I just wanted to share with you another natural remedy for yeast overgrowth – raw, organic honey.
Raw honey is known to have medicinal purposes in many different areas. It has antiseptic, and antioxidant properties that are great for cleansing, beauty and skin care products, it can be used to treat various ailments including conjunctivitis, cuts and athletes foot. The honey called UMF Manuka honey has been found to not only fight infection and help in healing but also reduces swelling and scarring and helps with digestive issues like ulcers, indigestion and diarrhoea. Honey has been used for thousands of years as a natural healing agent as well as a tasty food.
How to make a honey yeast infection treatment
- Using organic raw honey, take half a cup and go into the bathroom, since this can be quite messy. Sit on the toilet seat and pour or smear on the honey over the infection. Use a generous amount and then stay there for a good 20 minutes. (It may be an idea to take in a book or magazine with you, and have a washcloth to wipe your hands with). As well as killing the yeast this honey yeast infection treatment helps re-balance the pH of the area making it harder for the fungus to live there. Then run yourself a warm bath and wash carefully. Make sure you dry the area thoroughly when you get out. Do this twice a day and you will see positive results.
- Eat it! Just as with yogurt, another way to get the benefits of those helpful bacteria in the honey, into you, is to eat more of it each day. Great for treating any internal overgrowth.
- A third honey yeast infection treatment is also for consumption. Mix honey with apple cider vinegar (another home remedy for yeast infections) and warm water, for a drink to be taken once a day.
Honey and your diet
As well as honey yeast infection treatment options there is the consideration about using honey if you are thinking about going on an anti-candida diet. There are two main opinions about this for you to consider. On one side there is the diet that involves cutting out yeasty foods, and sugary foods including honey, as the fungus feeds on sugar and that can lead to or help an overgrowth. However there is a different opinion that says only refined sugars need to be eliminated, such as white carbohydrates, sodas, and so on, and in this diet raw honey in moderate amounts is acceptable.
The fact that organic honey has been found to have probiotic and antibiotic properties makes it a food that will fight the candida albicans in you body rather than help them grow. You could of course go for a middle road, where all sugar is eliminated and then something like honey is slowly re-introduced to help with replacing the beneficial bacteria. (more on yeast infection at www.yeastinfectioncure101.com)
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© Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Counselor