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I promised a while back to tell you my yeast infection cure, but then I held off.
Here's what happened. I realized one day I was getting a yeast infection. All those wonderful signs were there. Itching. Burning. Other gross stuff. Honestly, I had been lax on my diet and had been eating too many sweets. It never fails.
I've tried Monistat, I've taken that pill the doctors give you, I've even tried yogurt suppositories (for the record, that made things ten times worse). The only thing that really works for me is a strict no-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet.
But what do you do when you fall off the wagon and need quick relief?
I decided to try garlic suppositories and apple cider vinegar. I know the internet is not the most reliable source of information, but it's been a better doctor to me than most actual doctors, so I looked up all sorts of information on garlic, apple cider vinegar and yeast infections.
Finally, I decided on this: Every day, I would take a garlic clove, slice it up a bit with a knife, then soak it in apple cider vinegar. Then, just like putting in a tampon, I would slide it in.
It worked. After a few days, my yeast infection went away.
But then a month later, it came back. I decided I just hadn't used the garlic long enough. I did it again.
The yeast infection went away.
A month later, it came back.
When it happened for the third month in a row, I realized I was getting an infection the week before my period (this is also the same week my food reactions get worse every month). As soon as I got my period, the infection went away.
Had the garlic and apple cider vinegar actually helped? I'm not really sure. So my big cure turned out to be not so exciting.
Yes, there's a but. Two other things happened. One, I finally discovered a probiotic I don't react to, and once I began taking that, the monthly yeast infections disappeared (as long as I stay away from sugar).
Inner-Eco Dairy Free Probiotic Kefir is a miracle worker. The last time I bought some, the cashier told me I'm not the only one's who been raving about it. He said everyone who buys it swears by it. I certainly do. So in the end, this is my yeast infection remedy. It's not a home remedy and I can't tell you how to make it, but I can tell you to urge your local health food store to carry it.
The other thing that happened was that I decided to test out my garlic and apple cider vinegar cure on my wart and dandruff. And in both of these cases, it has been a success!
How to get rid of a wart with garlic and apple cider vinegar:
Cut off a small piece of garlic and place it over your wart. Soak a small piece of cotton or paper towel in apple cider vinegar and place it over the garlic. Tape on with sports tape. Repeat morning and night until the wart is completely gone. I'm not going to lie...this eventually starts to hurt as the wart is killed, but it does the trick. Just be sure you continue with the treatment until the wart is completely gone or it will come back.
How to get rid of dandruff with garlic and apple cider vinegar:
In this case, the garlic is the most important piece. If you don't have apple cider vinegar, garlic alone will do the trick. But apple cider vinegar seems to help it along. I zest a clove of garlic, then mix it in a small bowl with about a teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and oil. Then I scrub this through my scalp vigorously, paying special attention to the areas where the dandruff gets bad. Then I wash and condition my hair as normal, and my dandruff is gone! I have to do this about once a week, but it beats using dandruff shampoos, which never really worked for me anyway and are full of chemicals.
Now a little laugh for those of you who read this whole thing. I told you I would let you know why my yeast infection remedy was so embarrassing. Well, here's the story. My boyfriend had just arrived home after being in Hawaii. We hadn't seen each other in six months. There was only one thing on our minds. Until the moment I yelled, "Wait, there's garlic in my vagina!" I don't know what went through his mind then, but I don't think I have ever seen someone look so shocked.
I still burst out laughing every time I think about it.
And there you have it. Between this post and my constipation post, I don't think we have any more secrets between us. After all this, you've got to fill out my survey, right?