~ Urinary Tract Infection Home Remedies ~
If you’re looking for natural or home remedies for UTI (urinary tract infection) it is most likely that you have some or even all of these symptoms:
• a burning feeling when urinating
• pain during and after urination
• frequent desire to urinate (but unable to produce very much)
• cloudy and / or smelly urine
• pelvic pain in women & rectal pain in men
Some people may feel embarrassed about having a UTI, but you may be surprised to know that it’s estimated that more than 150 million cases of UTI are reported globally every year. Many people suffer from this condition regularly. The good news is that this infection can be fairly easily treated with the home remedies below.
Arguably the best and fastest way to get relief from a UTI is by drinking lots of fluids. This helps flush out bacteria which multiply in the bladder and cling onto the urinary tract causing the infection.
Simple Home Remedies For UTI’s
Parsley is one of the best known, diuretic and most nutritious herbs which contain large quantities of vitamins A, B, C and the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium. It’s very useful for kidney and urinary problems and the prevention of water retention. I like to pick it fresh from the garden and include it in sandwiches, sprinkle chopped parsley over salads and include it with foods after they’re cooked.
Oregano Oil This herb has healing, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. It’s antibacterial properties can be used to treat many ailments, including urinary tract problems. You will need to source Oregano Oil that is not too diluted with other oils.
If you want to grow your own and use it in your cooking, look for Thymus capitatus or Oreganum vulgare. You can use oregano oil in your cooking too as an alternative to fresh by adding just one drop to soups, stews or casseroles.
Yoghurts that contain high amounts of good bacteria such as acidophilus, can help prevent yeast and urinary tract infections.
Pumpkin seeds in addition to tasting great and making a great portable snack, may also be used to help treat urinary tract problems. There is now evidence that the internal healing properties of pumpkin seeds can help relieve symptoms of a bladder and urinary tract infections. You can eat fresh or toasted seeds or alternatively take pumpkin seed oil – 10 drops, 3 times a day – on the tongue.
Blueberries – compounds (tannins) found in dried, fresh or frozen blueberries help remove the e.coli bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Tannins prevent the microbes from attaching to your bladder and urinary tract.
Cranberries contain an active element known as proanthocyanidins which slows down bacterial movement – this is how the bacteria spreads and creates colonies.
Take Preventative Measures
• In the bathroom wipe from the front to the back, not the other way round.
• (for women) Urinate after intercourse to help flush away any bacteria present.
• Drink cranberry juice morning & night (as the effects only last about 10 hours).
• Include useful herbs, food or oils in your diet
And remember that even though you’re looking for home remedies for UTI, if you feel quite unwell it may be a good idea to visit your doctor. Unfortunately, a UTI can spread to the kidneys which can be very serious.
To your health and happiness,