Benefits of Organic Cleaning Products…do you know what they are?

Benefits of Organic Cleaning ProductsThe Benefits of Organic Cleaning Products

So many people I talk with are trying to live healthier lives by changing their eating habits, but have you ever thought about your living environment and about the benefits of organic cleaning products?

Everyone wants a clean living or work environment, but cleaning can be hazardous to your health if you use cleaners with harmful toxins. Exposure to these toxins found in cleaning products can worsen asthma and can cause allergic reactions.

You may not even be aware that you’re polluting your home when you clean, but if you check the ingredients posted on the side or back of regular cleaners, you’ll see many allergy and even cancer causing ingredients listed.

Using organic cleaning products offers many benefits that chemical based products do not. By using organic cleaners, you can purge your home of chemical cleaning toxins. Organic cleaning products do not contain the harsh chemicals that can not only harm your skin but which can affect your lungs if you breathe in the vapors.

Cleaning products are used in every room in the house; on counters, floors, and on furniture.   Everyone in the house is exposed to whatever active ingredients are contained in those cleaning products. What do you want your family to come in contact with and be exposed to?

The number of children diagnosed with asthma is definitely on the rise, and concerns have been raised by study groups that exposure to the toxins found in household chemicals may be partly to blame.

One form of asthma, called extrinsic asthma, is caused by environmental contaminants. By using organic products, you’ll create a safer home environment for everyone’s breathing. Because they’re non-toxic, organic cleaners are safer to use around kids, and they’re also safer to use around your pets, too!

Organic is better for allergy suffers as well as for asthma sufferers. Going organic cuts down on (and in many cases eliminates) illness brought on by exposure to chemical cleaners. Not only are organic products better to use in your home for health reasons, but they’re also better for the environment.

Chemical cleaners can contain harsh abrasives that damage the surfaces of counters – even granite ones – and bathroom fixtures too, while organic products are gentle and won’t hurt these surfaces. Even when you’re finished using a chemical cleaner, the chemical toxicity can stay on your counters, tubs and toilet for several hours, if not longer, before they completely evaporate.

Organic cleaners can clean as well as (and in many cases better than) chemical cleaners. Plus, there’s the cost involved. Chemical cleaners may seem a lot less expensive, but they’re really not in the long run. The reason is because they don’t last as long as organic cleaning products do, so you have to buy them more often. Because you can use less of an organic cleaning product, it lasts longer and is less expensive.

One of my favorite go-to cleansers is good old fashioned vinegar!  You can use vinegar in so many ways, from laundry to glass cleaner and more.  And, here’s a link to my current favorite all purpose cleanser.  I just love the fresh grapefruit smell it leaves behind.  Discover the benefits of organic cleaning products.  It’s a great way to begin the New Year…with a clean, healthy home!

Next week we’ll talk about some of the most important ingredients to watch out for on the chemical cleaning list so you can begin to be aware of what you’re using to clean your home and where you can make the easiest, most beneficial changes.

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

 

I am Cheryl A Major, and I am dedicated to teaching others the way to better mental and physical health by learning a few simple principles of clean eating. Get started right away here at http://ThinStrongHealthy.com and you’ll be on your way to your own health revolution!

 

 

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Do’s and Don’ts for Treating Burns: Should You Pop a Burn Blister?

Burns can cause serious skin wounds that need proper treatment to prevent complications as the burn wound heals. If the burn is severe, you may end up having one or more burn blisters as the wound heals. You should always avoid popping a burn blister because the wound could become easily infected.

Knowing the best methods for treating burns will help to speed up recovery time. Running the wound under cold water or applying damp cold compresses are usually the best first-aid treatments for mild to moderate burns. Depending on the severity of burn wound, you may also need to put a dressing and bandage on the wound. This is especially important if the burn blister has broken.

In this article, you will find out the best ways to treat burns to make sure your skin recovers properly. Also, I will discuss what you should never do if you have suffered a burn. You will also find out the medical reasons why you shouldn’t pop a burn blister.

What is a Burn Blister?

Burn blisters usually appear after a second-degree burn to your skin. Dr. Benjamin Wedro on MedicineNet says that blistering from severe burns will be accompanied by pain, redness, and inflammation. It is also possible that burn blisters only appear later as the burn wound continues to affect the skin.1

According to the journal Burns & Trauma, burn blisters occur because the top layer of skin (the epidermis) is destroyed. Burn blister fluids are essential to help the skin regenerate and grow back again. The fluids that fill burn blisters contain red blood cells and proteins that are essential in the wound healing process.2

If the burn is very severe and deep, there may be permanent damage to the deeper layer of the skin. This can result in scarring, changes in your skin color, and loss of hair from the burned area. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that sometimes, damage caused by a very severe burn can continue to appear years after the burn wound has healed.3

Should You Pop a Burn Blister?

Most doctors agree that you should never pop a burn blister yourself.

Doctors from the National Health Service (NHS) say that popping a blister at home can lead to secondary skin infections. These infections can affect the burn wound and can be more complicated to treat properly. When treating burns that have blistered, you should be careful not to burst the blister.4

Does this mean that a burn blister should never be popped in any circumstance? The NHS says that in some cases medical professionals may drain large burn blisters or blisters that are liable to burst. In some cases, doctors may remove the top layer of the blister. However, you shouldn’t burst blisters yourself.4

In any case, doctors recommend that you seek medical advice if second or third-degree burns have resulted in skin blistering.

How Long Does It Take for a Burn Blister to Heal?

According to medical experts on burn traumas, second-degree burns will take around 2-3 weeks to heal completely. However, much depends on the severity of the burn and how well you treat and care for the burns.

For example, researchers say that in the first 3 days after a bad burn, the burn wound is still in a “dynamic state.” This means that the burn may continue to get worse during these days. This is often the case with sunburn burn blisters where they usually appear the day after. With the proper treatment, burns should heal in 10-14 days.2

However, the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery reports that some type of burn wounds can take several weeks to heal completely.6

How to Treat a Burn Blister

If you get burned and the skin blisters, you should be very careful not to break the blister. Treating a burn blister requires delicate care and attention.

Doctors from WebMD say that the first step to treat a burn blister is to gently run cool water over the burn blister for 15-30 minutes to prevent the burn becoming more serious. It is also important to avoid using iced water as ice can damage the sensitive layer of skin even more.5

To treat a burn blister that hasn’t popped may require nothing more than just gentle cleaning to prevent infection. If there is a likelihood that the blister could burst, then doctors recommend applying a sterile dressing and bandage to the wound (make sure to wash your hands first before touching the burn to avoid infection).

What Do You Put on a Burn Blister After It Pops?

If a burn blister pops and the fluid drains out, it’s important to cover the area with a dressing to keep germs away from the wound.

Doctors from WebMD say that you should apply a clean bandage to a burn blister that has broken. First, you can apply an antibiotic cream and then put a clean bandage on the wound. The bandage can be changed every 24 hours and if it has stuck to the wound, you should soak it in warm water before removing.5

Researchers from the University of Maryland say that you can apply some honey to broken burn blisters in place of an antibiotic cream. Honey has antibacterial properties and can help to naturally prevent burn blisters becoming infected.7

What to do When You Get Burned

If you suffer a first, second, or third-degree burn, it’s important to follow the proper first aid to speed up recovery.

The first step to take when you get burned is to apply cool water to the injured skin. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic recommend that you do the following for burns:8

Cool the affected area. For first and second-degree burns you should run the burned area under cool water for at least 15 minutes. This will help to slow down the progression of the burn.

For larger areas or parts of your body that you can’t put under cool water, you can use a cool, damp towel to cool the burn.

Remove anything tight. Second-degree burn can cause swelling in the injured area. Therefore, you should remove any rings or tight clothing before any swelling occurs.

Treat the burn properly. Apply aloe vera gel or honey to the burn injury to help boost the healing process. Keeping the wound moist with natural antibacterial ointments will prevent infections developing and quicken the healing process. Then apply a non-stick gauze or dressing.

Elevate the area. For larger burns that are painful, try to keep the limb or part of your body elevated as much as possible.

Third-degree burns require prompt medical attention. A third-degree burn or full-thickness burn will look like the skin is white or charred. The wound may also be painless if the nerve endings in your skin have been damaged.

How to Take Care of a Burn

Depending on the type of burn you have suffered, it may take some weeks for the wound to heal. During this time, it’s important to know how to take care of a burn and reduce the risk of scarring and infection. According to the journal American Family Physician, you should care for a burn following these methods: 9

  • Always wash your hands before handling the burn.
  • Apply an antibacterial ointment (see below why honey can be used as an antibacterial agent) and a thin non-stick gauze.
  • Change the dressing every day and apply ointment.
  • When you change the dressing, check for signs of infection.
  • If you notice increased redness, discharge, or the wound is more painful, you should visit your doctor.
  • Avoid the temptation to scratch the wound as it heals.

What to Put on a Burn

Let’s look in more detail at what you can put on a burn and burn blister to help accelerate the wound healing process.

Damp towel

Damp towels can help to keep the burn wound cool when it’s not possible to run cold water over the burn. In fact, doctors from the American Academy of Family Physicians say that you can put clean wet cloth on the burns for the first few days after the injury.9

Honey

Honey is an effective natural ointment that you can put on a burn or burn blister to speed up healing.

According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, a topical application of honey can help wounds heal faster. Researchers found that honey contains many antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help prevent infections developing in wounds. It was found that when honey was used to dress a burn wound, the wound became sterile quicker than some popular antibacterial creams.10

When applying honey to heal a burn wound, it’s important to use a clean cotton swab to gently apply the remedy. You should also avoid putting a used swab back in the honey when reapplying it.

You can also use honey as a natural remedy for sunburned lips.

Aloe vera gel

You can use aloe vera gel directly on mild to severe burns to help improve the skin’s appearance, boost healing, and help prevent scars developing.

Research into the healing properties of aloe vera has found why aloe vera is a good natural remedy for burns. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that aloe vera contains enzymes, vitamins, and minerals nourish the skin. Aloe vera also contains antioxidants and is antibacterial. Aloe vera also improves collagen production in the skin which accelerates burn wound healing.11

According to the journal Phytomedicine, aloe vera can be used as a first aid treatment for first, second, and third-degree burns. Applying aloe vera to a burn helped to reduce inflammation and prevent further skin damage. The researchers concluded that aloe vera is an effective natural remedy for burn treatment.12

Silver sulfadiazine (SSD)

Silver sulfadiazine is an antibacterial pharmaceutical cream that is often recommended by doctors for applying to large burns.

According to Drugs.com, silver sulfadiazine is used to treat or prevent skin infections in serious or severe burns. If you have a skin infection that is difficult to treat, silver sulfadiazine may help clear the infection quicker. However, it has some side effects that can affect kidney function and it shouldn’t be used by pregnant mothers who are near their delivery date.13

For example, the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery reported that SSD has excellent antibacterial effect in treating skin infections. In their study, it was superior to honey.14 However, as already mentioned, other studies have shown that honey can be superior and more effective than silver sulfadiazine.10

How to Keep a Burn from Blistering

Even with the right treatment for burn healing, it is not always possible to prevent burn blisters. Burned skin blisters form to help the damaged epidermis heal. The thin layer of skin filled with fluid is actually essential to the healing process.

Dr. Roger Henderson on Patient.info says that partial-thickness burns (second-degree burns) form blisters when the extent of the burn isn’t too deep.15

Should you Grease a Burn?

No. You should never put grease or butter on a burn as this may hinder the healing process.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center say that putting grease on a burn is a common first-aid mistake. Anything greasy on a burn will delay healing.16

Instead, you should apply honey or aloe vera to a burn to help boost the wound healing process.

Is it OK to Put Neosporin on a Burn?

Neosporin is another popular topical cream that is used to treat burn infections and prevent them from occurring. According to one study, Neosporin didn’t have a good antibacterial effect when used in burn treatments.14

One study did show that Neosporin powder could accelerate wound healing. The journal International Surgery reported that a combination of povidone-iodine and Neosporin powder could help improve wound healing. However, this should be done by a qualified doctor.17

Burns – When to See a Doctor

With the proper care and using home remedies, you can successfully treat first-degree burns and most second degree-burns. However, in some cases, you should seek prompt medical care if you suffer serious burns or you notice burn blisters or signs of infection.

Doctors from the National Health Service say that burns that require medical attention are the following:4

  • Burns that cover an area of your body larger than your hand.
  • Any kind of burn that leaves white marks or charring on your skin.
  • Any burns that are caused by electricity or chemical spills.

In addition to the following, you should seek medical advice to treat burns that have blistered, show signs of infection like pus oozing from the wound, or a wound that won’t heal with natural or pharmaceutical remedies.

Read my other related articles:

Medical References

  1. MedicineNet. First aid for burns.
  2. Burns Trauma. 2013; 1(1): 27–31.
  3. Indian J Dermatol. 2015 May-Jun; 60(3): 323.
  4. NHS. Burns and scalds.
  5. WebMD. Home treatment for second-degree burns.
  6. Indian J Plast Surg. 2012 May-Aug; 45(2): 364–373.
  7. UMM. Burns.
  8. MayoClinic. Burns: first aid.
  9. Am Fam Physician.2000 Nov 1;62(9):2029-2030.
  10. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2011 Sep-Dec; 4(3): 183–187.
  11. Indian J Dermatol. 2008; 53(4): 163–166.
  12.  1996 Jan;2(3):247-51.
  13. DrugsCom. Silver sulfadiazine topical.
  14. Indian J Plast Surg.2012 May;45(2):374-8.
  15. PatientInfo. Burns and scalds.
  16. URMC. How to avoid common first aid mistakes.
  17. Int Surg.1988 Apr-Jun;73(2):126-9.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Treating Burns: Should You Pop a Burn Blister?

Burns can cause serious skin wounds that need proper treatment to prevent complications as the burn wound heals. If the burn is severe, you may end up having one or more burn blisters as the wound heals. You should always avoid popping a burn blister because the wound could become easily infected.

Knowing the best methods for treating burns will help to speed up recovery time. Running the wound under cold water or applying damp cold compresses are usually the best first-aid treatments for mild to moderate burns. Depending on the severity of burn wound, you may also need to put a dressing and bandage on the wound. This is especially important if the burn blister has broken.

In this article, you will find out the best ways to treat burns to make sure your skin recovers properly. Also, I will discuss what you should never do if you have suffered a burn. You will also find out the medical reasons why you shouldn’t pop a burn blister.

What is a Burn Blister?

Burn blisters usually appear after a second-degree burn to your skin. Dr. Benjamin Wedro on MedicineNet says that blistering from severe burns will be accompanied by pain, redness, and inflammation. It is also possible that burn blisters only appear later as the burn wound continues to affect the skin.1

According to the journal Burns & Trauma, burn blisters occur because the top layer of skin (the epidermis) is destroyed. Burn blister fluids are essential to help the skin regenerate and grow back again. The fluids that fill burn blisters contain red blood cells and proteins that are essential in the wound healing process.2

If the burn is very severe and deep, there may be permanent damage to the deeper layer of the skin. This can result in scarring, changes in your skin color, and loss of hair from the burned area. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that sometimes, damage caused by a very severe burn can continue to appear years after the burn wound has healed.3

Should You Pop a Burn Blister?

Most doctors agree that you should never pop a burn blister yourself.

Doctors from the National Health Service (NHS) say that popping a blister at home can lead to secondary skin infections. These infections can affect the burn wound and can be more complicated to treat properly. When treating burns that have blistered, you should be careful not to burst the blister.4

Does this mean that a burn blister should never be popped in any circumstance? The NHS says that in some cases medical professionals may drain large burn blisters or blisters that are liable to burst. In some cases, doctors may remove the top layer of the blister. However, you shouldn’t burst blisters yourself.4

In any case, doctors recommend that you seek medical advice if second or third-degree burns have resulted in skin blistering.

How Long Does It Take for a Burn Blister to Heal?

According to medical experts on burn traumas, second-degree burns will take around 2-3 weeks to heal completely. However, much depends on the severity of the burn and how well you treat and care for the burns.

For example, researchers say that in the first 3 days after a bad burn, the burn wound is still in a “dynamic state.” This means that the burn may continue to get worse during these days. This is often the case with sunburn burn blisters where they usually appear the day after. With the proper treatment, burns should heal in 10-14 days.2

However, the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery reports that some type of burn wounds can take several weeks to heal completely.6

How to Treat a Burn Blister

If you get burned and the skin blisters, you should be very careful not to break the blister. Treating a burn blister requires delicate care and attention.

Doctors from WebMD say that the first step to treat a burn blister is to gently run cool water over the burn blister for 15-30 minutes to prevent the burn becoming more serious. It is also important to avoid using iced water as ice can damage the sensitive layer of skin even more.5

To treat a burn blister that hasn’t popped may require nothing more than just gentle cleaning to prevent infection. If there is a likelihood that the blister could burst, then doctors recommend applying a sterile dressing and bandage to the wound (make sure to wash your hands first before touching the burn to avoid infection).

What Do You Put on a Burn Blister After It Pops?

If a burn blister pops and the fluid drains out, it’s important to cover the area with a dressing to keep germs away from the wound.

Doctors from WebMD say that you should apply a clean bandage to a burn blister that has broken. First, you can apply an antibiotic cream and then put a clean bandage on the wound. The bandage can be changed every 24 hours and if it has stuck to the wound, you should soak it in warm water before removing.5

Researchers from the University of Maryland say that you can apply some honey to broken burn blisters in place of an antibiotic cream. Honey has antibacterial properties and can help to naturally prevent burn blisters becoming infected.7

What to do When You Get Burned

If you suffer a first, second, or third-degree burn, it’s important to follow the proper first aid to speed up recovery.

The first step to take when you get burned is to apply cool water to the injured skin. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic recommend that you do the following for burns:8

Cool the affected area. For first and second-degree burns you should run the burned area under cool water for at least 15 minutes. This will help to slow down the progression of the burn.

For larger areas or parts of your body that you can’t put under cool water, you can use a cool, damp towel to cool the burn.

Remove anything tight. Second-degree burn can cause swelling in the injured area. Therefore, you should remove any rings or tight clothing before any swelling occurs.

Treat the burn properly. Apply aloe vera gel or honey to the burn injury to help boost the healing process. Keeping the wound moist with natural antibacterial ointments will prevent infections developing and quicken the healing process. Then apply a non-stick gauze or dressing.

Elevate the area. For larger burns that are painful, try to keep the limb or part of your body elevated as much as possible.

Third-degree burns require prompt medical attention. A third-degree burn or full-thickness burn will look like the skin is white or charred. The wound may also be painless if the nerve endings in your skin have been damaged.

How to Take Care of a Burn

Depending on the type of burn you have suffered, it may take some weeks for the wound to heal. During this time, it’s important to know how to take care of a burn and reduce the risk of scarring and infection. According to the journal American Family Physician, you should care for a burn following these methods: 9

  • Always wash your hands before handling the burn.
  • Apply an antibacterial ointment (see below why honey can be used as an antibacterial agent) and a thin non-stick gauze.
  • Change the dressing every day and apply ointment.
  • When you change the dressing, check for signs of infection.
  • If you notice increased redness, discharge, or the wound is more painful, you should visit your doctor.
  • Avoid the temptation to scratch the wound as it heals.

What to Put on a Burn

Let’s look in more detail at what you can put on a burn and burn blister to help accelerate the wound healing process.

Damp towel

Damp towels can help to keep the burn wound cool when it’s not possible to run cold water over the burn. In fact, doctors from the American Academy of Family Physicians say that you can put clean wet cloth on the burns for the first few days after the injury.9

Honey

Honey is an effective natural ointment that you can put on a burn or burn blister to speed up healing.

According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, a topical application of honey can help wounds heal faster. Researchers found that honey contains many antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help prevent infections developing in wounds. It was found that when honey was used to dress a burn wound, the wound became sterile quicker than some popular antibacterial creams.10

When applying honey to heal a burn wound, it’s important to use a clean cotton swab to gently apply the remedy. You should also avoid putting a used swab back in the honey when reapplying it.

You can also use honey as a natural remedy for sunburned lips.

Aloe vera gel

You can use aloe vera gel directly on mild to severe burns to help improve the skin’s appearance, boost healing, and help prevent scars developing.

Research into the healing properties of aloe vera has found why aloe vera is a good natural remedy for burns. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that aloe vera contains enzymes, vitamins, and minerals nourish the skin. Aloe vera also contains antioxidants and is antibacterial. Aloe vera also improves collagen production in the skin which accelerates burn wound healing.11

According to the journal Phytomedicine, aloe vera can be used as a first aid treatment for first, second, and third-degree burns. Applying aloe vera to a burn helped to reduce inflammation and prevent further skin damage. The researchers concluded that aloe vera is an effective natural remedy for burn treatment.12

Silver sulfadiazine (SSD)

Silver sulfadiazine is an antibacterial pharmaceutical cream that is often recommended by doctors for applying to large burns.

According to Drugs.com, silver sulfadiazine is used to treat or prevent skin infections in serious or severe burns. If you have a skin infection that is difficult to treat, silver sulfadiazine may help clear the infection quicker. However, it has some side effects that can affect kidney function and it shouldn’t be used by pregnant mothers who are near their delivery date.13

For example, the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery reported that SSD has excellent antibacterial effect in treating skin infections. In their study, it was superior to honey.14 However, as already mentioned, other studies have shown that honey can be superior and more effective than silver sulfadiazine.10

How to Keep a Burn from Blistering

Even with the right treatment for burn healing, it is not always possible to prevent burn blisters. Burned skin blisters form to help the damaged epidermis heal. The thin layer of skin filled with fluid is actually essential to the healing process.

Dr. Roger Henderson on Patient.info says that partial-thickness burns (second-degree burns) form blisters when the extent of the burn isn’t too deep.15

Should you Grease a Burn?

No. You should never put grease or butter on a burn as this may hinder the healing process.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center say that putting grease on a burn is a common first-aid mistake. Anything greasy on a burn will delay healing.16

Instead, you should apply honey or aloe vera to a burn to help boost the wound healing process.

Is it OK to Put Neosporin on a Burn?

Neosporin is another popular topical cream that is used to treat burn infections and prevent them from occurring. According to one study, Neosporin didn’t have a good antibacterial effect when used in burn treatments.14

One study did show that Neosporin powder could accelerate wound healing. The journal International Surgery reported that a combination of povidone-iodine and Neosporin powder could help improve wound healing. However, this should be done by a qualified doctor.17

Burns – When to See a Doctor

With the proper care and using home remedies, you can successfully treat first-degree burns and most second degree-burns. However, in some cases, you should seek prompt medical care if you suffer serious burns or you notice burn blisters or signs of infection.

Doctors from the National Health Service say that burns that require medical attention are the following:4

  • Burns that cover an area of your body larger than your hand.
  • Any kind of burn that leaves white marks or charring on your skin.
  • Any burns that are caused by electricity or chemical spills.

In addition to the following, you should seek medical advice to treat burns that have blistered, show signs of infection like pus oozing from the wound, or a wound that won’t heal with natural or pharmaceutical remedies.

Read my other related articles:

Medical References

  1. MedicineNet. First aid for burns.
  2. Burns Trauma. 2013; 1(1): 27–31.
  3. Indian J Dermatol. 2015 May-Jun; 60(3): 323.
  4. NHS. Burns and scalds.
  5. WebMD. Home treatment for second-degree burns.
  6. Indian J Plast Surg. 2012 May-Aug; 45(2): 364–373.
  7. UMM. Burns.
  8. MayoClinic. Burns: first aid.
  9. Am Fam Physician.2000 Nov 1;62(9):2029-2030.
  10. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2011 Sep-Dec; 4(3): 183–187.
  11. Indian J Dermatol. 2008; 53(4): 163–166.
  12.  1996 Jan;2(3):247-51.
  13. DrugsCom. Silver sulfadiazine topical.
  14. Indian J Plast Surg.2012 May;45(2):374-8.
  15. PatientInfo. Burns and scalds.
  16. URMC. How to avoid common first aid mistakes.
  17. Int Surg.1988 Apr-Jun;73(2):126-9.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Treating Burns: Should You Pop a Burn Blister?

Burns can cause serious skin wounds that need proper treatment to prevent complications as the burn wound heals. If the burn is severe, you may end up having one or more burn blisters as the wound heals. You should always avoid popping a burn blister because the wound could become easily infected.

Knowing the best methods for treating burns will help to speed up recovery time. Running the wound under cold water or applying damp cold compresses are usually the best first-aid treatments for mild to moderate burns. Depending on the severity of burn wound, you may also need to put a dressing and bandage on the wound. This is especially important if the burn blister has broken.

In this article, you will find out the best ways to treat burns to make sure your skin recovers properly. Also, I will discuss what you should never do if you have suffered a burn. You will also find out the medical reasons why you shouldn’t pop a burn blister.

What is a Burn Blister?

Burn blisters usually appear after a second-degree burn to your skin. Dr. Benjamin Wedro on MedicineNet says that blistering from severe burns will be accompanied by pain, redness, and inflammation. It is also possible that burn blisters only appear later as the burn wound continues to affect the skin.1

According to the journal Burns & Trauma, burn blisters occur because the top layer of skin (the epidermis) is destroyed. Burn blister fluids are essential to help the skin regenerate and grow back again. The fluids that fill burn blisters contain red blood cells and proteins that are essential in the wound healing process.2

If the burn is very severe and deep, there may be permanent damage to the deeper layer of the skin. This can result in scarring, changes in your skin color, and loss of hair from the burned area. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that sometimes, damage caused by a very severe burn can continue to appear years after the burn wound has healed.3

Should You Pop a Burn Blister?

Most doctors agree that you should never pop a burn blister yourself.

Doctors from the National Health Service (NHS) say that popping a blister at home can lead to secondary skin infections. These infections can affect the burn wound and can be more complicated to treat properly. When treating burns that have blistered, you should be careful not to burst the blister.4

Does this mean that a burn blister should never be popped in any circumstance? The NHS says that in some cases medical professionals may drain large burn blisters or blisters that are liable to burst. In some cases, doctors may remove the top layer of the blister. However, you shouldn’t burst blisters yourself.4

In any case, doctors recommend that you seek medical advice if second or third-degree burns have resulted in skin blistering.

How Long Does It Take for a Burn Blister to Heal?

According to medical experts on burn traumas, second-degree burns will take around 2-3 weeks to heal completely. However, much depends on the severity of the burn and how well you treat and care for the burns.

For example, researchers say that in the first 3 days after a bad burn, the burn wound is still in a “dynamic state.” This means that the burn may continue to get worse during these days. This is often the case with sunburn burn blisters where they usually appear the day after. With the proper treatment, burns should heal in 10-14 days.2

However, the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery reports that some type of burn wounds can take several weeks to heal completely.6

How to Treat a Burn Blister

If you get burned and the skin blisters, you should be very careful not to break the blister. Treating a burn blister requires delicate care and attention.

Doctors from WebMD say that the first step to treat a burn blister is to gently run cool water over the burn blister for 15-30 minutes to prevent the burn becoming more serious. It is also important to avoid using iced water as ice can damage the sensitive layer of skin even more.5

To treat a burn blister that hasn’t popped may require nothing more than just gentle cleaning to prevent infection. If there is a likelihood that the blister could burst, then doctors recommend applying a sterile dressing and bandage to the wound (make sure to wash your hands first before touching the burn to avoid infection).

What Do You Put on a Burn Blister After It Pops?

If a burn blister pops and the fluid drains out, it’s important to cover the area with a dressing to keep germs away from the wound.

Doctors from WebMD say that you should apply a clean bandage to a burn blister that has broken. First, you can apply an antibiotic cream and then put a clean bandage on the wound. The bandage can be changed every 24 hours and if it has stuck to the wound, you should soak it in warm water before removing.5

Researchers from the University of Maryland say that you can apply some honey to broken burn blisters in place of an antibiotic cream. Honey has antibacterial properties and can help to naturally prevent burn blisters becoming infected.7

What to do When You Get Burned

If you suffer a first, second, or third-degree burn, it’s important to follow the proper first aid to speed up recovery.

The first step to take when you get burned is to apply cool water to the injured skin. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic recommend that you do the following for burns:8

Cool the affected area. For first and second-degree burns you should run the burned area under cool water for at least 15 minutes. This will help to slow down the progression of the burn.

For larger areas or parts of your body that you can’t put under cool water, you can use a cool, damp towel to cool the burn.

Remove anything tight. Second-degree burn can cause swelling in the injured area. Therefore, you should remove any rings or tight clothing before any swelling occurs.

Treat the burn properly. Apply aloe vera gel or honey to the burn injury to help boost the healing process. Keeping the wound moist with natural antibacterial ointments will prevent infections developing and quicken the healing process. Then apply a non-stick gauze or dressing.

Elevate the area. For larger burns that are painful, try to keep the limb or part of your body elevated as much as possible.

Third-degree burns require prompt medical attention. A third-degree burn or full-thickness burn will look like the skin is white or charred. The wound may also be painless if the nerve endings in your skin have been damaged.

How to Take Care of a Burn

Depending on the type of burn you have suffered, it may take some weeks for the wound to heal. During this time, it’s important to know how to take care of a burn and reduce the risk of scarring and infection. According to the journal American Family Physician, you should care for a burn following these methods: 9

  • Always wash your hands before handling the burn.
  • Apply an antibacterial ointment (see below why honey can be used as an antibacterial agent) and a thin non-stick gauze.
  • Change the dressing every day and apply ointment.
  • When you change the dressing, check for signs of infection.
  • If you notice increased redness, discharge, or the wound is more painful, you should visit your doctor.
  • Avoid the temptation to scratch the wound as it heals.

What to Put on a Burn

Let’s look in more detail at what you can put on a burn and burn blister to help accelerate the wound healing process.

Damp towel

Damp towels can help to keep the burn wound cool when it’s not possible to run cold water over the burn. In fact, doctors from the American Academy of Family Physicians say that you can put clean wet cloth on the burns for the first few days after the injury.9

Honey

Honey is an effective natural ointment that you can put on a burn or burn blister to speed up healing.

According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, a topical application of honey can help wounds heal faster. Researchers found that honey contains many antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help prevent infections developing in wounds. It was found that when honey was used to dress a burn wound, the wound became sterile quicker than some popular antibacterial creams.10

When applying honey to heal a burn wound, it’s important to use a clean cotton swab to gently apply the remedy. You should also avoid putting a used swab back in the honey when reapplying it.

You can also use honey as a natural remedy for sunburned lips.

Aloe vera gel

You can use aloe vera gel directly on mild to severe burns to help improve the skin’s appearance, boost healing, and help prevent scars developing.

Research into the healing properties of aloe vera has found why aloe vera is a good natural remedy for burns. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that aloe vera contains enzymes, vitamins, and minerals nourish the skin. Aloe vera also contains antioxidants and is antibacterial. Aloe vera also improves collagen production in the skin which accelerates burn wound healing.11

According to the journal Phytomedicine, aloe vera can be used as a first aid treatment for first, second, and third-degree burns. Applying aloe vera to a burn helped to reduce inflammation and prevent further skin damage. The researchers concluded that aloe vera is an effective natural remedy for burn treatment.12

Silver sulfadiazine (SSD)

Silver sulfadiazine is an antibacterial pharmaceutical cream that is often recommended by doctors for applying to large burns.

According to Drugs.com, silver sulfadiazine is used to treat or prevent skin infections in serious or severe burns. If you have a skin infection that is difficult to treat, silver sulfadiazine may help clear the infection quicker. However, it has some side effects that can affect kidney function and it shouldn’t be used by pregnant mothers who are near their delivery date.13

For example, the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery reported that SSD has excellent antibacterial effect in treating skin infections. In their study, it was superior to honey.14 However, as already mentioned, other studies have shown that honey can be superior and more effective than silver sulfadiazine.10

How to Keep a Burn from Blistering

Even with the right treatment for burn healing, it is not always possible to prevent burn blisters. Burned skin blisters form to help the damaged epidermis heal. The thin layer of skin filled with fluid is actually essential to the healing process.

Dr. Roger Henderson on Patient.info says that partial-thickness burns (second-degree burns) form blisters when the extent of the burn isn’t too deep.15

Should you Grease a Burn?

No. You should never put grease or butter on a burn as this may hinder the healing process.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center say that putting grease on a burn is a common first-aid mistake. Anything greasy on a burn will delay healing.16

Instead, you should apply honey or aloe vera to a burn to help boost the wound healing process.

Is it OK to Put Neosporin on a Burn?

Neosporin is another popular topical cream that is used to treat burn infections and prevent them from occurring. According to one study, Neosporin didn’t have a good antibacterial effect when used in burn treatments.14

One study did show that Neosporin powder could accelerate wound healing. The journal International Surgery reported that a combination of povidone-iodine and Neosporin powder could help improve wound healing. However, this should be done by a qualified doctor.17

Burns – When to See a Doctor

With the proper care and using home remedies, you can successfully treat first-degree burns and most second degree-burns. However, in some cases, you should seek prompt medical care if you suffer serious burns or you notice burn blisters or signs of infection.

Doctors from the National Health Service say that burns that require medical attention are the following:4

  • Burns that cover an area of your body larger than your hand.
  • Any kind of burn that leaves white marks or charring on your skin.
  • Any burns that are caused by electricity or chemical spills.

In addition to the following, you should seek medical advice to treat burns that have blistered, show signs of infection like pus oozing from the wound, or a wound that won’t heal with natural or pharmaceutical remedies.

Read my other related articles:

Medical References

  1. MedicineNet. First aid for burns.
  2. Burns Trauma. 2013; 1(1): 27–31.
  3. Indian J Dermatol. 2015 May-Jun; 60(3): 323.
  4. NHS. Burns and scalds.
  5. WebMD. Home treatment for second-degree burns.
  6. Indian J Plast Surg. 2012 May-Aug; 45(2): 364–373.
  7. UMM. Burns.
  8. MayoClinic. Burns: first aid.
  9. Am Fam Physician.2000 Nov 1;62(9):2029-2030.
  10. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2011 Sep-Dec; 4(3): 183–187.
  11. Indian J Dermatol. 2008; 53(4): 163–166.
  12.  1996 Jan;2(3):247-51.
  13. DrugsCom. Silver sulfadiazine topical.
  14. Indian J Plast Surg.2012 May;45(2):374-8.
  15. PatientInfo. Burns and scalds.
  16. URMC. How to avoid common first aid mistakes.
  17. Int Surg.1988 Apr-Jun;73(2):126-9.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Treating Burns: Should You Pop a Burn Blister?

Burns can cause serious skin wounds that need proper treatment to prevent complications as the burn wound heals. If the burn is severe, you may end up having one or more burn blisters as the wound heals. You should always avoid popping a burn blister because the wound could become easily infected.

Knowing the best methods for treating burns will help to speed up recovery time. Running the wound under cold water or applying damp cold compresses are usually the best first-aid treatments for mild to moderate burns. Depending on the severity of burn wound, you may also need to put a dressing and bandage on the wound. This is especially important if the burn blister has broken.

In this article, you will find out the best ways to treat burns to make sure your skin recovers properly. Also, I will discuss what you should never do if you have suffered a burn. You will also find out the medical reasons why you shouldn’t pop a burn blister.

What is a Burn Blister?

Burn blisters usually appear after a second-degree burn to your skin. Dr. Benjamin Wedro on MedicineNet says that blistering from severe burns will be accompanied by pain, redness, and inflammation. It is also possible that burn blisters only appear later as the burn wound continues to affect the skin.1

According to the journal Burns & Trauma, burn blisters occur because the top layer of skin (the epidermis) is destroyed. Burn blister fluids are essential to help the skin regenerate and grow back again. The fluids that fill burn blisters contain red blood cells and proteins that are essential in the wound healing process.2

If the burn is very severe and deep, there may be permanent damage to the deeper layer of the skin. This can result in scarring, changes in your skin color, and loss of hair from the burned area. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that sometimes, damage caused by a very severe burn can continue to appear years after the burn wound has healed.3

Should You Pop a Burn Blister?

Most doctors agree that you should never pop a burn blister yourself.

Doctors from the National Health Service (NHS) say that popping a blister at home can lead to secondary skin infections. These infections can affect the burn wound and can be more complicated to treat properly. When treating burns that have blistered, you should be careful not to burst the blister.4

Does this mean that a burn blister should never be popped in any circumstance? The NHS says that in some cases medical professionals may drain large burn blisters or blisters that are liable to burst. In some cases, doctors may remove the top layer of the blister. However, you shouldn’t burst blisters yourself.4

In any case, doctors recommend that you seek medical advice if second or third-degree burns have resulted in skin blistering.

How Long Does It Take for a Burn Blister to Heal?

According to medical experts on burn traumas, second-degree burns will take around 2-3 weeks to heal completely. However, much depends on the severity of the burn and how well you treat and care for the burns.

For example, researchers say that in the first 3 days after a bad burn, the burn wound is still in a “dynamic state.” This means that the burn may continue to get worse during these days. This is often the case with sunburn burn blisters where they usually appear the day after. With the proper treatment, burns should heal in 10-14 days.2

However, the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery reports that some type of burn wounds can take several weeks to heal completely.6

How to Treat a Burn Blister

If you get burned and the skin blisters, you should be very careful not to break the blister. Treating a burn blister requires delicate care and attention.

Doctors from WebMD say that the first step to treat a burn blister is to gently run cool water over the burn blister for 15-30 minutes to prevent the burn becoming more serious. It is also important to avoid using iced water as ice can damage the sensitive layer of skin even more.5

To treat a burn blister that hasn’t popped may require nothing more than just gentle cleaning to prevent infection. If there is a likelihood that the blister could burst, then doctors recommend applying a sterile dressing and bandage to the wound (make sure to wash your hands first before touching the burn to avoid infection).

What Do You Put on a Burn Blister After It Pops?

If a burn blister pops and the fluid drains out, it’s important to cover the area with a dressing to keep germs away from the wound.

Doctors from WebMD say that you should apply a clean bandage to a burn blister that has broken. First, you can apply an antibiotic cream and then put a clean bandage on the wound. The bandage can be changed every 24 hours and if it has stuck to the wound, you should soak it in warm water before removing.5

Researchers from the University of Maryland say that you can apply some honey to broken burn blisters in place of an antibiotic cream. Honey has antibacterial properties and can help to naturally prevent burn blisters becoming infected.7

What to do When You Get Burned

If you suffer a first, second, or third-degree burn, it’s important to follow the proper first aid to speed up recovery.

The first step to take when you get burned is to apply cool water to the injured skin. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic recommend that you do the following for burns:8

Cool the affected area. For first and second-degree burns you should run the burned area under cool water for at least 15 minutes. This will help to slow down the progression of the burn.

For larger areas or parts of your body that you can’t put under cool water, you can use a cool, damp towel to cool the burn.

Remove anything tight. Second-degree burn can cause swelling in the injured area. Therefore, you should remove any rings or tight clothing before any swelling occurs.

Treat the burn properly. Apply aloe vera gel or honey to the burn injury to help boost the healing process. Keeping the wound moist with natural antibacterial ointments will prevent infections developing and quicken the healing process. Then apply a non-stick gauze or dressing.

Elevate the area. For larger burns that are painful, try to keep the limb or part of your body elevated as much as possible.

Third-degree burns require prompt medical attention. A third-degree burn or full-thickness burn will look like the skin is white or charred. The wound may also be painless if the nerve endings in your skin have been damaged.

How to Take Care of a Burn

Depending on the type of burn you have suffered, it may take some weeks for the wound to heal. During this time, it’s important to know how to take care of a burn and reduce the risk of scarring and infection. According to the journal American Family Physician, you should care for a burn following these methods: 9

  • Always wash your hands before handling the burn.
  • Apply an antibacterial ointment (see below why honey can be used as an antibacterial agent) and a thin non-stick gauze.
  • Change the dressing every day and apply ointment.
  • When you change the dressing, check for signs of infection.
  • If you notice increased redness, discharge, or the wound is more painful, you should visit your doctor.
  • Avoid the temptation to scratch the wound as it heals.

What to Put on a Burn

Let’s look in more detail at what you can put on a burn and burn blister to help accelerate the wound healing process.

Damp towel

Damp towels can help to keep the burn wound cool when it’s not possible to run cold water over the burn. In fact, doctors from the American Academy of Family Physicians say that you can put clean wet cloth on the burns for the first few days after the injury.9

Honey

Honey is an effective natural ointment that you can put on a burn or burn blister to speed up healing.

According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, a topical application of honey can help wounds heal faster. Researchers found that honey contains many antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help prevent infections developing in wounds. It was found that when honey was used to dress a burn wound, the wound became sterile quicker than some popular antibacterial creams.10

When applying honey to heal a burn wound, it’s important to use a clean cotton swab to gently apply the remedy. You should also avoid putting a used swab back in the honey when reapplying it.

You can also use honey as a natural remedy for sunburned lips.

Aloe vera gel

You can use aloe vera gel directly on mild to severe burns to help improve the skin’s appearance, boost healing, and help prevent scars developing.

Research into the healing properties of aloe vera has found why aloe vera is a good natural remedy for burns. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that aloe vera contains enzymes, vitamins, and minerals nourish the skin. Aloe vera also contains antioxidants and is antibacterial. Aloe vera also improves collagen production in the skin which accelerates burn wound healing.11

According to the journal Phytomedicine, aloe vera can be used as a first aid treatment for first, second, and third-degree burns. Applying aloe vera to a burn helped to reduce inflammation and prevent further skin damage. The researchers concluded that aloe vera is an effective natural remedy for burn treatment.12

Silver sulfadiazine (SSD)

Silver sulfadiazine is an antibacterial pharmaceutical cream that is often recommended by doctors for applying to large burns.

According to Drugs.com, silver sulfadiazine is used to treat or prevent skin infections in serious or severe burns. If you have a skin infection that is difficult to treat, silver sulfadiazine may help clear the infection quicker. However, it has some side effects that can affect kidney function and it shouldn’t be used by pregnant mothers who are near their delivery date.13

For example, the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery reported that SSD has excellent antibacterial effect in treating skin infections. In their study, it was superior to honey.14 However, as already mentioned, other studies have shown that honey can be superior and more effective than silver sulfadiazine.10

How to Keep a Burn from Blistering

Even with the right treatment for burn healing, it is not always possible to prevent burn blisters. Burned skin blisters form to help the damaged epidermis heal. The thin layer of skin filled with fluid is actually essential to the healing process.

Dr. Roger Henderson on Patient.info says that partial-thickness burns (second-degree burns) form blisters when the extent of the burn isn’t too deep.15

Should you Grease a Burn?

No. You should never put grease or butter on a burn as this may hinder the healing process.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center say that putting grease on a burn is a common first-aid mistake. Anything greasy on a burn will delay healing.16

Instead, you should apply honey or aloe vera to a burn to help boost the wound healing process.

Is it OK to Put Neosporin on a Burn?

Neosporin is another popular topical cream that is used to treat burn infections and prevent them from occurring. According to one study, Neosporin didn’t have a good antibacterial effect when used in burn treatments.14

One study did show that Neosporin powder could accelerate wound healing. The journal International Surgery reported that a combination of povidone-iodine and Neosporin powder could help improve wound healing. However, this should be done by a qualified doctor.17

Burns – When to See a Doctor

With the proper care and using home remedies, you can successfully treat first-degree burns and most second degree-burns. However, in some cases, you should seek prompt medical care if you suffer serious burns or you notice burn blisters or signs of infection.

Doctors from the National Health Service say that burns that require medical attention are the following:4

  • Burns that cover an area of your body larger than your hand.
  • Any kind of burn that leaves white marks or charring on your skin.
  • Any burns that are caused by electricity or chemical spills.

In addition to the following, you should seek medical advice to treat burns that have blistered, show signs of infection like pus oozing from the wound, or a wound that won’t heal with natural or pharmaceutical remedies.

Read my other related articles:

Medical References

  1. MedicineNet. First aid for burns.
  2. Burns Trauma. 2013; 1(1): 27–31.
  3. Indian J Dermatol. 2015 May-Jun; 60(3): 323.
  4. NHS. Burns and scalds.
  5. WebMD. Home treatment for second-degree burns.
  6. Indian J Plast Surg. 2012 May-Aug; 45(2): 364–373.
  7. UMM. Burns.
  8. MayoClinic. Burns: first aid.
  9. Am Fam Physician.2000 Nov 1;62(9):2029-2030.
  10. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2011 Sep-Dec; 4(3): 183–187.
  11. Indian J Dermatol. 2008; 53(4): 163–166.
  12.  1996 Jan;2(3):247-51.
  13. DrugsCom. Silver sulfadiazine topical.
  14. Indian J Plast Surg.2012 May;45(2):374-8.
  15. PatientInfo. Burns and scalds.
  16. URMC. How to avoid common first aid mistakes.
  17. Int Surg.1988 Apr-Jun;73(2):126-9.

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Sore Nipples: 16 Reasons Why Your Nipples Hurt and What to Do About It

Experiencing the discomfort of sore nipples from time to time is an annoyance that most women have to put up with. Nipple pain can be caused from something as simple as chaffing or allergies to clothing, or it could be caused by an infection. Changes during the menstrual cycle can also cause nipples to become sensitive, tender, or hurt more than usual. Very often pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding complain that their nipples become very sore.

Unfortunately, painful nipples can also be accompanied with other symptoms that can add to your discomfort. Infections in the glands around the nipples can result in some discharge, or the area around the nipple can become dry and cracked. In some cases, you could have some nipple itching, tenderness, or notice that your nipples are red and swollen.

Most of the time, sore nipples are not a sign of anything serious, and are more of an irritation. Some home remedies to help alleviate the pain and discomfort of sore nipples include cold or warm compress, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, or tea tree oil. In rare occasions, sore nipples with some unexplained discharge could indicate a more serious condition that needs attention by a doctor.

In the article, you will find out the many reasons why your nipples hurt and what you can do to about it.

Symptoms of Sore Nipples

Nipple problems can also affect men; however more women suffer from sore and painful nipples. Nipples constantly rubbing against clothing can cause friction or allergic reactions and be a reason why nipples in both men and women become sore. There may also be some redness and signs of irritation around the nipple.

According to doctors from WebMD, soreness, bleeding, and itching can accompany many causes of nipple pain. Sometimes hormonal changes can cause the nipple to feel tender and more sensitive and the areolas to be larger. You may also feel a tingling sensation in the nipple or the surrounding area.1

16 Reasons Why You Have Sore Nipples

Let’s look in more detail as to the most common reasons why you might be experiencing nipple pain.

1. Friction

Friction is a common reason why men and women can have sore and sensitive nipples. Very often sore nipples caused by friction is called “jogger’s nipple.”

The journal Sports Medicine reported that nipple soreness caused by running, exercising, or taking part in other sports is common among athletes. This can happen if you wear a sports bra that doesn’t fit properly, or synthetic fabrics rub against your nipples.2

Doctors from WebMD say that constant rubbing against the nipple can also cause signs of irritation, dry nipples, and even bleeding.1

You can avoid getting sore nipples from jogging or working out if you wear the appropriate clothing made from natural materials. If your nipple is damaged and sore, you could try using nipple shields or applying a barrier cream to prevent nipple infections.

2. Menstrual cycle

Hormonal fluctuations during your menstrual cycle affects your breasts and is often a reason for nipples hurting right before your period.

According to OB/GYN Dr. Traci Johnson, symptoms of painful and sore breasts are usually more noticeable just before your period. You may find that your breasts and nipples are more sensitive or tender than usual. The breast and nipple soreness should only last a few days into your period. If you notice any unusual discharge, you should speak to your doctor.3

If you are affected by other symptoms of PMS, then you can try some of these 12 helpful natural ways to relieve PMS. There you can find out how magnesium and vitamin B6 can help to reduce the severity of PMS symptoms. You can also relieve menstrual cramps with these natural ways.

3. Allergies

Your nipples are very sensitive and can have an allergic reaction to soaps, fabrics, or other allergens. If you have noticed that your nipples are tender and itching after you changed your laundry detergent, soap, or moisturizer, the nipple discomfort could be from allergies. In this case, identifying and removing the allergen should solve the problem.

4. Pregnancy

Breast sensitivity and soreness can happen if you become pregnant, and the nipple tenderness can increase during your pregnancy.

Doctors from the American Pregnancy Association report that hormonal changes cause your breasts to become more sensitive, and this is often felt particularly in the nipples. Other breast changes during pregnancy include darkening of the area around your nipples, and your nipple may stick out more and become larger.4

Some other signs of early pregnancy include cramping when implantation happens, a missed period, nausea and vomiting, increased Montgomery glands, and an increase in cervical discharge. If you think you are pregnant, you can find out here when is the earliest time to take a pregnancy test.

5. Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can cause the breast tissue to become sensitive and sore and cause persistent nipple pain.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health reported that many breastfeeding mothers complain of sore and tender nipples. This was a reason why almost 40% of women discontinued breastfeeding. Some of the reasons for nipple pain while breastfeeding are incorrectly placing the baby, infection, and inflammation.5

To help avoid sore and painful nipples while breastfeeding, the Journal de Pediatria reported that proper breastfeeding technique is essential. The nipples should be kept dry and you should use nursing pads.6

Nipple infections that cause pain during breastfeeding are also common. Bacterial infections or candidiasis can cause more nipple problems. This could result in breast and nipple itching, redness, and burning twinges in the breasts. Other complications to the nipples or breasts during breastfeeding could be inflammation or plugged nipple ducts.6

6. Mastitis

Mastitis can also cause the breasts and nipples to become red, tender, and sore due to infection in the breast tissue.

Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Suzanne Trupin says that mastitis often affects breastfeeding mothers. However, breast inflammation can occur in other women and post-menopausal women. The signs of mastitis are redness around the nipple spreading up the breast, fever and chills, and warmth of the breast.7

If you have signs of mastitis, you should see your doctor to get the right treatment to resolve the infection.

7. Inflammation of the nipples

Inflammation of the breasts, that may or may not be caused by an infection, can cause nipple tenderness and nipple pain.

According to a report published in the journal Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, breast inflammation can be caused by mastitis, an abscess, or other infection. Depending on the cause of the inflammation, there may be nipple discharge, pain and swelling, and lesions on the areola.8

8. Vasospasm

Nipple vasospasm can be a reason for painful nipple spasms that last for a few minutes or many hours.

According to doctors from the Herzl Family Practice Clinic, emotional stress, exposure to cold temperatures, or breastfeeding can cause nipple vasospasm. The pain in the nipple is caused as blood vessels contract. This results in throbbing and needle-like pains in the nipple. You also may notice that the nipple pain increases in the cold.9

If you suffer from chronic burning pain in your nipples, you should seek medical advice. However, doctors say that very often, a warm compress is enough to help relieve the pain.

9. Raynaud’s syndrome

Raynaud’s syndrome can be a reason for deep nipple pain in women who breastfeed.

Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that Raynaud’s syndrome in an autoimmune condition that results in constricted blood vessels in certain areas of the body. It can cause numbness in the fingers or toes, nose, lips, and even nipples. The pain in the affected body part, for example, the nipple, usually becomes sore as it warms up and blood flows to the nipple.10

The journal JAMA Dermatology reported that Raynaud’s syndrome of the nipple is sometimes a complication of breastfeeding, mastitis, or Candida infection.11

10. Nipple thrush

A candida infection of the nipple can cause nipple thrush and can make nipples sore and sensitive when breastfeeding

Cracked and dry nipples are often to blame for candida infections getting into the nipples. Doctors from the National Health Service say that candida fungus can affect both of your nipples and also your baby’s mouth. You may feel that the nipples are painful to touch or very tender after feeding. The nipple pain can be extreme and last for a few hours.12

11. Abscess in the breast

Pain in just one nipple that is sore to touch could be caused by an abscess in the breast.

According to the journal Radio Graphics, breast abscesses that cause nipple pain are usually associated with some redness and heat around the affected area. Very rarely is a fever associated with a breast abscess. A breast abscess can also be a reason for nipple pain in men.13

Because any lump in the breast could be something more serious, you should have any new breast lumps checked out by a qualified doctor.

12. Eczema

If you are suffering from tender and sore nipples that are cracked, it could be a sign of nipple eczema or dermatitis.

Eczema or various forms of dermatitis can cause red rashes that are sore, itchy, and may have blisters. Some forms of dermatitis are caused by irritants that affect the skin. Because the nipple is especially sensitive area, it is prone to getting irritated.

For example, the journal BMC Dermatology described a condition called “guitar nipple.” This is caused by constant rubbing of the musical instrument against the nipple area.14 Also, dermatitis is a common reason for nipple pain in breastfeeding mothers.5

To avoid outbreaks of eczema on your breast that cause your nipple to hurt and feel extremely sore, you should try to identify the source of the irritant. It is also good to avoid harsh soaps and keep your nipples well-moisturized.

14. Nipple piercing

Nipple piercing will cause sore nipples for a week or so after the piercing. However secondary bacterial wounds in the piercing wound could cause swollen nipples that are painful and ooze pus.

Nipple piercing can also cause other complications. The Journal of the American College of Surgeons reported that nipple piercings can cause breast abscesses. These are difficult to treat and cause very painful nipples. Sometimes, the breast abscess can appear as late as seven years after the piercing.15

Another reason that nipple piercing can cause excruciating nipple pain on your right or left nipple is if the jewelry tears. The American Journal of Clinical Dermatology reported that piercings in the nipple are especially prone to tearing.16

15. Paget’s disease of the nipple

Paget’s disease is a rare type of cancer that can affect the nipple and cause burning nipple pain as the disease progresses.

Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Nivin Todd says that the early signs of Paget’s disease are mild itching around the nipple. In time, the itching can become more severe and the nipple can be sore to touch. There may be some signs of bloody discharge from the nipple.17

16. Breast cancer

In rare cases, nipple pain and discharge can be a sign of breast cancer.

According to the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, not all breast cancer lumps cause pain. However, you should always have lumps in your breast checked out if they are painful or not. Doctors say that if you notice changes to your nipples like dimpling, rashes over the nipple, or change in nipple shape, you should visit your doctor.18  

What to Do When Your Nipples Hurt

Thankfully, most cases of sore and sensitive nipples can be easily resolved. There are many effective home remedies to help reduce nipple pain and tenderness as well as treat other symptoms like itching. Here are some of the best.

Cold or warm compress

You can use a cold or warm compress to help reduce nipple pain and ease the discomfort that it causes.

Doctors from WebMD say that ice packs or warm compresses can do much to ease pain from sore nipples.1

How to make a warm or cold compress to soothe sore nipples:

For this method, you can use old chamomile tea bags. Chamomile tea has healing qualities and studies have shown that it can reduce inflammation, itching, inflammatory pain, and soreness.23 It is up to you if you want to use warm chamomile tea bags to relieve nipple pain or cold tea bags.

This is what you should do:

  1. Put one or 2 chamomile tea bags in a cup of hot water.
  2. Cover and leave to infuse for a couple of minutes.
  3. If using a warm compress to ease sore nipples, let the bags cool until they are not too hot to place on your nipples.
  4. If using a cold compress for nipple pain, put the tea bags in the refrigerator until cold.
  5. Place the warm or cold compress on your painful nipples for 15-20 minutes to reduce the pain and discomfort.

Aloe vera

Another way to treat painful and irritated nipple is to use the healing power of aloe vera. Aloe vera contains many vitamins and nutrients that nourish damaged skin and address the causes of irritation.

The Indian Journal of Dermatology published a review on the effect of aloe vera on the skin. In the review, it found that aloe vera has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to heal wounds, treat dermatitis, get rid of fungal and bacterial skin infections, and moisturize the skin.25

How to use:

Use aloe vera gel on your sore nipples by applying it this way:

  1. Buy aloe vera gel with as few added ingredients as possible or extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf.
  2. Massage the gel into the painful nipple using gentle circular motions.
  3. Use 2-3 times a day and allow the aloe vera to dry.
  4. Continue using on the sore nipple until the pain has stopped.

Apple cider vinegar

Raw unprocessed apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help to soothe sore nipples and stop them from itching. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar helps to reduce the pH levels on the skin.

Apple cider vinegar is also antiseptic and astringent that can help to stop infections. According to information published in the journal Wounds, acetic acid (of which apple cider vinegar has high levels) can help to kill off various strains of bacteria in wounds.19  

How to use apple cider vinegar to reduce nipple pain:

If the reason for your sore nipple is due to eczema, dermatitis, friction, nipple thrush, or a nipple piercing, you can apply apple cider vinegar to treat the pain and itching. This is what you should do:

  1. Dilute apple cider vinegar with equal quantities of water (never use undiluted ACV).
  2. Dip a cotton ball or pad in the ACV remedy and hold on your sore nipple for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Let the remedy dry.
  4. Repeat 2-3 times a day until the pain around your nipple has gone.

The ACV remedy may sting at first, but that is normal. At the start, you could add some more water to the remedy until your breast nipple gets use to the apple cider vinegar.

After applying the apple cider vinegar to your nipple, you should moisturize it with virgin coconut oil.

Coconut oil

Virgin coconut oil can help to moisturize your nipple and soothe the pain of a sore dry nipple.

Coconut oil also contains antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties that are great for sensitive areas of your body like your nipples. Coconut oil is also used in many natural remedies for candida infections.

For example, studies into the healing properties of coconut oil have found that it is effective against various strains of bacteria. Two studies from 2010 found that a topical application of coconut oil can help to heal damaged skin. Coconut oil also has an analgesic effect and can help to reduce skin inflammation.20, 21

How to use coconut oil for painful nipples:

Because coconut oil is in a solid state at room temperature, it is very easy to apply it to your nipples and moisturize and nourish them. This is what you should do:

  1. Rub coconut oil between your hands and apply a small amount to your sore nipple. Gently massage until the oil is fully absorbed.
  2. Repeat 2-3 times a day to soothe cracked nipple and prevent any infections.

Tea tree oil and coconut oil

You can add some tea tree oil to coconut oil to make a healing salve for sore cracked nipples if you have a bacterial or fungal nipple infection.

According to a study in the journal Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta, tea tree oil is effective against many microbes. Topical applications of tea tree oil can kill off many strains of bacteria and fungus.22

How to use tea tree oil for sore nipples:

Here is how to make a healing ointment to get rid of conditions that cause nipple pain.

  1. Mix 2-3 drop of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil and store in a small glass jar.
  2. Apply 2-3 times a day the tea tree oil remedy to your sore nipple.
  3. Continue using the natural antimicrobial salve on your painful nipple until all the symptoms have gone for good.

When to See a Doctor for Sore Nipples

Thankfully, most cases of sore and tender nipples resolve themselves with the help of home remedies. However, in some cases, you should see a doctor for painful nipples.

According to doctors from the Cleveland Clinic, you should visit a doctor in the following circumstances:24

  • You notice changes to the one or both nipples or the areola.
  • You have nipple discharge that is bloody and from only one side.
  • Any other breast symptoms like new lumps in your breast or underarm.

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The Top 15 Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, Cough, Sore Throat & Congestion (Research Based)

There are many essential oils that can help rid of a cold or flu virus and help to give you rapid relief from coughs, sore throats, and congestion. The soothing effect of many essential oils can also help treat body aches and pains, chills, and headaches and other flu and cold symptoms. The antimicrobial and healing properties of many essential oils can help to destroy flu and cold viruses and speed up your recovery time. The decongestant effect of some essential oils also helps unblock stuffy noses and help clear your respiratory system from mucus and phlegm.

The common cold or flu infections are spread by sneezing, coughing, or touching surfaces that an infected person has touched, and then transmitting the virus to your nose or mouth. Apart from causing you to have a sore throat, persistent cough, or congested sinuses, the cold and flu can leave you feeling tired and fatigued.

Essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender oil, and cinnamon oil have an antiviral effect on cold and flu viruses. However, the refreshing scent of lavender oil or lemongrass essential oil can also rejuvenate your mind and help you feel that you have more energy. Also, peppermint oil and eucalyptus essential oil act like expectorants to unclog stuffy sinuses and break up mucus. Many essential oils also relieve flu and cold symptoms due to their power to soothe aching joints and muscles.

In this article, I am going to look at what scientific research says about the benefits of essential oils to treat flu and cold symptoms. You will also learn about the best essential oils to get rid of a sore throat, stuffed up airways, and soothe dry coughs. At the end of the article you will find detailed instructions on how to use these essential oils to relieve cold and flu symptoms.

Symptoms of Colds and Flu

Suffering from the common cold or influenza virus can leave you feeling tired and weak with a blocked-up nose, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and a fever. You may also suffer from various aches and pains like headaches, earaches, and body aches.

According to Dr. Steven Doerr from the Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheatridge, Colorado, cold and flu viruses affect upper respiratory tract infections. This causes inflammation in your airways, and your body produces mucus to fight the infection. This leads to typical flu-like symptoms, including stuffed up airways, blocked sinuses, or a dry cough.

Apart from the symptoms already mentioned, you may also have a fever, watery eyes, headaches, muscle aches, and sneezing.1

Cold vs. flu – what’s the difference?

Because the symptoms of the common cold and flu are very similar, it’s is hard to know the difference. So, how can you know if you have the cold or flu?

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that, generally, the symptoms of the flu virus are more severe than the cold. You might have a higher temperature with uncontrollable chills and sweats and you might be in your bed for days with severe body aches. Flu can also cause serious complications like pneumonia and bacterial infections. Generally, the flu lasts longer than the common cold.2

Doctors usually run tests to confirm if a person has flu or not. Unless there is a serious infection like pneumonia, you can treat cold or flu-like symptoms at home. The journal American Family Physician reports that getting plenty of rest and using some simple remedies can do much to help you feel better sooner.3

Why Essential Oils are Effective for Colds and Flu Symptoms Like Cough, Sore Throat and Congestion

There are a number of great reasons to use essential oils to treat cold and flu symptoms. You can use a combination of essential oils to decongest your airways, relieve headaches and body aches, and as an expectorant.

The use of essential oils for flu and cold viruses is also backed up by scientific studies. According to the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a blend of essential oils can effectively help to lessen the symptoms of an influenza virus infections. This was due to the antiviral effect of many essential oils.4

According to the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, many essential oils are highly potent against viruses, bacterial infections, and fungal infections.5

Also, studies into the benefits of essential oils in treating ailments have shown that many are excellent for getting rid of coughs, sore throats, and easing congestion. For example, the journal Parassitologia reported that essential oils can be used as a decongestant, reduce inflammation, immune-booster, expectorant, and natural analgesic.6

Top 15 Essential Oils for Coughs, Sore Throat, Congestion and Other Cold and Flu Symptoms

Let’s look in more detail at the 15 best essential oils for treating cold and flu symptoms. At the end of the article, you will find out some great home remedies for the flu that you can make yourself using essential oils. The home remedies are used in diffusers, massage blends, to relax in the bath, and inhale.

1. Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is widely used as a natural decongestant to help unblock stuffy airways, help you breathe easier, and break up phlegm and mucus.

The journal Alternative Medicine Review reported that eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial properties and can naturally treat various upper respiratory infections. The antispasmodic effect of eucalyptus essential oil can also help reduce coughing fits. Because of its effectiveness in treating respiratory disorders, scientists suggested that eucalyptus oil can be used as an alternative to pharmaceuticals to make breathing easier.7

If you have a blocked or stuffy nose, putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a tissue and breathing it deeply can be enough to help relieve congestion in your nose, sinuses, or upper chest.

2. Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is another natural remedy that has cold-fighting properties to relieve coughs, sore throat, and hoarseness.

Peppermint oil helps to open up your airways, and the vapor from the oil has antimicrobial properties to help kill off infections. According to the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, oil extracted from peppermint has antibacterial and antiviral properties and also helps suppress coughing. It was found that an essential oil blend containing peppermint oil can help to immediately alleviate the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.8

Regarding the effectiveness of peppermint in home remedies for flu and cold symptoms, studies have also shown other reasons why you can use peppermint oil for colds or the flu. For example, peppermint has a cooling effect on the skin, it helps to treat sore throat infections, relieves coughs, and reduces mucus in the sinuses and airways.22

Peppermint oil is also one of my best essential oils to relieve muscle pain and inflammation. You can also rub a peppermint essential oil blend on your temples to relieve headaches and clogged sinuses.

3. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial essential oil that is perfect to destroy cold and flu virus pathogens.

Tea tree oil is a well-researched essential oil that has many healing properties. For example, research published in the journal Antiviral Research found that tea tree oil can effectively destroy flu virus bugs.9 In fact, other scientists have even said that tree tea oil is a promising drug for treating various strains of flu virus infections.10

Tea tree oil can be added to a steam inhaler or diffuser to help kill off germs in the air. Also, inhaling tea tree essential oil in a steam bath will reduce coughing, soothe sore throat, and act as a decongestant to clear mucus.

You can also use a tea tree oil spray to disinfect surfaces to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses.

4. Rosemary

Rosemary is a fragrant cough-suppressing essential oil that can help to clear away phlegm, mucus, and reduce inflammation in your respiratory system.

Using rosemary in home remedies can help to reduce coughing and sneezing due to a compound called 1,8-cineole.8 A study into the relaxant effect of rosemary found that it has the potential in treating bronchial conditions. Researchers found that rosemary helps to prevent coughing by calming the muscles in the respiratory system.11

In fact, rosemary is so effective at helping to get rid of coughing and getting rid of mucus, that I’ve included it in my best essential oils to treat bronchial infections.

5. Oregano essential oil

Oregano essential oil is an excellent essential oil for viral infections with cold-fighting properties to help clear up influenza virus and cold infections quicker.

Oregano essential oil contains a compound called carvacrol. According to a study in 2014, the compounds in oregano oil have an antimicrobial effect and antiviral properties and can help to destroy various kinds of viruses.12

6. Lemon balm essential oil

Another essential oil for cold and flu relief that destroys viruses is lemon balm. Lemon balm is also a mood-enhancer and can help improve your feeling of wellness while you are fighting a viral infection.

Inhaling lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) can help to fight viruses naturally and reduce the severity of a cold or flu. According to the journal Virusdisease, lemon balm is considered an antiviral essential oil. It was found that lemon balm can inhibit the spread of various viruses.13

Also, a study published in the Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism found that extracts from lemon balm can also help deal with anxiety. Researchers found that lemon balm can help to improve anxiety disorders and help a person enjoy a better night’s sleep.14

So, adding lemon balm to your essential oil mix will not just kill off respiratory viruses quicker, but will help you feel better while you are recuperating from the flu.

7. Frankincense essential oil

Frankincense is a healing essential oil that can get rid of congestion and get rid of a respiratory viral infection quicker.

Frankincense oil is a natural disinfectant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory essential oil. However, there are many other benefits of using frankincense as a home remedy for colds and the flu.

The journal BMC Complementary Alternative Medicine reports that compounds in frankincense have an antiviral effect against the influenza virus.15 This means that inhaling frankincense can help to get rid of a viral infection in your airways and sinuses. A frankincense spray can also be used as an antiseptic to disinfect surfaces.

Other medical studies into the cold-fighting properties of frankincense have found that it can help to alleviate sneezing, postnasal drip, and a runny nose.16 It has also been found that frankincense contains healing compounds similar to those that are found in many anti-inflammatory painkillers used for headaches and muscle aches.17

8. Lavender

Lavender can help in treat many of the symptoms associated with colds and flu-like congestion, headaches, body aches, coughs, and insomnia.

When it comes to making your own home remedy for flu and cold virus symptoms, lavender is a great all-rounder. For example, the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences found that lavender can effectively treat sore throats and the symptoms of asthma. It also has an antimicrobial effect that can prevent flu or cold symptoms getting worse.18

Also, the European Journal of Dentistry reported that lavender is a great natural remedy for relieving colds and the symptoms of flu. Researchers stated that lavender is anti-inflammatory for colds, flu, and throat infections.22

You can also use lavender as a muscle rub to help reduce stress and tension in aching muscles and joints.

9. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a widely-used essential oil as an alternative medicine to help reduce inflammation, the effects of viral infections, and treat digestive issues.

The benefits of using lemongrass in home remedies for colds and flu were reported on in the Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research. In the study, researchers found that compounds in lemongrass extracts have powerful antioxidants and antimicrobial properties. These also act as anti-inflammatories in the respiratory and digestive tract.19

Among the cold-busting properties of lemongrass is its ability to reduce nausea, soothe headaches naturally, bring down your body’s temperatures, and ease muscle cramps.

Lemongrass can help to treat cold and flu symptoms because it helps relax the mind and give you a better night’s rest. Getting plenty of sleep and rest are essential to helping your body fight a viral infection.

10. Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil has an antimicrobial effect to help beat the flu virus quickly. Cinnamon can also help improve your digestive system and help you regain your appetite quicker.

Cinnamon is a strong-smelling oil that contains many healing compounds. The Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine reported that cinnamon can treat many inflammatory disorders associated with viral infections. Studies into cinnamon found that it can help kill off many viral and bacterial pathogens. Cinnamon is also a natural remedy for nausea and other digestive issues.20

11. Clove

Clove oil is a great essential oil for fighting the flu virus that also helps to relieve many symptoms of the common cold.

According to the journal Phytotherapy Research, the healing properties of clove include antiviral and antimicrobial properties as well as having the ability to numb pain.21

12. Sandalwood

Sandalwood can help to boost your mood while your body is fighting a cold or flu infection. Sandalwood essential oil also has a sedative effect that can help to reduce persistent coughing and sneezing.

A report in 2016 on natural remedies to treat sinus and nasal infections found that sandalwood can help reduce the cold and flu symptoms. Researchers reported that sandalwood can help a person relax and lessen feelings of anxiety. Sandalwood essential oil also reduces the amount of nasal mucosa and helps to soothe nerves of glands in the airways.16

13. Basil oil

Basil is a fresh-smelling essential oil that can help to reduce nasal congestion and pain, as well as helping your body fight infection.

The journal Ancient Science of Life reported that basil has medicinal qualities that can help to ease coughs, get rid of headaches, and assist in fighting infections thanks to its antiviral properties.23

14. Thyme oil

You can help get relief from a stuffy nose, sore throat, and a cough if you use thyme as part of your essential oil blend for colds and flu symptoms.

PubMed Health says that thyme can help to alleviate a dry cough that is caused by a cold or respiratory infection.24

15. Ginger essential oil

Ginger has many healing properties that are useful in treating many ailments, including the symptoms of the common cold and flu.

Research published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology found that ginger oil has anti-inflammatory activities. Ginger oil can also help to relieve inflammation in the digestive tract and prevent nausea – which is often a symptom of the cold or flu. Ginger also has an analgesic effect and can help as a painkiller.25

You can also add ginger oil to your essential massage blend to help reduce the flu-like symptoms of muscles aches and pains.

How to Use Essential Oils to Treat Cold and Flu Symptoms

There are many ways that you can use essential oils to treat cold and flu symptoms and speed up your recovery time.

For example, gargling with an essential oil mixture can help to kill of bugs that are causing a sore throat. Some essential oils will also help soothe any inflammation at the back of your mouth.

Inhaling essential oils is a popular way to unblock sinuses and relieve stuffy airways. Usually, a few drops of a decongestant essential oil like peppermint or eucalyptus in a bowl of hot water is enough to help make breathing easier. Even adding some essential oils to a warm bath while you relax is a way to inhale the healing properties of essential oils.

Massage essential oil blends or soothing muscle rubs can contain various essential oils that have pain-relieving properties. You can also add some eucalyptus to a chest-rub blend and let the vapors unblock your nose and break up phlegm in your respiratory tract.

Grapeseed oil

It is good to remember that essential oils are too concentrated and powerful to put directly on your skin. Therefore, you should always dilute them in a carrier oil like grapeseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil or sweet almond oil.

Studies have shown that grapeseed oil also contains healing properties to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. For example, the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology reported that grapeseed extracts contain antimicrobial properties. Grapeseed oil contains a compound called resveratrol which helps to reduce the spread of the influenza virus.25

Let’s look at some easy natural remedies for treating cold and flu symptoms at home.

Essential oils for body aches and pains

You can make a great massage oil rub to help treat muscle aches and pains that accompany a cold or flu. This is what you should do:

  1. Mix together 4 drops peppermint oil, 4 drops ginger oil, and 4 drops rosemary oil with 1 oz. (30 ml) grapeseed oil.
  2. Massage some of the pain-relieving oil to the affected area until the oil is absorbed into your skin.
  3. Repeat 2-3 times a day until the aches and pains caused by the flu virus have gone.

The massaging action helps to increase circulation to the sore muscles and the essential oils penetrate the skin and help relax muscles.

If you want, you can exchange the essential oils for other pain-relieving essential oils that are mentioned in this article. For example, lavender oil, thyme, and eucalyptus oil all are great pain relieving essential oils.

Use this essential oil blend to get rid of a backache, sore legs, or shoulder pain while you are fighting the flu virus.

Use Essential oils to fight fatigue and low spirit during a cold

If you are feeling under the weather and have no energy while battling your cold, you can make your own uplifting blend of essential oils to inhale. This is what you should do:

  1. Mix together 4 drops sandalwood oil, 4 drops lavender oil, 4 drops lemon balm oil with 1 oz. grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil.
  2. Massage a little of the oil onto your temples frequently throughout the day to help reduce feelings of fatigue and low mood.

Alternatively, you can add some of the above oils to your vaporizer and inhale to help give you more energy and lift your mood.

Essential oils to improve appetite during a cold or flu infection

If the cold or flu is making you feel nauseous or you have lost your appetite, you can use some effective essential oils to help regain your appetite. To help get rid of nausea while you have a cold or the flu, this is what you should do:

  1. Put a few drops of ginger oil and a few drops of cinnamon essential oil on a tissue.
  2. Inhale frequently throughout the day to reduce feelings of nausea.

Alternatively, you could use the steam inhalation method to get rid of nausea natural. This is what you should do:

  1. Put 3 drops of cinnamon oil and 3 drops of ginger oil in a large pot with water.
  2. Bring the water to the boil.
  3. Put a towel over your head and inhale the steam deeply to help reduce feelings of nausea.

How to Use Essential Oils for Sore Throat

Many essential oils are great for getting rid of a sore throat that has been caused by a viral cold or flu infection. The combined effect of massaging an essential oil mix and inhaling the vapors can help to reduce the discomfort a sore throat causes.

This is how to make your own essential oil home remedy for a sore throat:

  1. Mix 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 5 drops of your other favorite essential oil from this article with 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil.
  2. Gently rub the remedy on to your neck, chest, and behind your ears to help treat the symptoms of a sore throat.
  3. Repeat 2 times a day until your cold or flu infection has gone.

You can also find a great home remedy to make your own healing sore throat syrup at home.

If a cold is making your throat feel like sandpaper, you could make a gargle to ease the pain. Saltwater and essential oils for a sore throat help to soothe the irritation that makes it difficult to swallow or gives you a dry cough. This is what you should do:

  1. Add 2 drops of thyme oil or peppermint oil along with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to a glass of warm water.
  2. Gargle the essential oil remedy for a minute or so to help soothe the pain in your throat.
  3. Spit out the mixture.
  4. Repeat 2-3 times a day to help alleviate a sore throat and kill off any germs in your mouth.

How to Use Essential Oils to Ease Congestion

The strong and potent vapors of some essential oils help to break down mucus and phlegm and ease congestion. Some of the best essential oils for congestion are eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender oils.

This is how to make your own vapor rub remedy for colds and flu symptoms:

  1. Mix 4 drops eucalyptus oil, 4 drops peppermint oil, and 2-4 drops lavender oil with 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil.
  2. Gently massage the remedy onto your chest and cover with a blanket.
  3. Or, you can massage the oil mixture on the soles of your feet and cover with socks before going to bed.

How to Use Essential Oils to Get Rid of a Cough

To help reduce inflammation and irritation at the back of your throat that is causing a cough, you can use essential oils that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Inhaling essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender, lemongrass, or cinnamon can help to get rid of any respiratory infection that is making you cough up phlegm or have a dry cough.

The easiest way to get the healing properties of essential oils to alleviate your cough is to use a diffuser or vaporizer. This is what you should do:

  1. Put 4 drops tea tree oil and 4 drops of either lavender, lemongrass, or cinnamon oil in your diffuser.
  2. Inhale deeply to help the healing power of the essential oil blend soothe your throat and respiratory tract.

You can also try using peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, or any other of the essential oils for flu and cold symptoms that are mentioned in this article.

You can also try my highly effective garlic syrup for chest infections to get rid of a chesty cough for good.

Essential Oil Bath Soak

Soaking in a bath with essential oils is great to soothe aching muscles caused by flu, relax your mind, as well as inhaling the essential oils to ease congestion and blocked sinuses. Mix 10-12 drops of essential oils from the above list with 1 oz. (30 ml) of a carrier oil and add it to your bath water (you can also add 1 cup of Epsom salt to enhance the effect of relieving body aches and sore muscles).

When to Call a Doctor

Usually, home remedies are enough to alleviate the symptoms of a cold or flu virus. The antiviral and antimicrobial effect of many essential oils will also help prevent an upper respiratory tract infection from getting worse.

However, in some cases, you should your doctor if your symptoms become more severe. Doctors from the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend seeing your healthcare provider in the following circumstances for severe cold or flu symptoms:3

  • You have a high fever along with a sore throat, persistent cough, and congestion in your chest.
  • Your cold or flu symptoms last longer than 10 days.
  • You have a severe earache or drainage from one ear.
  • Your cough won’t go away.
  • You bring up mucus or phlegm from your chest.

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    22. Eur J Dent. 2013 Sep; 7(Suppl 1): S71–S77.
    23. Anc Sci Life. 2014 Jan-Mar; 33(3): 151–156.
    24. NCBI. Common colds.
    25. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Jun; 77(12): 3982–39

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How to Effectively Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection

Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy that you can use to treat a yeast infection. Yeast infections are commonly caused when an overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans affects the vagina, mouth, or skin. This yeast infection can cause burning, irritation, redness, swelling and a thick white discharge. Apple cider vinegar is just one of the many natural ways to destroy the yeast infection, which is also sometimes called candidiasis.

There are various reasons why you may suffer from a yeast infection in your genitals, mouth, or on your skin. For example, a course of antibiotics could upset the balance of healthy bacteria in your body, resulting in a yeast overgrowth. Or, having a weakened immune system, wounds on your skin, or hormonal changes can all cause yeast infections.

The effectiveness of apple cider vinegar for yeast infections is due to its acidic content. Apple cider vinegar lowers the pH levels of a candidiasis thus inhibiting the fungus overgrowth. Apple cider vinegar also helps to soothe itching, burning sensation, and other symptoms of a yeast infection.

In this article, I am going to look at why apple cider vinegar is effective for treating yeast infections. You will also find natural treatments you can make at home to treat vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, and skin fungal infections.

What Makes Apple Cider Vinegar Effective for Yeast Infections

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) contains many enzymes and prebiotics that can help to boost your health in general. However, it’s the levels of acetic acid along with these enzymes that give apple cider vinegar its healing qualities.

According to the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, acetic acid is the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar. During the fermentation process, ACV develops antibacterial and prebiotic properties. It also has antioxidant properties as well as an antifungal activity. The researchers concluded that ACV is an effective natural treatment for many ailments.1

Research into the healing antifungal properties of acetic acid has shown that it is effective against many strains of yeast. For example, the journal Acts Microbiologica Bulgarica reported that acetic acid can suppress the growth of many strains of fungus.2

Among the fungus strains that apple cider vinegar is effective against is Candida albicans. The Journal of Prosthodontics reported that apple cider vinegar can help kill off candida yeast infections. The study concluded that apple cider vinegar has powerful antifungal properties and can be used as a therapeutic alternative for treating yeast infections.3

Yeast infections are also more common in people with diabetes, as high sugar levels cause better conditions for the yeast to grow. A study conducted on female rats found out that high sugar level caused by diabetes was favorable to infection caused by candida albicans. 10

The good news is that you can use ACV to control blood sugar levels. In my article on how to use ACV for diabetes I’ve mentioned a study published by the American Association of Diabetes, in which the researchers found that ACV helped to decrease the blood sugar levels after meals in type I diabetes patients, as well as another research published in Diabetes Care which found that the consumption of ACV improved insulin sensitivity in the insulin resistant and type II diabetes patients.

The best type of apple cider vinegar for yeast infections

In order for apple cider vinegar to be an effective home remedy for yeast infections, it’s important to purchase the right kind.

To get the best out of apple cider vinegar, you should use the type that is raw, unprocessed and unfiltered. This kind of apple cider vinegar will be a dark amber color and have a murky appearance. You should also notice bits floating around the vinegar which is called the “mother.” This is the part that contains all the healthy enzymes and beneficial properties. If you can, always choose organic, raw, unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV.

According to the journal Medscape General Medicine, most raw vinegars contain acetic vinegar as well as minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants.4

Common Symptoms of Yeast Infection

Let’s look at some of the symptoms of candida yeast infections that can cause vaginal candidiasis, oral yeast infections, or fungal skin infections.

Vaginal yeast infection

A vaginal yeast infection, or genital candidiasis, will cause a lot of discomfort around your vagina. According to PubMed Health, vulvovaginal candidiasis usually causes itching and a burning sensation around the opening to your vagina. You may also notice a thick white, cottage cheese-like discharge and have swelling around your vagina.5

One of the top obstetricians and gynecologists in the U.S., Dr. Nivin Todd, says that vaginal candidiasis may also make sexual intercourse painful and a painful sensation when you urinate.6

Oral thrush (oral candidiasis)

Candida can also infect your oral cavity and cause a condition called oral thrush. The American Academy of Oral Medicine reports that common symptoms of oral thrush include a thick cheesy-like discharge in the mouth. You may also notice red patches or white spots on the back of your mouth and on the tongue, gums, and inside of your cheeks.7

According to the journal Informed Health Online, oral candidiasis can also make you feel like your mouth is burning. Severe oral thrush may also make it difficult to swallow and oral candida can be a reason for white patches on your tongue.8

Skin yeast infections

Candida infections can also affect areas of your skin, especially warm moist areas like between your legs, in your armpits, or cause a rash under your breasts.

The journal Microorganisms says that signs of a candida skin infection include red patches of skin that may appear thicker. Very often, candida skin infections have the same symptoms of eczema or psoriasis.9 The rash can also cause itching or pain.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Vaginal Yeast Infections

First, let’s look at how to use apple cider vinegar to treat vaginal candidiasis.

ACV tampon

One very effective home remedy for vaginal yeast infections is to insert a tampon with apple cider vinegar into your vagina. The acetic acid in ACV will quickly go to work to get kill off strains of candida and help restore a natural balance to your genital area.

How to make your own ACV tampon:

This is all you have to do to make a home remedy for candidiasis:

  1. Dilute apple cider vinegar with equal amounts of water. Never use undiluted ACV.
  2. Soak an unscented tampon in the ACV solution and insert into your vagina for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Remove the tampon and rinse your vagina with water and dry thoroughly to help prevent more yeast growth.
  4. Use the apple cider vinegar tampon remedy daily until you no longer have signs of vaginal candida and swelling around your labia.

The remedy may sting a little and this is normal. If the stinging sensation is too much, try diluting the ACV with more water.

There are many other effective home remedies to quickly get rid of a vaginal yeast infection. For example, coconut oil has antifungal properties or you can use yogurt on your vagina for a yeast infection. Taking probiotic supplements can also prevent candidiasis, especially if you have just finished a course of antibiotics.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Oral Thrush

Oral thrush can affect you if you have been taking antibiotics, have a weakened immune system, or you wear dentures.

Here are some effective ways to use apple cider vinegar for an oral yeast infection.

How to make an ACV mouth rinse for oral thrush:

This mouth rinse includes salt to help boost the antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar to get rid of oral thrush quicker. This is what you should do:

  1. Dilute 2 teaspoons of raw ACV in a cup of warm water and add 1 teaspoon salt. The warm water helps the salt to dissolve.
  2. Swish the mixture around your mouth for a few minutes and then spit out.
  3. Repeat several times during the day and continue until you no longer have thick discharge or red patches in your mouth.

How to make an ACV drink for oral yeast infections:

You can also drink apple cider vinegar to help get rid of candida from your body. This is how to make the anti-thrush drink:

  1. Put 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water (don’t add sugar or honey as sugar promotes the growth of candida).
  2. Drink once or twice a day to help get rid of candida and boost your immune system.
  3. Consume daily for best results and to help keep candida from overgrowing in your gut.

ACV contains many nutrients, enzymes and friendly bacteria and helps to inhibit candida growth by helping to re-balance your body pH. While ACV is acidic, once ingested and metabolized it has an alkaline effect on the body. ACV also helps to increase the good bacteria in the gut and increases the immunity of the body.

ACV also contains maleic acid. A Brazilian research is pediatric dentistry found out that the maleic acid in ACV has anti-fungal properties against oral infections including candida albicans. 12

The good news is that the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are more than just getting rid of a yeast infection.

For example, studies into the effects of acetic acid in vinegar have shown that regular consumption can help to lower blood pressure. ACV can also help to control blood sugar levels and also detoxifies the liver at the same time.4

Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Vaginal and Skin Yeast Infections

If you have signs of a candida infection on your skin, you can easily make an ACV compress or take a bath in apple cider vinegar to destroy the fungal pathogens.

ACV bath

To help alleviate the discomfort that a candida infection on your skin causes, you can run a bath with ACV. This is what you should do:

  1. Fill your bathtub with warm water just enough to cover your waist when you sit in the bath.
  2. Add 2 cups of raw apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of sea salt.
  3. When sitting in the bath, keep your knees to your chest to allow the apple cider vinegar water get to your genitals.
  4. Stay in the bath for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse yourself with warm water and dry your body thoroughly.
  6. Bathe 2-3 times a week to help get rid of candida from your skin or vagina.

To increase the anti-fungal properties of the ACV bath, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with a tablespoon of carrier oil. According to research published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, tea tree oil helps to destroy species of candida albicans because of its anti-fungal components.11

Bathing in apple cider vinegar is also a great way to treat all-over body itching or helping to soothe the symptoms of eczema naturally.

ACV compress

If you have small patches of candida skin infection, you can make a damp compress with apple cider vinegar. This will not only destroy candida strains of yeast but also help to reduce itching and redness.

How to make an ACV compress for yeast skin infections:

Here are the steps to make a healing compress to get rid of yeast infections from your skin:

  1. Dilute 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water.
  2. Soak a washcloth in the home remedy.
  3. Squeeze out the excess liquid and press the cloth on the infected area of your body.
  4. Hold for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the washcloth and allow the skin to dry naturally.
  6. Apply the apple cider vinegar washcloth 2 times a day and continue using until you no longer have symptoms of candida infection.

Read my other related articles:

Medical References

  1. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016; 2016: 6473678.
  2. Acta Microbiol Bulg.1990;25:24-30.
  3. J Prosthodont.2015 Jun;24(4):296-302.
  4. MedGenMed. 2006; 8(2): 61.
  5. PubMed. Vaginal candidiasis.
  6. WebMD. What is candidiasis?
  7. AAOM. Oral yeast infections.
  8. NCBI. Oral thrush (candidiasis).
  9. Microorganisms. 2017 Jun; 5(2): 32.
  10. 2009 Jun;200(6):659.e1-4.
  11. J Antimicrob Chemother.2004 Jun;53(6):1081-5.
  12. http://revista.uepb.edu.br/index.php/pboci/article/view/1223

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How to Effectively Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection

Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy that you can use to treat a yeast infection. Yeast infections are commonly caused when an overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans affects the vagina, mouth, or skin. This yeast infection can cause burning, irritation, redness, swelling and a thick white discharge. Apple cider vinegar is just one of the many natural ways to destroy the yeast infection, which is also sometimes called candidiasis.

There are various reasons why you may suffer from a yeast infection in your genitals, mouth, or on your skin. For example, a course of antibiotics could upset the balance of healthy bacteria in your body, resulting in a yeast overgrowth. Or, having a weakened immune system, wounds on your skin, or hormonal changes can all cause yeast infections.

The effectiveness of apple cider vinegar for yeast infections is due to its acidic content. Apple cider vinegar lowers the pH levels of a candidiasis thus inhibiting the fungus overgrowth. Apple cider vinegar also helps to soothe itching, burning sensation, and other symptoms of a yeast infection.

In this article, I am going to look at why apple cider vinegar is effective for treating yeast infections. You will also find natural treatments you can make at home to treat vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, and skin fungal infections.

What Makes Apple Cider Vinegar Effective for Yeast Infections

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) contains many enzymes and prebiotics that can help to boost your health in general. However, it’s the levels of acetic acid along with these enzymes that give apple cider vinegar its healing qualities.

According to the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, acetic acid is the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar. During the fermentation process, ACV develops antibacterial and prebiotic properties. It also has antioxidant properties as well as an antifungal activity. The researchers concluded that ACV is an effective natural treatment for many ailments.1

Research into the healing antifungal properties of acetic acid has shown that it is effective against many strains of yeast. For example, the journal Acts Microbiologica Bulgarica reported that acetic acid can suppress the growth of many strains of fungus.2

Among the fungus strains that apple cider vinegar is effective against is Candida albicans. The Journal of Prosthodontics reported that apple cider vinegar can help kill off candida yeast infections. The study concluded that apple cider vinegar has powerful antifungal properties and can be used as a therapeutic alternative for treating yeast infections.3

Yeast infections are also more common in people with diabetes, as high sugar levels cause better conditions for the yeast to grow. A study conducted on female rats found out that high sugar level caused by diabetes was favorable to infection caused by candida albicans. 10

The good news is that you can use ACV to control blood sugar levels. In my article on how to use ACV for diabetes I’ve mentioned a study published by the American Association of Diabetes, in which the researchers found that ACV helped to decrease the blood sugar levels after meals in type I diabetes patients, as well as another research published in Diabetes Care which found that the consumption of ACV improved insulin sensitivity in the insulin resistant and type II diabetes patients.

The best type of apple cider vinegar for yeast infections

In order for apple cider vinegar to be an effective home remedy for yeast infections, it’s important to purchase the right kind.

To get the best out of apple cider vinegar, you should use the type that is raw, unprocessed and unfiltered. This kind of apple cider vinegar will be a dark amber color and have a murky appearance. You should also notice bits floating around the vinegar which is called the “mother.” This is the part that contains all the healthy enzymes and beneficial properties. If you can, always choose organic, raw, unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV.

According to the journal Medscape General Medicine, most raw vinegars contain acetic vinegar as well as minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants.4

Common Symptoms of Yeast Infection

Let’s look at some of the symptoms of candida yeast infections that can cause vaginal candidiasis, oral yeast infections, or fungal skin infections.

Vaginal yeast infection

A vaginal yeast infection, or genital candidiasis, will cause a lot of discomfort around your vagina. According to PubMed Health, vulvovaginal candidiasis usually causes itching and a burning sensation around the opening to your vagina. You may also notice a thick white, cottage cheese-like discharge and have swelling around your vagina.5

One of the top obstetricians and gynecologists in the U.S., Dr. Nivin Todd, says that vaginal candidiasis may also make sexual intercourse painful and a painful sensation when you urinate.6

Oral thrush (oral candidiasis)

Candida can also infect your oral cavity and cause a condition called oral thrush. The American Academy of Oral Medicine reports that common symptoms of oral thrush include a thick cheesy-like discharge in the mouth. You may also notice red patches or white spots on the back of your mouth and on the tongue, gums, and inside of your cheeks.7

According to the journal Informed Health Online, oral candidiasis can also make you feel like your mouth is burning. Severe oral thrush may also make it difficult to swallow and oral candida can be a reason for white patches on your tongue.8

Skin yeast infections

Candida infections can also affect areas of your skin, especially warm moist areas like between your legs, in your armpits, or cause a rash under your breasts.

The journal Microorganisms says that signs of a candida skin infection include red patches of skin that may appear thicker. Very often, candida skin infections have the same symptoms of eczema or psoriasis.9 The rash can also cause itching or pain.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Vaginal Yeast Infections

First, let’s look at how to use apple cider vinegar to treat vaginal candidiasis.

ACV tampon

One very effective home remedy for vaginal yeast infections is to insert a tampon with apple cider vinegar into your vagina. The acetic acid in ACV will quickly go to work to get kill off strains of candida and help restore a natural balance to your genital area.

How to make your own ACV tampon:

This is all you have to do to make a home remedy for candidiasis:

  1. Dilute apple cider vinegar with equal amounts of water. Never use undiluted ACV.
  2. Soak an unscented tampon in the ACV solution and insert into your vagina for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Remove the tampon and rinse your vagina with water and dry thoroughly to help prevent more yeast growth.
  4. Use the apple cider vinegar tampon remedy daily until you no longer have signs of vaginal candida and swelling around your labia.

The remedy may sting a little and this is normal. If the stinging sensation is too much, try diluting the ACV with more water.

There are many other effective home remedies to quickly get rid of a vaginal yeast infection. For example, coconut oil has antifungal properties or you can use yogurt on your vagina for a yeast infection. Taking probiotic supplements can also prevent candidiasis, especially if you have just finished a course of antibiotics.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Oral Thrush

Oral thrush can affect you if you have been taking antibiotics, have a weakened immune system, or you wear dentures.

Here are some effective ways to use apple cider vinegar for an oral yeast infection.

How to make an ACV mouth rinse for oral thrush:

This mouth rinse includes salt to help boost the antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar to get rid of oral thrush quicker. This is what you should do:

  1. Dilute 2 teaspoons of raw ACV in a cup of warm water and add 1 teaspoon salt. The warm water helps the salt to dissolve.
  2. Swish the mixture around your mouth for a few minutes and then spit out.
  3. Repeat several times during the day and continue until you no longer have thick discharge or red patches in your mouth.

How to make an ACV drink for oral yeast infections:

You can also drink apple cider vinegar to help get rid of candida from your body. This is how to make the anti-thrush drink:

  1. Put 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water (don’t add sugar or honey as sugar promotes the growth of candida).
  2. Drink once or twice a day to help get rid of candida and boost your immune system.
  3. Consume daily for best results and to help keep candida from overgrowing in your gut.

ACV contains many nutrients, enzymes and friendly bacteria and helps to inhibit candida growth by helping to re-balance your body pH. While ACV is acidic, once ingested and metabolized it has an alkaline effect on the body. ACV also helps to increase the good bacteria in the gut and increases the immunity of the body.

ACV also contains maleic acid. A Brazilian research is pediatric dentistry found out that the maleic acid in ACV has anti-fungal properties against oral infections including candida albicans. 12

The good news is that the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are more than just getting rid of a yeast infection.

For example, studies into the effects of acetic acid in vinegar have shown that regular consumption can help to lower blood pressure. ACV can also help to control blood sugar levels and also detoxifies the liver at the same time.4

Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Vaginal and Skin Yeast Infections

If you have signs of a candida infection on your skin, you can easily make an ACV compress or take a bath in apple cider vinegar to destroy the fungal pathogens.

ACV bath

To help alleviate the discomfort that a candida infection on your skin causes, you can run a bath with ACV. This is what you should do:

  1. Fill your bathtub with warm water just enough to cover your waist when you sit in the bath.
  2. Add 2 cups of raw apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of sea salt.
  3. When sitting in the bath, keep your knees to your chest to allow the apple cider vinegar water get to your genitals.
  4. Stay in the bath for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse yourself with warm water and dry your body thoroughly.
  6. Bathe 2-3 times a week to help get rid of candida from your skin or vagina.

To increase the anti-fungal properties of the ACV bath, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with a tablespoon of carrier oil. According to research published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, tea tree oil helps to destroy species of candida albicans because of its anti-fungal components.11

Bathing in apple cider vinegar is also a great way to treat all-over body itching or helping to soothe the symptoms of eczema naturally.

ACV compress

If you have small patches of candida skin infection, you can make a damp compress with apple cider vinegar. This will not only destroy candida strains of yeast but also help to reduce itching and redness.

How to make an ACV compress for yeast skin infections:

Here are the steps to make a healing compress to get rid of yeast infections from your skin:

  1. Dilute 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water.
  2. Soak a washcloth in the home remedy.
  3. Squeeze out the excess liquid and press the cloth on the infected area of your body.
  4. Hold for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the washcloth and allow the skin to dry naturally.
  6. Apply the apple cider vinegar washcloth 2 times a day and continue using until you no longer have symptoms of candida infection.

Read my other related articles:

Medical References

  1. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016; 2016: 6473678.
  2. Acta Microbiol Bulg.1990;25:24-30.
  3. J Prosthodont.2015 Jun;24(4):296-302.
  4. MedGenMed. 2006; 8(2): 61.
  5. PubMed. Vaginal candidiasis.
  6. WebMD. What is candidiasis?
  7. AAOM. Oral yeast infections.
  8. NCBI. Oral thrush (candidiasis).
  9. Microorganisms. 2017 Jun; 5(2): 32.
  10. 2009 Jun;200(6):659.e1-4.
  11. J Antimicrob Chemother.2004 Jun;53(6):1081-5.
  12. http://revista.uepb.edu.br/index.php/pboci/article/view/1223

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Are apples good or bad for you?

Are apples good or bad for you?Are apples good or bad for you?

Are apples good or bad for you?  How would you feel about eating apples every day if you were to discover that studies have shown that apples and their many bits and constituents protect and inhibit initiation and the spread of cancers such as liver cancer, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer and potentially many more types of cancer?  Pretty good I expect.

The pectin in apples has amazing benefits as well.  Along with helping you to feel fuller longer, which is a great benefit when trying to lose weight, pectin has been shown to reduce carcinogenic radioisotopes that have accumulated in the organs of children as a result of the Chernobyl incident…as much as 30 – 40% which is amazing.  And this improvement happened in a short period of a little more than 2 weeks time!

Eating apples has been shown to aid in the prevention of plaque formation in the arteries and is a benefit in maintaining a healthy young brain; apples help prevent oxidative damage.

On the down side of eating apples is the fact that they are one of the fruits most heavily sprayed with pesticides.  This makes it so important to consume only organic apples which are much easier to find at farm stands and in regular grocery stores these days.

Did you know you can do an apple cleanse?  Get yourself a bag of crunchy organic apples and for a day (or two…duration is up to you), whenever you’re hungry, grab fresh apple and eat it.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly your hunger leaves you and for how long that pectin in the apple keeps you satisfied.

If you’re not a fan of fasting, this is a wonderful way to ease into the habit of regular fasting without being afraid of getting so hungry you’ll reach for anything insight!

And finally, don’t forget about apple cider vinegar!  It’s an amazing, healthy ingredient to add to foods, drinks, etc.  I strongly suggest you check out this book by Braggs on the many ways to use apple cider vinegar.  Braggs produces one of the best apple cider vinegars you can find!  In fact, check out my own favorite recipe for using apple cider vinegar!

So, if you were wondering…are apples good or bad for you…now you know!  Go get an apple!

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!

 

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

 

 

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