How I Beat a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) without Antibioitcs

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It was about 7 weeks ago that I got my very first urinary tract infection (UTI).

It was no fun at all.  It hit me about 10 pm at night, I couldn’t sleep because I felt like I had to pee, chronically, with no end in sight.  Ugh, it was awful.  Thankfully I didn’t have any pain associated with it.  I had no pressure around my bladder and no burning when I urinated initially, but I did have an uncomfortable feeling.  That evening I started drinking lots and lots of water,  popping vitamin C and garlic, which is a natural antibiotic. I rubbed Thieves essential oil over my bladder throughout the night.   Finally, about 4 hours later the urge to go potty went away and I was able to go to sleep.

The next day the symptoms came back so I started looking into what else I could do to pull the plug on this thing.  Just to double-check that I actually had a Urinary Tract Infection, (UTI) I went to visit my Certified Nurse Midwife for a little urine test and let her pound on my kidneys.  I know that antibiotics save lives occasionally, but I had NO desire to give antibiotics a go at knocking out the gut flora that I’ve been working so hard to properly cultivate.  Sure enough, I tested positive for a UTI.

I’m such a stinker that I didn’t even fill the prescription for the antibiotic for several days, and it took some time to get rid of the symptoms.  I finally went to pick up  the antibiotic when I felt like someone had a strangle hold on one of my kidneys.  I brought the prescription home for a just in case and it is still under my sink, knowing it is not a good idea to let a UTI get out of hand and cause major damage to kidneys and potential fatal damage to the rest of the body.

Here is what I did to turbo charge my immune immune system and support my body’s natural defenses:

Diet – A proper diet when fighting a Urinary tract infection is SO important.  Never underestimate the power of a very low to no sugar (even natural sugars), and very low grain diet when trying to beat an infection such as this one.    Refrain from ice cream or any kind of sweet treats, and stay away from alcoholic drinks.  Rice may  be the best choice when choosing grains.  Keeping fruit to a minimum or none at all is also very important.   A low carb and sugar diet is a must  since these foods will feed the yeasts contributing to your infection.

Eat lots of veggies.  Onions and garlic are really great choices since they will unleash their antibiotic and healing properties.  Another good choice would be to drink a few ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice daily.  I drank several ounces of cold pressed cranberry juice a day (boy was it potent), but it really helped knock it out.

And, don’t forget to keep drinking lots and lots of water.  Even up to a gallon a day can help wash that infection out of your body.


Supplements –  D-Mannose Powder is a plant sugar extracted from cranberries.  This powder is fantastic for washing the infection out of your urinary tract.  I’ve read that yeasts actually attach to it and wash right out of your body.  I mixed about a tablespoon in water 1-2 times a day to help heal the infection.

Garden of Life Fungal Defense, this stuff is GOLD in a bottle.  I couldn’t even find it in my town so I had to order it directly from Amazon.  I took it according to the package directions.

Vitamin C – I kept popping these throughout trying to fight this infection.  Vitamin C is going to boost the immune system and help the body detox.

Herbs –  I made dandelion and nettle leaf infusions in order to help clean my system.  You can make an infusion by steeping 1/2 cup of herbs in a quart mason jar and letting it sit several hours or overnight. Sip throughout the day.  These herbs are rich in minerals (minerals are antibacterial) and it will aid in liver cleansing. (I purchase my herbs here.)

Detox Baths –   I added 3/4 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to a very hot bath water whenever I felt like my kidneys were achy or when I was uncomfortable at all when I urinated.  At the peak of all these symptoms I was taking these baths daily and would sit in  the bath for as long as possible.  I got some good reading done that way.

Essential Oils –  Essential oils are an incredible tool in the old home remedy tool box.  They really should be always be kept on hand for increased support of the immune system.  I used Thieves essential oil diluted over my bladder area several times each day for immune support.  Lemongrass essential oil is known to be helpful to support healthy function of the urinary system (according to my essential oils pocket reference guide) so I used a 1:1 dilution of lemongrass and coconut oil and put it on my feet before bed, and I diffused at bedtime.  (I buy my essential oils here.)

Urinary Tract infections can be tricky boogers to ditch.  It took me several weeks to get rid of it for good.  My symptoms would go away a day or two at a time and then return.  As long as my symptoms weren’t getting worse I just kept trucking along with my protocol until they were gone.

Make sure you consult your doctor if you feel at all uneasy and don’t let it get out of hand.

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  1. Thieves mouthwash is amazing for UTI and has worked for everyone male and female within 24 hours.

  2. I had a UTI while pregnant, so didn’t want to take an antibiotic. After (finally) getting the doctor to tell what kind of UTI it was, I did some research and treated it accordingly. Not all UTIs are the same! Some, like the kind I had, do not necessarily respond to d-Mannose. What I found was that virgin coconut oil contained the anti- fungal, -bacterial, and -viral compounds that were needed to destroy the UTI. So, I ate coconut oil and rubbed it in the bladder area and “down there”. I also drank apple cider vinegar, took d-mannose (figured it couldn’t hurt), drank cranberry juice, and took extra vitamin C. The UTI went away and the doctor was somewhat dumbfounded but had to acknowledge that “whatever” I did worked! 😉

  3. UT Vibrance is the most amazing product to get rid of UTIs. It of course contains d-Mannose and other herbs.

  4. I used Purification for a UTI which has Lemongrass in it. I wonder if pure Lemongrass is better or if Purification is a good bet.
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  5. 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.

  6. Apple cider vinegar works well for this Uti… 1 Tbl to 1/2 glass H20…2x day for a few days.. Also done this for my cats.. Of course smaller dose.. Works…😘

    • Why did you administer apple cider vinegar to your cats? And what was the dose administered? I give my dog and cats reishi tea daily to boost their immunity.

  7. I’ve been taking Uva Ursi as an herb tincture in a little water, 3x a day, between meals. My doctor said it will clear in a week. But I didn’t know there were different kinds of UTI’s. I’m also fighting a yeast infection at the same time so I’ve putting coconut oil on my vagina for anti-fungal qualities. Thanks for the tips – I’ve lea a bit more about what I can do.

  8. I just got over one. I used baking soda. 1/4 tsp to a quarter cup warm water, 2 x daily. Drank a lot of water throughout day (consumed no sugar) and before bed took probiotic pill (maybe two).

    Kept up until symptoms disappear.

    Gtg, yay!

  9. Do you still treat it yourself if you have a little blood in your urine? I really don’t want to go to the doc and get an antibiotic.

  10. Ian having uti since five yrs.every time ,I used to take antibiotics.It will temporarily reduce and again after six months ism getting the same problem.What are the natural remedies please tell me .Iam diabetic.My age is55yrs.

  11. do not forget to wash your uterus with a bladder infection. this with some whey ( “water” leaked from yoghert ) or some apple vinegar diluted with lukewarm water. Also after sexual intercourse , it prevents bladder infection

  12. I was hospitalized last year with a UTI that I had absolutely no symptoms of until the moment I woke up so disoriented, my husband thought I had suffered a stroke. It had gone systemic, and the doctor said 48 more hours without the antibiotics administered by IV and it would have been fatal. I would not depend on supplements, essential oils, and home remedies to save my life.

    • In 2012, I was ill with high fevers for 4 months so my son took me to the hospital ER. The doctor did nothing and sent me home. I became sicker and took Tylenol Dailey lower my fevers. My back was so sore that I couldn’t sit up to get out of bed,so i had to roll out of bed (i am very slim and was toned) to get up. I decided to phone the ambulance and hopefully get admitted to the hospital. I was hospitalized for 7 days, was given numerous IV antibiotics and morphine. I had a UTI that went systemic and nearly killed me. I now have a leaky heart valve which my cardiologist theorizes was caused by the lengthy UTI illness 4 years ago. UTI’s are common to women but should be treated properly and prevention is key. Some of the remedies presented by other commenters should be used as prevention and if the color, odor, frequency and urgency of your urine changes, a urinalysis should be done. there isn’t always pain associated with UTI, especially if the patient currently uses opiate analgesics

    • I have a hard time someone would go for weeks with a uti without getting sepsis. If you want to believe this fine, putting your own life at risk. Guess that’s why its called population control. I wouldn’t risk it. I’m all for less antibiotics but certain things u must got to a Dr for like strep throat and this. Infections in the body can turn deadly.

  13. I got them back to back last year & all the antibiotics gave me a horrible candida infection. I researched like mad & now take femdophilus everyday ..they work! Changes the flora. Now to get rid of this candida 🙁

  14. Hi, what do you clean your bathtub with. What cleanser? UTI can be caused by repeated bathing instead of showers. I love baths but too scared of UTI!

  15. There are absolutely alternatives two antibiotics pharmaceutical pills.. more people would focus on essential oils, therapeutic grade learn all the ins and outs about them. We’re all Healers. You just got to get the right information.. too many people depend on medical doctors that are trying to kill you, they invest in the pharmaceutical companies. that’s where they make their money. It’s all apart of the Illuminati system. You’re just a number. Learn research educate yourself on how to heal and take care of yourself and your children. The pharmaceutical companies are killing us. natural healing is the way to go. I had Lyme disease and I also had systemic Candida which both almost killed me along with the medical doctor. I healed myself through sustainable living Whole Foods with healing properties. essential oils with healing properties. There is a better way, then the way we’ve been programmed to believe..

  16. What an interesting read! Based on all the reviews, the Garden of Life Fungal Defense looks like it can clear up so many different issues..

    You never resorted to the antibiotics for a cure?

  17. I just went to the doctor. Essential oils helped ease the pain, but eventually I was peeing blood clots. I REALLY didn’t trust my doctor’s advice because he barely listened to my symptoms before prescribing me something. I took the prescription but I’m wary of the effects of anti-biotics. I hope probiotics will help me enough to get me back to health.

    I would recommend shopping around for a doctor if yours is unhelpful. I’ll be getting a new family doctor soon because I want to at least feel the doctor listened before pushing drugs at me.

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