Cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder, is a condition usually caused by a bacterial infection, but it can also result from a reaction to certain foods and irritants. It often affects women, and its symptoms can be alleviated with natural remedies - just as this herbal blend for cystitis can be used for proper purification and prevention. The herbs or vegetable substances selected for this blend are: bean pods, juniper berries, parsley root, bistorta rhizome, mallow leaves, horsetail grass, light blue mallow flowers, rose petals.
Herbs to relieve cystitis: properties and benefits
Symptoms of cystitis may vary from person to person, but in general it is accompanied by a burning sensation when urinating, frequent urge, and pain in the lower abdomen. When it is mild, it can be treated initially with herbal remedies, such as the herbal blend for cystitis, which show natural purifying and antibacterial properties.
In the mix of plant substances and medicinal herbs, juniper berries have a prominent place to combat cystitis. They are rich in the same volatile compounds found in pine and other conifers, and also share similar antimicrobial qualities. Historically, juniper is used to soothe irritation of the urinary tract and for its natural purifying and antiseptic action.
Among its active ingredients there are the substances contained in the essential oil, which help as natural disinfectants of the urinary tract (camphene, junene, terpinol, etc.) and the juniperina compound . The pods of beans, in cases of cystitis and bladder disorders, calm abdominal spasms and help normalize urination, as a diuretic.
An ingredient known to counteract cystitis is mallow, which is represented by its celestial flowers in the herbal tea. These flowers are used in herbal medicine for an anti-inflammatory and calming infusion. and soothing. The action that counteracts irritation is given by the tannins and anthocyanins of the mallow.
The many mucilages present in the flowers are able to obtain emollient effects on the urinary mucosa, which is thus protected from bacterial aggressions. Parsley root is considered an excellent remedy for urinary tract irritation, and for this reason it has been included in the herbal mixture for cystitis. Parsley is rich in antioxidants that are beneficial to urinary tract health, which can reduce inflammation and promote the elimination of microbes through urine.
Apigenin, the main component of parsley, has diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can have a good effect in inhibiting bacterial proliferation.
We know, in fact, that the urinary tract is often attacked by bacteria, in particular by the growth of Escherichia coli. A microbe that affects infections when it travels from the intestine to the urethra, bladder, genitals. The bistorta is a plant whose rhizome (underground root), which in the herbalist tradition is used for its soothing and astringent properties. Excellent in case of diarrhea, to treat hemorrhoids and urethritis. At a natural anti-inflammatory level, the plant contains oxalic acid and gallic acid.
Horsetail, in its aerial parts, is another compound of this herbal tea for cystitis, capable of providing diuretic and remineralizing and healing substances (silicic acid, flavonoids, organic acids). It is a calming plant of irritations, which favors the reconstruction of the protective layer of the bladder, attacked by bacteria during cystitis.
Origins and History of cultivation
In this blend there are various medicinal herbs, vegetables and berries, capable of promoting the health of the urogenital tract. These ingredients have been known since ancient times, albeit in different parts of the world, up to a certain century. To create this infusion some parts of beans, juniper, parsley, bistorta, horsetail, mallow, rose petals were dried.
The beans we use come from the American continent, and were not known before the discovery of the New World. Other plants, on the other hand, have a European origin and have been used over the centuries. Juniper, for example, is native to Europe, Asia and North America. A species widespread all over the world, due to its ability to thrive in different climates.
It was often burned by the ancient Greeks to fight epidemics, used by Tibetans and Native Americans for ritual purposes. The bistorta, for example, was born in northern Europe, typical of cold climates, while the horsetail is an ancient plant, which grows in humid environments.
Already present about 400 million years ago, it was widespread in all continents, except Oceania and Antarctica. To date, the ingredients of the herbal tea against cystitis are available everywhere, dried and ready for infusion.
Plant and flowers
The components of the herbal tea are various, and from various sources. Juniper (Juniperus), is a genus of conifers that contains over 50 species, and is part of the Cupressaceae family or cypress family. It is found in different parts of the world, and different juniper species grow spontaneously thanks to a great ability to adapt.
It can grow up to 12m tall but is generally smaller. The berries take about 3 years to ripen. It shows a small fruit with a smooth, dark purple shell. The taste is sweet, and reminds of pine.
The pods of the beans are the fruit of Phaseolus vulgaris. They are different from the beans we consume, the legumes which are actually the seeds of the fruit. The pods are represented by the green part. The bean plants are part of the Fabaceae family. They are annuals, hardy, easy to grow and show many varieties.
Parsley, the Petroselinum crispum plant, is a biennial plant, which is grown as a culinary herb. It grows in clumps of feathered foliage, about 30cm tall, with dark green triangular leaves famous for being a garnish or an aromatic addition to recipes. It grows quite slowly, reaching maturity between 70-90 days after sowing.
Polygonum bistorta is a perennial, fast growing plant of the Polygonaceae family. It loves cold climates, and is native to Northern Europe and Western Asia. It shows a particular twisted, S-shaped rhizome (underground part), which produces new roots and stems every year.
It blooms from June to September, while the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphroditic (it has male and female organs) and is pollinated by insects.
The Equisetum arvense plant is a perennial of the Equisetaceae family. It is a plant of the Pteridophyte division, ie plants without flowers, fruits or seeds.
It spreads rapidly, similar to fern, with hollow stems and scaly leaves, over wet soils, ditches and escarpments. Its height reaches about 30 centimeters, showing chlorophyll-free, yellowish-white stems. Here are the spores for the reproduction of the plant.
The Malva sylvestris L. plant is a perennial and biennial herb of the Malvaceae family. It grows easily in bushes up to one meter in height, in Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia. Its best habitat is in meadows and wetlands, near ditches, swamps, sea coasts and river banks. It is covered in fuzz, with creeping stems, the leaves are dark green and the flowers are pink, purple or light blue, depending on the variety.
Nutritional values of the herbal mixture for cystitis
The herbal tea of these herbs contains many nutrients that are effective on our body. From vitamins to mineral salts, it is rich in substances such as flavonoids, tannins, saponins, and natural anti-inflammatory agents. Among the many molecules present, there are oxalic acid, malic acid, salicylic acid. Beneficial juniper substances, including pinene, camphene, junene, juniperina terpinol, cadinene, and the juniperina compound.
How to use the herbs against cystitis in the herbal tea The infusion is obtained by putting in a cup (250 ml), about 3-5 grams, the mixture of herbs for cystitis with water at 100 ° C. Leave to infuse for 8 to 10 minutes, before drinking the herbal tea. Add honey or sugar if you wish.
Herbal tea for cystitis: side effects and contraindications
Although the herbs and plant substances contained in the herbal tea are considered safe, it is essential to keep the intake within the recommended doses. It is good to evaluate possible allergies or intolerances to individual ingredients.
Due to the presence of substances that act on the urinary tract, the herbal tea is not recommended for those who suffer fromtie or kidney inflammation. In particular, if you are taking medicines for hypertension and diuretics, it is good to ask your specialist for advice.