Essential Oils for Yeast Infection

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

No one in their right mind wants to deal with yeast infections because they are painful and they are very itchy. Just ask anyone who has ever had one. You want to scratch it away or at least until it bleeds. A very painful yeast infection for women is what is known as a vaginal yeast infection. Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are:

  • vaginal itching (sometimes very uncomfortable and severe)
  • vaginal discharge that’s white, thick, clumpy and odorless (while not pleasant to visualize, some people describe it as looking like cottage or ricotta cheese)
  • irritated skin around the opening to the vagina (vulva and labia), redness and swelling
  • slight bleeding
  • pain when going to the bathroom, during intercourse, when urinating or during menstruation
  • sometimes a slight smell that’s unusual

There are several ways to treat yeast infections but we will be exploring essentials oils as an option to treat yeast infections. This may be a common method people use to treat yeast infections. Yeast infections appear anywhere on the body that  are open and sweaty. Such as:

There are several ways to treat yeast infections

  • the mouth and throat
  • genitals
  • armpits
  • anal area
  • navel (belly button)
  • nasal cavity and around the nose
  • within the ears
  • fingernails and toenails
  • in between fingers and toes
  • digestive tract

Let’s investigate some essential oils that can help treat yeast infections.

Orange Essential Oil

The rich combination of vitamin C and other antioxidant compounds have been shown to be very effective in treating  molds and fungi of all kinds, this could also mean it could treat yeast infections.

Method:

You should always dilute orange oil in a milder carrier oil, such as jojoba oil or sweet almond oil and then topically apply it to the infected area on the vagina. Or around the vaginal area Allow it to sit for a few minutes and absorb before washing it off or flushing it with a vaginal douche.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

This Testimonial Taken from Motherwise

It seems like tea tree oil can be used to treat anything and it pops up everywhere. It is effective in helping to treat vaginal and yeast infections in general. It is one of the strongest antifungal essential oils on the market. This makes it a very popular essential oil to use in treating yeast infections. It can quickly re-balance the bacteria levels in the vagina but because it is so strong only a little amount is needed.

Method:

Experts recommend mixing 4-5 drops of tea tree oil with olive oil and then coating a tampon with this mixture. Insert the tampon for direct topical effect on the infection. You can leave the tampon in for up to 2 hours to ensure that the oil is properly absorbed.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil contains powerful antifungal properties it also has the ability to speed up the healing process after a yeast infection. It may prevent flare ups from occurring in the future.

Method:

Always dilute this oil with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and then apply directly to the topical inflammation or area that hurts near the vagina. This oil can be absorbed by the skin but only 3-4 drops are needed for it to be effective.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

The active ingredients in cinnamon oil are cinnamyl and cinnamaldehyde both contain antioxidant and antifungal properties. Research has shown that both of these elements can get rid of yeast infections quickly if used in moderation.

Method:

Dilute 4-5 drops of cinnamon oil in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil before applying it topically to the areas of discomfort on the outside of the vagina. You can also apply this mixture to a tampon for internal use, although it is not necessary.

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

This essential oil is well-known for its powerful anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It will heal the underlying cause for the yeast infection and rebalance the vagina in its bacterial levels. It will relieve pain and discomfort from the yeast infection.

Method:

You can mix 5 drops of geranium oil with water and use it to douche your vagina, as this oil should not be allowed to remain inside the vagina for too long. Following a thorough douching, you can take a warm bath to further soothe inflammation and discomfort.

Clever Clove Essential Oil

The powerful compounds found in this oil are eugenol and carvacrol. These compounds are able to kill any overgrowth when applied topically to the infected area. They will also deliver antioxidant properties that will speed up healing and lower inflammation.

Method:

You can apply 4-5 drops of this oil to a cotton ball and then gently dab it against the inflamed areas of your vagina. The oil will absorb through the skin, and does not need to be internally applied. Let’s make it perfectly clear essential oils should never be taken internally.

Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil is one of the fastest acting essential oils to heal a yeast infection. This is because of its active ingredient thymol. This oil is used internationally to treat yeast infections. It is a very effective essential oil for treating yeast infections and it can boost the immune system.

Method:

You can blend 5 drops of thyme oil with 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and then apply that mixture to a tampon. Leave the tampon in your vagina for at least an hour, allowing the oils to effectively neutralize the fungal infection.

Lavender Essential Oil

This is one of the most common essential oils to use to treat yeast infections. It is widely available and ies effective in killing infections of all kinds including several different fungal pathogens. This oil is mild and is highly recommended for people with sensitive skin but who still want to use a natural, topical remedy to treat yeast infections.

Method:

Many people choose to add 10-15 drops of lavender oil into a warm bath and then take a long soak, allowing the oils to fully absorb and take effect, while also eliminating inflammation in that area of the body.

Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano Oil

Oregano essential oil is said to be the best essential oil for treating yeast infections. This is because is well-known for frequently eliminating all types of fungal infections in the body including those that cause athlete’s foot and nail overgrowth. Both are which are very unsightly to look at and extremely painful to have.   

Method:

You can dilute oregano oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil, and then gently apply 1-2 times per day to the inflamed areas on the vagina until the discomfort and discharge disappear.

This Testimonial Taken from Motherwise

Before we launch into this testimony let it be noted the author of this website is not a medical professional. They are not advising anyone medically either. They are just simply sharing an essential oil mixture they came up with. They achieved very notable results from this self-made concoction. It healed their yeast infection overnight and stopped the itching immediately. You may not experience the same dramatic results as they did if you try this treatment.

Ingredients:

  • Unrefined organic coconut oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • Spoon and small bowl for mixing
  • Fridge or freezer

Her Account

I tested each of these oils on my skin first to make sure I didn’t have a reaction.  Tea tree oil is a very potent oil, so I started out with only a couple drops and repeated as necessary, adding more drops as needed.  A tingling sensation is normal, but if you’re sensitive or allergic, it could burn you, and we don’t want that!

In a small bowl, I mixed about a tablespoon of coconut oil with a few drops of each essential oil.  I started out with only two drops of each, but now that I know my skin is not sensitive to them, I use several drops of each– probably 8-10.  I put the bowl in my freezer, stirring occasionally to form the oil into a solid clump.  This will make the oil much easier to insert, as coconut oil melts as soon as it comes into contact with skin.  Once the oil blend froze into a solid, easily insertable clump, I removed it from the spoon and used clean fingers to gently insert it into my vagina.  I used a cloth pad or toilet paper to absorb the oil, which leaked out over the next couple hours. I repeated this treatment as necessary.  I found this to be an incredibly potent treatment that relieved the itching immediately, and cured the infection over night.

Again, I am not medically advising anyone. This is a personal anecdote of what worked for me. If you are pregnant or allergic to any of these oils, consult an informed naturopath, midwife, or trusted physician before trying this treatment.

She is not a medical professional and it is highly advisable that you contact your doctor before trying this combination of essential oils for a yeast infection. Again you may not experience the same results she did. You could experience an adverse reaction to this particular mixture of essential oils.

Bael Essential Oil

Bael Essential Oil

Please note this essential oil is not a well-known essential oil neither is it a proven treatment to help eliminate yeast infections. There is not adequate research to support how effective it is in the fight against yeast infections. The oil is from a tree which is native to India.  This tree is currently common all over Southeast Asia. In a study conducted by Pattnaik S1, Subramanyam VR, Kole C. bael oil was found inhibit 12 different fungi. But it still may not work for yeast infections. People who practice Ayurveda medicine in India, use different parts of the bael plants to treat a wide variety of infections. It is suggested you add this oil to other  oils to create a synergistic yeast killing effect.  It may or may not kill yeast infections. Dr. James A. Duke, suggests mixing herbs with this oil to create a natural remedy to fight yeast infections. Contact your doctor before you try this essential oil to treat yeast infections.

Citronella Essential Oil

This essential oil was shown to stop yeast infections as well. In a study conducted in Japan, researchers found this oil to be effective in killing yeast infections. The study also used another terpene (a chemical produced by plants which are often quite aromatic) called linalool. The researchers found that by using linalool and citronella essential oil together it worked quite well in killing bacterial infections.  This is an excerpt from the study:

“Citronellal and linalool completely inhibited the growth of all tested fungal strains at a dose of 112 mg/L. Their minimum inhibitory doses ranged from 14 to 56 mg/L. The α- and β- pinenes showed an inhibitory activity against some fungi, whereas the other 8 volatile compounds lacked this property. “

Cautions: For Using Essential Oils on Yeast infections

  • Concentration of the Oil —  Essential oils can be manufactured differently depending on who makes the oil.  Sometimes oils are changed by the addition of other similar essential oils or via synthetic chemicals.  The oil could also be diluted with other inert oils such as olive oil.  Make sure your product lists the concentration of actual essential oil so that you know how potent your oil truly is.  If it is heavily diluted, and is not 100% pure, you may not see the expected results from using a weak concentration.
  • Amount to Use —  Every oil is different and contains different chemicals.  Some essential oils used in large amounts that are unsafe can cause negative effects on the body.  Make sure you understand what a safe dose is before you use an essential oil for yeast infection.
  • Type of Use — Each essential oil may have methods of use that are safe and some that are certainly unsafe.  Tea tree oil can be used safely externally on the skin, but can be fatal if ingested.  Many citrus oils have phototoxicity and can cause burns on the skin if exposed to sunlight after application.  Make sure you know the proper procedure for utilizing an essential oil before starting your treatment regimen.  
  • Plant Parts Used — Different plant parts can be used to create oils from the same species that have different chemical compositions; and thus different competencies.  Make sure you understand if there are varying ways for a certain type of oil to be made.  Some oils may always be made from the same plant elements so there may not always be this concern.  

Natural Yeast Infection Remedy from Jillee

Ingredients:

  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Melaleuca essential oil
  • Silicone mold

Method:

In a small bowl, melt about 2 tablespoon of coconut oil then add 4 drops of each essential oil. (This is a safe amount to start with – as long as you know you’re not allergic to any of these oils – but I used more like 6-8 drops each.)

Pour the combined oils into a silicone mold. I already had this silicone water bottle ice cube tray on hand that she  found at the grocery store. It worked perfectly for this!

To make the pouring easier  she transferred the melted oils into a squeeze bottle first. A slick way to handle filling molds, tubes, and pots.

Put the mold in the freezer until the oils have frozen solid. 15-20 minutes. This makes insertion of the oils much easier!

She broke each “stick” into 3 pieces (this recipe made 6 suppositories total) which made them the perfect “suppository” size.

The coconut oil will begin to melt as soon as it comes into contact with your skin, so you’ll want to use a pad or some toilet paper to absorb the oil. Repeat as necessary.

Not only was this incredibly soothing, it was the only remedy that finally WORKED for her! By that night she was almost completely symptom free! Hallelujah!

Note:  If this is the first yeast infection, head to your health practitioner to firm up the diagnosis, but if you’ve been around the yeast infection block before, you might try this natural remedy to combat the problem.

Testimony of the Above Remedy’s Effectiveness

Testimony of the Above Remedy’s Effectiveness

TAMARA PHILLIPS says:

“I second what Kerry said! I’ve been suffering from the dreaded typical itchy painful and uncomfortable symptoms of either a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. I’ve been doing a douche with 1 C. distilled water and 1 tsp. of raw vinegar with the mother followed by a rinse of 1 C. of distilled water and 6-10 drops of tea tree oil. I can tell it’s working and I’ve had a lot of relief.

But until I saw your post I was trying to do a coconut/tea tree oil and water douche, which gave immediate relief accept it clogged my douche tube somehow and I’ve had to stop using the coconut/tea tree oil and water douche. I was sooooo thankful when I came across your post because I know how soothing coconut and tea tree oil can be when you are suffering from a yeast or bacteria vaginosis infection.

I went out right away and tried to find a silicone mold of some sort. I couldn’t find one so I ended up buying a plastic candy mold that I could pour the oil into that somewhat resembled the shape of a suppository. I just made up one batch of your recipe and it made 12 perfect sizes suppositories! I tried the application ten minutes ago and I feel much better”

Again, note none of these people are medical professionals so you may want to consult a doctor before trying these remedies.

Conclusion

Yeast  infections can be  treated (especially vaginal yeast infections) with the proper essential oil treatment. You need to find the one that will work best for your body and yourself. Always check with a doctor before applying any essential oil remedy for a yeast infection.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.