Natural Remedies to Help Cure a Urinary Tract Infection

Natural Remedies to help cure a Urinary Tract Infection
 

When I was about 13 weeks pregnant, I received a call from my doctor’s office.  The nurse was letting me know that I had a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) based on my urine sample that I had given at my 12 week appointment.  At first I thought that was impossible because I was in no pain whatsoever, and then I looked it up on trusted medical sites like WebMD and I learned that 50% of pregnant women actually get them and even if I had no pain, it didn’t mean that it couldn’t be detected in my urine.  So I reached out to some other crunchy moms because as usual, this is an infection so of course, my doctor prescribed antibiotics.  I learned that antibiotics tend to cause serious problems later on in life.  An article I saw on natural news discusses some of the things the moms were telling me.  So I decided to find out some natural remedies to help cure a urinary tract infection and share them with you all as well:

 

1)  If you are in pain, you can use lemongrass essential oil and rub it on your lower abdomen.

 

2) Take cranberry pills or drink lots of 100% cranberry juice. It will change your ph and get rid of it.

 

3)  Eat cranberries, pineapple. Drink lots of water. Eat yogurt. All of these things eaten in large quantities should flush it out pretty quickly.

 

4)  Try to cut down on sugar and try not to eat any extra sugar.  This can really make it worse.

 

5)  Stay away from baths for a bit and if you have a shower sponge or poofy ball toss it.

 

6)  Also go commando or wear 100% Cotton panties. No thongs.  Nylons are said to cause the infections.

 

7)  You can take cranberry concentrate. It’s very sour but you can drink it with about a 1/4 cup of water then chug a big glass of water to get rid of the sour taste.

 

8)  You can make a paste of garlic/honey and rub it on the soles of your feet and wear socks to bed with a towel under your feet.  The mom who suggested this remedy said that when she did this one night it was better by the morning.

 

Preventative Measures: take probiotics on a daily basis.  Some still want to take antibiotics.  It was suggested that if you do, be sure to take probiotics with it.

 

I hope this helps someone out there!  As you all might be aware, I am trying to live a medicine and toxin free life.  These tips were awesome and I hope even one of you can use them if you get this infection one day.

 

Have you tried any natural remedies that have worked out for you in the past?

 

Would you be willing to try something like this as opposed to taking antibiotics?  Why or why not?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

XoXo,

 

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28 comments

  • When I read the title, the first thing that came to mind was: "Cranberries! And probiotic yoghurt!" My grandmother get these a lot, and cranberries have been really helpful. I have been blessed so far not to get them and I hope to continue to be so lucky.

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    • Brittnei Washington

      Probiotics are big now! People take them as supplements too. Last year I did a review on a natural, eco-friendly cleaning and home care line that has probiotics in their formula they use for their products. I think I'm going to be buying their breathe free spray. I like it for spraying linens and fighting odors in our home.

  • I am totally a believer in cranberry juice and I actually had one with my first pregnancy (later int he pregnancy) and I drank cranberry juice all the time after finding out and all throughout my second pregnancy and never did get another UTI during pregnancy. So, I do think you are right about cranberry juice and definitely agree with using it for UTIs.
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    • Brittnei Washington

      Yea thinking about the vitamins and nutrients in cranberry juice totally makes sense. I was surprised to hear all of these to be honest. I've been like the majority and have just thought infection equals antibiotics. :)

  • tamaralikecamera

    I'd totally be willing – I don't like antibiotics. I realize no one does but I won't take them unless I have absolutely have to, and every few years or so, I do. Like for strep!
    I've had a few of these in my life and they were painful for me!
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    • Brittnei Washington

      You've inspired me to research some natural remedies for strep! Stay tuned for a post on that one :) I've honestly been finding there is almost always a way we can naturally heal something in our bodies without having to put something synthetic in it to cure anything that happens. Sometimes, I'm learning our bodies will heal itself. We just have to wait out the process and be patient. :)

  • I've been fortunate in that I've never had a UTI. I have friends who get them a lot – one friend who can never take baths (I would hate that!).
    I've always heard that cranberry juice is good and I drink it a few times a week so maybe that helps prevent them?
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    • Brittnei Washington

      So awesome that you've never had one. I'm grateful to never have had one that actually hurt. From what they were telling me, it can be pretty painful. I believe you are right about cranberry juice helping to prevent because it definitely helps to flush out the infection so by drinking it often, I'm pretty sure that is helping to clean you out too. :)

  • I was never diagnosed with UTI or maybe I had before but never felt it because I didn't experience pain just like you. I'd gladly take natural remedies though, I hate taking meds. Hehe. I'd love to try cranberry juice or something and I love honey, it's the best home remedy for just about anything. Thanks for sharing these tips to us! :)
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    • Brittnei Washington

      Isn't that weird that we can have it and not feel it? After reading some of the comments, I'm starting to think even though I only drink water, I should probably drink cranberry juice a few times a week as well since it really flushes out your system. Hopefully this will prevent me from ever getting one ever again! lol.

  • When I read this post, I said, Cranberries! Yup haha, happy to see them on the list. I try my best to drink that and eat yogurt on a regular basis.
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    • Brittnei Washington

      Sounds like two good things that should keep a UTI far far away. I didn't know about either! I'm glad I do now. I plan on adding cranberry juice to my diet a few times a week :)

  • This is so helpful, thank you fo sharing. I haven't had to deal with thatso far but you never know. I am saving and sharing the article.
    Maria

  • Cranberry and yogurt are miracle workers. I now take probiotics every day, but folic acid is also very useful if there is pain or discomfort from such an infection.
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    • Brittnei Washington

      I wonder if it's more folic acid than what is in a daily prenatal vitamin. That's a new one I haven't heard before. I know you can also get that from food too though. Probiotics are huge now. My vitamins are made with them so I'm excited to be getting them in somewhere now. :)

  • I've been lucky and never had a UTI either, but it's good to know there are some natural remedies. I like a spoonful of honey for a sore throat, and would you believe that apple cider vinegar helps get rid of warts? Soak a cotton ball with some, put it on the wart, and cover with a band aid. It's worked with my kids!
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    • Brittnei Washington

      Dana, I didn't know that about ACV and warts! That's amazing. I will keep that one in mind. Who knows what I'll experience having a little boy :) The honey trick is amazing. I have a post coming up where I will be sharing how that pretty much helped hubby's cold/flu he had.

  • I definitely agree that our bodies can often heal on their own if given time (I love that this is more recognized with ear infections today!). You have a great list here and in the medical world these things are more often viewed as preventatives rather than cures BUT I think it would be good to try these things in order to limit antibiotics whenever possible – especially if there is no pain, fever, etc. I would just recommend after about a week going back for another urine test to make sure the infection was gone.
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    • Brittnei Washington

      Thanks for the feedback, Julie. This was nice to hear coming from you as a nurse. I can see the difference in the types of medicine though in what you are saying. The moms who gave this advice usually go see doctors who practice naturopathic medicine, so I can see why the approach you are familiar with in the medical field might differ a bit. Makes sense that people should get tested again to see if they have it after some time. Thankfully prenatal visits are frequent. My next one is next week so hopefully there will be no trace of any infection in my urine this time.

  • I haven't heard of the honey/garlic remedy but I'll have to give it consideration next time (they always occur on a weekend for me!). Another thing you can try is a tea made with dried organic parsley. It's grassy tasting but it really helps calm the spasms that make you feel like you urgently need to go.
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    • Brittnei Washington

      Lydia, I hadn't heard of any of this before so I figured I should share with people because they might not know either :) That stinks that you seem to get them often. I've never heard of the organic parsley tea! Sounds yummy, too.

  • jugglingrealfoodandreallife

    Thank you so much for this Brittnei! I am so glad you linked this up at Let's Get Real. I bet this will help plenty of women. My daughter who is 8 suffers from chronic UTIs. It's pretty horrible for her! She has them so often that I don't want to give her antibiotics all of the time. Already…….she was having to take stronger and stronger medicines and dosages. I will have to try some of these natural options with her and see if they help. I'm willing to try anything!
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    • Brittnei Washington

      I'm so glad that I decided to write all these things they shared with me in a post now for sure. Also glad now that I linked up the post to Let's Get Real so you would see it. I honestly pray that some of these really help her out. I can only imagine how you must feel as a parent going through this with her…

  • dishofdailylife

    I've tried the cranberry juice option. I always try natural remedies first. I did have antibiotics at the end of two of my pregnancies, and both of those children had food allergy issues when they were nursing. Coincidence?
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    • Brittnei Washington

      Michelle, you raise such a great point. I know that from the article I was looking at that I mentioned it says some things the antibiotics can do to our bodies when we take them in the long run, but I hadn't thought about how it could affect the baby when you take them while pregnant. You might know me by now, it's honestly the reason why I just don't trust the advice of most medical doctors. There are a few that see the natural approach and really embrace that, but I don't come across too many of those too often. Natural remedies for me. I've seriously been boycotting medicine for the longest time now. We seek a natural remedy for everything. I've even ceased going to medical doctors. The plan is to go to urgent care in the event of a real emergency but go to a midwife (if necessary) and hopefully a Naturopath for all our family doctor visits only when they are necessary.

  • I had UTIs when I was pregnant with one of my children. Cranberry juice was my friend. I will try natural remedies before heading to the doctor or taking anything over the counter. I am a big fan of colloidal silver for clearing up so many things.

    • Brittnei Washington

      I have heard of colloidal silver but I've never tried it before. Good for you for being about the natural remedies! :)

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