The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The principal function of the urinary system is to maintain the volume and composition of body fluids within normal limits. One aspect of this function is to rid the body of waste products that accumulate as a result of cellular metabolism and because of this, it is sometimes referred to as the excretory system. While it plays a major role in excretion, however, it relies on other organs to support this function.
The urinary system maintains appropriate fluid volumes, pH and chemical balances, and electrolyte levels through complex processes in the kidneys and by regulating the amount of water that is excreted in the urine. Urine is formed in the kidneys through a blood filtration process and carries waste products and excess fluid to the ureters, tubes made of smooth muscle fibers that propel urine toward the urinary bladder, where it is stored until it is expelled from the body.
The moving of urine from the bladder through the urethra and out of the body is called urination, or voiding.
The kidneys are also responsible for regulating sodium and potassium levels. No less important is the kidneys’ ability to remove drugs from the body, release hormones that regulate blood pressure, produce an active form of vitamin D, which promotes strong, healthy bones, and control the production of red blood cells.
How Essential Oils Work with the Urinary System
Most individuals operate in a constant state of dehydration, which takes its toll on overall health, but particularly impacts kidney health. In addition to adequate water intake, there are some essential oils that are extremely effective in supporting kidney health as well as supporting urinary tract health. Essential oils can serve as a powerful urinary system wellness tool!
Essential Oils for Urinary System Support
Cardamom — Provides important antioxidant benefits.*
Cypress — Has cleansing and calming effects when applied topically.
Eucalyptus — Has purifying properties that can be beneficial
Juniper Berry — Supports healthy kidney and urinary tract function*; Acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent.*
Lemon — Naturally cleanses the body*
Lemongrass — Natural cleansing and purifying properties*
Thyme — Supports healthy prostate and circulation*
OnGuard Protective blend — promotes blood flow and elimination of waste.
Zendocrine Detoxification blend — Purifying and detoxifying to the body’s systems.* Delivers powerful antioxidants*; Supports healthy kidney function.*
DDR Prime Cellular Complex blend — Provides important antioxidant benefits.*
Slim & Sassy metabolic blend — Promotes healthy metabolism.*
Alpha CRS® + cellular Vitality Complex — Supports healthy cellular immune function.*
doTERRA A2Z Chewables™ — Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness.*
DDR Prime cellular complex blend — Protects the body and cells from oxidative stress.*
Slim & Sassy metabolic blend softgels — Promotes healthy metabolism.*
Zendocrine Detoxification Complex — Helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down.*
xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex — Promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function.*
On Guard® + Softgels — Supports and maintains a healthy immune system.*
Microplex MVp™ Whole Food Nutrient — Supports healthy immune function.*
For most effective use of essential oils for immune and lymphatic benefits:
Topical — Apply oils topically on soles of feet, especially on back side of toes, rub oils down the spine and/or on any specific area of concern. Use AromaTouch Technique.
Internal — Take oils in capsule, place a drop(s) under or on tongue near back of throat or sip from glass of water.
Aromatic — Diffuse for associated respiratory support and to cleanse the air.
Surfaces — Cleanse surfaces with essential oil(s) mixed with water and emulsifier.
Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”