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Kidney Stones

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Kidney Disease and Urinary Tract Infections

Kidney stones are crystalline structures that form in the kidneys and eventually pass through the urinary tract.  They vary in size from microscopic and unnoticed to large and Kidney Stonesvery painful.  Their formation is one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract and is a result of certain chemical combinations that can occur in the urinary tract coupled with a lack of other chemicals normally present to prevent their formation. 

About 80% of kidney stones are the type known as calcium stones.  Normal calcium in the body when combined with oxalate, phosphate, or carbonate can form a stone.  Calcium stones are more common in men than women and can first affect men in their twenties.  Oxalate is found in many foods (spinach, peanuts, chocolate) but  the bulk of what passes through the kidneys is produced in our own bodies.

Struvite stones, also known as infection stones, are more common in women and come from urinary tract infections.  Less common are uric acid stones that can occur with gout or some types of chemotherapy.  These are more common in men.  Cystine stones are rare, common to men and women, and have hereditary linkages.

Small stones can pass through the urinary tract without any symptoms.  Larger stones can cause a sudden and excruciating pain in the lower back on the side in the area of the kidney.  This pain is from the stone blocking the ureter tube and fluid pressure behind it causes the pain rather than the stone itself. If the stone is lodged in the urinary tract bleeding can occur resulting in bloody or pink urine. There may also be nausea, vomiting, an/or a fever. If a fever is experienced it suggests an infection that should be addressed.

Specific reasons for the formation of kidney stones are not yet fully understood. Interestingly the incidence has increased significantly in the last 30 years (maybe a result of processed foods!). It is known that there can be a predisposition for stones to form if others in a family experience them or if a person has previously had one.  Certain illnesses sometimes can increase the likelihood of kidney stones.  This would include some high blood pressure, digestive disorders, some kidney conditions, and urinary tract infections.  Also some drugs increase the risk of kidney stones.  Those mentioned in the literature include certain diuretics, calcium based antacids, and the prescription drugs indinavir, Lasix (fuRosemide), Topomax (topiramate), and Xenical.

It is important to note that the single most important factor to avoid kidney stones is keeping the body properly hydrated.  This is clearly the most important one thing anyone can do.  Also for those with a predisposition to have kidney stone problems certain foods should be avoided.  Go to the tab above on Diet & Nutrition for articles with very informative information.


[search helps: lithotrophic, nephrolithiasis, cystinuria, hyperoxaluria, hypercalciuria, hyperuricosuria

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  FennelEC, GeraniumEC, LemonEC, Rosemary

Essential oils based products: Massage Blend technique, Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: Citrus oils, EucalyptusC, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Roman ChamomileE

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

During the crisis period:

Drink 3-5 8 oz glasses of organic apple juice daily.

Combine the following with 1 cup of warm filtered water and mix, drink three times daily until the stones pass.

  2 Tablespoons virgin olive oil

  5 drops Geranium

  5 drops Rosemary

  5 drops Lemon

  1 Tablespoon ... B pure maple syrup

Consider periodic application of the Massage Blend technique

Pain relief:

  One person reports 1-2 drops of Lemon topically over the painful area gives almost instant relief.

For ongoing prevention:

  Almost all counsel suggest that proper hydration is vitally important.  A minimum of 6 - 8 glasses of water per day preferably with 1-3 drops Lemon.

  Use the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) for foundational nutrition.

  Avoid caffeinated drinks and use filtered water.

  A number of nutritional suggestions are included in the material under the Diet & Nutrition tab above.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

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      Ann Marie

Ann Marie - I currently have two "active" kidney stones and I am trying to get rid of them on my own.  I get an instant easing relief and in about 1-2 minutes and complete relief from the pain by rubbing lemon oil neat directly over the area of pain.  I first did this in the tub and quickly burned myself as my pores where opened by the hot bath.  After the skin burning sensation went away I noticed the pain from the kidney stone was gone completely.  It has only come back twice in a month and at a much lower level of pain. I never go anywhere without my lemon oil now.

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      Suz Anne

Suz Anne - Another prevention idea or 2. Stay away from caffeinated drinks and use filtered water.  The fluoride in the water and caffeine both pull calcium from your bones and the calcium deposits in the kidneys and help to form stones.

Also, I have a long history of Kidney Stones. A prevention measure that I have used is Rice Bran.  Take dry as is or mix in a breakfast supplement drink of some kind. I have found it at my Local Coop store.


Marti – I know a lady who just had her kidney stones zapped.  Some of them still aren't small enough to pass.  Any suggestions?

Rob- For kidney stones here is a drink that I know some people have had success with.  I used a similar blend for gall stones with great success.

Drink 3-5 8oz glasses of organic apple juice daily.

Then combine the following “Kidney Stone Drink” with 1 cup of warm filtered water and mix vigorously and drink three times daily until the stones pass.

  2 Tablespoons virgin olive oil

  5 drops Geranium

  5 drops Rosemary

  5 drops Lemon

  1 Tablespoon ... B pure maple syrup

Pat - Rob wrote this some time ago and I have given it to others with amazing success.
Hope this helps your friends as well.

Kathy - The (...) Massage Blend along with the protocol Rob wrote would be excellent.  The Massage Blend will relieve pain and be a great preparatory tool prior to passing stones.

Unknown - Another kidney stone drink: 2 Tbs virgin olive oil, 8 oz organic apple juice. Mix vigorously and drink; repeat 2-3 times daily until stone passes.

Unknown - Hi, I was just told by a naturopath to take 20 drops of Frankincense, 20 drops of Lemon oil in 8oz water 3 x day for 7 days to dissolve kidney stones.

My husband gets kidney stones a few times a year. Just recently he started having a problem. I had him take 2 drops of Frankincense and 2 drops of Lemon oils in a gel cap topped off with extra virgin olive oil. He painlessly passed the stone in two hours which was a first. I learned this from an acupuncturist who gave a seminar on detoxification and uses EO's in his practice. Eating dandelion greens and beets (not canned) regularly are good preventive measures.


Angie - I have a few concerns because I form kidney stones.  I have been forming stones for over 15 years now and the doctors cannot give me a reason why.  The only advice they have given me is to stay away from tea and leafy green veggies since they are high in oxalates.  I have noticed that LLW contains green tea.  Does anyone have any experience with kidney stones?  Any advice would be appreciated!  Also, are there any of the essential oils that I should stay away from or use more of?  Thanks in advance!

Pat - The LLW is a great addition to your desire for better health, this along with the oils could be the very thing you have been looking for.   My opinion is that you will have no problems with LLW for your reoccurring kidney stones. I have also included some other information that you might find helpful in dealing with you health needs.


Ashlee - Is there anything to use that helps with kidney stones?  My mom has one and says it's terribly painful.  I'd love to be able to ease her pain so if there is anything you can think of, I'd LOVE to hear it. Thanks so much! From:

Sharon - How funny you posted this right now!  I was looking online at the same time to see if I could find anything about kidney stones.  The funny part is the "serendipity" of your question.  My daughter is suffering as I write this.  Hope someone answers soon.  Sounds like we both need an answer NOW!

Loryjean - Lemongrass is supposed to be helpful; I have my husband, who had a stone removed last year, put some on his feet every night. All citrus oils should be good for keeping cleansed and preventing formation, which you would want to pay attention to once the crisis is over, because they often recur.

Pat -  Rob gave a drink a few months ago using Geranium, Lemon, and Rosemary.  I have given it to others with amazing success. Hope this helps your friends as well.


Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Contributed by Robert James
(the original source unknown)

Kidney stones and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Colas of all kinds are well known for their high phosphoric acid content, a substance that changes urine in a way that promotes kidney stone formation. Drinking one quart (less than three 12-ounce cans) of soda per week may increase your risk of developing kidney stones by 15 percent. Soda consumption may also be associated with kidney damage, according to a recent study in published in the journal PloS One.


From HealthyAction.com.au 


What causes Kidney Stones?

This can happen if you don’t drink enough fluids, and if your urine is highly acidic or highly alkaline. Certain drugs can also promote kidney stones, such as Lasix (fuRosemide), Topomax (topiramate), and Xenical, among others.

The most common type is calcium oxalate stones, comprising about 75 percent of all cases. Oxalate is found in some fruits and vegetables, but your liver actually produces most of your oxalate. You’d think one of the solutions for avoiding kidney stones would be to eliminate or radically reduce your intake of calcium, because calcium is part of the stone, but that is actually NOT a wise strategy. This is because, normally, the calcium in your diet binds to the oxalate, and helps you excrete it in other ways than through your urine.

Other types of stones, and their underlying causes, include:

·Struvite stones: Found more often in women, these are almost always the result of urinary tract infections.

·Uric acid stones: These are a byproduct of protein metabolism. They’re commonly seen with gout, and may result from certain genetic factors and disorders of your blood-producing tissues.

·Cystine stones: Represent a very small percentage of kidney stones. These are the result of a hereditary disorder that causes your kidneys to excrete massive amounts of certain amino acids (cystinuria).

Two risk factors that elevate your chances of developing kidney stones include high blood pressure and digestive problems.


Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Most likely you’ll never know you have a stone until it moves into your ureter—the tube connecting your kidney to your bladder. At that point, common symptoms include:

· Pain in your side and back, below your ribs

· Episodes of pain lasting 20 to 60 minutes, of varying intensity

· Pain “waves” radiating from your side and back, to your lower abdomen and groin

· Bloody, cloudy or foul-smelling urine

· Pain with urination

· Nausea and vomiting

· “Urgency” (persistent urge to urinate)

· Fever and chills (indicates an infection is also present)

The pain you feel is a result of distention of the tissues above the stone, since it is blocking the passage of urine, rather than from the pressure of the stone itself.

To diagnose a kidney stone you can collect the kidney stone and have it analyzed for a definitive answer, or you can do a 24-hour urine test. This is a useful strategy to ascertain any imbalances in your urine that contribute and predispose you to develop stones.


Watch What You Eat if You Have Kidney Stones

There are a number of strategies you can use to treat this condition. If you suffer mainly from calcium oxalate stones, you’ll want to minimize the amount of oxalates in your body (as opposed to reducing your calcium intake).

Two foods in particular contribute to creating oxalates, namely soy, and beer. Other foods that contain high levels of oxalate that you’ll want to avoid include:

· Spinach

· Rhubarb

· Chocolate

· Parsley

· Beetroot

· Strawberries

· Wheat flour

· Pepper

· Nuts

A diet high in sugar can also set you up for stones, since sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body by interfering with calcium and magnesium absorption.

Diets high in processed salt are also bad news as salt increases the amount of calcium and oxalate in your urine. Processed foods have notoriously high salt content and should therefore be avoided as much as possible. Keep in mind that the salt referenced here is processed salt, like your regular table salt, not high quality, unprocessed salts that contain numerous essential minerals that your body actually needs for optimal health.

Naturally, eating fresh, whole foods according to your nutritional type is the best way to ensure you’re eating what your body needs for optimal performance, regardless of what health conditions you seek to avoid or improve.


Prevent and Treat Kidney Stones with Plain Water

Probably the single most effective way to prevent and treat kidney stones is to make sure you’re drinking enough water.  Actually, the number one risk factor for kidney stones is not staying hydrated enough, as it prevents your urine from dissolving minerals and acid salts. One of the ways you’ll know if you’re drinking enough is to look at the color of your urine. Ideally, you’ll want your urine to be a light yellow. If it’s dark yellow or even Orange, it may be a clue that you’re not drinking enough.

Every person’s water requirement is different, depending on your particular system and activity level, but simply keeping your urine light yellow will go a long way toward preventing kidney stones. Remember to increase your water intake whenever you increase your activity, and during summer months when you’re likely to sweat more. I also know that once you’re thirsty it’s usually too late. Thirst is usually a sign of dehydration.

The only condition that will interfere with that analysis is if you’re taking a multivitamin containing B vitamins, or a B vitamin complex.Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), specifically, tends to turn your urine a bright, fluorescent yellow, which will prevent you from using the color of your urine as a guide.


Are You Still Drinking Soda?

With respect to your fluids, you also want to stay away from soda as it is loaded with phosphorous. Sadly, the number one source of calories in the U.S. is from soda, and is in many cases the main source of fluids. The average American drinks a staggering 56 gallons of soda a year, which is a sureFire way to ensure health problems, including an increased risk of kidney stones.

In fact, children as young as five years old are now starting to struggle with kidney stones, and soda consumption is a major contributor to this disturbing trend. Also, diet soda is probably worse for your health than regular soda, so please don’t think switching to a “lighter” variety will make a positive difference.

Quitting soda is one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your health, and can reduce your risk of developing kidney stones. If you’re struggling to quit drinking soda, a very effective technique called Turbo Tapping may help reduce your cravings.


Other Approaches That Can Help Prevent and Treat Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball. If you do get a large kidney stone, naturally you will not be able to pass it without some type of intervention.

In the past they had to do surgery to physically remove these larger stones, but now there are some more advanced options such as extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. This treatment entails being submerged in a tub of water where sound waves traveling through the liquid shatter the stones. They then pass as gravel through your urine in a few days or weeks.

Lastly, it may surprise you, but exercise is a very important aspect of kidney stone prevention. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, you definitely raise your risk of developing stones, so implementing a regular exercise regimen can go a long way to keep kidney stones at bay.

Hopefully, by applying the principles above you will prevent it from ever getting to that stage, because kidney stones are no laughing matter, painful as they are.

So if you know someone who suffers with kidney stones on a regular basis, hopefully you’ll pass this article along to them, because this is the type of information you, and your friends and family, can use to take control of your health.

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