A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an umbrella term that encompasses infections of the upper urinary tract—which possibly includes the kidneys (pyelonephritis) as well as of the lower urinary tract, which possibly includes the bladder (cystitis).
The term UTI is most commonly used interchangeably with those infections involving the lower urinary tract, which generally present as causing mild to moderate pain or discomfort.
These UTIs can cause burning sensations while urinating, a sense of urinary urgency or frequency, and pelvic pain; more severe infections may cause flank pain, fever, nausea, and/or vomiting.
While medications can treat UTIs quickly, many people also find relief from their UTI symptoms with home remedies. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular home remedies for UTIs.
8 Home Remedies
Technically not a herb but used by herbalists. Flordis, a natural health company, has performed extensive studies on cranberry extract.
Cranberry helps prevent potentially harmful bacteria from sticking to urinary tract walls and effectively flushes out the bacteria from the urinary tract to help promote urinary tract health. By helping to maintain a clean urinary tract this will reduce the frequency of recurrent cystitis.
2. Dandelion leaf
Different to the root which has a focus on balancing digestive and liver health, this herb is potent diuretic used to flush the bladder and relieve symptoms.
Has soothing mucilaginous or demulcent properties. This soothes the irritated mucous membranes. It also has a diuretic effect. Rich in silica and other minerals, which help strengthen the tissues.
In a double blind placebo study of 57 women with recurrent UTIs, bearberry was shown to effectively suppress further infection.
Bearberry acts as an antibacterial, urinary antiseptic, astringent and healer to the mucous membranes of the urinary tract. It is also a diuretic.
5. Marshmallow root
Yes, original marshmallow candy was made from this plant. As you could imagine, marshmallow has a softening demulcent effect on irritated mucous membranes of the urinary tract.
6. Eat more garlic
Consuming garlic is a great way to boost your immune system, and garlic is well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin, one of the compounds in garlic, has antimicrobial properties that have proven to be effective at killing E. coli.
7. Urinate often
Urinating often while experiencing a UTI will help flush bacteria out of the urethra. Resisting the urge to pee can keep bacteria that’s in urine trapped in the bladder, which could make UTIs worse.
Urinating before and after sexual intercourse will also help minimize the amount of bacteria that enter the urethra.
8. Wipe correctly
One of the best things to do to prevent UTIs at home is to stay as clean and dry as possible. Wiping from front to back after urinating or a bowel movement will help keep bacteria from entering the urethra and traveling up the urinary tract.