Let’s talk about our vaginas. Is it safe to say that women rarely talk about vaginal issues unless its within the privacy of their doctor’s office, a listening partner or a close girlfriend? That may or may not be true. Anyhow my point is, I’m going to talk about it in this blog post!
It is well known that in a female between the age of menstruation and menopause, the normal vagina provides an ecosystem for a variety of microorganisms. Bacteria are the predominant type of microorganism present in the vagina and most women harbor small amounts of bacteria in their vaginal fluid. In this regard, some of the more conventional treatment regimens for various vaginal infections have been described as follows:
Great so, everyone is treated, infection cured! What’s the issue? Well conventional treatments have two important negative characteristics. The first is that some of the treatments described are systemic, such as oral metronidazole for trichomonas or bacterial vaginosis and tetracycline for chlamydia. Systemic treatment may have systemic/adverse side effects. The second difficulty is that none of these treatments or procedures attempt to normalize the vaginal flora growth habitat by either maintaining or enhancing acceptable microbial (bacteria) growth patterns.
Let’s discuss Candidiasis (yeast) and Bacterial Vaginosis more specifically since those are very common. There is limited data regarding the antifungal susceptibility of yeast causing candidiasis, since cultures are rarely performed. Recurrent episodes are more often caused by non-albicans species, for which “azoles” (fluconazole, itraconazole, econazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, and ketoconazole) agents are less likely to be effective. This means that the “azoles” are usually acceptable for therapy of uncomplicated candidiasis. Painting of the vulva and vagina with aqueous Gentian Violet 1%, as an adjunct to other therapies, may be helpful in some difficult cases. Usually this was done at the doctor’s office but doctors do not use this treatment anymore. However, Gentian Violet and the correct strains of probiotics can be purchased for home use from online vendors.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginitis, which is derived from a reduction in vaginal lactobacilli and an increased growth of other anaerobic species of bacteria. Vitamin C therapy and the correct strains of probiotics can be effective in treatment of BV through the production of lactic acid. Both of which can be purchased online or in stores for home use.
Although pharmaceutically active agents have been developed (conventional treatments above), it has been difficult to achieve optimal potential effectiveness from these agents. It has been found that conventional gels, foams, creams, pharmaceutical suppositories and tablets that are presently used as vaginal delivery systems break down almost immediately following insertion into the vaginal cavity and have minimal adherence to the vaginal walls. This is believed to be due to their water miscibility and/or their lack of physical stability at 37 degrees C (average normal body temperature by mouth). Thus, they exhibit limited effectiveness. The bigger picture is that these and other bacteria microorganisms are becoming more and more multidrug-resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics. Which means we have to be more proactive about using effective alternative treatments.
SO NOW WHAT!!!
Farmhouse Herbal Suppositories! Which be purchased here. That’s right, herbal suppositories synergistically comprise the therapeutic effectiveness of the individual herbal ingredients and sustains the natural vaginal flora. In addition, they relieve the symptoms of vaginal infections including inflammation, irritation, dryness, discharge, and unpleasant odor. Each herbal ingredient has properties that treat the symptoms of vaginal infections pointed out earlier. It is estimated that today, plant materials are present in, or have provided the model for 50% of Western drugs. Let’s remember that many commercially proven drugs used in modern medicine were initially used in crude form in traditional or folk healing practices, or for other purposes that suggested potentially useful biological activity. The primary benefits of using plant derived medicines are that they are relatively safer than synthetic alternatives, offering profound therapeutic benefits and are more affordable.
I am not a doctor and am not offering medical advice! Please do your research.
Take care until next time!
Lately, I’ve gotten many inquiries about treatments for dark spots, blemishes and other hyperpigmentation on the skin. Clearly a problem that no one wants to have. I decided to share a quick inexpensive yet effective DIY treatment.
Organic Turmeric + Organic Wildflower Honey + Yogurt = problem solved!
Mix in a small bowl then apply to a clean face for 20-30 minutes daily until your problem areas become better. Rinse with cool water. Wear a dark shirt and use a washcloth that you don’t mind getting stained.
Always remember that anti-hyperpigmentation treatments should be done at night in order avoid the sunlight and to achieve maximum results and don’t forget your sunblock.
So hmmm, why Turmeric?
One of the latest of many studies completed in 2017, done to test the anti-hyperpigmentation effects of Turmeric and Bitter Melon leaves, proved that the combination of these two natural ingredients had a better effect on hyperpigmentation than the pharmaceutical cream containing hydroquinone 4%, tretinoin 0,05%, and fluocinolone acetonide 0,01%. Not surprising since we know for sure that turmeric has been used for hundreds of years for this exact reason! Its just now modern research has the science to support this knowledge.
Turmeric, the major ingredient of curry powder and prepared mustard, comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. It has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. This ancient spice gets its health benefits primarily because of curcumin, a bioactive component with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties inhibit pigmentation in the skin and can be effective in reducing the appearance of sun spots and pigmented scarring.
Through diet and supplementation, the active constituents are believed to help block melanin overproduction that is triggered by chronic sun exposure. Curcumin is reported to possess greater anti-inflammatory activity than ibuprofen with the standard oral dose of curcumin is 250-400 mg, three times a day.
In no way is this blog post meant to substitute or in lieu of medical advice. Do not ingest or start any herbal treatments without researching their full contradictions and side effects. I am not a doctor, just a human trying to heal with the power of nature.
In my free-time I enjoy studying skincare, Herbalism and reading/researching scholarly & scientific literature on various topics.