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IC & Bladder Friendly Sweet Tea

Are you a sweet tea addict? Whether you live in the southeast or the northwest, iced sweet teas are a staple for the hot, sometimes sweltering, days of summer. But, when you’ve got interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder or prostatitis, traditional black, oolong, green and chai teas are well known for triggering urinary frequency, urgency, pressure and/or pain (aka IC flares). All are on the “caution” list in the ICN Diet Guide for their high acid and caffeine levels.

IC patients should look, instead, to some light herbal teas to make their daily brew. Iced chamomile or peppermint teas are very refreshing, especially when combined with a bit of honey or even citrus peel (lemon or lime peel contains much less acid than lemon juice). If you prefer a brown tea, look to some simple rooibos teas, such as Harney & Son’s Pumpkin Spice. Be cautious, though, of herbal or rooibos blends which often contain more acidic herbs, such as rose hips. It’s always better to start with the basic ingredients, ideally fresh, and then add other flavorings that you know are more bladder friendly.

Have some fun with how you make your tea too! Sun teas brewed in a large jar on the back porch are very fun to play with. Throw in a dab of this and a touch of that and, by the end of summer, you’ll have refined your favorite bladder friendly teas.

Start With A Low Acid & Caffeine Free Herbal Tea Base

  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Rooibos

Try Some Bladder Friendly Flavorings

  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Peppermint
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Apple
  • Watermelon
  • Pear
  • Lemon or Lime Peel
  • Lavender
  • Rose petals
  • Sage
  • Fennel
  • Licorice Root
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon

Combinations To Play With

  • peppermint, rosemary leaves with a hint of honey!
  • peppermint and pineapple sage
  • lavender, sage and rosemary
  • chamomile and mint
  • licorice root and flax seed

Sweet Mint & Basil Iced Tea

(Submitted by ICN Member lisa7688)

The mint and basil seem like an unusual mix but actually blend well together. You could also just make mint iced tea using your own recipe and throw in the basil for something different.

  • Half a bunch of fresh mint (about 1 oz.)
  • Half a bunch of fresh basil (about ½ oz.)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 8 cups water (½ gallon)

Pour four cups of boiling water over the herbs and let them steep for about 10 minutes. Strain the tea, boil the other four cups of water and steep the leaves again. Mix all of the tea and honey together in a large pitcher. Taste test it. If it’s too strong, add a little water to your liking. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

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By | 2016-06-06T16:18:33+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC & Bladder Friendly Sweet Tea

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My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.