Popular natural remedies that you can use at home to stop vaginal itching are yogurt, garlic, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar. These ingredients have been successfully used by many BV sufferers to relieve their vaginal itching and burning symptoms.
Below are some of the ways to use these ingredients as suggested by BV sufferers. You will be amazed by the results if you try it.
You can put a stop to unbearable vaginal itching by using a yogurt tampon. Yogurt contains the lactobacilli bacteria, and it is able to replenish the missing lactobacilli in the vaginal flora.
Dip the tampon into plain yogurt (unsweetened) and then insert into the vagina. Another way of applying yogurt to the vagina is by freezing some yogurt. Alternately you can freeze some yogurt in the fingers of disposable gloves. You then insert the frozen yogurt tampon into your vagina. This yogurt method works, but it can get rather messy.
Garlic has anti-bacterial properties. This method also involves using a ‘garlic tampon’. First, peel the whole garlic, then make a few tiny cuts on it. Next, wrap the garlic in a cheesecloth or gauze and tie it with a piece of string. Insert it into the vagina like a regular tampon, with the string outside to remove the garlic a couple of hours later.
Apple cider vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar in a sitz bath to relieve vaginal itching and burning. Add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub with about hip-deep warm water. Sit in the bath, legs spread wide, until the water has cooled. You can also add ½ cup of salt to the apple cider vinegar warm bath, but you must add add water up to the level at least three quarters of the tub. The acidic nature of vinegar will help to neutralize the alkaline condition that causes vaginal itching.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has potent antibacterial properties. You can use tea tree oil (such as Tea Tree 100% Pure Essential Oil – 10 ml) on a tampon. First, cover the top half of the tampon with a lubricant, next add a few drops of tea tree oil onto it, then insert the tampon into the vagina. The purpose of the lubricant is to prevent the tea tree oil from infusing into the tampon. Alternatively, you can buy ready to use tea tree oil pessaries. Adding 10-12 drops of tea tree oil to a warm bath is also a good way to relieve BV-related vaginal symptoms.
Aloe vera juice (extracted from the aloe vera gel) has been used to treat minor skin injuries, such as minor burns, sunburn, rashes, and insect bites. Thanks to its soothing and cooling properties. It is also believed to contain anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to its healing effects.
If you have fresh aloe vera juice, you may try to apply it to the affected area by either using your fingers or a piece of cotton wool pre-soaked with the juice. But watch out for allergic reactions. If a rash appears on contact, you should stop using aloe vera juice.
All of these home remedies have worked for many women to stop vaginal itching due to bacterial vaginosis or other types of vaginal infections, but results may vary from one person to another. If you feel the need, please consult your doctor before begin to use any of these remedies.