Since I was little, my mom has struggled with bladder and urinary tract health. Being a natural remedy kind of person to begin with, she has spent a lot of time trying the basics–cranberry juice, extra water, cranberry supplements, and eventually she landed on her most recent recommendations, which were taking D-Mannose (a simple sugar found in many fruits) and cinnamon every day. The reasons these things have not worked for her were they were either a. cost-prohibitive, b. inconvenient, c. unpleasant d. the amount required was insane or all of the above. So frustrating.
ENTER ESSENTIAL OILS. :] I started using essential oils consistently a few months ago for everything from sinus issues to calming a restless baby, and I have noticed some marked results. As I started reading all the things they could be used for, my mind ran wild with the possibilities. The first and most immediate thing I wanted to start improving was the lives of my family members, so I bought my mom some doTERRA OnGuard softgels to take once a day.
OnGuard soft gel ingredients: Wild Orange Peel: protects the body against seasonal threats*, Clove Bud: supports a healthy immune system*, Black Pepper Seed: supports healthy circulation*, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf: promotes healthy immune function*, Eucalyptus Leaf: purifying and cleansing properties*, Oregano Leaf: helps maintain a healthy immune system*, Rosemary Flower/Leaf: may help support the digestive system*, Melissa Leaf: may help support healthy immune system*
I also made her a 10mL roll-on (for topical application to her bladder area) with a combination of doTERRAOnGuard essential oil blend (same ingredients as above, minus the Black Pepper and Oregano)(20 drops), Frankincense essential oil–otherwise known as the King of Oils because it’s good for everything–(10 drops), doTERRA DigestZen essential oil blend (ingredients: Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils)(5 drops) and doTERRA Oregano essential oil (2 drops), topped off with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil.
The reason I picked these oils were that I had asked around to my oil-using gurus and found out what oils they had experience with and what had worked for them or others they knew. Then I used what I had to make her a combination. She has only just started using the new blend but I’ll check in with her in a few weeks and see how it’s going. The next day after applying the roller on her bladder area, she did say she woke up feeling “better.” I know that’s not exceptionally detailed, so I’ll continue to follow up with her and post my results here.
Two other things I’d like to try if what she’s using now isn’t enough: Lemongrass essential oil and Juniper Berry essential oil. These two were mentioned over and over in my research, I just didn’t have them on hand so I decided to go with what was readily available first. If this works for her, she will be spending $15 (for the OnGuard beadlets) per month and some change (when you figure in the cost of the roller and ingredients–though the one I made her maybe cost $10 to make and should last her probably 3 months with constant use). Not bad, all things considered! Cost-effective, convenient, and taken in small amounts, all while supporting her body naturally.
***UPDATE!! The roller blend I made her worked! I got Juniper Berry and Lemongrass and we added 5 drops of each to the roller. She used it (rolled it on her abdomen) during the worst of her symptoms three times a day for several months, and is now down to just using it at the first sign of symptoms (which she hasn’t had in over 6 months!) If you know my mom and her constant state of having bladder discomfort, you know this is nothing short of a miracle! The other thing she started trying was the DigestZen softgels (you can achieve the same effect by adding several drops to a veggie cap and taking internally). At this point in her journey this is the ONLY thing she is still doing preventatively and it is working to keep the bladder discomfort at bay.
Have you used essential oils for bladder and urinary tract health? What worked? I’d love to know so please leave a comment. :]
Until next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.