I am about to tell you about a very interesting tea I have discovered while trying to overcome a urinary tract infection (UTI). I first discovered this in 2020 while dealing with a very uncomfortable UTI. I was on a website called pantrypharmacy.com when I learned some new ways to help combat a UTI and that is when I came across the benefits of cayenne during a UTI.
According to pantrypharmacy.com, cayenne has a very strong effect against some gram-negative infections and even kills one strain of E. coli completely. It is said that it can help relieve your pain if your UTI is caused by a certain type of gram-negative pathogen.
But there are also many other benefits to cayenne. It can relieve headaches, it is good for the heart & gut, improves circulation, helps with detoxing, helps to relieve nerve and joint pain, eases stomach ulcers, supports the immune system, boosts metabolism, it’s a natural anti-fungal, has anti-cancer properties, and so much more!
But don’t spicy foods irritate the bladder and urinary tract?
Generally, yes. However, cayenne appears to function differently and have a relieving effect on the pain instead. I know I was personally concerned about this one, as experiencing a UTI is painful enough. I did not notice any additional pain when consuming cayenne alone though.
What about the other ingredients?
First, lets talk about ginger. Ginger is such a wonderful and amazing herb. It helps stomach issues, nausea, digestion, helps remove phlegm from the throat when sick (a remedy I always use), it is an anti-fungal, helps with stomach ulcers, can relieve menstrual pain, has anti-cancer properties, can help regulate blood sugar, and many other benefits.
Next, cinnamon is a lovely herb that helps relieve inflammation, aids the heart, helps balance blood sugar, it’s got anti-cancer properties, it fights infections and viruses, it helps to prevent candida overgrowth (a bad bacteria in the body), and has many other great qualities.
Lemon, though acidic, has an alkalizing effect on the body and helps with urine PH. Lemon helps to boost immunity, detox, has anti-cancer properties, helps to prevent kidney stones, increases iron absorption, has antioxidants, and much more.
The tea recipe I created uses pure coconut water (no sugar added). The coconut water contains essential electrolytes, which help replace lost electrolytes during extra fluid consumption. It has a high amount of potassium per ounce, and also contains sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. It is one of the best natural electrolyte drinks you can find. It also contains amino acids, other important vitamins and minerals, and can help alkalize your body.
6 oz boiling water
2-3 oz cold coconut water
½ oz fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp grated ginger
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne
1. Boil 6 oz of water and pour into coffee mug.
2. Add cold coconut water next to cool down the beverage before adding lemon juice.
3. Add lemon juice and then the rest of the spices. Mix very well with spoon. Drink. Enjoy!
During a UTI, I usually do this in the morning as my first drink of the day. I find that it helps flush everything out, it feels warming, and I believe it is helpful.
If you feel like this remedy is irritating, lower the amount of lemon juice and cayenne by half. It can be intense.
Other optional ingredients are crushed garlic, Manuka honey, and parsley. These can also assist in healing a UTI.
If I use this remedy, I always use it in conjunction with antibiotics or natural antibiotics. It may help with some minor infections on it’s own, but I personally wouldn’t suggest only using this method alone.
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