The main thing to keep in mind is that certain home remedies for constipation can affect individual people in different ways, so you may need to try more than one to get the results you need.
Constipation can mean different things to different people, mainly due to the individual bowel movements of each person.
Whilst one person finds it normal to move the bowls three times a day, another may find once every three days is normal.
Basically constipation occurs when the usual pattern in bowl movement is broken. Most of the time simple home remedies for constipation can be a more effective way to relive symptoms by gently inducing gut movement.
Try to avoid using any over the counter laxatives, unless they contain bulking ingredients such as fibre as they often make the bowl lazy or even worse, hide a more serious condition.
When to see a doctor:
- Your constipation lasts for more than a week.
- You find blood in your stools.
- Severe or prolonged abdominal pain.
- Symptoms start shortly after beginning a new medication.
Typical cCauses and Easy Home Remedies For Constipation
- A change in your life style; Such as going on vacation; make an aromatherapy oil from one of the recipes bellow to take with you. Use the reflexology or acupressure treatment.
- Not eating enough fibre; Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, change to eating wholemeal bread, brown rice, pulses and wholemeal pasta.
- Lack of fluids; Try to drink 8, 8 oz glasses of water a day.
- Not getting enough exercise; Half an hour’s exercise five times a week, try a good brisk walk.
- Pregnancy; For home remedies for constipation try the reflexology or acupressure bellow.
- Suffering with stress can often trigger constipation; Use one of the following from bellow, aromatherapy, reflexology or acupressure.
- Certain vitamins can cause constipation; Such as iron or calcium; again this may be avoided by eating more fibre, drinking more water and excising. But it may be worth speaking to your doctor for an alternative.
Home remedies For Constipation
- Yellow dock; Makes a very affective yet gentle laxative; it’s suitable for children over 18 months at half the recommended adult dosage. Makeup a decoction or take as a tincture three times a day
- Rhubarb root; In your home remedies for constipation use 1/2 oz (15g) of the herb to 22 fl oz (600ml) of water for a decoction or take 1/2 a teaspoon of rhubarb root tincture 3 times a day.
- Liquorice root drink; Place 2 oz (50g) of peeled liquorice root in a saucepan and pour over 2 pints of boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes and then strain. Drink three small glasses (about the size of a wine glass) a day until symptoms improve.
- Dandelion leaves; Create a mild laxative out of dandelion leaves by infusing 1 â€“ 2 teaspoons of the dried leaves in a cup of hot water. After ten minutes strain and drink the infusion. Use herbs such as senna and cascara with professional supervision as they can have side effects.
- Aloe Vera; Makes an excellent stimulant for chronic and stubborn constipation, make a tincture from the whole leaves and take 3 times a day. Unsuitable during pregnancy
- Kelp (bladder wrack); Is seaweed with great digestive properties to help shift stubborn constipation you can use the powder sprinkled on to food but no more than one or 2 teaspoons a day. Also makes a good tea but needs a long infusion.
Take 6c of alumina every two hours for up to ten doses if you have to strain to pass stools but they are soft. After taking the alumina; do not eat drink or clean your teeth for the first 15 minutes.
Mix together three drops each of rosemary and marjoram essential oils with two drops of chamomile; add the mixture to six teaspoons (30ml) almond oil. Softly work the oil in around the belly button in a clockwise direction
Mix 3 drops of geranium essential oil with 3 teaspoon of olive oil and use as above.
The pressure point in the centre of your foot is said to be linked to the intestines, so try this reflexology for a little relief.
Apply light pressure to the centre of the foot above the heel, and rub for ten minutes.
Place your fingertips on the back of your arm four fingers width from the wrist, apply pressure then rub in a circular motion.
One arm at a time, place your hand on the opposite shoulder. Using your other hand, press your thumb deeply into the crease in the outer edge of your elbow, and hold for one minute.
Home Remedies For Constipation Straight From The Kitchen
- Bran; Gradually start to introduce bran into your diet, start with a teaspoon a day for the first three days, then gradually increase, a teaspoon at a time. Increase your drinking water by 10 fl oz (300ml) for every additional teaspoon of bran that you eat.
- Prunes; Take one small teacup of stewed prunes a day until motion resumes (used since 1747)
- Stewed rhubarb; Will also help to relive constipation, if you find the rhubarb is to tart, add a little honey to it to improve its taste.
- Ginger; Is a very relaxing herb that can ease stomach cramps, so add a bit to your food when you are cooking or make a warming tea with it.
Fig syrup is another well known home remedy for constipation, although is more recommended to eat more fibre as a cure, if you are desperate the following recipe should do the job.
- Soak 2 oz (50g) each of dried figs and prunes in a pint of water for about 8 hours.
- Bring the fruit and water to the boil and simmer until the fruit becomes soft and the liquid has reduced.
- Mix in 1 tablespoon of treacle then allow it to cool.
- Once the mixture has cooled blend together in a blender then transfer to a clean container (a jam jar is perfect for this) and store in the refrigerator.
- Take 1 dessertspoonful as needed.