Urinary Tract Infections are a pretty common occurrence, especially in women due to having a shorter urethra than in men. UTIs are usually caused by a bacterial infection which is why most doctors treat them with antibiotics.
While guys can get UTIs, I will be mainly focusing on women in this post but guys, you can use the same home remedies for your UTI, too. It’s just some of the advice will not apply to you. (The difference in equipment matters in this case).
Is there a home remedy for UTI?
There are a few very effective home remedies for UTIs which will save you a trip to the doctor.
The quickest way to get relief from a UTI is unsweetened cranberry juice and probiotics. Pee often, drink lots of water and you will be fine.
Can a UTI go away on its own?
If it’s a straight forward UTI without any complications like a bladder or kidney infection then yes, it will eventually go away on its own as long as you treat the area hygienically.
There are common bits of good advice for vaginal hygiene.
- Pee when you have to, don’t hold it.
- Wipe front to back, not back to front or you will spread bad bacteria to your delicate bits.
- Wash often and/or use unscented, alcohol-free baby wipes/wet wipes a few times a day.
- DO NOT put soap or deodorant into your vagina. Wash the labia only with unscented soap.
- Pee after sex to stop unwanted. bacteria entering the urethra.
- Change your pad often when on your period and if you get UTIs easily, don’t use tampons or anything else inside your vagina.
Follow this advice and you will reduce the amount of UTIs you get. But what if you already have one?
Antibiotics For UTI
Doctors will give you over the counter or prescription antibiotics to treat the UTI and this will, most likely, cure the UTI. The problem for me is that these antibiotics also change up the good bacteria in your body and weaken the immune system in the long run.
Some people just straight-up can’t take them. So what herbal solution do we have?
Garlic! Garlic is a natural antibiotic that will fight the UTI without damaging the rest of the system. Its a great herb to use as a UTI treatment without antibiotics.
How To Use Garlic For UTI
The easiest way is food. Getting raw garlic in your system will not only help the UTI, but it will also help the rest of your body, too! Got a cold? Garlic! Sore throat? Garlic! It’s a wonderful plant.
Okay, I get excited about garlic, it’s just the way I am 😛
Here’s a quick and simple Spanish Alioli, while not “traditional”, it will work in a pinch and tastes great.
- Veganeese or Mayonnaise
- Garlic cloves
This is a really hard and complicated recipe, are you ready?
Crush garlic (I suggest 2 cloves but do as much as you can handle), put it in a bowel.
Add 3-4 tablespoons of Veganeese, a pinch of salt (if you want more traditional Alioli, add a twist of lemon juice) and mix well.
Now it’s ready! That was a lot to do, I need to put my feet up now.
Now you can eat it any way you like. I would suggest chopping up some tomatoes, putting them in a lettuce leaf, add a few spoons of Alioli, wrapping the leaf up like a burrito and eating it.
Store-bought bread has sugar in it and you want to avoid sugar when you have a UTI or yeast infection.
For a simpler method, garlic supplements or extract will also work but I find the tablets take a bit longer to get into the system.
WARNING: Garlic has blood-thinning properties. For this reason, you should be especially careful if you are taking chemical blood thinners or anticoagulants as they have been known to interact with some herbs.
Probiotics For UTI
Probiotics work well for most infections and come in some delicious varieties. Just like the garlic, they come in supplement form but also fermented foods have probiotics.
Here’s a quick list but in general, most fermented foods and vegan yogurts have them.
- Kombucha (so tasty!)
Same as the garlic, get it down your throat any way you can and you can eat your medicine.
Herbs For UTI
I’ll go over some helpful herbs and some recipes that will help you out. Unless you have been into herbal medicines for a while, I doubt you will have most of these on hand but there are one or two that you might have in the kitchen already.
- Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra )
- Chamomile ( Matricaria chamomilla / Chamaemelum nobile )
- Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis )
- Dandelion Root ( Taraxicum officinale )
- Peppermint ( Mentha × piperita)
- Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris )
- Corn Silk ( Zea mays )
- Ginger ( Zingiber officinale )
- Bearberry ( Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
- Gentian (Gentiana lutea)
UTI Home Remedy
As I mentioned earlier, some people just can’t deal with antibiotics and there is a whole list of possible side effects from taking them. We don’t want that at all so let’s brew up some simple herbal tea to deal with your UTI and get you back on top form!
Thyme and Chamomile tea
You can actually buy both of these in teabags from all good supermarkets/grocery stores. It couldn’t be easier, boil water, put tea bags in a mug, add water and honey to taste, done.
If you can’t find teabags though, you will need a tea strainer and a teapot is always nice but not essential.
For this method, you will be using the dried herbs as they are generally easier to find.
- Use 2 teaspoons of each herb.
- If you have a teapot, make tea as usual. If you don’t, you will be using a saucepan.
- Bring a few (2-3) cups of water to a simmer.
- Add the herbs and cover the pan with the lid.
- Turn off the heat and let the pan sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain off the water into a mug, add honey or agave nectar and drink while it’s still warm.
- Drink a cup 3 times a day, in between lots of water.
Corn Silk Tea For UTI
Corn silk is another good “plant5 matter” to use when you have a UTI. It not only fights the infection but it will soothe and calm the urinary tract. You can brew up some corn silk tea by its self or combine it with another herb or root from the list.
The taste has been described as kind of sweet with a light corn flavor. I’ve never actually tasted it myself so I can’t suggest a good combo taste-wise but for effect, marshmallow or licorice, or even chamomile would work well.
You can also get corn silk in tinctures which would also work if you don’t want to make a tea. The advantage though is corn is in season at the time of writing and you can get the fresh stuff in most grocery stores.
You will need
- 1 Tablespoon of chopped corn silk.
- Add it to 1 cups of water, bring to the boil with the lid on
- Boil for 5 minutes, turn off the heat and leave to brew for 20 minutes or so.
- Once done, strain into a mug, add sweetener if you like and drink when cool enough.
WARNING: Corn Silk has the ability to lower blood sugar so if you are diabetic and taking medication, use Corn Silk with caution.
Because of the large amounts of Vitamin-K found in Corn Silk, I would use with caution if you take Coumadin/Warfarin as they do not play nice with Vitamin-K.
Lastly, as Corn Silk is a diruetic, you should be careful if you take “Water Pills” or any other diuretic medication.
Enter The Ginger
If you read my other articles on heartburn and acid reflux, you will have seen this champion of a root.
Ginger is a bit like garlic, it cures pretty much everything and would be the ruler of the world if it could talk.
I will get around to writing posts on each one of these amazing herbs and spices with all the detailed information and medicinal properties of each one, but for now, I’ll just say that ginger is awesome.
It’s a great antimicrobial and antibacterial so it will fight that nasty germ that is causing all that pain. On top of that, it’s easy to find and let’s face it, ginger just tastes good!
So here’s the recipe for a ginger tea that will help your UTI.
- 1-2 inches of fresh ginger root
- Saucepan of water
- Peeler or sharp knife
- Peel the ginger.
- Slice it into sticks.
- Put it in the pan and fill with water until the ginger is covered by an inch or two of water.
- Put the lid on the pan and boil the water for 20 minutes.
- After 20 mins or so, take the pan off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- After that, you have some lovely ginger tea.
- Pour it into a mug, add honey or agave and you’re good to go!
For a more detailed walk-through, you can check out my post on heartburn here.
WARNING: Ginger has blood thinning properties. For this reason, you should be especially careful if you are taking chemical blood thinners or anticoagulants as they have been known to interact with some herbs.
The great thing about these basic decoctions is you can mix and match. If you like chamomile and ginger, try a tea of both. If you think thyme and corn silk wou8ld be a good combo, make it happen. All of these herbs and roots will help a UTI so feel free to play around with the ingredients. Just don’t drink too much in a day, stick to no more than 3 mugs a day until you see how your body reacts to the herbs.
If you follow the advice above and use the herbs we have available, you will have very little to worry about when it comes to UTIs.
I hope you found this information useful and I’ll see you in the next one.
I hope you feel better soon!
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