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Safe and Natural Cures For Yeast Infections

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How to Cure a Yeast Infection Naturally

Any woman that has suffered from a yeast infection knows just how uncomfortable and unpleasant the pain and itching can be. Finding out how to cure a yeast infection naturally can save women the discomfort and the expense of visiting the doctor’s office. Over-the-counter creams and prescriptions pills are not the only options for finding fast and effective relief.  

What is a Yeast Infection?

Most women will experience a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. Some are unfortunate enough to deal with recurrent yeast infections. The cause of the infection is a fungus known as Candida Albicans, a naturally occurring fungus that is present in moist and damp areas of the body and the skin, especially the female genitalia.

Many organisms are found in a healthy vagina in small amounts, but it is when Candida albicans flourishes and thrives that a yeast infection can occur. It can be spread through sexual contact to male partners, as well as females. Men can also suffer from yeast infections, so it is important to begin treatment right away. Recurrence is common when partners continue to pass the yeast infection back and forth.

What are the Symptoms?

Itching and general discomfort in the vaginal area are the most common symptoms of a yeast infection for females, as well as burning and pain during intercourse and urination. The labia and the vulva may become red, sore, and inflamed due to the excessive itching. An unusual odor and discharge may also be present.  Overall, it causes great discomfort and can prove to be very distracting for those suffering from the symptoms.

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There are several inexpensive, natural ways to prevent and treat a yeast infection. Trying out one or more of these remedies can offer fast relief and prevent an infection from getting worse or flaring up again.

  • Cut Back on Sugar

Yeast thrives on sugar, so cutting back or eliminating it from the diet altogether will definitely help. It can be tough to do because so many foods naturally contain sugar or have it added in. It is important to keep the yeast from flourishing, especially when an infection is bad or flares up time after time. Sweets, as well as foods like white rice, potatoes, fruit, and white flour all contain sugar. Avoiding sugar during and infection will essentially cut off the yeast’s ability to thrive.   

  • Probiotics

One of the possible causes for a yeast infection is antibiotics. Probiotics are just the opposite. They help the body to produce the right balance of natural flora that are found in the colon and digestive system. Probiotics help to prevent excessive amounts of yeast from forming and flourishing in the gut. A simple probiotic supplement taken daily may help to treat an infection and prevent it from reoccurring. Probiotics are also found in certain foods like yogurt, tempeh, and even pickles, so sufferers may want to add these foods into their diet.  

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a remedy for many ailments. While it can be used safely both internally and externally, it can cause a burning sensation when applied directly to the skin. It is best to mix three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and drink it down quickly. A cup of it can also be added to a warm bath for soothing relief. Many brands of apple cider vinegar are processed, so an organic bottle with the Mother is the most effective option.

  • Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil and a powerful anti-fungal. While there have not been clinical studies proving that it is effective for use against yeast infections, many women have found it to be an excellent treatment. It must be diluted and then applied to the vagina topically, or diluted and then soaked in a tampon and inserted for a few hours. Never apply it without first diluting.

  • Garlic

Garlic can provide a yeast infection sufferer with quick relief from itching and burning. Garlic is proven to be beneficial to the health in many ways because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It kills yeast, making it an ideal option to combat an infection. A clove of garlic or a natural garlic tab can be placed inside of the vagina for a few hours. This can be repeated for several days. The only downside is the strong smell.

  • Plain Yogurt

Plain, unflavored, unsweetened yogurt contains live and active cultures which are essentially good bacteria that help fight off the yeast. It can be used both internally and externally. Eating yogurt is beneficial for many reasons, but can prove to be especially useful during an infection. It can also be placed inside of the vagina directly. Many women will dip a tampon into the plain yogurt and insert it for a short period of time. It can also simply be applied externally for a short time, and then wiped away.

  • Wear Loose Cotton Clothing

Since yeast thrives in damp, dark conditions, it is important to avoid tight clothing. Breathable fabrics, particularly cotton or cotton blends, are the best choices. Wearing cotton underwear, avoiding nylon tights and pantyhose whenever possible, and opting for loose pants will help. Staying in a damp bathing suit can also increase the risk of developing a yeast infection, so changing out of a wet suit right away and into something dry is helpful.

  • Avoid Douching and Harsh Feminine Products

The vagina is a sensitive, naturally balanced environment. Douching regularly can strip away the good bacteria and throw off the body’s natural pH balance. Feminine hygiene products can contain fragrances and other ingredients that do more harm than good. Essentially, the vagina has the ability to keep itself clean and balanced, so douching and washing with products that contain perfumes and harsh ingredients increases the risk of a yeast infection.

  • Practice Good Hygiene

It’s common sense to keep your body clean and fresh in order to stay healthy. Since yeast infections can be passed between sexual partners, it is important to wash up both before and after any encounters. Clothing should be washed in hot water when an infection is occurring in order to kill off any bacteria and yeast that are present. Towels used after bathing or swimming should always be dry and clean, and not shared with anyone else.

Yeast infections are common, but a nuisance none the less. Using safe, natural ways to treat an infection is more convenient and affordable than prescription creams and medications. These treatments can offer quick relief from symptoms and get rid of an infection fast.



Bob Boilen's Year In Concerts : All Songs Considered : NPR St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who played Bob Boilen's favorite concert of 2014, on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2014. Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption toggle caption pre bonded hairBob Boilen/NPR St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who played Bob Boilen's favorite concert of 2014, on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2014. Bob Boilen/NPR

I missed another year of TV shows. I missed every single Netflix and HBO series. I did, however, see four times as many movies in 2014 as I did in 2013: four, instead of just one. What I did see once again was a whole lot of live music, 662 performances to be exact. (I count each band as a show or performance.) In a year packed full of concerts, I saw 555 different bands in 144 venues across 16 cities. It turns out I saw exactly the same amount of shows this year as last, which made me laugh ... guess I've hit my ceiling. Each time I go to a show I hope for a unique experience, that marriage of venue, audience and performer. I don't get that from any other medium. I madly love it. When I look back at my favorite shows of the year I find a commonality: Every one of those top bands/acts owns their sound. There's a vision pouring out of the speakers, hearts and instruments. Their lives compel them to do what they do. It's not casual — it's a pure and absolute commitment. Whether it's Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones down on his knees; Perfect Pussy's wall of noise; Dave Grohl's guitar solo on the bar of the 9:30 Club; Nick Cave literally standing in the arms of his fans; James Blake's soulful soundscapes; Moon Hooch's never-ending breath-filled squeals, squawks and drop dead starts and stops — these come off as extraordinary acts of human expression. They touch me and keep me coming back in hopes of that singular unforgettable moment. I saw so much worth sharing. Below is a list of my top 20 shows, starting with the best concert I saw all year. Following that is a chronological list of the other performances I loved (I deleted duplicates, so even though I saw Courtney Barnett play three times, I only listed my favorite one). If you'd like to see the crazy list of all 662 shows I saw, click here and prepare to feel exhausted. Tomorrow I'll post my favorite concert photos of 2014. 1. St. Vincent9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (March 2) Nothing was better than this show. It was a perfect blend of new songs, brilliant, inventive guitar sounds and engaging, sometimes funny choreography that took Annie Clark's already charismatic character, St. Vincent, to places I'd never seen her even dip her toes in. A huge growth for a young artist who is already musically mature. 2. Moon HoochHoly Mountain in Austin, Texas (March 14) I don't think anyone at SXSW had a clue what they were in for late one evening in Austin. There were looks of amazement while this trio — two saxophones and one monster drummer — made a magic mix of jazz, rock and electronica. No one makes music like this and the fusion of improvisation and turn on a dime stops and rhythmic starts seemed beyond human. This band is a must see! 3. James Blake The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. (June 12) No venue ever sounds better than during a James Blake show. He and his crew understand how to use bass in a profound, body-rattling way. Unlike other bands that use that big bottom end to bolster their sound, Blake's bass doesn't bury the subtlety that is present in his music. You can hear every click and snap of the drum, every texture of the guitar (which never sounds like a guitar) and then all the words, so soulfully sung. remy hair extensions4. Courtney Barnett The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 18) I've seen Courtney Barnett probably six times since CMJ in 2013. She's grown immensely over the past year-and-a-half as a guitar player and as a singer of the best words in rock music today. On this night her band was on fire. Keep a close eye on her this year — there'll be new music and a show that's not to be missed. 5. alt-JLe Poison Rouge in New York City (Sept. 2) They have been my favorite rock band of the decade since I first saw them in the fall of 2012. Alt-J plays quirky art rock with funny, sometimes disturbing words that always have depth and imagination. Their songs are filled with more songs that shift abruptly but with purpose. And this year there were new tunes and a brilliant new album. They don't let me down; they thrill me. 6. ProtomartyrThe Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Oct. 23) I didn't see this coming. I was so-so on Protomartyr's album and then they rocked my world. This Detroit band reminded me of the punk futurism of Pere Ubu in the '70s. Front man Joe Casey — in suit and tie, with drink in hand — conjures images of a salesman one drink over the line, stumbling accidentally on a stage but spouting unforgettable poetry. I'm a lover of words that summon imagery and spark thought. Get someone singing about their love of their "baby" and I'm gone but sing me a line like, "And I'll try to live defeated / Come and see the good in everything / Outside, outside, animals sound / Come and see then lead us all to heaven," and I'm there. Joe Casey and Protomartyr, I'm all yours. 7. Public Service Broadcasting The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (March 4) On the opposite end of the lyrical spectrum here's a band that never utters a word of their own. The entire lyrical content of PSB's songs is appropriated from British public service films from the middle of the last century. It's hilarious (and informative) and the music that glues the films and language together is a fun mix of electronica and rock. The duo's motto is its mission: Inform - Educate - Entertain. 8. Foo Fighters9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (May 5) OK, so most everyone in the room was probably a bigger fan of Foo Fighters than I, but by night's end I was one of them. This band is undeniable, its attitude is winning and the playing is extraordinary. Washington has a fair claim on Dave Grohl as one of our own: He grew up in the D.C. suburbs and saw many of his early shows at the old 9:30 Club and the Black Cat. On this night, he made himself right at home with a performance that included a rock guitar solo on the bar of the club that was legendary.

9. Sylvan EssoDC9 in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 28) For every band that becomes something of a household name there's an unforgettable moment in some club on some night in which the group moves from obscurity to fame. I believe this was that night for Sylvan Esso. The duo of Amelia Meath on vocals and Nick Sanborn on electronics had just released their single, "Coffee." That song, with a bit of the classic rock tune "Hanky Panky," was an ear worm for everyone in the audience that night and when they launched into it and heard a crowd sing back the words, the look on their faces was priceless. 10. Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsConstitution Hall in Washington, D.C. (July 23) Nick Cave needs to perform as much as you and I need to breathe. I can't think of another performer more compelling than he. At age 57 he out performed every 20 and 30 year old I saw on my list. I believe that some time, perhaps in his late 70s, Nick Cave will be surfing in the crowd and will die in the arms of his fans. It would be his perfect poetic final exit. 11. St. Paul & The Broken BonesRock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. (March 29) Terrifically fun live big band with a bank-teller-turned-soul-singer down on his knees pouring out his heart and soul. 12. The Front BottomsThe Lab in Arlington, Va. (Jan. 29) In the six or so times I've seen this band, Brian Sella has never failed to get a crowd to become a community. We all sing/scream back his words as cathartic acts of love and release. Group rock therapy. 13. Randy Newman as FaustNew York City Center in NYC (July 1) Randy Newman resurrected his cynical, modernized and truly funny musical version of the classic tale of Faust. From the moment he walked on stage wearing devil horns, I wore the biggest grin. 14. Rodrigo AmaranteSixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. (June 28) This mans sings with his eyes, lures you in as a true romantic. Simply transporting. perruques cheveux naturels15. Perfect PussyRock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. (Aug. 30) I saw this band four times in three cities on two continents. Their show, a (maximum) 25 minute blast of fierce noise led by Meredith Graves' impassioned, poetic growl feels almost as good when it stops as when it starts. Hard to explain; best to experience. 16. SaintsenecaThe Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 14) A new discovery for me, this Ohio band was easy to love, with foot stomping tunes played on banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, bass and bouzouki. (Oddly, the third St./Saint band on my list ... What's up with that?) 17. DakhaBrakhaWebster Hall in New York City (January 12) Calling them a Ukrainian folk quartet makes them sound quaint. They're not. With hats that resemble a handful of Marge Simpsons in a performance art band, these folks rock. 18. Bo NingenPianos in New York City (Oct. 24) A sonic/visual shock. This Japanese psych/metal/punk/prog band of four Japanese dudes with waist-length hair, wearing long dresses, making faces like blowfish while playing pummeling tunes of wonder. Wow. 19. LulucHouse concert in Silver Spring, Md. (Aug. 8) This Australian folk duo made my number one album of the year. This intimate house concert was the perfect setting. 20. The ShackletonsMuchmores in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Oct 25)

Singer Mark Redding has something to get off his chest. The show is a raucous therapeutic ride of frustration, happiness and tears that goes beyond the self, turning strangers into friends. The Rest of the Best: 63 More Shows I Loved Priests at DC9 in Washington, D.C. (January 8) Mother Falcon at Littlefield in Brooklyn, N.Y. (January 10) Fanfare Ciocarlia at Webster Hall in New York City (January 12) Yasimine Hamdan at Webster Hall in New York City (January 12) The Gene Clark - No Other Tour at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (January 24) Black Clouds at The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (February 2) Luray at Iota in Arlington, Va. (February 7) Asaf Avidan at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. (February 19) Deafheaven at Empire in Springfield, Va. (February 20) Pile at The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (March 6) Landlady at Trinity Hall in Austin, Texas (March 11) perruques cheveuxDiane Coffee at Victorian Room at The Driskill in Austin, Texas (March 13) San Fermin at Metro Gallery Baltimore, Md. (March 22) Colin Stetson at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C. (March 24) Nils Frahm at The Mansion at Strathmore Bethesda, Md. (March 28) Kraftwerk at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (April 4) Juana Molina at Jammin' Java Vienna, Va. (April 16) Downtown Boys at Rock And Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. (April 24) Alabama Shakes at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (April 25) Strand of Oaks at World Cafe/WXPN Philadelphia, Pa. (May 16) HighAsAKite at The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (May 18) Lucius at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (May 21) Conor Oberst at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (May 23)

The Orwells at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, N.Y. (June 9) Tweedy at The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. (June 10) The Family Crest at Artisphere in Arlington, Va. (June 20) Randy Newman at New York City Center in New York City (July 1) Pokey LaFarge at The Birchmere Alexandria, Va. (July 10) Phox at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. (July 19) Beck at Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, Md. (July 24) Hozier at Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. (July 26) The Oh Hellos at Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. (July 26) Nellie McKay as Billie Tipton at Jammin' Java Vienna, Va. (July 31) Agnes Obel at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (August 13) Arcade Fire at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (August 17) Dan Deacon at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (August 17) lace front wigsBellows at The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (August 31) New Pornographers at Brill Building in New York City (September 4) Jack White at Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, Md. (September 14) Ty Segall at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (September 15) Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear at Third Man Records Nashville, Tenn. (September 18) Sturgill Simpson at City Winery Nashville, Tenn. (September 18) Anthony D'Amato at The Basement Nashville, Tenn. (September 20) Valerie June at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. (October 2)

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