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Can You Flush Kidney Stones Using Olive Oil?

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author image Cheryl Grace Myers
Cheryl Myers has has a master's degree from Saint Leo University and currently writes for several publications including Fit Pregnancy, Guideposts and Parent's Magazine.
Can You Flush Kidney Stones Using Olive Oil?
Use olive oil or olive oil with lemons for kidney stones. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Drinking water helps flush your kidneys of kidney stones, but olive oil helps ease the pain associated with passing the stones. The use of olive oil for kidney stones is a folk remedy that doesn't require a special detox, cleansing or fasting regime. Gayle Alleman, author of "The Healing Power of Garlic, Vinegar, & Olive Oil" says that olive oil helps coat the kidney stones traveling down the urethra, making it easier to pass them when urinating. Before using an alternative approach for treating kidney stones, talk to your health care provider first.

Step 1

Stop eating solid foods at noon and only consume liquids until 7:00 p.m. To get the nutrients you need, drink meal replacement beverages such as Ensure. You can also get most of your essential nutrients for the day from breakfast and an early lunch. The American Heart Association says that all healthy diets must contain essential nutrients and fatty acids, so don't skimp on nutrition as you are taking in more liquids.

Step 2

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and remove from heat. Add the water, 2 oz. of fresh lemon juice and 2 oz. of extra virgin olive oil to a pitcher. Refrigerate the water.

Step 3

Drink 2 tbsp. of olive oil every hour from noon until 6:00 p.m. Sip on the lemon water throughout the day to help your kidneys flush out the stones. Lemon juice is a natural cleanser, but the use of lemons here helps take away the bland taste of olive oil in the water.

Step 4

Lie down on your right side and drink 1 oz. of olive oil. Wait 20 minutes and lie on your left side. Drink another 1 oz. of olive oil and rest for 20 minutes.

Step 5

Avoid consuming any food or beverages after drinking the olive oil at 7:00 p.m. Your kidney stones should pass the next day, usually in the morning.

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