The UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is a common yet distressing and extremely uncomfortable condition. It is caused by bacterial infection of the bladder and/or urethra, and the kidneys can also be involved in more serious infections.
- 1 Below are some of the symptoms of UTI:
- 2 Using Essential Oils for UTI
- 3 Essential Oil Mixes
- 3.1 Essential oil mix capsules:
- 3.2 Topical treatment to soothe outside area:
- 3.3 Sandalwood and eucalyptus essential oil bath:
- 3.4 Thyme and juniper essential oil bath:
- 3.5 Peppermint, juniper berry, and oregano oil topical treatment:
- 3.6 Tea tree bath:
- 3.7 Essential oil reflexology:
- 3.8 Essential oil massage:
- 4 Other Natural Remedies for UTI
- 4.1 Probiotics:
- 4.2 Eat garlic:
- 4.3 Cranberry:
- 4.4 D-Mannose:
- 4.5 Blueberries:
- 4.6 Cucumber:
- 4.7 Green tea:
- 4.8 Corn silk tea:
- 4.9 Horseradish:
- 4.10 Parsley water:
- 4.11 Drink more water:
- 4.12 Lemon and cream of tartar:
- 4.13 Baking soda:
- 4.14 Hot water bottle:
- 4.15 Go to the bathroom more often:
- 4.16 Celery seeds:
- 4.17 Vitamin C:
- 4.18 Coconut oil:
- 4.19 Uva ursi:
- 4.20 Coriander tea:
- 4.21 Avoid wearing damp clothes:
- 4.22 Take showers instead of baths:
- 4.23 Avoid using certain products:
- 4.24 Amla (Indian gooseberry):
- 4.25 Reduce your sugar intake:
- 4.26 Take cod liver oil:
- 4.27 Eat foods that encourage balanced hormones:
- 4.28 Marshmallow root tea:
- 4.29 Sitz bath:
- 4.30 Asparagus:
Below are some of the symptoms of UTI:
- Feeling the urge to urinate frequently but only having small amounts come out
- A burning sensation and/or pain when urinating
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Urine that has a strong odor
- Urine that has a cloudy appearance
- Urine that has signs of blood (for example, it might be pink or red)
- Muscle aches
Make sure to see your doctor for testing if you think that you might have a UTI. This is especially vital if there are any symptoms that the infection might have moved to your kidneys (such as soreness in the kidney area and fever).
Women are generally at higher risk of developing UTIs than men. Some of the other factors that put you at greater risk of UTI may include:
- Use of a catheter
- Sexual intercourse
- Compromised immune system
- Being postmenopausal
- Use of a diaphragm
It should be noted, however, that a UTI can develop in any person (especially a woman) without any of these factors present. Some people seem to be more prone to UTIs than others. One of the reasons why UTIs can be so distressing and difficult to deal with is their tendency to reoccur.
Using Essential Oils for UTI
There are several essential oils that can be useful in dealing with UTI. While some of them can be taken internally, others are just to soothe the outer area of the urethra. They must always be diluted with a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil) before use. If you want to use them topically, make sure to test some on a small area of skin to ensure that you do not experience irritation or a painful allergic reaction.
Some helpful essential oils include:
Oregano oil is an incredibly effective oil for dealing with any sort of infection. It has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can find and purchase an oregano oil already mixed with a carrier oil, such as olive oil. Read the instructions on the bottle regarding dosages.
Clove oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can be helpful with this condition. If you want to take clove oil internally, talk to your healthcare provider first. It can generally be taken for about two weeks when diluted with a carrier oil.
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of myrrh oil can make it useful for addressing the symptoms of UTI. If you want to take myrrh oil internally, speak to your healthcare provider. Generally, high-quality myrrh oil diluted with carrier oil can be useful.
While sandalwood oil isn’t able to eliminate infection, it can help alleviate the symptoms of UTI. You can add sandalwood oil to your bath to help soothe the outer are of the urethra. Be careful with getting out of the bath because it might be slippery. If you’d like, you can add a tiny bit of the oil to your tea.
Tea tree oil:
Tea tree oil is poisonous if ingested and therefore cannot be taken internally. However, you can add a bit to your bath. It can help to deal with bacterial in the outer area of the urethra. Tea tree oil has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Juniper berry oil:
Juniper berry oil has detoxifying properties. It is most useful when taken very quickly after symptoms begin. You need to talk to your doctor before trying juniper oil. If you wish to use juniper berry oil on your private area, dilute with a carrier oil first.
Cinnamon bark oil:
Cinnamon bark oil can be useful for addressing the symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Cinnamon bark oil is extracted from cinnamon plants. The oil provides antioxidants and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The components of the oil that make it beneficial include: cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, methyleugenol, and phellandrene. It is believed that cinnamon bark oil is more potent than cinnamon leaf oil. Cinnamon bark oil tends to be deep red-brown in color. Try taking this oil each day. If you’d like, you can add it to some hot tea or another beverage.
Rosemary essential oil:
Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the rosemary herb, which is part of the mint family. This oil has excellent anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and antiseptic properties. You can try taking rosemary essential oil each day to help with the symptoms of your urinary tract infection.
Essential Oil Mixes
Essential oil mix capsules:
Mix two drops each of frankincense and oregano oils, and one drop each of rosemary, lemongrass, cinnamon bark, and clove oils. Once you’ve mixed these in a glass bowl, use two teaspoons of coconut oil to dilute them. Use this mixture to fill gel capsules. Use a clean dropper to do this. You can take one of these capsules two times a day.
Topical treatment to soothe outside area:
You will need 10 drops each of lemongrass oil, rosemary oil, and juniper berry oil, as well as some coconut oil to dilute. Mix all the ingredients and put them in a 10 ml roller bottle. Shake thoroughly. You can apply this to your private area (as long as you do not experience irritation when you test it on your skin) and/or the bladder area of your abdomen two times a day.
Sandalwood and eucalyptus essential oil bath:
Mix 20 drops each of sandalwood and eucalyptus oil into your bath water. Sit in the bath for about 10 minutes. Be careful when getting out of the bath, as the bottom might be slippery.
Thyme and juniper essential oil bath:
Mix 20 drops each of thyme and juniper essential oil into your bath water. Sit in the bath for about 10 minutes. The bottom of the bath might be slippery, so be careful when getting out.
Peppermint, juniper berry, and oregano oil topical treatment:
Mix one drop of each of oregano oil, juniper berry oil, and peppermint essential oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply and massage this over the bladder area two times each day.
Tea tree bath:
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will help with your symptoms. You can use a sitz bath or a regular bathtub for this treatment. Add three drops of tea tree oil, one tablespoon of coconut oil, and a quarter cup of salt in the bath water. Soak in this sitz bath for as long as you wish. You will find that it provides some alleviation of burning and pain in the private area. If you use a regular bathtub as opposed to a sitz bath, make sure to be careful getting out as the bottom will probably be quite slippery.
Essential oil reflexology:
This reflexology treatment applied to the feet is believed to be able to alleviate UTI symptoms. You will need five drops of oregano oil, ten drops of myrrh oil, ten drops of clove oil, fractionated coconut oil, and a 10 ml roller bottle. Put the mixture in the roller bottle. Apply this to your feet in the evening before you to go sleep.
Essential oil massage:
Mix two drops of fennel oil, six drops of bergamot oil, six drops of tea tree oil, eight drops of juniper berry oil, and 50 ml of a carrier oil (such as coconut oil). Massage this into the area over your bladder and lower abdomen each day.
Other Natural Remedies for UTI
Taking probiotics can help to reduce your probability of developing an UTI in the first place and might even help with the symptoms of an existing infection. Find a high quality probiotic and take the proper dose daily. It is important to find a high quality probiotic.
Garlic has legendary antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and is effective against UTI. Eat garlic everyday to help. You could also take garlic supplement capsules. If you’d prefer, you can drink garlic-infused water. Many people like to add garlic to their meals.
Eating cranberries or drinking cranberry juice is very useful in dealing with one of the most common cause of UTI, E-coli. If you drink juice, stick with the unsweetened variety. Cranberry makes it more difficult for bacteria to stick to the lining of the bladder. Make sure that the juice you drink is 100 percent cranberry.
Purchase a d-Mannose powder and take it each day to help prevent or fight the effects of your UTI. D-mannose is a component sugar of cranberries. D-Mannose powder can be found at many health food stores.
Try eating more blueberries or drinking blueberry juice. It should make it more difficult for bacteria to live in your bladder.
Cucumber can be useful in flushing bacteria out of the urinary system. It has diuretic properties. Try eating cucumbers and/or drinking cucumber juice.
Green tea has diuretic and antioxidant properties. Drinking between four and five cups of green tea each day can be helpful. Make sure to allow the green tea to steep for a few minutes before drinking. Green tea is very beneficial to general health.
Corn silk tea:
Corn silk has diuretic and antiseptic properties that can be useful with urinary tract infections. To try this tea, you will need two tablespoons of dried corn silk and a glass of boiling water. Mix the dried corn silk into the water and let it sit for about five minutes. After straining, drink this liquid.
You will need one tablespoon of grated fresh horseradish and a glass of warm water. Horseradish has antibacterial properties. If you’d like, you can add some honey to the drink.
To make parsley water, mix two tablespoons of dried parsley or some fresh, chopped parsley in one or two cups of water. Put this on the stove and simmer for between five and ten minutes. After straining, drink. You will find that this has anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.
Drink more water:
Staying properly hydrated throughout the day is essential in flushing out bacteria. It will help to prevent infections from developing.
Lemon and cream of tartar:
To use this remedy, you will need fresh lemon or lime juice, one and a half teaspoons of cream of tartar, and one cup of warm water. Mix the cream of tartar into the water and then add in some lemon juice (or lime juice if you prefer). You can take this each day to help with the symptoms of an existing UTI as well as prevent the development of new ones. It is believed that tartar and lemon might be useful against UTI because they alter the urine’s pH level in a way that makes it more difficult for bacteria to live. The vitamin C in lemon or juice will boost the immune system.
Baking soda can be useful in reducing the burning sensation you experience when urinating. To use this remedy, you will need one teaspoon of baking soda and eight ounces of fresh water. Add the baking soda to the water and mix until it dissolves. Drink this in the morning. You might want to avoid this remedy or use it only rarely if you have a problem with high blood pressure or any health condition that calls for restricted sodium intake, as baking soda contains a large amount of sodium.
Hot water bottle:
Using a hot water bottle or heat pad on the lower abdomen can help with the symptoms of a UTI. This is especially true if one of your symptoms is cramps. Applying heat to the area will help to ease inflammation and reduce spasms.
Go to the bathroom more often:
It’s essential that you go to the bathroom as much as needed to prevent and help flush out urinary tract infections. Holding urine for too long can put you at greater risk of infection developing.
Celery seeds contain butylphthalide, making them effective as a diuretic. You might find that chewing on some celery seeds will help to boost your urine production, thus facilitating the flushing of bacteria out of your bladder (especially when used together with one of the antibacterial remedies that we have discussed). Eat celery seeds each day to help with the symptoms of your UTI and to help prevent the development of new ones.
Increase your vitamin C intake. This will help because vitamin C boots the immune system, thus making it easier for the body to fight off the infection. Try taking between 500 and 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C three times a day until your infection symptoms disappear. To help prevent infection, take between 500 and 1,000 milligrams daily. Some foods rich in vitamin C include papaya, oranges, lemons, tomatoes, bananas, raspberries, kiwi, melon, and guava.
Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that might help to soothe the symptoms of your urinary tract infection. Coconut water is something else that you should try, as it is extremely hydrating and will help to flush out your urinary system.
You should be able to find a uva ursi tincture at your local health food store. Make sure to read the instructions on the label regarding dosages, as you must avoid taking too much. Generally speaking, it is recommended that you should limit your use of uva ursi to about five days at the most. As uva ursi can lead to reduced potassium levels, consider taking a potassium supplement or eating lots of bananas while using this remedy.
You will need coriander seeds to make coriander tea. First crush the seeds and mix a spoonful of them into the water in your teapot. Allow this to steep and then strain and drink. You can add a little bit of honey, if you would like. You will find that coriander has both a sweet and spicy flavour. If you wish, you can mix coriander in with green or black tea.
Avoid wearing damp clothes:
It is important to avoid wearing damp clothes because a wet and warm environment encourages the growth of bacteria. It is best to wear breathable cotton underwear that is relatively loose fitting.
Take showers instead of baths:
If you are prone to developing urinary tract infections, it is best to avoid taking baths and using bath gels or salts. Bubble baths are especially problematic.
Avoid using certain products:
Women prone to UTIs should avoid using scented products in the genital area. Stay away from scented toilet paper, feminine products, douches, and sprays. Only use white toilet paper, as paper dyed different colors can also cause irritation.
Amla (Indian gooseberry):
The vitamin C in Indian gooseberry can help with your infection. You will need one teaspoon each of Indian gooseberry (amla) powder and turmeric powder. Add these to one cup of water and boil until you see that half of the liquid has evaporated. You should drink this three times each day for between three and five days.
Reduce your sugar intake:
Consuming too much sugar can lead to overgrowth of bacteria in the body. It can also depress the immune system, making you more likely to develop an infection and your body less able to effectively fight it.
Take cod liver oil:
The vitamins A and D in cod liver oil can help to prevent the development of urinary tract infections. You will need to make sure that you buy a high-quality variety of the oil as lesser quality cod liver oil will not be effective.
Eat foods that encourage balanced hormones:
Foods that can help to promote balanced hormones include hemp, chia seeds, raw butter, and cod liver oil. These foods can also help to maintain blood sugar stability.
Marshmallow root tea:
Marshmallow root can help with the symptoms of your urinary tract infection as it can adjust the urine’s pH, boost urine production, alleviate pain, and calm inflammation. Pour some lukewarm water or crushed marshmallow in a bowl and let this sit for around five hours. After straining, drink the tea as much as you would like during the day.
Taking a sitz bath involves immersing yourself in just enough water to cover your pelvic area. If you’d like, it can cover the lower abdomen, as well. Try taking a cold sitz bath if you are looking for relief of inflammation and a warm one if you specifically need help with pain. You can alternate cold and warm baths. Many people find this to be very effective in relieving many UTI symptoms.
Try eating asparagus to help fight your urinary tract infection. The vegetable has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it can help support healthy functioning of the immune system. You can eat asparagus raw or you can cook it. If you cook it, consider keeping the water it boils in and drinking some of it after it cools. You can even store this in the fridge for future use.
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