Do You Have A Urinary Tract Infection? Cilantro To The Rescue.
Ok, I’m going to get personal with you now. Think of me as your new best farmwife friend. Do you have a burning feeling when you urinate? Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen? Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine? Fever or chills? You may have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
Lately, it seems like everyone I talk to mentions someone they know that either had or currently has a UTI. Left untreated , UTIs can become severe causing one to be admitted into the hospital. UTIs are not something you should mess around with because it can spread to your kidneys. In older individuals, UTIs can even cause confusion or memory problems.
UTI may be caused by diabetes, E. coli, genetics, sexual activity, or staphylococcus bacteria. It’s an infection in one’s urinary system and can be in your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men because of the close proximity of their lady body parts. Ok, too much information for our new friendship. I know. Moving on…
What can you use when you have a Urinary Tract Infection? You’ve heard about drinking unsweetened cranberry juice to flush out the bacteria or even drinking apple cider vinegar for pH balancing. But, did you know that Cilantro can help also? Yes, this fresh fragrant herb has the ability to act as an antibacterial to keep the urinary tract healthy. A 2005 research study found that Cilantro along with Parsley was able to cause significant bacterial cell damage in inhibiting B. subtillis and E.coli. In addition, Cilantro also contains vitamin K along with choline, folate, manganese, and potassium. It also is an antioxidant powerhouse with beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
Cilantro is overall safe to when taking with foods. You can add it to your favorite smoothie, juice, soups, stir-fry, meat, vegetable dishes, and curries. It is a very versatile herb. Cilantro is amazing in homemade salsas and adds a zip to any veggies you are dipping into it. It’s best herbal partners are Basil, Chives, Lemon Verbena, Mint, and Parsley.
Caution should be taken with Cilantro when taking medicinal doses since there is insufficient research on it for these purposes. Be warned there is a moderate interaction between Cilantro and anti-coagulant/anti-platelet and photosensitizing drugs. Always be cautious taking if you are pregnant or a child.
With this wonderful sun and rain we have gotten this summer, I’m sure your Cilantro herbal crop is growing like wild. But, if your garden has been taken over by weeds, I’m sure your local grocery store or Famer’s Market may have a stock of Cilantro also.
Blessings, Herbal Farmwife
DISCLAIMER: This information should not be considered to be healthcare advice, medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs, spices, vitamins, or minerals mentioned in this posting. This information is merely a discussion of “thoughts” among friends. Please note that none of these statements have been evaluated by the USA’s Food and Drug Administration.
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182