One of the many supposed natural cures for yeast infections is a substance known as neem oil. However, since many so called home remedies are nothing more than old wives tales, you would be wise to be skeptical about whether or not it actually works.
Can neem oil actually help treat yeast infections? Is it safe, and how should it be used? In this article we’ll take a look at these questions and more, so let’s get started!
In the country of India, there is a group of trees known as neem trees, and these trees are where we get the appropriately named neem oil. It is a type of vegetable oil which has been used for centuries in cosmetics, as a pesticide, and as a medicinal remedy. Neem oil is not used for cooking purposes.
To better understand whether or not neem oil can be an effective treatment for yeast infections, we will need to take a look at the components which make up the oil. Specifically, here are some (but not all) of the fatty acids which are present in neem oil.
Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) – Making up between 6% and 16% of neem oil, linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid which has been shown to have fungicidal properties. This is significant, because a yeast infection is caused by the overgrowth of a fungus known as candida. While linoleic acid has never been tested on candida specifically, it is a good sign that it has been shown to be effective against other fungi.
Oleic Acid (Omega-9) – In the same study referenced above, oleic acid was also tested and shown to have antifungal properties. Oleic acid makes up a larger portion of neem oil than does linoleic acid, at around 25-54%.
There are many more essential fatty acids found in neem oil, some of which have also been demonstrated as having antifungal properties.
Neem oil can be applied topically to the infected areas, 2-3 times per day until the infection clears up.
Neem can also be brewed into a tea and consumed, but it is unclear as to whether or not this is an effective method of treating yeast infections.
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There is some scientific evidence suggesting that some of the ingredients in neem oil have antifungal properties, and may be capable of killing the candida bacteria which causes yeast infections. In addition to this, there is significant anecdotal evidence from people who claim to have successfully treated their yeast infections with neem oil.