Attention all women!!
Yeast infections are nasty little things that the majority of women deal with at some point in their lives. These infections are caused by the fungus Candida, which exist naturally throughout the body. When the natural balance is disrupted, commonly after using antibiotics and during pregnancy, these otherwise harmless guys can get out of control and cause irritation and itching.
I am currently breastfeeding my 5th child and have been dealing with my first case of thrush, a yeast infection of the mouth. Baby transferred the infection to my nipples, which made nursing very painful. To add to the fun, I then began feeling the symptoms of a vaginal infection. I was not looking forward to a myriad of drugs in my baby's system and my own, so I went looking for a more natural solution. This is what I found from www.yeastconnnection.com
"Coconut oil has several unique properties that make it an excellent treatment for yeast infections. Among the most potent natural yeast-fighting substances are lauric acid and caprylic acid, both derived from coconut oil. All medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil kill yeast, viruses and bacteria"
I had a large jug of refined organic coconut oil in my pantry that I had bought from Sams that I had intended to use for oil pulling (and never did) so I thought I would give it a try. Baby's tongue was completely covered with a thick white rash and my nipples were red and dry. I started putting a dab of oil on Baby's tongue twice a day and around my nipples after every feed. Within 2 days, the rash was completely gone from his tongue. It took an additional 3 days for my nipples to heal, but they eventually did.
As for the vaginal infection, I started rubbing some oil on the affected area each time used the bathroom. Not only has the infection cleared up, it also offered immediate relief from the itching each application.
Baby had a doctor appointment yesterday and there was no evidence of thrush left. Unsurprisingly, the doctor downplayed the natural remedy, stating that these things sometimes clear up on their own. I have no doubt that it was the coconut oil. It is a miracle cure for a very unpleasant malady!