zip Lock Plastic Bag or Piping Bag
- 1 Cookie Tray
- Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil and 20 drops lavender essential oil together.
- Transfer into zip lock bag or piping bag. If the oil is to runny to work with place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes and try again.
- Snip off corner of zip lock bag if using.
- Pipe onto the cookie tray (think Hershey’s Kiss size) and then place the tray in the freezer until nice and hard.
- You can then pop them off the tray and store them in a container in the freezer.
- Take and place 1 frozen piece in your vagina as necessary.
- You can also leave some unfrozen in a small jar to use on the vulva as well.
I use Young Living essential oils you can sign up to get yours here. If you would like to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils you can shoot me a quick e-mail using the contact form.
You can also include coconut oil in your diet to help kill off yeast in your body. I get in at least 3 tablespoons a day. Slowly work up to that amount as you can experience bacteria die off. Wellness Mama has a great recipe to get in your coconut oil while helping with your chocolaty fix!
This is an integral part in fighting yeast infections and keeping them at bay. A yeast infection is when there is an imbalance between Candida and normal healthy body flora. So it is very important that while you are getting rid of the Candida you are replacing it with healthy flora. There have been studies done that link some yeast infections specifically to the absence of lactobacilli bacteria.
So what is a good probiotic? I love the Miessence probiotics they are certified organic and made from whole fruits and vegetables and not grown in either fecal matter or dairy. They are also both gluten free! They have been stressed so that they can withstand the heat and acids in the stomach and make it to the gut.
There are lots of guides online that explain exactly how probiotics can be used to help produce a healthy system in the human body. There are also many different types of probiotics such as the soil-based ones found on the Enviromedica website. It’s all about finding the one that works best for you so make sure to do your research and ask a healthcare professional if you have any further questions.
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