A question that comes up very regularly in the comments, concerns the natural treatment of yeast infections, urinary tract infections without resorting to antibiotics. Here are the laboratory's health tips.
First of all, what is vaginal flora? It is a collection of microorganisms, bacteria and yeast, which are established in the vagina. A few hundred million of these physiological germs per milliliter constitute a protective biofilm on the vaginal mucosa and are responsible for local balance. It is in a way an ecosystem which will protect you from infectious and physico-chemical aggressions. Lactobacilli in particular have an essential role, allowing the maintenance of normal acidity in the vagina and blocking the proliferation of minority microbes
There are 3 main causes of modification of these protective germs:
The hormonal imbalance, which will modify the vaginal mucosa: menopause, use of progestins, low-dose estrogen-progestogen pill (in some cases), diabetes. According to Professor Philippe Judlin, head of the gynecology department of the Nancy regional maternity hospital, "estrogens play an essential role in obtaining and maintaining the balance of the vaginal flora".
An excess of hygiene (too frequent personal hygiene, internal vaginal douches): the protective lactobacilli are stored in the rectum and will move up to the vagina to constitute the major part of the flora. However, the usual antiseptic soaps destroy them and modify the acidity of the vagina!
Taking drugs, antibiotics in particular, which makes sense since these drugs are intended to destroy certain bacteria.
You should also know that stress and smoking decrease local vaginal immunity.
The vulvar and vaginal pH is ideally between 4 and 4.7, it can then become more basic and tend towards 5, resulting in an imbalance of the vaginal and vestibular flora (space between the labia minora).
The role of certain clothing practices in genital infections was clarified by the Italian study SOPHY (Study On pH and Hygien). If she confirmed that vaginal yeast infections are more common with underwear made of synthetic materials compared to natural materials (25.5% against 15.7%), she also reveals that the first enemy is the panty liner ! Hence a tip: wear it but occasionally. It increases the risk of yeast infections and vaginal infections if it is worn every day, by almost 35% against 25%. SOPHY also confirms that wearing very tight and tight jeans increases, due to friction, the risk of mycotic infections. The tights did not have any negative impact.
Pr Boiteux: "In tight pants, it seems quite logical, without having experimental evidence, that sweating and friction accentuate the development and passage of this pathogenic germ from the anus to the vagina. The ideal is to ventilate this region, to wear loose clothing, a fortiori in women prone to recurrent cystitis ”.
Whatever the reason for using them, some personal hygiene products could do more harm than good. This is what a study suggests that shows an increased risk of vaginal infections if some of these products are used too often.
To conduct this research, the scientists interviewed 1,500 Canadian women. They were interested in their vaginal hygiene habits, the products they use, and the frequency of their vaginal problems.
Most of the products cited were wipes, cleansing gels, anti-itch creams, moisturizers and lubricants. Women using cleansing gels are eight times more likely to have yeast infection, and 20 times more likely to develop a bacterial infection.
As incredible as it is, it is possible to find intimate deodorants commercially. Even without alcohol and perfume, these products are to be avoided because they can, in addition to unbalance your vaginal flora, trigger irritations, burns or irritations.
Some towels contain so-called "super-absorbent" gels. These are sodium polyacrylate crystals (the same ones found in diapers or baby wipes), an absorbent polymer that turns gel when wet and can absorb up to 800 times its weight in water - we also found in small white sachets that absorb moisture.
The tampons are composed of a mixture of cotton (cultivated with great reinforcement of toxic pesticides) and viscose (or rayon in English), a very absorbent artificial material, obtained from the pulp of cellulose of the trees.
Nowadays, the toxic ingredients in disposable tampons and pads include aluminum, alcohols, fragrance additives (particularly irritants) and hydrocarbons, not to mention pesticides. Worse, some buffer bleaching processes leave dioxin residue.
The vaginal wall is very absorbent, the chemicals that make up these disposable products then have no difficulty in penetrating the body. The problem is that the body does not know how to get rid of it and it accumulates over time, all these toxins dangerous for health.
Periodic organic protections are now available for women during their period, opt for pads and towels made of organic cotton without chlorine, chemical additives and natural materials.
In the vagina, there is what is called a “physiological vaginal flora”, the “vaginal microbiota”, that is to say a set of “good” bacteria. Their role is to protect the vagina from infections with bad bacteria, but also fungi.
Probiotics have demonstrated benefits in preventing recurrences, but also in reducing the symptoms of yeast infections.
The balance of the intestinal bacterial flora is a guarantee of good health. In fact, the intestinal flora plays three fundamental roles: a nutritional role, a barrier role against pathogenic microorganisms, a fundamental role in “education” and stimulation of the immune system. Probiotics, living bacteria, beneficial, are part of the intestinal flora once ingested. Prebiotics selectively stimulate the growth and / or biological activity of one or more bacterial species (probiotics)
baobab is an excellent source of prebiotics. Prebiotics "host" probiotic bacteria and stimulate their growth by feeding them.
Prebiotics are substances that improve the internal environment of the intestine. In doing so, they help nourish and conserve the good bacteria already present in the body, and allow the probiotics to act under optimal conditions.
You can take a tablespoon of powder a day for 1 month.
Baobab oil is a natural anti-yeast. It acts both as an antifungal and an antibacterial. It decreases inflammation and also stimulates the immune system.
Organic baobab oil has many “health” virtues, which allow it - in addition to being nicknamed the bottled pharmacy - to soothe several gynecological problems such as vaginal dryness and yeast infections.
Organic baobab oil is a beauty “trick” well known in the cosmetics world. It is used both to boost hair in small form and to nourish the skin. However, it is not just that. The gynecologist and phytotherapist Bérengère Arnal explains “Baobab oil is nicknamed the bottled pharmacy. Thanks to its high content of saturated fatty acid, it is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-colibacillus, anti-streptococcus, anti-staphylococcus, antiseptic, antiviral or even moisturizing ”.
You can apply it on the vulva in the evening before going to bed.
Or use it regularly as a lubricant for your sexual intercourse.
Moringa is a plant that contains many elements beneficial to health. The leaves, above all, constitute a real treasure for our organism. This herb helps to lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, help lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
The anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties of moringa help fight infections and a lot of disease. The Biologically laboratory sells it in the form of powder or capsules, here we recommend moringa leaf powder, it is easy to keep and it can be used as a dietary supplement or simply sprinkled on food.
The intimate toilet must be external: it must never concern the interior of the uterus.
On the outside, at the level of the vulva, your body knows how to defend itself very well. At the skin level, it is impermeable to bacteria. At the level of the mucosa between the labia minora, the mucosa is more fragile, but its humidity is full of antibodies and defenses (bacteria of the flora) intended to defend you.
Prefer warm water to wash the genital area (without soap). Otherwise, use soap-free soaps. Do not try to mask odors with deodorants or scented products, these weaken the mucous membranes and cause burning sensations.
Taking advantage of a salt water bath can also relieve vaginal itching. Salt will control the growth of microbes causing infection and, in turn, reduce itching and other discomforts.
Method of preparation
Add 1 tablespoon Guérande salt to a glass of baobab leaf tea and use it to wash your vagina whenever you feel itchy. This will give you instant relief.
Otherwise, fill your bathtub with hot water, baobab leaves and add ½ cup of salt. Sit in the water in a squatting position for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day for a few days to get the best results.
Intimate toilet with baobab leaves, they are soothing, disinfectant, play a role in intimate hygiene and certain plants promote tightening of the vagina and cure vaginal dryness. Intimate hygiene preserves the vaginal flora. The flora composed of lactobacilli, natural bacteria of the vagina preserves infections.
Finally the sorrel of Guinea of its scientific name Hibiscus sabdariffa, also called Bissap or Roselle) is an herbaceous plant of the family of Malvaceae which grows in tropical zone, in particular in Guinea where it comes from and then spread in the rest of West Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Benin, Togo, Niger, southern Mali, northern Ivory Coast), Botswana, and Congo. This plant is also known in Egypt, Sudan, the Central African Republic (called karakandji), Cameroon (called folere) and Mexico where it is called flor de Jamaica. In Martinique and Guadeloupe, it is called Groseille pays (Gwozey peyi in Creole) or simply Groseille as well as in South East Asia.
The karkadé - sometimes spelled "carcadet" - or bissap, is the drink prepared from the flowers of this Hibiscus with red flowers and the boiled leaves are used for personal hygiene.
Preparation of a decoction of Hibiscus flower and baobab leaf ; Boil a few leaves for 20 minutes, let cool, add a little honey to boil and cleanse the mixture obtained. This wash is known to refresh the vagina, tighten the vagina and give it a pleasant smell.
The team of the Biologically laboratory