10 Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis

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This is a vaginal infection which is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. It is known that the vagina naturally has an environment which has good and bad bacteria. When there is vaginosis, then there is an excess of bad bacteria. This is making the vaginal environment unbalanced. This is a very common condition which every woman can get no matter if they have had sex. This condition is affecting young – to – middle aged women most often. Women who are currently pregnant, women who have impaired or weakened immune system or women who have an active sex life are having increased chances of getting vagonosis. There are many women who do not have symptoms while others can have some symptoms but they feel embarrassed to ask. If vaginosis is left untreated, then it can lead to increased risk of more serious complications, such as potentially complications during pregnancy or deliver, many types of sexually transmitted diseases in which HIV is also included. The most common symptoms of vaginosis are skin around the vagina can be red, sensitive and irritated; pain during urination, when showering or during/after sex; discharge which can be more than usual or it can be accompanied by a musty odor/fishy smell; changes in the discharge, etc. You need to talk with your doctor if you suffer from vaginosis before you start using some of the below mentioned natural cures for this condition. Here are some natural cures for vaginosis:

Boric acid treat bacterial vaginosis

You can use the boric acid capsules as your natural treatment for bacterial vaginosis. There are some studies in which are said that the boric acid capsules can be inserted into the vagina every night in a period of 2 weeks to treat the bacterial vaginosis. It has been found that this home remedy is safe as some medical remedies for vaginosis. You should remember that boric acid is not edible and it is toxic to eat. You should keep it away from your children and animals. Also you should not use this home remedy if you are pregnant. [1]

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Indian lilac

This natural cure has antifungal and antibacterial properties which can help to reduce the inflammation and itching and also it will kill the germs which are cause for infection [2]. You should heat a handful of Indian lilac leaves in a pan. You do not need to add any water or any liquid. You should allow the leaves to cool and then you should grind them into a fine powder. You should mix 2 teaspoons of this powder with a little water to make a paste. You should apply this paste in and around the vagina. You should let it stay there for an hour and then you should rinse it using lukewarm water. You should do this natural treatment 2 times per day until your symptoms are completely gone.

Tea tree oil cures bacterial vaginosis

This home remedy has antifungal and antibacterial properties which can help in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. In one study was said that tea tree oil can help to cure the vaginosis [3]. The tea tree oil should be diluted with carrier oil, such as olive oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil before you use. You should choose oil which you know that you are not allergic to and you should mix five to ten drops of tea tree oil in one ounce of carrier oil. You should not use this oil without mixing it in carrier oil because it can burn the tender skin. There are many people who are allergic to tea tree oil. This is a reason why you should use this home remedy on your skin. You need to dilute it before you apply it to your tender vaginal tissue. If you have noticed that there is no reaction in 24 – 48 hours, then it should be safe to use it. There are different ways to use the tea tree oil as your natural treatment for vaginosis. You can mix it with carrier oil, such as coconut oil and then soak a tampon in it. You should insert the tampon in your vagina and let it stay there for an hour before you remove it. If there is any irritation, then you should remove it sooner. You should repeat this natural treatment a few times per day. You should not sleep with a diluted tea tree tampon in place. You should buy the tea tree oil from a reputable source because in this way you can avoid some of its side effects.

Apple cider vinegar help bacterial vaginosis

This home remedy has acidic nature which can help to increase the vaginal acidity. This is making difficult for the bad bacteria to survive and it is creating a better environment for good bacteria to thrive. You should add 1 – 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath water. You should stir in the bath water for about twenty minutes. You should gently pat dry the vaginal area. You should do this natural treatment once per day until your condition improves.


This is a very effective home remedy for the treatment of vaginosis. This can help to improve the pH level in the vagina and it can boost the immune system to speed up the healing process [4]. You should soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in one glass of water overnight. In the morning, you should drink this home remedy on an empty stomach. You should do this natural treatment on daily basis for at least a month until you have noticed improvements in your condition. Also there is another option and that is to mix one teaspoon of fenugreek powder in one cup of yogurt. You should eat it two times per day in a period of several days until your symptoms have subsided. You should steep one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in one cup of hot water for about 5 minutes. You should strain it and then add little honey to it and drink this home remedy 2 or 3 time per day as long as needed.

Hydrogen peroxide

There was one study in 2003 in which was found that 1 ounce of hydrogen peroxide on daily basis in a period of one week can help in the treatment of bacterial vagionosis [5]. It has many advantages and it has a much lower cost than medications. Also this natural cure has fewer side effects.


This natural cure has lactobacilli bacteria which is making it a very effective home remedy for vaginosis. Also it can help to strengthen the immune system. You should dip a tampon in chilled milk and insert it into your vagina. You should leave the tampon in for 1 – 2 hours and then remove it. You should do this natural treatment once per day in a period of several days to get a relief from the symptoms. Also you can add one teaspoon of turmeric powder to one glass of warm milk and you should drink this home remedy once per day until your condition improves.


This home remedy has antibacterial properties which is a reason why it can be used as a natural treatment for vaginosis. In one study was found that if you take garlic supplement table, then it can be effective home remedy for treating vaginosis.


Yogurt has some probiotics but also there are many probiotics which you can find in markets. There was one study in 2014 in which was shown that taking probiotic supplements on daily basis can help to treat and prevent the bacterial vaginosis [6]. If you suffer from vaginosis, then you should take probiotics on daily basis to prevent the further cases of vagonosis. You can find probiotics in pill or liquid form. If you are taking antibiotics, then this medication can kill the both good and bad bacteria. You should replace the good bacteria with probiotic supplements and yogurt.

Coconut oil

It is known that this natural cure has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties which can help to kill the germs that are cause for bacterial vaginosis and to prevent it from recurring. You should apply organic coconut oil on the affected area 3 times per day until your condition improves. Also you can soak a tampon in organic coconut oil and insert it into your vagina. You should let it stay there for a couple of hours. You should rinse the affected area with lukewarm water thoroughly after you have removed the tampon. You should do this natural treatment once per day in a period of several days. You can use the coconut oil in your cooking as much as possible because this will boost your immune system and it can speed up the healing process. [7]


This natural cure is a natural probiotic. It has a lot of good bacteria in it. When you are eating yogurt, then it can help to get the good bacteria back into your body. This will help to establish a balanced vaginal environment and it can help in the fight against bad bacteria. You should eat at least one serving of yogurt on daily basis to get its benefits. [8]


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