15 Urine Retention Home Remedies that Really Work

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Urinary retention can be related to some form of obstruction, but it can also be the result of other causes that are not related any form of obstruction. In the case of an obstruction, there is often little you can do to correct the situation apart from the removal of the obstruction, but there are urine retention home remedies to help non-obstructed cases and to prevent the development of obstructions.

Please keep in mind that although the home remedies can help relieve urine retention, they are not all-inclusive cures and avoiding the advice and treatment of a health care professional can be fatal.

1. Radish Juice

A home remedy for urine retention, which might surprise you, is radish juice. Radish juice has both anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. It is an effective diuretic which can also help get rid of the burning associated with kidney stones.

What to do:

  • Peel a white radish and place it in a blender with ¼ cup of water.
  • Puree the radish and drink the juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Drink approximately ½ cup of radish juice daily.

2. Grapes

Grapes are also an excellent home remedy when it comes to alleviating urine retention. They are high in potassium, which helps to relax the urinary tract and associated muscles, and they also help to flush out your system. They are also low in sodium and albumin, which tend to exacerbate kidney issues.

What to do:

  • Place 6 to 8 grapes in the blender with a ¼ cup of water and set the blender and puree.
  • Strain the seeds and pulp and retain the juice (you can drink the pulp if you use seedless grapes).
  • Drink this juice daily or every few hours if you are trying to pass a stone.

3. Pashanbheda

Not a home remedy common to most people outside of India and Pakistan, pashanbheda is quite common for relieving urine retention issues in Ayurvedic medicine. Also known as bergenia ligulata, this plant exhibits anti-inflammatory, analgesic and non-crystal forming diuretic properties to help remove and prevent obstructions and relieve pain.

What to do:

  • Peel and thinly slice 1 Tbsp of pashanbheda root into 1 ½ cups of boiling water.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain out the roots and retain the tea.
  • Drink a ½ cup of this tea twice daily.

4. Coconut Water

In countries where coconuts are plentiful, coconut water is a natural remedy which comes highly recommended for urine retention relief. Coconut water is a mild diuretic with antibacterial properties to help clean out urinary tract infections. It is loaded with electrolytes and is non-crystal forming to prevent kidney stones.

What to do:

  • Tapping green coconuts in order to get the water inside is the common method of extracting coconut water, which you may or may not be able to do. If not, then purchase coconut water from a health food store.
  • Drink a ½ cup of coconut water daily.

5. Cinnamon

Powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties found in cinnamon also help prevent and relieve urine retention and its causes. Besides these functions, which prevent the formation of urinary tract infections, it prevents yeast infections and the development of cystitis.

What to do:

  • A couple of cinnamon sticks can be placed in 3 to 4 cups of boiling water.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks and retain the tea.
  • Drink 1 cup of this tea twice per day.
  • You can also mix ½ tsp of ground cinnamon in 1 Tbsp of honey and swallow this twice a day.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint is a pleasant home remedy to keep in mind when it comes to the treatment of urine retention. Not only is peppermint an effective diuretic, but it also helps to clear out a number of urinary issues that can lead to the problem. Peppermint is also antispasmodic and helps to relieve stress, which can become extremely important if you are trying to pass a stone.

What to do:

  • Peppermint tea is pretty common and pretty easy to purchase and make using the directions that come with it.
  • You can make peppermint tea from fresh leaves by adding 2 to 3 leaves to 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Reduce the heat to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Strain out the leaves and drink the tea.
  • Drink 2 to 3 cups of peppermint tea daily.

7. Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice is another diuretic from tropical climes which makes an excellent home remedy for urine retention. This fruit not only has plenty of antioxidants to help boost your immune system to fight off unwanted infections, but a compound found in pineapple cores called bromelain is extremely effective as an anti-inflammatory agent.

What to do:

  • Bromelain is found in the core and husks of the pineapple, which is usually thrown away, but you can extract the juice by boiling the core and husks in a large pot full of water for about an hour.
  • After the husks have become soft, allow them and the water to cool.
  • Place the husks and core along with the some of the water in a blender and puree.
  • Strain the juice from the pulp and dump them back into the blender.
  • Add the remaining water from the pot and puree again.
  • Strain out the juice and add enough water to make a ½ gallon of juice.
  • Drink 8 to 12 oz. of this juice every morning on an empty stomach.

8. Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea is another great cleansing agent utilized as a home remedy for treating a number of organ function issues, several of which are related to urine retention. Not only it has anti-inflammatory properties, but it is a powerful detoxifier and is used to flush out liver, kidney and bladder issues.

What to do:

  • Finely slice 1 Tbsp of dandelion root and add it to 1 ½ cups of boiling water.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea from the roots and drink the tea.
  • Repeat this a couple of times daily.

9. Cranberry Juice

Though UTIs are not the only contributing factors to urine retention, they are common factors, thus a traditional and effective home remedy for urinary tract infections is a recommended solution. Cranberry juice not only keeps your urinary tract clean of infection but it also helps prevent cystitis as well.

What to do:

  • Avoid cranberry juice with added sugar, as sugar tends to cause inflammation.
  • Drink 8 to 12 oz. of cranberry juice a couple of times per day.

10. Stinging Nettle

A home remedy for urine retention, which also makes a great diuretic, is stinging nettle. Stinging nettle also has anti-inflammatory properties and is commonly used to battle cystitis as well as helping to heal bladder and kidney conditions.

What to do:

  • Be sure to wear gloves if you are dealing with fresh nettles as the oils can cause burning and irritation if they come in contact with your skin.
  • Place 3 to 4 fresh nettle leaves in 1 ½ cups of boiling water.
  • Reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the leaves from the tea and drink the tea.
  • Drink 1 or 2 cups of tea daily.

11. Saw Palmetto

One of the issues which causes urine retention is an enlarged prostate and saw palmetto is one of the most effective home remedies available for treating this condition. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is an excellent remedy for reducing the size of the prostate, but it also helps to prevent the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which is a leading cause of bladder retention due to an enlarged prostate.

What to do:

  • This is typically a male treatment only as there are some negative side effects associated with females taking saw palmetto.
  • Typical dosage of this supplement is 160 mg taken twice daily.

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12. Carrot Juice

Carrots pack the necessary nutrients and antioxidants to help prevent and relieve UTIs, so they are also helpful as a home remedy for urine retention. Carrot juice is an excellent diuretic with a combination of minerals that help to reduce inflammation and relax strained muscles surrounding the urinary tract.

What to do:

  • Extracting the juice from fresh carrots is by far the best way to obtain carrot juice without unwanted sugars and preservatives.
  • Extract the juice using a blender or juicer and drink it at least twice a day.

13. Sarsaparilla

Though sarsaparilla is something that is often associated with cartoon characters in bars, it is a real herb and also a potent home remedy for relieving urine retention issues. Sarsaparilla is known to help reduce inflammation in the treatment of cystitis and is also effective at getting rid of the pain and burning which can occur at the end of urination.

What to do:

  • Thinly slice 1 Tbsp of sarsaparilla root into 1 ½ cups of boiling water.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain out the root and retain the tea.
  • Drink this tea a couple of times daily.

14. Walnuts

Known for tonifying or strengthening the essence of the kidneys in Chinese medicine, walnuts are also effective in home remedies that help to treat urine retention. Walnuts are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, and selenium as well as a load of antioxidants. Their powerful combination helps to correct several of the conditions which contribute to urine retention.

What to do:

  • Soak 3 or 4 walnuts overnight in just enough water to cover them.
  • The following morning, grind the walnuts into a paste and consume the paste.
  • Repeat this process every morning.
  • Additionally, look for ways to add walnuts to your daily diet through salads, snacks, and smoothies.

15. Turmeric

Another excellent home remedy for treating urine retention is turmeric. The compound curcumin, found in turmeric is king among anti-inflammatory substances that can be found in herbs and spices. Turmeric is effective at treating more than a dozen conditions associated with urine retention.

What to do:

  • First thing in the morning, mix 1 tsp of powdered turmeric and a pinch of black pepper in 1 cup of warm milk.
  • Continue to stir as you drink the mixture as it will not dissolve.
  • Drink this every morning.
  • As an alternative, you can add ½ tsp of turmeric and pinch of pepper to 1 Tbsp of honey and consume this remedy twice daily.

How to Know if You Have Urine Retention

Urine retention is the type of thing that can sometimes be hard to place. It can easily get mixed up with other things, and this can prove to be an issue when trying to figure out exactly what’s going on with your bladder. Here are helpful ways to narrow it down:

Peeing Throughout Day

Do you have to wear panty liner all throughout the day? Do you worry about embarrassingly spotting your pants? Chances are this could be urine retention.

Nonstop Urination

One of the biggest signs for me that I had this issue was when I would empty my bladder nonstop. Everyone I was around noticed, and it was especially obvious on road trips or in movies when I would have to go to the restroom 2-3 times in a matter of 2-3 hours. A nonstop need to empty your bladder could easily be a sign of urine retention.


Did you know that there is a term for people who have to get up to go to the bathroom a ton of times during the night? Yep. It’s nocturia. This is one of the most annoying issues because if it takes a whole for you to get back to sleep, you’re struggling to do so multiple times every night. This is almost a sure sign of either a weak bladder or urine retention.

Lack of Urge and FullnessWith urine retention, it is likely one or the other. Either you feel a nonstop need to urinate, or you don’t feel the need until it is almost too late. Your bladder may not feel full, but you know you need to urinate in this case.

Pressure on Abdomen

Urine retention can sometimes mean having underlying abdominal pressure that won’t go away.


The retention of urine is not only uncomfortable to deal with, but it can also become a very serious health matter. Be sure to consult a healthcare professional if you are suffering from this condition and ask about making use of one or more of our urine retention home remedies as a means of helping relieve the issues and preventing further problems. Your questions, comments and additional home remedies are certainly welcome in the section provided below.

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