Vaginal Itching and Irritation
If you are troubled by vaginal itching and irritation, accompanied with a white discharge which looks like cottage cheese, then you probably have candidiasis.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection which can occur in the mouth, urinary tract, stomach, skin or the vagina. Most women who suffer from vaginal itching and irritation usually have a candida infection. The infection is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans.
The Magic of Garlic
While there are many over-the-counter medications available for treating vaginal candidiasis, garlic is one of the most useful natural treatment for it. Garlic or Allium Sativum has anti-fungal properties and this is why it works as a magical cure for vaginal candidiasis.
Allicin is the active component in garlic which is responsible for the anti-microbial activity of this wonderful herb. Allicin has been found to be effective in curing all sorts of infections, including those caused by bacteria and fungi.
However, fresh garlic does not contain allicin. It contains alliin. When you crush or chop fresh garlic, alliinase, an enzyme, converts the alliin into allicin. This is also what is responsible for the strong odor of garlic.
How to Eat Garlic for Curing Vaginal Yeast Infection
The best way to consume garlic is to eat it raw. Just crush it or chop it and add it to your salads. This is the best way to get the most out of Allicin for treating vaginal infection.
You can also take one clove of garlic every day. Make sure to peel off the white covering over the clove before eating it. Just chew the garlic in the mouth before gulping it down your throat.
If you cannot take raw garlic, just buy garlic or allicin capsules. In this case, consume 4,000-5,000 mcg of allicin per day.
Place the Clove Inside the Vagina
Another commonly used way for using garlic for vaginal infections is to place the clove inside the vagina. Just take one clove, peel off the white covering, and place it inside the vagina just before going to bed. Throw it away in the morning.
You can also cut the clove into two and then place it in the vagina. As mentioned above, chopping or crushing allows the allicin to work its magic in a much better way.
Most women will see a difference within a day of usage. However, if the candida infection has been troubling you for quite a few weeks, you may have to use it for a few nights. In this case, make sure to cut the garlic into two to enhance its strength.
The Strong Odor and Taste of Garlic
Keep in mind that garlic has a strong odor and taste. So, if you are eating it raw, you are likely to retain that garlic breath throughout the day. Even when you place it inside the vagina, you may taste it in your mouth. Don't worry about it. It will disappear as soon as you stop using it.
So, if you are suffering from a vaginal yeast infection and would like to try out a home remedy, try out garlic. You may be able to skip a meeting with a doctor.
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