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Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection may affect one or more of the following areas of the urinary tract: the kidneys, bladder, ureters or urethra. It is one of the most common types of bacterial infection, caused by the E. coli bacteria in 80% of cases.

Urinary tract infections occur more frequently in women, with over 40% of all women experiencing it once in their life. The anatomy of the woman's body allows easier access for bacteria to enter the urinary canal compared to men.

For men below 40, this type of infections is not very common.  Prostate problems are a common trigger of urinary tract infections for older men.  An inflamed prostate can slow down or block the urinary canal, increasing the chance of infection.

Signs and Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

  • Pain in the lower abdominal area.
  • Frequent and painful urination.
  • Incontinence.
  • Cloudy urine, sometimes with traces of blood.
  • Lethargy or confusion in older people.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infections

  • Poor hygiene.
  • Poor or insufficient sleep.
  • Poor hydration.
  • Weak immune system.
  • Transmission of the bacteria by sexual contact.
  • Enlarged prostate for men.
  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder.
  • Urinary tract malformations and anomalies.
  • Unusual foreign bodies in the urinary tract.
  • Chronic constipation.
  • Diabetes.

Foods That Aggravate Urinary Tract Infections

  • Sugar, especially refined sugar and sweets containing refined sugar.
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Refined flour breads.
  • Sugary soft drinks.
  • Milk and dairy products.
  • Junk food, fried foods, pizza.
  • Alcohol
  • Meat

Treating Urinary Tract Infection Naturally

  • Natural treatments can provide complete relief, but they work slow and may take a long time.  It's important to keep treating the infection until it's completely resolved.
  • Avoid cold and damp environments.
  • Eat light and healthy, focusing on fruits and vegetables, especially cranberries and cranberry juice.

Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections


1. Yarrow Flower Tea for UTI

Yarrow Benefits for UTI

  • Antibacterial.
  • Anti-inflammatory, especially for the urinary bladder.
  • Antiseptic, astringent.
  • Helps to better empty the bladder when it is inflamed.
  • Strengthens weak bladder tissues.
  • Increases resistance against infections.
  • Detoxifies the kidneys.

Making Yarrow Flower Tea

  • Bring one cup of water to a boil.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of dried yarrow flowers to a cup.
  • Pour the hot water over the yarrow flowers.
  • Cover and allow infusing for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

Directions

  • Drink 2 cups per day.

2. Corn Silk Infusion for UTI

Fresh picked corn silk

Corn Silk Benefits for Treating UTI

  • Strong diuretic, aiding with additional flow to flush out bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory to reduce the effects of the infection.
  • Calming effect on the pain caused by the urinary infection.
  • Regenerates the tissues of the urinary tract weakened by infection.
  • Contains antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

How to Prepare Corn Silk Herbal Tea

  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour in a teapot.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of organic corn silk.
  • Cover and let the corn silk herbal tea infuse for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

Directions

  • Drink 2-3 cups a day for 10 days.
  • Take a 5-day break and you start drinking again if required.
  • Use only organic corn silk. Do not use corn silk from GMO corn.

Additional Uses

  • Corn silk herbal tea is also used for eliminating kidney stones

3. Treating a Bladder Infection with Essential Oils

Essential Oil Massage for Urinary Tract Infection

Ingredients:

  • 8 drops of cypress essential oil.
  • 6 drops of bergamot essential oil.
  • 6 drops of tea tree essential oil.
  • 2 drops of fennel essential oil.
  • 2 ounces (~60 ml) of castor, almond, or olive oil.

Mix all the oils listed below together until they are blended well.  Use only ceramic or glass container for mixing and storing.  Dark glass containers are best for storage, and remember to always keep away from sunlight.

Massage Directions

  • Massage the essential oil mix over the urinary bladder area just below the abdomen once or twice per day for one week. Stop using for 2-3 days then repeat as needed.
  • The best time to perform the massage is before bedtime.

Benefits

Once applied, the essential oil mix enters the skin to reach the bladder tissues where it works to relieve pain while fighting the infection.

  • Antimicrobial: bergamot oil, tea tree oil.
  • Antibacterial: tea tree oil, bergamot oil.
  • Antiseptic: cypress oil, bergamot oil, tea tree oil, fennel oil.
  • Antiviral: bergamot oil, tea tree oil.
  • Diuretic: cypress oil, tea tree oil, fennel oil.
  • Antispasmodic: cypress oil, tea tree oil, bergamot oil, fennel oil.
  • Sedative: cypress oil, bergamot oil, tea tree oil.
  • Balsamic: tea tree oil.
  • Cicatrizing: tea tree oil,  bergamot oil.
  • Astringent: cypress oil, tea tree oil.
  • Fungicide: bergamot oil, tea tree oil.
  • Analgesic: bergamot oil.
  • Febrifuge: fennel oil, bergamot oil.
  • Depurative: fennel oil, bergamot oil.

4. Nettle Leaves Herbal Tea for Treating UTI

A cup of nettle leaves tea on wooden table

Nettle Benefits for Treating UTI

  • Anti-bacterial effects, aids in killing the bacteria causing the infection.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Analgesic, will help reduce the pain caused by the UTI.
  • Diuretic.
  • Promotes detoxification of the human body.

How to Prepare the Nettle Leaves Herbal Tea

  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour into a tea cup.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of dried nettle leaves to the cup.
  • Cover and allow infusing for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the nettle leaves and drink.

Directions

  • Drink 2-3 cups a day.

5. Drink Lots of Water

Young woman drinking a glass of water

Water Flushes Bacteria

It may seem counter intuitive, however drinking more water actually helps in clearing up a urinary tract infection. Increasing the flow of urine flushes out bacteria and helps to clear up the infection. Additionally, more water dilutes the urine and reduces the discomfort and pain upon urination.

How Much Water?

  • Drink 5 to 10 cups of water each when a urinary infection is present.
  • The easiest way is to get enough water is to drinking one cup of water every hour you are awake for 12 hours.

Empty the Bladder Completely

  • Ensure to relax and allow time to completely empty the bladder every time. The majority of the bacteria are flushed out at this time.

6. Cherry Stems Decoction for UTI

Benefits of Cherry Stems

  • They are a natural diuretic, increasing the flow of urine.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antiseptic, effective at killing bacteria.
  • Antioxidant, due to the presence of potassium salts, flavonoids and tannins.

How to Prepare the Cherry Stems Decoction

  • Add 3 teaspoons of dried cherry stems and 2.5 cups of water in a pot.
  • Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cover and infuse for another 20 minutes.
  • Strain and drink throughout the day in small amounts.

7. Dandelion Herbal Tea for UTI

Dandelion tea cup on wooden table

Dandelion Benefits for Treating UTI

  • Strong diuretic effect, promotes urination, aid in clearing the infection.
  • Anti-bacterial and disinfectant. Prevents bacterial growth.
  • Promotes detoxification of the kidneys and the urinary tract.
  • High in anti-oxidants and nutrients.
  • Anti-inflammatory.

How to Prepare the Dandelion Herbal Tea

  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour in a teapot.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of dried, finely chopped dandelion leaves.
  • Cover and allow infusing for 15-20 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

Directions

  • Drink 2-3 cups a day.

Additional Benefits

  • Drinking dandelion tea provides many health benefits. It improves digestion, detoxifies the liver, helps the function of the gallbladder, regulates blood sugar and promotes prostate health.
  • If you have fresh dandelions, their flowers can be eaten raw in salads. Always ensure they are organically grown, without pesticides.

8. Bilberry Leaves Herbal Infusion for UTI

Blueberry bush with leaves and fruits

Benefits of Bilberry (European Blueberry) Leaves

Bilberry leaves have long been used for treating urinary tract infections. They have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

How to Prepare Bilberry Leaf Tea

  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
  • Place the leaves in a teapot.
  • Pour the hot water over the blueberry leaves.
  • Cover and let the infusion sit for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Strain and pour the infusion in a cup and drink.

Directions

  • Drink 2-3 cups a day, for maximum 7 days.

Caution

  • May reduce blood sugar levels. Do not use if you have diabetes.
  • May irritate the liver if consumed in high amounts. Avoid if you have liver problems.

9. Herbal Sitz Bath for Treating Urinary Infection

Make the Bath Mix Using the Following

  • 3 teaspoons of yarrow flowers .
  • 3 teaspoons of horsetail leaves.
  • 3 teaspoons of chamomile flowers.
  • 3 teaspoons of calendula flowers.

Sitz Bath

  • Bring 10 cups of water to a boil in a stovetop pot.
  • Add the above ingredients to the boiling water and mix well.
  • Cover with a lid and continue boiling for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the water to cool down until it is comfortable for a bath.
  • While the water is cooling, have a shower and clean the anal area well with a natural soap. This step is very important and should never be skipped.
  • Once the water is a comfortable temperature, pour it in a sitz bath container or bowl.
  • Sit and soak your intimate area in the herbal bath for 10-20 minutes while the water is still warm.
  • Use a large towel to keep yourself warm during the bath.

Always dress warm and keep warm after the bath. If it's cold outside, stay inside for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. The bath can be repeated twice each day. It is best to take the bath before bedtime.

Tip

  • If you need more than a liter of water for your bath, you can follow the same procedure described above but adjust the herb quantity proportionally, to maintain the same concentration of the herbal decoct.

10. Beet, Cranberry and Lemon Juice for UTI

Juice the Following Ingredients

  • 3 average sized peeled beets.
  • 1 peeled lemon.
  • 1 celery stick (optional).
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries (optional).

Benefits of Beet Juice

  • Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, fungicide, promotes detoxification, rich in nutrients.

Caution

  • Beet juice is a very powerful detoxifier. Do not drink more than once per day.
  • May cause the urine to be red or pink (beeturia). May also cause the stool to be red in color.

11. Basil Tea for Urinary Tract Infections

Basil Benefits for Treating UTI

  • Antibacterial.
  • Boost immunity.
  • Antiseptic.
  • Reduces fever.
  • Mildly sedative.

How to Prepare the Nettle Leaves Herbal Tea

  • Add 1 tablespoon of dried basil leaves to a teacup.
  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour in the teacup.
  • Cover and allow infusing for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.
  • (Optional) Add 2 drops of basil essential oil made for internal use (read the product label to ensure internal use is permitted).

Directions

  • Drink 3 cups a day for 14 days.
  • Stop for one week and start again for another 2 weeks cure if needed.

12. Vitamin C to Fight Urinary Infections

Fruits with high vitamin C content

Vitamin C works well for urinary infections due to it's acidifying effects on the urine. In addition, vitamin C is potent anti-oxidant, helping to boost the immune system, speed up healing, and protect against the effects of aging.

Vitamin C Benefits

  • Limits the growth of bacteria in the urine.
  • Provides anti-oxidant effects, helping the body cope with stress.
  • Important for preventing disease.

An Essential Nutrient

Vitamin C should be consumed daily in the diet. At least 200 milligrams of Vitamin C per day is recommended when a urinary infection is present.

Sources

  • Oranges or Orange Juice
  • Kiwis
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Ascorbic Acid Supplements (not as absorbable as food)

 

13. Herbal Remedy for Treating a Urinary Tract Infection

Herbal Remedy Benefits for Treating UTI

  • Antibacterial.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Diuretic.
  • Analgesic.
  • Helps detoxify and disinfect the urinary tract.
  • Ensures good urinary flow.

Ingredients

Combine the herbs below to make the combined herbal remedy. By using the amounts listed below you will have enough herbal mix to make 10 teas.

  • Yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium): 2 tablespoons.
  • Horsetail leaves (Equisetum arvense): 2 tablespoons.
  • Nettle leaves (Urtica dioica): 1.5 tablespoons.
  • Corn silk (Stigma maydis): 1.5 tablespoons.
  • Cherry stems (Stipites cerasorum): 1.5 tablespoons.
  • Birch leaves (Betulae folium): 1 tablespoon.
  • Knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare): 0.5 tablespoons.

How to Prepare the Herbal Remedy

  • Mix all the ingredients above very well. Use a jar and shake it until all the herbs are evenly distributed.
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a stovetop pot.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of the herbal mix to the boiling water and boil for 2 additional minutes.
  • Turn off the stove, cover, and allow cooling down for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

Directions

  • Drink 4 cups per day, 30 minutes before meals, and in between meals. Use for one month or until the infection clears up.

Caution

  • Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.