If you know how helpful herbs are you may be looking for an effective herbal tea for kidney stones. Kidney stones are known for being extremely painful and debilitating. The thought of them brings me chills.
A very relieving tea can be made using 3 herbs:
- Wild carrot seeds
In this article we’ll look at a little background information of each herb and exactly how to make this tea. We’ll also go over any safety concerns and a few other tips that will help you tremendously.
Before we get into everything let’s take a look at the different causes and symptoms of kidney stones.
What Causes Kidney Stones?
There’s no one cause for kidney stones and can develop from a number of ways. Having an unhealthy diet and drinking an insufficient amount of liquids are two common causes. A few more are:
- Infection and obstruction in the urinary tract
- Certain diseases involving the intestinal tract
- Complications from gout
- A diet high in oxalates
There isn’t always an apparent cause either, which is pretty unfortunate. People in the Southeastern United States are at the highest risk for kidney stones for unknown reasons. This area is known as “The Kidney Stone Belt” and South Carolina has the most sufferers.
There are common symptoms that will let you know if you have stones. The most common is severe pain in the back, lower abdomen, or groin. If the pain isn’t taken care of nausea and vomiting will incur. Also, the urine may be a dark orange or reddish color.
If the stones are in the urinary bladder there may be a great desire to urinate, without being able to. Pain varies from moderate to EXTREME.
So now that we know causes and symptoms, let’s look at each of the 3 herbs separately and then how to make a tea with them.
Carrot (Daucus carota)
Common Names: Garden carrot, bee’s nest plant. birds nest root, wild carrot
Part Used For Kidney Stones: Seeds
Medicinal Properties: Anthelmintic, carminative, diuretic, stimulant
Description and Uses: Many people are put on a carrot diet for a short period of time when struggling with kidney problems. This is because carrots are high in Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C which are essential for kidney health.
Anytime it is painful to urinate, like with kidney stones, carrots are well known to lesson the pain. The seeds are a diuretic which means they promote urination. I mentioned earlier a common symptom is feeling the need to urinate and not being able to; this will help eliminate that symptom. It will also make it harder for stones to form.
Carrots and their seeds will give you many more benefits like:
- Liver and bladder problems
- The poultice is good for ulcers, canker sores, wounds
- Effective cure for edema
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Common Names: English valerian, German valerian, great wild valerian, Vermont valerian, vandal root, all-heal, setwall, American English valerian.
Part Used: Root.
Medicinal Properties: Diuretic, alterative, antisyphilitic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, tonic
Description and Uses: Valerian is an extremely soothing and calming root. Often times you will see a valerian remedy for anxiety and insomnia. It is an excellent nerve tonic that will help manage the pain of the stones.
When you can’t completely empty your bladder, your urine becomes concentrated and stagnant. As a result masses of minerals form. Carrot seeds will help you empty your bladder and valerian will help eliminate the masses of minerals left behind.
It’s also a muscle relaxer and according to Dr. Christopher at Herbal Legacy, valerian effectively relaxes internal muscles, making it easier to pass stones.
Additionally valerian helps with:
- Low fevers
- Breaking up colds
- Healing stomach ulcers
- And preventing fermentation and gas
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Common Names: Brandy mint, balm mint, curled mint, lamb mint.
Part Used: Leaves, oil
Medicinal Properties: Aromatic, stimulant, stomachic, carminative, rubefacient.
Description and Uses: Peppermint is helpful in keeping the kidneys strong and helping them in their ability to make urine.
It’s also helpful in this tea because it acts as a stimulant. If you are concerned about drinking this tea during the day because of the valerian, don’t be. The peppermint counteracts any sleepiness the valerian gives.
Besides helping to cleanse your kidneys and keeping you awake and alert, peppermint is an excellent remedy for:
- Heart trouble
- Palpitation of the heart
- Digestive problems
This is one of the oldest remedies known to man. You should really consider swapping out coffees and teas for peppermint teas. The first two take a toll on your nerves and hurt digestion while peppermint will tone and improve your entire system.
How To Make The Tea
Making a tea out of these three herbs is extremely easy and anyone can do it. Mix the 3 herbs together. You will need 1 teaspoon to every cup of boiling water. If you plan on making 6 cups worth, you will need 6 teaspoons.
Pour the boiling water over herbs in a different container; don’t boil the herbs. Let steep for one half hour. Take 1/2 cupful every hour until you feel relieved.
In warm weather you will need to make a fresh batch everyday. If kept in the refrigerator it can last up to a week. Never use aluminum pans or utensils when using herbs.
And that’t it! I told you it was easy.
Are There Any Dangers Involved?
Herbs can be quite powerful so you must use responsibly. Valerian root should never be taken for more than a few weeks without a break. The other two are safe for daily use.
Always get a proper diagnoses before you start self medicating. You may need the care of a doctor or different herbs if it turns out to be something other than kidney stones.
When giving herbs to children or if you are:
- Or elderly
You should give 1/3rd to 2/3rd of the recommended dosage.
When compared to prescription and over the counter drugs, herbs are by far the superior choice. Chemical medicines weaken your nerves and don’t fix the underlying causes of your symptoms. Herbs fix these problems and help strengthen your nerves and other areas of your health.
You just need to be smart and do a little research. It can help you out tremendously.
What If I Can’t Find Those Three Herbs
You shouldn’t have a hard time finding the herbs I mentioned above, especially if you know a good supplier.
But let’s say you really can’t find them. The following 3 herbs will give you tremendous relief and you can use them separately:
- Queen of the meadow
- Peach leaves
You don’t necessarily have to take these in tea form. I have written a complete herbal preparation guide you can look at to decide which is best for you.
A Few Additional Tips
Kidney stones are frequently composed of calcium oxalate. It may be very helpful to eat a diet low in oxalates and dairy products.
- Beet Greens
- Swish chard
- Sweet potatoes.
The highest of all is rhubarb. Many fruits are high in oxalates and particularly includes berries. Several nuts have many oxalates too. Some include almonds, cashews, peanuts, and peanut butter.
You should remove all cocoa, tea (except for the herbal tea mentioned here), coffee and soft drinks from the diet.
Also make sure to stay hydrated and drink, drink and drink; you will need a fluid intake of 2 to 4 quarts a day. This will keep the urine dilute and prevent the formation of stones.
If you are suffering from kidney stones I really feel for you. I can’t imagine how painful and debilitating something like that can be. There is relief though and if you can make a tea of the herbs described here, relief will be yours.
Make sure you are properly diagnosed before trying; other diseases and problems require different herbs. Also, if you are looking for a great supplier of herbs and herbal products, you should check out Starwest Botanicals. This is personally where I purchase my herbs and have never had a single problem. They have really high quality stuff and are one of the most respected suppliers in US and the world.
I really hope this article helps you going froward. Please comment below if you have any additional questions or opinions. Also, if you believe in the power of herbs share on social media for friends and family to see and help spread the message.
Thanks for reading!