Herbs for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Cleavers - Galium aparine
Cleavers – Galium aparine

I want to first take an opportunity to tell all of you who have signed up for my new Blog here at WordPress:  Thank you!  It is an honor to share my experiences and wealth of accumulated information with you – and today is no exception.

This week has been difficult for our family due to the passing of my teenage daughter’s close friend who had accidentally drowned (not knowing how to swim and being alone in a pool).  Seeing how this is indeed the “death” time of year, we didn’t expect someone so young to go beyond the veil way before his time – or so it seemed from our naive mundane viewpoint.  Only he knew his soul contract, and whether he accomplished things in that contract – and it isn’t for us to know.  We do know the one thing that we take in death is love, and that we will indeed see him again when the time is right.

During this releasing process, my body apparently took an opportunity to release a very old energy pattern that apparently I had subconsciously and automatically locked inside of it for quite some time – likely for what was at the time survival reasons that were not even in my awareness.

Whether our belief systems include reincarnation and past lives, or whether we tend to carry these patterns ancestrally through genetics (be they strengths or weaknesses), I find it doesn’t matter much, because it often is played out in our mundane lives at one point or another.  I have consciously been on a healing journey since 1993, and have corrected many patterns of behavior and thought that relate to fear, and particularly anger, and how to process it.  Many people believe that once you have mastered your behaviors that all prior problems with that pattern just disappear.

Maybe for them, but speaking as a quadruple earthy Capricorn, ruled by Saturn (the planet of physical matter), I have noticed that even when a new pattern is mastered, that it can take years to fully process the old patterns, and in my case, that is almost always through the vehicle of a physical illness.  Consciously, this is not the most comfortable way to deal with releasing – I would much rather do it like others, through dreams or visions,  or even through one day of just crying in the bathtub.  However, when the pattern is stored in your body on a physical level (and I am sure the body “walls” it off as to not disturb the rest of my body), I suppose when that “wall” is dissolved through new thoughts, behaviors, energy work and even nutritional changes, it makes perfect sense for the releases of old energetic imprints to be released physically, through ailment.

In the current case, the expression of the old pattern release is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), which is the second one I have had in a year’s time, but never having one before in my life of well over 40 years.  According to Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life, this is about anger (“pissed-off”) and often at the opposite sex, especially a partner.  Is this my issue now?  No, and not for years.  Was it an issue?  OH yes!  It is also a family patterning, in that my mother tends toward UTI’s often, and we had discussed the differences between the way we handle our emotions – and she definitely suppressed her anger more than I did.

So, I receive even more confirmation from Spirit that herbal training was an excellent conjunct to my astrological and other training – if for nothing else than to assist the physical issues to process as quickly as possible.  This does not deny the use of energetic healing methods like Reiki or Flower Essences – in fact, it may have been these things that are helping remove these energy patterns too.  However, it is nice to know there is action to take physically, through the amazing plant kingdom, to bring that process of physical wellness more quickly than with energy work alone.

Any healer that has decided to heal themselves will tell you it is much more difficult than providing healing energy for others.  The reason is that the healer is not responsible for the recipient’s healing, but when the recipient is oneself, you are the healing instrument AND you are responsible – it can be tricky to coordinate these two tasks, but a healer than can do it is usually a fantastic healer for another.  Maybe because what we really are is healing teachers and healing facilitators – we actually heal ourselves with this help.

Being ever grateful for my herbal training, along with raw Garlic and unsweetened Cranberry Juice, I used herbs similar to Dr. Christopher’s for the first UTI occurrence at the 2008 Winter Solstice, and they worked in 3 1/2 days!  This summer, I had been inspired by Herbalist Kiva Rose to more fully explore the herbs that grow in my yard (commonly known as weeds), as it is much better to really have a relationship with the few herbs that decide to grow here, and not only know all of their possible applications, but to really have a relationship with the plants themselves, to understand their energy patterns, their astrological alignments (if known), and the extent of that herb to meet my intentions of healing at that particular time with particular situations.  While gathering many, I noticed many had qualities of healing the kidney and bladder areas, even if they worked differently to do so, and I thought that was interesting.  Now I know why!

While in great pain on Saturday early afternoon, I brought my pendulum with me to dowse which dried herbs, as well as herbal vinegars and herbal tinctures, would be the best energetic match for me, as well as the release of the UTI condition.  I did not have Cranberry Juice this time, and I wanted to see the effectiveness of these herbs on their own (along with avoiding all sugars, coffee, and non-herbal tea – and drinking at least 1/2 gallon of reiki-energized distilled water per day).  Here is what came up, and I did all the following:

Dried Herbs for Tea (also called an Infusion):

These herbs I had kept onhand in jars, and most were obtained from my local herb store:

Parsley, Nettle, Yarrow, Oatstraw, and Comfrey (small amount, due to constituents that could affect liver – usually not a worry, do your research – start with the 3 links in the right-hand column of this blog, under “Comfrey”)

1 tsp. combined herbs per 8 oz nearly-boiling water to steep 15 minutes per cup – 3 or 4 cups per day

I didn’t sweeten at all, but if you need it, you can use stevia – or if you prefer a salty, soup-broth taste, try a hexane-free tamari sauce instead.

Herbal Vinegar:

Goldenrod (if you want to know how to make it, Susun Weed has a nice tutorial, and I like the dill-like taste)

1 tablespoon prepared vinegar – 3 times per day, chase with water

Herbal Tincture:

Usnea (in Everclear) – 4 drops*

Dandelion (in Brandy/Vodka) – 10 drops

Cleavers (in Brandy/Vodka) – 10 drops

All three, 3 times per day, chase with water

* the Usnea Lichen grew in woods near where I live, not in my yard.


On the first day, I decided to smash a pretty large clove of Garlic and spread it on my over-medium farm-fresh eggs that we get from a friend.  Raw Garlic can be harsh to eat on an empty stomach – I am especially sensitive to this, as I have difficult nausea-type pain, and sometimes gas, which says that it is working – eating with food usually alleviates that for me.  And, it tasted wonderful!

Self-Reiki was also implemented – I used the Sei He Ki symbol visually on my Kidney, Bladder and Urinary Tract area.  I also decided to rest, since that helped alleviate the pain (I guess gravity makes it worse sometimes).

For those interested in Planetary Rulers – of those I could find:

Cleavers (Galium aparine):  Saturn

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): Saturn

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Jupiter

Goldenrod (Solidago Canadensis): Venus

Nettle (Urtica dioica): Mars

Oatstraw (Avena sativa): Venus

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum): Mercury

Usnea (Usnea spp.):  (Unknown at this time, but I would give it to Saturn)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Venus

Results?  How about gone in 2 1/2 days? I couldn’t be happier!  I also cannot stress enough to learn even a layperson’s knowledge of herbs if at all possible.  Not only will it help you and your family achieve wellness more quickly and to not just mask symptoms, it gives a great sense of self-empowerment to know that many (unsprayed) plants we find in our yards can heal us – and your bank account stays happy too!  If you haven’t already, please explore my Herbalism links page on my blog to delve into a few resources.  Thanks for reading today!

9 thoughts on “Herbs for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

  1. nice article/blog lisa, If I may add-
    1-organic pure Cranberry juice/deluted half with water drink as much as you can will balance your PH to 7.0 and reduce the UTI symptoms.
    2-homeopathics can also deal with UTI verry quickly- apis,cantharis are only 2 out of hundreds of remedies that work.
    3-Loss of loved one/grief- Homeopathy is supreme- look into Ignatia for that if its acute- Long term grief/loss gets more complicated- hundreds of remedies……

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by Gina (and incidentally, I love your blog!) Earlier in my post, I had mentioned organic unsweetened cranberry juice and when I do have it, I do end up diluting it with distilled water! But I was doing an experiment to see if I could handle it with things I already had in my house, of which many were right from my yard. While I believe everything energetically worked together, I really credit the healing to Usnea for it being so quick. That stuff is so strong I had trouble getting even the small amount of drops down! But I did it! Indeed, as a future homeopathy student, I didn’t think of Ignatia at that time, we used flower essences to help process that (and I remember I needed a different one than my daughter did – I should reference my notes!) I have heard of Cantharis in an acute UTI application, and a few others. I have also been learning that with anything chronic, it is a matter of finding the simillimum so that healing happens on all levels for that person. While I have yet to blog about it, I hired a homeopath for my own chronic issues after this blog post – it has been 2 years so far and while my patience is wearing pretty thin these days, I know on an unseen level that other things are happening. I will blog about that when I reach the place of health I am seeking, but in the meantime I am learning SO MUCH about homeopathy!

  3. sorry for the late reply
    i just found your message today
    -you might like this link Lisa
    http://www.hpathy.com its one of the biggest portal related to homeopathy on the planet each month a free on line ezine,discussion forums,articles,classes…..
    i have a few articles listed on hpathy- enjoy……. gina

  4. I had a mild bladder infection recently and held it at bay for 3 weeks with sovereign colloidal silver and cranberry pills. I thought the infection was gone and when I ran out of Sovereign I bought a Sprouts brand that was on sale. Bad idea!! Within 3 days I had a raging infection. Fever, body aches, head aches, urgent urination, burning, no appetite and I was exhausted! There was no relief. I did some research and read that corn silk has been used for years by Native Americans and Asians to treat it. You can peel the corn silk right off of the cob, make a tea and drink 3 cups a day. You have to continue for 1 week if it is a new infection and at least two weeks if it is an older infection. Very important because it will return if you stop too early. They also sell corn silk pills. I took 3 garlic cloves a day. I peeled them and swallowed them like a pill. I can’t chew raw garlic. I also took tumeric for the pain. Aspirin for the fever but I had to stay up with the aspirin or the fever would come right back. It is summer in San Antonio and I had uncontrollable chills the worst muscle spasms. I also drank 5 or 6- 32 ounce bottles of tap water ( not bottled- you need minerals). For the spasms I tool valarian root which is amazing! When I got to feeling better I added B 12 w/ intrinsic value to get my energy back. I hope this helps 🙂

    1. Wonderful Vickie, thanks for reporting this. I am unfamiliar with different brands of colloidal silver being so different from one another, and it is good to know what works for us (I will remember this). Indeed, Corn Silk is awesome – sounds like you had a good plan too. As an aside, I wonder if this happened for you recently, since Saturn just went direct in Libra (rules kidneys) and Venus (the ruler of Libra) was also changing direction to go direct last week. So many people had urinary, bladder, kidney and vein stuff last week, so I thought I would ask. I hope your tap water doesn’t have the toxins – do you at least use a Brita to get most of the bad stuff out? The way I put minerals back in my water, oddly enough, is through herbal tea! The well water here is not good at all, distilling is the only choice that for us is reasonable – and the minerals in plants is usually more bio-available (i.e. absorption). I really appreciate you visiting my blog today Vickie, thanks again!!

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