Olive Oil and Lemon Juice for Kidney Stones

Last Modified on Jan 27, 2015

What Are Kidney Stones?

Kidney Stones are crystal aggregations of dissolved minerals in urine that usually form inside the kidneys or the bladder, and can cause a lot of pain when passing them. Symptoms of kidney stones are unfortunately quite painful, though they may not cause any symptoms at all until they start causing pain: pain below the ribs or back, pain in the lower abdomen and groin, pain while urinating, cloudy or strong smelling urine that's colored red or brown, frequent urges to urinate, and nausea.

Fortunately, we have received an overwhelming response from our readers on our kidney stone remedies' page for the combination of lemon juice and olive oil, making it our most popular cure for kidney stones at almost 300 yeas.

Instructions for the Lemon Juice and Olive Oil Kidney Stone Treatment Home Remedy:

Mix together two ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice with two ounces of olive oil and drink it all. Follow with plenty of water. Repeat this natural remedy treatment two to three times a day until the stones are passed (can occur anywhere from 1-3 days).

Also check out our original page on Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones!

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User Reviews



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Posted by Khaja (India) on 01/26/2015

hi...i have got a 12mm stone in vesico uretric junction (bladder)...and a 4mm stone in left side of kidney...its very painful ....i am thinking of trying lemon juice and olive oil remedy...just wanted to know, if that will work for 12mm stone?

please do reply me with your experiences..I'll be very much thankful..

Posted by Terry (Katy, Tx) on 01/22/2015

[YEA]  I waited until I knew if it worked or not before posting. After finding this site, I tried the 2 oz. Lemon Juice / 2 oz. Olive Oil treatment after experiencing the familiar pain (This was my third kidney stone in the last three years.) I took the dosage twice a day, morning and evening for three days and kept well hydrated. Pain went away within the first hour. Some mild discomfort for the next two days. From the third day forward, no symptoms.

My first stone three years ago was excruciating but passed within two days, in the hospital. Second stone was 13 months ago and excruciating. It was surgically removed after 5 days of agony.

I'm a believer.

Posted by Jjonas (Wahiawa, Hi) on 01/07/2015

I started out brand new with the first kidney stone as the last event of the 2014 year. As many others have posted (I read them all, yes, every one of them) My docs at the ER did the same things, Pain Meds, IV Fluids, and CT Scan revealing a 5mm stome in my left kidney (or ureter... probably) definitely my left side.... It hurt like nothing I have felt before. I had never been administered much pain meds in my life, and I have been hurt alot.

I am 21 years into the military, with three years in the middle east... medical care is not always available, Codeine pills is the strongest anesthetic I've ever had. At any rate, I got Morphine the first time. WAY Stronger... And they sent me home later after confirming my pee was orange / brown, and that it was blood, the CT scan showed a stone, and I had 4 prescriptions, pain, nausea, inflammation, urine flow... I only get the generics so I don't know the "street names" except Oxcodone, for pain and Ibuprofen, of course for inflammation. with a "sucks to be him" obligatory handshake and here I am...

4 days and several painful iterations later, I think the stone isn't in my bladder yet, I still feel it is in the ureter. I stumbled upon this site as so many others have.... trip to the store today secured all the ingredients, and went on and grabbed some Apple Cider Vinegar too... at 6:35 local time (Hawaii) I took my first 4 oz drink, after a light meal, and it didn't bother me at all, but I do have a pretty solid "plumbing". It smells worse than it tastes. I will take the challenge. I will update, and I will close out my experiences.

In the time it has taken me to write this, I started the familiar pain spasms on my left side, but not nearly as painful, (exactly 30 minutes from the first drink). I'm still on the usual "out with the old water, in with the new water" regime, too.

Replied by Jjonas
Wahiawa, Hi
01/07/2015
No change, second dosage this morning.
Replied by Jjonas
Wahiawa, Hi
01/09/2015
I am on the 4th dose. Still trying. Seems like the pain I was having is less frequent, and less crippling, but having some nonetheless. I am certain the stone is still present, the pains are still the "ureter spasms" kind.
Replied by Joanne
Florida, US
01/09/2015
Hi Jjonas. Sorry to hear of your pain! I know it well! Do you mean fourth dose? At three times a day you've completed one full day and one more dose, right?

I awoke this morning with what I know is kidney stone "movement" in left kidney area. I have taken just one dose of the 2 oz blend of lemon juice and 2 oz extra Virgin Olive oil. Pain has subsided some with a few reminding spasms too. I also am taking Passwan - a Chinese herbal remedy I have used before for kidney stones. I believe this treatment will work! Good luck and look forward to your further updates! Thanks For writing!

Replied by Jjonas
Wahiawa, Hi
01/10/2015
Aloha Joanne,

I took it (2oz/ 2oz, twice a day) for three days now. It seems to have assisted, and I have not had any pains in over 24 hours. I don't think I have passed any stones, however, I don't feel the scratchy feeling deep in my left side, either. So I have one more CT Scan coming up but it isn't for a couple of weeks.

I didn't take my regular 2 doses today. (I'm running low on lemons! )I will take it after dinner tonight though. Just to be safe. I am not sure of how this goes, as this was my first ever stone to pass.

Today is the 4th day, and I have had no twinges, no spasms, no "drop me to my knees" pains, or any at all really, I have been keenly aware of any sudden changes in those areas, mainly because it sent me off looking for pain meds before...

I have had an irritated stomach though. probably from the oil and lemon, but I will take that over the pain any day.

Posted by Joseph (Blue Springs, Mo) on 12/11/2014

[YEA]  I passed a stone of undetermined size and composition from my left kidney early Weds morn while at the ER (worst pain of my life). Honestly, I ditched the four prescriptions they were pushing on me and sought a natural means of passing the six total stones of 3-4mm size still left in my kidneys, per a CT scan (can't wait for that bill). So far, I'm impressed with this site and the results of this remedy!

Began the 2oz lemon juice/2oz olive oil remedy + added about 1oz apple cider vinegar yesterday at about 3pm and then again around 5:30pm.

Noticed by 8pm that night, BOTH kidneys were starting to spasm and the pain and nausea increased to about 5/10 (took some ibuprofen, which helped).

Pursued the remedy this morning and at lunch, and I notice each time, after about 20-30 min, there's some spasming in both kidneys and what feels like slight pain in my lower abdomen going from my kidneys to bladder.

Can anyone tell me if this is a normal experience, that the spasming and slight pain in the sides is a true sign of passing broken up stones?

Replied by Sam
Miami
12/13/2014
This is a well known protocol, but one has to prepare first. I have done that not the right way and my friend did and we both, at one moment that lasted hours, thought we would die. Done gently with preparation it works.

Posted by Julia (Burlington Ontario) on 12/09/2014

Hello I have a 9 mm calcium oxylate kidney stone this is stone number 10 for me. I have had lithotripsies and 2 surgeries. My urologyst wants me in for surgery again. I have been reading your posts on this lemon juice and olive oil. I have been now on this for 3 days and am so hoping that this stone will pass. I have been looking for cystone to help but cannot seem to find it here. I have been getting pain in my back for the past 2 days. Has anyone else experienced this plus the nausea?

Posted by Tara (Wausau, Wi) on 10/28/2014

Does the Olive Oil and Lemon Juice work for kidney stones still in the kidneys, and other kidney congestion? Is this a way to cleanse and purge the kidneys, or is it only for when you are in pain because a stone has already traveled down the ureter? Thanks!

Replied by Ron
Atlanta, GA
10/30/2014
If it's in the kidney you probably are not in pain. However the mixture will still have the same effect as if it were in the ureter. The stone may not move while it is in the kidney from this mixture, but it should help break it (dissolve it). This is what happened to me when it was in my ureter. It first broke in 2 pieces, 1 piece came out then the second about 10 days later. The doctor was shocked when I showed him the stones. They don't learn that in medical school.
Replied by John
Indiana, US
01/10/2015
I was curious too on this if they are still in the kidney and not in the trying to pass stage, where I could assume the olive oil helps in passing, but in the 'trying to dissolve stage" while still in the kidney, I cannot see how oil would dissolve anything.

I heard about using apple cider vinegar to do this dissolving but have not found how to take it - I tried 2 swigs straight down no diluting and then thought I need to maybe mix it - made me think I was doing damage to my system and it does have an acidic percentage - might eat away the enamel on teeth?

Thoughts? JA

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.
01/10/2015
HI U JOHN, , , , , , , , please read what is in the archives about this subject . If that does not answer your questions then ask it again and someone will help you. First help yourself.

This site is being bogged down with trite questions that have been answered 462 times. First read what has come before you. The history of this site began many years ago, not when you showed up.

=====ORH=============

Replied by Marie
Benoni, South Africa
01/14/2015
[YEA]   Somebody did ask what benefit the Olive Oil may have. Well, Oil is a lubricant, together with the Lemon juice or the Apple Cider vinegar, which brittles the stones, the Olive oil lubricates (help the stones to come down easier) It does work - no side effects.

Posted by Reignsante (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) on 10/21/2014

[YEA]  3 months ago I felt this worst pain in my life, I came to know that I have several kidney stones from both of my kidneys. Based on my ultrasound result I have 8 stones with (4/8 are 7-8mm in size). The doctor prescribed me a medicine but since I was so worried, I did a research and tried ACV (little sip daily) and lemon juice with water as my normal intake of water everyday. I also tried the lemon juice with olive oil (2oz, 2x a day) for 2 weeks, I don't know but I believe it worked. I passed a stone after a week but I still continued to drink the medicine and the mixture. A month ago, I went back to the doctor since I was feeling some side effects, I am not sure if it was from the medicine or from the mixture. Before the the doctor prescribed me another medicine (herbal - cystone), I did the ultrasound first to see if there was a development, I was surprised, my kidney stones are gone (not literally gone, from 8 stone to 2 stones left). The large stones are gone. I know it worked (the mixture).

PS: You may experience heartburn and acid reflux from taking these mixtures but its worth a try. Good luck people! :)

Posted by Gary (Punjab, India) on 10/10/2014

I am a mariner. Before going on ship I had to get the medical done so I went for the ultra sound and then only I came to know that there is a 6x4 mm stone at the entrance of the bladder and one 2x2 mm stone in the right kidney. There is no pain at all. I drank apple juice for one day and than lemon juice and olive oil treatment for 3 days and having one leaf of stonebreaker plant also but still no luck. No change in the size or position of the stones after one week. Can anyone suggest for how long shall I continue this treatment before I go for the operation and which is the best method to get the stone removed?

Replied by Prioris
Fl
10/10/2014
Just trying those is not enough. There are a lot of stone breaker remedies. Renavive dissolves the glue of the stone. Chanca piedra is also something to try. My neighbor's stone came out one week after he started the lemon juice and acv.

Posted by Christine (Ct, US) on 10/03/2014

[YEA]  Olive oil and lemon juice remedy for kidney stones: I did it every few hours and it worked. I used extra virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Juice, 2ozs of each. I was so happy no operation to remove it.

Replied by Vinod
India
10/08/2014
[YEA]   Hello my friend, I have kidney stone 15mm

2 ozs olive oil with 2 ozs lemon juice mexture and

no water ??

Posted by Gary (Lincoln, NE) on 09/30/2014

[YEA]  There are three ingredients used in this home remedy. Lemon juice to dissolve the stone, Olive oil to help the smaller stone move along and get flushed our, and cayenne pepper to heal the scratches on the tissues. The C pepper is very important. A few sprinkles of a good grade, organic, finely ground. I do a cup of each liquid, with the C pepper, three times a day, for a couple days, or until the pain goes away.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
09/30/2014
Yikes, Gary, a cup sounds like a ton!! Do you mean a shot cup?

Posted by Fruitloops (Phoenix, AZ) on 09/12/2014

[YEA]  I had pain for months, thought it was uti, finally had a CT in ER two months ago that showed a 5 mm stone in my right ureter a couple of inches from my bladder. Scheduled a follow up with urologist but had to cancel as I have a child that is 2 and needs medical care. The pain would come and go. My frequency and urgency to urinate was the most bothersome. I finally realized I should try and pass this stone to avoid more appointments and surgery. Last night around 10 pm I mixed 2 oz extra virgin olive oil with 2 oz lemon juice. (the liquid squeeze kind, not fresh squeezed) I drank maybe ten to twelve teaspoons of the mixture and really didn't like the oil taste but it was tolerable. I was afraid of getting nauseous as I'm very prone to nausea and figured I would drink more in the morning. I passed my 5 mm stone at 9 am this morning! I must add that I was also using a vibrating back massager on my abdomen and back as I had also read that helps pass stones. I really feel like the lemon juice/olive oil was what caused the stone to pass. It had been in the same place for a long time and today it's out!! I'm so relieved!

Posted by Ron (Atlanta) on 09/02/2014

I have a 4-5mm kidney stone stuck in my right ureter (1-2 inches from bladder openning) for about 2 months. I have not had really bad pain like some others have, but has been more of a dull mild discomfort/pain in waves. My urologist gave me flomax, but it did not do anything for me. I tried chanca Piedra in capsule and liquid form for 2 weeks, but nothing happened, but was feeling side effects from it. I started the 2oz lemon and 2oz olive oil twice a day for 5 days and have not passed the stone yet. The only positive thing is that I have not had emergency pain where I immediately need surgery. I am getting my CT scan (already had 2 x-rays which showed the stone) in case I go the surgery route (Ureteroscopy). How long can this remedy take for the stone to pass? If it can take a month I should be able to do that since the pain is not that bad and I've already dealt with it for the last 2 months. I just want to know when I could be sure this remedy is not going to pass the stone.

Replied by Ron
Atlanta
09/10/2014
Passed the kidney stone after 7 days on the lemon and oilve oil (twice a day). However I was also taking Rapaflo (alpha blocker) with it the doctor gave. So I am not sure if this remedy helped or not.
Replied by Ron
Atlanta, GA
09/26/2014
[YEA]   So I thought the stone was out but it was just a piece that broke off. I went back on the Rapaflo and lemon juice and olive oil twice a day: and five days later the entire stone came out. My advise is drink this 2-3 times a day and don't give up, you may need to do this for weeks. But one thing you will get very quickly is less pain. I am not sure of the exact science of the lemon and olive oil mixture, and really I don't care, I just care it works.

Posted by Bobbi (Indianapolis, In) on 08/26/2014

I have recently been diagnosed with a 12mmx10mm kidney stone. I am scheduled for a lipotripsy on September 4. I have been drinking lemon juice this past week in hopes of dissolving the stone before I have this procedure done next week. I'm nervous about adding the olive oil as I know my kidney stone is too big to pass and I don't want the stone to move. Has anyone had a stone as large as mine and successful at dissolving it? How many days does this take? Any informatin is greatly appreciated.

Posted by Laurence (Singapore) on 08/24/2014

Hi, would like to know which type of olive oil should I mix with lemon for kidney stones? Please advise. Thank you.

Replied by Susan B.
London, Uk
08/24/2014
Hi! I think any good quality olive oil should work.
Replied by Ron
Atlanta, GA
10/04/2014
I used the Extra Virgin Oil. Other types of oil may also work, but why gamble when 80% of the people "YEA" Extra Virgin Oil mixture.

Posted by Mary (California, US) on 08/14/2014

I have recently learned that I have four stones in one kidney and one in the other. One of the stones is 1.6 cm and the other three in that kidney are .5 cm. I'm scared to have them blasted out, and also apprehensive about trying the olive oil and lemon juice. I'd love some advice.

Thanks...

Replied by Timh
KY, US
08/15/2014
@Mary: I haven't read any dangers in the lemon/olive oil treatment (to my knowledge), so do reconsider that remedy and re-read post of others experience.

Another effective kidney stone remedy is the herb Chanca Piedra commonly called "stonebreaker".

Replied by Mary
Ca, US
08/15/2014
My fear is that the big stone, the 1.6cm will start moving and get caught. This stone is too big to pass naturally. Once it gets caught, it can block that kidney's function and be quite dangerous. Or am I not understanding what the lemon and oil mixture can do?
Replied by Ji
Ontario, Canada
08/16/2014
Mary, The lemon and oil treatment cause the stones to dissolve. With continued treatment they get so small (smaller than a grain of salt) as to pass normally through the body without any sensation at all. The treatments DO NOT force the stones to move. The body normally moves all kidney released product out quite naturally. If your kidneys are working properly and you look in the toilet bowl after first morning urine, you can see small almost dust-like particles in the otherwise clear bowl liquid. The kidneys, after all, are there as a filter for the body. It is the chemical nature of your regular diet that either helps or hinders the kidneys in doing their job efficiently(ie to flush out these small filtered granuels and not let them stick together and become large enough to plug or block the filters(kidneys).)
Replied by Mary
California, US
08/18/2014
Thanks everyone for replying! I now understand how this method works. I thought the lemon and olive oil flushed out the stones in their current size. I didn't realize it actually works on decreasing their size. Wonderful news! I do not want to blast my kidneys or have surgery to remove them. The side effects of both of these procedures can be grim! I'll let you know how the lemon juice and olive oil works out.
Replied by Pat
Usa
08/24/2014
I had a kidney stone pass five months ago. I started drinking a low of unsweetened lemon juice every day. And now I have a 9mm by 7mm by 3mm stone that will be stented and lasered this week. Read a little bit about how liquid gets from your mouth to your bladder.

Olive oil makes your stones slippery? LOL. A mind is a terrible thing to waste

Replied by Mary
California, US
09/22/2014
Okay, so today I've started drinking the olive oil and lemon juice. Just took the first dose...did it in fifteen minute intervals until it was all down. Way too much for me in one dose. Drank two glasses of water to wash the taste away. I'll let you guys know my progress. Remember, I have three stones that are all in the centimeter size... If they start moving in their current state, I'll have some major problems... Wish me luck!
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn.
09/22/2014
HI U MARY, , , , , , , , , I hope you drank apple juice for a week before your flush. Apple juice softens stones and they crumble and will cause far less problems when they pass.

=======OLE RH===========

Replied by Mary
California
09/22/2014
Totally nauseous! Don't know if I can continue this treatment... I'm a wimp when it comes to feeling sick... going to try a warm shower...
Replied by Prioris
Fl
09/23/2014
Some of these treatments can be hard on some people. Maybe just go with Renavive. It's convenient and simple.
Replied by Wanda
Rincon Ga
09/24/2014
Kidney Stone Clinic told me to drink Crystal Light and that would take care of my kidney stones. I had passed 14 but no more due to my drinking only water with Crystal Light. I still have kidney stones, all tiny and have passed none on the last 5 years.

Replied by Mary
California
09/24/2014
Had a friend tell me to cut the dose in half to get rid of the nausea, it worked so I'm back drinking the lemon juice and olive oil. She said she took half the dose for three days and she passed the stone on the 4th day. This is my third day. Thanks for all the comments and help! I'll add some apple juice today.


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