Combat Kidney Stones With These 8 Natural Solutions

Sometimes real life gets in the way. Other times it gives me ideas for blog articles.

Last week my husband woke up at 3:30 am with severe side pain.  Usually my husband is tougher than nails but I could tell from his voice and his shakiness that this was REALLY painful.  After several hours in the emergency room, we discovered he had a kidney stone.

So that propelled me to find the best way to help him – and others – who may experience the same thing.

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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salts located in your kidneys. Now while your body does contain some minerals and salts, it’s when combined with other chemical compounds (and too much that your urine can’t dilute) that a stone can form.

There are different types of kidney stones – calcium, struvite, uric acid and cystine.  And unfortunately, for the most part, you don’t know what type you have until it comes out. Fun!

If you research or ask your doctor what causes kidney stones, you’re most likely to find that there is no definitive trigger. But there are factors that contribute to your risk:

Foods to Avoid 

Foods high in oxalate can cause kidney stones when eaten in excess.  

Oxalates are naturally-occurring substances found in a wide variety of foods and they play a supportive role in the metabolism of many plants and animals and in our human metabolism as well.

Oxalates themselves are not the problem, it’s when the concentration of oxalates increases in our kidneys, that kidney stones can form.

According to a University of Chicago article, “typical diets contain upward of 200 – 300 mg of oxalate. For stone prevention, a reasonable goal is below 100 mg of oxalate daily. An ideal would be about 50 mg daily if that can be accomplished”.

Here is a list of foods that have been categorized as “very high” in oxalates by the Department of Urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center:

Food Group Food Item Serving Size Oxalate Value

Whole Foods

Avocados 1 fruit 19mg
  Dates 1 date 24mg
  Grapefuit 1/2 fruit 12mg
  Kiwi 1 fruit 16mg
  Orange 1 fruit 29mg
  Raspberries 1 cup 48mg
Canned Fruit Canned Pineapple 1/2 cup 24mg
Dried Fruit Dried Figs 5 pieces 24mg
  Dried Pineapple 1/2 cup 30mg
  Bamboo Shoots 1 cup 35mg
  Beets 1/2 cup 76mg
  Fava Beans 1/2 cup 20mg
  Navy Beans 1/2 cup 76mg
  Okra 1/2 cup 57mg
  Olives approx. 10 18mg
  Parsnip 1/2 cup 15mg
  Red Kidney Beans 1/2 cup 15mg
  Refried Beans 1/2 cup 16mg
  Rhubarb 1/2 cup 541mg
  Rutabega 1/2 cup 31mg
  Spinach, Cooked 1/2 cup 755mg
  Spinach, Raw 1 cup 656mg
  Tomato Sauce 1/2 cup 17mg
  Turnip 1/2 cup 30mg
  Yams 1/2 cup 40mg
Potatoes French Fries 1/2 cup 51mg
  Baked Potato w/ skin 1 medium 97mg
  Mashed Potatoes 1 cup 29mg
  Potato Chips 1 oz 21mg
  Potato Salad 1/3 cup 17mg
  Sweet Potatoes 1 cup 28mg
Breads French Toast 2 slices 13mg
Pasta, Rice & Grains All-Purpose Flour 1 cup 17mg
  Brown Rice, Cooked 1 cup 24mg
  Brown Rice Flour 1 cup 65mg
  Buckwheat Groats 1 cup cooked 133mg
  Bulgar, Cooked 1 cup 86mg
  Corn Grits 1 cup 97mg
  Cornmeal 1 cup 64mg
  Couscous 1 cup 15mg
  Lasagna 1 serving 23mg
  Millet, Cooked 1 cup 62mg
  Miso 1 cup 40mg
  Rice Bran 1 cup 281mg
  Soy Flour 1 cup 94mg
  Wheat Berries 1 cup cooked 98mg
  Wheat Flour, Whole Grain 1 cup 29mg
Meat & Meat Alternatives Tofu 3.5 oz 13mg
  Veggie Burger 1 pattie 24mg
Nuts & Seeds Almonds 1 oz 122mg
  Candies w/ Nuts 2 oz 38mg
  Cashews 1 oz 49mg
  Peanuts 1 oz 27mg
  Pistachios 1 oz 14mg
  Mixed Nuts w/ Peanuts 1 oz 39mg
  Pumpkin Seeds 1 cup 17mg
  Trail Mix 1 oz 15mg
  Walnuts 1 cup 31mg
Cakes, Candies, Cookies & Pudding Snacks Brownies 1/2 brownie 31mg
  Cake (store brand) 1 piece 15mg
  Cake (homemade) 1 piece 16mg
  Candies w/ Nuts 2 oz 38mg
  Chocolate Syrup 2 tbs 38mg
  Fudge Sauce 2 tbs 28mg
Beverages Carrot Juice 1 cup 27mg
  Hot Chocolate (homemade) 1 cup 65mg
  Lemonade (frozen from concentrate) 8 oz 15mg
  Rice Dream 1 cup 13mg
  Tea, Brewed 1 cup 14mg
  Tomato Juice 1 cup 14mg
  V8 Juice 1 cup 18mg
Spreads, Sauces & Toppings Peanut Butter 1 tbs 13mg
  Peanut Butter, reduced fat 1 tbs 16mg
  Stuffing 1 cup 36mg
  Tahini 1 tbs 16mg
Ingredients Coca Powder 4 tbs 67mg


Soy Protein Isolate 1 oz 27mg
Soups Clam Chowder 1 cup 13mg
  Lentil Soup 1 cup 39mg
  Miso Soup 1 cup 111mg
Breakfast Items Cream of Wheat 1 cup 18mg
  Red River Cereal 1/4 cup 13mg
  Farina Cereal 1 cup 16mg
  French Toast 2 slices 13mg
  Pancakes (homemade) 4 pancakes 22mg
  Pancakes (dry mix) 4 pancakes 37mg
  Danish Pastry (homemade) 1 pastry 14mg
  Sweet Rolls (low fat) 1 pastry 13mg

Click here for the full list of oxalate content of foods.

Treatments for Kidney Stones

Doctors often consider the size, location and possible type of stone you have before deciding on a treatment plan. Small stones will simply pass through your urinary tract and no treatment is needed. Note, this is not a painless option, so they may prescribe a pain medication. 

Larger stones (greater than 6mm), can be blasted into smaller stones with shock wave lithotripsy. Or a doctor can insert a cystoscope ureteroscopy to remove or breakup the stones. There is also the possibility of actual major surgery to remove large kidney stones. Obviously, it would be best if you can avoid surgery.

These treatments may come with a prescription for diuretics (to help rid your body of water), potassium citrate (to increase citrate and pH levels in your urine), and antibiotics

Natural Treatments for Kidney Stones

As always, I look to natural alternatives first. Here are a few that are effective and safe:

1. Hydrate – drinking enough water can actually prevent kidney stones because the water flushes out toxins from your system. To treat stones, increase drinking to 12 glasses per day (instead of the usual 8). Adding lemon essential oil to your water will step-up your citrate levels.

2. Basil – add fresh, dried or even basil essential oil to a cup of tea or a smoothie. Basil contains acetic acid, which can help break down kidney stones. 

3. Apple cider vinegar – I’m a huge fan of ACV for so many natural remedies, and it alkalizes your blood and urine, which can prevent new stones. ACV also flushes out your kidneys and can ease the pain a bit. Simply add 2 tablespoons to 8 ounces of water and drink once per day.

4. Celery juice – blend celery with water and drink to clear out toxins.

5. Kidney bean broth – cook kidney beans and drink the drained liquid to dissolve the stones, as well as improve the overall health of your kidneys. 

6. Magnesium supplement – By taking 250 mg 2 times per day, it can prevent the formation of kidney stones.

7. Other supplements – both of these will reduces calcium-oxalate levels: Vitamin B6, take 50 mg daily and Vitamin E, take 400 IU daily.

8. Essential oils – Lemon oil, juniper berry, and helichrysum oil are the three that I found are highly recommended. You can put 2 drops of citrus oils like lemon (or you can use lime, wild orange or grapefruit) to your water 2 times per daily.  For juniper berry or helichrysum oil, rub topically (may need a carrier oil) over lower abdomen or add to your bath.

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8 Strategies for Kidney Stones |

Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”. And take Leann’s Nutrient Deficiency Quiz here.

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