Herbs for a Healthy Urinary System

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urinary tract infections

Herbs are very effective at preventing and relieving urinary tract problems. Blueberries and cranberries prevent and soothe urinary tract infections. Corn silk, marshmallow root, and chickweed soothe an inflamed urinary tract. Gravel root and hydrangea relieve and prevent kidney stones. Juniper, parsley, and dandelion leaf work as diuretics, which increase excretion of excess fluid from the body.

Cranberry

Many people know that cranberries are supposed to prevent urinary tract infections. Do you know how cranberries do this? They do it in three ways. Cranberries and blueberries have a property that prevents bacteria from clinging to the cells in the bladder. Mostly, the bacteria are left floating and are quickly excreted by urine, as opposed to becoming lodged on the inner walls of the bladder where they can grow. Even more fascinating is that researchers are finding that this property, called anti-adhesion, may prevent cancer cells and bacteria which cause stomach ulcers from lodging in the body too.

 

Another way that cranberries prevent urinary tract infections is by making the urine more acidic. Urine that is slightly more acidic is less conducive to bacterial growth.

The third way that cranberries fight urinary infections is by their antimicrobial actions.

Corn Silk Tea

This tea will relieve pain in the urinary tract very fast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups corn silk (the silky part on the corn plant)
  • 4 cups boiling water

Instructions:

Pack two cups of corn silk into a bowl. Cover with boiling water. Let sit covered for at least one-half hour, or you can leave it overnight. Drink one cup at room temperature at least four times daily.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can be immensely painful, and if they’re severe enough, can warrant surgery. Get rid of them using this wonderful tea!

Stone Breaker Tea

The herb used in this recipe comes all the way from the Amazonian Rainforest and has even been reported by urologists in their journals to break up kidney stones. Here’s the best part: the stones are broken within 48 to 72 hours if the herb is useful in the particular type of kidney stone the patient has.

Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Place the distilled water in a 2-quart stainless steel pot (not aluminum). Add the herb to the pot. Cover and cook over very low heat. Your goal is to simmer the herb until the water is reduced to half its original volume. This is how you make it very potent. Turn off the burner at the end of the cooking time. Remove 1/2 cup of the decocted tea and place into a coffee cup. Let it cool, then drink. Repeat the process every 1 to 2 hours until kidney stone is dissolved and urination returns.

Healthy Recipes for Urinary Tract Health

Parsley pasta

Parsleyed Chicken Pasta

This recipe is a terrific base recipe. Try using seafood, tofu, or different meats instead of the chicken. Change the vegetables with the seasons. Create entirely different flavors by using cilantro, basil, or sorrel instead of the parsley. I like pasta made of whole grain or rice-based ones. These give the benefit of whole grains with a light, traditional pasta flavor, and texture. You could also use spinach pasta in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. fettuccine or pasta of choice
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 lb. chicken breast tenderloin
  • 1/4 lb. shitake mushrooms
  • 1/8 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 cups baby spinach or other tender greens
  • 2 cups flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 1 Tsp. lemon zest

 Instructions:

Boil pasta, following label directions. Drain and set aside. Sauté chicken, garlic, and mushrooms in olive oil until all are lightly browned, and chicken is cooked through. Add wine and lemon juice. Add spinach and parsley. Toss constantly until spinach and parsley are tender and bright green. Add pasta. Add additional wine if needed for moisture. Heat thoroughly. Remove from heat. Toss with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese.

 Very Berry Chocolate

This recipe is a special treat. It’s rich in antioxidants and berries that benefit urinary tract health, and chocolate is a good source of magnesium. If you have to eat chocolate (who doesn’t?), at least you’re getting healthy nutrients along with your fix! If you can keep your family away from it, this recipe will keep in the refrigerator for about three weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of equally mixed dried cranberries, blueberries, cherries, and walnuts
  • 7 oz. dark, organic, (65-75% cocoa solids)
  • 1 Tbsp. coffee brandy

Instructions:

Combine fruit and nuts. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Add coffee brandy. Stir 1/2 of fruit and nut mixture into melted chocolate. Pour into a 9”x 11” pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spread to edges. Sprinkle remaining fruit and nut mixture over the chocolate. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until hard. Break into serving-sized pieces.

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