What are UTI’s? Urinary Tract Infections

June 25, 2018

Do you…

• Frequently or urgently need to urinate • Often only pass small amounts of urine • Have Pain or burning sensation when urinating These can be symptoms of urinary tract infections. There are different types of urinary infections which include the following;

April 3, 2018

WAYS TO USE JUNIPER MEDICINALLY:

As a medicine, juniper extracts can be taken internally, inhaled, or applied topically. You can use Juniper berries fresh or dried as well as in a supplement form or as an oil. Many health food stores carry juniper berries in the herbs and spice section and can usually be purchased either dried, fresh, crushed, or whole. The leaves can be burnt on top of a hot wood stove to create an incense which is said to be helpful in the treatment of colds. The average dosage for this herb is 2 to 10 grams, or 1 to 3 teaspoons of crushed berries made into a tea by pouring boiling water over them and steeping for 10 minutes. Drinking the tea 1 – 2 times per day over the course of 4 – 6 weeks is considered generally safe. The extracts of this berry contain terpinene-4-ol, which is a compound that stimulates the kidneys, as well as amentoflavone, a compound with anti-viral properties. Juniper is often ingested in tea or supplement form. The

May 10, 2017

YARROW

(Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is often used internally to treat excessive bleeding, indigestion, and diarrhoea amongst other ailments, and externally to help heal minor cuts and scrapes. Yarrow is also used in cosmetics to treat oily skin and as a cleanser. It is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae (aster, daisy, or sunflower) family and is native to temperate regions of Asia, Europe, and North America. Its name is derived from the Greek hero Achilles as he supposedly used it to heal soldier’s wounds during the Trojan War. It is also known as: blood wort, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milfoil, old man’s pepper, nosebleed, and staunch grass.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Reduces fevers by inducing sweating
  • Has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Aids with diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence, and dyspepsia by getting the bile and pancreatic juices required for digestion flowing
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Treats colds and the flu
  • Lessens menstrual bleeding
  • Relieves tooth aches
  • Acts as a decongestant to clear up coughs and sinus infections
  • Treats skin conditions such as eczema
  • Alleviates allergies
  • Prevents haemorrhaging and treats varicose veins by toning blood vessels and dilating capi

February 26, 2016

Varying from an irritating minor annoyance to a more serious long-term problem, urinary-tract and vaginal infections are among the most common ailments affecting women.  There is plenty you can do to compliment any treatment prescribed by your doctor, ensure a rapid recovery and prevent a recurrence.

  • See your doctor If you suspect a urinary-tract infection, see your doctor.  Untreated infections can spread further up the urinary tract to the kidneys, leading to a more serious problem.  If an infection is confirmed, you’ll probably be given antibiotics, which usually produce rapid and effective relief.

 

  • Flush out the problem Increasing your fluid intake dilutes urine and helps to flush out bacteria.  Aim to drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day.

 

  • Urinate after sex In women especially, bacteria may enter the urethra during sex.  Passing urine immediately afterwards helps to flush them out.  Some women find that using a diaphragm or spermicidal gel promotes infection.  If so, it may help to change your method of contraception.  Unlubricated condoms or those impregnated with a spermicide can also cause problems – use the lubricated type wi