Herb

Rationale

Dose

Cleavers
(Galium aparine)

Acts as a traditional urinary tonic by soothing bladder tissue.

Take as a tincture in tea or water. Add 0.25cc of tincture to cold or hot water and drink three times per day.

Horsetail
(Equisetum arvense)

Helps to heal bladder tissue.

Take as a tincture in tea or water. Add 30 drops of tincture to water and drink once daily. Do not exceed product’s recommended dose.

Marshmallow root
(Althaea officinalis)

A demulcent, or soothing, herb that will calm bladder tissue.

Works best in a cold-water infusion. Add 0.25cc of tincture to cold water and drink three times a day.

Mullein
(Verbascum densiflorum)

Another demulcent.

Take as a tincture in tea or water. Add 0.25cc of tincture to cold or hot water and drink three times a day.

Passion flower
(Passiflora incarnata)

A nervine, or nervous system, herb that nourishes bladder nerves by toning.

Take as a tincture in tea or water. Add 0.25cc of tincture to cold or hot water and drink three times a day.

Sources: Michael Traub, ND, Lokahi Health Center, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; Margot Longenecker, ND, Connecticut Center for Natural Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut; www.bladder.org. Consult a naturopathic physician for specific instructions.