7 Natural Home Remedies for a UTI

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Home Remedies for a UTI

UTI’s are the worst. Okay, maybe getting pelted by porcupine quills is just as bad, but how many porcupines are really trying to cuddle you? So like I said – the worst. After the common cold, they’re “the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for about 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year”. (1) When one of my children developed symptoms a few years ago while we were traveling, I tried some research-backed home remedies while keeping our pediatrician in the loop.

My goal was to avoid antibiotics if possible – more on why below, plus:

  • The research I found most helpful in choosing a course of action
  • What we did personally
  • What expert resources have to say about the safety of these remedies for pregnant/nursing moms and children
  • When to see a doctor (According to medical experts)

Before we jump in, though, I just want to remind you that “Best Boo-Boo Kisser South Of Puckett’s Gas Station” is about as official as things get for me professionally. I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease, and your medical decisions are completely up to you.

Also, it’s a good idea to discuss any herbs or home remedies you consider with your healthcare provider because some herbs can interact with certain medications. Okay, moving on! 

What causes a urinary tract infection? ^

We all know the symptoms of a UTI – a burning feeling along with frequent urges to urinate, even when very little comes out. What’s less known is that about 90% of urinary tract infections can be traced back to one bacteria – E. coli. (2) (3)

Now, although there is a mutant strain of E. coli that occasionally makes headline news, most types of E. coli are either neutral toward us or beneficial when found in our digestive tract. When they migrate to our urinary tract, however, they can cause problems.

Urinary tract infections – also called bladder infections – happen when E. coli (or another bacteria/virus/yeast/pathogen) move up the urethra (the tube that empties urine out of the body) and into the bladder. If the infection isn’t addressed properly, it can also move into the kidneys.

Why Antibiotics May No Longer Effectively Treat UTI’s ^

Unlike ear infections, which are usually viral and therefore not treatable with antibiotics, UTI’s are typically bacterial and therefore theoretically treatable. However, a recent article from St. Joseph Health concluded that antibiotics may no longer “do the trick” for treating UTI’s because drugs are becoming less effective. More on that below, along with other concerns to be aware of.

Concern #1: Antibiotics may increase the risk of future urinary tract infections

According to St. Joseph Hospital, “Doctors are noticing the old stand-by drugs aren’t as effective as in the past. In some cases, doctors have had to resort to two or three antibiotics to attack the problem. Others use older, less-effective antibiotics. Still others resort to inserting a catheter into patients’ arms to give antibiotics through a vein because the by-mouth medications aren’t working anymore.”

That’s because although antibiotics kill some of the pathogens that cause UTI’s, certain e. coli strains are resistant to antibiotics. When antibiotics are used, beneficial bacteria that can help keep those strains in check are killed off along with weaker e. coli strains. That may create an opportunity for the resistant strain to flourish, making future infections more likely . . . and possibly harder to treat.

‘It all boils down to the fact that there are just a few select options for treating UTIs,’ says Moses Mukai, DO, a board-certified OB/GYN and urogynecologist at St. Mary High Desert Medical Group. ‘And as infections become more resistant to current medications, the chances for real problems are amplified.’” (4)

Concern #2: Antibiotics may increase the risk of candida infection

As mentioned above, antibiotics kill pathogens along with beneficial microbes, including those that keep Candida in check. When its competition is eliminated candida thrives, and according to WebMD this can sometimes cause yeast infections. (5)

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D. explains:

the era of antibiotics gave Candida albicans [the organism that causes yeast infections] a special opportunity. The usual broad-spectrum antibiotics kill a lot of microbes in the body – the bad and the good. But they have no effect on Candida. So, after every course of antibiotics, Candida is left without anything to control it, so it grows and thrives.” (6)

Fortunately, it’s a myth that you can’t use probiotics to rebuild beneficial bacteria during a course of antibiotics. Though one or two (or even 20) strains won’t replenish all the diverse species that were originally present, it may be wise to replenish what you can.

I use this probiotic, which has been shown to endure harsh stomach acid with a 100% survivability rate and also assists with nutrient production in the gut. Use code MPSAVE for 15% off your first month.

Concern #3: Antibiotics alter the microbiome

In this New York Times article, bestselling author Michael Pollan explains how our internal microbiome – the estimated one hundred trillion microbes we each carry – affects human health:

for every human cell that is intrinsic to our body, there are about 10 resident microbes — including commensals (generally harmless freeloaders) and mutualists (favor traders) and, in only a tiny number of cases, pathogens.

To the extent that we are bearers of genetic information, more than 99 percent of it is microbial. And it appears increasingly likely that this ‘second genome,’ as it is sometimes called, exerts an influence on our health as great and possibly even greater than the genes we inherit from our parents. But while your inherited genes are more or less fixed, it may be possible to reshape, even cultivate, your second genome.”

Though it was once assumed that our gut flora eventually repopulated and balanced out after a round of antibiotics, Martin Blaser of New York University’s Langone Medical Center now says that – on some occasions – our microbiomes never fully recover from antibiotic use.

Sometimes they do, however it’s a concern to be aware because as Pollan explains:

Disorders in our internal ecosystem — a loss of diversity, say, or a proliferation of the ‘wrong’ kind of microbes — may predispose us to obesity and a whole range of chronic diseases, as well as some infections.”

The loss of our internal microbiome doesn’t just affect us, but future generations as well. When a mom gives birth, her microbiome is passed on as the baby moves through the birth canal. When her microbiome is affected, the one the child inherits is also affected.

That said, if a UTI was not quickly resolving with these methods, I would absolutely go see my doctor to make sure the infection doesn’t move into the kidneys. Because I have the MTHFR gene mutation certain antibiotics are contraindicated for me, so I have a list of ones to request ready just in case.

Fortunately, using remedies below that hasn’t been necessary!

Natural Remedies for UTI - "A worried mother does better research than the FBI." ~ Unknown. A few weeks ago one of my children developed symptoms of a UTI while we were traveling. I kept in touch with our pediatrician and then implemented the home remedies that we could on the road. Here are the ones I found to be best supported by current research, plus a few that have long been considered helpful in the natural community.

Natural Home Remedies for UTI’s ^

When UTI symptoms hit, no one wants to wait for days or a week for supplements to arrive. That’s why I’ve only included remedies that you may already have on hand or can easily find at a local health food store.

1. Drink More Water

This one is not rocket science, but no list of UTI remedies is complete without it. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Drinking lots of fluid can help flush bacteria from your system. Water is the best. Most people should try for six to eight, 8-ounce glasses a day.” (1)

2. D-Mannose

When E. coli moves into the urinary tract, it grabs onto the bladder wall with sticky “fingers” called fimbria. D-mannose – a naturally occurring sugar that is found in cranberries, blueberries and other fruits – is thought to help dislodge it by coating the fingers and disrupting attachment, thus allowing the bacteria to be flushed out. Chris Kresser, LAc, calls it “by far the most effective supplement for both treatment and prevention of UTIs.” Here’s what else he has to say:

D-mannose, even in large quantities, does not cause any adverse side effects, and cannot be metabolized the way other sugars can, meaning this supplement is safe for diabetics and others who are avoiding sugar for any reason. This treatment is also safe for children and the elderly. Symptom relief can be seen as quickly as the following day, and most symptoms are generally resolved after 48 hours of treatment. Additionally, taking D-mannose during a time where you feel you are most prone to UTIs, such as prior to intercourse or during prolonged antibiotic treatment, can help prevent a UTI from ever developing in the first place. This is especially helpful for those who are prone to chronic UTIs and want to be able to engage in normal life activities without fear of infection. (7)

Unlike antibiotics that harm beneficial bacteria, D-mannose is thought to be prebiotic, which is a substance that “may help your body by stimulating the growth of ‘good’ bacteria in your digestive system.” (8)

In one study, women who had a history of recurrent urinary tract infections were given either 2 grams of D-mannose, 50 milligrams of Nitrofurantoin (one of the preferred antibiotics for UTI’s), or no treatment. The D-mannose group had the lowest number of recurrent UTI’s (just 15%) compared to the antibiotic group (20%) and the no treatment group, which had a 60% rate of recurrent UTI. (9)

In another study, E. coli was introduced to the urinary tracts of rats and then some were given D-mannose. The rats who were given D-mannose eliminated the E. coli better than controls. (10)

Important note:  According to Chris Kresser, “One caveat with D-mannose is that it is only effective with UTIs caused by E. coli infection. While this accounts for about 90% of cases, there are 10% that will not benefit from this treatment. In this case, supplements that help disrupt biofilms can be useful in treating and preventing UTIs.” (You can find a list of those in his article.)

I think Chris’ analysis is accurate for most cases, but I had a unique experience with my child. When his symptoms persisted after we began home remedies, I took him to see a doctor. (We were traveling so it wasn’t our regular pediatrician.)

After two urinalysis tests and a three-day culture, all came back negative for bacterial infection, the care provider and I jointly determined – based on his other symptoms – that he most likely had a UTI that was due to a virus or another pathogen not detected on the test. Interestingly, I stopped giving him D-mannose after the initial urinalysis said he didn’t have a bacterial infection and he became more uncomfortable, so I began giving it to him again and he became increasingly more comfortable and recovered without any additional intervention. Though there is not much information on the subject, some research suggests that D-mannose may in some cases provide support with viral illnesses as well. (11)

Tips for use: In Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide For Treating Health Problems With Natural Remedies, which was written James F. Balch, M.D., Mark Stengler N.M.D, and Robin Young Balch, N.M.D, it is suggested that adults “Take 500 mg four times daily.” It is usually recommended that individuals continue taking it 2-3 days after symptoms resolve.

What about cranberry or blueberry juice? I’m usually a fan of whole-food based supplements, but it’s typically recommended that individuals with UTI’s avoid sugar. Juice – even unsweetened – contains fructose that could feed unwanted bacteria, and for that reason, I personally would opt for D-mannose.

3. Vitamin C

According to Allen Douma, M.D., of the Chicago Tribune, “vitamin C has been shown to be effective in the prevention and self-care treatment of urinary-tract infections.” (12) When offering advice on preventing urinary tract infections, the Johns Hopkins Medicine health library states that “Large amounts of vitamin C limit the growth of some bacteria by acidifying the urine. Vitamin C supplements have the same effect.”

Tips for use: In Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide For Treating Health Problems With Natural Remedies, which was written James F. Balch, M.D., Mark Stengler N.M.D, and Robin Young Balch, N.M.D, it is suggested that adults “Take 1,000 mg four to five times daily.”

Note: Most vitamin C – even the stuff that says it is derived from something natural like sago palm – is synthetically produced. Personally, I opt for whole-food vitamin C supplements like acerola cherry powder or dried baobab fruit.

4. Uva Ursi

According to Penn State Medical Center, “Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi), also known as bearberry (because bears like eating the fruit), has been used medicinally since the 2nd century. Native Americans used it as a remedy for urinary tract infections. In fact, until the discovery of sulfa drugs and antibiotics, uva ursi was a common treatment for bladder-related infections.

Through modern-day scientific research in test tubes and animals, researchers have discovered that uva ursi’s ability to fight infection is due to several chemicals, including arbutin and hydroquinone. The herb also contains tannins that have astringent effects, helping to shrink and tighten mucous membranes in the body. In turn, that helps reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Today, uva ursi is sometimes used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) and cystitis (bladder inflammation). One preliminary study found that uva ursi, when combined with dandelion root and leaf, helped prevent recurrent UTIs.” (13)

Tips for use: In Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide For Treating Health Problems With Natural Remedies, which was written James F. Balch, M.D., Mark Stengler N.M.D, and Robin Young Balch, N.M.D, it is suggested that adults “Take a standardized extract of 250 mg of arbutin or 5 ml of the tincture form four times daily.” (Arbutin is converted into hydroquinone in the body. Hydroquinone is the component of uva ursi that is thought to be helpful for UTI’s.)

Important notes: 

Penn State Medical Center states that “One of the chemicals in uva ursi, hydroquinone, can damage the liver. You should only take uva ursi for short periods, no longer than 5 days, under a health care provider’s supervision. You should not take a series of doses of uva ursi more than 5 times in 1 year. DO NOT take more than the recommended doses.”

Also, children and “Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people with high blood pressure, should not take uva ursi. People who have Crohn disease, digestive problems, kidney or liver disease, or ulcers should not take uva ursi.”

According to Herb Wisdom, “Because Uva Ursi requires alkaline urine for its antimicrobial properties to work, those taking Uva Ursi should avoid eating acidic foods like citrus, pineapple, tomato. Prescription drugs such as ammonium chloride, non-prescription products such as vitamin C, herbals such as rose hips, and foods such as cranberry juice may all make the urine more acidic in nature.” (14)

5. Garlic

“Garlic extract may be an effective weapon against multi-drug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI), according to a recent study published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science,” writes Science Daily.

Though the amount used was not mentioned, there are several garlic extracts sold at health food stores and online that have suggested usage guidelines.

6. Bromelain

According to John Mersch, MD, FAAP, one remedy that has shown to be safe and possibly effective in children is pineapple. He writes, “This fruit contains a chemical (bromelain) that reportedly possesses anti-inflammatory properties and thus reduces UTI symptoms.” (source)

Just as with cranberry juice, many individuals opt to use the supplement form because it is more concentrated and doesn’t contain sugar. When considering supplements, I wanted to pass along this information I found via C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital regarding the type that has been studied,

Taking bromelain during a UTI may enhance antibiotic effectiveness. The proteolytic enzymes, bromelain (from pineapple) and trypsin may enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics in people with a UTI. In a double-blind trial, people with UTIs received antibiotics plus either bromelain/trypsin in combination (400 mg per day for two days) or a placebo. One hundred percent of those who received the enzymes had a resolution of their infection, compared with only 46% of those given the placebo.26 This study used enteric-coated tablets. Enteric-coating prevents stomach acid from partially destroying the bromelain. Most commercially available bromelain products today are not enteric-coated, and it is not known if non-enteric coated preparations would be as effective.” (15)

7. Goldenseal & Echinacea

Though I was not able to find any studies to support their use, Goldenseal and Echinacea are both considered traditional remedies for urinary tract infections. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., LAc, A.H.G, calls these two herbs the “Dynamic Duo” and recommends them for UTI’s.

Tips for use: You can find Dr. Hobbs recommendations for using them here.

Honorable Mention: Probiotics ^

Though there are no studies that support the use of probiotics as a treatment for urinary tract infections, research suggests that probiotics may be helpful in reducing the incidence of recurring infections. (source)

According to Natalie Lamb Dip, NT, CNM, who serves as a technical advisor to Probiotics International Ltd.:

The ability of probiotic interventions in the management of UTIs has long been considered and is now supported by increasing clinical evidence for a growing number of specific strains. There is a close correlation between the loss of the normal genital microbiota, particularly Lactobacillus species, and an increased incidence of UTIs, therefore suggesting that repletion may be beneficial.”

Several probiotic supplements have been specially formulated to include strains that are thought to support urinary tract health. Fem-Dophilus is one of them. Also,  a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that probiotic suppositories were helpful in reducing recurrent UTIs.

Why I didn’t include baking soda ^

Baking soda lowers the pH of urine so that it doesn’t burn. Though pain relief is a good thing and possibly appropriate at times, some folks think it’s a better idea to raise pH and kill the pathogenic microbes rather than lower it and ease discomfort.

What if the UTI isn’t due to e. coli? ^

As I mentioned in the section above on D-mannose, my child continued to have UTI symptoms despite two urinalysis tests and a three-day urine culture coming back negative for bacteria. While waiting to see his pediatrician and discuss additional tests, I came across this article from Chris Kresser, LAc which addresses remedies for UTI’s that are not due to E. coli.

I ordered some of the supplements, but thankfully my child’s symptoms resolved the next day so I’m keeping them on hand in case they are needed in the future. They’re considered helpful for more than just UTI’s, and I’m glad I learned about them. I followed up with our pedi’s office about my suspicions that the UTI might be viral (which is not common) or due to another pathogen not detected on the test, and it was agreed that was most likely the case.

Lifestyle Changes ^

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and foods that may irritate your urinary tract (for some people this can be chocolate, for others, it might be spicy food)
  • Wear loose clothing and cotton underwear.

When to see a doctor ^

According to the Urology Division of Louisiana Healthcare associates, you should call your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of a UTI. I make an appointment even while practicing watchful waiting (described below) because sometimes it can take a little while to get in. That way if it hasn’t cleared up in 1-2 days and an appointment is needed there isn’t a delay in getting in.

Here are their full recommendations:

“Call your doctor immediately if painful urination or other symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) occur with:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Fever and chills.
  • Pain in the flank, which is felt just below the rib cage and above the waist on one or both sides of the back, or lower belly pain.

Call your doctor immediately if you are pregnant and have symptoms of a UTI (listed above).

Call a doctor if you:

  • Have had UTI symptoms previously and have those symptoms again.
  • Have minor symptoms of a UTI that do not clear up in 1 to 2 days, such as pain or burning when you urinate, foul-smelling urine, or the urge to urinate frequently while passing only small amounts of urine.
  • Notice blood or pus in your urine.
  • Have symptoms of a UTI and you have diabetes.

Have been taking antibiotics for a UTI but your symptoms do not improve or they come back (recur) after improving temporarily.

Watchful Waiting

Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If you get better on your own, you won’t need treatment. If you get worse, you and your doctor will decide what to do next.

In adults, home treatment for minor urinary tract infections (UTIs) often resolves the problem. Home treatment includes drinking plenty of water and urinating often, emptying the bladder each time.

  • Try home treatment for 1 to 2 days if your symptoms are minor.
  • If your symptoms last longer than 1 to 2 days or are severe, seek medical help.
    Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you:
  • Have diabetes or an impaired immune system.
  • Are pregnant.
  • Are older than 65.”

Do you have any favorite home remedies for UTI symptoms not mentioned above? Please share them in the comments below!

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Sources for this article:
1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Bladder Infection (Urinary Tract Infection—UTI) in Adults. Retrieved from NIH.gov
2. Johnson, JR et. al. Urinary tract infections in women: diagnosis and treatment. Retrieved from PubMed
3. Bryan, Charles. Infectious Disease: Urinary Tract Infections. Retrieved from MicrobiologyBook.org
4. St. Joseph Health. Antibiotics May No Longer Do The Trick For Treating UTI’s. Retrieved from STJHS.org
5. WebMD. What Are Vaginal Yeast Infections? Retrieved from WebMD
6. Campbell-McBride, Natasha. Gut & Psychology Syndrome
7. Kresser, Chris. Treat and Prevent UTIs Without Drugs. Retrieved from Chris Kresser
8. WebMD. D-Mannose Uses & Risks. Retrieved from WebMD
9. Kranjcec, B et. al. D-mannose powder for prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a randomized clinical trial.Retrieved from PubMed
10. Michaels, EK et. al. Effect of D-mannose and D-glucose on Escherichia coli bacteriuria in rats. Retrieved from PubMed
11. Hatanaka, Masakazu. Sugar Effects on Murine Sarcoma Virus Transformation. Retrieved from PNAS.org
12. Douma, Allen. Vitamin C can do battle with bladder infections. Retrieved from Chicago Tribune
13. Penn State Medical Center. Uva Ursi. Retrieved from Penn State Hershey
14. Herb Wisdom. Uva Ursi. Retrieved from HerbWisdom.com
15. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Bromelain. Retrieved from MottChildren.org

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183 thoughts on “7 Natural Home Remedies for a UTI”

  1. I swear by the baking soda! I take it at the first sign of burning and symptoms are gone…..however, I haven’t really had any UTI’s since adding Cod liver oil to my diet and cutting out crappy foods for the most part, so i’m sure that played a part….I am going to look into the homeopathics though, thanks for including them!

      • Holly, the digestive tract of a baby is very, very sensitive. Please talk to your healthcare provider before using any natural remedies with a baby. I personally would not use baking soda as it alters gut pH.

        • Hi heather! My two year old is having uti symptoms and wanted to start some home remedies in order to hopefully prevent antibiotics. Do you have a recommended dose for D- mannose?

          • Hey Heather,
            Thank you for writing this article. It is very informative. My question is: if one of my children, who are now starting to wipe on their own develops a UTI at any point, what natural remedies are to be implemented immediately? They can’t really swallow pills at this age so I’m wondering which supplement form will be easiest to administer.
            Thank you

      • Holy smokes please take you baby to the Dr…I don’t think this advice is intended to treat a baby..how do you know that it is a bladder infection?

  2. My 3 year old daughter had a UTI a few months ago and her naturopath gave us the same regime you mentioned above: D-Mannose, cranberry, vitamin C, probiotics, cod liver oil, and lots and lots of water. Nothing helped. When she did the urine test, she said her UTI was not caused by e. coli. When the natural remedies didn’t work, I started researching online and found many sources that said that the D-Mannose only helps when UTIs are caused by e. coli (which is the vast majority of them). So I went ahead and put her on the antibiotic because I was really worried about kidney damage.

    Is there anything else I can do if this happens again? I really, really hate using antibiotics.

    • I have always used collodial silver and found that it works 99% of the time! Since using collodial silver any beginning stages of an infection are cured within a day! I usually pair it with cranberry extract which helps with the burning.

      • Oh my gosh! Stay away from collodial silver!! I worked with a customer a few months ago whose skin was dark gray and found out that he takes colloidal silver. He’s skin was turning silver/gray from it and he didn’t even know!! He said that if you take it right, like he was, skin discoloration won’t happen. Guess what pal, you’re skin is gray! And the skin discoloration is irreversible!!! Google “smurf man”.

      • Is colidal silver safe for children? If so what is the dosage recomendation. I do belive my daughter has a urinary tract infection.

        • Yes, it’s safe for babies and children. Sprouts Farmers Market sells the colloidal brand called Sovereign Silver. Instructions for infants under 1 year are: One droppeful or more a day as needed. These instructions are only found on the brand’s website, not the label on the bottle.

      • Colloidal Silver is kind-of a “natural” antibiotic, but unfortunately, it also kills good bacteria, just like normal antibiotics. In my research, it is not recommended to take it internally, because of this.

    • A non e.coli UTI needs to be addressed by a pediatric urologist to make sure there is not any reflux of urine from the bladder to the ureters, then kidney, which can be quite serious. My daughter and 2 of her friends had this occur ~15months of age, one of those children now only has minimal function of one of her kidneys, and did require surgery, the other required 1 year of antibiotic treatments, mine, tested negative (in the voiding cystogram), and did not have to have the treatments…was just watched the next year.

      • Oh gosh was this an exposure by someone who was changing their diapers? Changing on not washing hands changing another?

    • Yes you are right antibiotics not final solution and have other different side effects. If you don’t mind please ignore Allopathic Medicine and start using ‘Berberis Vulgaris 30’ three time a day only two drop in a one table spoon water. also you read about ‘Berberis Vulgaris’ on google it is excellent medicine for all kidney, bladder and UTI related infections and have no side effects.

    • tell her to make sure she empties her bladder, shower is better than a bath if you have one( if not try using softer detergents to wash the bath) i cant use handy andy so i use watered down dish sunlight soap. when i feel im getting one i drink lemon juice in water and it goes away , she should also drink lots of water. This helps at the beginning of one but if you leave it im not sure how well this works

    • This article backs up everything in this blog and also gives other options in the case of the UTI not being caused by e.colli well worth the read.

    • Constipation (especially in little girls) can be a root contributor to UTIs. Even if your child poops regularly she can be constipated. Poop in the lower intestines can alter the way the bladder is positioned in the pelvis leading to urine being retained and breeding bacteria.

      If UTIs are a persistent problem for a tot there is a very very good chance they are backed up, or have a large lump of poo that smaller bits are just slipping around.

      You also may want to make sure your daughter is wiping herself front to back.

      • Good point. The constipation. At that age it becomes tricky as they don’t want to stop playing to pee/poop and it starts a vicious circle of issues.

  3. I’ve had such mixed results with all of these things since dealing with more UTI’s after having Henry – anatomy change/prolapse issues the cause. Some are so acute and painful that I vomit, get vertigo and in general feel like I’m dying. UTI’s are tricky and each is different but this a good place to start!

    • Hi Whittney,
      This is a long time ago comment of your’s but I am doing some research for myself for uti’s and prolapse. Your’s is the first mention of prolapse that I have seen.
      Do you mind telling me your situation? I am older, post menopausal and feeling rather defeated with my options. Years ago I was told to have a hysterectomy. And said no. a whole other set of issues would have arisen I think.
      Glad I found Heather’s recommendations and am starting on them but not sure if they will do the trick.
      Hope you’ve had some success….and your knowledge can be passed onto me:) We need some better options and I guess talking about it is the only way to get the info out there.
      Thanks for any info you can provide.

  4. When D-Mannose failed me I used uva ursi. My understanding is that it breaks down into an antibiotic-like compound in either the liver or kidneys and kills the bacteria on the way out. It works better in an alkaline environment, so I took baking soda in water when I took the pills. But, there are many cautions about uva ursi on the web and I’m pretty sure most Dr.s will freak out about its use. It worked for me, and I preferred to do that than go back to my cipro-loving Dr. for a prescription, but you’d have to do your own research and weigh the risks for yourself.

    • Uva Ursi works for me too, I combine it with Yarrow complex ( I use the A. Vogel drops of both herbs) and I rarely use antibiotics at all, for the past 15 years these herbs have given me relief from my UTI symptoms !

  5. I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis many years ago and after all the lovely treatments the Dr gave me I finally found D Mannose . WOW. changed my life. I now prescribe D mannose, Probiotics, and ACV to anyone with UTI issues. In fact my sister called Thanksgiving with bloody urine and I was able to get her back to normal no antibiotics! I no longer have cystitis issues either. The FCLO goes without saying.

    • I also have IC. Not so bad that I need the heavy duty treatments. Usually the IC diet keeps my bladder happy. However, sometimes (usually when I eat chocolate), I still get the burning and constant-but-just-a-dribble urges to urinate. I’ve found alka seltzer clears that up overnight, but I really don’t love taking that much aspirin. I’m glad to hear about the D-Mannose and will go to my local health food store with your list. Any particulars about dosage, etc. I should know??

      • I was also diagnosed with IC, but noticed when testing my urine with acidity strips that it was rating VERY acidic. I began adding trace mineral drops to my water and was able to bring my urine into a healthier range and haven’t had IC burning since!

    • I use D Mannose, can i ask which supplier you use. I currently use NatureSuppliers. But if there is another out there you recommended please let me know.

      • That’s what I came to say too. Also before intercourse. I don’t think I ever had a real UTI with this method, and limiting long soaks in hot baths. When questionable, I make a cranberry smoothie, with no sweetener, and I rarely eat refined sugar or carbs anymore. Hope others can find natural relief.

  6. I recently healed a UTI that had gone to my kidneys as well with a week of Oil of Oregano capsules several times a day, cranberry extract, and Soil Born Organisms (a heavy hitting probiotic). It took 6 days, but I never had to take the antibiotic.

  7. I have never had UTI issues (except when it was due to obvious reasons like sex, etc.) but I had one cat that had UTIs all the time. I wonder if these things would be ok for animals as well?

    • Our girl dog is on regular cranberry ease powder in her kibble to keep UTI at bay. She squats really low to the ground, which is the only reason I can think of for her getting this malady.

  8. I have a remedy that has worked for 100% of the time. I had chronic UTI’s as a teen – along with a terrible diet. Since becoming an adult, changing my diet and having a healthy lifestyle they are non-existent, however when they have happened I do this (along with lots of water) Tall glass of water and add a teaspoon of Cream Of Tarter. It will not dissolve in the water and I tend to stir as I drink it down. Drink it in one sitting. Because the granuals are so fine, they pass through the body and pull out the offending bacteria. It has a strange sour flavour, but tilt your head back, get it in there and within an hour, symptoms will be diminished. One more tall glass a few hours later and it should be gone completely. Follow up with several more glasses of water and rest. I am an RHN (registered holistic nutritionist) and have recommended this to clients suffering from UTI’s with success every time.

      • I went ahead with the cream of tarter, knowing it was a food product and the kind of spice it is. I did just as you described, just a little less COT, since he is smaller. It worked very quickly!!

    • I took the cream of tarter about 50 minutes ago. Symptoms seem to be lessening slightly but definetly far from gone. (Could be from added water). I also took a little dip in the tub with Epsom Salt, peppermint oil and lavender oil, took my daily vitamin, a couple packs of Emergen-C and a probiotic. Praying this goes away soon.

      • Do not take a bath!!! I’ve had a chronic UTI pretty much since December. I didn’t realize that taking baths would make it worse/come back. My OBGYN told me I can’t take a bath for six months. I’m going to maybe wait longer just to be safe.

    • Debbie, the Cream of Tartar is what my great grandmother used for UTIs. Thanks for the reminder! She was an old indian with a hundred home remedies. Worked like a charm.
      I wish that I could remember all of her old remedies!

    • Wow Debbie. I thank the LORD for YOU. My UTI was so severe that it was bloody. In fact, after two three doses of the creme of tartar, my urine is clear. I am in disbelief. I have spent over $1,000 between September and December trying to cure this severe case of UTI through a chiropractor. Inspite of spending this much money, the UTI came back with vengence again on Wednesday. I was so discouraged because I have tried almost everything. I purchased the Dmannose yesterday and followed the suggested doses on the bottle and on the internet with no change. I also purchased the Uva Ursi and noticed a slight change but the bloody urine was still present. When this first happened in September, the medical doctor assigned me the kidney cancer and bladder cancer scare tactic to force compliance on performing procedures that would have placed my life at an even greater risk. Finally, the blood test came back and I had a severe infection which she prescribed antibiotics. I did not even bother with the medicine. I went to the chiropractor; however, although natural, this is very costly. Sorry for the long email but PEOPLE AFTER JUST THREE TREATMENT MY URINE IS CLEAR!!!! THREE TREATMENTS!!!! My urine was the color of a bottle of red wine. In fact, when I wake up from a nights sleep, it is so dark it looks brown. But after THREE TREATMENTS, NO BLOOD , NO BLOOD on much prayer and a $4.99 bottle of Creme Tartar!!!!

      • Please how much cream of tarter did you use. How much water. Before or after meals? Thanks so much. I need the help now. Thank you!!!

    • Any idea about the effectiveness of adding the COT to cranberry juice?? I’m hoping since they are both beneficial that it should do double the work!!

    • I m suffering from uti from 3years and kidney stone from one year. I take many medicines bt all in waste. I have low grate fever , itching in whole body, restless, bowel problem.plzzz help meee..is tartar cream harmlesss????

    • I tried the cream of tartar remedy last night. I had felt a UTI was coming on board all day–felt pressure to urinate after having done it. It got more severe last night. I sent my husband out to buy the COT, and it did work like magic!!! Almost immediately. Thank you, Debbie!!

  9. I have had chronic bladder infections since I was a child. My doctor thinks it might be the way my body is shaped/tilted – it is just easy for bacteria to get inside. As an adult I wanted OFF the antibiotics so I started researching online and read about D Mannose. I started taking one capsule (Swanson brand is the cheapest – about $9 per bottle) per day in October 2010 and have been UTI free ever since. Now I take them about every few days instead of daily to maintain.

    Because I started taking them as a preventative (rather than reactive) measure, I don’t know how it would work when you actually have an infection, but I hope to never need to find out. Two years – UTI free! I cannot say enough for what D Mannose has done for my life.

  10. For 6 weeks I tried EVERYTHING listed here and also blueberry extract, as well as marshmallow root, uva ursi, pipsisewa, corn silk. Visited my ND and nutritionist for support plus urine tests. Turned out to be a yeast and bacterial UTI. So that brought out the herbal anti-biotics which did start to move the UTI out. Plus inserting probiotic gell caps up my vagina. Pee before and after sex, hubby washed his junk with apple cider vinegar. The new smell of sex which brought some new laughter and pet names into our bedroom pillow talk! The UTI still hung on became more low level and just on the edge. I was researching the Mouth Summit and came across the oil pulling. It sure wouldnt hurt anything to try and Somehow I got that this might help so I started oil pulling. 5 days OP and now the UTI is Gone!!! Yay!

  11. Great advice. I have also had good luck with tinctures of usnea and UVA ursi. Also I read once that asparagus has something that makes it hard for the bacteria to adhere to the urinary tract. I am a practitioner of the Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy which can help to restore organs to the proper place, thereby freeing up the flows if blood, lymph, nerve and chi in the body. Many women who have suffered with chronic UTIs have been helped with this gentle external treatment.

    • Hi Shari,

      I’m interested in Arvigo techniques of Maya abdominal therapy… that you mentioned relating to another condition that I have. Can you please send or share info regarding? Thanks much and God bless you and yours. Grandma Shelley

  12. I recently learned about an AMAZING remedy from a friend who suffers from chronic UTIs…She recently started using doTERRA essential oils and had one come on. She has suffered almost her whole life and now not even the strongest antibiotics given will kill off her infection…she sufferd tremendous pain and even had to be medicated while she healed. Anyways, she decided to check her Modern Essentials guide book (highly recommend btw) and it said to take lemongrass essential oil in a capsule…She took one and applied doTERRA’s OnGuard blend (which is an antibacterial) to her lower abdomen and bottoms of her feet…She woke up the next morning PAIN FREE! She continued treating for a few days just to be safe. Since using essential oils on a regular basis she has even experienced FAR less UTIs! For more info on the oils you can visit http://www.mydoterra.com/oillove

  13. I heard Christa Orrechio (http://www.integrativenutrition.com/christa-orecchio) talk about this subject on Sean Croxton’s online health summit a month or two ago, and I took the following notes:
    Tips for UTI onset:
    1. Steam entire stalk of asparagus and eat it, then drink the broth with garlic added.
    2. Take full-strength probiotic
    3. Uva Ursi – urinary antiseptic herb (amazing at knocking out UTIs)
    4. Medicinal mushroom complex
    5. Colloidal silver – natural antibiotic
    6. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar (which all feed yeast)

    Hope it helps!

  14. Great tips, plan to keep this article handy. Wanted to also mention something else. This may not happen to most people, but may help someone. After my 4th child was born (my 4th C-section plus a previously ruptured uterus, so a lot of scar tissue), I had a lot of UTI’s. Around the 8 month mark I’d had 3. I went to a woman who does deep tissue massage (she rips my scar tissue so I can function). She found it was attached to my bladder so ripped that off. No more UTI’s since (baby is now 20 months old). I like that we found the cause of my UTI’s and healed from there.

    • I was just wondering how does she rip your scar tissue? I had scar tissue grow around my bladder and has to have it surgically removed. I can feel out growing back though and just wonder how you don’t bleed from being ripped.

      • Her Massage therapist may have been using a Craniosacral Therapy technique. Many Massage therapist ad this holistic therapy to their skill set. There is craniosacral technique that helps to break up scar tissue. It is not referred to as ripping as the treatments are intended to be gentle; but very beneficial. It has been very helpful for me. After my last Csection I had trouble standing up straight sometimes. Since my treatments (over 3 years ago) I haven’t had any more issues with scar tissue. Upledger.com has a list of therapists world wide.

  15. I had 2 of these infections in my life and of all people my boyfriend juiced in a juicer fresh beets (YUK) and made me drink about 6-8 ounces. The very next time I peed, no pain AT ALL and it was cured.
    I peed red (the juice) so if you try this don’t let it freak you out.

    • Marin, two of my daughters have had UTI’s under the age of 1. I put both of them on antibiotics because I am still learning about homeopathic treatments. One of my daughters is almost 6 and she continues to have UTIs. in fact, She is in the middle of her 11th UTI this year (or were they never cured by the antibiotics?). My doctors are at a complete loss as to what to do about it. But I would recommend water, water, and more water as she gets older. If she continues to get them, doctors will get worried and have you do all sorts of things. If it is not anatomical, then seek better ways to help her besides antibiotics. I think 5 years of antibiotics have really hurt my daughter more than helped her. But I still haven’t found something that works for her. Wish I was more helpful, but wanted to let you know that I’ve been there too.

      • Hello Cherry and Marin,
        My daughter is 4 and has had UTI since she was 8 months, and she is actually going through one right now. It has been very useful to learn that the antibiotics, caused her candida and the candida is causing her the UTI. Here’s an excellent website that will help you a lot.

      • My friend has had horrific uti’s and doctors were stumped for years. She took it upon herself to take gluten out of her diet and has not had a uti since. I do not live a gluten free lifestyle however I know that many issues go away once it is removed.

      • One thing to remember about babies and UTI’s… they wear diapers. E. Coli. is present in stools and any amount of it that enters the urinary tract may be a contributing factor in a child getting a UTI. When kids have a bowel movement, stool often covers the vulva of little girls and often the penis’s of little boys. If not changed promptly and cleansed properly it raises the possibility of getting an infection of the urinary tract as well as diaper rash that may lead to yeast infections as well. The new throw away diapers are really good at wicking moisture away from the skin yet the plastics tend to keep the area dark and moist- both set ups for increasing bacterial growth. I’m not advocating anti bacterial soaps or wipes- just plain water is usually fine but only as long as the water itself is pure and clean- like not from a stream or other source you’re not sure about if camping or whatever. This goes for moms too. Don’t bathe in water that isn’t clean- and you never know about streams and lakes. I know this sounds a little over the top but it can happen. They close lakes around here all the time because E. Coli is present in the water. I’m in the northeast, by the way.

  16. I was just wondering how does she rip your scar tissue? I had scar tissue grow around my bladder and had to have it surgically removed. I can feel out growing back though and just wonder how you don’t bleed from being ripped.

  17. Beth, there is no bleeding with the ripping. I assume it’s because the scars have no blood supply?? It hurts horribly, but I think it’s worth it. If I were you, I’d call around to massage places and see if you can find someone familiar with this and does deep tissue massage. The woman I see, in MA, is amazingly gifted with her hands and can feel things the rest of us just can’t. 🙂 Having surgery to correct scar tissue seems counterintuitive to me since surgery causes more scars. I can understand why you think you have the scars growing back, I’m sure they are. This seems to really work well to keep my scars from getting out of hand. I’m still not done getting them ripped, but am much better – the baby is 21 months old. Good luck,


  18. I’d like to mention that the brand of D-mannose you’re showing (NOW brand) is made with corn–not birch as you wrote (as of July 2013, at least). This information coming from a seller on Amazon when someone inquired as to the source of the d-mannose in the NOW brand of “pure” powder (3oz bottle). Another person commented to that Q&A and asked if the corn was GMO or not and there hasn’t been a reply back from the seller.


    So basically, unless NOW can certify that they’re using non-GM corn, you may presume that their d-mannose might be coming from plants that are genetically-modified since the majority of corn grown here is GM now. I would contact the company and ask about this before buying their d-mannose if finding non-GMOs is important to you.

  19. So much excellent information!! The only thing I can think to add is meditation. Its helped me greatly in dealing with the extreme pain during an infection. Cultivating calm instead of being panicked from the pain I also believe helps my body to heal and deal with the infection more effectively. I also began to explore the 2nd chakra which if off balance is said to be the source of UTI susceptibility among other lower abdominal issues. These issues correlate with mental and emotional blockages that have been interesting to discover and has enabled me to use my chronic uti suffering as a catalyst to self examination and growth.
    Most heart felt well wishes to everyone who suffers from this.

  20. I used to have uti almost regularly with my periods after i started having sex. i have pcos and have to take medication 5 days a month to have my period. i’ve been on this medication for almost 6 years now and i’ve had enough with antibiotics and have already fixed an appointment with a homeopathic doctor. anyway, what i need to know is, is it uti if all i have is itching down there especially at night? its very irritating and the inner skin feels kind of rashed and has become extremely sensitive and red. it doesn’t burn/hurt when i pee, there is no case of frequent urination nor is there any bleeding. the itching starts right from just above the clitoris and is there a few millimeters above tie anus. i took a pill meant for urinary infection, washed the area with dettol diluted in warm water and been drinking plenty of water and fluids. but the itching is quite persistent at night? what do you think this is And what can i do to make it go away? its just too frustrating and irritating and uncomfortable… Please help me…

    • I know this is an old post, but I wanted to mention, for anyone who may still read this, that aside from applying the tea tree oil externally around the affected area, I also use it internally by putting 10 drops of tea tree oil on a small tampon, as well as 8 drops of lavender oil. I change the tampon every 8 hours, repeating this for several days. I get instant relief, but continue just to kill off any bacteria/yeast that may be causing the problem. Works every time!

    • Put coconut ? oil on your vagina every time you want to scratch , keep doing it , it will go away ! Even if it takes a while – keep at it- ?

  21. Amy,
    I have that happened to be once in a while and what worked for me was the tea tree oil.
    I put few drops of tea tree oil in my underwear lining and I also put few drops on the cotton ball and pad it all over the itchy area (on pubic hair) but do not put it directly on the skin. It worked like a charm…hope this helps….

  22. You are right – the side effects to prescriptions can be very scary! Thanks for this post! I used to get UTI’s often, but now that I think about it, since drinking ACV every morning I haven’t had one! Yay!

    • I have had many urinary tract infections over the years. The most important thing to know (I feel) is that all bacteria (regardless of the source) can’t survive in an acidic environment. Knowing this makes it more common sense to solve. I drank nothing but orange juice and ate nothing but pickles off and on for about 4 hours. I didn’t dilute the acidity with water…nothing but orange juice. Once I created a truly acidic environment in my digestive tract the infection didn’t stand a chance.

  23. Do these remedies work for bacterial vaginitis as well? I’ve had recurring BV since giving birth 3 months ago and I’m breastfeeding so don’t want to use antibiotics or the gel I was given the first time. I’m taking a probiotic ( though even that confuses me since there are so many different ones out there!) and wash with water only but it’s not going away. Any tips would be so helpful!

    • I had BV a few times & they kept recurring. At the time, I was given antibiotics to cure them, but it kept coming back. I read that if you insert a Vit C tablet inside your vagina, it would go away. I thought it couldn’t hurt, so I tried it, and it totally worked!! I even went to doc the next day when I knew I had it, they tested me, & it was negative! On top of it, I never got one again. It may sound crazy, but it’s easy, & works. Just a tip- insert before going to sleep, cause it may slip out if you walk around.

    • I always had good luck using a whole garlic clove up my vagina. I break it open, surround it with gauze, tie on a string, and voila. I never have to do this over two times with BV. I let it stay in the vaginal canal for an hour or two, typically.

  24. Cranberry juices worked great for me! J got my first uti when i was 14 and my doctor told gave me antibiotics and told me to drink lots of water and cranberry juice to help it. I got rid of it and stopped taking the antibiotics within 3 days!
    I got my next uti 2 years later so this time i just had heaps of cranberry juice and water and it was gone in the next couple days again!
    I just got another one a few days ago 🙁 and this time it’s been bugging me more and since i’m working lots i hadn’t had time to go food shopping for my cranberry juice. But i will try these other options too! Hope they work well for me 🙂
    But i really recommend just drinking all the cranberry juice and water you can take! You’ll pee lots but it’ll be worth it

  25. Coconut oil is the best find of the year. I have replaced it in a lot of my recipes and have been making several different health and beauty products with it. One of natures wonders.

  26. I’ve had a UTI for three days now. I’m taking 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar every 12 hours and 1 tsp of d Mannose twice a day but I’m still having pain and frequent urination. I’m drinking water and cranberry juice all day long.

  27. Hi fellow uti sufferers
    After suffering recurring utis for the last year what finally gave me relief were the following:
    1. Garlic tea, crush 2 cloves into a mug and add hot water, let steep for a couple of mins, drink 3 cups a day when suffering a uti and once a day as a preventative measure , works like a dream
    2. Apple cider vinegar
    3. Avoid sugar as much as poss
    4. Shiatsu plus accupuncture twice a week for a month, this really broke the cycle of the recurring utis for me
    Good luck to us all 🙂

  28. My daughter got uti caused by e.coli. Number of bacteria was 100000/ml. We tried different brands of antibiotics but infection was not cleared. We tried using cranberry syrup too but without any success. We finally got rid of her infection using herbal E-drops Nano from Canada. Taste of drops is unpleasant and I have to add them to apple sauce for my daughter to taking them, but at the end e-drops cleared her urinary infection.

  29. I’ve had 3 children and a super busy life. Also, I like to exercise and keep fit. But for an entire year I suffered from uti’s, which slow me down to a near halt. I even seemed to have some sort of gout, and the bottoms of my feet and palms of my hands became incredibly painful. After several tests and about six antibiotics I found that macrobid was the one that killed the resistant E. coli. I continued probiotics after being healed and a few months later I got another uti. So, instead of running to the doctors I went to Sprouts and bought a bottle of Colloidal Silver. It’s day 9 and I’m cured. I didn’t have to wake in the middle of the night to pee. My stomach doesn’t feel like it has a watermelon on it, and I don’t have a fever anymore!!! Yeehaw! Today I will lay in the sun all day and thank God for Colloidal Silver.

  30. I swear by the old home remedy of 1 Tablespoon of cream of tartar mixed with 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and fill the rest of the glass up with water. Take this several times a day – it really works!

    • My 86 year old mom with dementia gets UTI’s about once or twice a year, probably from not wiping correctly. I would like to try this, but have no idea what kind of cream of tartar to buy or where to buy it. I am thinking the kind that comes in the jar from a supermarket.. but is that clean and organic? Please help! Provide me with some info and pictures of where I can get this cream of tartar. Thank you.

  31. You say: “Though baking soda won’t cure a UTI, it will lower the pH of urine so that it doesn’t burn. Though pain relief is a good thing and possibly appropriate at times, some folks think it’s a better idea to raise pH and kill the pathogenic microbes rather than lower it and ease discomfort.”

    In your sentence, does “lower the pH so that it doesn’t burn” mean “lower the pH number”? because lowering the pH number is actually making it more acidic (?). (I thought baking soda has an alkalising effect on the body?? higher pH number?)
    then you say
    “some folks think it’s a better idea to raise pH” . Does “raise the pH” mean increase the number? because increasing the pH number is making it more alkaline. (I thought baking soda makes you more alkaline???)
    Do pathogenic microbes enjoy an acid environment?
    Please help me understand I’m so confused!
    Thank you! 🙂

    • I absolutely agree as I was just as confused when first researching this. I’m thinking I may have even increased my chances of getting a UTI because I was trying to eat a low-acid diet! From what I know about pH, baking soda and even lemon juice in water will create a more alkaline body (it will RAISE the pH which is a scale of 1-14 and anything below 7 is considered acidic).

      I’d like to know if the Creme of Tartar has anything to do with the pH as I want to encourage an acid system now to kill the bacteria.

  32. Ladies,

    I suffered from chronic utis for years and cured them.

    If you have a uti, stop eating sugar. Any kind. Honey, grapes, brown, anything. Don’t touch it. Don’t drink any juice that includes it, that includes cranberry juice. I drank cranberry juice all day long and it only fed the bacteria and made it more painful. The cranberry juice sold to us in stores is mostly grapes that have been dyed red with some cranberry mixed in.

    Take a tampon, coat it with an oil to lubricate it, drop 5-8 drops of tea tree oil on it. Stick it in, and sleep with it. This helps with urinary tract infections and with yeast infections.

    For pain relief, make tea and drink it with 3 heaping tablespoons of cinnamon mixed in. The taste is very intense, not for sissies:) it is great pain relief.

    Stay away from store bought juice and cranberry juice no matter what your doctor tells you.

    Good luck.

  33. I have not heard anything about it interacting with thyroid medications, but I recommend you talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure 🙂

  34. Thanks for the reply… Doctor just called and before any cultures are in, wants me to do Probotics, Vitamin C 500mg/3x daily, cranberry tablets.

  35. I’m convinced my 16 month old has a UTI. This is his 3rd or 4th day with a fever. His urine has also smelled bad for several days. Do you think it is too late to start these natural remedies?? I am concerned about kidney damage, but antibiotics are the last thing I want to give him. 🙁

  36. I tried the cream of tartar remedy & so far it has been successful! Only 1 other time in my life have I had a UTI (a few years ago; went to doc & got antibiotics). But yesterday & today I felt the frequency/irritated/burning begin. I tried the 1 tsp. mixed into a tall glass of water, just like the earlier comments suggested. At the 1 hour later mark, I felt 75% better. Now it’s been 4 hours & I don’t have those symptoms anymore! I will follow through with 1 more dose to be sure. Just a side note: I used a reg. old jar of cream of tartar that’s been in my spice drawer for years 🙂

    • Well, maybe not so much….woke up this morning & it has returned with a painful vengeance! I took 2 doses total yesterday of the cream of tartar & thought it had worked. I’m off to find something else fast!

    • Tried the AZO pain relief this morning & it has helped the terrible urgency. This evening I tried the AZO cranberry. Going to bed just feeling a mild aching.

  37. I had a UTI for over a week and could not kick it with my ordinary cranberry-pill regime. I bought Lady Somas Cranberry pills , and I kicked my UTI within a couple of hours.

  38. I had suffered from UTI for 10 years, but i never tried either D mannose, tartar cream or probiotic, but i was put on antibiotics by my doctor. Though i actually feel no itches inside or around my vagina, right now the persisting problem is occasional appearance of small hard swellings (i.e. about 6 small rashes on the same spot) that appear on top of the pubic hair of my sex organ, and sometimes in between my vulva, that itch especially during the night. What can this be? Please help me.

  39. Thank you! This was extremely helpful. I wasn’t able to get the D-mannose recommended locally but I found a product with d mannose and cranberry in it for help with UTI’s. I was able to stop it before it got bad. I take Juice plus and I upped one of my vitamins that has cranberry and drank lots of water. So glad I didn’t have to resort to antibiotics again and I saved myself $90 by not going to the doctor. Thx. 🙂

  40. Dr Jonathan Wright recommends SSKI saturated solution potassium iodide. There are lots of articles on the Internet. With dosage etc. you can buy it online at dr wrights Tahoma clinic. If I use the sski as soon as the first symptoms start it works. I’ve personally not had success with a full blown uti.

  41. I was wondering why in all of this, i didnt see anything say garlic. Apparently its supposed to be stronger or equal to prescribed antibioitics. I myself have a urine infection, and I was prescribed an antibiotic… but im pregnant…and i am very wary about taking it. I started the garlic method by chopping it, waiting for it to for the allicin, about 15 mins, then putting it into empty capsules to take at night and in the morning. I just wanted to ask why you didnt mention having raw garlic as another way to help? Ofcourse cutting out sugar and starches, cranberry supplements, idk all of the normal remedies, but do you think garlic will work?

    • I don’t believe garlic increases the acidity of the urine and that’s what most of these are aiming for (Vit C, Cream of tarter etc.)

    • Garlic is supposed to work as a natural antibiotic, and has been shown to be effective, though I’d imagine the more you take the better it will work. The acidifying effect isn’t the only approach to curing UTI’s, it’s only part of the picture. I am currently battling one and besides flooding myself with water and some cranberry juice, eating lots of my homemade fermented foods full of probiotics, I am willing to try any and all things because the last time I took an antibiotic for a UTI I ended up in the ER with a horrible reaction that was like dementia! Scary as hell! Not to mention all the lingering usual after affects with digestive issues and the like. The really scary thing was after a whole day in the ER, tons of tests and despite my best friend telling the Dr.s about the new antibiotic I had started a few days ago, I left there exactly as I came in…and none the wiser…they apparently had no clue what was wrong with me! Ended up my doctor switched antibiotics, but as soon as I stopped taking the 1st one, the issues disappeared! I was 60 and I know they say UTI’s often cause confusion in older people, but this was way beyond confusion and stopped when I stopped taking the antibiotic. Scary stuff. I would really prefer to avoid the antibiotic route for many reasons if possible!!!

  42. I had chronic UTIs that I treated with a variety of remedies, but the infection always came back. When I STOPPED EATING ALL GLUTEN, I stopped getting them. Even the smallest amount of gluten, like distilled white vinegar in pickles will give me a UTI. As long as I eat no gluten or gluten derived foods, I have no UTI.

  43. I have started feeling the pain of a uti and I’m desperately trying to find a cure right away. I’m breastfeeding and I don’t want to take antibiotics but I also don’t want to feel the pain, I have a four year old to run after also. Please help! I did try the baking soda and water because it was what I could find.

  44. I have a male cat that keeps having UTI problems (getting plugged up) and I’ve used UTI Free for cats & dogs with great success. However, it’s very expensive and out of my price range. He’s having problems again and I can’t afford much of anything at this stage of the game.

    Does anybody know of any natural remedies or if the remedies mentioned here would be good for him as well?

    Thanks in advance.

    • If he’s been neutered, urinary system issues are a very common problem in cats which can also involve the kidneys, we lost a beloved cat to it. A low ash cat food is supposed to help long term, (at least that’s what they said back then), but for an actual infection, I honestly don’t know, *best to check* first, since humans and cats often have very different needs. Google “male neutered cats and UTIs” or similar, and see what you come up with. Sorry I can’t be of help, best of luck!

    • Have you ever heard about colloidal silver? I give often to my cats for any kind of problem, She had UTI a few months ago, and I cured her with Colloidal..
      You can order on amazon:)

      • My female cat had it so bad she was peeing blood. I saw that, had no idea what was causing it and took her to the vet at once. She was on antibiotics for a month, it was so bad. Home remedies are not always the solution. Home remedies can sometimes kill — we are not vets.

    • Both of my sister’s male cats died from burst bladders. I recommend you take the cat back to the vet and do whatever necessary to solve his problem

  45. Ive tried many products recommended by my naturopath. But my bladder infections were becoming unbearable. Antibiotics are what got me into this mess in the first place!

    I took the Lady Soma Cranberry Pills full dose each day for about a week, I felt less inflammation in my gut and food felt easier to digest. It’s been a couple weeks now, and I’m feeling overall less fatigued and having fewer headaches. Meanwhile, I haven’t changed anything else in my daily routine.

  46. Here’s something I’d suggest you research. Milk Thistle. Just 2 weeks ago I saved my cat’s life by giving this liver detoxifier (with NO alcohol) to him. He had stopped eating for about a week going from 11 to 8.5 lbs and the vet told me his liver and kidney’s were shutting down. After only one day he started eating again and he’s beginning to put weight back on again (and is feisty as ever!) I know you’re referring to your bladder, however, maybe if you start by detoxifying your liver, it will have a positive affect on your bladder as well. Hope this helps.

  47. What is a good source for D-Mannose, and what is the appropriate daily dosage? When I click on “source” it sent me to a medical website.

  48. I have not found an organic / non gmo d-mannose . Most D-Mannose is derived from
    GMO CORN !! Call the manufacturer and ask for yourself.Solaray addmitted they source from CHINA and USA and the product may very well contain GMO Corn ….It pays to do the research, call for yourself and ask !

  49. hi my son turning 2yrs old in january 29 is sufferiring from UTI .. his pedia takes some laboratory test to know what is his suffering from .. is there any home remedies for my bavy? im preparing HOME NATURAL REMEDIES tnx in advance

  50. I have been prone to Urinary Tract Infections my whole life. I’ve probably tried every home remedy that I could find out on the market today! DO NOT drink Cranberry Cocktail–theres a lot of sugar in it and it will just aggravate your condition further.) Cranberry Juice has a dry taste for me, so I haven’t always been a huge fan of

    The Lady Soma cranberry Concentrate is a great alternative – I take it in the morning when I take my regular vitamins. I have made it part of my regular routine so that my body is prepared if another Urinary Tract Infection is lurking in the shadows. These pills are small and easy to swallow as well as not having any taste. Good Luck!

  51. Great article, I’m going to share it with my mom who has frequent UTI’s.
    One thing that caught my eye was what you wrote about having the MTHFR mutation, so do I. Would you please share which antibiotics that those with the mutation should not be taking?

    • The practitioner I work with told me to avoid fluoroquinolones. Interestingly, I had a childhood reaction to Cipro, which is a fluoroquinolone.

  52. I recommend using activated charcoal. It adsorbs toxins & works quickly. You can even make a poultice input it over your bladder if there’s a lot of pain.

    I get mine from Bulletproof but I’m sure other brands are good. It’s also good for bug bites, bee stings, upset stomach, diarrhea, etc.

    Also, a must for travel — especially outside the country.

  53. Homeopathy, homeopathy, homeopathy. I ran across homeopathy in a different blog while researching natural ways to get rid of mine, and though it took some work finding the right remedy, once it did, it was like, ahhhhhh. And if I felt like it was flaring again, I took the same remedy, and it knocked out symptoms in 30 mins or less. For a standard, you can look up what joettecalabrese.com recommends. I didn’t try that specifically but berberis 30c helped me. And now I’m using it for so many more amazing chronic and acute conditions, it’s so amazing. FORGET herbs (costly, confusing, and sometimes dangerous), tinctures, and a mishmash of this and that and go with homeopathy. Inexpensive, safe (generally), powerful, and gentle. And amazingly quick!! Can’t tell enough people about this. People spend so much time and money on stuff when homeopathy isn’t completely straightforward but after a while you can get pretty comfortable with it. And just throw the little pills under your tongue and wait for that relief to come!! Soooo, amazing!!!!! It works for 80% of the population, if you’re 20% itndoesnt work for, well, my condolences. Bc it’s soooo easy! And inexpensive, and side effect free and safe and gentle and quick! Why don’t more people know about this?? It could put and end to so much suffering in this world!!

  54. I have frequent utis, especially if I consume any sugar, coffee or alcohol.
    Tried lots of things, what works best for me is to eat several stalks of cooked asparagus daily for 10 to 14 day, and goldenrod drops in water whenever I am uncomfortable. Great stuff! Goldenseal, uva ursi, raw garlic and monolaurin all help if I need something more. Baking soda helps but not good for my blood pressure. Heating pad over bladder helps with pain, also. And water of course and No sugar, booze or coffee.

  55. Hi, Mommypotamus. I came across your web site while searching for a natural remedy for a UTI. I’ve tried several things today, including drinking lots of water, cream of tartar with water, vitamin C, golden seal, echinacea, cranberry capsules and garlic, and I am definitely getting better! (Another thing recommended on another web site was 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a spoonful of honey every four hours. It burned my mouth really good, but I’m going to try another dose.) I LOVE this web site! My 4 children are grown and I have 6 grandchildren. But I share (and have shared in the past) your good ideas about healthy living. My first child was born in a hospital with medication for pain, and my second child was born in a hospital completely natural, medication-free. The third and fourth were born at home, natural and medication-free. All were breast fed, the girls for two years each and the boys for three years each. Each of the girls quit at two years apparently because they did not like the taste of the milk due to hormones when I was pregnant with the boys. For a while I did really well with healthy eating with my kids, but after they left home (and I unfortunately got divorced), I began to neglect my health. It resulted in diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. About 8 months ago, I read a blog that said that diabetes is a progressive disease, and I would eventually end up on insulin. I decided then and there, that was NOT going to happen to me. So I began to research everything I could on healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle so that I could reverse the diabetes. I did it! And in the process I lost 37 pounds. I still have a ways to go, but I very much appreciate web sites like yours that give me such good information on my path to wellness and healing. Keep up the good work!

  56. You mentioned, in the article, that you have a list of antibiotics that are safer for you to use with a MTHRF mutation. I haven’t seen a list like that in my research on MTHRF mutations. Can you please share that list? Thank you.

  57. I also have the MTHRF mutation and have not seen a list, like you referred to, of antibiotics to avoid. Can you please share that list?

  58. As a chronic UTI sufferer, I was desperate for a solution. I’ve been using the Lady Soma cranberry pills for not too long, but can already feel the difference. They DO NOT aggravate the stomach, as some people have said about cranberries. I do feel a slight difference in regards to stomach, though, but I can’t say if it’s these supplements or something else. But please don’t let that deter you – the Lady Soma Cranberry pills are an absolute godsend. I recommend them full-heartedly. I will be taking these on a daily basis for a very very very long time.

  59. I suffer from cystitis every free months as well as other urinary problems and so far the Lady Soma Cranberry Capsules have definitely lessened in severity, I’m hoping in time they will lessen in frequency too. I take 1 capsule 3 times daily with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I will continue to do this long term to see if I can keep the UTIs at bay!

    And I’ve always been told by my mum and nan to drink Cranberry juice but I cannot stand the taste! Now I can take it in pill form with the Lady Soma Cranberry Pills and still get the same benefits as with the juice, such as relief from the aforementioned female issues.

  60. I just wanted to say thank you for your blog. I just got back from my first vacation in the Bahamas and the day we arrived I got symptoms of a UTI. It was getting worse. Internet was slow and I had my mom and sister google natural remedies. They found your site. The next morning we headed to the store and I thankfully found some D-Mannose. Symptoms improved by the end of the day and were gone within 3-4 days. So thank you so much!! You have no idea the joy I have for curing my UTI without an antibiotic!

  61. Hi,
    I’m a post kidney transplant patient and I have a recurring UTI since September 2016.
    I always take antibiotics almost every month because according to a doctor I need to treat my UTI so that it will not damage my transplanted kidney.
    I tried organic cranberry juice and dilute it with water but no effect and it causes pain.
    I’m afraid to try remedies mentioned in this blog because it might have effect on my transplanted kidney.
    Pls help because I already seek the advice of an OB, infectious disease doctor, nephrologist and urologist but they cannot tell what is wrong and all my lab test are normal even my transplanted kidney.

  62. I just heard of an old urinary tract tonic that’s supposed to work for UTIs. Boil up some barley (freeze barley), strain off the water, add some lemon juice and honey to taste, drink.

  63. If you get UTIs, the Lady Soma Cranberry Concentrate is a godsend! Take as soon as you feel one coming on and keep taking 3x/day, wait 45 mins, then drink a ton of water, and you should be UTI free without needing antibiotics. Obviously, your mileage may vary and this is not a doctor’s advice, but it has worked for me and saved me tons of money in copays and antibiotic prescriptions. Great to have on hand for those of us who are UTI prone.

  64. My 5 year old daughter gets UTIs sometimes. When she first starts to feel a slight stinging, I empty out a of the Lady Soma Cranberry Capsule in some water and she drinks it. Then I give it to her once a day for a few days. I also give it to her sometimes when she is not experiencing any symptoms, just as a preventive. She drinks it happily. I sometimes also put it in her yogurt. I definitely recommend!

  65. Anyone who has suffered from recurrent urinary tract infections recognizes the symptoms. When I get the first signs of the UTI, I take the Lady Soma Cranberry Concentrate and it nips it in the bud and provides relief. It contains methenamine, a substance that arrests the growth of bacteria in urine, and sodium salicylate, a mild analgesic. I take them like they say on the package and these pills work quickly providing much needed relief from the burning and pain of a UTI.

  66. Hi i have a E-coli problem from last 4 years back i have taken a many antibiotic but sometimes it goes ok for sometime and then again its come i m very fed up again and again coming can u pls seggest me what should i do so tht i can cure tis pls suggest me

  67. I get UTI’s so frequently and I had to resort to antibiotics more often. I had tried everything natural to try and stop it, but nothing has worked better than the Lady Soma Cranberry Concentrate. I’m not getting anything free for writing this, I just wanted to write a review for the girl out there like me that might read these words.

    I tried the Lady Soma Cranberry Concentrate on a whim because my cranberry pills weren’t working, straight d-mannose wasn’t working. I take two anytime I feel even a hint of anything happening and it takes care of it. I also take one after sex. This is amazing and I thank the people out there who make it cuz without it I would have to resort to antibiotics, and now I only have to resort to them in emergencies!

  68. I am very susceptible to urinary tract infections. I used to be on daily antibiotics as a preventative, but after a couple years those really started to do a number on my whole body.

    Now I am off antibiotics, and instead I take 2 of the Lady Soma Cranberry Concentrate every morning with my tea. These keep me feeling good and keep the UTIs away! Good stuff!!

    Also, fyi …. on the very infrequent occasion where I feel like a UTI is coming on, I immediately use this product that knocks it out pronto.

  69. I am very susceptible to urinary tract infections. I used to be on daily antibiotics as a preventative, but after a couple years those really started to do a number on my whole body.

    On the very infrequent occasion where I feel like a UTI is coming on, I immediately take a double dose (4 pills) of the Lady Soma Cranberry Concentrate, and that knocks it out pronto.

    The vast majority of the time, the Lady Soma Cranberry Concentrate is very effective at preventing the UTIs from happening to begin with!

  70. My 3 month old got his second uti!! 🙁 he’s on his second round of antibiotics and I’m looking for a natural alternative. Can someone tell me what would work best and dosage? He is 3 months old and weighs 13lbs. Is there something I can give him daily to prevent them? And what to give when he’s actually having one?

  71. Cherry stalk tea is a very good and extremly beneficial remedy for UTIs. Cherry stalks contain volatile oils and potassium salts which are anti-inflammatory and diuretic. Just try the stalks after eating cherries and if you need them take 10 to 15 and brew a tea.

  72. I have only had a few UTI’s and since living healthier had gone years without one. One night one hit after 10PM. Too late to do much about I figured I was in for a long sleepless night. I read on a Mercola blog comment section on UTI’s to rub on some coconut oil. It is antibacterial so each time I went or tried to go I rubbed some on. I was asleep within one hour and was almost symptom free the next day. I did go to the GYN and got tested. It was positive for e-coli. I wish I would have just continued with natural remedies but I buckled to pressure and took a round of antibiotics. Next time I will no better. I would do the coconut oil with a huge amount of D-mannose and water.

  73. I developed a uti after sitting in a hot tub at a resort. my one and only ever uti.
    it was on a Sunday night and the doctors office was closed. I googled every home remedy out there…I was in a lot if pain.
    I got rid if it in 24 hrs by doing the following:
    1. cut out all coffee, tea.
    2. drink tons of water.
    3. take cranberry pills.
    4. sip on a mixture of hot water and apple cider vinegar.
    5. take vitamin c.
    amazingly, it worked!!!

  74. Hi, I know this is an old post, but I also wanted to add the homeopathic Cantharis 30c. I use the Boiron brand in the blue tube. UTI came back after antibiotics with a vengeance (on Christmas Eve!). My naturopath recommended this to me and it was a life saver!! I have used it ever since if I start feeling one come on. Just a couple doses for me and it is usually gone!

  75. I referred many articles and most of them suggest drinking a lot of water and the use of D-Mannose. I have also read comments on different forms of patients who used D-Mannose. Looks like it really works.

  76. RELIEF of burning with in 30 minutes.
    Please check CORN SILK TEA, it is a Native American remedy I have been using for years; along with Clear Tract powdered cranberry extract.
    Take the hairs (silk) from 4 ears of corn
    Boil 4 cups of water, take it off the heat.
    Add the hairs and steep for 15 minutes.
    Drink 1-2 cups – as well through out the day.
    Now they make a CORN SILK capsule.

  77. I am looking to order d mannose for my daughter who is 6. Any suggestions for a child her age? I saw the NOW d-mannose powder,, Thera cran but doesn’t look like damn nose. Are there any others? I did a home pee test and morning first pee nitrite negative but positive leukocytes so I’ll be following up with doctor and do another home test after washing. Thanks for your posts!