The urinary system, consisting of the kidneys and bladder, regulates the body’s water content and salt balance, and eliminates waste. The kidney determines what will be eliminated and what will be recycled. It is also involved in regulating blood pressure.
Antiseptic diuretics to treat infections of the bladder include Cedarwood, tea tree, bergamot and fennel. Unlike some urinary herbs used to treat infection, such as uva ursi, these oils work well in both an acid and an alkaline environment.
This means that they can be used in conjunction with cranberries, which acidify the urine. Use these oils preventatively in a regular bath or a sitz bath.
Bladder Infection Relief
- 6 drops tea tree
- 2 drops thyme linalol
- 2 drops juniper
- 2 drops clove
- 2 drops oregano
- 1 ounce base oil (calendula is one of the best choices)
Mix the oils. Use as a massage over the bladder area twice per day. However, get professional help if there is a chance that infection has reached a kidney. Herbal Adjuncts-Use oils as part of a more comprehensive healing program that includes herbs and diet.
The use of soothing teas is a welcome adjunct to any treatment. Examples are plantain, marshmallow root and corn silk (yes, the hairy stuff under the husk; eat it fresh-it tastes just like corn-or make it into tea).
“Stones” in the kidneys are mineral deposits most often composed of crystallized calcium and uric acid (or the amino acid cystine). Diet seems to be the primary cause, but excess weight, an inherited tendency and previous infections of the kidneys are all potential contributing factors.
Studies in Paraguay , where rosemary is an important folk medicine, found that this herb inhibits 95 percent of urease (found in alkaline and infected urine), and probably the formation of some stones. Lemon and grapefruit help reduce the size of stones and help prevent infection.
To treat an infection of the bladder, use uva ursi, yarrow, and goldenrod flowers. A good urinary tonic is a tincture or tea of dandelion, nettle, fresh oats and rose hips.
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Excepted from Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Crossing Press)