Natural Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) September 01 2014
A bladder infection (also known as urinary tract infection or cystitis) is the result of bacteria traveling through the urethra. If left untreated, the infection can travel through the urinary tract and may result in a more serious (and painful) kidney infection. Symptoms of a bladder infection include:
- A frequent urge to urinate with only small amounts of urine passed
- Burning or tingling sensation
- Strong smelling urine
- Red or cloudy urine
Bladder infections are commonly treated with antibiotics, but many people are unaware of the potency of essential oils and their ability to have a drastic effect on UTI severity and healing time. For frequent sufferers, this can mean less exposure (and potential resistance) to many antibiotics.
Essential oils for bladder infections:
How to use essential oils to treat a UTI:
Massage one of the following oils over the bladder area a few times a day
Apply a warm compress after using any of the oils.
Add 1-3 drops of any combination of oils to a glass of water or warm tea and drink several times a day.
To prevent the infection from spreading to the kidneys, place a drop on the kidney meridian pressure point (on the bottom of the foot, approximately 2 inches below the second toe). Repeat 2-3 times a day.
- Proper hydration: By staying hydrated, you are helping the body maintain an adequate flush of toxins from the body. This helps to speed healing time and reduces the potential for greater infection.
- Cranberry juice: must be 100% pure and free of added sweeteners
- Wolfberry juice (Goji Berry Juice): take four ounces, followed by four ounces of water.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.