Several years ago I had a few recurrent urinary tract infections. They were an early warning sign of my leaky gut and interstitial cystitis (now healed). I found several herbs that when steeped or boiled, depending on the nature of the herb, made a healing tea that gave me complete relief and healing within just a couple of hours. This recipe worked every time with quick, powerful convincing evidence that herbs are worth learning about. I never saw relief from other methods; and I am surprised these herbs haven't gotten more press due to their effectiveness.

5 Herbs that Heal UTIs within Hours!

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Several years ago I had a few recurrent urinary tract infections.  They were an early warning sign of my leaky gut and interstitial cystitis (now healed).  I found several herbs that when steeped or boiled, depending on the nature of the herb, made a healing tea that gave me complete relief and healing within just a couple of hours.  This recipe worked every time with quick, powerful convincing evidence that herbs are worth learning about.  I never saw relief from other methods; and I am surprised these herbs haven’t gotten more press due to their effectiveness.  If you can’t buy bulk herbs locally where you live, I’ve given links below to order the herbs.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

Method

  1. Choose at least four of the herbs listed.  They all have different “powers;” so use them all if you can.
  2. Any herb that is a twiggy root needs to be boiled, instead of being steeped.  This is called a decoction.  It will be necessary with the burdock and dandelion roots.  Place these herbs in a medium size saucepan; and place 4 cups of filtered water in the pot as well.  Simmer the roots for 30 minutes, covered.
  3. Meanwhile, bring 3 cups additional water to a boil.
  4. Place the remaining herbs in a tea pot or large heat-proof bowl with a pour spout.
  5. When the plain water comes to a boil, add it to the herbs.  Cover the bowl and let them steep for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Add the bitter root tea, after it has boiled 30 minutes, to the teapot of steeping herbs and stir.
  7. The tea will be extremely strong and bitter.  Strain it as you serve yourself.  Drink a mug as soon as it is cool enough.
  8. Continue to drink the tea over the next two hours until it is gone.  Your UTI should now be gone too.
  9. Consume great quality kefir or fully cultured plain yogurt, to help prevent future UTIs.
  10. Herbs such as Pau D’arco can also be consumed, 30-4o drops of the alcohol-based tincture, for adults, 3 times daily, for four days, to help kill any invasive bacteria.*  Other remedies to rotate every four days if the issue persists are oregano oil, berberine, goldenseal, black walnut, Oregon grape, and grapefruit seed extract.  I have used all of these over the past several years to kill pathogen overgrowth and have found them all to be powerful and effective.  Do consult a physician for usage and dosage.
  11. A porridge can also be made from 1 T. marshmallow root and a bit of warm water, even sweetened with a bit of stevia, to soothe symptoms.

 

Please let me know how it goes for you.  I have recommended this recipe to many friends over the years and it has worked quickly for all of them.  The herbs in this tea take an impossibly difficult situation and make you forget how bad it ever was.  As always, please comment below…

UPDATE- Since I had two comments below about D-mannose I researched this remedy as well, to be able to share with you my findings.  Here’s a great article by Dr. Mercola on not only D-mannose, but why it is an effective cure for many people.

I appreciate this insight!  For me, although I no longer struggle with this issue, I still prefer using herbs to heal, over a simple sugar.  They are whole foods and although D-mannose does not interfere with gut flora balance for most people, I don’t have as much peace using a derived sugar product after all my family has experienced with pathogen overgrowth.

There are herbs, such as goldenseal and Oregon grape that do both needed jobs: they one, kill bacteria and strengthen the immune system and two, they also prevent the infectious E-Coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder and urethra, so they are rinsed off with urination.  These herbs do as much as D-mannose, and more.  D-mannose sounds like a good solution for many, easy to access and effective.  However, it makes sense that those who struggle with UTI’s are probably only seeing the tip of the iceberg. This one symptom may be a red flag.  What underlying issues in your body may also need to be addressed?  Leaky gut and pathogen overgrowth are often the root cause.

Several years ago I had a few recurrent urinary tract infections. They were an early warning sign of my leaky gut and interstitial cystitis (now healed). I found several herbs that when steeped or boiled, depending on the nature of the herb, made a healing tea that gave me complete relief and healing within just a couple of hours. This recipe worked every time with quick, powerful convincing evidence that herbs are worth learning about. I never saw relief from other methods; and I am surprised these herbs haven't gotten more press due to their effectiveness.

*Just a reminder, I am not a doctor; but am simply sharing from my own experience what has worked for me.  This article is in no way meant to replace or serve as medical advice.  Please consult a health care practitioner.

  • Great herbs. Have you tried d-mannose? It’s one of my favs for UTI’s.

  • Wow! This is a wonderful recipe. It sounds like my midwife’s iron tincture. 😉 Thankfully, I’ve only had a UTI once and it wasn’t bad, but I’m definitely sharing this. My mom gets them often and drinks straight apple cider vinegar to help kill them.

    Side note: I discovered Pau D’arco during the Intro Diet and I LOVE it! 🙂 Tastes great in a mix with raspberry leaf and nettles. 🙂

  • I have been having problems with UTI’s since coming to Singapore! Maybe some of these are also used by Chinese medicine – probably under different names – I’ll have to check them out.

  • Uva Ursi and Goldenseal are both endangered herbs that are unethically wildcrafted and their populations are dwindling at an alarming rate in the wild. Uva Ursi is specific to UTI’s with blood in the urine so I tend to only use it when there is obviously bloody urine. Marshmallow Root (powdered – cold infusion) and corn silk (GMO free) are both also great additions to any UTI formula. Calendula is also a silent hero of UTI’s taken as a tea or tincture.

  • Edy

    On antibiotics right now for one. Will definitely look for these herbs as I find it ridiculous to have to pay a doctor when I know what is wrong and then have to wait 24 hours or longer after starting an antibiotic for any relief.

  • I used to get these all the time. It has been almost a year since I have gotten one but I will keep this in mind and pin it in case it starts happening again. I used to drink unsweetened cranberry juice which worked pretty well but this looks even better.

  • No, but thank you! I’ll add it to my arsenal. 🙂

  • Thanks for the raspberry leaf and nettle tea idea. Sounds so healthy and good!

  • Good luck! Let me know how they help!

  • Hi Edi,
    Plus, in my experience, antibiotics then kill more good flora and can create a recurrent problem. 🙁

  • Edy

    I hate to take antibiotics for anything but this was bad and I knew it wasn’t going away on its own. Double up on my probiotics for the course and my cranberry supplement. Going to get these herbs so that I am prepared next time!

  • Erin

    I second the d-Mannose recommendation. When I had recurring UTIs and found d-Mannose it changed everything for me and I haven’t had one since (and that was before changing my diet away from SAD too). These other herbs/recipe should be in my medicine cabinet too though, thank you.

  • Cortney

    Are these safe in pregnancy?

  • Annette

    Why can’t I pin this for later reference?

  • Vicki

    Thanks for the recommendations. I finally eradicated stubborn, chronic UTI. I ate 4 – 6 ounces of asparagus every day for 14 days along with cooking liquid if there was any. I also took about a tsp. of baking soda in water with lemon every day, still take this every day. And, when it seemed things weren’t working I did a raw clove of garlic, minced and left for 10 minutes before swallowing down – once in a.m. and once in p.m. for 2 days. Urine clear!

  • Be

    Just wish there was a button for Pinterest. 🙁

  • Thanks, working on it….:)

  • Cortney, I would recommend discussing them with your midwife or doctor.

  • working on that! 🙂

  • Where could I buy burdock root? Hops? I suppose one can use the roots of the dandelions and nettle leaves growing in the wild?

  • Chris Johnson

    Thanks for this recipe. I have IC. Do you recommend the tea for that too or do you have another suggestion.?

  • shannon halvorson

    how did you manage to heal your IC? I suffer with it and I would love to know how to resolve the issue permanently. Thanks!

  • BHdz

    I had 5 UTIs in one year. Never had UTIs previously. I finally resorted to Dmannose and baking soda. I already use Nettles for allergies, so that was in rotation too. The baking soda water every 2-3 hours for the first day was always the quickest relief. I then finally passed the kidney stone believed to be the source of recurrent infx and have done better since.

    I wonder if these herbs are as effective in capsule form? I don’t tolerate bitter flavors well. The baking soda begins to make me gag after the 2nd or 3rd dose…

  • Pam Barber

    I don’t see any mention of olive leaf here. I have been using olive leaf and golden seal together for years to fight any kind of infectious condition, and have good results. This recipe for tea however, looks amazinng and would work qicker than what I experience. Herbs, homeeopathy, and essential oils get me through most of the health issues I’ve had.

  • Hi Angela,
    I have a link on the blog page of this article to Mountain Rose Herbs. They’re a wonderful, quality company, local to me; but they ship all over. Hope the link helps make it easy! 🙂

  • Shannon, I’m so excited to be coming out with lots more IC help soon. But in the meantime I highly recommend starting the Introduction GAPS Diet. You’ll find information on my blog about it, multiple detailed articles. And the GAPS website is good. The GAPS book is excellent. Good luck and I’ll try to “hurry up” :). Hope the articles are helpful!

  • Chris, I’m so excited to be coming out with lots more IC help soon. But in the meantime I highly recommend starting the Introduction GAPS Diet. You’ll find information on my blog about it, multiple detailed articles. And the GAPS website is good. The GAPS book is excellent. Good luck and I’ll try to “hurry up” :). Hope the articles are helpful!

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  • Lori Hakes

    I am excited to try these herbs for UTIs . My UTI started from the use of Always pads with the extra leak proof centers. It started about 3 cycles ago with each month getting worse. Decided to see my gynocologist and I have a bacterial UTI from them. Ironically enough I am not the not only one experiencing this . The woman before me was having the same issue and the Dr. said she sees at least 3 or 4 of the these a week and recommended that I only use generic pads because they do not put these chemicals in their products. Just took 3 days of high powered antibiotics and today I feel like I am getting another one,frustrating….hope this helps someone out there

  • Thank you for sharing. This is really important information that yes, will hopefully prevent grief for someone. Have you tried the fabric pads and sea sponge-style tampons or cup? Just a thought to consider. It’s a big change at first but you get used to it and I like it way better now. Very natural and safe. Best to you!

  • christina

    The plantain in your ingredients doesn’t say root, and I have dried leaf. Why would I need a decoction of the leaf instead of steeping it?

  • Megan

    Hi there, wonderful article. I’m prone to getting uti’s and usually use uva ursi. Lately I bought some nettle to try. What are your thoughts about uva ursi? Do you think I could combine it with the nettle or should I just stick to one or the other? Thanks!

  • Megan Stevens

    Hi Megan, yes, in my experience they work well together. 🙂

  • RebeccaG

    I also suffer from recurrent utis. They are horrible I have been getting them at least once every two weeks. I have also discovered I have leaky gut and am trying to address that.. How long was it before you got your utis under control? How did you know you had an overgrowth of pathogens?

  • Megan Stevens

    Hi Rebecca, the herbs above helped immediately, literally within hours, when I had UTIs. But you may have interstitial cystitis and benefit from marshmallow root, or beginning a healing diet like GAPS to heal your leaky gut. Ultimately UTIs can indicate the need for greater healing. There are several posts I’ve written that may help you: http://eatbeautiful.net/2015/08/16/how-to-heal-yeast-infections-and-treat-pathogen-overgrowth-part-2-candida-and-more/ http://eatbeautiful.net/2015/10/04/how-i-healed-my-interstitial-cystitis/ and http://eatbeautiful.net/2016/07/03/2-new-gut-healing-ingredients-smoothies-tea-hot-chocolate-slippery-elm-marshmallow-root/ Regarding pathogen overgrowth, it is likely. All leaky gut indicates gut dysbiosis and the need to bring back balance. Hugs and blessings in your journey! There is so much hope!

  • Barb

    Where can I purchase plantain leaf? Last time I checked, Mountain Rose did not carry it. Thanks in advance.

  • Megan Stevens

    Hi Barb, sure. Here it is from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jEuSbO

  • Barb

    Thanks so much!

  • Traci Scheelk

    Here are two other top stores for loose and plain (not extracted) herbal buk herbs. Top quality and sourced. Both in business three decades I think. Shipping is actual cost. great for spices too.

    http://www.sfherbs.com
    http://www.herbco.com (Monterey Herbs).

    This store has nutraceuticals extract powders in bulk but more modest quantity. You can save 4-100x vs. capsules depending on supplement. Once again in business 15 years. top quality. They started as body building supplements and expanded. (good for aminos etc too).

    beyondacenturyonline.com make sure to click upper left for store . Intuative from there.

    Example – buy NAG powder. Olive Leaf extract poweder andmany more. Many nutraceuticals in caps very expensive. Often get those 4-10x money’s worth. Extract bulk herbs are great too.

    Amazon also has a fair amount of bulk items and herbs. Chia seeds great deal. Mannose Powder cheaper than best online nutrition stores. Kudzu Root extract powder. Kudzu awesome herb beyond anti-alcoholism. So many conditions. Check pubmed.
    I don’t shop at mountain rose anymore. Love the store and owners. The prices and shipping skyrocketed. Specialty items i do. For cats a great and powerful supplement is there st.Johns Wort oil extracted in sun fresh. Used for my FIV cat for many conditions. Awesome stuff.

    Hope this helps someone.

  • luisa

    If I am using only 3 herbs (burdock root, dandelion root and plantain), should I still use 7 cups of water?

  • Megan Stevens

    You could decrease to 6 cups.

  • luisa

    Thank you so much for your knowledge!!

  • Myrna

    You mentioned we should drink the mixture for 2 hours. Should it only be consumed then and if you have any symptoms later or should it be added as part of your morning or daily regiment?

  • Megan Stevens

    Hi Myrna, typically symptoms resolve that fast. If you needed to keep drinking the tea, you certainly could do that. But at that point I’d look at diet and other factors.

  • Myrna

    What do you mean diet and other factors? I am 53 and post menopausal and the drs say this can happen to some women in my situation but I am willing to make changes because I have had this situation since March. I get one and take an antibiotic then fine and then a few days later I get another type of bacteria and a different antibiotic and so on so I would love all the info I can get so I can use minimal antibiotics. Thank you so much for your help!

  • Megan Stevens

    Myrna, you can type Interstitial Cystitis into my search engine ^^^ up there if you’re interested. Lots of UTIs can indicate overall gut, bladder and sometimes urethra healing that needs to happen. This is done by adopting a grain and sugar-free diet, like Paleo–or stricter diets like AIP or GAPS. My blog has lots of information on healing the gut and recipes for these diets. Also the IC post mentions Dr. Zeff and ordering a food intolerance eval. through the mail from him, to find out if there’s a food in your diet that needs to be eliminated permanently. The IC post goes into a lot more detail. In your shoes I would stop with the antibiotics ASAP; it’s just an endless cycle that makes the gut less and less diverse and healthy. The healing diet will help to restore the gut ecosystem and lining, including the bladder and urethra. Happy to help. 🙂