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Does Garlic for Yeast Infection Work?

Updated on February 15, 2015
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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 Garlic for Yeast Infection?

Garlic has been utilized as a natural medication for thousands of years and is still one of the best home remedies for yeast infection out there. Here you'll discover how to use garlic for your yeast infection in order to get the best results...

Garlic is a popular home remedy for yeast infection.
Garlic is a popular home remedy for yeast infection.

What Makes Garlic So Effective for Yeast Infection

Garlic contains a chemical called 'allicin' which has proven anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This is good news for yeast infection sufferers because the infection is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans.

A real plus-point for garlic is that, whilst it goes about its business of killing-off the bad bacteria, it does not kill-off the good bacteria in your body. (Note that antibiotics tend to kill the good guys as well as the bad guys.)

So, when using garlic for yeast infection, the garlic not only kills the yeast fungus causing your infection, it also allows your body's friendly flora to set about the yeast too: a real double whammy for the fungus!

(As a side note, and one which I think shows the power of garlic, it was used in the first and second world wars to help prevent gangrene in the wounded.)

I hope you are now starting to see just why the use of garlic for yeast infection is becoming more and more popular.

And, it can easily be used against all forms of yeast infection e.g., intestinal tract, vaginal, penile, oral, and skin.

Taking Garlic for Your Yeast Infection

Raw garlic is best for yeast infections. It can be eaten to combat the yeast in your intestinal tract and can likewise be applied directly over any external infection...

To combat the yeast in your intestinal tract, consume garlic each and every day. A great way to do this is to mash a peeled garlic clove into a paste with a couple of drops of olive oil and then swallow a teaspoon of the blend 2 to 3 times every day.

You can also take garlic internally as a beverage. Just add 1/2 lemon (incl. the rind to help mask garlic odor on your breath), a peeled garlic clove and a cup of water into a mixer and mix until smooth. Add additional water to taste then drink.

For internal consumption, if you can't abide eating raw garlic or drinking a raw garlic drink, you can get garlic supplements, which are easily swallowed and usually odorless.

For surface infections, mash a peeled clove into a paste and apply liberally over the infection. Because this is messy it's better to do this at night. Repeat daily until the infection has gone.

To use garlic for vaginal yeast infection, insert a peeled clove into the vagina overnight and remove in the morning. You can also apply garlic paste over the vulva. This to be repeated daily until the symptoms have gone.

Another popular way to take garlic is through garlic supplements which can be odorless for those of you who don't want garlic breath...

Odorless Garlic Softgels Get Rid of Your Yeast Infection

Using Garlic for Your Yeast Infection is a Great Start

If you utilize garlic to help combat your yeast infection you are making use of one of the most ancient, yet most effective, natural solutions available to you.

Garlic is undoubtedly efficient in killing-off the Candida fungi and doing away with the symptoms. But, beware...

Garlic for Candida May Not be Enough

There are a lots of triggers, or root causes, for the overgrowth of the Candida yeast into an actual infection.

If these aren't properly addressed then your infections are highly likely to keep returning.

In other words, you have to address the root cause(s) of your yeast infection to prevent being one of the 50% or so of women with yeast infection who will suffer at least one recurring infection.

You can get more information on this by clicking here.

Other Health Benefits of Garlic

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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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    • Keisha Hunter profile image

      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Weird as it sounds, I love cutting raw garlic over my food and eating away. I can't say that it helps for yeast infection though...

    • JCielo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from England

      @bac2basics @tirelesstraveler - Appreciate you guys leaving your comments. Thanks.

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Garlic is wonderful for lots of health related problems, I had never heard it used for yeast infections before. Nice

    • bac2basics profile image


      5 years ago from Spain

      Wow Jcielo, this is really interesting and great to hear that garlic dosn´t kill off the good guys as well as the bad like antibiotics can do. I use garlic a lot in my cooking but switched to powdered garlic, I will now go back to using fresh. Thanks for some more great information :)


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