Emptying your bladder through urination will help to flush out the bacteria from the urethra, but this wont stop the bacteria spreading. If the bacteria reaches the kidney, it can cause kidney infections which can be a very serious problem if not treated.
- Strong, persistent urge to urinate
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Urine appears as cloudy
- Strong smell while urinating
- Pelvic pain in the women
- Rectal pain in men, etc.
Symptoms differ from person to person and is dependent on if the kidneys are affected.
Women are more likely to develop a UTI due to having a shorter urethra than men.
Other causes are:
- Being sexually active
- Certain types of birth control
- Blockages in the urinary tract
- Urinary tract abnormalities
- Insufficient nutrition
- Suppressed immune system
- Catheter usage, etc.
If left untreated, it can have many major side effects.
Maintaining proper hygiene and cleanliness is the best way to prevent the UTI, but if the UTI does develop, there are many home remedies that can be used.
Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI):
1. Baking Soda:
Baking soda helps to neutralize the acid in the urine with its alkaline property. It also helps to feel comfortable while passing urine without pain or burning (or with less pain). However, make sure not to use too much.
- Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
- Water – 1 cup
- Add baking soda to water and stir well
- Drink this mixture.
- Repeat once or twice a day.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar has a rich source of enzymes, potassium and other minerals that help to prevent the bacteria causing the urinary tract infection from either multiplying or growing. It also stabilizes the natural pH level of the body, reducing itching and irritation.
- Apple cider vinegar – 2 tablespoons
- Water – 1 glass
- Lemon juice
- Add apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
- Mix it well and then add lemon juice and organic honey.
- Stir well and drink.
- Continue taking this twice a day.
3. Cranberry Juice:
Cranberries contain compounds called proanthocyanidins that helps to prevent the E.coli bacteria from entering into the urinary bladder lining and urethra. You have to take 50 – 150 ml of pure cranberry juice every day or increase the quantity to 16 – 32 ounces if you want to dilute. Alternatively have 400 milligrams of cranberry extract in supplement form daily.
- Cranberry juice – 1/2 glass
- Apple juice (optional)
- Drink plain, unsweetened cranberry juice and drink this daily to prevent the urinary tract infection.
- Those who are suffering from UTI should drink 3 – 4 glasses. Apple juice can be added to make it taste better.
- Note: Drinking too much cranberry juice can lead to diarrhea.
4. Marshmallow Root Tea:
Marshmallow root is an herb that contains demulcent, emollient and diuretic properties that help to sooth the urinary system. It also soothes the irritated and inflamed tissues of the bladder and finally nourishes those tissues.
Method – 1:
- Marshmallow root
- Lukewarm water
- Jar with a lid
- Fill 1/4 of a jar with the root and then fill the rest with water.
- Cover and let it soak for overnight or 4 – 5 hours.
- Strain the water.
- Drink 5-7 cups throughout the day.
- Note: It also gives relief from the heartburn and acid reflux.
Method – 2:
- Marshmallow root (fresh or dried) – 1 to 2 tablespoons
- Cheese cloth
- Water – 1 cup (or 8 – 10 oz)
- Honey to taste
- Finely chop marshmallow root.
- Tie it up in Small Square of the cheesecloth.
- Boil 8-10 ounces of water.
- Put the herb bundle in a mug and cover with the boiled water.
- Let it steep for about 10 minutes and then add a little of honey as per your taste.
- Mix it and drink this 2 – 3 times a day.
5. Indian Gooseberry:
Indian gooseberry or amla is rich in vitamin C that inhibits the bacterial growth and also keeps your bladder healthy. It has a natural antibacterial property that kills the bacterial infection and flushes out the toxins from the body.
Method – 1:
- Indian gooseberry (Amla) powder – 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric powder – pinch
- Water – 1 cup
- Heat a cup of water over the stove.
- Add a teaspoon of Indian gooseberry powder and a pinch of turmeric powder.
- Stir it well and boil until it has reduced to half of its volume.
- Allow it to cool slightly and then drink.
- Drink 3 times a day for about 5 – 7 days.
Method – 2:
- Indian gooseberry powder – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 1 glass
- Take powdered Indian gooseberry and mix in a glass of water.
- Consume this solution every day early in the morning on empty stomach.
- Drink this for 2 – 3 times a day.
- Or add 60 grams of amla powder in 30 grams of honey and take this dose 3 times a day.
Cinnamon is a powerful herb that kills the E. coli bacteria which causes UTI.
- Cinnamon powder – 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon
- Warm water – 1 cup
- Add cinnamon powder to warm water.
- Stir it well and drink.
- You may have to continually stir while drinking because cinnamon will not blend easily with the water.
- Drink at least once a day.
- Cinnamon is an herb which can stop or delay the menstruation, so it may stop periods.
- It can be used as a contraceptive or induce labour.
- Do not use on children under 2.
- Use a lower quantity while making the tea for older people or the people who are above 65 years of age.
7. Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties that fight against the bacteria causing the bladder infections or UTI.
Method – 1:
- Tea tree oil – 10 drops
- Add tea tree oil to your bath water.
- Stir it well and have a bath.
- Wash your urethra opening with this water.
Method – 2:
- Tea tree oil
- Juniper oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Mix equal amounts of each oil together.
- Rub this mixture on the abdominal region and on the area near the bladder.
- Let it sit for few minutes.
- Continue doing this once a day for about 3 – 4 days.
Method – 3:
- Tea tree oil – 6 drops
- Plain yogurt – 2 teaspoons
- Warm water
- Pour tea tree oil in a warm bath and then add plain yogurt.
- Stir it well and soak yourself in this water mixture for 10 minutes.
- Soak daily for 10 minutes for about 10 days.
8. Peppermint, Ginger and Juniper Berry Tea:
Peppermint and ginger helps to alkalize the urine and makes it less acidic which in turn help to prevent the burning sensation that caused by UTI. Juniper berries act as diuretic. Ginger and mint have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Fresh mint leaves – 1/3 cup
- Ginger (freshly grated) – 2 teaspoons
- Dried juniper berries – 1 to 2 teaspoons
- Water – 4 cups
- Lemon slices
- Combine the berries, ginger and mint in a pot and add water.
- Let it simmer it for about 7 – 10 minutes and strain.
- Stir it well and add the honey and lemon.
- Drink this tea 2 – 3 times a day.
Chamomile has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that treats the infection and gives relief from the pain caused by it. It is also a sedative that relaxes your body.
- Dried chamomile herb or a teabag
- Boiling water
- Pour boiling water over the tea bag or herb.
- Allow it to steep for about 5 – 10 minutes.
- Strain the liquid and drink the tea 3 times a day.
- You could also add this infusion to your bath.
10. Coriander Powder:
Excessive heat of the body and high pitta dosha are responsible for the burning sensation when urinating. Coriander powder has cooling properties that can cure these symptoms.
- Coriander seeds powder – 3 tablespoons
- Rock candy powder (or else unrefined sugar) – 1 tablespoon
- Water – 3 cups
- Earthen pot or vessel
- Add coriander seed powder and rock candy powder to 3 cups of water.
- Stir it well and allow it to soak overnight.
- Stir again and drink 3 times a day.
- Note: Coriander spice or cilantro can also be used.
Parsley acts as a diuretic, so it will flush out the bacteria to relieve discomfort. It works by inhibiting the sodium and potassium pump, so sodium levels will rise. This will result in an overall increase in urine output to remove bacteria.
Method – 1: (Using Fresh Parsley)
- Fresh parsley – 1 cup
- Water – 1 to 3 cups
- Bring water to the boil and then add fresh parsley.
- Now reduce the heat to simmer for a few minutes.
- Let the leaves infuse for about 6 – 10 minutes.
- Strain the leaves out and then drink hot or cold.
- Drink daily.
Method – 2: (Using Dried Parsley)
- Dried parsley – 2 tablespoons
- Boiling water – 1 cup
- Pour boiling water over dried parsley and cover.
- Allow it to steep for about 8 – 10 minutes before straining.
- Drink regularly to get relief from UTI.
12. Hot Compress:
Hot water compress will help to minimize the bladder pressure and finally gives you relief from the pain and the infection. This compress not only decreases the inflammation but also prevents the growth of the bacteria which is causing you the infection.
- Hot water bottle
- Heating pad
- Put hot water in a flexible water bottle and place on the lower abdomen.
- Hold it there until you get some relief from the pain.
- Keep the heat setting low and limit it for about 15 minutes at a time.
- Or you can place a heating pad on the lower abdominal area to complete relief from the pain
Celery seeds acts as diuretics, therefore will increase the production of urine.
- Celery seeds – 1 teaspoon
- Boiling water
- Pour boiling water over celery seeds, cover it and let it steep for a few minutes.
- Strain the seeds out and drink.
- Alternatively have handful of celery seeds as a snack right after your meal.
14. Ginger Tea:
Ginger contains chemical make-up that allows it to block prostaglandin synthesis to cure the urinary tract and other bladder infections by reducing the pain and inflammation. Ginger also exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that prevents bacterial overgrowth and reduces the pain
- Dried ginger powder or a fresh ginger root
- Boiling water
- Lemon juice
- Take a inch of fresh ginger or a tablespoon of dried ginger powder.
- Add to a cup of boiling water into it and allow it to steep for a few minutes.
- Strain and add lemon juice and a little honey.
- Stir it well and then drink..
Garlic contains antibacterial and anti-microbial properties help to treat the infection.
- Garlic cloves – 3 to 4
- Eat a few garlic cloves.
- Drink a lot of water to flush out toxins and bacteria.
Horseradish contains a natural compound called allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) which has a strong anti-microbial effect. AITC is a bacterium that means it kills the bacteria outright. It will attack the cellular membrane of bacterium and cures infections.
- Fresh horseradish root
- Water or milk – 1 glass
- Great fresh horseradish finely.
- Take a teaspoon of this twice a day.
- Maximum dosage is 1 ½ teaspoons three times daily.
- Note:Make sure to stop eating the horseradish if the stomach gets upset.
17. Horsetail and Dandelion Tea:
Horsetail is a wonderful herb that soothes the UTI because of its ability to tighten the inflamed epithelial tissues with tannis. This helps to flush out the bacteria and toxins from the urinary tract by filtering thoroughly throughout the kidneys, increasing urine production.
- Dried horsetail – 1 to 2 tablespoon
- Dried dandelion – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 1 cup
- Tea pot
- Pour boiling water over the herbs and let it steep for about 8 – 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea and add a little honey.
- Drink twice a day.
18. Cream of Tartar and Lemon:
Cream of tartar will work by changing the pH of the urine making it hard for bacteria to thrive. Lemon juice has vitamin C, making a strong combination.
- Cream of tartar – 1 ½ teaspoons
- Lemon juice
- Warm water – half to one cup
- Add cream of tartar to warm water.
- Stir it well and add lemon or lime juice.
- Drink this once or twice a day.
Blueberries and cranberries belong to same plant family, so have the same property of inhibiting the bacteria to cure the UTI. It contains anti-oxidants that help to boost your immune system and prevent the problem. Regular intake of these berries in any way will yield the same effect as the cranberries. You can also have fresh blueberry juice twice a day.
Bromelain is an effective enzyme that has found in pineapple has strong anti-inflammatory and antibiotics properties. Eat a cup of pineapple everyday to help clear the infection. You can also make a fresh pineapple juice and drink this regularly to get quick relief from the infection
21. Uva Ursi:
Uva ursi is a herbal remedy that contains a number of substances that fight against infections. It contains several chemicals that have anti-septic properties. This supplement kills the bacteria that causes the infection and stimulates the urination.
Note: People suffering from kidney or liver problems, pregnant or nursing women and children should not take this without consulting your doctor.
Cucumber is great for its high water content, it helps to get extra fluids in your system. It helps to get rid of the bacteria and other things which cause UTI and prevent the infection by increasing the frequency of urine. Regular intake of cucumber will makes you feel hydrated and also keeps you healthy.
Yogurt contains probiotics which is considered as good bacteria, so helps to keep the bad bacteria at bay. Yogurt also has live active cultures that clear the urinary problems. Eating yogurt daily will help with your problem. Alternatively you could take a probiotic supplement.
24. Diet Plan:
Your diet can make a big difference when it comes to UTIs.
- Drinking a lot of water can help flush away bacteria and puts you in the right tract for complete recovery from UTI.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables provide your body with the essential vitamins and minerals that are required to boost the immune system.
- Reduce too hot, sour or spicy in your daily diet to prevent the irritation and itching.
- Eat vitamin C rich food (like lemons, banana, oranges, melon, raspberries, tomatoes, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, guava, etc.). You can also take vitamin C supplements if you’re suffering from active urinary tract infection.
- Cut off the irritants like coffee, alcohol, spicy food, nicotine, artificial sweeteners, carbonated drinks, etc.
- Focus on the healthy and beneficial food like high fibre carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Follow these tips to stay healthy and happy.
- Never ever suppress the urge to urinate as you are holding in the bacteria.
- After urination wipe from front to back to reduce the risk of bacteria spreading.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after every visit to the toilet.
- Don’t wash your genital area with any fragrant soap or any other lotions.
- Wearing comfortable cotton underwear (not too tight) will keep the area dry that prevent the bacteria growth.
- Always urinate and wash private parts after sexual intercourse. Must remember that before and after the sexual intercourse.
- Always use sanitary napkins rather than tampons during your menstrual periods, and change regularly.
- Exercise daily for at least 30 – 45 minutes to boost the immune system.
- Stop the usage of potentially irritating feminine products or deodorants sprays.
- If you’re unable to tolerate the pain then take some non prescription pain relievers.
- It’s best to avoid chocolate, citrus, carbonation and the caffeine, as they will irritate the lining of the bladder.
- Be sure to consult your doctor before using these natural or herbal remedies as they may cause some side effects.
If you don’t notice any improvement in UTI and its symptoms within 3 – 4 days after using these remedies and following these tips then make a trip to your doctor.
Please share your experience with us after trying these remedies or if you know any other remedies for UTI.