Yeast infections are usually caused by fungi or yeasts called candida that are particularly suited to the moist "climate" of the female genitalia. While candida are nearly always present in and around the vagina, sometimes the balance of these organisms can be thrown off kilter---particularly when you have taken antibiotics that kill off "good" bacteria---and the fungi can reproduce quickly, creating itching, burning and discomfort. Following these home cures can help reinstate the body's natural balance. While these cures can help, if the symptoms don't go away, you may need to see your doctor, as the condition could be a more serious infection. Above all, don't be embarrassed or distressed: Most women have had at least one yeast infection in their lives.

Possible Remedies

Tatjana Baibakova/iStock/Getty Images

Cure a yeast infection by trying one or more of the foods described below, including yogurt, cranberries and garlic. Extracts like dong quai also help strengthen the female reproductive system, and chaste berries, juniper berries, ginger and raspberry leaf can have a beneficial effect. As a first line of defense, ingesting foods and natural substances can be preferable to using over-the-counter products like Monistat, douching, or resorting to prescription medications.


tashka2000/iStock/Getty Images

Buy and consume yogurt with live bacteria cultures such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. You can also buy capsules of L. acidophilus. These bacteria can prevent and fight yeast infections. As yeast infections often make their way from a woman's intestines to her vagina, it helps to ingest L. acidophilius, as food travels through the intestines.


HandmadePictures/iStock/Getty Images

Drink cranberry juice or swallow a few cranberry pills, available at GNC and many drugstores. It won't hurt to ingest two or three or them at the same time. Cranberry is often used to help clear urinary-tract infections and can help restore the balance of "good" bacteria.


matka_Wariatka/iStock/Getty Images

Make a tea using ingredients like chaste berries, juniper berries, raspberry leaves, ginger or dong quai. These ingredients---all of which you can find at your local health-food store---can be used to help alleviate vaginal discomfort and have helped women affected by painful menstrual cramps.


Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Drink lots of water. Make sure that you are getting about six to eight 8 oz. glasses each day. Drinking helps to flush toxins out of your body. If you drink soda, coffee, or even too much tea, you may want to cut down on those drinks and consume more water than usual. Water helps maintain healthy kidney and urinary-tract functions, both of which help prevent and fight yeast infections.