Before you declare that all vinegar is out of the question if you have a yeast infection, I want to make an important distinction right here and now, if you can manage to get hold of a bottle of unfiltered, raw, organic apple cider vinegar you will find it of significant help in your quest to eradicate a yeast infection from your body. As I have mentioned earlier, most supermarket bought vinegar products have been distilled, filtered and pasteurized, in other words they are “dead” and contain no natural enzymes because all that processing kills off any goodness. You simply cannot compare a dead and devitalized grocery bought item to a natural product!
I have been recommending raw and natural apple cider vinegar for over 25 years for yeast infections after reading Paul Bragg’s book on the topic over thirty years ago. Paul Bragg was one of America’s leading health gurus who in fact opened up America’s first health-food store. Apple cider vinegar is one of those products that you can use both externally and internally with confidence, but do discontinue if it causes you any discomfort or burning. Before you stop using it however, try to dilute it because you may have taken it in too strong a dose to begin with, like many healthy foods, you may need to go low and go slow before you increase the dose.
Here are four uses for using raw, unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar when it comes to a yeast infection:
Apple Cider Vinegar as a Wash for Athlete’s Foot
Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a bucket containing about 2 liters (2 quarts) of tepid to warm water. Soak the affected foot for at least twenty minutes, allow to air dry and use clean cotton socks. I’d recommend that you do this each evening for about two weeks.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a Drink
Add anywhere from 1 to 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of tepid water. Good to sip during or between meals. Apple cider vinegar is a good alkalizer of the digestive tract and is a perfect daily drink throughout the Candida Crusher Program. Some folk claim that apple cider vinegar kills a yeast infection, but this is not my experience. It helps to restore digestive harmony by alkalizing the system and it also helps to stimulate the production of digestive enzymes in the stomach, pancreas and small intestine. This is perfect for those undergoing a diet change that needs more digestive power.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a Douche
Add anywhere from 1 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 to 2 litres of tepid water. For an even better effect add ½ teaspoon of water-soluble tea tree oil. Use this cleansing recipe whenever you have a vaginal yeast infection as it will soothe any itches and reduce any irritating discharge. Use as required, more on some days and less on others. See chapter 5 for more complete information.
Apple Cider Vinegar in the Bath
Draw enough water to have a bath and ensure the water is the right temperature; you don’t want it too hot. Add 1 to 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and again, if you have a stubborn yeast infection or a particularly irritating one (whether it is jock itch or a vaginal yeast infection) you may want to add at least 1 -2 teaspoons of water soluble tea tree oil to a bath. Do experiment with dosages when it comes to the apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil, the dosages I recommend are suggested dosages only. I tend to recommend higher dosages generally, because I believe that by doing so you will get superior results. Ensure that you dry yourself very well after a bath and be sure to always use 100% cotton under garments.