Lemon Juice and Olive Oil for Kidney Stones Cure

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Lemon Juice and Olive Oil for Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are counted among the most painful medical conditions. Fortunately, a combination of lemon juice and olive oil, taken internally will often reduce the pain significantly and cause the stones to pass nearly unnoticed.

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. Kidney stone pain is severe and may be the first sign of kidney stones. 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 are common kidney stone symptoms.

If you are experiencing severe pain and suspect a kidney stone but have not been diagnosed with one, a medical evaluation is wise to rule out other serious health problems that may mimic kidney stones.

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

Mix together two ounces of 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, which usually takes between one and three days.

What Kind of Lemon Juice Should I Use for Kidney Stones?

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is ideal. However, bottled lemon juice has certainly been helpful to many as an alternative, especially until fresh lemon juice can be acquired.

What Kind of Olive Oil Should I Use for Kidney Stones?

Cold pressed and organic olive oil is preferred but other olive oils have worked well for many over the years.

Do not substitute any other oil for the olive oil. Even coconut oil, useful as it is for health, is not recommended for removing of kidney stones. 2 tablespoons of coconut oil at once is more likely to cause nausea and vomiting than 2 tablespoons of olive oil. And hydrogenated oils are never recommended as part of a healing protocol.

Do I Need to Use the Olive Oil and Lemon Juice on an Empty Stomach?

Using the olive oil and lemon juice on an empty stomach is the favored approach. Do not use the lemon juice and olive oil remedy with a heavy meal or full stomach. It will be harder to follow the lemon juice and olive oil remedy with the necessary water if the stomach is quite full. If it accompanies a heavy meal it is more likely to cause vomiting as well.

Additional Considerations

Consume light meals while using the lemon juice and olive oil remedy. Consuming mostly fruits and vegetables will provide nutrients and energy without overtaxing the system. They will also promote hydration of the body when it needs it most, since fruits and vegetables have high water contents. Don't forget to include some sea salt in your diet to keep water balanced. Some will even add a pinch of sea salt to a glass of water to ensure that extra water consumed isn't just flushed out.

Avoid high fat foods when using this remedy. The olive oil will provide plenty of fat. Additional fats could stress the gallbladder.

Light exercise, like walking compliments the protocol. Strenuous exercise or anything that promotes excessive sweating (which will be dehydrating) is not recommended until the stones have passed.

Pain will likely necessitate extra rest, however, if the remedy (or pain relievers) reduce pain, do not use this as permission to neglect rest. Rest is important when the body is experiencing a significant health issue.

Continue reading to be encouraged by our many readers experiences with this excellent natural remedy!

Have you tried lemon juice and olive oil for kidney stones? Please send us some feedback!

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


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Posted by Robert (Virginia) on 04/12/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Had a kidney stone with episodic severe pain for approximately 30 hours with nothing to suggest the stone was moving. Heard about the lemon juice/olive oil treatment and took my first dose; 2 oz of each mixed together.

Within 40 minutes, the pain came back with a vengeance but it was different as the stone was moving.

3 hours later I was nearly pain free and 3 days later and still no pain.


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Posted by Cathy (Central Florida) on 05/28/2020
5 out of 5 stars

My husband used the Lemon Juice & Olive Oil remedy for 3 days, and gave up when he didn't pass the stone by the end of the 3rd day. It is now the 5th day (2nd day without Lemon Juice & Olive Oil), and he just passed the large stone! Thank you to all of the other reviewers for their posts about this remedy! It saved a trip to the specialist, along with scoping, and whatever else they would have recommended.


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Posted by Tim C. (United States) on 03/15/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I am a 58 year old male who has suffered kidney stones now and then (too many times) It was kidney stones that brought me to Earthclinic. Last night, in the middle of the night I was awakened by that terrible feeling of pain that would not go away. Reluctantly I forced my self awake and back to Earthclinic to be sure of the dose, 2 oz lemon juice (fresh since I had it on hand) and 2 oz olive oil.

I forced myself to drink it all. I also took 3 ibuprofen in hopes of dulling the pain. Struggled on for another hour or so, trying to find a comfortable position and feeling nauseous. Finally, the nausea forced my to throw up. Thankfully, after the purge, the kidney stone pain dissipated, later that night I peed and found a small stone, the next morning a bigger stone came out. When I touched them they immediately dissolved. Thank you Earth Clinic.


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Posted by Bill (Las Vegas, NV) on 07/11/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I had stones 6 times the last time in 2004. I thought that I was going to pass a stone in 2010, took lemon juice and olive oil and have not had a problem since. I build up a lot of uric acid so when I feel a possible stone I always go for the 2 Oz lemon juice and olive oil drink down and follow up with water.


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Posted by Kathleen (Indiana) on 02/02/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Lemon juice and olive oil for kidney stones -- I did the lemon juice and olive oil remedy and it worked! I'm doing it again today and tomorrow... unbelievable it worked!!!


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Posted by Angela (Or) on 08/24/2018
1 out of 5 stars

I realize this has worked for a lot of people, but I now think it is very dangerous. First of all, once you realize you have a kidney stone, remember that you do not know the size of it, where its lodged, or what you're dealing with. That is unless you get scans to find out. I currently do not have health insurance, and so a month ago when I was in the worst main of my life - vomiting, having what felt to be birth contractions, screaming in 10 pain for a month straight. The ER turned me down. Let's not go there as to why. Basically, I live in a small town where the hospital is completely incompetent.. I was on my own to figure out what to do because of nowhere to get help.

I tried the olive oil/lemon method, as I was fairly certain that what I was facing was stones. What happened is it dislodged and re-lodged somewhere else, got stuck, and put me in life-threatening pain. There were mornings I think I left my body, ready to die.. Gray/white as a ghost and unable to get up. After dealing with the incompetence of the ER once, I wasn't going to do it again.. The lemon juice/olive oil made my condition SO MUCH worse.. I simply can't recommend moving something around with oil when you have no idea where it's going to re-lodge or go. It may not always channel out of your body smoothly.

Finally, I read that magnesium was powerful at breaking up calcium-rich stones. After 1-2 weeks of taking magnesium (CALM brand) powder (stirred into 12 ounces of water twice daily), the pain diminished, and finally, a PEA (maybe larger) sized stone was released. More pieces came throughout the week. Now I'm healthier than ever.

USE MAGNESIUM to break up the stone, not Olive oil/lemon juice.


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Posted by John C. (Greenville S.C.) on 04/05/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Lemon juice / Olive oil for kidney stones:

I had a 13mm stone lithitripsied 2 years ago (60K). Got another stone 7mm and told the Dr.I was going herbal this time. I tried this remedy 1 time and the next day it slid right out of me.

Replied by Achyuth
(India)
05/21/2018

I am actually mixing LemonJuice+OliveOil in water and taking as normal water. Will this have any problems? or we should not mix with water and take.

Please guys suggest me. Have recently found two stones of size 4.5 mm, one is in kidney and one is on bladder.

Replied by John
(Brussels, Belgium)
11/18/2018

Hello,

I really like the Lemon juice and EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) remedy concept, but I have a couple questions:

1) if the stones don't come out immediately and someone were to take the lemon juice & EVOO 3x/day for several weeks or even a month or more... would this be OK for the liver and / or the gallbladder or are there any risks to be aware of? I.e. having to digest all that olive oil and lemon every day

1b) is there a max time eg 1 month beyond which one should stop the remedy if the stone has not come out?

2) does this work for all 5 types of kidney stones, or just for some and not others?

I would be sincerely very grateful for your help in answering above questions.

Many many thanks.


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Posted by Cathy (Metro Atlanta) on 02/12/2018
5 out of 5 stars

A few months ago, I could tell that I had a kidney stone. I've had one before and recognized the symptoms. With the one before, I went to the ER and over the course of a year, they tried EVERYTHING to get that sucker out. Nothing worked. Thousands of dollars and much anxiety later, they had given up on me and I quit going to the doctor every week. Two or three months later, I finally passed it. This time, however, when I realized what the symptoms were, I turned to Earth Clinic. I followed directions to drink 2 oz. of olive oil and 2 oz. of organic lemon juice. I passed the stone about 2-3 hours later. Thank you, Earth Clinic!!!!!


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Posted by Markwt (It Really Works!) on 02/11/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I had a 5 mil stone. Drs had me scheduled for surgery next week. I started 2 times a day 2 oz lemon and olive oil plus lots of water. It passed today! Like everyone said it really works!!

Replied by Donna
(AZ)
05/05/2021

How many days did it take for your stone to pass? Was it painful? Thanks for your reply.


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Posted by Sue (Fairfax, Va) on 10/13/2017

Does the lemon juice/olive oil treatment for dissolving and moving kidney stones need to be done on an empty stomach? The instructions on the page for it don't specify, and people seem to post success either way. And How much water does one need to drink immediately following the lemon juice/olive oil mixture? Thank you so much!

EC: Hi Sue, we've updated the article. Please check again! Thank you for your comments.

Replied by Sue
(Fairfax, Va)
10/17/2017

Very helpful! You might also mention that, if people who try this remedy are not used to drinking so much extra water and are also eating more lightly, mostly fruits/vegetables, it would be wise to also make sure they are getting enough sodium (usually in salt.) Low sodium (hyponatremia) can be very dangerous.

Replied by Chris
(Oxford, Uk)
11/23/2017

I have a 12mm stone plus at least one other, smaller stone in a kidney. No pain yet. In view of the rather large size, am I right in thinking that it would be best to take the apple cider vinegar and the lemon juice in order to reduce the size, but not the olive oil, since I don't want the stone to start moving yet at that size?!

I would be very grateful for any advice.

Replied by KT
(Usa)
11/23/2017

Dear Chris,

I don't think you can stop stones from moving. I would be concerned that the stone could get stuck in a ureter. You don't want that to happen. The OO would provide the lubricant to help it slide out.

I did not know I had a kidney stone until I passed it. It was so large it ripped one of my ureters. You won't forget that pain. It won't necessarily be pain "down there" it will be more in your back. I thought I was in pain because of an old injury to my spine until it "gushed" out. I am female so it might be different for a man. It was not until I was examined by a urologist did I find out what had happened.

I had been eating a lot of spinach for the calcium but not getting enough magnesium. Taking magnesium with every meal may help you avoid stones in the future. I have a Nutrition Almanac that reports "the oxalic acid in foods like spinach and phytic acid in cereals bind magnesium, preventing absorption." You should Google for a list of foods high in oxalates. Beer, beans and chocolate are just a few.

KT

Replied by Anon
(Usa)
11/24/2017

It doesn't seem possible that olive oil would lubricate any part of the urinary tract. Doesn't it just get digested as a fat?

Replied by KT
(Usa)
11/25/2017

Dear Anon,

I really don't know the answer to that but I think it is not worth the risk of getting a stone stuck, especially in the male urethra. I'm only going by posts here on EC and my experience when I was in excruciating pain and thought my kidneys were shutting down. On ingestion the pain subsided and I was able to void. On follow up doses when I have eaten too much spinach, I have used one TBS of olive oil with the LJ and that seemed to work okay but prevention is best...getting enough of a good brand of magnesium has proven beneficial.

I have recently learned one brand of magnesium has added an additional calcium filler that had been contributing to arthritis pain in my hands, feet, neck and spine. I thought I had found a safe vitamin C powder...the fillers in that was also contributing to the pain.

Because everyone eats different, everyone tolerates ingredients differently. All brands are not safe for everyone. By the piecemeal process of elimination for over two decades I have learned this. Our food supply has been engineered to last longer making assimilation difficult (Food, Inc.). This affects the binders and fillers of our medicine/supplements.

KT


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Posted by Rick (Acworth, Ga) on 06/15/2017
5 out of 5 stars

6/16/2017. Excited. Had kidney stone 6 months ago and it cost $1200 out of pocket for two trips to emergency room. It passed with toradol and flomax (I assume because pain stopped for last 6 months). Got those familiar pains again, but I kept the extra toradol and flomax so I couldself treat at home. Toradol pill took 55 minutes to kick in. I like having the toradol available for emergency, but I know that kind of stuff is horrible for your body. So I started the 2 ounces olive oil and 2 ounces lemon juice 3 times a day. Did this for two days. Just passed the kidney stone into a strainer that I kept also. Literally 10 minutes ago. I am so extremely excited that this worked so quickly. Also had zero pain the last two days. And it was obviously moving. Remember I stopped taking the toradol once I started on the olive oil and lemon juice. Thank you to whoever came up with this!!! This was my third stone. I had surgery for the first one because I didn't know much about them. And the taste really isn't great, but not bad. If you mix it good, tastes like salad dressing. And gone in 3 big gulps. Thanks again!!! Awesome!!!


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Posted by Mel (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Life Changing - Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

This WORKS. One member of my family has struggled with kidney stones for years, making stones too large to pass and requiring outpatient surgery. After another expensive ER visit and CT scan, we decided to try the olive oil and fresh lemon juice remedy. What an amazing result! Whisked between 1 or 2 oz each together and chased with a tall glass of water. He only had to drink it once to pass the stone without pain! Since we stared this remedy, he has never been to the hospital again. Life changing.

Ps we recommend using a "grassier" olive oil vs "fruitier" one to make the mixture easier to drink. Makes it tart and refreshing vs tasting like goopy salad dressing.


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Posted by Linda (Nc) on 02/18/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Posting now in the correct spot.

I was in the midst of my 3rd kidney stone. Found out via CT that I had a 2 mm kidney stone high up in my left kidney. I went to the doctor because I was having mild-moderate bladder spasms (which I had experienced only one time before---right after lithotripsy for my first stone of 8 mm in 2002/2003, while I was passing the fragments of the smashed stone for 3 AWFUL WEEKS!! Never will do lithotripsy again!! ). Since then I have had the spasms most of the time, occasional back pain and almost constant tenderness and discomfort in the "female" area. I tried taking Flomax, they put me on Urimat MB (and antispasmodic used for GI issues but has shown to help with bladder spasms too --- and it did help me with mine, but I did not want to stay on it). I took Ibuprofen when I was really uncomfortable, took prescription pain med which did help, but I got some weird reaction 4 hours after taking, so I quit that. Did many hot baths.

This past Sunday night I started to hurt and I mean to HURT. I got on the computer and googled how to get rid of kidney stones and found this site. What a God-send. I am skeptical of natural remedies and as a nurse I understand and value the science of medicine. Um, color me a changed person! I read a few reviews/posts about the lemon juice and olive oil concoction and thought "It can't hurt, I'm pretty desperate, I'll try it".

I took 3 oz. of EVOO and 3 oz. of freshly squeezed lemon oil, poured them into a glass together, pinched my nose and chugged it down. Surpisingly, it did not bother my stomach at all, and I normally can't drink or eat anything "healthy". I went back to reading the reviews, and an hour later was still having a significant amount of pain. I took 600 mg. of Ibuprofen and an hour later (at 1am) my pain had lessened enough and I was tired enough that I went to bed (still in pain).

Woke up 7 hours later and pain was gone. I drank the concoction (but only 2 oz each of EVOO and freshly squeezed lemon juice) that Monday morning and evening. No pain but still no stone. (I had been peeing through a strainer since Sunday afternoon when I started to feel more pain and discomfort). Got up Tuesday morning and even before I looked in my strainer I knew that sucker had passed. It was the FIRST time in 6 weeks I peed and felt no discomfort/tenderness/throbbing/burning upon urination. It felt great! And sure enough, there in the strainer was my stone. I could not believe it. Now, maybe this was a coincidence, but I don't believe in coincidences so I think not. All I know is this: that stone passed easily and I never had any pain after the first downing of the mixture.

I have since purchased the herb Chanca Piedra and will be taking that as a stone preventative but should I end up with another stone, I will immediately begin the lemon juice and EVOO remedy.

To those of you reading this, you have nothing to lose in trying this. I feel for all of those out there suffering with kidney stones and hope you get relief very quickly!

Replied by Leslie
(Auburn, Al)
05/28/2017

Linda, I'm trusting you on this. Had my 8mm stone blasted last Tuesday and today I'm still in pain and my ureathea keeps spasming. Hubby just went to get some lemons. I hope this works. Has ruined Memorial Day weekend. Supposed to go back to Dr.Tuesday to see if it's gone.

Replied by Laura
(Ny)
06/03/2017

I'm going through the exact same thing now. Last Sunday I had horrific pain that I tried to just ignore. Early Monday morning it was so bad- my poor family ended up spending their Memorial Day with me at the ER. Dr. Found 3 kidney stones. Had 6mm one blasted with lithotripsy on Wednesday. Still waiting to see if it will pass. Not sure what's happening with 8 mm one they said is still in my kidney. I feel like I have to pee ALL THE TIME! Maybe I should try lemon juice and evoo too. Would love to keep in touch and hear if it worked for you. Thanks!


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Posted by Linda (Raleigh, Nc) on 02/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I was in the midst of my 3rd kidney stone. Found out via CT that I had a 2 mm kidney stone high up in my left kidney. I went to the doctor because I was having mild-moderate bladder spasms (which I had experienced only one time before---right after lithotripsy for my first stone of 8 mm in 2002/2003, while I was passing the fragments of the smashed stone for 3 AWFUL WEEKS!! Never will do lithotripsy again!! ). Since then I have had the spasms most of the time, occasional back pain and almost constant tenderness and discomfort in the "female" area. I tried taking Flomax, they put me on Urimat MB (and antispasmodic used for GI issues but has shown to help with bladder spasms too --- and it did help me with mine, but I did not want to stay on it). I took Ibuprofen when I was really uncomfortable, took prescription pain med which did help, but I got some weird reaction 4 hours after taking, so I quit that. Did many hot baths.

This past Sunday night I started to hurt and I mean to HURT. I got on the computer and googled how to get rid of kidney stones and found this site. What a God-send. I am skeptical of natural remedies and as a nurse I understand and value the science of medicine. Um, color me a changed person! I read a few reviews/posts about the lemon juice and olive oil concoction and thought "It can't hurt, I'm pretty desperate, I'll try it".

I took 3 oz. of EVOO and 3 oz. of freshly squeezed lemon oil, poured them into a glass together, pinched my nose and chugged it down. Surpisingly, it did not bother my stomach at all, and I normally can't drink or eat anything "healthy". I went back to reading the reviews, and an hour later was still having a significant amount of pain. I took 600 mg. of Ibuprofen and an hour later (at 1am) my pain had lessened enough and I was tired enough that I went to bed (still in pain).

Woke up 7 hours later and pain was gone. I drank the concoction (but only 2 oz each of EVOO and freshly squeezed lemon juice) that Monday morning and evening. No pain but still no stone. (I had been peeing through a strainer since Sunday afternoon when I started to feel more pain and discomfort). Got up Tuesday morning and even before I looked in my strainer I knew that sucker had passed. It was the FIRST time in 6 weeks I peed and felt no discomfort/tenderness/throbbing/burning upon urination. It felt great! And sure enough, there in the strainer was my stone. I could not believe it. Now, maybe this was a coincidence, but I don't believe in coincidences so I think not. All I know is this: that stone passed easily and I never had any pain after the first downing of the mixture.

I have since purchased the herb Chanca Piedra and will be taking that as a stone preventative but should I end up with another stone, I will immediately begin the lemon juice and EVOO remedy.

To those of you reading this, you have nothing to lose in trying this. I feel for all of those out there suffering with kidney stones and hope you get relief very quickly!

Replied by Eloise
(North Carolina)
02/18/2017

You might like to know that olive oil and lemon juice is a great salad dressing. Any old salad. Sprinkle salt & pepper, garlic and oregano, toss with olive oil and lemon juice.

Replied by Linda
(Nc)
02/18/2017

I will NEVER have lithotripsy done again. NEVER. I'm a nurse so when I say I will do anything but that, I know exactly what I am saying. To be fair, I had a friend who also had a kidney stone around the same time with the usual godawful pain, he had lithotripsy and had not one iota of pain afterwards. So, I guess some people have good success.

Replied by Barbara
(California)
05/06/2017

Does this work for a kidney stone that is 9mm? I was told I couldn't pass this without it being broken up. This is my first one! No pain yet and it is in ureter.

Replied by Linda
(Nc)
05/08/2017

Barbara, I'm sorry that is a really large stone! The one I had lithotripsy for was 8mm. Will never do lithotripsy again as I stated before.

I am skeptical you will be able to pass your stone naturally due to the size---but that is only MY opinion. I think if it was me I would try the lemon juice/olive oil concoction for a bit, PROVIDED there was no pain. I would encourage you to read the other threads on here because I THINK I read of some folks passing some stones about the size of yours (or close to that size) but I'm not certain. Please don't take anything I say as a recommended course of action---these are just my thoughts. Hang in there and good luck!!

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)
05/09/2017

Seems to me that I read that apple juice will break up the stone. Read up on that.

Replied by Barbara
(California)
05/09/2017

Thank you for your reply - I appreciate any info I can get.

Replied by Julie
(California)
05/27/2017

Were you fasting while taking this?

Replied by Linda
(Nc)
05/27/2017

No, I was not fasting.

Replied by KT
(Usa)
05/28/2017

Barbara, 1 or 2 T ACV with the 'mother' (it's unfiltered, raw and unpasteurized) to the lemon juice & OO might help.


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Posted by Mirna (Maryland ) on 11/28/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My pain went away about one minute after I took two tablespoons of olive oil (only had regular) mixed with the juice of half a lemon. Decided to try this mixture out of desperation and knowing the same is use to dissolve gallstones. The the pain had begun to spread to my arms and upper back. Thank God is gone.



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