Constipation is a digestive disorder that makes your routine life uncomfortable. Inadequate consumption of fluids, sedentary lifestyle, low-fiber diet, lack of regular exercise, certain medications, suppressing the urge for bowel movement, depression, stress, metabolic disorders, obesity, hormonal imbalance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hyperthyroidism, etc., are some of the main reasons of constipation. Symptoms of constipation include bloating and gas, nausea, mouth ulcers, loss of appetite, feeling of fullness in the abdomen, difficulty in passing the stool, heartburn, mouth ulcers, straining while passing stool, etc. Constipation is entirely curable and manageable by bringing some changes in your diet and lifestyle. Here are some remedies to get rid of constipation at home.
Home Remedies to Cure Constipation
1. Castor Oil
The laxative properties of castor oil improve bowel movement by stimulating small and large intestines. Consume 1-2 teaspoons of castor oil as the first thing in the morning. You can also take it with juice to enhance the taste. Or else, take a glass of warm milk and add a tablespoon of castor oil to it. Stir well and drink it.
Note – Do not use this remedy for long time as it may cause side effects.
The citric acid present in lemon detoxifies the body and regularizes bowel movement. Add juice of ½ a lemon to a glass of warm water. Mix a little honey and ½ teaspoon of table salt or rock salt (a pinch) to it. Drink it daily on an empty stomach.
Consume 2 teaspoons of honey thrice a day to cure as well as prevent constipation. Alternatively, take a glass of warm water. Add a tablespoon each of lemon juice and honey to it. Stir well. Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.
Fennel seeds ease the movement of muscles in the digestive tract and helps treat irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, bloating and indigestion. Dry roast one cup of fennel seeds and grind them. Store it in a jar. Take ½ a teaspoon of it followed with warm water.
Figs, being a natural laxative and enriched with fiber, help relieve constipation. Eat fresh figs with their skin. Or else, soak dried figs and 2-3 almonds in water for 4-5 hours. Peel the almonds and grind them with figs. Consume this paste at night with 1 tablespoon of honey.
Flaxseed is the best cure for mild to serious constipation due to its omega-3 fatty acids and fiber content. In order to improve bowel movement, mix a tablespoon of flaxseeds in a glass of water. Let it stand for 2-3 hours. Drink it on daily basis before sleeping. Or else, consume 2-3 tablespoons of ground flax seeds followed by a glass of water.
Spinach is an excellent source of fiber. It helps cleanse the entire intestinal tract. It is effective whether eaten cooked or raw. ½ glass of raw spinach juice mixed with ½ glass of water two times a day relieves the severe case of constipation. Repeat this remedy for a few days.
Molasses aids in bowel movement. Consume 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses just before you hit the hay. You can also mix it with prune juice, fruit juice or milk to improve the taste. Increase the dosage to 1-2 tablespoons if you don’t notice any sign of improvement.
- Alternatively, mix molasses (2-3 tablespoons) with an equal quantity of peanut butter. Have it in the morning.
Note – Sine molasses is affluent in calories, do not consume it on a daily basis.
Deficiency of water in the body is one of the major causes of constipation. Drink a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water to soften the stool. For effective results, fill a copper vessel with water at night. The next morning, drink it on an empty stomach. Also, drink fruit juice and vegetable juice along with water in order to improve the condition.
Drink ½ a glass of grape juice (fresh) everyday. Alternatively, eat grapes daily. Or else, boil 10-12 seedless grapes (dry) in milk for a few minutes. Drink this milk. This remedy works wonder for young constipated children.
- Alternatively, you can soak raisins in water for 24 to 48 hours. Eat them early in the morning. Also drink the water in which they were soaked.
Drink pear juice or eat pear fruit on daily basis to alleviate the symptoms of chronic constipation. It improves bowel movement by contracting the intestinal walls.
Eat 1-2 guavas each day to soften stool and relieve constipation in a natural manner.
Have a teaspoon of linseed followed by water, before having meals. It lubricates the intestinal walls, which makes the movement of bowel easy.
Eat orange or drink orange juice to check buildup of food residue in the colon. It also stimulates peristaltic activity, thereby relieves constipation.
- Orange juice when added with equal quantity of olive oil aids in lubricating the intestine and cleansing the digestive tract.
The soluble and insoluble fiber in apple eases the movement of bowel. Apples also shield the walls of the intestine from bad cholesterol by forming a protective gel.
Eat ½ a medium-sized papaya in the breakfast for softening the stool and it will easily pass out of the body.
1-2 cups of coffee a day work as an intestinal stimulant and helps relieve constipation. But, don’t overdo it; otherwise, it may lead to side effects.
The insoluble fiber in berries makes the bowel softer and assists its movement. Therefore, eat at least one bowl of berries each day.
19. Brown Rice
Brown rice are loaded with fiber, therefore, helps relieve constipation.
20. Prune Juice
The laxative properties and fiber content of prune help cure constipation. You can also eat them dried or raw or drink their juice.
21. Epsom Salt
Combine Epsom salt (2 teaspoons) in a cup of fruit juice or water. Drink it. Take one more dose if you don’t feel relieved
Note – Use only ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt for children.
22. Sesame Seeds
Eat ½ ounces (not more than this) of sesame seeds followed by lots of water to detoxify the body.
23. Baking Soda
Baking soda neutralizes the acid and re-alkalizes the tummy. All you need to do is add baking soda (1 teaspoon) to ¼ cup of warm water. Drink the solution quickly. It will cleanse your gut.
24. Dried Beans
Properly cooked dried beans such as black beans, lima beans, red beans, etc., minimize the problem, so include them in your diet.
Soybean, safflower and other vegetable oils act as a lubricating agent for the intestine. Consume 2-3 tablespoons of oil every day to alleviate the symptoms of constipation.
26. Cabbage Juice
Drink ½ a cup of cabbage juice twice a day to treat the problem of constipation.
Herbal Remedies to Treat Constipation
27. Dandelion Root
Dandelion root cures constipation in a natural manner by encouraging bile production in the body. Boil fresh dandelion root (2 tablespoons) in a cup of water. Strain it and drink. Or else, take 250-500 mg of its extract with meal.
28. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an excellent herbal remedy to cure constipation. Mix some water in aloe vera. Drink it 2 times a day- on an empty stomach in the morning and at night (after supper). It will regularize your bowel movement.
Note – You may experience diarrhea or cramping after using this remedy. So be very cautious.
Bael is an excellent anti-constipation agent due to its laxative properties. Consume bael fruit on daily basis before dinner for 2-3 months to cure chronic constipation. Juice of bael is also an effective remedy to overcome constipation.
30. Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk in a glass of water. Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning to prevent constipation.
The ripe fruit of cassia has laxative properties that helps cure constipation naturally. Since it has no side effects, it can be taken by pregnant women and children.
32. Chebulic Myroblan
This herb acts as a mild laxative. Sprinkle some rock salt on its pulp and consume it. You can also flavor its pulp with cinnamon and cloves. Eat it regularly for the best results.
33. Spiegel Seeds
Soak some spiegel seeds in warm milk. Mix some sugar. Drink it before you hit the sack. Or else, immerse these seeds in water for at least 6 hours. Add sugar and drink it before you sleep.
It is one of the excellent herbal remedies for constipation. Cook rhubarb and puree it. Add honey and consume it.
- Eat lots of fiber and drink plenty of water daily.
- Follow regular exercise routine. Perform asanas and yoga poses to improve the digestion process.
- Chew your food well and slowly.
- Eat light meals at regular intervals.
- Eat 3-4 hours before your sleeping time.
- Do not suppress the urge for bowel movement.
- Avoid intake of too much alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
- Shun junk and processed food. Also, refrain from foods containing refined sugar and fats such as cheese, biscuits, pastries, etc.
- Pregnant women should stay away from over-the-counter medications and laxatives as it may result in premature contractions.