Tinctures are great to treat a variety of ailments. This homemade UTI antibiotic tincture is no different. It’s made with easy to find horseradish and nasturtium. You can grow them both in your garden if you have the space.
Horseradish will grow large so it needs a lot of space but you can contain its growth by planting it in a large pot. You can even plant it in an unsightly plastic pot and bury the pot in the ground. That’s exactly what I do. This also makes harvest much easier. Harvest the roots when the plant is dormant, between September and February. Use them fresh.
Horseradish has antibacterial and antifungal properties and is often used as a support treatment of urinary tract infections.
Like horseradish, nasturtium is a member of the Brassica family and is a great companion plant to other Brassicas. It is easy to grow and the entire plant is edible. Nasturtium adds a peppery, pungent taste to salads and it is rich in vitamin C and lutein.
Nasturtium destroys gram positive and gram negative bacteria. It also has antivirus and antifungal properties. It is used to treat Cystitis, Prostatitis, Pyelitis and bladder irritation.
Homemade UTI antibiotic tincture
- 1/3 horseradish
- 2/3 nasturtium
- 1 liter (about 1 US liquid quart) 40% alcohol (you can scale it down to make less. Just keep the horseradish/nasturtium ratio)
- 1 large jar with a twist off lid (no smaller than 1.5 liters, 50 fl.oz)
- 1 liter bottle for long-term storage. Amber or blue bottles are the best because they protect the tincture against the degrading effects of exposure to light.
- 30 ml (US 1 fl.oz) amber or blue glass bottle with a dropper for convenient daily use.
- Cheesecloth or fine strainer
- Large glass measuring cup
- Chop the horseradish and the nasturtium and add it to the jam jar. The medicinal contents are quickly lost when chopped so work fast.
- Add the alcohol to the jam jar right away until it completely covers the chopped horseradish and nasturtium.
- Place the lid on the jar and close it tightly.
- Keep it in a dark place like a cabinet and shake it everyday for at least 2 weeks.
- After two weeks, lay a cheesecloth or strainer over the top of a glass cup. Slowly pour the tincture (alcohol with horseradish/nasturtium properties) through the cheesecloth.
- Pour the tincture into the 1 liter amber or blue glass bottle and some into the 30 ml (US 1 fl.oz) glass bottle with a dropper.
- Close the bottles and label them.
- Store bottles in a cool and dry place.
To heal an acute urinary tract infection, add 30-50 drops to a glass of water. Drink 4-5 glasses per day for 3-4 days.
For prophylactic use, add 20-30 drops to a glass of water. Drink it twice per day.
Do not use this UTI antibiotic tincture if you have stomach, intestinal and kidney problems. Do not give it to children under 4 years of age.