10 home remedies for cystitis

10 home remedies for cystitis

Tea – birch leaves, nettle and co.

Fluid intake is essential in the case of a bladder infection: you should drink at least two to three litres a day to flush the bacteria out of the bladder mucosa. The more you drink, the higher the pressure the germs are flushed away. First, what you drink is unimportant since the rinsing effect is independent of the drink.

Nevertheless, the right drink can increase the effect – tea should be mentioned here. But which tea is suitable for a bladder infection? Kidney and bladder tea mixtures, such as goldenrod herb, birch and nettle leaves, can be drunk as a support. The ingredients have a diuretic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect. Bearberry leaves, as a tea or even better in the form of over-the-counter capsules from the pharmacy, can fight cystitis thanks to their antibacterial effect. 

Other herbal remedies that are good for cystitis include juniper and horsetail. Centaury, lovage and rosemary have also proven effective in treating uncomplicated cystitis.

Four to five cups of such tea should be drunk daily to have a positive effect.

You can find more home remedies for cystitis on the following pages.


The positive effects of the cranberry (in German: large-fruited cranberry) on the treatment of cystitis could only be confirmed after doubt, as the existing studies are contradictory. So far, the cranberry has been considered a necessary home remedy for cystitis. Mainly because it was also influential in laboratory tests on antibiotic-resistant strains; this is particularly important because, according to a study by the Paul Ehrlich Society, around half of all Escherichia coli bacteria have developed antibiotic resistance.

The cranberry creates an acidic environment on the mucosal surface of the urinary bladder, making it harder for pathogens to adhere to it. Accordingly, the bacteria can be excreted more easily with the urine.

The active ingredient proanthocyanidin, which also has an anti-inflammatory effect, is particularly important for this effect. Additionally, the flavonoids in cranberries help with water elimination. The polyphenols that are also present strengthen the body’s immune system.

Accordingly, regular cranberry consumption could help prevent or treat cystitis. If you don’t have cranberries or cranberry juice at home, you can also use blueberries or cranberries, which contain proanthocyanidins. 


In addition to drinking plenty of fluids, you should keep the inflamed blister warm. Heat as a household remedy has two positive effects:

  1. On the one hand, blood circulation is stimulated, strengthening the immune system and making it easier to fight germs. Blood circulation is reduced when it is cold, so the immune system is weakened.
  2. On the other hand, heat relaxes the cramping muscles, reducing the pain naturally.

Anything that warms helps in the treatment of cystitis. Therefore, in addition to thick clothing and blankets, wool underpants, a cherry pit pillow, or a hot water bottle can also support the treatment. The hot water bottle should always be wrapped in a towel and not placed on bare skin; otherwise, there is a risk of burns.

In addition, rest and sleep are recommended, as hormones for the immune system are released during sleep.



baking powder and baking soda

As an emergency measure for cystitis, baking soda or the baking soda it contains can be used as a home remedy. The effect of baking soda is mainly attributed to the alkaline pH value since most bacteria that cause cystitis do not survive as well in an alkaline environment. The baking soda also neutralizes the acid in the urine, reducing the burning pain when urinating.

There are two ways of using baking soda: internally by taking baking soda or baking soda with water, and externally using the baking soda as a sitz bath (more information on the next page).

For internal use, dissolve a pinch of baking soda in a large glass of water and drink twice daily for three days. It would help if you refrained from more frequent and prolonged treatment with baking soda, as otherwise, the growth of other bacterial strains is promoted, and your acid-base balance can be disturbed.

Scientific opinion is divided on whether raising the urine’s pH value is suitable for treating a bladder infection or whether it is better to lower the pH value. It is, therefore, advisable to consult your doctor before using such home remedies.

sitz bath

A sitz bath usually involves bathing between the belly button and mid-thigh. However, the following bath substances can also be used as a full bath as a home remedy for treating cystitis. The sitz bath supports treatment in the genital area since the active ingredients are absorbed directly into the affected body region.

Sitz baths with chamomile, goldenrod or baking soda are recommended to treat bladder infections. Chamomile and goldenrod have an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and wound-healing effect. Due to its essential pH value, baking soda has an antibacterial effect. Several spoons of the agent can be used for a sitz bath with baking soda, but the amount used should still be able to dissolve and not settle at the bottom of the tub.

It is also essential to ensure that the temperature selected for the bath is not too hot or too cold (preferably between 36 and 40 °C) since there is not only a risk of burns, but the circulation can also be strained. Certain bath additives can also trigger allergic reactions. After a sitz bath, one should rest sufficiently.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar works similarly to baking soda as a home remedy for cystitis because it is slightly alkaline. As with baking soda, however, it needs to be clarified whether increasing the pH value in the urine is beneficial for treating cystitis.

However, countless health benefits are also generally attributed to vinegar. In the case of cystitis, apple cider vinegar is said to have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect in addition to the alkaline effect, which can inhibit bacterial growth. 

One to two teaspoons of high-quality, naturally cloudy apple cider vinegar should be mixed with 250 ml of water and drunk. In the case of an acute bladder infection, the drink can be taken up to three times a day. One glass a day can also be taken to prevent a bladder infection.

For prevention, other antibacterial foods such as oreganothyme, horseradish, garlichoney and nasturtium can also be integrated into the menu.


The positive effect of ginger on general health has been known for a long time. The tuber is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassiumsodium and phosphorus and is almost free of side effects. The rhizome contained in ginger also has an antibacterial and virus-static effect, i.e. it inhibits the proliferation of bacteria and viruses. You can take advantage of these positive effects in the fight against cystitis, both externally and internally.

For internal use of the home remedy, you can prepare a hot, non-alcoholic punch consisting of one litre of grape, currant or elderberry juice and one to two tablespoons of various spices such as ginger, cloves, cinnamon, star anise or cardamom.

A ginger wrap can be used externally to treat cystitis. For this purpose, one or two spoonfuls of ginger powder are sprinkled onto a lukewarm, moistened compress. The compress is then placed on the bladder – i.e., the lower abdomen – and a wrap is made. That means you wrap yourself in a cloth so that a pleasant warmth develops. After half an hour, remove the wrap and wash off the remaining ginger powder. Afterwards, it is advisable to care for the skin and rub it with olive oil.


D-mannose is a natural sugar that binds to and blocks E. coli bacteria, the main cause of cystitis. This prevents these bacteria from attaching to the mucous membrane of the urinary organs and flushes them out when you urinate.

D-mannose is a relatively unknown home remedy for cystitis, but is considered an effective natural alternative to herbal medicines. It can be purchased in the form of capsules from the pharmacy. Treatment with mannose can also help to make antibiotics unnecessary, which is particularly desirable because the E. coli bacteria do not develop resistance when treated with D-mannose. For this reason, mannose can also be taken as a preventative measure.


Mustard oil

Mustard oils from nasturtium and horseradish can prevent cystitis and counteract the infection, as well as provide support in the case of acute cystitis. This is because the plant substances are excreted via the urinary tract after consumption. They not only have an antibacterial effect against the E. coli bacteria, but also prevent the pathogens from penetrating the inner wall of the bladder.

In addition, the mustard oils work against the formation of bacterial biofilms, which form a protective film for bacteria against the immune system and antibiotics. This can prevent recurring urinary tract infections in particular, as the bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics is counteracted.


Homeopathic remedies can also   be used for uncomplicated cystitis. The active ingredients Aconitum (monkshood), Belladonna (deadly nightshade), Cantharis (Spanish fly), Dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade), Pulsatilla (pasqueflower) and Nux vomica (nux vomica) can be contained in the globules.

However, the choice of active ingredient depends on the main symptoms of cystitis. Due to the variety of symptoms, an experienced homeopath should make the decision about which homeopathic remedies should be taken to treat cystitis.

Children: Suitable home remedies for cystitis

Children of both sexes are more likely to suffer from cystitis because their immune systems are not yet very well developed. However, not all home remedies that are suitable for adults are also recommended for children.

For children, the best treatment is lingonberry or cranberry juice, mainly because of its delicious taste. However, special attention must be paid to the sugar content, as increased sugar levels promote bacterial growth. This is why diabetics are more likely to suffer from bladder infections.

Most home remedies can also be used on children. Increased fluid intake and regular heat treatments are particularly important. Most herbal diuretic agents are also safe for children. However, you should always consult a homeopath or doctor before starting treatment with homeopathic remedies.

Young children and pregnant women should definitely avoid treatment with  cranberry leaf tea  , as this tea has a high arbutin content. Arbutin is a type of natural  disinfectant . In the human body, this is converted into hydroquinone, among other things, which is believed to  harm small children  and unborn children. Such teas can be used on older children. However, even older children should not be given cranberry leaf tea more than five times a year and for no longer than a week at a time. Cranberry leaf tea is therefore not suitable for long-term prophylaxis.

Cystitis in pregnant women: which home remedies?

Pregnant women should be prudent, as a bladder infection can cause serious complications. For this reason, a visit to the doctor is always recommended if you have a bladder infection during pregnancy. Increased fluid and heat intake is also advisable here. Diuretic teas should be used with caution, as the robust dehydration process initiated by such teas can impair the child’s nutrient supply if the body excretes more water than it takes in. However, treatment with kidney teas over a short period is considered relatively harmless. Cranberry leaf tea is taboo not only for small children but also for pregnant women.

Long-term use of baking soda during pregnancy is strongly discouraged. The acid-base balance of the unborn child could become unbalanced. This could also result in severe consequences such as cardiac arrhythmias in the unborn child and high blood pressure in the pregnant woman.

The moderate use of pasteurized apple cider vinegar and D-mannose is considered safe. Mustard oils can cause uterine cramps, but they support the immune system and are effective against infections, so their use can be considered after weighing up the pros and cons. Consulting a doctor is always recommended.

Ginger can be taken during pregnancy in the first few months but should not be taken towards the end of pregnancy as it can induce early labour. If in doubt, the doctor should always be contacted.


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