Essential Oils for Urinary Tract Infection – Treatments and Tips
Most urinary tract infections are treated with a round of antibiotics. Though antibiotics play an important role in our health, too many rounds can actually bring harm to our gut flora.
Not only can you have symptoms of leaky gut, but you can also build up a resistance to the power of antibiotics when you have them too many times.
Some people experience uncomfortable side effects including rash, headache, yeast infections, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
This means all-natural alternatives for Urinary Tract Infection treatment and prevention are necessary. One of those all-natural options, and our todays topic, are essential oils for urinary tract infection.
How Do You Get Rid of UTI Without Antibiotics?
You may be wondering if a natural treatment can be as effective as antibiotics. Many people say home remedies bring them the relief they so desperately seek.
As many as 42 percent of uncomplicated UTI clear up on their own and natural remedies can speed up the recovery. Complicated UTIs must be treated medically. These include UTIs which involve:
- Reduced urine flow or a swollen prostate
- Antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- Conditions like lupus, HIV or cardiac disease which affect the immune system
For minor infections, the following everyday tips may help.
1. Drink more water
Water helps to remove waste from the body while preserving vital nutrients and electrolytes. When you stay hydrated, your urine is diluted and it moves through the system much more quickly. This makes it harder for bacteria to reach the urinary organs and cause an infection.
Each person needs a different amount of water each day but an average of six to eight 8-ounce glasses is a good place to start.
2. Urinate when you need to
When you increase your water intake, you’ll need to go to the bathroom more often. Don’t try to hold your urine. Urinating as soon as possible when the need strikes can help to treat and prevent UTIs.
When you urinate frequently, you clear out bacteria in the urinary tract more quickly. This reduces the amount of time the cells in the urinary tract are exposed to bacteria and in turn, reduces the risk of infection.
3. Incorporate probiotics into your diet
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria. The group called lactobacilli can be especially helpful in promoting the health of urinary tract. They prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to the cells of the urinary tract.
Lactobacilli also produce hydrogen peroxide which is an antibacterial. They lower the pH of the urine and this creates conditions which are unfavorable for bacteria.
People who take lactobacillus supplements while they take antibiotics may be less prone to antibiotic resistance. Probiotics can be found in a variety of fermented and dairy products like sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir and some cheeses. There are also capsules and powders available.
4. Drink cranberry juice
You’ve probably heard about this natural treatment before. Cranberry juice has traditionally been used to clear up infections, including UTIs. It is possible that it contains compounds which can prevent E. coli cells from attaching to those in the urinary tract.
It also contains antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is often recommended that people drink around 400 milliliters of at least 25 per cent cranberry juice daily.
5. Get enough vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which can boost the function of the immune system. It also works with the nitrates in urine to create nitrogen oxides which can kill bacteria. Vitamin C lowers the pH of the urine and reduces the likelihood that bacteria will survive.
Taking other supplements including probiotics along with vitamin C may increase its benefits. Women should take at least 75 milligrams of Vitamin C daily. Men should take around 90 milligrams.
Another all-natural option, as we mentioned, is the use of essential oils for urinary tract infection.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are exactly what they sound like – the oils pulled from natural plants and flowers that still contain all the “essential” health benefits. They are considered the “pure essence” of these natural plants, which means you are getting the health benefits in a concentrated form. This is why people have used essential oils for urinary tract infection prevention.
Essential Oils To Treat & Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
First up is frankincense. This ancient essential oil is known for its healing properties and is considered a “tonic” (AKA an overall health enhancer). It can help boost the immune system, limit inflammation, prevent infection, and help you get a good night’s sleep even when you are not feeling so great.
Clove has been known as one of the best essential oils for urinary tract infection treatments. This is largely due to its ability to kill parasites and bacteria. Not only can it help ward off a UTI, its anti-inflammatory properties will help the healing process and act as a pain reliever.
First off, oregano is antimicrobial by nature and has been found to target drug-resistant E. coli (which just so happens to be the #1 bacteria that causes UTIs). It has even been shown to help fight strep infections.
In fact, one study showed oregano oil as “alternative antibacterial remedies enhancing healing process in bacterial infections and as an effective means for the prevention of antibiotic-resistant strain development.”
4. Tea Tree
Tea Tree oil (also known as Melaleuca oil) works similarly to oregano. It has antibacterial properties that can target many bacteria, including E. coli. But here is the important thing to remember about tea tree: you do not use it internally. Try adding a few drops to a hot bath.
Once again, we have another oil that can help support your immune system. One study showed that lemongrass was an effective fighter of many different types of bacteria (including E. coli).
That same study highlighted the special ability to fight against “drug resistant organisms” which is extremely important for those who have had many rounds of antibiotics and know their UTIs are resisting the power of antibiotics.
Like many of these other essential oils, myrrh oil has been shown to have antibacterial, antiparasitic, and antifungal properties. This is another ancient oil used to treat infections for many, many years.
7. Juniper Berry
Juniper berry is a commonly used oil for all things to do with the bladder and kidney, so it is a perfect choice when you are suffering from a UTI. Thanks to both its antibacterial/antifungal properties and its diuretic properties, juniper berry works in two ways: it combats infection and speeds along healing.
We are going to finish up with one more oil known for its ability to fight infection – specifically in the kidneys and urinary system. If you want to prevent UTIs, add a few drops of bergamot oil to your bath to cleanse the area.
Bergamot can also help with the pain you feel in your lower abdomen.
Essential Oils for UTIs: Do They Work?
Some people suffering from urinary tract infections find that the use of essential oils helps to speed up healing. Some also report that the infection is less likely to return when they use these oils. If you experience side effects from antibiotics or you find they no longer work, you may want to give essential oils a try.
Make sure you speak to an expert and do thorough research before you use any home remedy. You should also keep in mind that while certain doses may be safe, using oils in excess can be harmful
If you are considering using essential oils for urinary tract infection, you also need to be aware that if the infection is not treated properly, it can lead to sepsis. This is an infection of the blood which can spread to other parts of the body including the kidneys. When the bacteria spreads, it can get harder to treat the infection.
People who get UTIs frequently or those who get severe symptoms should only use treatment approved by their doctors. The same applies to people with a history of kidney problems
The bottom line is that while essential oils can be helpful and they do work for some people, you need to take your individual circumstances into consideration.
How Do You Use Essential Oils for A UTI?
Now that you know some of the top essential oils for UTI treatment/prevention and that they do work, you may be thinking: How do I use these?
Here are the three primary ways to use any essential oil:
- Inhaling: One of the quickest and easiest ways to benefit from essential oils is simply to smell them. You can buy essential oil diffusers for your home. Or you can boil a pot of water on the stove, add a few drops of essential oil, and let the steam infuse your house with the healing properties.
- Topical Application: Putting the essential oils directly on your skin allows their health benefits to soak into your skin. Know that you should always apply them with a “carrier oil” (like coconut oil or jojoba oil) to protect your skin.
- Ingesting: It is extremely important to double check that your essential oil brand is safe for ingesting. Not all essential oils are made equally. If it is labeled safe for food consumption, you can take these oils in a glass of water or tea (only use glass cups).
For UTIs, it is most common to ingest the safe oils or to rub the other oils on your lower abdomen with a carrier oil.
While you can absolutely try the UTI-helping essential oils one at a time through these different methods, it can sometimes be beneficial to blend them together. I want to share some popular recipes for essential oil blends to help your hormones below.
Essential Oil Blends that Help With Urinary Tract Infections
Here are three simple essential oil blends for treating and preventing urinary tract infections. Of course, the options are endless and these do not even include all the wonderful oils I have listed above. But these can show you great ways to start including essential oils into your life.
Bladder Bomb by One Good Thing (Internal recipe *make sure your oils are marked safe for ingesting*): 6 drops of Shield (a mixture that includes clove and lemon), 6 drops of oregano, and 2 drops of frankincense.
Detoxifying UTI Topical Ointment by Essential Oil Benefits (Topical recipe): 10 drops juniper berry oil, 10 drops rosemary oil, 10 drops lemongrass oil, and coconut oil for a carrier. Add to a roller bottle.
Lemongrass and Coconut Oil by Rooted Blessings (Topical recipe): Add equal parts lemongrass to coconut oil and rub on the bottom of your feet before bed.
Essential Oils, UTIs, and You
The wonderful thing about these essential oils is that they are a safe and easy way to bring added relief to your urinary tract infections. For the ultimate healing and relief, try to partner them with other all-natural solutions like D-mannose, probiotics, and vitamin C.
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