The urinary tract begins with the kidneys then to the
bladder through the two ureter tubes. Then exits from
the bladder through the urethra to the outside. The
urethra in a male passes through the prostate gland.
An infection in any part of this system may be referred to
as a UTI. There are also specific names for infections
in each of the areas.
· Urethra – urethritis.
· Bladder – cystitis
· Bladder wall inflammation - interstitial cystitis
· Kidneys – pyelonephritis
A UTI is more common in women than men because of the
shorter urethra. The infection can be uncomfortable if
not very painful. If it is not treated and it progresses to the kidneys it can become
Oils, blends & products
CypressC, Frankincense, LemonEC, On Guard, OreganoC,
Cassia, Cinnamon, MelaleucaC, ThymeEC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Fill a 00 capsule with 2 drops Frankincense, 6 drops
On Guard, 6 drops Oregano.
one capsule, 3 times per day.
drink 1/2 cup of unsweetened, natural cranberry juice (not
the grocery store type but that purchased in a health
food store) 3 times per day. This is bitter but
worth the distasteful experience.
Continue 2 or 3 days after the discomfort stops.
cup of of unsweetened, natural cranberry juice (not the
grocery store type but that purchased in a health food
store) 3 times per day. This is quite bitter and
may need to be sweetened with honey.
· Add 3
drops of On Guard to the cranberry juice.
the cranberry juice is too distasteful put the On Guard
in a capsule and fill with cranberry juice).
Topically apply 1-2 drops of Oregano to the bottom of
the feet 3 times per day.
also recommend Cypress applied topically over lower
abdomen 2 times per day along with the protocols above.
lots of water and add 1 to 2 drops of Lemon essential
oil to each glass of water.
Most frequently a UTI is a bacterial infection and experience suggests that starting oils as soon as the UTI
is suspected and being very aggressive with the frequency of
application can reduce the time of discomfort significantly.
Also, to be safe from reoccurrence, continue the oils for a
week after the symptoms have subsided.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
2.30pm. Have just spent a wonderful 4
hours with friends discussing doTERRA, having breakfast,
drinking tea. Driving home I feel the need to go to the
bathroom but with urgency. I have already been to the
bathroom at the cafe and felt that things weren’t quite
right. It was cold in the cafe and I’m starting to think I
might have caught a chill in the urinary tract.
2.35pm. At home, just been to the
bathroom. Passed only a little urine, in pain and still
feel a sense of urgency. This isn’t good. It’s been about
10 years since I suffered cystitis and I know the feeling
all too well. I’ve had instances before in the distant past
when cystitis has been more than just burning and frequency,
it’s been blood in the urine and a kidney infection, then a
course of antibiotics or two.
2.36pm. Time to act. I go to the kitchen
and put the kettle on. Pour a glass of water and drink it
all. Cut a large slice of Lemon and put it into the glass,
fill with water and drink it. The kettle boils and I make a
warm Lemon tea - just a slice of Lemon in a glass. I feel
like adding Clove and Cinnamon essential oils. I don’t know
why - I just feel like adding them. I drink the tea and for
some reason the Clove and Cinnamon do not feel hot in my
mouth like they normally do. I make a hot water bottle and
hold it to my abdomen.
2.40pm . In the bathroom again. The pain
at the end of urination is intense and burning. This is not
good! I’m starting to think of more oils and think Oregano.
There must be an infection of some sort there.
2.42pm. In the kitchen - another glass of
water. I look up UTI in the Modern Essentials book. It
says put a drop of Oregano and a drop of On Guard and rub
into abdomen above the pubic area followed by a hot
compress. So the Oregano and the Clove were right as was
the hot water bottle.
3.00pm. Am sitting with my bottle
compress over Oregano and On Guard on my abdomen. To the
bathroom again. Urgency, pain - and blood in the urine.
I’m in trouble but I’m feeling bright in spirits so that’s
3.02pm. Back in the kitchen, more water
and Lemon tea. Make a veggie cap with a drop of Oregano, a
drop of On Guard and a drop of Lavender, a few drops of olive
oil, shake it up and swallow. Don’t know why Lavender but
it felt soothing.
3.30pm. Back to the bathroom. Still pain
3.50pm. Slightly more comfortable.
Decide to eat some buttered toast. That feels good too.
6.00pm. I’ve renewed the hot water bottle
a couple of times and keep sipping water. Have to pass urine
several times each hour. More Oregano and On Guard on the
abdomen and I’m feeling a bit better.
6.30pm. It’s been 20 minutes since I last
went to the bathroom. Still feeling sore but a bit better.
The blood is less and the pain has subsided quite a lot.
Still feel fullness and soreness but not as bad.
7.00pm. A decent amount of urine and
hardly any blood. Pain at level 3 instead of level 9.
7.40pm. A drop of blood again. More
Oregano and On Guard on the abdomen.
8.10pm. A decent wee!! No blood. Pain
at level 2. Still uncomfortable but OK. Think the corner
has been turned. Six hours of intense self treatment and
CTPG essential oils and I’m feeling OK. Previous bouts of
cystitis in years gone by have lasted days. Now I'm
starting to feel really good!
Following day - Slept well last
night and had to get up only once. This morning I feel
fine, can still vaguely feel the symptoms but only if I
study myself hard. I'll be following up with more oils
today, but I'll be going to work as normal!
Pat -- Thank you, thank you for sharing.
You have helped many of us know what to do. You also
reinforced the aggressive and consistent use of oils as
Catherine - My
husband is suffering with a urinary infection, he is on
antibiotics. Which oils can you recommend?
Arin - I have a friend that uses Oregano
anytime she gets a UTI. Just 3 drops in a capsule or in
honey. Taste kinda gross but works wonders!
Azmidwife - Dr. Hill recommends Cassia
in a capsule, 5-6 drops, 3-4 times a day for about 10 days.
You will see results sooner than that, but continue the 10
days to be sure it's out of your system.
Natalie - I use 4 drops of On Guard and 4
drops of Lemon in a capsule...at least twice a day. I
got rid of a bladder infection in just one short day! Keep
taking it for at least 5 days.
Kirsten -- My
daughter is coming home this week from college for the
summer. She has a urinary tract infection right now...so
when she gets home Friday , I am going to suggest the GX
assist and the PB assist for her. I have some here just
waiting for her. She also has type 1 diabetes.
Pat -- Take the GX and PB and also
the Coriander in a capsule to help with the diabetes. She
should also not go back to school without the LLW. More than
any other thing she needs to be on LLW.
Shannon – I
had a horrible UTI (urinary tract infection) last Tuesday. I
get them so bad that I have only been able to take
antibiotics to rid them. However guess what?? I got HIVES
this time from taking the only one that I am not allergic
to! So what oils can I take for both and please tell me
quickly. I can't stop itching!!!!!
Dian - Lemon oil internally in
water for the UTI. Lavender topically for the hives.
Caz – I had the same problem this
week(UTI). Haven’t had this for a long time but when I do it
is usually a doozy. I have been taking On Guard...one drop in
water three times a day plus Lemongrass rubbed on tummy
(bladder area) and on bottom of my feet. So far it is not
progressing and is starting to feel better. This is my
second day using the oils.
Also have you been having the cranberry juice? If not I
would get some cranberry capsules also. Many years ago I was
almost hospitalized with same problem and had stronger and
stronger antibiotics which gave me many other problems!
Finally I took things into my own hands and the cranberry
capsules and juice worked wonders!!!! Now I am trying the
oils but am also having the cranberry juice. So far so good.
Brooke - If it is an infection, whether
it be viral or bacterial, I would suggest On Guard or
Melaleuca with Lemon on the bottom of your feet as well as
in capsules internally. (help from Modern Essentials book)
Other recommendations in the book were: Purify,
Lemongrass and Geranium applied topically to the area with a
warm compress. Doing this several times throughout the day
would be helpful. Maybe even alternate doing those
topically with On Guard too.
AZ midwife - Cassia in a capsule is the
best oil for a UTI. 4-5 drops 2 times a day, morning and
night. 1/2 the dose for one week after the symptoms
Angelailona - Any
essential oils recommendations for UTI?
Rob - Get some cranberry juice from your
local health food store. (Not the sweet type made with HFC
and concentrates but real cranberry juice made with no
sweeteners and no additives.) Get a small glass or a shot
glass and pour 2-3 tablespoons of cranberry juice and add
3-4 drops of On Guard. This will not taste good. In fact it
might be the worst things you've ever had to drink but, keep
it up hourly, and depending on how sever the case is, you
will find relief in a few hours or a few short days. Also
drink lots and lots of water too.
You can also apply Oregano essential oil to the soles of
your feet, just above the heel or Purify blend to areas of
Marc - Anyone had success treating
Rob - I would begin by taking 00
capsules of the following:
· 12 drops of On Guard
· 6 drops of Oregano
· 2 drops of Frankincense
Take them three times per day with cranberry juice. Not
the sweetened stuff, the 100% pure stuff from the health
food store. It's very bitter but the antibiotic mix and the
cranberry juice should be pretty effective. Once the pain
and discomfort subsides, keep taking the blend for a few
days so the infection does not come back.
Janella - Another good antibiotic blend
for UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) or bladder infection is:
· Cinnamon (10 drops)
· Oregano (10 drops)
· Lemon (10 drops)
· Frankincense (2 drops)
Also take this in size 00 gel caps (capsules).
You could also apply the oils with a warm compress to the
lower abdomen/upper pubic area. I have also heard that the
compress coupled with drinking ¼ cup of 100% cranberry juice
hourly is very good. Another suggestion is 1
tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon taken hourly.
See a competent medical professional if the pain gets too
extreme, or moves into the back and kidneys.
Jenyce - My
grandma has had chronic bladder infections for years.
She is on a daily dose of antibiotics plus takes those
cranberry pills like they are going out of style. I am
thinking Oregano in a capsule. Will that help?
Cortney - You are right with the
Oregano in a capsule. We have had great success
with the following mix in a capsule:
· Oregano (4 drops)
· Lemon (2 drops)
· Melaleuca (2 drops)
Rob - Yes, you are right on, Oregano
in a capsule. I would use 6 drops of the Oregano plus 3
drops of On Guard or Thyme. Take them 3 times daily. I
have heard that organic unsweetened cranberry juice is
more effective than the cranberry pills. The daily dose
of antibiotics is scary. See if she will get off those.
I believe she will see success with the protocols
Jessica - I have had fabulous
results with Juniper oil and any kidney issue. Also
Frankincense and Lemon in a capsule supports kidney
functions...and I would gladly take that in place of a
As for the unsweetened cranberry juice...its really
not that bad. I mix it half and half with pure water and
add about four drops of Lemon oil (in my stainless steel
water bottle) and it is actually very refreshing. I keep
a bottle around because it works so quickly and
Jenyce - Thank you so much for all
the input. Now how long can a capsule sit before it
mistaken? I know the Lemon will dissolve the capsule
what about the other oils? Do I need to have her make
the capsules one at a time or can she make a couple days
Rob - Oils will soften them over few
days depending on the oils. So you need to make them
every 2-3 days.
folks recommend for children
Brooklyn - My niece
is 5 years old and went in to get her kindergarten shots and
they did a urine test and said she had blood in her urine.
They told her she has a urinary tract infection although she
has not complained of any problems. My sister wants to try
essential oils. Which ones would be the best and how often
and for how long?
Rob – This is similar as what is
suggested for adults. Start with cranberry juice from
your local health food store. (Not the sweet type made with
HFC and concentrates but real cranberry juice made with no
sweeteners and no additives.) Get a small glass and pour
2-3 tablespoons of cranberry juice and then add 3-4 drops of
On Guard blend. This may be too distasteful for a child so
you may want to try to sweeten it with honey. Another
alternative is a capsule. If they can swallow a
capsule put 2 drops of On Guard blend and fill the remainder
with cranberry juice. As with an adult take this at
least hourly. Also applying Oregano to the feet, just
above the heel and on the inner side of each foot has been
helpful to others.
Deb - I don't have an answer on the oils, but we have had
a rare inherent condition in our family called trigonitis.
It is where tiny blood vessels in the bladder break and
bleed into the urine. It always worries doctors at first
because they suspect infection or kidney conditions. When
they realize what it is, no one seems to worry and it's
never created any problem for any members of our family. My
mother had it all her life and just passed away in her 80's.
You might want to ask the doctor about it.
Niki - I need Help! My 4-year-old daughter has a
bladder infection. Just this evening when going to the potty
she cried that her pee hurts and when wiping her the pee was
tinted pinkish red. She has never had this issue before. I
read in a post a while back that ombody had rubbed diluted
Cinnamon on the bladder area. I don't have Cinnamon but I
do have Cassia, is that considered to have the same
properties and can that be used or does it need to be
Cinnamon only? Also, Oregano, Frankincense and Lemon on
the bottom of the feet, I am going in the right direction?
Wendy - You are totally going in the right direction! I
would give her lots of liquid! If you can, go get some
cranberry juice, not the sweetened kind you find at the
grocery store, the unsweetened kind in the health food
store. It is really nasty, so you might have to sweeten it
with agave or something natural just to get her to drink it.
Cranberry juice has been really effective for me personally
along with the oils!! Good luck!!!
And yes, I would think that Cassia would be a good
substitute for Cinnamon. If it were my child, I would
put it on (with a carrier) and then follow with a warm
compress, 3 times a day. Being 4 she might not sit still
Samara - Any of the oils you can get her to drink would
help too. Maybe Lemon in the cranberry juice? My baby
likes the taste of On Guard in his milk. Maybe also if you
could get her to sit in a bath with some of the oils it
would bring some relief.
Kendra - Are you sure that she has to have the cranberry
juice from the health food store?
Rob - Yes. The high fructose syrup variety might cause
worse problems. Use the organic, unsweetened product. If
you have to, use agave, honey, or stevia. Also try the
suggested oils on the feet using the
reflexology points shown on any reflexology mapping.
What Science & Research are saying
Antibacterial activity of essential
oils on microorganisms isolated from urinary tract
Rev Saude Publica. 2004 Apr;38(2):326-8. Epub 2004 Apr
26; Pereira RS, Sumita TC, Furlan MR, Jorge AO,
Ueno M.; Departamento de Biologia, Universidade
de Taubaté, Taubaté, SP, Brasil.
The antibacterial activity of essential oils extracted
from medicinal plants (Ocimum gratissimum, L., Cybopogum
citratus (DC) Stapf., and Salvia officinalis, L.) was
assessed on bacterial strains derived from 100 urine
samples. Samples were taken from subjects diagnosed with
urinary tract infection living in the community.
Microorganisms were plated on Müller Hinton agar. Plant
extracts were applied using a Steers replicator and petri
dishes were incubated at 37 degrees C for 24 hours. Salvia
officinalis, L. showed enhanced inhibitory activity compared
to the other two herbs, with 100% efficiency against
Klebsiella and Enterobacter species, 96% against Escherichia
coli, 83% against Proteus mirabilis, and 75% against
Editorial note – The common names for
the three essential oils tested are Basil, Lemongrass, and