A woman in her reproductive or child-bearing years is usually prone to having an infection in the vagina. Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common infection.
It’s even more common than a yeast infection, as a matter of fact, 1 in 3 women can have BV, although sometimes it can be asymptomatic and women can only find out they have BV when they go to a medical care provider for a checkup.
Is it OK to use essential oils for BV?
In this article, we will focus on the effects of essential oils and how they can help treat BV.
Bacterial Vaginosis is a common infection among women between 15-44 years old. Sexually active or not, a woman can get bv, however, those who practice unprotected sex are more prone to getting it. Bacterial Vaginosis usually occurs because there is a disruption in the normal flora of the vagina.
The vagina normally contains both beneficial and bad bacteria. When there is a sudden imbalance in the number of bacteria, there is a high possibility that the bad bacteria will multiply and proliferate. This leads to an infection occurring.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils have been popular lately because of the different benefits they give. They are known for being powerful and are capable of fighting off bacteria that can cause different types of infection. Essential oils can be used as a natural remedy against bacterial infections.
There are essential oils that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. They help reduce the symptoms and stop the bacteria from causing possible complications. When using essential oils, you must first consult your medical care provider for advice.
Can You Use Essential Oils For BV?
There are studies done which showed that essential oils are the new antibiotics. They can be as powerful as over the counter medications used for treating various infections and one of them is Bacterial Vaginosis. Many women have seen good results with this type of treatment.
Essential Oils You Can Use For BV?
1. Thyme Essential Oil – This essential oil is powerful enough to fight off bacteria and clear up infections just like antibiotics. A study was done where thyme essential oil was used in BV and the result was impressive, it was able to clear up BV symptoms as well as getting rid of recurring episodes of BV.
You can use thyme essential oils by diluting 1-2 drops with a carrier oil, it can be coconut oil or jojoba oil onto the affected area. Apply daily to see results fast.
2. Tea Tree Oil – Tea Tree Oil is made from the leaves of a tree plant commonly found in Australia. It is known for its benefits in healing cuts, burns, scrapes because it has antiseptic properties. This oil is extremely potent and must be diluted before using it. It May cause burns when it is applied without diluting. Use drops of water or carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil to lessen its potency.
It can help stop the multiplication and the overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. It does not have side effects however, it must be used with caution, never use it directly on the vagina. Use tea tree oil by adding 10 drops on your bath water daily. It will help deal with the symptoms of BV.
(Important Note): Some people are allergic to tea tree oil. You can check for a reaction by rubbing a little oil on your forearm. If there is no reaction between 24-48 hours you can use it safely. Tea tree oil can burn your skin. It is also not safe to use for pregnant women.
3. Cinnamon Essential Oil – Cinnamon oil when mixed with glycerin can help stimulate the immune system. It has been found out in a study that it has potent antibacterial properties that are effective in fighting off bacteria and eliminating the symptoms of BV and restoring balance in the vaginal ecosystem. Cinnamon oil has the strongest antibacterial activity against infectious diseases. Other studies done showed that cinnamon oil is effective against gram positive and gram negative bacteria.
4. Garlic Essential Oil – Garlic Essential oil is known for its potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic has been used for thousands of years. It can be applied topically but it can also be mixed with other oils if the smell is too pungent.
Using garlic for BV will help deal with the symptoms such as vaginal odour and discharge. It can also be used to improve the immune system. Oils can be applied in the vagina but it is best to consult your medical care provider first before doing so.
Garlic capsules can also be used as a supplement. You can also add it to your daily diet in order for you to reduce the risk of getting bv but please do not Insert the garlic into the vagina as it can cause burns.
5. Rosemary Essential Oil – Rosemary essential oil is known for its powerful antibacterial properties. It can be used topically but it must be diluted with water or carrier oil as it can cause irritation and sensitivity.
6. Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has a lot of health benefits. It contains Lauric acid which has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil is gentle and can be used in the vagina 3 times a day. Coconut oil is safe to consume, it will help boost the immune system and balance the vaginal ecosystem.
7. Lavender Essential Oil – Aside from it being effective in making your home smell great, you can also use lavender oil to fight off bacteria that causes BV. It is effective in fighting foreign pathogens and anaerobes that cause BV and it does not harm Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria.
Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common infection in the vagina. It usually occurs when the bacteria population is affected by certain factors. When the good bacteria suddenly decrease in number the vaginal pH can be affected and it can allow the growth and proliferation of bad bacteria.
Essential oils are powerful because they have anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can be used as home remedies to treat BV. There was a study done which showed women who took tea tree oil for BV were cured of the symptoms.
Essential oils can be quite potent so need to be diluted with water or 5-10 drops of carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, or olive oil.
When you decide to try out essential oils to treat BV, always check with your medical care provider. They may be generally safe to use but it is important that you use them with caution. Pregnant women must always consult their doctor before using essential oils to treat BV.