Essential Oils For Bladder Infection
Essential Oils for Relieving Symptoms of Bladder Infection
Essential oils can relieve the symptoms of bladder infections and help to kill the bacteria that cause the affliction. These oils can also strengthen the immune system so that the body can fight off infections more effectively. Essential oils, which are derived from concentrated plant components, aren’t really oils because they have no fatty component. When choosing an essential oil for bladder infection therapy, look for high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils.
The Causes of Bladder Infections
Bladder infections are mostly caused by bacteria, and yeast can cause them. You could get an infection in other areas of the urinary tract. Infections of the bladder, kidneys, ureters and urethra are called urinary tract infections, or UTIs.
Early treatment can help to prevent the infection from spreading. Most cases of bladder infection occur suddenly, but infection can also be chronic, which means infections recur over a long period.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reports that most bladder infections are caused by Escherichia coli, or E coli, which is present in the large intestines. Bacteria from the stool can get on the skin and enter the urethra.
In women, the urethra is near the outside opening and is close to the anus which makes feces contamination more likely. In men, the most common cause of a bladder infection is an enlarged prostate that blocks the flow of urine and allows bacteria to breed. The symptoms of bladder infections include:
- Pain or a burning sensation when urinating
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Frequent urination more often than normal
- Strong smell
- Urgency to urinate
- Pressure or cramping the lower back
- Mid-back pain that indicates the infection has spread
Best Essential Oils for Bladder Infection
Essential oils have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to cure infections, relieve pain and prevent recurrences of sickness. Bladder and UTI infections can recur frequently and develop resistance to antibiotics. These essential oils are commonly used for bladder infections:
- Tea Tree
- Juniper berry
You should see a physician if you experience extreme symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, upper back pain, side pain, chills and shaking as these symptoms could indicate a kidney infection, which is a more serious condition.
Essential Oils For Bladder Infection
Scientific studies have found that lemongrass oil helps to kill drug-resistant pathogens such as E. coli, B. subtilis, B cereus and K. pneumoniae, which are the main causes of bladder infections.The oil has an appealing aroma that can help reduce the stress that aggravates any medical disorder.
The most common ways to use lemongrass oil include these therapies:
- Put one to three drops in a glass of water or tea.
- You can ingest lemongrass oil directly – just a few drops – but concentrated essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes and skin.
- You can put the oil in a diffuser and try aromatherapy as an alternative or enhancement.
- Mixing a few drops into bathwater creates the opportunity to absorb lemongrass oil through the skin and through aromatherapy.
- Mixing a few drops of lemongrass with mineral oil and other skin oils makes a soothing topical application for therapy.
Keep in mind that drinking lots of water will help to flush the urinary system. You should always begin with a small dose – one or two drops – and watch for any symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Frankincense oil is known as a tonic for enhancing health, and it’s loaded with complex compounds that help the body to heal. Frankincense works by helping to flush, or clean, the urinary tract and strengthening your immune system to fight off the bacteria that cause infection. An added bonus is that the oil helps you get more restful sleep(1)
- Frankincense oil should be used topically or aromatically.
- Put a few drops in a diffuser to ingest the oil through aromatherapy.
- You can add a few drops to a bit of coconut oil or skin cream and apply the mixture topically to the skin around the bladder area.
- Add a few drops of the oil to your bathwater to infuse the air with frankincense and its lovely aroma.
Frankincense has been used in traditional Chinese therapies for millennia as a cancer treatment and therapeutic agent.
Clove oil provides antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal benefits, and it prevents infections, relieves the pain and symptoms of bladder infections and boosts the immune system. The oil can kill bacteria and internal parasites and inhibit their growth.
Clove oil is very strong, so it’s important to dilute it before using it topically. Here’s how to use it:
- Put a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser or bathwater to inhale.
- Dilute clove oil with a bit of cream, lotion, mineral oil or water to apply topically to the bladder area.
- Use only a drop when beginning topical treatment and monitor your skin for allergic reactions.
Clove oil has demonstrated powerful killing properties against E. coli isolates and other antibiotic-resistant organisms such as antimycotic-resistant Candida and MRSA.
Clove oil is used in many food products, toothpaste brands and other ingested products, but the oil is too strong and irritating for oral ingestion for most people without extreme dilution.
4. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is considered a cure-all by many alternative health practitioners. The vapors of the oil inhibit E. coli. The oil can be used as both a treatment and preventative therapy for bladder infections. Tea tree oil is used topically and in aromatherapy.
Tea tree oil has been studied comprehensively and found to inhibit the respiration of the bacteria and yeast that cause bladder infections. The oil also disrupted cell membranes and caused potassium leakage. In simple terms, tea tree oil is an effective treatment for bladder infections because it kills them and disrupts their breeding.
You can use tea tree oil to treat bladder infections orally and aromatically:
- Use a few drops in your bathwater and diffusers for aromatherapy.
- Take orally by placing two or three drops in water, tea of other beverage, but make sure the oil is rated as a “dietary supplement.”
- Mix with water, lotions and creams for topical applications, or put a few drops on a hot compress against the bladder area.
Tea tree oil can be dangerous unless you make sure the brand you choose is non-toxic and safe for oral use.
Juniper berry oil has detoxifying, diuretic, antibacterial and antifungal properties when used topically. That makes it ideal when used in therapies against bladder infections.
The oil helps to speed up healing, prevent recurrences of infections and fight existing infections. The antimicrobial, diuretic and other beneficial properties of juniper berry oilhave been well documented scientifically.
You can take juniper berry oil topically and aromatically. The FDA recognizes juniper berry oil as safe for consumption, but you should choose a high-quality therapeutic-grade brand for safety.
You should always consult your physician or alternative health practitioner before ingesting any supplement orally. The safest ways to take juniper berry oil include:
- Put one or two drops in a liquid to drink.
- Dilute the oil in a 1:1 ratio in a carrier oil, lotion or cream to use topically.
- Check your skin for allergic reactions that cause a rash, itching or burning.
- Use aromatically in a diffuser, scented candle or your bathwater.
Juniper berries were used in Medieval days to promote health and ward off witches. French hospital wards burned juniper berries and rosemary to protect their patients from infections.
You may never have heard of Bergamot, but it is a citrus peel oil derived from oranges from the Seville orange tree. Bergamot oil not only works well fighting bacterial and fungal infections but also relieves pain in the lower abdomen caused by kidney and bladder infections. Bergamot oil is an effective antifungal treatment and a bactericide. 
Bergamot oil can be ingested orally, but it’s not recommended for anyone with a potassium deficiency. It’s best to consult your doctor. The oil shouldn’t be taken if you’re using photosensitizing drugs such as Ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin and similar drugs because they could cause serious drug interactions.
However, if you’re not taking these medications or don’t have a potassium deficiency, you can safely use bergamot oil in the following ways to fight drug-resistant bacteria:
- Add two drops of bergamot oil and patchouli to your diffuser for a citrus aroma that relaxes and heals.
- Add a couple of drops into your cupped hands, and inhale the vapor.
- Blend a few drops in carrier oils or skin creams, and spread the mixture over the skin of your bladder area.
- Add bergamot oil to bathwater to absorb its benefits through the skin and aromatically.
Best Practices for Using Essential Oils
Essential oils are effective for treating bladder and urinary tract infections as long as you consult your doctor or health practitioner. You should never apply these oils directly to the skin or take undiluted essential oils orally. You should only use aromatherapy for short periods. Using aromatherapy for more than an hour can begin to generate negative effects.
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