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Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection

Updated on January 19, 2016
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As a researcher and author, John provides information in an easy-to-understand way that helps readers understand their condition.

Why Use Apple Cider Vinegar for a Yeast Infection?

Applying apple cider vinegar for a yeast infection can be a very effective way to deal with such infections.

Yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of 'candida albicans,' a yeast-like fungi which occurs naturally in our bodies.

Your body's friendly bacteria usually keeps the yeast under control, but when the yeast does overgrow it can cause an infection in various parts of your body; the skin, mouth, intestines anus and genitals etc.

Apple cider vinegar is effective for getting rid of yeast infections because it contains enzymes that help to inhibit development of the candida fungus and, at the same time, aid friendly bacteria development.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Skin Yeast Infections

Yeast infection of the skin can appear on any part of the body, but the most common areas are around the groin, under skin folds, under the breasts, under nails and between fingers and toes.

Typical symptoms are rashes, dry flaky skin, red spots, blister-like sores and even acne.

Apple cider vinegar can be used for yeast infections on the skin. The main way to utilize it is by means of a bath.

Add 2 cups of vinegar into just enough warm water to cover the infected area when lying or sitting in the bath. Bathe for between twenty and thirty minutes and repeat twice daily if possible.

For Oral Yeast Infections

Yeast infection in your mouth is sometimes referred to as oral thrush and presents white, creamy-looking lesions and sores on your mucus membranes; tongue, inner cheeks, roof of mouth and gums.

An infection in the mouth can be extremely distressing and painful, especially when eating or drinking. It is also socially embarrassing since the symptoms can be seen in conversation.

An extremely effective way to battle oral thrush is to make use of apple cider vinegar as a natural mouth wash. Simply mix 2 to 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water and rinse around inside your mouth as you would do with a normal mouthwash.

Do this three times per day for three to five days or until the symptoms have gone.

For Vaginal Yeast Infections

According to research, something like 75 % of women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Worryingly, around half of those will have recurring infections which, if frequent, can lead to some serious health problems. The most common type by far is vaginal yeast infection...

Typical signs of vaginal yeast infection are symptoms such as:-

  • chronic itchiness
  • inflammation
  • swelling
  • redness
  • thick whitish discharge
  • pain during urination
  • painful intercourse
  • stomach pain

There are two ways to use apple cider vinegar for vaginal yeast infection...

1. By taking a warm, low bath, as described for skin yeast infection.

2. By applying a vinegar douche twice a day. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 2 quarts / 2 litres of warm water and gently douche the area.

ACV for Yeast Infections in the Intestines

A yeast infection in the intestines is particularly concerning since the fungi can actually penetrate the membranes releasing toxins into your bloodstream.

Some typical symptoms are:-

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • short term memory loss
  • muzzy head
  • rashes
  • sore / swollen joints
  • sore muscles
  • bloating
  • gas
  • heartburn
  • ...and many more

Apple cider vinegar can re-balance the bad flora / good flora in your intestines by killing the yeast and helping your friendly bacteria to develop.

To use apple cider vinegar for yeast infection in your intestines, drink 2 to 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water two or three times a day. Repeat daily until the symptoms abate.

What Type of Apple Cider Vinegar to Buy?

You have to be very careful when purchasing apple cider vinegar for your yeast infection.

It needs to be raw, undistilled, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. This type of vinegar has higher concentrations of the nutrients and enzymes required to be effective.

You would normally get it in your local health food store or online. But you may also get it in some pharmacies or even some supermarkets, depending on where you live.

One of the most popular brands is Bragg's which you can easily get online...

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar is Very Popular

More Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits on Oprah

Was Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar Used in the Video Clip Above?


The content of this Hub is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment or advice, and you should not assume that it is. Always consult your health-care provider / physician / doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or making any major changes to your diet.

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    • Lisa Jane39 profile image

      Lisa Jane 

      13 months ago from Washington

      This is a great article. I didn't know that ACV could be used for that.

    • JCielo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from England

      @billybuc - Wonderful! Thanks for letting us know.

      @Jewels - Yes, more and more folks are using it for overall health benefits.

      @ologsinquito - Braggs is very popular. I'm lucky, the taste has never bothered me!

      @tigerbaby777 - Thanks for leaving your comment and your vote.

    • tigerbaby777 profile image


      5 years ago from Nampa

      Excellent hub! Voted up and useful.

    • ologsinquito profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Good informative hub. I'm not crazy about the taste of apple cider vinegar, but we use Bragg organic in some recipes.

    • Jewels profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      Wow! Great information. I'm using apple cider vinegar and make it part of my day's diet regime. I'd not heard of using it for yeast infections as you mentioned. You learn something new everyday!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My wife just tried this and it works! :)


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