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Alternative medicine: Flowers to soothe cystitis

Alternative medicine: Flowers to soothe cystitis

Insufficient hydration, too tight jeans… This bladder infection affects 30 women and causes tugging, localized pain, or a very uncomfortable burning sensation. Most of the time, when cystitis is benign, we remain cautious, because bacteria can colonize the bladder and multiply… Do you want to get rid of it? Discover now the flowers to calm cystitis!

A floral infusion to calm cystitis

If you are prone to cystitis on a regular basis, it is best to catch it early to avoid the antibiotic box. If cranberry is the best-known natural remedy, heather and dried hibiscus flowers are also useful. Heather is a diuretic and anti-inflammatory for the urinary tract, while hibiscus acts as a urinary disinfectant.

Recipe for your own natural flower infusion

Ingredients: Dried heather and hibiscus flowers

Equipment: A bowl and a teapot or infusion cup (with drip tray).

Use: Mix a handful of heather and hibiscus flowers evenly. If desired, heat water, bring to a boil (do not boil) and pour into flower mixture (1 teaspoon per cup). Let stand for 10 minutes before drinking.

Good to know: One tea per day is not enough to obtain health benefits. From two onwards, an effect is observed. On the other hand, we limit ourselves to 4 infusions per day, which we can complete by drinking cranberry juice (pure, unsweetened).

Flowers that can help natural self-medication

Plants against urinary infections

Some plants have inherently effective properties against urinary tract infections. This is particularly true of tea tree and cranberry.


Cranberry is the most effective plant against urinary tract infections. Contains ingredients that prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract. In this way, the plants help to prevent infections and block bacterial growth. The plant is particularly well represented in the context of prevention, especially in women. However, it can also prevent urinary tract infections in men.

In this context, cranberries are usually consumed regularly, sometimes daily, in the form of juice. Similarly, the prescription of cranberry juice can help limit relapses in patients with recurrent cystitis. Cranberry juice has also been shown to be equally effective in preventing recurrences in pregnant women with recurrent cystitis. Cranberry is therefore a very effective plant against urinary tract infections and is mainly used to prevent recurrences.

Tea tree

Tea tree can be used in occasional cystitis situations. Its essential oil helps to reduce pain in the lower abdomen, but it also prevents infections. This natural oil is known for its extremely powerful anti-infectious properties. As part of a natural remedy for cystitis, tea tree oil can help attack coliform bacteria that cause infections. Dilute with vegetable oil and massage the lower abdomen 4-5 times a day. Tea tree oil is safe for topical application, and better yet, it is one of the few products that can be used during pregnancy.


The European Commission, as well as the World Health Organization and ESCOP, recognize the use of Echinacea in the treatment of various infections (respiratory, urinary). Like the cranberry, this plant is particularly well known for its preventive treatment of infectious diseases. It stimulates our natural defenses. To do this, it should be taken as a tea several times a day during treatment.

Cranberry buds

Cranberries are small fruits called preservatives. Acts directly on the intestines and urinary tract. Therefore, it can be used both as a preventive treatment and as a natural remedy to treat cystitis. Here you need to dilute 6 drops of cranberry bud macerate with a spoonful of mineral water. A small amount of this mixture is taken morning and evening for one month as a preventive measure or as part of a treatment plan.

Bach flowers

In traditional Chinese medicine, the bladder is directly related to distrust, anxiety, territorialism, and possessiveness. Therefore, natural remedies have been developed by traditional doctors using two types of Bach flowers (Holly and Chicory). From the first symptoms to the complete healing of urinary tract infections, 7 drops of these two flower essences are to be infused under the tongue morning and evening. Benefits of this natural remedy: No contraindications, even children can use it with half a glass of water.


Bearberry is a plant that can be used to stop early urinary tract infections. At the first symptoms of a bladder infection, action should be taken immediately. Then use the leaves of the plant and take it as an infusion up to twice a day. Avoid acidic foods and consume alkaline drinks to promote effectiveness.

Green anise

Green anise is found in green anise. The plant (more precisely, its active ingredient) has well-known antibacterial properties that help fight urinary tract infections. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of this plant against urinary tract infections. In traditional medicine, green anise seeds are used to limit the risk of recurrence and to fight against bacterial proliferation.

Other plants against urinary infections

Several other herbs can help in the curative and preventive treatment of cystitis, such as heather, bearberry and birch. Mung beans and azuki beans are also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat urinary tract infections. Finally, broccoli, nettle and celery are also presented in this context.

In addition, most plants known for their diuretic properties can help eliminate bacteria. These include elderberry, dandelion, blackcurrant, mate, juniper and goldenrod. Other herbs include Orthosiphon and Primula officinalis.

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