UTI’s are commonly known as cystitis in women and urethritis in men. Unless treated early on, UTI’s can develop into more serious infections. You should consult your doctor if you suspect you have a UTI. Symptoms can be found here.
There are some natural ways to treat UTI’s. You should always consult your doctor before self-medicating, though. Pregnant women should not use essential oils and everyone should be careful what herbal remedies they use. Just because it’s herbal doesn’t mean there can’t be side effects!
Drink Cranberry Juice: Cranberry juice can help treat and prevent bladder infections because it makes the walls of the bladder slippery and prevents bacteria from gaining a hold.
You can try a yummy cran-apple recipe to help fight your UTI. Drink 6 glasses daily of this recipe at the first sign of an infection. If you’re prone to infections, drink 2 glasses a day as a preventative measure.
- 2fl oz (60ml) water
- 4fl oz (125ml) unsweetened cranberry juice
- 2fl oz (60ml) unsweetened apple juice
Flush Out Bacteria With Water: Drinking 6 glasses of water a day helps flush the body of problem-causing bacteria and can help prevent infections
Urinate Before And After Sex If You’re Prone: Just make sure you’re not holding any urine in. If you have to pee, then pee.
Drink Parsley Tea: Parsley is a naturally diuretic (meaning it’ll make you tinkle often) and helps to cleanse the body of infectious organisms.
To flush out the bladder, you should drink the following ingredients over a period of 3 hours to flush yourself out:
- 1/2 cup (20g) coarsely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 quarts (2.5 liters) water
Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes in a covered pot, steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink.
Drink Uva Ursi Tea: Uva Ursi is a potent antiseptic that combats UTI’s.
Make the tea with the following ingredients:
- 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
- 1 teaspoon dried uva ursi leaves
Pour the boiling water over the leaves, cover, steep for 15 minutes, strain, and drink 3 cups daily at the first sign of an infection. Continue drinking this tea for 3 days after the symptoms subside. Alternately, you can take half a teaspoon of an uva ursi tincture three times a day in a small amount of warm water. Don’t drink cranberry juice while you are taking uva ursi because the alkaline in the cranberries lessen the antiseptic properties of the uva ursi!
Make a Super Tea to Fight the Infection: Uva Ursi, echinacea, and goldenseal are a very effective infection-fight threesome.
Make a blend of these ingredients to fight the infection:
- 1fl oz (30ml) uva ursi extract
- 1/2fl oz (15ml) echinacea extract
- 1/2fl oz (15ml) goldenseal extract
Combine all these extracts in a dark glass bottle. This is to prevent light from getting to the extracts and spoiling them. Shake the bottle well and take 1 teaspoon of this mixture in a small amount of water 4 times a day. WARNING: Avoid goldenseal if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant!
Take a Sandalwood Bath: Aside from smelling nice, you’ll also be able to ease pelvic discomfort that accompanies bladder infections. Sandalwood is actually used in Ayurvedic medical practice to treat UTI’s.
Add 10 drops of sandalwood essential oil to a bath of warm water and soak for 20 minutes. Repeat daily until the infection has subsided.