If you walk into a drug store and (probably discreetly!) wander over to the section with yeast infection treatments, you will probably find at least a few dozen products and some will work wonders, while others will not.
One thing you will not likely find, however, is something called jojoba oil. Despite this, people do use jojoba oil for their yeast infections.
So just what is jojoba oil, and can it actually work as a yeast infection treatment? Let’s find out!
In the southwestern United States, and northwestern Mexico, there is a small shrub named simmondsia chinensis, more commonly referred to simply as Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba). It is from the seeds of this plant that we get jojoba oil, with mature jojoba seeds are approximately 54% oil by weight.
The freshly extracted jojoba oil is a golden-yellow color with a nutty odor, however both the color and odor are lost during the refining process.
Jojoba oil is commonly used for cosmetic applications, although it does have other uses. It is often used for many of the purposes that whale oil was used for before it became illegal to import in the 1970′s.
So how can jojoba oil be used to treat yeast infections?
Jojoba oil is applied topically, never consumed. Because it is remarkably similar to human sebum (natural skin oil), jojoba oil can actually be safely applied anywhere you are experiencing a yeast infection, even vaginally. In fact, jojoba oil is often used as a sexual lubricant!
Well, unfortunately this is where things become unclear.
There has never been any sort of scientific study on the effects of jojoba oil on candida yeast, so the only evidence we have to support the notion that is works is anecdotal at best.
With that being said, it does make sense that jojoba oil could help get rid of yeast. It has been established that jojoba oil has definite anti-fungal properties, and a yeast infection is actually a type of fungal infection. The real question would be: Does jojoba oil kill the candida (yeast) fungus? The answer is currently unknown.
Some people swear that it works for them, and I’m certainly inclined to believe that it absolutely can help some people get over yeast infections quicker.
At the very least, jojoba oil CAN be used preventatively. As I’ve stated above, jojoba oil is sometimes used as a personal lubricant for sex. Since some traditional lubricants can disrupt the natural chemical balance of the vagina and lead to yeast infections, you can simply replace those with the more natural jojoba oil and it should help to prevent further yeast infections.
Jojoba oil can be found in many health food and alternative medicine shops, but you are less likely to find it in traditional drug stores. It may be easier to simply buy it online, where you will have a wide selection to choose from.
In conclusion, there is no definitive proof that jojoba oil can be used to treat yeast infections, although its fungicidal properties make it a likely candidate for a treatment option, and it can certainly be used to prevent yeast infections caused by more traditional personal lubricants.