Herbal Teas for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Herbal Teas for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Herbs have been used for centuries for the treatment of various health conditions. They have been crushed into powder, combined and used in many other forms including brewing tea using roots, stems, and leaves of the herbs.

To this day, having herbal teas is a fairly common practice. Tea bags are present in almost every other household and having a cup on a daily basis has become considerably easy. One can now get the benefits of any specific tea under two-five minutes.

In addition, drinking tea can also protect as well as prevent a number of health conditions such as Urinary tract infections.

According to the National Kidney Foundation 1 woman among 5 experiences UTI in her life. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases states that while men may have the infection as well but women are more likely to get it.

This is because the urethra is shorter in women than in men which makes it easier for the microbes to pass through into the track. While such infections are usually caused by bacteria, fungi and virus may be responsible for it in some cases.

UTIs are named depending upon where they occur. The infection which occurs in a bladder in named as cystitis. The infection in the urethra is named as urethritis, while kidney infection is called pyelonephritis.

What Are The Symptoms Of Urinary Tract Infections? 

The symptoms of UTI are easier to diagnose in comparison with other infections. Some of the signs of a urinary tract infection are:

  • Cloudy appearance of urine
  • Painful urination
  • Burning sensations felt in the urethra and bladder areas (usually and during urination)
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • A small amount of urination in comparison with the average amount
  • The bloody appearance of the urine (red or pink tints)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain (usually in women)
  • Sharp smell during urination
  • Muscles aches
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Delirium in patients from older age groups

The usual healing time of a urinary tract infection is not that long. A person may recover in  2-4 days.

However, the infection may last for longer in some people especially if he/she suffers from other health conditions such as weak immunity, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes. Such people can have UTI for 7-8 days.

Similarly, some people naturally have a higher chance of developing a urinary tract infection to others.

For example, people belonging to older age groups due to their body’s deteriorating defense system against the pathogens. Pregnant women may also be a higher risk of catching a UTI than others.

RELATED: How To Reverse UTI Symptoms?

Which Teas Are Best For Urinary Tract Infections? 

The healing time of a urinary tract infection can be shortened by drinking specific herbal teas such as the following:

Marshmallow Root Tea

There are numerous benefits of marshmallow root tea including the ability to fight urinary tract infections. Wrap 1-2 teaspoons of the root to a cheesecloth. Heat one cup of water and leave the bag in it for around ten minutes.

Honey can also be added to sweeten the tea. Avoid using sugar and artificial sweeteners. Drink this tea 1-2 times a day for the best results.

Dandelion and Horsetail Tea

Horsetail contains a compound called tannin which can help with the inflamed epithelial tissues in the urinary tract. On the other hand, dandelion tea is a natural diuretic and may help with difficulty in urination.

A combination of both of these teas can be considerably helpful for controlling the symptoms of urinary tract infections.

Take 1 tablespoon of dried horsetail and 1 teaspoon of dandelion in a mug. Add warm water into the mug and let it soak for 10 minutes. Have a cup of this tea in the morning for the maximum results.

Peppermint Ginger Juniper Berry Tea

Peppermint and ginger can decrease the acidity level in urine which helps with the pain and burning sensations during urination.

In a pot, combine 2 tablespoons of ground ginger, 1/3 container crisp mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of dried juniper berry. Add some hot water and leave the mixture on a low-flame for seven-eight minutes.

Strain the tea and add nectar/honey. Drink a cup of it after every meal of the deal.

Cranberry Tea

Cranberry juice is particularly popular for the treatment of urinary tract infections but many people do not know that cranberry tea is twice as effective.

Cranberry is always suggested in cases of UTIs due to its ability to control the infection. It works by preventing the microbes from attaching themselves to the bladder walls as well as help remove the ones which have already connected themselves.

The tea can be prepared by soaking its tea bags for a couple of minutes in warm water. Just make sure to buy the bags without added sugar. Three cups of cranberry tea a day can help clear the urinary tract in no time.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is one of the most widely consumed teas around the world due to its wonderful aroma, taste, and benefits. The sweet-tea also works great for controlling urinary tract infections.

Another good thing about chamomile tea is that it can be combined with many other herbs for a more powerful effect and a stronger taste.

Right here is the recipe for the blend. Take 2 teaspoons of Chamomile, two parts of Cranberry, and one part of Echinacea. Add all ingredients to a mug and pour hot water into it. Allow it steep for eight minutes.

You may even add half a teaspoon of lemon juice for taste for a more enhanced and exotic taste. Drink it two-three times a day for five days. Continue having the tea even after the infection is cured to prevent the infection from re-spreading.

Corn Silk Tea

Corn Silk Tea has been long known for its capabilities to treat not only urinary tract infections but a number of health conditions related to the liver, kidneys, and stomach. The tea works in a similar way to cranberry.

The tea is usually given to people who are more likely to develop urinary problems such as people from older age groups, pregnant women and people suffering from autoimmune diseases.

For making this tea you need two cups of water and two tablespoons of fresh or dried corn silk. Combine the tea and water in a pot and boil with the lid on. After the mixture comes to a boil, lower and flame and simmers for ten minutes.

Turn off the heat and let it steep for another half an hour. Strain the silk and warm the tea later or have it at the room temperature. Lemon, lime, and honey can also be added to enhance the taste.

Things To Keep In Mind 

Herbal teas are beneficial for health and can help in getting rid of urinary tract infections effectively. However, it is important to keep in mind that teas may not be enough for a complete treatment in many cases.

People with autoimmune diseases and pregnant women should particularly be careful with urinary tract infections and should consult their healthcare providers before using any kind of herbal teas.

If a person is on any kind of medication, it is better to ask a doctor before using any kind of herbs in any form as they may interfere with the effects of the medicine being taken. If the infection does not go away after a week, seek professional help immediately.


Andrea White

As a graduate of Public Health and Policy, Andrea developed an interest in disease development, food and safety and the latest advancements in health. She is a Freelance writer who had affiliations with multiple blogs. Andrea is now pursuing her post-doctorate in Behavioral Sciences.

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