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How to Use Olive Oil and Lemon Juice for Kidney Stones

author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
How to Use Olive Oil and Lemon Juice for Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are gravel-like stones that form in the urinary tract and cause pain. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Kidney stones are gravel-like pieces that form in the kidneys from excess calcium deposits. They cause pain, tenderness in the back and blood in the urine as the stones make their way from the kidneys to the urethra for passage. In some cases, kidney stones have to be surgically removed, but most kidney stone cases are resolved naturally. Drinking lemon juice and olive oil may help relieve pain and make passage of the kidney stones smoother than using no treatment at all.

Step 1

Drink apple juice and distilled water throughout the day to keep thoroughly hydrated. Keeping hydrated will increase urine output in the urinary tract, cleansing the kidneys and preventing infection while kidney stones are present. This also helps guide the kidney stones to the urethra for natural removal from the body.

Step 2

Mix 2 ounces of lemon juice with 2 ounces of extra virgin olive oil in the evening. Shake or mix well to prevent the ingredients from separating. For hard-to-pass stones, you may mix 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil instead.

Step 3

Drink 6 tbsp. of the mixture every 15 minutes until completely gone. Do not drink this mixture all at once, as it can cause nausea and vomiting, which would render treatment ineffective. According to the Alternative Health Gazette, kidney stone pain should subside within 15 to 20 minutes after taking the last dose.

Step 4

Visit the restroom every time the urge is felt. Kidney stones will be broken down within 12 hours and passed through your stool or urine, depending on the stone's position in the urinary tract during treatment. Passing of the stones should be less painful or pain free.

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