At some point in our lives, every woman will come to know the dreaded itching, burning and discomfort that goes hand-in-hand with yeast infections. For some of us, things get so bad that yeast infections become a monthly occurrence. A week of itching and burning followed by a week of cramps and bleeding… oh the joys of being a woman.
If you’ve had enough of expensive, chemical-laden over the counter meds then it may be time to turn to your kitchen for the cure.
How Coconut Oil Kills Yeast
First time for a little bit of chemistry. Coconut oil contains the following naturally occurring fatty acids:
- 48% lauric acid
- 18% myristic acid
- 8% caprylic acid
- 7% capric acid
- 0.5% caproic acid
And of these fatty acids, research has proven that lauric acid and capric acid are effective at killing Candida albicans, a.k.a the fungus that causes yeast infections. Coconut oil provides nature’s highest source of lauric acid, with the runner up being breast milk.
Lauric acid being present in breast milk is no coincidence either. After studying breast milk, microbiologists have found that of all the fatty acids present, lauric acid provided infants with the greatest protection against illness. When we ingest lauric acid, the body converts it into monolaurin which is very effective at destroying viruses and bacteria.
Let’s not forget about capric acid. Although it only makes up 7% of the fatty acid content of coconut oil, capric acid has been shown to have the fastest and most effective at killing C. albicans. Think of capric acid like a bomb that causes mass casualties, while lauric acid is the sniper that finishes off the job.
How To Treat Yeast Infections With Coconut Oil
If you are experiencing a full-blown yeast infection, your first line of defense should be right at the source.
1. Coconut Oil Infused Tampon
- Soak a tampon in melted coconut oil until fully saturated
- Insert the tampon for a few hours, then remove and discard it
- Repeat for 3-5 days
Note: It is recommended that tampons only be used during menstruation. If you are concerned about the risks of TSS, then you may prefer the second method of application discussed below.
2. Coconut Oil Suppository
- If solid, melt 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Pour the oil into a popsicle silicone mold
- Place in refrigerator until solid, 15-20 minutes
- Remove a suppository from the mold and insert
- Wear a pad to catch the oil as it melts
- Repeat as necessary
The coconut oil suppository will provide a much needed cooling effect to your irritated lady bits as the lauric acid and capric acid attack the yeast cells. If the frozen suppository is too large, feel free to use a knife to cut it down to comfortable size after removing it from the mold.
Now to the fun part!
Preventing Future Yeast Outbreaks
Usually, advice for preventing recurrent yeast infections involves avoiding excess sugar, eliminating white flour and white rice from the diet, and avoiding trapping heat and sweat by wearing breathable clothing. Well, with coconut oil in the mix preventing yeast infections is suddenly about to become a lot more fun.
Coconut Oil In The Bedroom
After your yeast infection has cleared, you can toss that popsicle tray into the back of the cupboard and use your partner’s swizzle stick to administer future applications of coconut oil. According to gynecologist Dr. Alfredo Nieves, it is safe to use coconut oil as a personal lubricant once it is used in small amounts.
How To Use Coconut Oil As Lube
Always use organic, cold-pressed coconut oil. Some brands label their coconut oil as “extra-virgin” but this is simply a marketing tactic. Olive oil has an industry standard which regulates whether the oil is labeled as “virgin” or “extra-virgin”. A similar standard does not exist for coconut oil.
As long as the brand you choose is food-grade, organic, and cold-pressed, you’re all set. At temperatures below 24 C, coconut oil should be solid and white as snow. Above 24 C, the oil will liquefy and should be clear as water.
Do not use coconut oil as a lubricant is you are allergic to coconut products. Always test a small patch of skin first before applying liberally over the body.
For hygienic reasons, it is best to keep the coconut oil intended for kitchen use, separate from the one intended for more pleasurable uses.
If solid at room temperature:
- Use a clean dry spoon or knife to break off chunks of the oil and place it in a separate screw-top container that can be stored in the bedroom for easy access.
- Break off a few chunks of the oil, place in a microwave safe bowl
- Microwave the oil for 20-30 seconds or until it liquefies
- Pour the oil into an ice tray to and allow to solidify into individual pleasure cubes
If liquid at room temperature:
- Use a funnel to pour the oil into a squeeze-top bottle
And voila! Now you have a natural, organic, personal lubricant that also doubles as a yeast infection cure. When in liquid form, use the coconut oil as you would any other lubricant. If in solid form, simply grab one of the cubes and rub it between your hands, or over your partner… until it warms and melts. Don't be surprised if the scent of coconut suddenly becomes an aphrodisiac 😉
Note: * Do Not use coconut oil with latex condoms, as it will degrade the condom and cause it to break.*
It should be safe to use coconut oil with polyurethane condoms like Trojan Supra BareSkin. However, to be on the safe side, always contact the condom manufacturer to verify that their product can be lubricated with coconut oil.