Last Modified on May 26, 2016
Relieve constipation naturally and quickly - we have many different home remedies that you can try. Blackstrap molasses, apple cider vinegar and sea salt are among our top home remedies to cure constipation. Our bodies all have their own unique 'timetables', but we know when we're constipated and need help. Try one of our safe and effective natural treatments and feel like yourself again!
What Causes Constipation?
While a poor diet is one of the main causes of constipation, a number of other factors contribute to irregularity as well. Constipation can also be caused by inadequate water intake, lack of fiber in the diet, a disruption in routine such as traveling, inadequate levels of activity, stress, excessive intake of dairy products, or a number of medical conditions.
Are There Any Natural Options to Make Movements More Regular?
Whether your diet, water consumption, or medicinal regimen is to blame, any one of the various natural remedies for constipation will likely help. Apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, and sea salt are among the most common natural remedies; however, magnesium, flaxseed, lemon juice, and olive oil may also help.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of our most versatile remedies, and it is just as effective for treating constipation. ACV helps reestablish a balanced pH in the body while supplementing important nutrients like magnesium to restore regularity.
2. Blackstrap Molasses
A “sweet” remedy in more ways than one, blackstrap molasses delivers a variety of nutrients to the body that help manage regular bowel movements. Like ACV, one of the most important nutrients molasses supplies is magnesium.
3. Sea Salt
Sea salt actually functions as a natural laxative. The body is unable to absorb salt water, so it quickly passes through your system, helping to flush your system and restore regular bowel movements.
While we have come across a number of other natural remedies for constipation, these three seem to offer the most consistent relief. Give one of our favorite home remedies a try and let us know how it works for you, or let us know how your restore regularity in your home. See below for an incredible number of natural constipation remedies and positive responses from our audience. These folk cures can help address everything from constipation pain and tenderness in the abdomen to the toxic whole-health effects that can result from a case of severe constipation.
Remedies for Constipation
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I have been constipated for the past thirteen years due to meds and my years of suffering from anorexia and especially bulimia. I only eat healthy food and I HAVE tried everthing and wasted a lot of money to help my situation between doctors' visits, medicines and supplements. Lately the thing that is proving to be helpful is acidophilus (in the millions), All brand fiber cereal (I find it delicious) and magnesium (750mg/day) I have accepted mine as a hopeless case; however, this may help somebody out there!
For constipation, I use an acupressure point in the arm. The point is found when you bend the arm - for example, place your right hand on your left shoulder. At the bend of the elbow, use your left hand to locate the acupressure point about halfway between the crease of the bend and the bone. Massage that point for about 15 seconds, then switch to the other arm. Back and forth. I also do this while standing. Usually works within 10 to 15 minutes at most. Also, I have cut out wheat and all gluten grains. I did not think I had a gluten problem but found out that I have that sensitivity.
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Posted by Wanda (East Bay, CA) on 05/16/2007
Have had some digestive challenges lately. Last night, used ACV in water just prior to a bowl of oatmeal. About an hour later, I swallowed a garlic capsule. This morning after swishing peanut oil for about 20 minutes, I drank the juice of one lemon mixed with about a TBSP of baking powder and water. My nose began to run. After a breakfast of French Toast, bacon, and strong coffee, there was an almost immediate cleansing. I'm not sure which concoction did the job, or if it was the harmonious work of them all. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks and kudos for the good advice. I feel blessed.
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Posted by Terrysweething (Saskatchewan, Canada) on 12/18/2014
Myself and my fiancee began to take apple cider vinegar with the mother. He would take one tbs twice daily. His stomach issues usually involved going to the washroom too much, sudden bouts of diarrhea, bloat and gas. He took the ACV for about three days, then was off as he wasn't home. When he returned he stated he was constipated, and it took a couple more days to work through. He was so plugged up he had bleeding when he finally managed to pass. He has really never had this problem before, as he usually has the opposite. Did the ACV cause this? Any ideas? I would like for him to stick with the Apple Cider Vinegar for other benefits but now he won't as the result of just a couple days was terrible. Any help would be appreciated.
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Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 09/16/2014
I have found a great solution for constipation; in my case I was born with a mold virus. I use Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup or container with fresh chopped garlic and chopped onion, let it set for an hour or two, then take an enema and for me it works right away. Also once in awhile I add aloe vera to my mixture as it's a great healer. Good Luck
Posted by Salut (Los Angeles, California) on 06/30/2014
I love this site!! I am learning so much and at a time when I need it. So thank you to all! My question is about ACV. I read great things about it, and because I have suffered most of my life ( I am 50) of "lazy" intestins and would easily go an entire week without a bowel movement and being bloated, I thought I would give ACV a try. I probably was to eager as I started 2x a day a shot glass. I did that for 2 days (4 shots) my body was not happy. I figured I probably used too much. I lowered to just 2 tablespoons per day. No difference. Instad of helping my bowels it seems to make it worse.I don't know why ACV is not working for me. Did someone have such an experience? thank you very much.
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Posted by Lisaj (Charleston, Sc) on 12/15/2012
I have been drinking 1 cap of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water everyday for 6 years. It has changed my life forever. My entire life I had constipation problems, colds, bloating.... Now all healed. I carry my bottle with me when I travel. I have even purchased when in Greece and Turkey. I will never miss a day in my life without this miricle product! Don't wait start drinking now.
Posted by Donna (Southern, Ohio) on 02/21/2010
I have suffered with a spastic colon which the doctors are now calling IBS since I was in high school, over 20 years ago! I continue to have problems with my bowels and in a bad week will go for days without any eliminations. I do drink organic ACV daily in fruit juices. Unfortunately, ACV does nothing for the constipation, bloating, or stomach pain associated with IBS. I have been drinking about a tablespoon or so at least twice a day (or more) for over a month now and can tell no difference what so ever so I guess I have to give ACV a Nay when it comes to alleviating constipation.
Posted by Noor (Lawrenceville, Ga) on 06/10/2009
HI I just wanted to let people knw my story, I have been on a low carb diet wihich also known as protein sparing modified fast its very stricted in food u intake, awesome diet however the only problem is u don`t have bowel movements for days, a friend of mine told me she been taking apple cider vinegar ever since she had her last kid, and ask me to give it a try, so i did 2 tablespoon daily pure just like that no water no sweetener its just easier this way comparing in adding whole lot of water and honey...which tend to make it harder to drink. And belived or not i have bowel movements every single day, and its just 2 tablespoon a day and drink lots of water itself the whole day, i feel great more than ever, i highly recommend that to any body that suffer bowel movements, plz go buy yourself a good ACV unfiltered u will see diference in you.
Posted by Mrs P. (Kuching, Malaysia) on 05/22/2009
I am taking diluted apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon in 8oz upon rising from bed in the AM and have another one before dinner. I have been taking this for 1 week. I only get little BM daily. I wonder if there is anything I can do to increase the effectiveness. I am so envy reading other's pleasant experiences with ACV. I really hope ACV is the final solution to my serious constipation since it has a lot of other health benefits. Any suggestion? I am thinking of taking a larger dosage.
Posted by Carol (Washington, DC, USA) on 01/01/2009
I have suffered from ulcerative colitis and constipation for years. My medications (for other health problems) seemed to be making the constipation worse. I eat lots of fiber, drink plenty of water & exercise regularly, but the constipation did not go away. I found this site & decided to try ACV. I took 2 teaspoons last night with water and then 2 tsp. this morning followed by water & it worked perfectly! I was amazed that I achieved these results so quickly. I actually had a normal bowel movement. I feel great! I will definitely keep taking ACV. Thanks!
Posted by newnelly (44065, ohio) on 10/06/2008
I tried apple cidar vinegar (1 tbs) straight chased by water. Wow! It immediately had me running to the bathroom. I know it says to take it in water and sip it all day long, but if you feel brave and feel the need to purge, this is the way to go. Warning! It burns a bit, but I think that is because it is working and cleansing the insides.
Posted by Madhur (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) on 10/02/2008
Taking ACV has made me constipated - contrary to other people's joyous feedback that it has cured this very ailment. I took note of one other person, Robin, who has had the same effect. ACV, generally, has been very beneficial for me except promoting constipation.
Can anyone finally answer this question? Thanks, M.
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Posted by Bridget (Philadelphia, Pa) on 07/26/2008
I'm not even sure where to start. Today is my 6th day taking ACV (_____s organic). I'm taking 2 tsp along with 1 tsp pure natural honey mixed in apx 2 ounces of water, 3x a day ( before each meal.) Apx 2 years ago I developed a white mole directly under my eye, hated it and always planned on finding out about getting it removed. On day 4 of taking the ACV, I had gotten out of the pool and was rubbing my eye and noticed I couldn't feel the mole. I went to the mirror to look and could barely see it. Today is day 6 and it's almost gone! I have another dark mole on my arm that is also changing!
Another HUGE change this week are my bowel movements. I am hypothyroid, and normally when I'm eating healthy items such as alot of fruits and veggies, I tend to have a hard time producing a movement, but this week I have been producing at least once, sometimes twice a day, and they are very large healthy movements. I have also lost 4+ lbs which of course I also attribute to eatting better and drinking alot of water. I tend to go on these health kicks alot, for long periods of time, but this is my first time trying the ACV and I have been telling everyone about my dissapearing mole and my movements for 2 days now. I cant wait to wake up each day and see what else is going to change! Loving it, and I will keep yous updated! Thanks, Mom in Phila