UTI

Far too many of us of the fairer sex have experienced our fair share of UTI’s or urinary tract infections.  The odds are not in our favor when one out of two females will experience them, with a rare occurrence for men.  I must admit that I have suffered from them in the past and once on the rare occasion these days.

Bacteria are the culprit in this situation and if left unchecked, it can lead to a kidney infection.  Be sure to take the signs seriously when you experience: burning with urination; a frequent or intense urge to urinate; pain/pressure in back or abdomen; cloudy, dark, bloody or strange-smelling urine; feeling tired or shaky; fever or chills (Your Guide, 2015)

Should you experience any or a combination of these symptoms, be sure to have your primary care provider confirm this to ensure that nothing more serious is occurring.  Should it be a UTI, you can opt to take care of it naturally.  

In my experience, I found cranberry juice and cranberry supplements to be an exercise in futility to alleviate any of the symptoms.  What I have success with is horsetail tea, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which directly aid with kidney and bladder wellness.  What helps is to drink the tea right away to get rid of the UTI much quicker.  You can purchase lose leaf horsetail herbs or tea at your local health food/wellness store or from an herbalist.

Bye, Bye UTI Tea

  • 1 Teaspoon of dried horsetail herb or one packet of horsetail tea
  • 8 oz. of boiling water
  • Honey to taste (optional) 
  • Loose leaf tea infuser

Directions

  • Bring fresh water to boil in a tea kettle or sauce pan
  • Place the herbs in the tea infuser, then in a mug and pour in the boiling water
  • Steep for about 10 minutes then remove the infuser 
  • Add honey to taste, if desired, sip and enjoy
  • Drink the tea 2-3 times daily until symptoms are gone.

For those that are not familiar with the horsetail herb, it has a grassy taste to it and is not unpleasant.  

Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.

References
Your Guide to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) (2015, August 4). WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/your-guide-urinary-tract-infections.


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