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Cure Constipation with Home Remedies

Last Modified on Nov 07, 2015

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Posted by KC (Columbia, South Carolina) on 07/02/2006

[YEA]  I have tried and am still using this for constipation and bloating. This only cost me $6 for 1 lb. and it has been a miracle for me. I had tried Colonix for colon cleansing and it was a very dramatic experience for me. I believe it was more or less a laxative with additives to get you addicted and it gave you close to diarrhea. I felt like had to go to the bathroom all of the time. So I had developed even more anxiety which lead to IBS I believe. Anyways- It has been a few months and I tried this cheap natural remedy and it works! I've been using it a little more than a week and I've seen greater results than Colonix had ever promised. I just followed the recipe on this site which had led me to the road of happiness. Thanks!

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Posted by Anonymous on 10/08/2006

[YEA]  I was going to try one last thing before surrendering to taking a laxative. I ate raisins all day and drank water. It worked, I didn't have to take the laxative.

Raisins, Figs, Prunes
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Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, NY) on 01/02/2007

[YEA]  Comment on helping constipation.

Simmer one half cup of raisins, or a half cup mixture of raisins, figs, and prunes with water and olive oil for a few minutes.

Or, pour boiling water and olive oil to just cover the raisins, or the raisins, prunes and figs mixture.

Or soak over night with tap water and some olive oil. (Check the figs to see that they have no bugs on or in them.)

Then add some toasted wheat germ and toasted bran to this mixture. (Krechmer's (the company that makes toasted wheat germ also makes toasted bran. For some people it may, help more than raw bran.)

Add one, two or three tablespoons bran and one or two tablespoon wheat germ to the mixture.

Add some organic Wheatabix (a cereal from England). (The Wheatabix may help more than Fiber One or Uncle Sam's or Good Friends High fiber cereal. May be because it is organic.)

Then add a little bit hot milk and maybe some sucanet.

Eat this every morning. It may take some time to heal the system but after a few days or a week there should be improvement. One can simmer, at one time, olive oil and water with a whole box of raisins or the raisin/prune/fig combination and store it in the refrigerator, taking out a half cup of the mixture every day. (Till the body begins to normalize itself and for emergency usage one can use polyethelen glycol (golightely) by doctor's prescription.

It is not habit forming and will even help for a few days after its use is stopped, but if one uses it for more than two weeks it can cause electrolite imbalance. It can then bring about some hyperactivity, jumpiness or wakefulness. Nevertheless, until the body normalizes itself, it is less harmful than other laxatives. In an old Prevention magazine a reader once recommended, as a powerful remedy for constipation, drinking, twice a day, hot coffee with two tablespoons wheat germ and two tablespoons unprocessed (raw) bran in it. This can be taken first thing in the morning and then again in the afternoon. One can add some sucanet or xylitol sweetener, or molasses. Even a bit of milk to make it palatable is all right for most people. One can take the hot coffee drink and then the raisin/olive oil/hot water/bran/wheat germ/wheatabix mixture afterward as a morning cereal. Hot fiber liquids (example " hot oily bean soup, hot pumpkin squash soup ( blend the soup with the seeds) and hot sweet drinks (not chocolate) are very helpful. Raw fruits and vegetables. Papaya has helped some people when other things did not. Avoid low fiber foods such as starchy bakery foods, rice, pasta. Avoid chocolates, and too much protein. It seems once that for a time a mixture of an eighth of a tsp each of carnitine powder, TMG powder and calcium pyruvate helped, all bought from Beyond a Century - 800-7771324 - a company that has very reasonable prices on supplement powders. At this time it may not be really helping as it was before. Chewing dry a tablespoon of toasted or raw bran. Follow a little while later with a hot drink. Fruit Eze, ( 888-734-8527-or 503-297-4126) is a commercial mixture of dates, raisins, prunes and prune juice that is made for use in nursing homes. One might try using it with the olive oil and the toasted wheat germ/bran/ Wheatabix mixture. It is certified vegetarian and kosher.

Raw Fruit and Vegetables
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Posted by Laura (Houston, Texas) on 12/17/2011

[YEA]  I have had terrible constipation for as long as I can remember (I am 42). I always thought myself lucky to go a maximum of 4 times per week. I have tried eating more fiber, drank gallons of water, followed blood type diet for a year, exercised, used ACV & EVCO, all with limited success. Well, my "cure" as it turns out was to drastically increase the amount of raw fruits and veggies in my diet. Now you can set your watch by me! I still fully cook ground beef, poultry & fish (except sushi), but I eat a minimum of 3-4 whole fruits and 4-5 raw veggies a day. I've also begun drinking kefir. Give it a try!

Raw Rice
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Posted by Erin (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/05/2010

[YEA]  Age: 22

I feel like I have been constipated my whole life. But when I started eating raw rice for breakfast as part of a parasite purge program, I immediatly began having daily bowel movements. What I do is this: Drink 1 cup of warm water with lemon juice first thing in the morning. After about 20 minutes I eat 1/4 cup of raw rice. I soak the rice in water overnight to make it softer on my teeth. The rice should be chewed until it is liquid and then swallowed. I don't eat anything else until lunch (as part of the program, you are supposed to wait 3 hours so that the rice is the only thing going through you). About an hour after I eat the rice, I have the smoothest, most enjoyable bowel movements.

I think this works because raw rice can not be digested, so it passes right through you, scraping out the crevices of your intestines and pushing waste along.

This will probably work even in the absense of the lemon water, but I have never tried it. The lemon water first and then the raw rice is working great for me so I've never tried it without the lemon water.

**If you eat the rice and then eat other food without giving the rice sufficient time to digest, you will end up bloated with a terrbile stomach ache!

Replied by Tania
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Hi, thanks for your input :) I was wondering if it is ok to drink anything like green tea or coffee or even water after eating the rice and before lunch? Thanks :)
Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
[WARNING!]   I should warn regarding this. Rice is my staple food. And I come from ethnic background where rice is cultivated vastly and it is the staple diet from morning to evening.

You should not eat raw rice. It will cause Anemia. This what my mother and grand parents will say when we try to eat raw rice in the childhood. We will boil rice until it is cooked and mix it with sambar, rasam, saarus, curd or curries and eat it. The boiled rice is called Anna, Annam, Soru, Saadham in different South Indian Languages.

I will tell another fact: In our farms we don't give raw rice particularly parboiled rice to goat or sheep. If you feed your goat with at least 1 pound of parboiled raw rice and give water to drink. The goat will die the next day, The died goat will have bloated stomach.

Try anything, but with some reference.

Good Health

Red Wine, Food With Hot Chillies
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Posted by Kwaku Sam (Accra, Ghana) on 03/29/2009

[YEA]  1 or 2 glass(es) of red wine with food containing hot chillies will stop constipation.

Sea Salt Cleanse
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Posted by Remedymom (Napa, Ca) on 11/07/2015

[YEA]  Sea Salt for Constipation:

The easiest and best way to do the "Sea Salt Cleanse" is to just take a pinch of Pink Sea Salt (1/8 tsp.) at night right before bed with 2 Cups of water. That's it, you will also sleep like a baby because the salt will regulate your stress hormones throughout the night which will prevent your adrenals from spiking and disturbing your rest. When you wake up, have a cup of coffee and you will have a bowel movement. The salt and minerals slowly make their way to your intestines while you sleep. Just make sure you are drinking 3-4 glasses of water throughout the day. I keep a small jar of fine Himalayan Sea Salt on my night stand and do this every night. (The best part of this remedy is you can do it every night as part of your routine without drinking a ton of nasty salt water and having to stay close to a bathroom for hours! )

Posted by Ricks (Delhi) on 02/21/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I went through feedback for taking sea salt and water for curing constipation. I started with 1/2 TBS of himalayan pink salt with 1 litre of water and for the next two days I took only 2 pinch of salt in one glass of water twice a day. While starting with this remedy, I started to feel some irritation in my intestine and today is the third day and I am suffering from loose motion.

Not sure how 2 pinch of pink salt can lead to loose motions. I would like to switch to organic sea salt. Since I started this remedy, I could feel lot of thirst. Looks like my body is dehydrated. Is their any way I can take salt and water solution everyday to cure my constipation?


Replied by Mr. Ree
Eat something like toast or a bagel to slow the sea salt from going straight through...Or take magnesium citrate liquid...It works fast for constipation and doesn't have a harsh reaction in the intestine..
Replied by Ricks
Currently, I am suffering like diarrhea right now. Since last 10 years, I have never faced diarrhea. Currently want to get rid of DIARRHEA and move towards normal bowel movement.

Posted by Misty (Indiana, Usa) on 02/07/2014

[YEA]  To relieve constipation, I mix ~1 tsp salt water sole with 24 oz water (the solution should taste pretty salty) and drink the full glass (you don't have to drink it all at once, but try drinking the whole solution within an hour). Then, I eat something with plenty of fiber, such as oatmeal or a microwave flax muffin. This usually gets me going within an hour or two.

When this doesn't work, I then try coffee mixed with 1 tbsp coconut oil. If that doesn't work, I take a few magnesium oxide tablets. If all else fails, I do a sea salt cleanse first thing in the morning. If none of these remedies work for you, you are too constipated for home treatment and need to see a doctor.

To make salt water sole, take a glass container with a plastic lid (do not use a metal lid because the salt reacts with the metal! ). I use an empty glass water bottle, but a canning jar or whatever you have will work so long as the lid is not metal. Fill the container about 1/3 full with a good, natural salt. I use Himalayan pink salt, but Celtic sea salt or any other unrefined, non-iodized salt should work. Fill the container the rest of the way with purified water (not tap). Cap the container and shake it up to dissolve the salt. Excess salt should sink to the bottom - this is a good thing because it means the water is saturated with the salt. Let the solution stand for 8-24 hours. When consuming sole, do not stir; Just pour some out from the top.

I drink 1/2 to 1 tsp of salt water sole everyday when I get up in the morning to keep in good health. When you are running low on sole, just add more salt and water, always making sure that there is excess salt at the bottom.

Posted by Denise (New Zealand) on 05/29/2013

[YEA]  AWESOME!!!!! I was barrelled over in pain due to being constipated.. I frantically looked online fir a quick remedy and tried 1 tablespoon of sea salt in half a glass of warm water from the tap and it worked 15 minutes after taking it.. (I wouldn't recommend taking that much but it worked for me) just totally AWESOME!!!!

Replied by Kt
, The Usa
Were you aware that a TBSP was three tsp, not two as the other post advises?

Posted by Tss (Oshawa, Ontario) on 06/30/2012

[YEA]  God bless the creator of I was unable to have an effective bowel movement for 8 days. I tried many different natural cures with no luck. At this point I couldnt stand up right, I was in so much pain Then I found the sea salt cleanse. I mixed two teaspoons of SEA salt with 4 cups of warm filtered water. The mixture took effect one hour and 45 mins later. My advice is to stick close to the toilet for awhile.

Replied by Vince
Toronto, Ontario
[YEA]   This is effective and fast. Do it only at home! I think I used 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and warm water and another glass of water. An 1/8 of a teaspoon would have been a better choice. It felt like everything left the building.

Posted by Joy (Dallas, Tx) on 05/01/2012

[YEA]  I have read some of the posted comments about the Salt Water regiment for constipation not working. It made me skeptical in thinking that it wouldnt work for me either. However, I tried it anyway, what did I have to lose. I used about 2qts of water and 3 tsp of celtic sea salt. I can guarantee you, within 45 mins, I was in the restroom for 1 hour. It was amazing! This stuff really works and I am relieved. It the cheapest and most healthiest regimen besided eating a high fiber diet. It is something that can be first thing in the morning to keep your system regulated, as read in the Master Cleanse book. Thank you Earth Clinic Community.

Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Ma.usa) on 05/18/2011

[YEA]  I am 66 years old and I have had severe problems moving my bowels, while I was too busy working etc. I never really thought much about it, but I started having dizzy spells and bad headaches, I went to the doctor and told him I have never moved my bowels; he said thats totally impossible(?)he then said where does it go? I felt he was the doc. so I also left the answers up to him as well.

During my journey here on mother earth, I used herbal remedies which were great but after so many years they too stopped working, then I found this wonderful site where I find everything here is very informative and 100% accurate.

I recently found I had a bacterial infection, my doctor chose to put me on antibiotics/ciproflaxin to be exact;my reaction to this med. Was that it felt like some one heavy was standing or sitting on my chest, I had this severe crushing feeling and my breathing got worse. I have since tried Ted's methods of sea salt and it has done many wonders for me, it has helped with brain fog, bowel movements, as well as the bacterial infection that continues to come back during damp, cold weather also when I eat ice cream.

I love the sea salt with water and a light touch of real lemon juice and it works great for me.

I use sea salt and blackstrap molasses for my dogs as they too are constipated, and one dog the vet says has signs of cancer. No sooner did I give the dogs the sea salt they both went out side, with great results. Thank you so much Ted for making this site possible for us to share.

I am hoping my body heals with all the lack of concern I had in the past and the lack of treatments I got. I am feeling 100% better already. Much love and safety on your journey as well. Namaste.......... God bless

Replied by Mauricio
Glendale, California
Where do I get this sea salt? is it the regular sea salt at any market or is there a specific one?
Replied by Kt
The Usa
Mauricio--Sory, my previous post was an error due to a PC malfunction. I see no one answered you over a year ago. Sea salt is sold at health food stores. Some grocery stores may carry it now due to the popularity. Hope you have gotten some relief by now.

Posted by David (NY, NY) on 03/28/2009

[NAY]  I tried the Sea Salt cleanse this morning and it did nothing for me :( I've been reading and it seems to work for just about everyone who tries it. I would like to know if someone can give any feedback on why it didn't work.

From what I gathered reading the Sea Salt cleanse is this: 2 teaspoons of Sea Salt in 1 quart/liter (32oz)of warm water. And you should have a bowel movement/diarrhea within 15 minutes - 2 hours.

That's exactly what I did. I heated up the water just till it got warm /hot then added the 2 teaspoons of CELTIC sea salt, mixed it and drank it down in like 10 minutes. Nothing happened for 2 hours except for a couple of tiny farts and some small stomach noises. But I should add that just about 2 hours after taking the drink I did have a slight bowel movement which I had to strain kind of to get out and it was small solid nuggets and not diarrhea/liquid form at all which I find odd. (sorry for being a little graphic there)

I read somewhere that if you don't have diarrhea after 2 hours, then you did not put enough salt in.

Tomorrow I will try 3 teaspoons in a quart of warm water and hopefully have a cleanse.

If anyone can possibly help me out here I would appreciate it.

Replied by Anne
Carlsbad, California
[YEA]   I did a Salt Water Flush also this morning. Works great. But, maybe you are really clogged up. I would wait a few days, then try again. Did the salt dissolve completely? Maybe try warmer water. Also, lie on your right side for about 15 minutes if you can. The water will empty into your intestine faster. You will know if you are empty! I do this about every other week, or if I have eaten something I shouldn't have, I do it the next morning if I have time. Good luck!
Replied by Anne
Redford, Mi
[NAY]   I got up early this morning to drink a quart of hot/warm water, with 2 TB celtic sea salt. Last night I drank a detox tea to prepare. It didn't work, I know it doesn't work for everyone the first time but even if it had- I wouldn't do it again. It was so gross! I was just felt sick all day. I don't poop much- I eat mostly veggies (then protein and fruit), I'm gluten and corn intolerant, hypothyroid,... take my ACV, molasses, coconut oil, beet kvass... I just want to poop!?
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
I used to have the same problem till a doctor gave me this piece of advice: eat kiwis first thing in the morning (maybe better start with just one...). It worked wonders. After a while any fruit worked, even bananas and my intestines became so regular that I didn't even need to do a thing anymore. Now I started to use coconut oil things have changed but they will go back to normal I hope!
Replied by P
Toronto, Ontario
The sea salt flush is not meant to relieve constipation... it's an internal cleanse to be used sporadically and only at certain scenarios, for a brief period of time. If you are not pooping, you need to address that first (sorry, can't help you there).

I have used the flush during semi annual fasts for years now. There has been a few times where it didn't work, and yes, it makes you feel sick when that happens. In my experience it was because I was dehydrated to begin with, but everybody is different. Are you drinking enough water? That is, pure water only, not juices, sodas, etc.

Replied by Margaret
Toronto, Canada
[NAY]   I just tried the sea salt cleanse after my 2nd day of constipation. 3tsp salt, large glass of warm water followed by glass of water and relaxed in a warm bath, lying on side as I've read that elsewhere - still had trouble so did the old world thing and laid down paper and squatted, using the bathtub for leverage - they squatted for a reason! Whew, what relief!

Posted by Molly (Austin, Tx) on 03/24/2009

[YEA]  Sea Salt Cleanse for Constipation: a tablespoon of seasalt in 20liters (or a little less) of cold water works GREAT, I've noticed putting the salt in really cold water, makes it not taste so bad, but be warned, for some it can work REALLY well and REALLY quick, so Be Prepared..and don't try and go on a long walk or drive right after, if you know what I mean :)