Vaginal odor is a very common problem that most women have to deal every now and then. It can be caused by a number of reasons, such as bacterial growth, yeast infections, poor hygiene, hormonal changes, and sexually transmitted diseases. If the problem is due to infection, there may be symptoms like redness, itching, burning and irritation in the vaginal area. Fishy odor down there, in particular, is caused by bacterial vaginosis. In that case those remedies also help but you should look further into it.
Did you know?
For instant relief from itching, pain and burning and to relieve the inflammation take an ice cube and apply on the vagina. This will offer immediate relief from vaginitis due to the cool and numbing sensation that comes with application of ice.
Read the top 6 natural remedies to get rid of vaginal odor with very simple ingredients.
#1: Apple Cider Vinegar
Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, apple cider vinegar can be used to fight vaginal odor. In fact, taking a bath with apple cider vinegar is one of the simplest ways to get rid of the bad odor. This will help fight off the toxins and bacteria that cause vaginal odor. It will also help restore the acidic quality of the vaginal flora. Mix two cups of apple cider vinegar in warm bath water. Soak in it for about 20 minutes. Follow this remedy several times a week to get quick results. You can also drink a glass of water mixed with one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily.
#2: Baking Soda
Baking soda is another ingredient that can be used to balance the pH level in your body. When the pH level is in balance, the problem of vaginal odor will dissipate. Add one-half cup of baking soda to your bathwater. Soak your lower body in it for about 20 minutes. Dry yourself thoroughly with a clean towel. This remedy will help fight a yeast infection and can help get rid of odor quickly.
Another good ingredient that can be used to treat vaginal odor is yogurt. Yogurt is rich in lactobacillus bacteria, which help fight candida infection (one of the most common causes of vaginal odor) and restore the normal vaginal pH level. Once the pH level is balanced, the vaginal odor will be gone. Eat two cups of unsweetened, plain yogurt daily. You can also take probiotic supplements.
#4: White Vinegar
White vinegar has the power to neutralize odors by breaking down odor proteins. A white vinegar rinse will help eliminate vaginal odor. It will also help restore pH levels in the vagina. Mix one-half cup each of white vinegar and salt in lukewarm bath water. Soak in it for a few minutes. Follow this remedy several times a week.
#5: Essential oils
Tea tree oil contains strong antifungal as well as antiseptic properties, and thus it can be used to get rid of unpleasant vaginal odor. It will help get rid of bacteria that are contributing to the problem. Add three drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water. Use this solution to rinse the affected area daily or several times a week. I like using a syringe (without the needle). Do this several times a week. Essential oils are really potent so do not put more than 2-3 drops. Do not put essential oil directly on the vulva, it would burn.
I know what you’re thinking: How am I gonna get rid of bad smell by putting another one on top? Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can be great for dealing with vaginal infections as well as vaginal odor. The antifungal properties present in garlic will help your body fight a yeast infection to get rid of bad bacteria. Eat garlic in raw or cooked form on a daily basis. You can eat one or two raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach with a glass of warm water. You can also add garlic cloves or its paste to your dishes and salads. If you have a hard time digesting raw garlic in general I wouldn’t do it. I’d go for the following option.
Insert a piece of garlic in the vagina for an hour or two. Do this daily or a few times a week until you get rid of the problem. Peal the paper like skin off the clove and insert it. For a stronger effect you can slit the clove or cut it in half. You can thread the clove for easy removal but I don’t think it’s necessary (specially if you are a menstrual cup user), it was easy to scoop it out.
You can also make garlic paste and extract the juice from it. Apply it on the vaginal area directly to kill the action of germs. Garlic can be mixed with coconut oil and vitamin E as well in order to treat vaginitis. Coconut oil prevents the spread of fungal infections.
WHAT NOT TO DO
DO not douche with water
I know it’s really tempting to douche when you are feeling yuk, you want to flush tons of water up there but don’t do it, yeast loves water and will thrive on it, you want to kill the yeast by starving it and with the help of those natural remedies.
Stay away from sugar
Everything is connected and what you are eating is very important and can impact your vaginal problems. Try to keep your body alkaline by eating really clean and lots of green. Yeast loves sugar, I know it’s hard but try in general and specially if you are trying to get rid of the bad smell to stay away as much as possible from any kind of sugar. Sugar is not just cakes, it’s pasta, bread etc. You want to try to deal with this from all angles. You can stick 10 garlic cloves up there, if you are eating sugary snacks all day it’s gonna go in circles.
I hope this will help you! Feel free to comment below and share your experience with these remedies or if you have other suggestions.
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