Okay, ladies, I don’t have to tell you that every now and again we are prone to getting yeast infections. Yeast infections are caused by an imbalance of the microbiota in the vagina. While yeast is always present, it is typically kept in check by the acidic pH loving ‘good bacteria’. However, when the pH balance becomes too alkaline, the fungal flora (yeast) are fed and happy. They proliferate until it becomes the vile scourge we know as a yeast infection. With the characteristic thick vaginal discharge and yeasty smell comes extreme discomfort due to itchiness, redness, and burning both inside the vagina and around the outside of the labia majora.
The last thing you want to do is leave the house but the pure discomfort of a yeast infection is enough to send you running to the doctor to get an antibiotic. Meanwhile, while you’re waiting for your appointment date, you suffer and try anything you can just to get sweet relief. I recall that the first time I ever had a yeast infection, I used baby powder with cornstarch to cool and dry the area while masking the smell that I was afraid anyone within 5 feet of me could surely detect. When I went for my examination, you should have seen the look on the doctor’s face — lol! Yeah, I know, TMI, but I couldn’t not tell that story.
Anyhoo — if you have the right remedy on hand, you’ll never have to go through this again. I now use tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) to cure a vaginal yeast infection. What you’ll need is tea tree oil, a tampon, a cotton ball or Qtip, and some type of oil or petroleum jelly. The steps to take are:
- Use the plunger on the tampon to push up the cotton about ¼ inch over the plastic or cardboard applicator.
- Spread oil or petroleum jelly over the exposed cotton area
- Apply 2-4 drops of tea tree oil on the cotton (and oil or jelly)
- Insert the tampon
- If you have itchiness around the outside of your vagina, apply oil or petroleum jelly to a cotton ball and put 2-3 drops of tea tree oil on the cotton ball. Wipe all around the itchy area, both around and inside the labia majora, and the perineum as well.
You will experience INSTANT relief! I typically continue this course of treatment for 1 week. For the first 2 days, I use the tea tree oil treatment every time I change my tampon. After 2 days, I have usually experienced enough relief to only do it at bedtime.
While tea tree oil is selective in its fungicidal and antibacterial action, attacking only the bad bacteria, it doesn’t hurt to increase the amount of good microbiota so I like to take my probiotics during treatment. Tea tree is effective for many other fungal issues like athlete’s foot, ringworm, and onychomycosis (nail fungus). It’s also good around the house when diluted in vinegar and plain or soapy water as a cleanser and freshener.
What’s your favorite way to use tea tree oil?
As with all essential oils, tea tree oil is very concentrated and should be used topically and for aromatherapy only. Although some use essential oils orally, they are taken in small, well-diluted amounts. As a general rule, oral ingestion is not recommended. For tea tree oil, in particular, please do not use while pregnant or lactating.