Before I discuss the home remedies for constipation, I must tell you that I’ve been there and had that pain also. And I’ve used laxatives as well. However, over time, I’ve found out that I can relieve my constipation in a natural way.
So, the next time your instinct tells you to reach for laxatives, think of the home remedies for constipation that I will share with you. As you know, some of the main causes of constipation are a lack of physical activity, poor diet, weakness of abdominal muscles, stress, insufficient water intake, and an irregular defecation habit.
The home remedies for constipation aim to offer immediate help as well as a long-term solution for the source of the problem as well.
Extremely rich in fiber, flaxseeds are natural laxative that many people often call “flaxative.” Aside from fiber, flaxseeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, making them an extremely efficient home remedy for constipation.
All you need is one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds three times per day. You can add flaxseeds either to your smoothie or morning cereal. Just make sure to drink lots of water when you take flaxseeds.
Thanks to their being extremely healthy and having little acidic taste, lemons are one of my favorite laxatives. They treat constipation by stimulating the digestive system and get your juices flowing.
All you need is juice from half a lemon and a glass of warm water. Throw in some salt if you are up for it, but lemon and warm water are more than enough. Drink the glass in the morning on an empty stomach.
I am not going to say coffee exclusively since caffeine is an ingredient found in other beverages as well, e.g., green and black tea. But coffee is the best home remedy for constipation among those.
Whenever you feel you’re battling constipation, drink a cup of coffee and you can expect to go to the bathroom in 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Dandelion Tea
Another tea that has a natural laxative effect, dandelion tea is easy to make and an effective cure for constipation. You need one teaspoon of dried root powder and a cup of boiling water.
That’s all! Drink it and enjoy the benefits.
When it comes to fruit, prunes are one of the best remedies for constipation. Since they are high in fiber, prunes are as a natural laxative as one can have.
Aside from fiber, prunes are also high in dihydroxyphenyl isatin, a compound that kicks the colon into action.
To continue the list, we turn to another fruit that is high in fiber and acts as a natural laxative. You can use both fresh and dried figs. Just make sure you eat fresh figs with their skin on, as the skin is the biggest source of fiber.
If you want to use dried figs, combine them with the same amount of almonds and soak them in water. After a few hours, peel the almonds and grind all the ingredients (you can use your blender). Take one tablespoon of the paste with one tablespoon of honey at night.
7. Olive Oil
There is no better fat than pure olive oil, and for a home remedy for constipation, you can use any olive oil (virgin, extra virgin, etc.). Some call olive oil the poster child for home remedies for constipation. For starters, it stimulates your digestive system, but also prevents constipation.
For the remedy, you need one tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Take the remedy in the morning on an empty stomach. Note: lemon juice is optimal if you cannot stand the taste of pure olive oil.
8. Baking Soda
At the heart of all constipation home remedies lies baking soda. This magical powder is one of the best remedies you can get. Thanks to its versatility, baking soda gets the job done 95% of the time.
For this home remedy, use one teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 cup of warm water. Mix the baking soda with the water and drink.
Acupressure is a great home remedy in that all you need is your thumb. I didn’t believe it helped until I realized its magical effects myself. With your thumb, press the spot found four finger widths below the wrist, in the space between the tendons. You might think this spot has nothing to do with your constipation, but apply pressure for two minutes per day on it, and you will see the results.