One of the most common disorders of the urinary tracts is kidney stones. These stones are hard deposits calcium or salts that have become too concentrated and have accumulated within the kidney.
If you have a kidney stone, you know it can be extremely painful and makes it difficult to do normal activities as they pass through your urinary tract. Therefore, your first priority will be to find relief from pain and quickly dissolve the stone.
It's important to use quick and effective methods for kidney stones because untreated kidney stones can eventually cause complications. Without treatment, they can lead to bloody urine, high fever and even infection.
If you are suffering from kidney stones, a natural solution is using essential oils. Certain essential oils will help the body detox itself of toxins and minerals while dissolving the stone.
Essential oils for kidney stones
Native to the Mediterranean region, Helichrysum has many medicinal properties.
The oil it produces is antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for treating kidney stones.
Several studies have shown that Helichrysum oil is so effective at treating kidney stones that is has the ability to be an alternative to potassium citrate. It’s also believed that it could reduce the regrowth of kidney stones so it’s perfect for prevention.
To make an effective treatment for kidney stones, mix two drops of lemon oil with around 2-4 drops of undiluted pure helichrysum to water. Or you can add the oil topically over the lower abdomen twice a day.
Native to North America, wintergreen is another effective oil for kidney stones.
Wintergreen is used as a treatment of kidney stones because of its stimulating properties. Once it stimulates the organs in the urinary system,
it filters the water in the kidneys, removing excess minerals such as salt. This keeps the kidneys and bladder clear and prevents further formation of stones.
When taking wintergreen oil, be sure to take apply it topically and not orally.
If ingested, it can cause several side effects such as ringing in the ears, belly pain or vomiting. Also, this oil can be used with a diffuser if you’d rather not put in on the skin.
If you are suffering from a kidney stone, frankincense is a great healing oil. It has multiple functions that would be useful for treatment.
First, frankincense is a diuretic so it helps stimulate the urinary system, promoting urination. This results in detoxification of your system and clears unwanted calcium, which is one of the key components in a kidney stone. Also, this will prevent the formation of stones in the future.
Also, frankincense is great if you are treating pain due to kidney stones. It helps to promote pain relief throughout the body by blocking leukotrienes. These are substances that trigger inflammation in the body.
If you’d like to use this oil to treat kidney stones, you can mix it with other essential oils such as lemon, or lavender. It can be applied topically or in a diffuser.
However, this oil should be avoided if you are pregnant because it is an emmenagogue, which is a substance that will stimulate or increase menstrual flow.
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, eucalyptus oil can help your body prevent and pass kidney stones.
It contains a powerful substance called eucalyptol that works as a vasodilator, meaning that it increases the size of blood vessels.
As a result, more blood can circulate throughout the body.
With this oil, it’s best to drop two or three drops of the eucalyptus oil in a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil.
Afterward, you should massage the mixture onto your lower abdomen over the kidney.
You should avoid applying it undiluted because it can cause irritation on your skin.
Rosemary is widely used oil that can be used to relieve aches and pains because it has painkilling properties.
It is also used to help relieve stress and mental tiredness.
Furthermore, it helps with kidney problems as a diuretic and helps eliminate uric acid, another type of component that can form kidney stones.
When you think of basil, your mind probably goes straight to the kitchen. But, did you know that as an essential oil, basil can be beneficial to treat kidney stones?
Basil has so many medicinal properties from being a decongestant to an anti-inflammatory agent.
Because of this, it’s very useful to help alleviate the pain when passing kidney stones.
If you decide to use this essential oil, French basil is best for aromatherapy.
It can also be consumed orally, which may help prevent future stones from forming because it contains acetic acid which will dissolve it.
You may have some geraniums in your garden, but did you know this flower has many beneficial properties? Geranium oil is a great oil for kidney stones for several reasons.
First, it has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can fight against many strains of bacteria and fungi.
This is useful because it can help prevent infection while you are passing kidney stones.
Also, because geranium oil is a diuretic, it will help you eliminate waste and help the kidneys. And because it is anti-inflammatory, it will help ease the pain from the stones.
When using geranium essential oil, apply it with a carrier oil over the bottom of your rib cage. Or, you can consume it orally because it is considered safe by the FDA. Just place 1 drop in a liquid.
If you’re a fan of mint, you will be happy to hear that peppermint oil is a great solution for dealing with kidney stone pain.
If you’ve ever used any type of pain cream, you’re probably aware of the cool and numbing effect that it can have when it’s applied.
The versatility of peppermint makes it a winner when it comes to treatment. Because drinking fluids are key to getting rid of kidney stones, making peppermint tea with the essential oil would be a great idea.
Furthermore, it has antibacterial properties which will keep your kidneys healthy and control bacteria.
Though peppermint oil is a good solution to treat kidney stones, it’s not recommended that pregnant women use this oil.
Be aware of its abilities to relax muscles and also the uterus, so it’s best to avoid this oil if you in your first trimester.
Known its many properties, including its ability to promote digesting health, fennel can relive your kidney stone woes.
Fennel oil contains components that allow it to aid digestion, relax muscles and remove toxic buildup in the blood.
Take advantage of its relaxing effect by placing the oil topically over the skin above your kidneys.
However, it is advised not to use too much of this oil, due to its side effects.
Pregnant women should avoid using it because it can affect estrogen levels.
Furthermore, if you are epileptic, avoid using it because it may cause nausea or vomiting.
When you’re trying to pass kidney stones, dissolving them make them easier to flush out.
If you are trying to avoid medications, such as potassium citrate, this citrus-based oil gives you a natural alternative.
Lemons are full of natural citrate and at high levels, are known to inhibit and break down kidney stones.
Also, lemon essential oil has detoxifying properties. This allows it to clear your system as you pass the stones.
Also, its antioxidant properties will help you fight against free radical damage while it’s anti-inflammatory properties will help prevent inflammation of the urinary tract and kidney.
Ways to use essential oils for kidney stones
Before you use essential oils for treatment, it’s best to be familiar in the different ways you can use them.
- Topically: Some essential oils can be applied directly to your skin. To treat kidney stones, you should apply the oils near your lower back.
Before application, you should test the oil and make sure that you are not allergic to it. Also, you should mix your oil of choice with a carrier oil to dilute it.
Some different carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. You are diluting it to reduce the potency of the oil to prevent irritation. When using the carrier oil, it’s recommended to use 100ml of carrier oil for every 3-5 drops of the essential oil.
- Inhaled: One of the best ways to use your essential oils is with a diffuser. This allows you to utilize the properties of the essential oils without having to worry as much about safety. Not all essential oils require this method, however. But for essential oils that are very potent or irritating to the skin, consider using this method.
Internal use: For the most part, this method of using essential oils should be avoided. However, there are some oils that you can consume with no problem. For oils like basil, peppermint, or lemon, you can use them for cooking or making teas. Otherwise, it’s advised that you speak with a medical professional before ingesting essential oils.
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