see also Kidney Disease
and Urinary Tract
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
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
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
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.
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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
• 2 Tablespoons virgin olive oil
• 5 drops Geranium
• 5 drops Rosemary
• 5 drops Lemon
• 1 Tablespoon grade B pure maple syrup
Consider periodic application of the AromaTouch technique
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.
the Life Long Vitality supplements for foundational
Avoid caffeinated drinks and use filtered water.
number of nutritional suggestions are included in the
material under the Diet & Nutrition tab above.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Our thanks to:
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.
Our thanks to:
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
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
• 2 Tablespoons virgin olive oil
• 5 drops Geranium
• 5 drops Rosemary
• 5 drops Lemon
• 1 Tablespoon grade 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 DoTERRA AromaTouch along with
the protocol Rob wrote would be excellent. The AromaTouch
will relieve pain and be a great preparatory tool prior to
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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,
·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
Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Stones
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
· Pain “waves”
radiating from your side and back, to your lower abdomen
· Bloody, cloudy or
· Pain with
· Nausea and vomiting
· “Urgency” (persistent urge to
· 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
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
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
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
· Wheat flour
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
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
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
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 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
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.