An apple cider vinegar sitz bath is a simple way to eliminate yeast infection symptoms. It is used by many women nowadays to help soothe and reduce the burning and itching associated with a yeast infection in the vagina. But not everyone has a sitz bath, and anyway, what exactly is a sitz bath and why apple cider vinegar? You’ll find out here, and how to use your normal bath or tub instead.
A sitz bath — from the German ‘sitzen’ meaning ‘to sit’ — is basically a small bath designed purely to cover the buttocks and hips only. Normally the rest of the body is outside, including arms and legs. Sitz baths have been around for ages and are ideal for soothing and easing pain and other discomforts in the anal, vagina, penile, and pelvic areas. Vaginal, penile and anal yeast infections are obvious examples.
But who has a sitz bath today? Very few of us. But here’s the good news if you’re trying to get rid of your yeast infection; you don’t need a sitz bath, use your ordinary bath. But first, let’s look at why apple cider vinegar is so popular as a home remedy for yeast infection.
Apple cider vinegar has been used as a home remedy for many ailments and conditions for thousands of years. It is mentioned as such in ancient Greek manuscripts, by no less a person than Hippocrates himself.
But back then the apple cider vinegar was raw with no preservatives. And so today, as a remedy for yeast infection, it has to be raw, un-distilled, unpasteurized and unfiltered with no preservatives or additives. Get it from health food stores or some grocery stores. Ask the assistant for help.
Apple cider vinegar is chock-full of ‘goodies’ like enzymes, minerals, trace elements, etc. And it helps to re-balance the acidity / alkalinity — measured by pH — in the vagina for example, which helps to prevent yeast infections there.
Now this is how to use apple cider vinegar as a ‘sitz’ bath: Fill your normal bath with sufficient warm water to just cover your hips and buttocks in a sitting position. Add 2 full cups of vinegar and mix thoroughly. Do not add anything else like bubble bath etc.! Sit upright in your ‘sitz’ bath for a minimum of 20 minutes, holding your lips open as long as you can to ensure the full benefit. A man needs to pull the foreskin back. Do this twice a day until your yeast infection symptoms disappear.