The answer is a cautious yes, there are several home remedies for a vaginal yeast infection according to Maria Edwards, Reiki practitioner and reflexologist from England, who is the author of the following article and owner of a website dedicated to home remedies for yeast infections:
Are there home remedies for a vaginal yeast infection that actually work?
No matter how strong public opinion may be that items are available at home such as essential oils, grocery products including yoghurt and honey, and dietary changes, can indeed act as an effective home remedy for a yeast infection, the fact is that only scientific proof is the definitive answer to the question: “Will a yeast infection home remedy actually help to dispel vaginitis caused by Candida albicans?”
Fortunately there are some medical studies which do appear to demonstrate that traditional home remedies can be an effective way of inhibiting or controlling yeast infections.
Professor T V Riley of the University of Western Australia has conducted a study on the most common yeast infection home remedy – tea tree oil, which is the essential oil extracted by a process of steam distillation from the Australian native tree Melaleuca alternifolia. One of the reasons why this product has been investigated as an antimicrobial and antifungal agent is because there is an increasing level of resistance to common antifungal agents such as fluconazole; furthermore, there is a long history of the use of this product in Australia, and its antimicrobial activity in the laboratory has been well documented in a number of scientific papers. As Professor Riley says in his paper, what is lacking is adequate clinical trials to verify its efficiency in human infection, in other words, as a yeast infection home remedy.
His work demonstrated that tea tree oil is in fact very powerful antimicrobial agent, and it certainly has a use in infection control. This validates to a huge extent the use of tea tree oil as a yeast infection home remedy. read more
Maria also discusses Lactobacillus or live yoghurt for treatment, boric acid and garlic as additional natural treatments of vaginitis. There are other authority sites and experts that conclude the same findings, but I wanted to share with you one warning about tea tree oil from Alt Med:
The essential oil tea tree oil, diluted and applied topically to the vaginal area, has shown some potential as a natural home remedy for yeast infection. A compound called terpinen-4-ol in tea tree oil appears to be responsible.
Unfortunately, there haven’t been any clinical studies in humans showing that tea tree oil is effective or safe for yeast infection. Until we have more evidence, it should not be recommended. Tea tree oil must be diluted before applying it to the body. Full strength tea tree oil should never be applied to the vaginal area.
It’s important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis is that if it’s not actually a yeast infection, the delay in getting treated can cause complications. In pregnant women, vaginal yeast infection can result in premature delivery and low birth weight. Untreated vaginal yeast infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, a condition which can scar the fallopian tubes and cause infertility. Trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis have also been linked to an increased risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases. read whole article
The article also says that a vaginal yeast infection can be confused with other conditions such as bacterial vaginosis, noninfectious vaginitis and Trichomoniasis, which is sexually transmitted. Our advise when seeking a home remedy for a vaginal yeast infection, is to seek a doctor as soon as possible, be it a naturopathic or standard MD, to determine your personal best course of action. In other words, this is not something worth “trying at home.”