A urinary tract infection is a debilitating bacterial infection that occurs when bacteria gets into the urethra and multiplies. In most cases of UTI, germs use urethra to reach the bladder and causes abdominal pain, irritation, redness, itchiness and pressure on the bladder and burning sensation during urination. Women, because of short urethra, are more susceptible to UTI. Sex, pregnancy, diabetes, kidney stones, prostate issues and contamination can cause urinary tract infection. If urinary tract infection is left untreated, it can affect the kidneys and develop complications. So, infection should be treated immediately. Along with medical care, these herbal teas can provide significant relief from the discomfort.
5 Herbal Teas For Healing Urinary Tract Infection:
Drinking plenty of liquids helps to flush out toxins and bacteria in the form of urine. Since staying hydrated is one of the best remedies for calming, soothing and healing the urinary tract infection, drinking herbal teas has been a tried and tested method for getting relief from urinary tract infections. Herbal teas are best choice for replacing sugary drinks that feed bacteria and increase your fluid intake. These 5 herbal teas can help to heal UTIs quickly.
1. Horsetail And Dandelion Tea
Horsetail is one of the best teas for clearing toxins and bacteria from the urinary tract because it contains a compound known as tannin that helps to tighten and soothe the swollen epithelial tissues (1). The flavonoids contained in dandelion tea relieves from pain associated with UTI and increases urine production and works like a diuretic to stimulate kidneys and bladder. Combination of these two herbs works wonder to bring relief from UTI symptoms.
Boil water and pour in your cup. Add 1tbsp dried horsetail and 1tsp. dandelion. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Add little honey if you want to sweeten the tea. Strain it and drink. You can also use tea bags. Drinking twice a day will bring considerable relief from UTI symptoms.
2. Cranberry Tea
Cranberry juice or tea is a popular natural remedy for fighting UTI symptoms. However, cranberry tea is preferable than juice as juice can contain sugar or additives. High in vitamin C, cranberry tea helps to heal the infection quickly. Besides this, cranberries contain a unique substance that inhibits the bacteria from sticking to the bladder tissue and lower the risk of infection. The taste of this tea is also sweet and tangy. You can use cranberry tea in conjunction with other herbal teas or drink it separately. It is a great protective tonic for UTI.
Boil water and pour over the tea bags. They are easily available in the market. Steep for 10 minutes and drink twice daily.
3. Marshmallow Root Tea
By inhibiting the bacterial growth, marshmallow root helps to bring relief from UTI symptoms. Drinking this tea 2-3 times will help to cleanse the bladder by increasing the volume of urine working as an effective diuretic (3). It also contains a type of soothing fiber known as mucilage that will help to reduce pain irritation and inflammation of the urinary tract. This herb is even used for controlling bleeding in urine.
Boil 1cup water; add 1-2 tbsp. of dried or fresh marshmallow root to the cup of water. Steep for 10 minutes; Strain the roots, add honey to taste, if you want to sweeten the tea.
4. Uva Ursi
This medicinal herb is commonly known as bear berry. It contains an antiseptic known as arbutin which is highly effective in treating UTI as it targets E. coli bacteria that mostly causes UTI. It works best as a diuretic when taken as tea (4). It cleanses the urinary tract by flushing out the germs you are infected with.
This herb has great immune stimulating qualities and can heal any type of infection. Several researches have shown that the immune boosting power of this herb help the body fight bacterial infection. The herb is gentle, yet works fast to heal the infection and inflammation associated with UTI (5).
Use 1-2 tbsp. Echinacea root in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and drink 2-3 cups a day to fight UTI.
You can make your own herbal tea blend by mixing these herbs as well.