How to Use Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection


Suffering from an itchy, painful yeast infection? Try using coconut oil to cure and further prevent yeast infections!

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is a white or nearly colorless, semisolid fatty oil extracted from coconut meat. It has many health and beauty benefits like healthy hair, skin, and immune systems and is used in foods, soaps, and cosmetics.

What is a Yeast Infection?

A yeast infection is an inflammation of the vagina characterized by irritation, intense itchiness, and discharge. It is caused by a fungus called Candida normally present in small concentrations in the body and grows during a hormone and immunity system imbalance.

How Does Coconut Oil Cure Yeast Infection?

Coconut oil has been laboratory-proven to explode the nucleus of Candida yeast cells. It also controls irritation and reduces inflammation of the vaginal area.

  • Coconut oil is high in three active ingredients (lauric, capric, and caprylic acid) which have antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. These compounds target harmful bacteria while leaving friendly bacteria.
  • Caprylic acid breaks down the cell membrane which controls the yeast population and prevents it from proliferating and replicating itself.
  • Virgin coconut oil contains generous amount of lauric acid, a nutrient that strengthens and supports the body’s immune system to fight against the yeast fungus.
  • Sugar feeds Candida yeast cells. Coconut oil is a natural sweetener and acts as sugar substitute that controls the primary food source of growing fungal yeast. It also provides an instant energy to boost to the immune system.
  • Coconut oil is an antioxidant and effective agent in killing excess yeast and other fungal overgrowth in the body. It also aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
  • Coconut acts as natural antibacterial and antifungal that naturally kills Candida yeast.
  • Coconut oil forms a non-irritating protective layer and helps heal yeast infection quickly by acting as a barrier against chafing irritated, sensitive skin.
  • Adding a moderate amount of coconut oil to your diet is considered safe as it contains unrefined fats easily converted into energy instead of storing as fat.

How To Use Coconut Oil For Yeast Infection?

Coconut oil fights fungal infection both internally and externally. Coconut oil’s anti-fungal properties helps cure the infection within a few hours to a few days depending on the severity of the infection. Try the following popular methods, which have minimal to no side effects, for treating yeast infection.

1. Coconut Oil In Diet

Incorporate 3 – 5 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil daily into your diet. Initially, start with a smaller dosage and increase gradually. See the following suggestions on how to do this.

  • Substitute coconut oil for butter on toast.
  • Add a teaspoon to coffee or stir some in oatmeal.
  • Consume a teaspoon of coconut oil before each meal.
  • Substitute coconut oil for other cooking oils as coconut oil does not break down into unhealthy trans fats when cooked in high temperatures.
  • Add traditional fermented food to your diet for added relief.
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2. Coconut Oil Application

  • Clean and dry the affected area thoroughly. Use a hair dryer if the area is sensitive.
  • Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the affected area.
  • Repeat 2 – 3 times daily until yeast infection is gone.

3. Coconut Oil Douche

  • Mix 3 – 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 quarts of warm distilled water.
  • Douche with the solution.
  • Repeat daily until yeast infection is gone.
  • Alternately use a tampon dipped in coconut oil in place of the douche.

4. Coconut Oil with Cinnamon Oil

This process controls yeast growth and prevent yeast infections.

  • Mix equal amount of coconut oil and cinnamon oil.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat regularly until yeast infection is gone.

5. Coconut Oil with Garlic Oil and Vitamin E

  • Mix a few drops of garlic oil and vitamin E and dilute it in coconut oil.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat regularly until yeast infection is gone.

Coconut Oil Capsules For Yeast Infection:

Use coconut oil capsules in the place of coconut oil. They melt with body heat and are best used before going to sleep at night. Wear a pad in your underwear to collect the melted capsule and prevent leakage. Use 2 – 3 capsules nightly until yeast infection is gone.


  • Always use organic virgin coconut oil which is natural and has most health benefits. Make sure not to use hydrogenated coconut oil as this destroys the beneficial attributes and makes it high in dangerous trans-fatty acids.
  • Coconut oil may also provide additional benefits during use such as shinier hair, healthier skin, lower cholesterol levels, and healthier immune system.

By using coconut oil, you can easily and naturally cure yeast infection and the accompanying itching and irritating symptoms.  Have you tried any of these methods? Do you know any other methods to treat yeast infections? Share your experience with us!

Other Remedies for Yeast Infections

Since we have seen the uses of coconut oil for yeast infections, here are some other remedies which are beneficial in treating yeast infection.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

The presence of some distinctive compounds in the vinegar helps control and get rid of yeast infection. 2 tablespoons diluted apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water should be consumed twice daily. It can also be used in bath water which will relieve irritation and itching. When using vinegar for yeast infection, you should do it about 30 minutes.

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2. Yogurt

Plain, unsweetened yogurt is beneficial as it contains friendly bacteria. Itching can be relieved by applying yogurt for 30 minutes or overnight on the affected area. Besides, yogurt can also be included in the diet. Tampon dipped in yogurt can be left in the vagina for 2 hours twice daily to rid of vagina yeast infection.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Due to the strong anti-fungal properties, it is an excellent remedy for yeast infections. When diluted with water, olive oil or almond oil, it can be applied on infected area, several times a day. This can also be used for vagina infection. Just put a few drops on a tampon and insert it in vagina for 2-3 hours twice daily. Please note that tea tree oil for yeast infection should not be used by pregnant women.

4. Olive Leaf Extract

This has antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in restoring the good bacteria in the body. Take chopped olive oil leaves in a glass jar, cover with vodka and store in dark place for 4 weeks. After straining, use the liquid on affected area around 3 times a day.

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