Herbal teas and other natural remedies have proven to be effective against various ailments from time to time. While a severe case of urinary tract infection may require medical assistance, few home remedies can prevent the risk of re-occurrence of the infection and also provide general comfort. E.coli present in faeces is usually transferred to the tract when you wipe from back to front and often is a cause of UTI. It is important to prevent fungal and microbial growth in the urinary tract to avoid infections and hibiscus flower tea can be a good choice.
In a study  conducted on 61 women with frequent incidences of UTI, it was found that women consuming hibiscus concentrates showed a 77% decrease in the infection. Other studies have indicated that the antifungal and antimicrobial properties of hibiscus have proven to be effective against candida albicans. These nutrients from hibiscus reach the urinary tract and eliminate the harmful bacteria that cause infection. The flavonoids present in hibiscus tea also prevent the growth of E.coli, thereby reducing the risk of UTI. Did you know hibiscus can help prevent premature greying and dandruff too?
How to use hibiscus?
You can use dried hibiscus flowers to brew tea and sip it twice a day to fight the infection and prevent re-occurrence. Hibiscus tea is also available in stores in teabags and can be consumed 2-3 times a week to keep infections at bay.
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