The purpose of this first phase of the process is to reduce Inflammation and wipe out bacteria and yeast infections. You should give yourself about 30 minutes for this initial phase.
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The Main Benefit of the Antifungal and Antibacterial Douche
The Manuka honey and fresh garlic treatment can give significant relief from the itching and burning of vaginal yeast infections. Manuka honey is native only to New Zealand, but is available in America and Canada, as well as many other countries and is the only true medicinal honey. This amazing honey reduces inflammation, wipes out bacteria and with the addition of garlic even yeast infections. Manuka honey heals cuts, burns and is now even being used in hospitals in various parts of the world.
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What You Need for the Douche
One to two tablespoons of New Zealand manuka honey, preferably with a high UMF rating. (Read below about UMF). For best results, add one or two finely chopped cloves of fresh garlic to the honey.
How to Complete the Douche
Warm the honey gently in a cup, jar or bowl suspended in hot water; this takes only a few minutes. For quick relief, I recommend that you try manuka honey and insert it vaginally, after warming it a little. After gently warming it, insert the manuka honey and garlic and let it sit on the skin in and around the vagina and pubic area for as long as possible. Lie down and relax for 20 minutes or if this is not possible, wear a sanitary napkin. After 30 minutes or longer (longer is better) have a warm douche with apple cider vinegar – (see Stage 2)
Why Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey comes from the white flower of the New Zealand tea tree oil tree named Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium). Manuka honey has been shown clinically to be strongly anti-inflammatory in addition to being anti-bacterial and anti-fungal by nature.
Some scientists and leading medical experts have rated manuka honey as one of the best skin healers because it heals without harming even the most delicate skin of your body, including your vagina. Many studies have shown that manuka honey not only kills bacteria but that it is great for yeast infections and any inflamed skin in general. What about the sugar, won’t it feed the candida yeast infection? No, it won’t, it will only do this if you eat the honey and let it pass through the digestive tract.
Where do you get Manuka honey from? You can buy it readily online at Amazon or in the whole foods section of your health food store.
What type of manuka honey should you get? You should get the one with the highest UMF® rating (Unique Manuka Factor) you can afford, which is essentially this unique honey’s non-peroxide antibacterial/anti-fungal activity level, the higher the UMF level, the more antibacterial and anti-inflammatory the honey is. A manuka honey with a 15 – 16 UMF rating is very good, but one with a 30+ rating is superb. The higher the UMF number the better and the higher grades are priced accordingly and may be harder to get.