Herbal Teas to Help Relieve a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A urinary tract infection is a terrible ailment. Anyone who has ever suffered from one can attest to how debilitating they can be.
Urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria get into the urethra and multiplies, or an obstruction occurs.
The next time you find yourself unable to pee properly, try using one of these tea blends to naturally provide relief from the discomfort.
Horsetail and Dandelion Tea
Horsetail works miracles when it comes to soothing UTIs, mostly because of its ability to tighten the swollen epithelial tissues with tannins (an astringent found in bitter plant matter.)
It also eliminates toxins and bacteria in the urinary tract by thoroughly filtering through the kidneys and increasing the production of urine.
Flavonoids (metabolites in plant matter) help calm spasms that accompany a urinary tract infection.
Dandelion also functions as a diuretic and stimulates the kidneys and bladder.
You will need 1 tablespoon of dried horsetail, 1 teaspoon dried dandelion a cup of water and Honey to taste (optional).
Put 1 tablespoons of dried horsetail and 1 teaspoon of dried dandelion in a mug or tea ball or something similar. Bring a cup of water to a boil and pour over the herbs.
Allow it steep for 10 minutes covered before straining and drinking. Drink this twice every day, adding honey to taste as you’d like.
Marshmallow Root Tea
Marshmallow root prevents bacterial growth, and help clean the bladder as well. It will sooth the urinary system, and is also effective at inhibiting bleeding in urine as well as being a diuretic which leads to increase in the flow of urine.
You will need 1-2 tablespoons fresh or dried marshmallow root, Cheesecloth (if you are doing fresh) a cup of water and Honey to taste (optional).
Chop 1-2 tablespoons of fresh marshmallow root, and tie it up in a small square of cheesecloth. Bring about 8-10 ounces of water to a boil.
Put the herb bundle in a mug and cover with water, allow it to steep for 10 minutes, add honey to taste if you’d like, and drink 2-3 times a day.
Peppermint-Ginger-Juniper berry Tea
Peppermint and ginger may help to alkalize urine (reduce it acidity) which helps with the burning sensation that accompanies a UTI.
Juniper berries act as a diuretic, stimulating the kidney and bladder and making it easier to urinate, ginger reduces inflammation.
You will need a half teaspoons of dried juniper berries, 1/3 cup of fresh mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger, 4 cups of water and honey and lemon slices for taste (optional).
put together the water, berries, mint, and ginger in a pot. Simmer for about 7-8 minutes, and then discard the solids.
Mix in about a tablespoon of honey, if you wish to sweeten it, and serve with a slice of lemon if desired. Drink 2-3 times daily.
At the first signs of infection, you should try these teas for a better relief. There’s (almost) nothing worse than struggling to urinate in pain.