Herbs for Healing
Some herbs are particularly suited for bladder infections because of their ability to minimise bacterial infection and soother the lining of the bladder.
- Cornsilk – Cornsilk is used fresh or dried as an infection or tincture. Use it to provide anti inflammatory relief from urinary infections and kidney stones. It’s diuretic properties help to dilute the concentration of urine.
- Cranberry – Juice extracted from the crushes red berries of this creeping bog bush cleaned the urinary tract. It is particularly effective at treating the E. coli bacterial infection of the bladder by binding to the bacteria, preventing them from proliferating. Mix with raspberry or lime juice for a refreshing or lime juice for a refreshing herbal tonic to help prevent future recurring infections.
- Sarasparilla – Sarasparilla is a member of the lily family and is rich in steroidal saponins that are anti inflammatory and bind to bacterial toxins in the urinary system. It is useful for treating cystitis and kidney infections.
- Couchgrass – A tincture prepared from the rhizome of this perennial grass has soothing anti inflammatory properties. Its gentle diuretic action dilutes the concentration if urine, protecting the urinary tract from infection and inflammation.
- Marshmallow – Marshmallow root is rich in mucilage compounds that act as a soothing demulcent for the lining of the urinary tract. Marshmallow should be taken as a decoction or tincture to decrease inflammation associated with bladder infections. The leaves from marshmallow can also be used to make an infusion or prepared as a vegetable.
- Golden Seal – This golden flowered herb is nature to Europe and northern Asia, where it grows on hillsides and meadows. Its aerial parts are harvested to make a tincture to treat cystitis. Golden seal has diuretic properties and tones the muscle of the bladder walls. It contains saponin compounds, which have anti fungal actions.
- Horsetail – Horsetail is a urinary astringent, reducing bleeding and inflammation. It also speeds the repair of damaged tissues and improves the strength and elasticity of the bladder wall. To release its healing powers, take it as a juice made from the aerial parts of the plant. Horsetail contains silica and other healing minerals.
- Bearberry – The leaves and berries of this European evergreen shrub provide a potent antiseptic for treating urinary infections. It is most effective in alkaline conditions, so avoid using it in conjunction with acidic cranberry. Bearberry was used in Roman times to soothe the bladder.
Decoction for Bladder Infections
This decoction utilises the soothing and mucus inducing properties of marshmallow root combined with the healing agents contained within echinacea to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with bladder infections. Here’s how to make the decoction :
- Simmer one tablespoon each of dried, powdered marshmallow root and echinacea root none litre of water for 20-30 minutes. Make sure the mixture is well sealed so that none of the haling vapours escape.
- Strain the mixture through a muslin cloth or fine sieve. Strain and reserve the liquid.
- Your healing decoction is ready to drink. Try to consume 3-4 times a day as liquids are important for flushing out the urinary tract. If the symptoms persist then you should consult your doctor.