UTI’s…I know, I know, such a private thing to talk about…but hey…if you get one…RATS it is painful and inconvenient most of the time! I hate getting UTI’s and it has been a LONG time since I had one.
Why does it come on? Well, the answer can be as good as any guess. I personally take the Plexus probiotic and that alone has helped many issues. I also drink Kombucha every day which has also been a BIG change in helping stay healthy.
What I believe happened this round for me was a lack of water intake. We have had many hot and humid days and if I don’t drink enough water, bacteria can creep into the system. Also just good habits I wasn’t good about. I have below a great website which gives more info on the why’s.
WHAT CAN I DO BEFORE CALLING THE DOCTOR
Whatever the issue of WHY you got it, now it’s time to try and get rid of it without antibiotics. Let me warn you 2 things. ONE…it isn’t a quick fix like the icky antibiotics. In fact, mine took almost 2 full weeks before it was clear. I felt results within 3 days but it took that long to totally feel better. Going the natural way takes time and takes doing the teas and oils many times throughout your day. For many folks, they really can’t deal with that. But for ones who choose to heal their body naturally, will pay off in the years to come. Check this link to see facts from Dr. Axe.
Remember, antibiotics take over 3 years to get out of your body. In turn, will slow down your immune system to heal or battle other things that come up in your life. NO thanks!
Two.. is this disclaimer:
Now, are you ready to try some things? I love this site for an explanation of herbs used.
First onsite of pain:
1. Drink at least 3 full glasses of water. Pee as often as you can. Even if it hurts. Don’t hold it… really important.
2. Put a teaspoon of baking soda in one of the glasses of water and drink it within 5 minutes. It doesn’t taste great but do it… this helps stop or ease the pain while peeing.
3. Get some non-sweetened Cranberry juice and drink throughout the day.
4. Be drinking fresh water all day as much as you can and more!
5. Take the supplement D-Mannose. Take as directed. I use the one with cranberry.
Make up a jar of tea blend, label it, and make yourself a pot of tea. Drink throughout the day. Hot or cold.
Recipe for the blend: Ingredients found by clicking Starwest Botanicals (affiliate link)
1/2 cupUva Ursi (making a tincture with this herb would be better in your tea as the taste is not great)
1/2 cup Dandelion Leaf (great for UTI’s)
1/4 cup Golden Seal
1/2 cup Marshmallow Root
1/8 cup Corn silk (yep the stuff you usually throw away…dry and save in mason jar…great herb)
1/8 cup Cinnamon Chips
Mix and blend well in a glass bowl and put into a mason jar labeled. Make 1-2 tsp per cup.
I also drank at least 8 oz of Kombucha (my recipe). This is one drink if you don’t know much about…this bookis awesome! (affiliate link) Really helps keep your immune system boosted and when your fighting something like UTI your body will appreciate it! Trust me! Again…this book will answer so many questions and help you make awesome Kombucha. Cheap too!
Take a detox bath. Every day if you can! UTI’s can be so uncomfortable and taking a detox bath with these ingredients will not only help you relax but help heal the bacteria.
Fill tub with hot water as hot as you can stand and add:
*Dead Sea salt 1 cup
* Organic Tea tree Essential oil 3-6 drops
* Organic Frankincense essential oil 2-4 drops
* Chamomile Essential oil 2-3 drops or real flowers to float
*Rosemary herbs to float in the bath (great aroma)
*apple cider vinegar with the mother at least 1 cup
Swirl around and soak for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy and relax!
After the bath, I put Frankincensewith Calendula oil all over my tummy and lower back. AHHHH! This Frankincense is less expensive. I love it and works well for me.
Again if you don’t have improved results within 2-3 days, go see your doctor. UTI’s are not fun. But really try not to take an antibiotic. UTI’s are common so don’t worry.
On with life now…slowly back to normal until the next ailment happens!
Live naturally your body will thank you!
Remember all essential oils will ship free in the US!!!!!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
I use to love drinking pop or soda and some may call it, but haven’t had a soda for over 8 years. Why? Well, because I heard and read how awful it was, how much sugar was in them, and simply how they made me feel. So, I kicked out all the soda in our home and kicked in some goodness!
Almost 3 years ago I started taking the Plexuspink drink which really if you have a fetish for soda this is a great start as it literally helps you not crave the bad stuff. It also is a beginning of cleaning out your gut along with the probiotic or Vitalbiome. Great products and very trustworthy!
Along with the supplements, I added Kombucha (recipe below) to my daily menu. I love this stuff and with the recipes below if you use the Kombucha (especially using a Jasmine Tea) instead of the club soda or sparkling water, you get the extra boost your body needs! Simply wonderful is all I can say! PLUS, you feel better and are getting the good bacteria in your body to help you build a strong immune system. Read this article for more info on probiotics and foods to add in your daily diet by Dr. Axe.
Ok…so here ya go…some ideas on fruit and herbs to boost your bodies immune system and provide a wonderfully refreshing beverage. These are awesome to serve at your social gatherings as well!
Have fun and experiment yourself…
Try a few and let me know what you think!
Gorgeous Grapefruit Soda (serves 6)
5 cups of sparkling soda
3 cups of grapefruit juice
1 lemon squeezed
Serve in a glass picture with a circle lemon wedge and lots of ice!
Sparkling Strawberry Lime Soda serves 6
1/12 cup two quartered fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh lime juice, about 10
1/3 cup fresh basil
5 cups cold sparkling water
½ cup sugar (add more if you like sweeter)
(I also added a sprig of mint as I have a TON of it growing around the ranch!)
Blend strawberries, lime juice and basil in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the strawberry, basil and lime mixture into a large pitcher. Add sugar and stir. When ready to serve, carefully add the sparkling water to your serving pitcher. Check flavor and make adjustments. For fun, keep some of the strawberry tops, cut up limes, mint, basil, and make ice cubes to add a wonderful look to your pitcher!
White Peach and Lavender Soda (serves 4-6)
1 cup water
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ tablespoon fresh lavender flowers 1 tablespoon if dried
1 pound of very ripe peaches
1 lemon, juiced
Brewed Jasmine Tea Kombucha (recipe below)
(Omit the lavender if you don’t like the taste. It can be strong for some folks)
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add the sugar and flowers. Stir to dissolve sugar let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the sugar water with flowers. Wash and roughly chop the peaches. No need to peel. Strain the flowers and pour the infused sugar water over the fruit. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. Let stand for 10 minutes
Work in batches, puree the peaches with the sugar water in a blender. Strain the pulp into a bowl squeezing as much out as possible. You should end up with about 1 -2 cups of juice.
You can keep this syrup but refrigerate.
Now add your syrup to a glass of your Jasmine Kombucha or sparkling water. Serve with lemon wedge.
Orange and Mint Spritzer
1 cup of fresh orange juice
1/3 cup of sugar
½ cup of fresh chopped mint
Directions: Bring above ingredients in a saucepan to boil. Remove from heat and cool, strain, and place in mason jar. Top with mineral water or club soda and serve with a fresh full mint leaf and orange wedge.
1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice, 2-3 pomegranates
juice from 1 lime or lemon
1/3 cup sugar
lime or lemon wedge
Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow simmering on low for 5-8 minutes. Smash the ginger roots to the side of saucepan to allow more flavor. Take off heat and cool and strain the liquid into a small mason jar and top with sparkling water or club soda. Serve with fresh lime or lemon wedge.
Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
½ cup water
½ cup of organic sugar
6 oz fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 7-8
3 ½ cups of cold sparkling water or club soda
Directions: Making the syrup, place in a saucepan, add water and sugar. Heat and stir until a boil. Once sugar completely dissolves, remove from heat and cool.
Add raspberries into a blender and puree. Place into a strainer and push through with a wooden spoon. In your serving pitcher, add the raspberry puree and lemon juice. Pour your syrup on top and just before serving to add your sparkling soda and give a good stir.
You can keep the syrup refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
Mint Mojo with Celery
2 tbsp. organic sugar
leaves from mint, about 6 sprigs plus more for garnish
¼ cup lemon juice, (from 2 lemons)
1 lb of celery food processed well
2-3 cups of sparkling water or club soda
Muddle your sugar, mint and lemon juice. Chop your celery and place in food processor with a bit of your muddle juice to keep from browning, or oxidizing. In a glass bowl, strain celery through a sieve pushing down with a wooden spoon. Pour into a pitcher adding your muddled mixture and sparkling water. Stir well before serving to top with a mint leaf.
Blood Orange Fizz
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp water
4 sprigs of rosemary, divided
3 large blood oranges (about a 1 cup)
sparkling water or club soda
Heat honey and water and rosemary over low heat until fully blended about a minute. Let cool and take out the rosemary
Juice your oranges into a pitcher add your honey mixture and sparkling water. Serve with a sprig of rosemary.
Sweet Cherry Fizz
½ cup water
½ cup organic sugar
6 oz fresh cherries, pitted and sliced in half
1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice or lime
Sparkling water or club soda
In a saucepan mix your first 2 ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. Blend your cherries into a puree. Strain and push with a wooden spoon into your pitcher. Add lemon juice, syrup mixture and sparkling water to fill the pitcher. Stir
How to Make Your Own Kombucha (if you want an awesome book that has so many recipes as well as a TON of info on and about Kombucha click here)
If you have a favorite tea use that, but I love Jasmine tea. SOOO wonderful! You can purchase them all ready to go tea bags or the pearls. I have used both. Using the pearls you will need to get the organic tea bags to put them in. I LOVE these bags for gift giving and to put my soap nuts for laundry.
Fill a large dutch oven with water about 8 cups.
You will need:
5 tea bags (white tea or your favorite like Jasmine)
1 cup of organic sugar
1 cup of starter (tea from another batch)
1 scoby (from another batch or get a starter from your local natural food store)
For a how-to, I would suggest going to this link to watch her. She also has starters and other goodies.