Garlic for Yeast Infections

Garlic has natural antifungal substances, and many women have wonderful results by using a peeled clove of garlic for yeast infections.

In mild cases, using a fresh clove in the vagina overnight for several nights may clear up the infection, and there are rarely any side effects (unless you’re allergic to garlic).



The clove may be a bit difficult to remove, unfortunately, and it will naturally smell like garlic. And some women have sensitive mucous membranes that are irritated by the direct application of garlic. As with all home remedies, you should use this one with caution.

Some people wrap the garlic in a small square of cheesecloth and tie off the end with dental floss. This creates a small package that can be inserted and removed like a tampon. However, you may find that the dry cheesecloth scratches when it is inserted, and tiny internal cuts and scrapes can actually make a yeast infection worse, or give yeast an opportunity to start another infection after the current infection is cured.

Before using garlic for yeast infections (or any other natural or OTC remedy) it’s advisable to have a physical exam to make sure you really have a yeast infection and not a bacterial infection that mimics the symptoms of a yeast infection.

6 thoughts on “Garlic for Yeast Infections

  1. Would it be possible to use a fair sized sewing needles, thread it with dental floss, push it through the garlic and use a really big knot at the end to tie it off and then insert it? Sort of like a tampon, and no cheesecloth to scratch the insides.

  2. My doctor diagnosed with me yeast infection today. I do not have the test resuts however, so I cannot be 100% positive that it is in fact what I have, but many things lead me to believe that this is what I’m most likely to have. Nonetheless, I have white spots on the inside of my inner labia on both sides and I was wondering, how can I use garlic in this case? I do not want to insert it into my vagina, but could I crush garlic in water and then add some of the juice with a cotton swab on the affected area? Do you believe that this would be helpful? I’m also using organic sour cream with live cultures (it has no sugar added) on the affected area for a few hours. You also recommended honey, so I will try that as well.

    1. I’ve never tried the garlic myself. Be sure to do a small test of the garlic, in whatever manner you choose, because it may cause some irritation. I’ve also been told by one reader that the honey didn’t help. These are traditional treatments, but they don’t always work.

  3. I started using the garlic treatment and notice of clear whitish discharge instead of tick yellowish like chease . should I continued using it or I should stop it for now and continued later on. And does it mean that the viruses are no longer there?

    1. Cynthia, the only one who can answer these questions with any authority is your doctor. I’d make an appointment, or at at least call and talk to the nurse.

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