we use honey as
a yeast infection remedy? Many yeast infection
sufferers ask this question. Prior to discussing using
honey for yeast infection treatment, let’s briefly go
over the root causes of this medical
Yeast infection is caused by the abnormal overgrowth of a species of yeast which is called candida albicans. This species is a commensal – not parasitic – which means that it can live in the gastrointestinal tract, bloodstream, and vagina without causing any harm. What causes infection is the abnormal proliferation of yeast that eliminates probiotics or beneficial bacteria that are needed by the body to perform fundamental metabolic processes.
Candida albicans thrives on sugar and simple carbohydrates. High sugar intake promotes the overgrowth of candida that will lead to yeast infections or candidiasis. The perfect analogy on the way this works in the body is how fast sugar or honey works with yeast to expand the size of bread when baking.
There are two types of diet used by people who have yeast infections. One is a strictly Anti-Candida Diet which aims to eliminate yeast and yeast-trigger intakes in the body. This means that all types of sugar, including honey is forbidden, as yeast feeds on any type of sugar that would eventually lead to yeast overgrowth.
Another school of thought subscribes to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which only eliminates refined sugar from the diet and maintains moderate intakes of raw, non-pasteurized honey as an alternative. There are studies proving the antibiotic and probiotic properties of organic honey that can combat the candida albicans in the body instead of propagating them.
Some other dietician chose to compromise the two. A total elimination of sugar in the diet is required during the first phase of the candidiasis treatment to detoxify the body from candida albicans. After this, raw, non-pasteurized honey is gradually reintroduced to the body to recover the lost probiotics caused by the yeast infection.
The theories stating that raw honey is a natural treatment of yeast infection does not stop with the diet. Some naturopathic doctors think that raw honey as a home remedy to mild vaginal infection also works wonders. Again, the probiotic nature of raw honey kills the candida albicans dwelling in the vaginal tract that causes the infection.
To do this, apply a considerable amount of organic, non-pasteurized honey on the vaginal surface and leave it for 10-20 minutes. After this, wash it out or take a bath with cold water to thoroughly remedy the itchiness. Applying raw honey directly on the infected surface will also maintain the correct ph balance of the vulva. Raw honey is also said to reduce the dampness of the vaginal area making it unfavorable for yeast breeding.
Bear in mind that although raw honey, as a yeast infection remedy, can help you to relive your yeast infection symptoms, it cannot cure yeast infection. This is because the external natural remedies can target candida overgrowth, but not the cause that leads to the growth of the fungus in the first place. To tackle the condition at its root, one must adopt a holistic approach.