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Cure Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) with Echinacea
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are—you guessed it—infections caused by bacteria anywhere in the urinary tract. In general, the bacteria that enter the urinary tract are germs living in the large intestine. Most of the ladies will recall being advised to “wipe from front to back.” That’s why.
SYMPTOMS OF A URINARY TRACT INFECTION
Pain when urinating
Frequent urination, often with scant urine
Abdominal heaviness or tenderness
Cloudy or bad-smelling urine
Lower back pain in the area of the kidneys.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
If you have fever, nausea, and vomiting
If you have pain on one side of your back under your ribs
UTIs are particular cause for concern in people who have known kidney problems, a weak immune system, who are over 65, or who are pregnant or have diabetes. In these cases, you should seek professional medical care.
HOW TO CURE URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS WITH ECHINACEA
There are many excellent home remedies for UTIs. Many people drink cranberry juice. People who are member of Intentional Communities—which do a good deal of their own doctoring—tell me that they deal with UTIs by taking cranberry capsules and drinking lots and lots of a tea that combines uva ursi, corn silk, and marshmallow root. It works, too!
I myself never had a UTI in my life until I became diabetic. The sugar in the urine make the urinary tract more inviting to bacteria and promotes their growth.
The very first time I realized I had a UTI, I began taking Echinacea root tincture, a spoonful at a time. That is, in doses of around a tablespoonful. This dose gave relief in about an hour. To keep the infection from returning, I took a one-tablespoonful dose of Echinacea tincture three times a day, and the infection was gone in less than 24 hours.
For how to make your own Echinacea root tincture, see: http://blueheron.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Echinacea-Tincture-Growing-and-Using-Purple-Coneflower-for-Medicinal-Use.
Echinacea root can also be taken in capsules, in which case you should take four to six capsules three times a day, or as a decoction of the root, in which case you should drink three or four cups of the decoction each day. A decoction is simply a “tea” that is made by simmering the roots for 20-30 minutes, instead of merely steeping as for a regular tea.
To make a decoction of Echinacea, add one ounce of the dried root to one quart of water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Strain and drink. Refrigerate the unused liquid for later.
BE SURE TO USE ECHINACEA ROOT
The portion of the Echinacea plant that has the most powerful medicinal properties is the ROOT! Many of the Echinacea capsules on the market today are a mixture of the root and “aerial portions”—the stem, leaves, and flowers. I have even seen Echinacea capsules for sale that contain only the “aerial portions,” and none of the root at all.
If you decide to use capsules, be sure to read the label. It may be necessary to visit a health-food store to obtain Echinacea capsules made with the pure root, rather than the whole plant.
Many health-food stores have a bulk herbs section, where you can by Echincea root, either dried and chopped, or in the dried powdered form. The dried chopped form may be made into a decoction, or even just washed down with water like pills. The dried powdered form may be mixed with hot water to make a tea. Use about one tablespoon of the powder to make a cup of tea. Or maybe a heaping tablespoon would be better.
Here is an important rule when using Echinacea: DON’T SKIMP ON THE DOSE. When in doubt, take too much rather than too little.
Echinacea has almost no flavor, though it may leave a kind of “gritty” feel in the mouth because it can be slightly numbing. Since you would probably prefer your Echinacea “tea” to have a pleasant taste, some of your other favorite herbs may be added: mint, chamomile, hibiscus flowers, or even a handful of dried cranberries. Corn silk would be a soothing addition, but it too has little flavor.
Here’s how to add these flavoring herbs: After the Echinacea decoction has simmered for 20-30 minutes, remove from heat and add your favorite flavoring herb. Cover and let stand for about 10 minutes. You have just made a combination tea and decoction! The combination tea and decoction is often used in preparing herbal medicines, because some ingredients must be simmered and others steeped.
And you have just made the quickest of all possible cures for UTIs!
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