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Olive Oil and Lemon Juice for Kidney Stones

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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.

Replied by Mark
Bobbi, Please update if this worked for your large stone?? I have 17mm x 12mm stone and am more interested in breaking stones other than most folks here looking to pass tiny 6mm stones.

I am scheduled for the surgery through the back with tube insertion and a week in the hospital.

Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando

1230 Posts
Hi Mark...There is a herb called Chanca piedra that also has the equivalent English name of Stone-Breaker or Break-Stone. If you drink this herb as a tea 3 or 4 times a day then it will dissolve and remove both gallstones and kidney stones. See the research here.

Use the organic Chanca piedra tea or powder if you can -- do not use the capsule or hard pill forms which aren't so effective. You can easily buy Chanca piedra from your local health shop or from internet vendors like ebay or amazon. Just make sure its in the tea or powder form and organic.

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
Hi! I think any good quality olive oil should work.
Replied by Ron
Atlanta, GA
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.


Replied by Timh Donate

@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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.

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Replied by Mary
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
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
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
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.
Replied by Dawn
Ct, Usa

Posted by Ginger (Newport News, Va) on 08/05/2014
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I've had ongoing back pain for a few weeks now and thought it was just a pulled muscle, that's until the pain got severely worse. With my husbands insistence I finally went to the emergency room yesterday. The CT scan showed that I have a 3 mm stone in each kidney. The pain meds they prescribed are not working, and I'm not getting any sleep. So, I decided to try a home remedy which led me to Earth Clinic. I took my first dose of lemon and olive oil mixture this afternoon ....and right now I'm PAIN FREE!!!! I can't believe it. Next dose, tonight before bed. I hope it helps me sleep through the night...stay tuned!

Posted by Sdbike (North Carolina) on 07/16/2014
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Hi all. I read through most of everyone's posts and I signed up for this site just to post my results. It worked!! Or something did, but I passed my stone about 30 minutes ago after drinking my 2nd cocktail of lemon juice and olive oil with a side of water after. It did the trick. A few minutes later I felt all the symptoms I read about, such as having the sensation to pee but not being able to, and having a bit of a burning sensation in my penis, but not too bad. I have to say, whether it was just time for it to pass, or all the water I drank the past 2 days or the cocktail, I am very relieved to have gotten it out. It was 4 mm in size I was told by the emergency room doctor on Monday morning after they did the cat scan. And like everyone else, I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain. It was on my left side, not my back at all, between my abdomen and hip. I drove myself to the hospital, driving thru some red lights after looking to see no one was around and was thinking I was going to pass out. I was moaning so loud in the bed in my room in the emergency room area they had to come in and tell me to control myself. I will say that while the pain was something I do not ever want to have to go thru again, it was not the worst I have ever encountered. Once when I was hiking back down a mountain, I sprained my knee on a fall, but did not know it. There was so much snow on the mountain and I was cold and bundled up so really did not know. Anyway, after hiking all the way down, on the ride home, my knee started hurting and it got worse and worse. It took me a while to put 2 and 2 together that it was from my fall. But once we got home, it was so bad, I was literally crying in pain. I have never cried before from pain and I think I almost passed out. Anyway, this stone was almost as bad but not quite. The sprained knee being walked on down a mountain was a 12 out of 10. The stone was a 10 out of 10 pain threshold. Just glad it is out.

Posted by Ontee42 (California) on 07/10/2014
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2 oz lemon juice and 2 oz olive oil did the trick for me. Rushed to the emergency room with worst pain of my life, tests showed I had a 3mm stone. Morphine in the ER and Norco to take at home. I was taking the pain pill every 2 hours and then found this remedy. I downed the whole 4 oz at once and almost immediately the pain was gone. I never had to take another pain pill and the next morning the stone passed -- caught it in the strainer they gave me at the ER. BTW - after I took the 4 oz at once, I read on to see that most sites recommend drinking it a little at a time to avoid nausea... probably a good idea.

Posted by Julie (Phoenix, Arizona) on 06/11/2014
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I had a non-obstructive 6mm lower pole calyceal stone detected by ultrasound and was referred to a urologist who was sure I was a surgical candidate because of where it was. Mine wasn't trying to pass and only caused a little pain from time to time. I read all of the posts on this site, but no one had my situation - a stone that was just sitting there in a calyx and not trying to pass...

My urologist sent me for a low-dose CT scan and in the 3-4 days before I went, I took the lemon juice & olive oil remedy about 4 times over 3 days in an attempt to dissolve it. I also drank a LOT of heavily concentrated lemon water (50% lemon)and did a shot or two of apple cider vinegar. When I got my CT scan results today, the doctor was surprised and said, "That's why we do a CT because the ultrasound showed a 6 mm stone! " All I have now, after my Earth Clinic lemon juice/olive oil remedy, is a few teeny tiny kidney stone spots ("punctate calculi") that I shouldn't even feel as they pass! She recommended I continue with the lemon juice to maintain alkalinity and a stone-free kidney.

Posted by Lin (Wayland, Mi) on 05/05/2014

Many people have commented about the lemon juice and olive oil Tx helping them to pass kidney stones. My husband has a stone 2.5 cm (not mm) x 1cm stone. Would the Tx help to dissolve the stone since it is too large to pass? I hope he can avoid the surgery they are suggesting. Thanx!

Replied by Mary
Would love to know if Lin's husband passed his stone or did he need surgery? Thanks!
Replied by Paulette
3 years ago had a kidney stone at end of ureter about to enter bladder. Knew this from attack and ER visit with CT scan the week before. Symptoms started up again and took the 2 oz. lemon juice and 2 oz. of Olive oil concoction. Half an hour later stone passed!

I am now experiencing another stone. Drank concoction of Lemon and olive oil again before ER/CT scan yesterday. Scan showed stone in my bladder. Now experiencing more symptoms and just drank the concoction of lemon juice and olive oil again...this time extra virgin olive oil. I'm now hoping this stone will soon pass!

Posted by Karla (Louisville, Ky) on 03/04/2014
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Lemon and Olive oil for kidney stones

3 days ago. Mine hit me like a ton of bricks. One day I was fine the next day flat on my back, with Hydrocodone, Advil, and a valium not even TOUCHING the pain. I knew what it was just through evaluation although I had never had the pleasure of experiencing one. Everything they say is true. I had to crawl to the bathroom the pain was so severe. Started researching as a last ditch attempt before going to the ER, followed by CAT scan and all the other lovely goings on that I knew would follow. :/ Earth Clinic has been a go to site for me for a decade now and has never failed me. Fell onto the Lemon/Olive oil suggestion and immediately tried it. By this time it was evening of the first day. Woke up next day, "thought" it felt a little better...did another round of it that morning...followed by a 2nd round before bed. Next day felt 80% better!!!! Followed same routine. Today (3rd day), I can barely feel it. Will continue this protocol until it disappears completely. ?? To my knowledge, I haven't passed anything or was so small I wasn't aware of it. The progression feels more like to me that it's dissolving (?). Is anyone aware of what the technical principle is behind how this works ? (which it obviously does..?) as in say, what role does the Olive oil play? Can Ted explain it, I would love to know his thoughts on it. Thanks AGAIN Earth Clinic. You are a life saver!!

Posted by Monty (Philadelphia, Pa) on 02/11/2014
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I had been diagnosed w/a 4mm kidney stone in the hospital ER via CTscan. Dr gave me pain killers & naseau medicine-that's it. Went to Uroligist 2 days later-he gave me Flomax-no results. I found this site here & gave the olive oil & lemon juice a try. 3 days later I'm totally pain free! I haven't seen a stone yet, so I'm guessing it got dissolved by the oolj mixture. Like Drano for kidney stones!

Posted by Cecile (San Jose, Ca) on 02/09/2014
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THIS IS SO CRAZY! This is my 3rd round with Kidney stones, came upon this article and read about the remedy of lemon juice and olive oil?

Was already scheduled for surgery, tried the remedy for 2 days and past it and with zero pain, just plain amazing, just want to thank everyone for their guys cured me!

Thank you, Any advice on a weekly remedy to keep them from coming back?

Replied by Mike62
Cecile: I eat 85% raw organic produce and 15% raw grass fed animal products. I feel better than in my entire life.
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Cecile,

Congratulations on eliminating kidney stones. I've succeeded in riding myself four times. As preventative do the same thing but on a small scale;

Take lemon juice from one half lemon in glass of water six times in one day. (Three lemons.) Do that one day a week as a preventative. If still problems, double the once a week as preventative.

Replied by Wsb26
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Hi! I just started this lemon juice & olive oil remedy this past week due to symptoms of a possible kidney stone. All i can say so far is that when i get pain in my lower back and around by abdominal, it goes away after drinking this mix. I am still waiting for stone to pass. I really hate this feeling and it is quite frustrating.

Replied by Rajesh
Chennai, India
This remedy can be a permanent fix with following procedure, it takes 48 hrs to disolve all the kidney stones without pain/trace and no doctor fee absolutely.

Day 1

1. Drink a cup of apple juice every one hour, should take atleast 6 to 8 classes on that day.

2. Should intake glass of distilled water for every 30 min after taking apple juice. if you're not getting distilled water, regular purified water is good enough.

3. No foods on day 1. (No breakfast, no lunch, no dinner)

Day 2

1. Take cup of lemon juice mix it with cup of extra virgin olive oil.

2. drink 5 or 6 tablespoons of mixture for every 15 mins untill entire mixture is taken.

3. cook 6 peeled bananas for 15 min's with cup of olive oil. (yess.... it's regular banana fruit)

4. cut the banans into pieces and eat every single piece in 15 min interval.

5. Once everything is completed, you will be urged for natural actions with in 2 to 3 hrs where u can see all the kidney stones comes out.

Replied by Gail
Get your ph up.. If you have kidney stones you are too acidic.. No soda for sure! Read on ph and alkaline diet
Replied by Traci
Hi Rajesh, do you eat all the bananas within 15 minutes? Or, do you eat just a few of them every 15 minutes until all gone (like the lemon/oil mixture)?

Posted by Pippaprescott (Cumbria, UK) on 02/02/2014
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Definitely YEA, because I was diagnosed with a 6mm kidney stone which they said was borderline for treatment. So they sent me home after giving me a pain killing jab. At home , in desperation I found earth clinic and this cure And took two doses of the 2oz lemon/olive oil on 2 consecutive days.

I found that this immediately stopped the pain so that all I felt was pressure and discomfort. After a couple of weeks that went too.

Now, 8 weeks later , I have just been for X-ray and the doctor was astounded that it was gone, but also that I had not passed it . The lemon and olive oil must have somehow dissolved it! In his disbelief he is sending me for a CT scan to make sure its gone, but I know it has because I have no symptoms at all .

Earth clinic is a fab idea. I am now going to try some of the hot flash cures too!

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
Please be aware that there is almost no need for surgery when it comes to kidney stones. They have many products on the internet that dissolves the glue that holds kidney stones together turning them to mush that get excreted out. Home made solutions can work also. The advantage I think with some products is that they address different aspects like possible infections. Do not have any surgery. They can be cured them naturally. Doctors will generally not mention this.
Replied by Bob
Tampa, Fl
Hydrangea bought in pill/capsule form in health food stores was the American Indian medicine to take away pain in your lower abdomen! I have passed a 6mm stone without feeling it, and I recently passed a 3.5mm stone that caused me pain the first 12 hours, but after starting the lemon juice/olive oil, Hydrangea, and using an item called chanca piedra (stone breaker) my stone passed within 14 hours! (When it passed I didn't feel anything, saw the stone in the strainer! )

I keep chanca piedra, Hydrangea with 100% lemon juice and 100% olive oil in our house all the time, as my cat scan a few years back showed I had 9 stones, 4 in one kidney, 5 in another! I've passed at least 5 of them, and all with little problem! When we travel, we take these items with us just in case!

My Doctor's office was amazed when I brought the 6mm stone in and told them it was pain free!

Posted by Carolina (Ocala, Florida) on 10/16/2013

I was reading all the great results people have with the olive oil and lemon juice mix when having kidney stones. I do have a 5mm stone coming down my ureter, I was told my ureter is narrow due to some scar tissue I developed after a previous surgery. (no kidney or ureter related).. My question is: have anybody in this group try to pass the stone with OOLJ having a narrow ureter? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Replied by Janie Y
The thing that really works for me is apple cider vinegar! I have suffered several times with kidney stones. ACV had come to the rescue! I had a bout with it a while back and with-in twenty minutes the pain (severe lower back pain) had subsided.... I still had the pain but it wasn't as severe - I might add that when I had the attack, I couldn't even straighten up... I hurt soooo bad! I felt it all in the lower back area! I took a couple more doses (two Tbles. ) about every three hours throughout the day until the pain was completely gone. The way I understand it is that the ACV goes in and softens or breaks down and dissoves the stone... Causing it to crumble. I have seen remnents of it in the stool later on after taking the ACV. It looks kinda like sand that's washed up on a beach! I take apple cidar vinegar every day now. I still suffer from kidney stones once in a great while (I drink tea a lot and this causes kidney stones, , , BUT - I am hooked on tea, I can't help it)!! I will just take a bigger dose of the ACV and it works! I talked to my doctor and she told me what to watch out for if indeed I am passing the kidney stones... She told me that my urine will seem frothy (bubbly), and there will be tiny grits of what looks like sand that will float to the bottom of the stool. That's exactly what I see when I have had a kidney stone attack and they pass! Hope this helps! Have a great day.

Posted by Donna5783 (Dothan, Al) on 10/09/2013
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I stumbled across this site after returning home from the emergency room the other day diagnosed with a 3.6 mm kidney stone. I was not even searching for home remedies, I was searching for an image of what the stone might look like. Thank God for Earth Clinic! I tried the lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil remedy at 5pm the day after returning home from the ER. The stone passed WITHOUT ANY PAIN at 1pm the following day. Am going to search this site for some other ailments that have been troubling me. Thank you Earth Clinic!

Posted by Jannyjo (Seattle, Wa) on 10/01/2013

I had my first kidney stone last year, two days before Thanksgiving, with a household full of company. They hauled me out the door to the ER the day after Thanksgiving. I had a CT scan and they found one 5-6mm stone on my right side and said there might be one on the left side. Although they sent me home with pain meds, I began vomiting non-stop and went back and spent another 8 hours in the hospital before they again, sent me home to wait for the Blasting machine that would be available on Monday.

I have had four children through natural childbirth, and have NEVER felt such pain as I did with this stone.

Now here I am almost one year later and it's begun again. Two days ago I thought I had food poisoning. Then by last night I realized what was wrong and spent a night unable to sleep, wandering the house, waiting for morning.

A friend told me to take 3 Naproxin and research some home remedies since I did not want to repeat what happened last year. Then I came upon this site. I've had my first Lemon Juice/Olive Oil drink and will repeat that mid-day and tonght. Hopefully I'll have a great report like many others have posted here.

I'll be back!

Replied by Jannyjo
Seattle, Wa
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I drank 2 oz lemon juice mixed with 2 oz olive oil. Then went to the Urgent Care for them to do a urinalysis in case it was a UTI (which my doctor's office recommended) because it was the end of the day .

The Urgent care doctor's assistant argued with me and told me I did NOT belong there, but I should be at the ER. I nicely told her I was trying the lemon juice with oil treatment to see if it would pass on it's now. Again she told me I should NOT be seeing the doctor there. She was not very nice about it. But finally came back with the doctor.

The doctor then told me she would not prescribe pain meds when I SHOULD be in the ER so they could do a CT scan to see how big the stone was. I told her about reading about the lemon juice and and oil and they both looked at me like I was going to wave a magic wand over myself. I told her nicely, that I was doing what my doctor's office recommended, and that they felt I could try it my way for a few hours, if I could tolorate the pain.

They both did everything but roll their eyes and told me they worried about me being septic, and how fast that can move. I assured them I would be back if I ran a temp. Or was in great pain. And they said, "So you'll end up in the ER anyway, so why not go now?"

Grrr. I did the urine and it came back with blood and they said, you do have a kidney stone. And they said since my episode started out with diarrhea, that was very abnormal (yet I've read that it happens that way with a lot of people! ).

ANYWAY, I drank the second glass, took more Naproxin, and went to sleep. Wokr up in the very next morning, passed the stone... Felt it. It was a one second, Yikes, moment. When I pulled it from the jar, it broke into 7 pieces in my hand. It was bigger than the 6mm stone I had last year!

I am SO happy! I will use the lemon juice any time I do this again. This is my second round with a kidney stone. The incident last year, involved an eventual UTI, two ER visits, a reaction to pain meds, a 12 hour hospital stay, and a 5 day wait for a blasting machine.

Happy, in Seattle!