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Yeast infections can be a terrible source of discomfort for any woman. While most people think of these bothersome infections as predominantly a woman’s problem they can happen to men as well. A vaginal yeast infection can be transferred to a man through intercourse. In fact the infection can go back and forth until it is diagnosed and treated.

Knowing what to do when a yeast infection happens to you can be of tremendous relief. Hopefully you will never develop such an infection but if you do then you will be prepared to cope with it ahead of time.

Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections:

While there are plenty of medical remedies that you can purchase in a pharmacy to help treat yeast infections you may also want to look into the natural yeast infection cures that are available to you. While a cream or suppository might be an effective remedy often times the treatment is very short lived and you end up getting recurring yeast infections. This is not what you want to happen at all!

Most home cures for yeast infections are geared towards females but it is worth noting that many of these yeast infection home treatments can be adapted accordingly to be useful for men who develop yeast related infections. To prevent reoccurring yeast infections and to deal with the symptoms of these infections try out some of the home treatments described here.

Plain yogurt is a natural cure for yeast infections that can help to fight yeast and keep it under control. Plain yogurt can be used as an internal yeast infection natural treatment as well as an external one. It is imperative that you purchase yogurt that is plain and unsweetened as yeast thrives on sugar.

Consuming plain yogurt will provide you with a source of good bacteria that will help with the digestive process. It is best to eat it before a meal. To use it internally apply plain yogurt to a tampon and insert it or if you prefer rub a small amount of plain yogurt on the outside of your body. Just leave the tampon inside for a few minutes and then remove it.

Other Yeast Infection Cures:

Eating more garlic or taking garlic pills offers a treatment for yeast infections that is welcome because yeast and garlic do not like each other very much! Kyolic garlic tablets and water can offer a yeast infection cure not just for female yeast infections but for yeast infections of the mouth as well. Garlic is considered to be a natural form of antibiotic that has many benefits to health.

Another treatment for vaginal yeast infection that you might want to try is apple cider vinegar. This natural remedy is very strong however and therefore a small amount goes a long way. Run a warm bath and add a cup of apple cider vinegar to it and then take a long, relaxing soak. This should help!

If none of these natural cures do the trick then you should see your doctor. It is possible that you may have another problem besides a yeast infection. However in most cases you will find that these alternative remedies will help you to feel better right away!


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Garlic is beneficial for the body because it will strengthen the immune system, lowers bad cholesterol and helps to prevent heart disease.

Garlic also has antifungal abilities which mean that fungus and many types of bacteria do not stand a chance when this wonder drug of natural healing is in the nearby vicinity.

What is Garlic?

Garlic is a bulbous plant that is in the same family as onions, leeks and scallions. It is most often used as a seasoning or flavoring ingredient but it can also be eaten in the same manner as all other vegetables. In the family garlic belongs to, it is often thought of as king while the onion is its queen!

Garlic can be purchased as fresh in the produce department of your grocery store or it can be purchased in its dried form. Dried garlic is the most often used of the two for recipes and it can be found in pink, purple or white varieties. When garlic is roasted or sautéed it has a decidedly mild and sweet aroma. On the other hand, raw garlic is pungent and bitter (and lives up to its stinky reputation all too well!)

There are many cultures throughout the world that use garlic in cooking, including our own. Garlic provides a welcome addition to many dishes as it provides a tasty, savory flavoring for casseroles, stews, soups, meats, sauces, salad dressings, marinades and vinaigrette. Garlic is also commonly used to make garlic butter, which can then be spread on bread to make garlic bread or garlic toast. If you do not want to buy fresh garlic for a recipe then bear in mind that a 1/8-teaspoon of garlic powder is roughly the same as a medium fresh clove of fresh garlic.

Buying Garlic at the Store

Garlic is not a seasonal vegetable and for that reason should be available at your grocery store all 12 months of the year. When choosing fresh garlic, always choose bulbs that are firm and plump and ensure that the paper-like skins of the garlic bulbs are intact and are not falling away. Stay away from garlic bulbs that exhibit bruises, blemishes or nicks. Also avoid any that show signs of mildew or ones that have soft spots or sprouting. If you cannot find fresh garlic then the second best choice is to buy garlic powder, or garlic puree. Some select grocery stores and health food stores might sell garlic juice in a spray form and garlic is sometimes also made into salt as well as granulated garlic.

Storing Garlic

Always store fresh garlic in a place in your home that is well ventilated. The area should be cool, dark and dry at all times. If stored properly, garlic can remain worthy of use for a period of four to six months. It is recommended that once purchased, garlic should be used up within a couple of weeks for optimum freshness. If the cloves have been removed from the garlic bulb they can easily be frozen for a number of months and should remain perfectly fine to cook with. If garlic has been prepared in any way such as by chopping or mincing then the parts that were not used must be refrigerated. It is essential that you store the garlic in an airtight container so it will not smell up your refrigerator and any food containers that are sitting close by.

We have demonstrated that garlic is good for so much more than warding off vampires! Next time you make up a grocery list put garlic at the top of the list and start reaping all of its many health benefits!


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In the world of alternative medicine and natural healing, garlic is often known as a wonder drug because of its many beneficial abilities for the body.

Why a wonder drug? Garlic may be stinky but oh how it can heal the body! Garlic can be used to prevent everything from heart disease to a variety of respiratory conditions such as the common cold and the flu. In the past raw garlic was used to treat the symptoms that caused skin disorders such as acne and rashes.

Garlic has been shown through research studies to be instrumental in strengthening the heart and in lowering the bad kind of cholesterol that does harm to the arteries (also known as LDL cholesterol). It may sound funny but it has also been shown to work well at repelling mosquitoes! It is thought to be more than the smell that sends mosquitoes in the opposite direction!

Garlic Does Your Body Good

The fact that garlic has many benefits to health is not simply something that people choose to believe nor is it a type of old wives tale. The benefits of garlic have been borne out in a number of research studies. Garlic may be smelly and somewhat of an acquired taste but it is a natural form of a natural antibiotic in a broad spectrum kind of manner.

The human body does not build up an immunity to garlic which means that the positive health benefits that come from garlic continue to work as time passes. This is such good news for all garlic lovers and soon-to-be garlic lovers! In particular, aged garlic has intense antioxidant qualities. It is antioxidants that help to protect the body against what is known as free radicals. You have probably heard of the term free radicals as the health and medical community often keep talk of them front and center in the media. Free radicals are defined as “highly reactive molecules capable of causing damage in brain and other tissue.” Antioxidants are good and free radicals are bad. Garlic is full of the former. Enough said?

The Two Important Ingredients in Garlic

There are two ingredients in garlic that are medicinal in nature and are to thank for garlic’s many health benefits. The two ingredients are allicin and diallyl sulphides. Allicin is the more intense of the two and it provides the greatest of the health benefits. It is important to point out the fact that allicin is not found in garlic per se but is produced when garlic is either crushed or chopped into fine pieces. The more intense it is crushed and the finer the pieces are chopped, the more allicin will be created and therefore the stronger will be the medicinal benefits.

Allicin is antifungal in nature and is commonly used to treat many fungal infections of the skin such as athlete’s foot. Be aware that being in direct contact with an ample portion of crushed garlic can cause the skin to blister. This is rare but garlic allergies do occur in some people.

On the other hand, diallyl sulphides exhibit less medicinal benefits than allicin but this ingredient is still of use for health. While the sulphides are of no use in the antifungal department, they are useful for the circulation of blood and they help to keep the circulatory system working at its very best. Diallyl sulphides are beneficial to the immune system because they give it a much-needed boost. They also help to lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body. Just the same as allicin, garlic needs to be crushed or chopped to bring out the diallyl sulphides.

Read next post to learn some more important information about garlic.


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