Hydrangea contains compounds that are antibacterial. The most common use for hydrangea is for the kidneys and bladder because of its effective diuretic quality which helps increase the flow of urine.
One of its strongest abilities is promoting kidney health, and when it comes to supporting kidneys, few applications work so well as a healthy herbal tea.
Hydrangea tea is most useful for kidney health due to several functions. Firstly, it is a diuretic, something which promotes urination. This is highly beneficial as it increases the removal of waste and excess fluids, thus reducing water retention and improving the kidney’s filtering rate. This also has a second, highly beneficial effect, as increasing the kidney’s frequency in functioning may reduce the risk of kidney stones by flushing out material more frequently, allowing less time for kidney stones to form and grow. Hydrangea also offers a natural source of silicon, which is necessary for maintaining flexibility in the arteries. This helps to promote excellent blood flow to the kidneys, thus improving their filtering ability while also providing good oxygen and nutrients.
Gravel Root is useful for kidney problems, urinary difficulties and gravel, rheumatism & neuralgia. Gravel Root is used in the beginning for kidney stones or gravel & also used to treat disease of the kidney and bladder from an excess of uric acid & constant desire to urinate. Gravel Root mitigates joint stiffness produced by uric acid accumulation, prevents scurvy, ebb tumors, promotes menstruation.
Marshmallow root is a demulcent, hence it relieves inflammation and helps soothe mucous membranes to ease passage of kidney stones. One of best herbs to use for kidney problems, it is soothing and healing to inflamed tissue. Up to a quart of marshmallow tea can be taken per day. Herbalists have reported improvement in symptoms of a variety of kidney problems with this herb used in this way. Combined with Uva Ursi, it can help heal urinary tract infections.
Hydrangea Root, Marshmallow Root, Gravel Root (½ cup each)
Soak ¼ cup of each root in 11 cups water for 4 hours or overnight. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Let mixture cool then pour through a strainer. Drink ¾ cup per day.