For centuries now, several herbs have been used to treat different maladies. From something as simple as itchy skin to insect bites to minor burns to something as serious as heart disease, many people, including our ancestors have turned to the healing powers of herbs.

When it comes to urinary tract infections, there are some herbal remedies available for you to try if you suffer from such infection:

1.) Valerian

Valerian TeaUsed since the ancient times, valerian comes from the Latin word “valere,” which means “to be well” or “to feel better.” This therapeutic herb is poplar since the 2nd century AD for treating a variety of illnesses. The popular Greek physician named Dioscorides recommended the use of Valerian for treating urinary tract infections because of its calming effects.

2.) Orangeroot

OrangerootAnother herb is orangeroot, which comes from the buttercup family. It is effective in treating UTIs because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it is a laxative. Orangeroot is actually renowned for its ability to prevent and cure UTI because of its berberine chemical, which has the ability to eliminate fungi and bacteria from sticking onto the urinary tract walls. Orangeroot can also prevent E. coli, which is also a cause of UTI.

3.) Parsley

ParsleyAfter dinner, make some parsley water not only as refreshment, but also for UTI relief. It acts as a diuretic and works effectively by increasing the amount of sodium in your urine. To make parsley waiter, just boil one to two cups of water and add two tablespoons of dried parsley. Alternatively, use a cup of fresh parsley.

4.) Uva Ursi

Uva Ursi BearberryAlso known as bearberry leaf, this can help treat UTI. Make sure though you don’t take this herb for more than five days as it may cause liver damage. This is also recommended for those who are suffering from cramping and pelvic pain that may be chronic and severe.

5.) Dong Quai

Dong QuaiThis is a Chinese herb that is not only effective for UTI treatments, but also for relieving you of gynecological complaints. In fact, this is used in over 70% of Chinese medicine formulas, even those for pregnant women. Dong Quai is used to ease UTI and its symptoms as well as those who are suffering from menstrual cramps.

These herbs, accompanied by other changes in your lifestyle, such as avoiding smoking, using loose cotton underwear, and other causes of UTI, can help prevent urinary tract infection as well as pains when you have your period.