Belly button (which is also called navel or umbilicus) is one of the human body’s natural openings. Infection of belly button can happen due to a number of reasons; some of which are belly button piercing, improper hygiene practices, overactive sweat glands of the area etc. These infections can be due to bacterial infection or yeast/ fungal infection or due to overactive sweat glands or due to dust accumulation. Let us have a look at the different home remedies which help in managing the infection of belly button.
1. Azadiractha Indica Leaves
Azadiractha Indica or Neem leaves; also known as Indian lilac excellent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. They work on bacterial infections as well as yeast infections or fungal infection. These properties effectively help in reducing infections; and also help in alleviating the belly button infection. All we need to do is crush and make a very thick paste of azadiractha leaves and apply it richly over the infected area. Alternatively, azadirachta oil can also be used on the infection.
2. Warm Salt Water
Salt is known to have antibacterial properties and is used tremendously for the same reason. The method of application is very simple; mix one tablespoon of salt (any type of salt) with half a cup of warm water and apply over the infection. Repeat this for 2-3 times every day for best results.
3. White Vinegar
Vinegar (the white variant) helps in stopping any discharge from the infected belly button. This property occurs due to the acidic nature of a vinegar. For applying on the belly button infection; you need to mix 1 part of the vinegar with about 2-3 portions of white variant of vinegar and apply; keep untouched for 15-20 minutes and wash off. This procedure could be repeated 3-4 times every day for best results.
3. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel has abundant beneficial properties, one of which is antiseptic properties. You need to simply apply the aloe vera gel over the infected belly button generously and repeated for about 3-4 times a day for quick and excellent results. A plant of aloevera can be easily grown in our balconies and you can use the fresh gel for application.
Turmeric is a magic ingredient; it has quality of being an antibiotic and antiseptic which thus helps us in keeping infections at bay. For application you need to make thick paste of turmeric with water and apply generously over the infection. Turmeric can also be consumed with warm milk every day for a prolonged action.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is widely known to impart antibacterial, antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory properties and therefore is highly recommended to be used for reducing belly button infection. Care must however be taken to not apply the concentrated form of tea tree oil; you must always dilute it with coconut oil/ olive oil before use.
The calendula plant is known to possess good antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties; however, the calendula flower is highly effective in treating belly button infection. For application on the infection area of the belly button, you need to crush 3-4 petals of the calendula flower in order to extract its juice. This juice should then be applied over the wound; you can half a spoon of honey for best results.
After trying above mentioned remedies, if the condition still persists then an immediate consultation of a doctor is needed.