The health benefits of garlic have been known for many centuries. Remains of garlic have been found in archaeological sites that are supposedly about 10,000 years old. Prescriptions for garlic have been found on 5,000-year-old Sumerian clay tablets and the herb was even found in the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamen.
Garlic has been used in the treatment of enlarged prostate, diabetes, osteoarthritis, hay fever, diarrhea, high blood pressure late in pregnancy, cold and flu.
Some people apply garlic oil to their skin to treat fungal infections, warts, and corns. There is some evidence supporting the topical use of garlic for fungal infections like ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot; but the effectiveness of garlic against warts and corns is still uncertain.
Which brings me to the purpose of this post, garlic and its anti-fungal uses.
Now this is something no woman ever wants to talk about…..yeast infections. They are caused by the fungus candida and over 75% of women have one at least once in life and they are miserable.
Being a single mom for many more years than I was ever married I have had my financial struggles. Once after getting a yeast infection from being on antibiotics (back before I knew about probiotics), I didn’t have the extra $15.00 for Monistat so I starting thinking about garlic and it’s supposed anti-fungal properties.
If you are a woman reading this, you are well aware of the symptoms of a yeast infection so I won’t go into details.
The best way to use the garlic for treatment is to place a large peeled clove in the vagina. If the infection has advanced then cut the clove in half so it gets to work quicker. Keep in mind this may burn a little though. If you aren’t comfortable using your finger to get it back out than sew a string through it so you can pull it out like a tampon. Or, while sitting on the toilet you can push like having a bowl movement and it should come out on its own.
It is suggested to insert it just before going to bed because you will have a garlic taste and breath after inserting into the vagina and many people don’t like that. Also, inserting at bedtime leaves it in for at least five or six hours so it has sufficient time to get to work killing the fungus.
My yeast infection was gone after doing this for three nights, the burning and itching was mostly gone after the first night. I don’t know what all is in the over the counter cures but I would rather stay away from chemicals manufactured in a lab. They always have side effects….eventually. Not to mention, OTC brands usually cost between $10.00-$20.00 and you can get a whole head of garlic for under a dollar which would include at least eight treatments.
So, not only are you healing the yeast infection all naturally, you are also saving money!