Vaginal odor is a topic most women often shy away from even when they want to discuss about it. Vaginal odor is quite common with women but the good news is it can be taken care of. While vaginal odor is quite common and normal, excessive odor can imply an imbalance in the vaginal bacterial flora.
It might sometimes be embarrassing. Much like your feet or breath, your vagina too has a smell mainly because of an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast.
There are vaginal creams and feminine washes that claim to remedy this situation and leave your vagina smelling fresh like dewdrops and all things naturally fragrant. These creams can be dangerous because they contain chemicals that might in turn be harmful to you.
In this post, we have outlined 5 home-made remedies that can cure that odor. Trust us, these remedies are the best bet.
1.Drink More Water
If you stay hydrated, it will help flush out bacteria from all parts of your body, including the vagina. The ideal amount for women is about 1.8 liters (about 0.5 gallon) of water per day. Women who are overweight or those who live in tropical climates like Nigeria should drink even more!
2.Eat Or Apply Yogurt
Probiotics such as yogurt are effective agents for the treatment and/or prevention of bacterial vaginosis – an infection of the vagina. Consuming yogurt regularly helps reduce cases of vaginal odor. However, you may also apply it topically to get rid of the odor really fast.
3.Eat Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria inside your vagina. Thus, consuming citrus fruits really helps reduce the vaginal odor. However, we wouldn’t advise applying citrus fruit pulp down there. The fruit sugars may contribute to fungal growth.
Examples of citrus fruits are Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, e.t.c.
4.Drinking Or Washing With Baking Soda
Baking soda is purported to remedy the pH imbalance that encourages bacterial growth inside your vagina.
There are a couple of ways you can use baking soda to eliminate bacterial vaginosis (Vagina infection):
- Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda into an 8 oz glass of water and drink it daily.
- You can also mix baking soda in water and use it as a vaginal wash.
Guava leaves contain tannins, antioxidants, antibacterial, and anti-proactive properties. Guava leaves have been used to treat wounds and prevent microbial infections. Here is how to use guava leaves to treat foul vaginal odor.
Throw in the 4-5 guava leaves into the one liter of water and boil the water until it reduces to half. Drink this before breakfast every alternate day for two weeks. You will experience a great result.
This amazing fruit is said to be beneficial for your vaginal health and odor. The strong smell of pineapple improves the odor of your vaginal secretions. All you have to do is include raw pineapple and pineapple juice in your regular diet. You can drink one to two glasses of fresh pineapple juice every day for a few days.