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10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection

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Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection

Do You Ever Find It Ironic . . .

That the side effects of some prescription medications are worse than the conditions they’re supposed to treat? Seriously, what man wants to stop hair loss only to grow breasts? What woman trying to cure acne wants to grow hair on her face? And that little blue pill? Turns out the men that take it may stop seeing that particular color altogether, or else see it on everything!

Of course, not all side effects are quirky twists that make us want to say “WHAT???” Some are serious, even if their effects may not be apparent for a long time. For example, we now know that our bodies may never fully recover from antibiotic use, and that the loss may extend to future generations. And in cases when they’re really needed antibiotics are starting to fail us due to to the rise of resistant strains.

So what can we do? Of course the first thing is to not prescribe medications unnecessarily. In the case of urinary tract infections, they are sometimes necessary to avoid kidney damage, BUT before I went that route here’s what I’d try first:

#1 ~ D~Mannose

Found in cranberries, blueberries, apples, and even birch trees, d-mannose is a simple sugar that acts as a magnet for e. coli, the most common cause of UTI’s. Because it is indigestible to us it simply grabs as much e. coli as it can and then flushes through the body without affecting our blood sugar. The best part? It’s considered safe for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children if consumed in moderate amounts. (source)

How to choose a D-Mannose supplement: Though I’m usually a fan of taking supplements in their whole form, D-Mannose is most effective as a concentrate. Natural D-Mannose is derived from corn, potatoes or birch/beech wood using a solvent-free separation process and is a white, sweet  powder. It has no known side effects. On the other hand, synthetically produced D-Mannose may use potentially harmful chemicals in its manufacture. I recommend taking this in powder form to avoid potential GMO additives.

Contraindications: D-Mannose can bind to sperm, so couples that are trying to conceive should avoid this supplement. Also, D-Mannose only works for infections related to e. coli. If another strain is the issue it will not have a therapeutic effect.

Natural Remedies For Urinary Tract Infection#2 ~ Cranberry Extract

Cranberry extract works well as a preventative measure because it prevents e. coli from attaching to bladder wall and urinary tract lining. It can also be used to assist D-Mannose in flushing out e. coli. Though pure cranberry juice with no added sugar is a good second choice, the naturally occurring fructose it contains will diminish it’s healing properties. (Where to buy cranberry extract)

Natural Remedies For Urinary Tract Infection#3 ~ Probiotics

Actually, I recommend the whole trifecta for intestinal health that Weston A. Price chapter leader Katherine Atkinson mentions here. Fem-Dophilus by Jarrow may be a good choice for short-term use because it contains two strains of bacteria specifically designed to help with UTI’s.

10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection#4 ~ Natural Vitamin C

Vitamin C stimulates immune function by increasing our levels of interferon, a protein which block the replication of pathogenic microbes. (source)

How To Choose A Vitamin C Supplement: About 99% of all vitamin C products on the market today are synthetically made ascorbic acid or something similar, and some studies show that these synthetic versions can actually weaken the mitochondria and possibly cause kidney stones. (source) Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to tell what’s what just by reading labels:

Almost all of the vitamin C in supplements is made in a laboratory, despite labeling that implies otherwise. For example, the label might say, “ascorbic acid from sago palm.” Dextrose, a form of sugar that contains no vitamin C at all, is extracted from sago palm and used as the base molecular material for a complex laboratory process that synthesizes vitamin C. Or the label might say “vitamin C derived from the finest natural sources.” True, but the vitamin C was synthesized. It might also say “with rose hips and acerola,” which are then used as the base material for the tablet or capsule. But a tablet of rose hips or acerola can contain only about forty milligrams of truly natural vitamin C; the rest is synthesized.

Ron Schmid, ND ~ Dietary Supplements: What The Industry Does Not Want You To Know

When looking for a quality Vitamin C supplement I recommend you look for something in which the Vitamin C is derived from 100% rose hip or acerola powder. If you are unable to find the powder you may be able to find rose hip tea. (Note: Rose hips are recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, there is not much research on acerola powder so talk to your trusted healthcare provider before using it)

Here’s the naturally derived, non-GMO Vitamin C powder I use. However, when I’m pregnant/nursing a newborn I opt for rose hip tea instead.

Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection#5 ~ Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar – preferably raw with “the mother” culture – is thought to help flush out bacteria by dislodging “clingy” bacteria from the urinary tract. (Where to buy apple cider vinegar)

10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection#6 ~ Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Unlike industrially processed cod liver oil, fermented cod liver oil is rich in naturally occurring vitamins A & D.

“Vitamin D, it turns out, is necessary for the production of anti-microbial peptides, substances that fight off infection-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses when these pathogens try to move into organs and through mucous membranes.” Some of these peptides, called cathelicidins, work specifically in the bladder. (source) Vitamin A helps cells maintain their integrity, making them for resistant to bacterial infection. (source)

Read more about fermented cod liver oil here. Find fermented cod liver oil here.

# 7 ~ Homeopathic Remedies

The five most popular remedies for UTI’s are:

Joette Calabrese, HMC,CCH,RSHom has covered everything you need to know about them here.

And A Few More Things . .

Like take showers instead of baths (#8), wear loose, cotton underwear (#9), and DRINK LOTS OF WATER!!! (#10).

What I Didn’t Include: Baking Soda

Though baking soda won’t cure a UTI, it will lower the pH of urine so that it doesn’t burn. Though pain relief is a good thing and possibly appropriate at times, some folks think it’s a better idea to raise pH and kill the pathogenic microbes rather than lower it and ease discomfort.

 So There You Go!

Ten remedies that won’t give you green spots, make you sprout a third eye or lower your voice 3 octaves, but just may do wonders for your UTI! Did I miss anything? Let me know what’s worked for you in the comments below!


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105 Responses to 10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection

  1. Alison says:

    I swear by the baking soda! I take it at the first sign of burning and symptoms are gone…..however, I haven’t really had any UTI’s since adding Cod liver oil to my diet and cutting out crappy foods for the most part, so i’m sure that played a part….I am going to look into the homeopathics though, thanks for including them!

  2. Greta says:

    My 3 year old daughter had a UTI a few months ago and her naturopath gave us the same regime you mentioned above: D-Mannose, cranberry, vitamin C, probiotics, cod liver oil, and lots and lots of water. Nothing helped. When she did the urine test, she said her UTI was not caused by e. coli. When the natural remedies didn’t work, I started researching online and found many sources that said that the D-Mannose only helps when UTIs are caused by e. coli (which is the vast majority of them). So I went ahead and put her on the antibiotic because I was really worried about kidney damage.

    Is there anything else I can do if this happens again? I really, really hate using antibiotics.

    • Natalie says:

      I have always used collodial silver and found that it works 99% of the time! Since using collodial silver any beginning stages of an infection are cured within a day! I usually pair it with cranberry extract which helps with the burning.

      • Emily says:

        Oh my gosh! Stay away from collodial silver!! I worked with a customer a few months ago whose skin was dark gray and found out that he takes colloidal silver. He’s skin was turning silver/gray from it and he didn’t even know!! He said that if you take it right, like he was, skin discoloration won’t happen. Guess what pal, you’re skin is gray! And the skin discoloration is irreversible!!! Google “smurf man”.

      • ANDREA says:

        Is colidal silver safe for children? If so what is the dosage recomendation. I do belive my daughter has a urinary tract infection.

    • Jessica says:

      Greta – check out this article on Chris Kresser’s site.

      Apparently, Biofilm Disrupters help with the small percentage of UTI’s that are caused by other bacteria than e. coli.


    • Michele says:

      A non e.coli UTI needs to be addressed by a pediatric urologist to make sure there is not any reflux of urine from the bladder to the ureters, then kidney, which can be quite serious. My daughter and 2 of her friends had this occur ~15months of age, one of those children now only has minimal function of one of her kidneys, and did require surgery, the other required 1 year of antibiotic treatments, mine, tested negative (in the voiding cystogram), and did not have to have the treatments…was just watched the next year.

    • Sohail Iqbal says:

      Yes you are right antibiotics not final solution and have other different side effects. If you don’t mind please ignore Allopathic Medicine and start using ‘Berberis Vulgaris 30′ three time a day only two drop in a one table spoon water. also you read about ‘Berberis Vulgaris’ on google it is excellent medicine for all kidney, bladder and UTI related infections and have no side effects.

    • Cari says:

      tell her to make sure she empties her bladder, shower is better than a bath if you have one( if not try using softer detergents to wash the bath) i cant use handy andy so i use watered down dish sunlight soap. when i feel im getting one i drink lemon juice in water and it goes away , she should also drink lots of water. This helps at the beginning of one but if you leave it im not sure how well this works

    • Gabrielle says:

      This article backs up everything in this blog and also gives other options in the case of the UTI not being caused by e.colli well worth the read.

    • Sally says:

      how to take baking soda for uti?

  3. Whittney says:

    I’ve had such mixed results with all of these things since dealing with more UTI’s after having Henry – anatomy change/prolapse issues the cause. Some are so acute and painful that I vomit, get vertigo and in general feel like I’m dying. UTI’s are tricky and each is different but this a good place to start!

  4. Melissa says:

    When D-Mannose failed me I used uva ursi. My understanding is that it breaks down into an antibiotic-like compound in either the liver or kidneys and kills the bacteria on the way out. It works better in an alkaline environment, so I took baking soda in water when I took the pills. But, there are many cautions about uva ursi on the web and I’m pretty sure most Dr.s will freak out about its use. It worked for me, and I preferred to do that than go back to my cipro-loving Dr. for a prescription, but you’d have to do your own research and weigh the risks for yourself.

  5. Leah G says:

    I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis many years ago and after all the lovely treatments the Dr gave me I finally found D Mannose . WOW. changed my life. I now prescribe D mannose, Probiotics, and ACV to anyone with UTI issues. In fact my sister called Thanksgiving with bloody urine and I was able to get her back to normal no antibiotics! I no longer have cystitis issues either. The FCLO goes without saying.

    • Kathy says:

      I also have IC. Not so bad that I need the heavy duty treatments. Usually the IC diet keeps my bladder happy. However, sometimes (usually when I eat chocolate), I still get the burning and constant-but-just-a-dribble urges to urinate. I’ve found alka seltzer clears that up overnight, but I really don’t love taking that much aspirin. I’m glad to hear about the D-Mannose and will go to my local health food store with your list. Any particulars about dosage, etc. I should know??

      • Beth U says:

        I was also diagnosed with IC, but noticed when testing my urine with acidity strips that it was rating VERY acidic. I began adding trace mineral drops to my water and was able to bring my urine into a healthier range and haven’t had IC burning since!

  6. Cara says:

    Another preventative measure, urinate asap after intimacy.

  7. YLewis says:

    I recently healed a UTI that had gone to my kidneys as well with a week of Oil of Oregano capsules several times a day, cranberry extract, and Soil Born Organisms (a heavy hitting probiotic). It took 6 days, but I never had to take the antibiotic.

  8. Rebecca says:

    I have never had UTI issues (except when it was due to obvious reasons like sex, etc.) but I had one cat that had UTIs all the time. I wonder if these things would be ok for animals as well?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Rebecca! I’m not really sure, but a holistic vet might be able to tell you!

    • Janet says:

      Our girl dog is on regular cranberry ease powder in her kibble to keep UTI at bay. She squats really low to the ground, which is the only reason I can think of for her getting this malady.

  9. Debbie says:

    I have a remedy that has worked for 100% of the time. I had chronic UTI’s as a teen – along with a terrible diet. Since becoming an adult, changing my diet and having a healthy lifestyle they are non-existent, however when they have happened I do this (along with lots of water) Tall glass of water and add a teaspoon of Cream Of Tarter. It will not dissolve in the water and I tend to stir as I drink it down. Drink it in one sitting. Because the granuals are so fine, they pass through the body and pull out the offending bacteria. It has a strange sour flavour, but tilt your head back, get it in there and within an hour, symptoms will be diminished. One more tall glass a few hours later and it should be gone completely. Follow up with several more glasses of water and rest. I am an RHN (registered holistic nutritionist) and have recommended this to clients suffering from UTI’s with success every time.

    • Katrina says:

      Is this safe for a 7 yr old boy?

      • Katrina says:

        I went ahead with the cream of tarter, knowing it was a food product and the kind of spice it is. I did just as you described, just a little less COT, since he is smaller. It worked very quickly!!

    • Jewlster1259 says:

      I took the cream of tarter about 50 minutes ago. Symptoms seem to be lessening slightly but definetly far from gone. (Could be from added water). I also took a little dip in the tub with Epsom Salt, peppermint oil and lavender oil, took my daily vitamin, a couple packs of Emergen-C and a probiotic. Praying this goes away soon.

    • Linda says:

      Debbie, the Cream of Tartar is what my great grandmother used for UTIs. Thanks for the reminder! She was an old indian with a hundred home remedies. Worked like a charm.
      I wish that I could remember all of her old remedies!

    • Jas says:

      Wow Debbie. I thank the LORD for YOU. My UTI was so severe that it was bloody. In fact, after two three doses of the creme of tartar, my urine is clear. I am in disbelief. I have spent over $1,000 between September and December trying to cure this severe case of UTI through a chiropractor. Inspite of spending this much money, the UTI came back with vengence again on Wednesday. I was so discouraged because I have tried almost everything. I purchased the Dmannose yesterday and followed the suggested doses on the bottle and on the internet with no change. I also purchased the Uva Ursi and noticed a slight change but the bloody urine was still present. When this first happened in September, the medical doctor assigned me the kidney cancer and bladder cancer scare tactic to force compliance on performing procedures that would have placed my life at an even greater risk. Finally, the blood test came back and I had a severe infection which she prescribed antibiotics. I did not even bother with the medicine. I went to the chiropractor; however, although natural, this is very costly. Sorry for the long email but PEOPLE AFTER JUST THREE TREATMENT MY URINE IS CLEAR!!!! THREE TREATMENTS!!!! My urine was the color of a bottle of red wine. In fact, when I wake up from a nights sleep, it is so dark it looks brown. But after THREE TREATMENTS, NO BLOOD , NO BLOOD on much prayer and a $4.99 bottle of Creme Tartar!!!!

      • Valerie says:

        Please how much cream of tarter did you use. How much water. Before or after meals? Thanks so much. I need the help now. Thank you!!!

    • Cate says:

      Can you give a one year old baby cream of tartar for a UTI? How much?

    • Heather says:

      Any idea about the effectiveness of adding the COT to cranberry juice?? I’m hoping since they are both beneficial that it should do double the work!!

    • Reshmi says:

      I m suffering from uti from 3years and kidney stone from one year. I take many medicines bt all in waste. I have low grate fever , itching in whole body, restless, bowel problem.plzzz help tartar cream harmlesss????

  10. Carrie says:

    I have had chronic bladder infections since I was a child. My doctor thinks it might be the way my body is shaped/tilted – it is just easy for bacteria to get inside. As an adult I wanted OFF the antibiotics so I started researching online and read about D Mannose. I started taking one capsule (Swanson brand is the cheapest – about $9 per bottle) per day in October 2010 and have been UTI free ever since. Now I take them about every few days instead of daily to maintain.

    Because I started taking them as a preventative (rather than reactive) measure, I don’t know how it would work when you actually have an infection, but I hope to never need to find out. Two years – UTI free! I cannot say enough for what D Mannose has done for my life.

  11. Alyse says:

    For 6 weeks I tried EVERYTHING listed here and also blueberry extract, as well as marshmallow root, uva ursi, pipsisewa, corn silk. Visited my ND and nutritionist for support plus urine tests. Turned out to be a yeast and bacterial UTI. So that brought out the herbal anti-biotics which did start to move the UTI out. Plus inserting probiotic gell caps up my vagina. Pee before and after sex, hubby washed his junk with apple cider vinegar. The new smell of sex which brought some new laughter and pet names into our bedroom pillow talk! The UTI still hung on became more low level and just on the edge. I was researching the Mouth Summit and came across the oil pulling. It sure wouldnt hurt anything to try and Somehow I got that this might help so I started oil pulling. 5 days OP and now the UTI is Gone!!! Yay!

  12. Shari corr says:

    Great advice. I have also had good luck with tinctures of usnea and UVA ursi. Also I read once that asparagus has something that makes it hard for the bacteria to adhere to the urinary tract. I am a practitioner of the Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy which can help to restore organs to the proper place, thereby freeing up the flows if blood, lymph, nerve and chi in the body. Many women who have suffered with chronic UTIs have been helped with this gentle external treatment.

    • Michellealeta says:

      Hi Shari,

      I’m interested in Arvigo techniques of Maya abdominal therapy… that you mentioned relating to another condition that I have. Can you please send or share info regarding? Thanks much and God bless you and yours. Grandma Shelley

  13. Ryan says:

    I recently learned about an AMAZING remedy from a friend who suffers from chronic UTIs…She recently started using doTERRA essential oils and had one come on. She has suffered almost her whole life and now not even the strongest antibiotics given will kill off her infection…she sufferd tremendous pain and even had to be medicated while she healed. Anyways, she decided to check her Modern Essentials guide book (highly recommend btw) and it said to take lemongrass essential oil in a capsule…She took one and applied doTERRA’s OnGuard blend (which is an antibacterial) to her lower abdomen and bottoms of her feet…She woke up the next morning PAIN FREE! She continued treating for a few days just to be safe. Since using essential oils on a regular basis she has even experienced FAR less UTIs! For more info on the oils you can visit

  14. Randa says:

    I heard Christa Orrechio ( talk about this subject on Sean Croxton’s online health summit a month or two ago, and I took the following notes:
    Tips for UTI onset:
    1. Steam entire stalk of asparagus and eat it, then drink the broth with garlic added.
    2. Take full-strength probiotic
    3. Uva Ursi – urinary antiseptic herb (amazing at knocking out UTIs)
    4. Medicinal mushroom complex
    5. Colloidal silver – natural antibiotic
    6. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar (which all feed yeast)

    Hope it helps!

  15. Wendy says:

    Great tips, plan to keep this article handy. Wanted to also mention something else. This may not happen to most people, but may help someone. After my 4th child was born (my 4th C-section plus a previously ruptured uterus, so a lot of scar tissue), I had a lot of UTI’s. Around the 8 month mark I’d had 3. I went to a woman who does deep tissue massage (she rips my scar tissue so I can function). She found it was attached to my bladder so ripped that off. No more UTI’s since (baby is now 20 months old). I like that we found the cause of my UTI’s and healed from there.

    • beth says:

      I was just wondering how does she rip your scar tissue? I had scar tissue grow around my bladder and has to have it surgically removed. I can feel out growing back though and just wonder how you don’t bleed from being ripped.

      • Christine says:

        Her Massage therapist may have been using a Craniosacral Therapy technique. Many Massage therapist ad this holistic therapy to their skill set. There is craniosacral technique that helps to break up scar tissue. It is not referred to as ripping as the treatments are intended to be gentle; but very beneficial. It has been very helpful for me. After my last Csection I had trouble standing up straight sometimes. Since my treatments (over 3 years ago) I haven’t had any more issues with scar tissue. has a list of therapists world wide.

  16. julie says:

    I had 2 of these infections in my life and of all people my boyfriend juiced in a juicer fresh beets (YUK) and made me drink about 6-8 ounces. The very next time I peed, no pain AT ALL and it was cured.
    I peed red (the juice) so if you try this don’t let it freak you out.

  17. Marin says:

    My baby 8 months old has UTI – anyone had this experience???
    I don’ t want give antibiotics?

    • Cheri says:

      Marin, two of my daughters have had UTI’s under the age of 1. I put both of them on antibiotics because I am still learning about homeopathic treatments. One of my daughters is almost 6 and she continues to have UTIs. in fact, She is in the middle of her 11th UTI this year (or were they never cured by the antibiotics?). My doctors are at a complete loss as to what to do about it. But I would recommend water, water, and more water as she gets older. If she continues to get them, doctors will get worried and have you do all sorts of things. If it is not anatomical, then seek better ways to help her besides antibiotics. I think 5 years of antibiotics have really hurt my daughter more than helped her. But I still haven’t found something that works for her. Wish I was more helpful, but wanted to let you know that I’ve been there too.

      • Maria says:

        Hello Cherry and Marin,
        My daughter is 4 and has had UTI since she was 8 months, and she is actually going through one right now. It has been very useful to learn that the antibiotics, caused her candida and the candida is causing her the UTI. Here’s an excellent website that will help you a lot.

      • Katrina says:

        My friend has had horrific uti’s and doctors were stumped for years. She took it upon herself to take gluten out of her diet and has not had a uti since. I do not live a gluten free lifestyle however I know that many issues go away once it is removed.

      • Debbie says:

        One thing to remember about babies and UTI’s… they wear diapers. E. Coli. is present in stools and any amount of it that enters the urinary tract may be a contributing factor in a child getting a UTI. When kids have a bowel movement, stool often covers the vulva of little girls and often the penis’s of little boys. If not changed promptly and cleansed properly it raises the possibility of getting an infection of the urinary tract as well as diaper rash that may lead to yeast infections as well. The new throw away diapers are really good at wicking moisture away from the skin yet the plastics tend to keep the area dark and moist- both set ups for increasing bacterial growth. I’m not advocating anti bacterial soaps or wipes- just plain water is usually fine but only as long as the water itself is pure and clean- like not from a stream or other source you’re not sure about if camping or whatever. This goes for moms too. Don’t bathe in water that isn’t clean- and you never know about streams and lakes. I know this sounds a little over the top but it can happen. They close lakes around here all the time because E. Coli is present in the water. I’m in the northeast, by the way.

  18. beth says:

    I was just wondering how does she rip your scar tissue? I had scar tissue grow around my bladder and had to have it surgically removed. I can feel out growing back though and just wonder how you don’t bleed from being ripped.

  19. Wendy says:

    Beth, there is no bleeding with the ripping. I assume it’s because the scars have no blood supply?? It hurts horribly, but I think it’s worth it. If I were you, I’d call around to massage places and see if you can find someone familiar with this and does deep tissue massage. The woman I see, in MA, is amazingly gifted with her hands and can feel things the rest of us just can’t. :) Having surgery to correct scar tissue seems counterintuitive to me since surgery causes more scars. I can understand why you think you have the scars growing back, I’m sure they are. This seems to really work well to keep my scars from getting out of hand. I’m still not done getting them ripped, but am much better – the baby is 21 months old. Good luck,


  20. Deb says:

    I’d like to mention that the brand of D-mannose you’re showing (NOW brand) is made with corn–not birch as you wrote (as of July 2013, at least). This information coming from a seller on Amazon when someone inquired as to the source of the d-mannose in the NOW brand of “pure” powder (3oz bottle). Another person commented to that Q&A and asked if the corn was GMO or not and there hasn’t been a reply back from the seller.

    So basically, unless NOW can certify that they’re using non-GM corn, you may presume that their d-mannose might be coming from plants that are genetically-modified since the majority of corn grown here is GM now. I would contact the company and ask about this before buying their d-mannose if finding non-GMOs is important to you.

  21. Irina says:

    Great article. Very thorough & with exactly the info I need at this moment. Thanks!!

  22. Sacra says:

    So much excellent information!! The only thing I can think to add is meditation. Its helped me greatly in dealing with the extreme pain during an infection. Cultivating calm instead of being panicked from the pain I also believe helps my body to heal and deal with the infection more effectively. I also began to explore the 2nd chakra which if off balance is said to be the source of UTI susceptibility among other lower abdominal issues. These issues correlate with mental and emotional blockages that have been interesting to discover and has enabled me to use my chronic uti suffering as a catalyst to self examination and growth.
    Most heart felt well wishes to everyone who suffers from this.

  23. Amy says:

    I used to have uti almost regularly with my periods after i started having sex. i have pcos and have to take medication 5 days a month to have my period. i’ve been on this medication for almost 6 years now and i’ve had enough with antibiotics and have already fixed an appointment with a homeopathic doctor. anyway, what i need to know is, is it uti if all i have is itching down there especially at night? its very irritating and the inner skin feels kind of rashed and has become extremely sensitive and red. it doesn’t burn/hurt when i pee, there is no case of frequent urination nor is there any bleeding. the itching starts right from just above the clitoris and is there a few millimeters above tie anus. i took a pill meant for urinary infection, washed the area with dettol diluted in warm water and been drinking plenty of water and fluids. but the itching is quite persistent at night? what do you think this is And what can i do to make it go away? its just too frustrating and irritating and uncomfortable… Please help me…

    • Jewlster1259 says:

      Amy, sounds like a yeast infection. I got them every month for a couple years. They’re awful :(

    • Laurie says:

      I know this is an old post, but I wanted to mention, for anyone who may still read this, that aside from applying the tea tree oil externally around the affected area, I also use it internally by putting 10 drops of tea tree oil on a small tampon, as well as 8 drops of lavender oil. I change the tampon every 8 hours, repeating this for several days. I get instant relief, but continue just to kill off any bacteria/yeast that may be causing the problem. Works every time!

  24. CC says:

    I have that happened to be once in a while and what worked for me was the tea tree oil.
    I put few drops of tea tree oil in my underwear lining and I also put few drops on the cotton ball and pad it all over the itchy area (on pubic hair) but do not put it directly on the skin. It worked like a charm…hope this helps….

  25. Tatiana says:

    You are right – the side effects to prescriptions can be very scary! Thanks for this post! I used to get UTI’s often, but now that I think about it, since drinking ACV every morning I haven’t had one! Yay!

    • Arlene says:

      I have had many urinary tract infections over the years. The most important thing to know (I feel) is that all bacteria (regardless of the source) can’t survive in an acidic environment. Knowing this makes it more common sense to solve. I drank nothing but orange juice and ate nothing but pickles off and on for about 4 hours. I didn’t dilute the acidity with water…nothing but orange juice. Once I created a truly acidic environment in my digestive tract the infection didn’t stand a chance.

  26. Alyssa says:

    Do these remedies work for bacterial vaginitis as well? I’ve had recurring BV since giving birth 3 months ago and I’m breastfeeding so don’t want to use antibiotics or the gel I was given the first time. I’m taking a probiotic ( though even that confuses me since there are so many different ones out there!) and wash with water only but it’s not going away. Any tips would be so helpful!

    • Jayne says:

      I had BV a few times & they kept recurring. At the time, I was given antibiotics to cure them, but it kept coming back. I read that if you insert a Vit C tablet inside your vagina, it would go away. I thought it couldn’t hurt, so I tried it, and it totally worked!! I even went to doc the next day when I knew I had it, they tested me, & it was negative! On top of it, I never got one again. It may sound crazy, but it’s easy, & works. Just a tip- insert before going to sleep, cause it may slip out if you walk around.

    • Amanda says:

      I always had good luck using a whole garlic clove up my vagina. I break it open, surround it with gauze, tie on a string, and voila. I never have to do this over two times with BV. I let it stay in the vaginal canal for an hour or two, typically.

  27. Aly says:

    Cranberry juices worked great for me! J got my first uti when i was 14 and my doctor told gave me antibiotics and told me to drink lots of water and cranberry juice to help it. I got rid of it and stopped taking the antibiotics within 3 days!
    I got my next uti 2 years later so this time i just had heaps of cranberry juice and water and it was gone in the next couple days again!
    I just got another one a few days ago :( and this time it’s been bugging me more and since i’m working lots i hadn’t had time to go food shopping for my cranberry juice. But i will try these other options too! Hope they work well for me :)
    But i really recommend just drinking all the cranberry juice and water you can take! You’ll pee lots but it’ll be worth it

  28. Elise says:

    Coconut oil is the best find of the year. I have replaced it in a lot of my recipes and have been making several different health and beauty products with it. One of natures wonders.

  29. DeAnne says:

    I’ve had a UTI for three days now. I’m taking 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar every 12 hours and 1 tsp of d Mannose twice a day but I’m still having pain and frequent urination. I’m drinking water and cranberry juice all day long.

  30. Yang says:

    Hi fellow uti sufferers
    After suffering recurring utis for the last year what finally gave me relief were the following:
    1. Garlic tea, crush 2 cloves into a mug and add hot water, let steep for a couple of mins, drink 3 cups a day when suffering a uti and once a day as a preventative measure , works like a dream
    2. Apple cider vinegar
    3. Avoid sugar as much as poss
    4. Shiatsu plus accupuncture twice a week for a month, this really broke the cycle of the recurring utis for me
    Good luck to us all :-)

  31. merle says:

    Thankfully, I haven’t had a UTI, but unfortunately I have HPV — would these work for that?

  32. Lina says:

    My daughter got uti caused by e.coli. Number of bacteria was 100000/ml. We tried different brands of antibiotics but infection was not cleared. We tried using cranberry syrup too but without any success. We finally got rid of her infection using herbal E-drops Nano from Canada. Taste of drops is unpleasant and I have to add them to apple sauce for my daughter to taking them, but at the end e-drops cleared her urinary infection.

  33. Sarah says:

    I’ve had 3 children and a super busy life. Also, I like to exercise and keep fit. But for an entire year I suffered from uti’s, which slow me down to a near halt. I even seemed to have some sort of gout, and the bottoms of my feet and palms of my hands became incredibly painful. After several tests and about six antibiotics I found that macrobid was the one that killed the resistant E. coli. I continued probiotics after being healed and a few months later I got another uti. So, instead of running to the doctors I went to Sprouts and bought a bottle of Colloidal Silver. It’s day 9 and I’m cured. I didn’t have to wake in the middle of the night to pee. My stomach doesn’t feel like it has a watermelon on it, and I don’t have a fever anymore!!! Yeehaw! Today I will lay in the sun all day and thank God for Colloidal Silver.

  34. […] 10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection […]

  35. Lisa says:

    I swear by the old home remedy of 1 Tablespoon of cream of tartar mixed with 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and fill the rest of the glass up with water. Take this several times a day – it really works!

    • Nancy says:

      My 86 year old mom with dementia gets UTI’s about once or twice a year, probably from not wiping correctly. I would like to try this, but have no idea what kind of cream of tartar to buy or where to buy it. I am thinking the kind that comes in the jar from a supermarket.. but is that clean and organic? Please help! Provide me with some info and pictures of where I can get this cream of tartar. Thank you.

  36. Jess says:

    You say: “Though baking soda won’t cure a UTI, it will lower the pH of urine so that it doesn’t burn. Though pain relief is a good thing and possibly appropriate at times, some folks think it’s a better idea to raise pH and kill the pathogenic microbes rather than lower it and ease discomfort.”

    In your sentence, does “lower the pH so that it doesn’t burn” mean “lower the pH number”? because lowering the pH number is actually making it more acidic (?). (I thought baking soda has an alkalising effect on the body?? higher pH number?)
    then you say
    “some folks think it’s a better idea to raise pH” . Does “raise the pH” mean increase the number? because increasing the pH number is making it more alkaline. (I thought baking soda makes you more alkaline???)
    Do pathogenic microbes enjoy an acid environment?
    Please help me understand I’m so confused!
    Thank you! :)

    • Janet says:

      I absolutely agree as I was just as confused when first researching this. I’m thinking I may have even increased my chances of getting a UTI because I was trying to eat a low-acid diet! From what I know about pH, baking soda and even lemon juice in water will create a more alkaline body (it will RAISE the pH which is a scale of 1-14 and anything below 7 is considered acidic).

      I’d like to know if the Creme of Tartar has anything to do with the pH as I want to encourage an acid system now to kill the bacteria.

  37. D says:


    I suffered from chronic utis for years and cured them.

    If you have a uti, stop eating sugar. Any kind. Honey, grapes, brown, anything. Don’t touch it. Don’t drink any juice that includes it, that includes cranberry juice. I drank cranberry juice all day long and it only fed the bacteria and made it more painful. The cranberry juice sold to us in stores is mostly grapes that have been dyed red with some cranberry mixed in.

    Take a tampon, coat it with an oil to lubricate it, drop 5-8 drops of tea tree oil on it. Stick it in, and sleep with it. This helps with urinary tract infections and with yeast infections.

    For pain relief, make tea and drink it with 3 heaping tablespoons of cinnamon mixed in. The taste is very intense, not for sissies:) it is great pain relief.

    Stay away from store bought juice and cranberry juice no matter what your doctor tells you.

    Good luck.

  38. I have not heard anything about it interacting with thyroid medications, but I recommend you talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure :)

  39. Theresa Kamark Grund via FB says:

    Thanks for the reply… Doctor just called and before any cultures are in, wants me to do Probotics, Vitamin C 500mg/3x daily, cranberry tablets.

  40. Megan says:

    I’m convinced my 16 month old has a UTI. This is his 3rd or 4th day with a fever. His urine has also smelled bad for several days. Do you think it is too late to start these natural remedies?? I am concerned about kidney damage, but antibiotics are the last thing I want to give him. :(

  41. Alicia says:

    I tried the cream of tartar remedy & so far it has been successful! Only 1 other time in my life have I had a UTI (a few years ago; went to doc & got antibiotics). But yesterday & today I felt the frequency/irritated/burning begin. I tried the 1 tsp. mixed into a tall glass of water, just like the earlier comments suggested. At the 1 hour later mark, I felt 75% better. Now it’s been 4 hours & I don’t have those symptoms anymore! I will follow through with 1 more dose to be sure. Just a side note: I used a reg. old jar of cream of tartar that’s been in my spice drawer for years :-)

    • Alicia says:

      Well, maybe not so much….woke up this morning & it has returned with a painful vengeance! I took 2 doses total yesterday of the cream of tartar & thought it had worked. I’m off to find something else fast!

    • Alicia says:

      Tried the AZO pain relief this morning & it has helped the terrible urgency. This evening I tried the AZO cranberry. Going to bed just feeling a mild aching.

  42. Irise says:

    I had a UTI for over a week and could not kick it with my ordinary cranberry-pill regime. I bought Lady Somas Cranberry pills , and I kicked my UTI within a couple of hours.

  43. Rachel says:

    I had suffered from UTI for 10 years, but i never tried either D mannose, tartar cream or probiotic, but i was put on antibiotics by my doctor. Though i actually feel no itches inside or around my vagina, right now the persisting problem is occasional appearance of small hard swellings (i.e. about 6 small rashes on the same spot) that appear on top of the pubic hair of my sex organ, and sometimes in between my vulva, that itch especially during the night. What can this be? Please help me.

  44. Katie says:

    What about Uva Ursi? That always helps me.

  45. Monica says:

    Thank you! This was extremely helpful. I wasn’t able to get the D-mannose recommended locally but I found a product with d mannose and cranberry in it for help with UTI’s. I was able to stop it before it got bad. I take Juice plus and I upped one of my vitamins that has cranberry and drank lots of water. So glad I didn’t have to resort to antibiotics again and I saved myself $90 by not going to the doctor. Thx. :)

  46. Jennifer says:

    Colloidal silver! It’s a great anti-viral/antibiotic/ anit-fungal. I take it daily and it has no side effects. AND, it’s safe for all ages.

  47. Janette says:

    Dr Jonathan Wright recommends SSKI saturated solution potassium iodide. There are lots of articles on the Internet. With dosage etc. you can buy it online at dr wrights Tahoma clinic. If I use the sski as soon as the first symptoms start it works. I’ve personally not had success with a full blown uti.

  48. alicia says:

    I was wondering why in all of this, i didnt see anything say garlic. Apparently its supposed to be stronger or equal to prescribed antibioitics. I myself have a urine infection, and I was prescribed an antibiotic… but im pregnant…and i am very wary about taking it. I started the garlic method by chopping it, waiting for it to for the allicin, about 15 mins, then putting it into empty capsules to take at night and in the morning. I just wanted to ask why you didnt mention having raw garlic as another way to help? Ofcourse cutting out sugar and starches, cranberry supplements, idk all of the normal remedies, but do you think garlic will work?

    • Rachel says:

      I don’t believe garlic increases the acidity of the urine and that’s what most of these are aiming for (Vit C, Cream of tarter etc.)

    • Charzie says:

      Garlic is supposed to work as a natural antibiotic, and has been shown to be effective, though I’d imagine the more you take the better it will work. The acidifying effect isn’t the only approach to curing UTI’s, it’s only part of the picture. I am currently battling one and besides flooding myself with water and some cranberry juice, eating lots of my homemade fermented foods full of probiotics, I am willing to try any and all things because the last time I took an antibiotic for a UTI I ended up in the ER with a horrible reaction that was like dementia! Scary as hell! Not to mention all the lingering usual after affects with digestive issues and the like. The really scary thing was after a whole day in the ER, tons of tests and despite my best friend telling the Dr.s about the new antibiotic I had started a few days ago, I left there exactly as I came in…and none the wiser…they apparently had no clue what was wrong with me! Ended up my doctor switched antibiotics, but as soon as I stopped taking the 1st one, the issues disappeared! I was 60 and I know they say UTI’s often cause confusion in older people, but this was way beyond confusion and stopped when I stopped taking the antibiotic. Scary stuff. I would really prefer to avoid the antibiotic route for many reasons if possible!!!

  49. Martha says:

    I had chronic UTIs that I treated with a variety of remedies, but the infection always came back. When I STOPPED EATING ALL GLUTEN, I stopped getting them. Even the smallest amount of gluten, like distilled white vinegar in pickles will give me a UTI. As long as I eat no gluten or gluten derived foods, I have no UTI.

  50. Tier says:

    I have started feeling the pain of a uti and I’m desperately trying to find a cure right away. I’m breastfeeding and I don’t want to take antibiotics but I also don’t want to feel the pain, I have a four year old to run after also. Please help! I did try the baking soda and water because it was what I could find.

  51. Linda says:

    I have a male cat that keeps having UTI problems (getting plugged up) and I’ve used UTI Free for cats & dogs with great success. However, it’s very expensive and out of my price range. He’s having problems again and I can’t afford much of anything at this stage of the game.

    Does anybody know of any natural remedies or if the remedies mentioned here would be good for him as well?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Charzie says:

      If he’s been neutered, urinary system issues are a very common problem in cats which can also involve the kidneys, we lost a beloved cat to it. A low ash cat food is supposed to help long term, (at least that’s what they said back then), but for an actual infection, I honestly don’t know, *best to check* first, since humans and cats often have very different needs. Google “male neutered cats and UTIs” or similar, and see what you come up with. Sorry I can’t be of help, best of luck!

  52. jenny says:

    Ive tried many products recommended by my naturopath. But my bladder infections were becoming unbearable. Antibiotics are what got me into this mess in the first place!

    I took the Lady Soma Cranberry Pills full dose each day for about a week, I felt less inflammation in my gut and food felt easier to digest. It’s been a couple weeks now, and I’m feeling overall less fatigued and having fewer headaches. Meanwhile, I haven’t changed anything else in my daily routine.

  53. Linda says:

    Here’s something I’d suggest you research. Milk Thistle. Just 2 weeks ago I saved my cat’s life by giving this liver detoxifier (with NO alcohol) to him. He had stopped eating for about a week going from 11 to 8.5 lbs and the vet told me his liver and kidney’s were shutting down. After only one day he started eating again and he’s beginning to put weight back on again (and is feisty as ever!) I know you’re referring to your bladder, however, maybe if you start by detoxifying your liver, it will have a positive affect on your bladder as well. Hope this helps.

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