While witch hazel is one of excellent killers of bacteria and fungi, a vaginal yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a fungus normally found on the skin and in mucous membranes. So, is witch hazel good for yeast infection? To put it simply, this herbal remedy can help relieve the symptoms of yeast infections and facilitate healing.
As mentioned above, Candida albicans and other species of fungus can cause yeast infections. As the most common type of yeast infection Candidiasis is so hard to get rid of. This type of yeast won’t cause discomfort when there are small amounts of them in the human body. In fact, they are considered as part of a normal human’s microflora. However, they will thrive and overgrow in warm, moist areas, such as vagina, mouth, urinary tract, and underneath the breasts, when there are imbalances, which include weakened immune systems, changes in the normal acidity, disruption of normal intestinal flora, and so on.
Since the majority women will experience a vaginal yeast infection at some point, let’s take it as an example to illustrate the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. This condition occurs when there are too many yeast cells in the vagina for certain reasons, such as taking antibiotics, pregnancy, diabetes, or HIV infection. The typical symptoms include abnormal vaginal discharge, itching or soreness, burning or pain with sexual intercourse or urination, and so on. If this condition occurs during pregnancy, the patients should not attempt any medicine for a yeast infection without first consulting a doctor. If the patients aren’t pregnant, the best bet for them is an antifungal cream or a suppository. Of course, antifungal tablets work too.
If you are one of natural health enthusiasts, you can also try witch hazel, douching, probiotics, apple cider vinegar, Oregano oil, garlic, tea tree oil, yogurt, boric acid, and so on. However, it is important to note that not all of them will work for you due to individual differences. So, you have to find the one that works on your own. Normally, you will learn a lot with trials and errors in the process of search.
The potent antiseptic properties are probably the most important reason why people use witch hazel for reducing yeast infections, acne, sunburn, spider veins, hemorrhoid, ingrown hairs, eczema, psoriasis and more. And that is largely thanks to its active ingredients – tannic acid, carvacrol and eugenol. Tannins are complex chemical substances that make unripe bananas dry and bitter and at the same time witch hazel act as an astringent. That means that it will help dry it out immediately upon contact with your skin. Carvacrol has been found to show antiseptic and antimicrobial activity because of its cytotoxic effect, a new study finds. And it is a well-known fact that eugenol is commonly used in various food preparations. The reason behind is that it possesses antimicrobial activity against a wide spectrum of bacteria.
Besides of reducing the bacteria, natural witch hazel as an astringent can help maintain balanced pH levels of the skin too. As you may know, the skins natural ph is between 4.5-5.5, and applying this herb after using soap can help the skin restore the –pH balance. It is this amazing quality that makes hamamelis become one of popular natural home remedies for yeast infections.
This herb is available today in the forms of oils, ointments and extracts in local drugstore. So, how to use witch hazel to cure yeast infection? If it is extract, you can make an astringent solution by diluting it with distilled water. Next, this solution can be used as a rinse for oral thrush or in a vaginal douche. If it is oil, you can add it to bath water. However, it usually works for skin infections rather than vaginal yeast infections. If it is ointment, it will be just fine to apply it to your affected area with cotton ball.