Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cure A Yeast Infection?



Yeast infection or in scientific term candidiasis is one of the most common problem which is faced by people who are residents of areas experiencing hot and humid climate. As per medical experts this infection mostly appears in intestinal tract either in vagina or the mouth of the tract. If this infection develops in vagina then it is called as vaginitis.

A feeling of severe itchiness is experienced by the victim and redness develops on exterior wall of Vagina and also in inner thigh zone. One will experience irritation along with whitish or yellowish discharge from vagina. Based on data collected from medical surveys done on women we get to know that close to 80% of the global women population faced such infection in some point of the time or other. Many women accepted they try to resolve the issue on their own with some OTC medicines as well as some tropical ointments and got benefited. But in case you are suffering from this problem and want some natural remedies for fast curing of the infection then you can take the advantage of using Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV.

This infection is not restricted to vaginal area and can also occur in areas like mouth, skin and Intestine. Presence of limited numbers of yeasts is common in every intestinal tract. The situation turns worst when the yeast starts growing or gets multiply in number fast. It causes toxic effects leading to joint pain, irritability, headaches, depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness, rashes in skin, diarrhea and also intestinal cramping. You can find this infection in those skin areas which remains under a fold like breasts, area between figures and toes etc.

Oral infection gives the look of white, creamy- lesions or sores in inner part of mouth, mostly on the inner cheeks zone or at the tongue bottom and if not treated in time make the condition severe.

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help Yeast Infection?

  • Apple cider vinegar supports in treating the yeast in intestine with re-balancing the gut flora which is located in human intestines by destruction of toxic yeast.
  • Apple cider vinegar supports in curing of yeast infection caused in the vaginal zone of women.
  • Apple cider vinegar being natural antibiotic supports body to fight against all bacteria, virus other organisms causing disease.
  • Presence of mild acid in ACV supports in keeping natural pH balance even of vagina and protects from further expansion of yeast infection.
  • If consumed orally, available proteins and enzymes in ACV helps in boosting of immune system and supports in preventing yeast infections.

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How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection

how to use apple cider vinegar for yeast infection


Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection


  • 1 and 1/2  to 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of water/herbal tea

Preparation time: 3 minutes.

How to do: Take 1 and half  to 2 spoons of ACV and mix it with glass of water or  with herbal tea. Consume it 2 to 3 times daily till there is any sign of improvement.

Repetitions: 2 to 3 times daily.

How it works: Drinking apple cider vinegar with water or herbal tea will reduce the chances of developing yeast infection because it supports PH balance.

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Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection


  • 2 tbsp of diluted apple cider vinegar (Ensure that it is well diluted)
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil.

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

How to do: Take apple cider vinegar mix it with coconut oil thoroughly. clean the effected area with clean towel or cotton. Apply this resultant mixture on the effected area. wait for 15 minutes then wash the area with warm water.

Repetitions: Repeat thrice daily till infection is cured.

How it works: The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar kills the yeast infection.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Bath for Yeast Infection

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
  • lukewarm water
  • tea tree oil (Optional)

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

How to do:

  • Take apple cider vinegar and add in lukewarm water for bath.
  • Use the water to take bath for about 20 minutes.
  • If you want you can add up 3-4 drops of tea tree oil.
  • Once done make your body dry with clean towel or skin moisture will enhance yeast infection growth.

Best time to do: Daily once in morning.

How it works: This bath will helps to relief from irritation and cleanses the infection.

Note: Please make sure the area is completely dry before putting on clothes.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Tampon for Yeast Infection

You’ll need:

  • apple cider vinegar
  • water
  • tampon

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes.

How to do: Take apple cider vinegar and water in equal amounts mix well. Soak a tampon in resultant mixture for 5 minutes. Insert the soaked tampon into the vagina and wait for for  10 to 15 minutes. Remove the tampon from vagina and wash the area with warm water. Wipe the area with clean towel until it is completely dry.

Repetitions: Repeat the process 2 times. Once during the day then overnight. Continue till the infection is healed..

How it works: Apple cider vinegar tampon methods will helps to reducing the itching and irritation.

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda for Yeast Infection

You’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • warm water

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

How to do: Douche the vinegar with the fairly warm water. Let it rest for about 6 minutes. Add baking soda and then add some more water. For application, you should use the mixture to dry clean the infected area completely. Always remember to wear loose undergarments and clothes in general. The idea is to disinfect the area while ensuring that it stays dry.

Repetitions: Use this treatment once a day, and in about 2 weeks, the infection shall be gone.

[ Read: How to Use Baking Soda for Yeast Infection ]


Apple Cider Vinegar Compress for Yeast Infection

You’ll need:

  • apple cider vinegar
  • water
  • cloth/cotton

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

How to do:

  • Mix few tablespoons of ACV along with same amount of water.
  • Now damp a clean cloth or cotton in mix.
  • Make apple cider vinegar compress in affected zones for about 10 to15 minutes.
  • Then clean the area with water and pat dry.
  • Daily follow this process twice till infection disappear

Repetitions: Twice in a day.

How it works: Apple cider vinegar compress help to reducing the itching and irritation caused by the yeast infection.

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Tea Tree oil and Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection


  • 3 tablespoons of pure L. Acidophilus
  • 3/4th cup of apple cider vinegar.
  • 15 drops of pure tea oil.

Preparation time: 10 minutes.

How to do: Mix the ingredients together. Pour the mixture into 2 dropper bottles in equal proportions. Lie down on a towel and insert one of the droppers into the vagina. Squeeze until the dropper is empty of liquid.

Repetitions: Repeat twice daily till the infection is healed.

How it works: Apple cider vinegar balances the pH level and helps to heal the affected area.

Tip: Store the other bottle for future use.

[ Read: How to Use Tea Tree oil for Yeast Infection ]

Apple Cider Vinegar Douche for Yeast Infection

You’ll need:

  • 3 spoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cap of distilled water

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

How to do: Take apple cider vinegar and mix with a cap of distilled water. Apply the mixture for Vagina douche. After starting the process the infection in the Vagina and irritation will start reducing. For severe condition follow the process twice a day. After noticing improvement reduce it to once a day.

Repetitions: Once in a day.

How it works: This method is considered best for maintaining Ph balance of Vagina.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Garlic for Yeast Infection


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tissue paper

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

Procedure: Crush fresh garlic cloves and mix it with apple cider vinegar. Clean the effected area using a tissue paper. Rub this mixture on the affected area and wait for about 20 minutes. Then, wash this area using warm water.

How it works: Apple cider vinegar is one of the strongest antibiotics and also balances the pH level when mixed with garlic becomes more powerful to kill the infection.

Repetitions: Once a day.

Best time to apply: Before you go to sleep.

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Ingredients Used in Making of Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection

As apple cider vinegar is basically a prebiotic and so you need to make sure that you are consuming sufficient good bacteria so that it can perform well. Go for fermented foods which will be helpful to support the action of ACV on your body.  ACV contains malic acid which is popular as anti-viral, anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungal properties.

  • Select organic ACV which is unpasteurized, unprocessed as well as unfiltered.
  • Go for ACV having “mother” of vinegar. It floats on the top of the vinegar having beneficial enzymes, bacteria as well as trace minerals

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar at Home?

You need:

  • Apple cores with peels. Collect it from 8 to 10 apples
  • 2 spoon raw ACV having mother
  • 2 spoon raw honey
  • Water (non-chlorinated)
  • 2 quart glass jar
  • Paper towel
  • Rubber band

How to do:

  • Mix all the ingredients in glass jar and cover with cloth and tight with rubber band and let air come in contact with the mix. 
  • Place in warm and dark place and keep for 2 weeks. ensure to stir the mix every day.
  • After 2 weeks now filter the mixture and store it in a clean jar.
  • Now cover again and leave it for say another 2 weeks to 1 months and keep tasting it to know if it’s ready.
  • Once ready its time to end the process of fermentation.
  • Cover the jar with cap and place in refrigerator.  Now use it for treating yeast infection.

Vagina is a delicate area of a woman’s body and so it is advisable for you to consult your gynaecologist before applying this method for treating yeast infection in the vagina. If you want you can make use of tampon dipped in ACV in dilute form for treating the infection in vagina as it will be in close contact with vagina wall. Keep it for no more than 10-15 minutes.

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Written by: Pravallika Menon

Pravallika Menon is editor & Writer for "". Full time beautician for a organic Hair n Makeup saloon. She has completed graduation in Andhra University. Social Activist & Yoga Trainer.