Home remedies are a good option to complement the clinical treatment of urinary tract infection, also referred to as UTI. They help accelerate recovery and should be taken daily to strengthen the immune system and increase urinary output by eliminating the bacteria.
However, these remedies should not replace medical advise. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult your obstetrician before using them.
1. Syrup with echinacea, bearberry and goldenseal
The bearberry is an antiseptic and diuretic, echinacea has antibiotic proprieties and strengthens the immune system and the goldenseal acts like a anti-inflammatory. The combination of these 3 herbs are great for fighting UTI.
- 30 ml of bearberry extract
- 15 ml of echinacea extract
- 15 ml of goldenseal extract
Mix all these extracts very well, put in a dark bottle and shake well. Dilute 1 teaspoon of this syrup in a little warm water and drink immediately 4 times a day. Total 4 tablespoons of the syrup per day.
Attention: This extract is not recommended for pregnant women.
2. Cranberry juice
This is a great option to treat urinary tract infection in pregnancy because cranberries have a high concentration of proanthocyanidins that make it difficult for the E. coli bacteria to adhere to the urinary tract, reducing the chances of the disease.
- 250 g of cranberries
- 1 glass of water
It is advised to take 3 to 4 cups of this juice daily until the symptoms disappear.
3. Goldenrod tea
Goldenrod tea is also an excellent home remedy for urinary tract infection because this herb has diuretic and anti-inflammatory proprieties that increases urine output, thereby decreasing the time urine stays in the bladder and developing bacteria.
- 2 tablespoons of dry goldenrod leaves
- 1 cup of boiling water
Place the goldenrod leaves in the boiling water and let it rest for 10 minutes before straining. Drink 1 cup of this tea several times a day.
4. Radish tea
Another good home remedy for urinary tract infection is the use of radish, as it has antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that relieve symptoms and decrease the amount of bacteria in the urinary tract.
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 teaspoon of dried radish leaves
Boil the water and add the dried leaves of radish. Let the mixture rest for minutes. strain and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
5. Goldenseal drink
Another home remedy that can be used to treat urinary tract infection is goldenseal dye which has antibiotic, antiseptic and diuretic properties, reducing bacterial proliferation in the urinary tract and stimulates the production of urine.
- 20 a 50 drops of goldenseal dye
- 1/2 cup of warm water
Mix well all the ingredients and then drink. This remedy should be ingested 3 to 5 times a day. You can buy the goldenseal dye in natural products stores and in some homeopathy pharmacies.