Kidney Stones

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Drink lots of water: Increasing your water intake when passing a stone will help speed up the process. Strive for 12 glasses per day as opposed to the recommended 8. Once the stone passes, continue drinking 8-12 glasses per day. Dehydration is one of the major risk factors for kidney stones. Urine should be light and pale ~ if dark and yellow, it is a sign of dehydration. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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We would suggest the following herbs:

Lemon juice: Add some freshly squeezed lemons to your water as often as you like. It contains a chemical that stops calcium stones from forming. The citrate can also help break up small stones, making them easier to pass through. It also inhibits bacterial growth and provides Vit C.

Basil juice: Contains acetic acid, which breaks down kidney stones and reduces the pain. It is packed with nutrients and is commonly used for digestive and inflammatory disorders. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help maintain kidney health. Tea: Fresh or dried leaves. Add them to some boiling water, steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and drink ~ several cups a day. You can also juice the leaves in a juicer or add them to a smoothie. Avoid use for longer than 6 weeks.

Apple cider vinegar: Contains acetic acid which helps dissolve kidney stones. It helps ease the pain caused by the stones. And it has many added health benefits. 2Tbsp of ACV to 180-240mls of purified water. Drink this 1 glass of mixture throughout the day, do not overdose in large amounts. People with diabetes must use caution and monitor blood sugar levels. Avoid if taking insulin, digoxin or diuretics.

Celery Juice: Clears toxins away that can contribute to kidney stones. Helps the body flush the stone out. Blend one or more celery stalks with water – drink the juice throughout the day. Avoid if you have low blood pressure, a bleeding disorder or a scheduled surgery.

Pomegranate juice: Well-known for its benefits for overall kidney health. It is packed with antioxidants and will flush the stones and other toxins from the body and prevent kidney stones from developing. It lowers the acidity level in the urine, which reduces the future risk of kidney stones. There are no limits to dosage. Avoid if taking medications changed by the liver, BP medication or Crestor.

Kidney bean broth: The broth leftover from cooking kidney beans has been used for centuries to improve urinary and kidney health. It helps dissolve and flush out kidney stones. Strain the liquid from the cooked beans and drink a few glasses throughout the day.

Wheatgrass juice: Absolutely packed with nutrients and has been used for centuries for general health. It increases the flow of urine which helps pass the kidney stone. And the nutrients cleanse the kidneys. Drink 60ml-230ml per day. Start with a small low dosage and work your way up slowly to 230ml. Fresh is preferable, Powdered is next best.

Horsetail juice: Increases the flow of urine, which helps flush the kidney stones out and soothes the swelling and inflammation. It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that aid in overall urinary health. Do not use for longer than 6 weeks at a time. Avoid if using lithium, diuretics, and heart medications. Avoid use on children, pregnant or breastfeeding. Avoid if trying to quit smoking. Avoid if you abuse alcohol, have diabetes, low potassium levels or low thiamine levels.

Listed by Val Thorncroft, February 2018

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Boil some radishes. Let the water cool, then drink a glassful. Apparently tastes awful and doesn’t smell very nice, but it works. – Listed by Val Thorncroft, February 2018

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Lemon Essential Oil

Application – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops.  That gives you 10 drops. In this case, you will add 5 drops of Lemon and 5 drops of Lavender. Apply the mixture over the body, especially the lower back area (kidney area), as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Lemon. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin.  If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Lemon – Avoid if pregnant/lactating, Avoid sun exposure after application for 12 hours. Avoid if on prescription medication. Avoid use on children below 5 **

** Lavender is the safest of all oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil  **

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