9 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Vaginal Odor

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Topical application of probiotics like yogurt is effective against bacterial vaginosis. Citrus fruits contain Vit C and anti-oxidants that inhibit the growth of bacteria inside the vagina. Baking Soda, Cranberry juice and Indian gooseberry balance pH levels preventing odor-causing bacterial growth. Tea tree oil vaginal bath is well-renowned for its anti-microbial properties.

If you are experiencing a foul smelling discharge from your vagina, do not panic. It is pretty common among many women. However, it might sometimes be embarrassing. Much like your feet or breath, your vagina too has a smell mainly because of an overgrowth of bacteria.

You can definitely consider the home remedies and preventive measures given here for vaginal odor.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Vaginal Odor

1. Yogurt

Probiotics such as yogurt are effective agents for the treatment and/or prevention of bacterial vaginosis. Consuming yogurt regularly helps reduce cases of vaginal odor. However, you may also apply it topically to get rid of the odor really fast.1

2. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants that inhibit the growth of bacteria inside your vagina. Thus, consuming citrus fruits really helps to reduce the vaginal odor.

3. Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate, more commonly known as baking soda is purported to remedy the pH imbalance that is encouraging bacterial growth inside your vagina.

There are a couple of ways you can use baking soda to eliminate bacterial vaginosis:

  • Mix a teaspoon of baking soda into an 8 oz. glass of water and drink it daily.
  • You can also mix baking soda in water and use it as a vaginal wash.2

4. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is acidic in nature, which helps maintain the pH level that would discourage bacterial growth. Simply drinking one glass of natural, undiluted cranberry juice everyday should go a long way towards eliminating vaginal odor.

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is well-renowned for its anti-microbial properties and can be used to eliminate the odor causing bacteria from your vagina. You can create a vaginal wash by adding 6 drops of tea tree oil into an 8 oz. cup of water and use this to wash your vagina daily after taking a shower. This should get rid of vaginal odor in a few days.

6. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

Indian gooseberry can help eliminate vaginal odor in exactly the same way that cranberry juice does. Simply chew on pieces of amla every day or have a glass of amla juice daily to get rid of vaginal odor.3

7. Water

If you stay hydrated, it will help flush out bacteria from all parts of your body, including the vagina. The ideal amount for women is about 1.8 liters (about 0.5 gallon) of water per day. Women who are overweight or those who live in tropical climates should drink even more!

8. Lavender Essential Oil

Besides suppressing vaginal odor with its aroma, lavender essential oil can cure bacterial vaginosis as well. It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that can kill the bacteria and cures the itch as well.

Take a glass of water, add one tablespoon of witch hazel and about ten drops of lavender essential oil and mix it thoroughly and use it as a vaginal wash after taking a shower. Repeated daily use will provide a long-term cure for bacterial vaginosis!

9. Turmeric

The anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric have been known to practitioners of eastern medicine over several centuries. Simply mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder into a glass of warm milk and drink it daily right before you go to bed.4

Preventive Measures

  • You should wear cotton panties because they can provide your vaginal area with ventilation, hence reducing your vaginal odor faster and more effectively.
  • Avoid taking hot showers because they will kill the important bacteria needed in your vagina.
  • Reduce the daily consumption of sugary foods.
  • Avoid scented powders, soaps, or pads.
  • Change tampons or sanitary napkins frequently.
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes and panties.
  • Avoid douching.

While you now know how to prevent or treat vaginal odor at home, you can also check out reasons why the odor occurs in the first place.

References   [ + ]

1. Probiotics for the treatment of women with bacterial vaginosis-M. E. Falagas. Clinical Microbiology and Infection-Volume 13, Issue 7, pages 657–664, July 2007.
2. Vaginal Health and Infections- Linda C. Andrist. 2000.
3. Intrinsic Therapeutic Gains of Dietary Antioxidants occurring In Soyabean, Aloevera, Gooseberry, Spirulina, Broccoli and Garlic-Raaz K Maheshwari et al.2014. Review Article-International Journal of Current Trends in Pharmaceutical Research IJCTPR, 2014: Vol. 2(1): 321-336
4. Common Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Yeast Vaginitis and Bacterial Vaginosis: A Systematic Review Van Kessel et al. 2003.Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey:May 2003 – Volume 58 – Issue 5 – pp 351-358