8 Essential Oils To Treat & Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
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.
This means all-natural alternatives for UTI treatment and prevention are necessary. One of those all-natural options happens to be essential oils.
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.
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 treating infections. 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.
How To Use These Essential Oils
Now that you know some of the top essential oils for UTI treatment/prevention, 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 For UTIs
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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