Add New Post

Cure Constipation with Home Remedies

Jul 24, 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

Natural Cures

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
ACV, Baking Soda, Garlic12007-05-16
Apple Cider Vinegar142014-12-18
Apple Cider Vinegar, Magnesium12015-03-15
Apple Juice22013-09-21
Baby Spinach12009-06-22
Baking Soda, Borax12011-05-15
Bentonite Clay22007-12-31
Blackstrap Molasses12014-10-11
Borax, Magnesium and Sea Salt12014-11-29
Brewers Yeast, Magnesium, Erythritol12008-09-10
Castor Oil12013-08-01
Castoria, Syrup of Figs12010-12-05
Chia Seeds22014-12-04
Chinese Herbs12015-10-07
Chromium Picolinate, ALA, Lecithin12013-10-14
Club Soda12009-08-09
Coconut Milk and Green Leafy Vegetables12006-07-12
Coconut Oil22012-12-11
Color Therapy12016-07-23
Cucumber, Coffee12009-05-26
Dietary Changes102015-10-01
Dry Mustard in Water12013-05-30
Epsom Salts22011-07-31
Errand Oil12008-06-20
Fermented Cabbage Drink12015-02-02
Fermented Food12009-11-24
Fish Oil12012-03-04
Flax Seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dates12009-06-17
Flaxseed and Prune Juice22010-09-15
General Feedback22011-09-16
Ginger, Coconut Oil, Baking Soda12015-10-23
Glucomannan Root12011-08-31
Green Tea12014-09-30
Honey and Lemon12007-07-12
Honey With Olive Oil, Oranges22009-12-01
Lemon Juice and Olive Oil82010-10-20
Milk of Magnesia12011-06-28
Mineral Oil12008-10-12
Multiple Remedies12013-01-28
Oat Bran22011-01-23
Olive Oil and Orange Juice32007-11-26
Oranges and Honey12014-08-16
Papaya Juice12011-05-26
Prune Juice22013-03-10
Pumpkin Pitas12009-05-28
Raisins, Figs, Prunes12007-01-02
Raw Fruit and Vegetables12011-12-17
Raw Rice12010-04-05
Red Wine, Food With Hot Chillies12009-03-29
Rye, Barley, Fiber, Apple Pectin22016-05-26
Sea Salt Cleanse122015-11-07
Sea Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar12008-04-28
Seltzer Water12006-11-19
Squatting Method12009-03-31
Triphala Churna42011-04-28
Vitamin B112014-09-05
Vitamin C12013-03-12
Vitamin D12013-09-10
Yellow Dock12012-11-15


5 star (1) 
Share your thoughts with our readers
Write a review

Posted by Lydia (Miami, FL) on 12/06/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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!


5 star (3) 
Share your thoughts with our readers
Write a review

Posted by Susan (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) on 11/27/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Lee
Durban, South Africa
Hi! Could you please explain a bit more clearly where this acupressure point on the arm is?
Replied by Stan
Las Vegas, Nv
I found the accupressure spot you're looking for. When you put your right hand on your left shoulder, use your left hand and there's a hollow spot just above your right elbow. You'll know when you've found it because there's a sharp pain if you do have a constipation problem.
Replied by Cheri
South West Tx
5 out of 5 stars
a million thanks to you for the explanation on where to do the accupressure. people - IT WORKS.

I have a family member w/chronic constipation due to medication and most times things are working as I give flax seed, good yogurt, steel cut oatmeal, etc etc BUT sometimes the elimination is delayed I guess you'd say.

WELL, simply doing this right/left, twice had the results. What a relief to know this and not have to resort to other attempts with the milk of magnesium etc.

Posted by Donna (Aspen, CO)
5 out of 5 stars

Every morning, before you get out of bed -- rub your tummy with your fist, not too hard, gently, but make an impression, only for about 10 seconds. It may take two mornings of rubbing, but you'll never be constipated again.

Replied by Boomer
Edmonton, Ab
Make sure if you rub your stomache that you do it in a clockwise motion. Rubbing counter clockwise can result in increased constipation and can cause problems with your intestines.
Replied by Lisa
West Plains MO
5 out of 5 stars
I tried Donna's suggestion on acupressure and it works!!! I rub not only my stomach but where my colon is. Also I found taking 2 tbsp. of molasses morning and night followed by acv in tea and then the acupressure works every time for me. I don't have to sit on the crapper for 15 minutes anymore.

ACV, Baking Soda, Garlic  

5 star (1) 
Share your thoughts with our readers
Write a review

Posted by Wanda (East Bay, CA) on 05/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Jan
East, Va
Coffee is well known to cause a bowel movement. Chances are, that did it or at least greatly contributed to it.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

5 star (14) 
1 star (7) 
Share your thoughts with our readers
Write a review

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.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Terrysweething, have him start again with MUCH less.
Replied by Terrysweething
Saskatchewan, Canada
Thank you, will do. I am wondering too if he was not drinking enough water as well?

Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 09/16/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Salut,

I am sorry that the ACV is not working for you. You are most brave to take that much at once! :)

Constipation has many causes. So, maybe ACV helps some because it addresses certain causes but not the cause you are dealing with.

ACV doesn't help me with constipation issues either. I use it daily and love it. I find it very helpful for different things. But for me, dairy products slow my system down very much. I had a terrible time with constipation as a child. As an adult, I was vegetarian and then vegan (no dairy or eggs either) for a while. Suddenly my elimination became normal.

If I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, all tends to be well for me even with dairy sometimes. If my diet isn't going to be so great (especially bad when traveling! ) I use Dr. Christopher's Lower Bowel Formula. I used it a lot during pregnancy since pregnancy tends to slow the system. For me, two capsules a meal works when my diet is at its worst. Other times, I might just take two caspules if I am eating a meal with lots of dairy. It has Cascara Sagrada in it, which is what keeps the system moving. Some say not to take it regularly, but I have not had a problem with it. I took it daily during pregnancy and was able to go off it easily.

There are lots of solutions on EC. I am hopeful that one of those will be your solution! Or maybe you will find a new solution to post. I hope you figure out the problem soon.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Evie
Orlando, Fl
Just want to say thank you to all who posted comments here. After reading about ACV, I decided to try it. I pray it works! I was diagnosed with ensophagitis and I also have gastritis. I have been searching for natural remedies and I have decided not to take the PPI that was prescribed to me. IF ACV works I will be posting a comment on it. :-D

Posted by Lisaj (Charleston, Sc) on 12/15/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Lauren
Keego Harbor, Michigan United States
1 out of 5 stars
Nay! Thank God I am not the only one that has expeienced the Constipation effect with the ACV and Baking soda remedy. I love ACV for everything else but it caused constipation with me. I started taking 2 TBlsp ACV w/ 1/4 tsp. BSoda for acid reflux/ulcer/digestion issues. It helps for that problem but is making me constipated. Anyone know why this ACV/Bsoda combo does this for some people?
Replied by Beatrice
Ottawa, Ontario
I fear the ACV also causing me constipation. I just started taking it yesterday and like you said, it works miracles for the acid reflux (especially at night when antiacids just don't work), but I also havn't had a bowel movement since then. It could also be the fact that I was also taking tums for the reflux, which I hear can cause constipation. I worry that this will make digestion more difficult, along with making the reflux worst. I was also wondering if drinking ACV can worsen Hyperkalimia (too much potassium in the blood). Feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Replied by Margaret
Greensboro, Nc
1 out of 5 stars
Those of you who suffer from constipation from ACV may have the same condition I do. I have IBS caused by intolerance to fruit sugars. ( and also grains, MSG and ALL vinegars) Most people can eat dried fruit ( prunes) and have a bowel movement. For me dried fruit is like POISON because the fruit sugars are concentrated. I suspect ACV is the same way. The fructose has been concentrated & altered by aging, but its still in there, and you are highly sensitive to it. Also, the aging produces naturally occurring MSG. I have also discovered that with IBS-C, you have a sensitivity to a food product, and your colon spasms and stops in one place, so you keep taking the fluids out of your stool until its like a rock. Beware of people who tell you to eat wheat bran and fruit. It will make it WORSE. Eat a high protein diet and watch out for ALL MSG- anything that is autolyzed or hydrolyzed on the label is MSG.
Is there any way to allow your body to eat fruit, or do you have to go rest of your life not eating fruit?
Replied by Rajiv
1 out of 5 stars
Same issue, the first it worked as a charm. But second day onwards it has clogged up my system so bad, that even after a week I am suffering. I took 1 teaspoon with honey once a day for 3 days. I was not taking it for constipation but migraines. I feel so dry from inside. How to reverse it?

Posted by Bridget (Philadelphia, Pa) on 07/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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