Monday, May 14, 2012

Treating Vaginal Yeast Infections with doTERRA Essential Oils

Vaginal yeast infections are absolutely NO FUN!

MayoClinic.com states:

"Yeast infection symptoms range from mild to severe, including:
  • Itching and irritation in the vagina and at that entrance to the vagina (vulva)
  • A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
  • Redness and swelling of the vulva
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if:
  • This is the first time you've experienced yeast infection symptoms
  • You're not sure whether you have a yeast infection
  • Your symptoms don't go away after self-treating with over-the-counter antifungal vaginal creams or suppositories
  • You develop other symptoms"
There are many different forms of treatment - an over the counter one involves putting a cream inside of a tube that you stick up your vagina about 7-10 times over that many days.  Its a really lovely experience, NOT.

I have found a much more simple way of fighting off vaginal yeast infections.  Thank goodness.  We had to put it to the test a lot with my youngest, and honestly it could have been bacterial - we never took her to the doctor about it.  However, bacterial or yeast, whatever it may be I have done this treatment personally, used it on my daughter, and even had one of my sisters try it.  All with absolute success. :

1-2 drops Lavender
1-2 drops Melaleuca

OR (if you are brave or happen this happens to be the only oil in your bathroom, which is what happened to me)

1 drop Rosemary

I usually just tough it out and use the Melaleuca alone on myself, but I know it is more calming to add the Lavender, especially with young children.  When I use the Melaleuca or Rosemary it causes a cooling/burning sensation (sort of like icy hot, but on your vagina).  You might feel the need to jump around for a couple of minutes, you might just silently suffer through it, or you can always dilute it with some coconut oil or lavender before or after application.

Sometimes I drop it on, sometimes I rub it in, sometimes I use a pray bottle or sometimes a pre-mixed bottle.  It just depends what I have lying around, but it really isn't rocket science.  You can apply it again another time or two if needed or just to be certain that you've kicked the symptoms.

This is especially a great idea for anyone who reacts adversely to the creams.  One of my sisters called me in the middle of the night freaking out over which oils to use, because the cream wasn't helping and was only causing her infection to burn more.  Needless to say, she used the oils over a 24 hour period (just to be safe) and has felt fine ever since. :)

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post. I just tried this with doTerra Lavender, Melaleuca, and Frankincense, with a little frac. coconut oil. I was so nervous, but it feels good already!

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  2. Is this safe to use when pregnant? I'm almost 38 weeks and tested pos. for Strep B. I was looking for a doterra vaginal bacteria cleanse. I have almost every oil.

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    1. Excellent question.

      Yes, melaleuca and lavender are perfectly safe during pregnancy. Use as you feel inspired - though at least every few hours.

      Rosemary is one they caution about using during pregnancy, but in our experience you won't induce labor unless it's time for it to happen. Also, it is more important for your baby to be safe and healthy than to stay in for another week or two (it is already full term). Try using just a small amount at first if you want to use the Rosemary and see how it goes.

      Best of luck!

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    2. I used them all during my pregnancy to fight off different infections. I was able to completely avoid antibiotics that I had been prescribed. :) Good luck.

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    3. Also, in addition to the above, midwives in WA state recommend inserting a peeled clove of garlic as a suppository for overnight. Works beautifully!

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  3. Thank you! I have not taken any OTC's or Rx's this entire pregnancy and it would just kill me to be so close to her birth and have to take medication now. We've been using doterra almost exclusively in our house for about a year and are just watching our OTC pharmacy expire. It's a beautiful thing!

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  4. Do you do the drops internally or externally? And how many times a day?

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    1. I use them externally. How often I use them just depends on each individual experience. I would at least use them a few times over a couple of days, but sometimes I use them each time I go to the bathroom for a few days. It's a really a personal experience. You can do more to feel secure about, but I honestly feel like listening to your body and going with your gut are the best way to handle using oils. Plus, each body is different and each case of infection is different on top of that, so that's why it's so important to me. If you know about muscle testing that would be a great option. I'll write up a quick post about what I learned about muscle testing. :D

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  5. I have always used a mixture of peppermint lavender and tea tree. It has always worked for me.

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  6. Is this just supposed to relieve the itching caused by the yeast infection, or is this an actual cure? I have had mine for months and I'm sick of it. I wonder if putting the drops on a tampon and inserting would actually cure it, or will just applying it to the opening of the vagina will do the trick. Thank you!

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  7. It has worked as a cure for me everytime. -stephanie

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  8. Thanks a ton for this post. I am up north camping and just happen to have a vial of frankincense in my purse - feeling better already!

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  9. Yes! thanks to all of you for the info you have shared.
    I have Used the following with much success.

    For immediate relief use
    2 drops of Lavender
    2 drops of Melaleuca
    5 tablespoons of Fractionated Coconut Oil
    Apply topically.

    Can be increased proportionately and used as a douche:
    10 drops Lavender
    10 drops Melaleuca
    1/2 Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

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  10. Awesome Information...Helped immediately.

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  11. How quickly do you usually see results? A couple days? A week or two?

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  12. WOW! I can't believe the calming took place almost immediately. I'm new at using essential oils but thought I would give it a shot. The homeopathic remedy I used to use is no longer in stores. No problem. I now have a new favorite!

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  13. anonymus asked the question...do we just use it topically or can we put on a tampon @ night with the oils on them...I did the tampon thing for 2 nights & now im having a brownish discharge...is this normal or have i burned the inside of my vagina...& now the itch is back

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    1. I have never used my oils on a tampon. Its something that I am afraid to do with no reason other than I am not sure what will happen... Did it end up healing ok? What happened with the brown discharge, etc?

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  14. Empty capsule put 2 drops doTERRA® Purify oil and finish filling with fractionated coconut oil. Insert....

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  15. I have used this oil in regular way or seriously find an amazing result.it's so nice to use or also only one solution for your vagina problem..!!

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  16. Thank you! I am 19 weeks pregnant and starting a yeast infection. Yuck. 2nd one this pregnancy and I really don't want to do the cream again! This was instant relief and I am hoping it makes the infection disappear fast!!!

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  17. I am so confused...do we only rub oils on the outside or can we rub them on the inside of the vagina as well? If we apply only on the outside, how does it get rid of the infection?

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    1. I just apply on the outside. The oils soak into the pores and the bloodstream, so they aren't just hanging tight on the surface. On a side note my midwife suggested baths with vinegar and melaleuca. The vinegar helps to balance the oh I guess. That obviously won't work post partum since you can't bathe, but it'll work awesome for all other times and seasons of life. :-) Be persistent if it is a particularly bad infection. And stay away from sugars and grains.

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  18. Stephanie,
    Did you stop using your oil blend once the symptoms were gone, or kept going for a few days after symptoms are gone just to make sure it's gone? Also, do you find that it worked better for you to just blend 1:1 of the lavender and melaleuca... or add another oil like the coconut oil?

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    1. 2-3 days after to be sure. And when I dilute it for my daughters I do a 1:1:2 blend (lav:Mel:fco)

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  19. When I was pregnant with my daughter I had strep group b. She is 5 months now and just got it. I took her the her doctors for a regular check up and told him about a white puss on her vagina and they tested it and she has group strep b. He gave her an antibiotic and a cream it went away but i came back about 2 weeks later. Can i use this on her?

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    1. I would choose to use the lav/mel/fractionated coconut oil blend on my daughters and often do. Ita worth a shot in my opinion.

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