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9 Home Remedies For UTI Treatment

Christin Perry LitteThings writer Christin Perry

We all know that familiar burning sensation — and no, we’re not talking about the one you get after a great gym session. We’re talking UTIs here, which is something nobody wants to deal with.

A urinary tract infection can occur when bacteria, typically from the rectal area, enters your body through your urethra and travels to your bladder. This causes pain and inflammation as a result of your body’s immune response.

Symptoms of a UTI infection are completely uncomfortable and can quickly ruin your day. Plus, who wants to take time out of their day to head over to the pharmacy for a prescription.

Well, the good news — if there could possibly be any good news about a UTI — is that there are tons of home remedies for UTIs that you can try. These natural remedies are capable of stopping a UTI in its tracks and possibly even avoiding a doctor’s visit altogether. However, you’ll want to seek medical help if your symptoms don’t go away within a couple days.

The home remedies for UTIs that we’ll look at today fall into three basic categories: diuretics, natural anti-inflammatories, and natural antibiotics. Let’s take a look.

Diuretics

Diuretics are a powerful UTI treatment because they naturally flush your system and make you have to pee, which works to eliminate the bacteria from your body.

If you’ve ever taken a long car trip or if you’re the one who’s waking up three times at night to pee, then you probably know more about diuretics than you think, but stay with us.

Here are several of the top diuretics that can cure a UTI just when it’s getting started.

1. Water

Woman drinking water for UTI home remedy
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According to everydayhealth.com, experts recommend that you begin drinking TONS of water at the first sign of a UTI. This is the best (and least wacky) way to amp up your kidneys and get that bacteria out of there.

We’re already supposed to be drinking eight glasses per day (we know, we don’t ever make that goal either), but in order for this remedy to be effective, you’re instructed to drink fully half your body weight in ounces of water during a UTI. So, if you’re a 120-pound female, you’ll want to drink at least 60 ounces each day.

 

2. Celery Seeds

Celery seed UTI home remedy
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It’s a little-known fact, but celery seeds are actually a pretty efficient diuretic as well, due to a  chemical with a big scientific name (butylphthalide) that’s found in celery oil (which is used for other health issues as well).

You can eat celery seeds straight (a small handful will do), or you can boil them in water to make a tea; either way is effective. A celery seed bonus? You can also use them in these ways to prevent future UTIs. Yes, please!

 

3. Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle UTI home remedy
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Stinging nettle is a plant that’s touted as an amazing remedy for a variety of health issues, and it’s one of the most effective home remedies for UTI as well. You can use fresh or dry stinging nettle, which is good, because this plant can be a bit difficult to find.

We suggest looking online or at your local health food market. Similar to ginger tea, here are the steps you will follow to make stinging nettle tea, brought to you by healingnaturallybybee.com:

  1. Boil four cups of filtered water.
  2. Remove the water from the heat.
  3. Mince four heaping teaspoons of fresh stinging nettle (including stems and roots if you can get them).
  4. Steep 20 minutes and strain.
  5. Drink hot or cold; it may be reheated without harming it. It will keep in the refrigerator for five days.
  6. Drink four cups throughout the course of one day for seven days.

Anti-Inflammatories

Using natural anti-inflammatories will help ease some of the pain of a UTI, which will make those trips to the bathroom somewhat less treacherous. You can use these in conjunction with the urinary tract infection home remedies we’ve already discussed. We found two anti-inflammatory methods that you can try.

1. Ginger Tea

Ginger tea UTI home remedy
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Anyone who’s ever suffered through morning sickness has been best friends with ginger tea, and if you’re suffering from a UTI, it’s time to break it out again — this time for its anti-inflammatory abilities. Ginger tea is sold in teabags at the store, but we recommend skipping those and following this method for a fantastic brew that packs an anti-inflammatory punch to bring you some UTI relief:

  1. Pour water into a tea kettle or mug.
  2. Drop in a one-inch piece of peeled ginger root (no need to grate it).
  3. Drop in a slice or two of lemon.
  4. Heat to boiling and enjoy with honey.

 

2. Heating Pad

Woman using heating pad for UTI home remedy
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Heat is another way to ease the pain of a UTI and deal with some of the inflammation. Take some opportunities throughout the day to put your feet up and relax with a heating pad on your lower abdomen.

Natural Antibiotics

There are several foods that have natural antibiotic power, and you can use many of them as home remedies for a UTI. Note that these are not effective substitutes for UTI antibiotics in all cases, and if your UTI doesn’t clear up within a day or two, a trip to the doctor may be necessary. You definitely don’t want the bacteria to spread to your kidneys! So give these a shot, again in conjunction with the other home remedies for UTI that we’ve discussed, but always keep a close eye on your condition.

1. Berries

Berries for UTI home remedy
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Eating a handful or two of blueberries, cranberries, or bilberries may help rid your urinary tract of the bacteria that’s causing your pain. This makes a great preventative measure as well, so take note if you’re prone to UTIs.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar for UTI home remedy
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Is there anything that apple cider vinegar doesn’t help with? According to the website top10homeremedies.com, “Apple cider vinegar is a rich source of enzymes, potassium and other useful minerals that can prevent the bacteria that cause UTIs from multiplying or growing.” Their suggested UTI home remedy is to mix two tablespoons of ACV with water and add a bit of honey to cut the strong taste, then drink twice daily.

 

3. Horseradish

Horseradish UTI home remedy
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The root of a horseradish plant has strong antibacterial properties that can help with a UTI — that is, if you can stomach the bitter, spicy taste. Grate one teaspoon of the root the same as you would ginger and mix it with a glass of water or milk. Aim to do this twice daily.

 

Medicine For UTI

If you’ve been feeling the burn for more than a few days with no relief from these natural remedies for a UTI, or if you’re starting to feel flu-like symptoms with fever or back pain, your UTI may have traveled to your kidneys. In this case, or if you’re just over having a UTI, it may be time to see your doctor for some UTI medicine.

Antibiotics for a UTI, like Cipro or Macrobid, work very quickly and effectively. According to everydayhealth.com, “When oral antibiotics are taken soon after UTI symptoms appear, you can typically expect relief from symptoms within 48 hours.”

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