Cure Constipation with Home Remedies

Dec 09, 2016

Constipation can be an acute or chronic problem. Natural remedies are quite effective for either type of constipation. It is important to relieve constipation and then figure out the root cause of constipation to prevent it in the future. Solving a chronic constipation problem will often solve other health issues as well, in addition to the general feeling of well being experienced when ones digestion is regular.

Symptoms of Constipation

Constipation is usually defined as dry, hard and infrequent bowel movements. Infrequent bowel movements are not only uncomfortable, they can cause secondary health problems including hemorrhoids. Because regular bowel movements help rid the body of toxins and waste, infrequent bowel movements mean that the toxins and waste are remaining in the body.

There are many home treatments to effectively relieve constipation. It is likely that you have many of these home remedies in the kitchen right now.

Home Remedies for Constipation


Magnesium is a necessary nutrient. Increasing your daily magnesium intake may solve your constipation problem, as well as other health conditions! There are many ways to increase your magnesium intake. You can read more about that on this page.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of our most versatile remedies, and it is just as effective for treating constipation. Apple cider vinegar helps reestablish a balanced pH in the body while supplementing important nutrients like magnesium to restore regularity.

Sea Salt Cleanse

Sea salt can be used to relieve constipation, usually within hours. This remedy requires only a high quality salt, some pure water, and close proximity to the rest room.

Constipation - Finding the Cause

There may be many contributing factors to constipation. You will need to evaluate your own situation and experiment with different solutions to figure out how to keep your system regular.


Inadequate water intake is a common cause of constipation. Your body needs plenty of pure water to work well. If you do not have enough water, hard, dry stools can result. You should be drinking plenty of water or herbal tea daily - about 1/2 your body weight, in ounces each day. Soda pop, energy drinks, and milk do not count towards this amount. Adding a small pinch of water, a splash of lemon juice, or a capful of apple cider vinegar will increase the health value of the water you drink.


Lack of exercise can contribute to chronic constipation. Try taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Jump on a rebounder while watching television. Take a walk in the sunshine during your lunch break. Play frisbee with your children or neighbors.


Check the side effects of your medications. Some medications, including pain medication, blood pressure medication, cold medications and antidepressants can cause constipation. Ask your doctor about alternatives to your current medication if you think this may be contributing to your constipation problem.

Poor Positioning

Modern toilets do not put the body in the most conducive position for evacuation. A step stool for your feet when you are using toilet can help with this problem.


Stress can bring your digestive system to a halt. Travel, a change in diet, lack of sleep and different water can all contribute to a slow down of your digestive system. For this cause, magnesium may be the solution. It relaxes the body and the colon.


Modern diets contribute greatly to the common problem of chronic constipation. Fast foods, processed foods, excessive dairy consumption can and do cause constipation in many people. Sometimes adding one or two specific foods to your diet can improve the situation greatly. Others will find that a significant overhaul of the diet is needed to correct constipation and companion health problems. Even the popular high protein/low carb diets that have helped many with chronic health problems have a side effect of constipation.

Constipation Relieving Foods

Try adding one or more of the following foods to your diet and see if it brings your relief:

  • raisins
  • prunes
  • watermelon
  • oat bran
  • seaweed
  • beets
  • cucumber
  • oatmeal
  • cabbage
  • legumes (chickpeas, pinto beans, black beans)

In general, fruits and vegetables are a help to constipation. Meats, processed foods and dairy products, especially in large amounts tend to be constipating.

As aforementioned, water is very important. Other helpful liquids for constipation are juices, including apple juice, apple cider, and prune juice. Even coffee in moderation can be helpful for constipation.

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.


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Posted by Lydia (Miami, FL) on 12/06/2006
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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!


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Posted by Susan (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) on 11/27/2008
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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.

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South West Tx
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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.

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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.

Posted by Donna (Aspen, CO)
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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.

Baking Soda, Borax  

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Posted by Andrea C (Cardiff, Wales) on 05/15/2011
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I eat a good diet, of organic produce drink distilled water. no amount of laxatives did n e thing for the constipation caused by my meds cept' made me feel toxic! yesterday i started the bicarb/lemon juice [alkalizing tonic] as sir ted suggested. this morning i got up at 4am as i couldn't sleep drank a half pint of distilled water from a litre wth 1/8 teaspoon bicarb the same amount of of borax dechahydratate mixed together in the same litre. hoorah! talk about colonic irrigation!!! 2 hours later i was queen of the porcerlain throne!!! amazing! the gas waste all came away rapidly with no pain to my hemorrhoids or agonising anal fissures! hope this helps someone else love ANDREA C X X X

Bentonite Clay  

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Posted by Vladimir (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) on 12/31/2007
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Hi. I started taking Bentonite Clay after reading about it on the internet and especially on I don't know whether it is because of it or because of the other supplements I take but I am less constipated and sleep better. I also believe it contains many minerals and they're natural (not processed). I am taking a table spoon of a very dense Bentonite Clay and water solution every night before going to bed. I would recommend it. It would be also interesting to hear other people's experiences with Bentonite Clay.

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I digested Psyllium and Bentonite clay for a colon cleanse. This was to ruin my whole life and caused immediate gastritis and triggered rosacea/rhinophyma. The onset of syptoms were abrum, immediate and extremely severe. I now have blepharitis and meibominaitis as a result. I was very stupid and digesting this product has ruined my whole life. DO NOT TAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cendtnnial, Co.
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I used the Psyllium and Bentonite shakes With Paragone at the same time for colon cleanse for 3 mo. It was quite amazing. Although You must take Vitamins and Liquid minerals with it because it sucks everything out. Bentonite absorbs 90x it's weight in toxins. 2Tbs of Psy. and 1 Tbs of Bent. in 12oz. of water at bed time. No other medication or Vitamins within 2 hrs. before or after, since they won't be absorbed with the shake. Also you must take Acidophilus to replace the healthy bacteria in youe colon or you may have major problems. Neem oil may help the Rosacea.

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I've started taking B&P shakes and think its making me a little constipated. Not badly but as its drawing out toxins, I don't want anything stuck there, if you know what I mean!

Joyce, I'd be interested to know how much you took. Everyone, I'd be interested to know just how much you should take, there's so many different 'recipes' around.

Also, did the bentonite actually CURE yr constipation? I've read it can cause it, what can you take to best alievate it? I've read on here about other constipation cures and started ACV just now so hopefully by tomorrow.... :)

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I've worked with dialysis patients for years and bentonite clay has come up many times. It destroys your kidneys over a few years. The clay sticks to the inside of your nephrons. As the kidney disease advances (slowly) the nephrologist will ask you to allow them to perform a kidney biopsy, it is at this time that it is discovered that clay, acual clay, is stuck inside the millions of tiny nephrons in each kidney. Although you may see positive results, kidney disease, and evenually dialysis, is the end result.


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Posted by Lee (Durban, South Africa) on 03/12/2013
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I find that caffeine works best for my constipation. It's not the healthiest option, so I'm looking for some as effective, but healthier.

Castor Oil  

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Posted by Jay (Orlando, Florida) on 08/01/2013
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For constipation, I finally found relief by taking a spoon full of cold-pressed castor oil in the mornings along with my cup of tea. I now only need to take the oil about once a week or less.

I started with a strong cleanse (4 tablespoons) initially using the castor oil and gradually reduced the amount over time. Warning stay close to your commode!!!!!

The oil I use is 100% certified organic cold pressed Castor oil.

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1-how long you were on 4tbsp?

2-did you do 4tbsp daily in the morning?

3-how did you manage the taste? how you were able to swallow it?

Thank you.

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Amman, Jordan
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I put two drops of castor oil in the navel hole 2 times a day it is wonderful for constipation and I don't have to manage the taste.

Posted by TAN KOON PENG (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE) on 06/20/2008
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One teaspoon of Errand oil (oil of ricinis communis) is very helpful in relieving from the constipated condition.

EC: Errand oil is another name for castor oil in Marathi.

Castoria, Syrup of Figs  

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Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, USA) on 12/05/2010
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One day Castoria the next day syrup of figs. From a few drops taken all day long, to a half tsp taken once a day. It all depends on your body and how constipated you are.


Posted by Sasha (Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland) on 08/29/2012

Hello, I have been suffering from constipation for quite some time and I am also very underweight. However lately I found out I had Celiac Disease. My small intestine is damaged from years of ingesting gluten and I just found out. The happy thing though is the fact that I now know the cause of my illness. I am going to see an herbalist to help with healing my intestine. Forget about the regular doctors. They are only trained to sell medications and do surgeries, eventually also being a sales rep for the funeral homes.

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Boston, Ma

Sasha, You have the right approach. You will want to take a good pro-biotic. Look for one with a broad spectrum of strains (8 or more)and active cultures in the Billions (15B or more). You may have to adjust it up or down according to bowel tolerance.

The cheaper ones are under 5 billion and have fewer strains.

You should also look in to a good pre-biotic which is food for the good bacteria to thrive. Some common ones include FOS and inulin. You can also get pre-biotics from eating onions, leaks, garlic, and bananas.

An herbalist may also give you some herbs to soothe the digestive tract like marshmallow tea and anti-inflammatories like ginger tea.

It will be a good idea to take digestive bitters 15-30 minutes before eating. These are herbs that help stimulate the digestive juices to make sure you are digesting well. Another alternative is to take digestive enzymes and Betaine (HCL) if you need it.

Chia Seeds  

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Posted by Deb (Lebanon, Oregon) on 12/04/2014

Having grown up with chronic constipation (a small amount once a month) I have been trying to remedy it for the past 20 years (I'm now 57). I've tried all the recommendations. A number of years ago I discovered powdered magnesium and I kept increasing the amount until I had results. Two tablespoons would keep me regular. Concerned about taking this much I kept searching but always would default back. Then I found chia seeds. I soak a tablespoon over night and put it in a 3 fruit smoothie for my breakfast every morning. It has been working for a year now with daily regularity (sometimes twice a day).

Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, Ny) on 04/29/2013
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Recently, I read on another health Site about the benefits of Chia Seeds for helping heal constipation. The writer wrote that she came across an article about Salvia (Chia Seeds) ending constipation. She wrote that it sounded almost miraculous. She ordered the seeds, made the gell, and took two heaping tablespoons every morning. (1/3 cup of seeds in 2 cups of water, stir, wait 5 minutes, stir again, and store in the refrigerator - for some people it is best if soaked overnight, especially for intestinal comfort ) At first it took six days to help, then two days, then every day, all without any strain. The seeds can also be more diluted - ex: one tablespoon in a cup of water - immediately stir a few times, then a little while later, pour back and forth between two cups - this way of mixing prevents the gell from breaking up, which might increase the benefit. The seeds must be soaked in water. If taken dry they can swell up in the intestines and cause a blockage. The Chia Seeds really help in a natural way.

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SIDE EFFECTS: Caution with Chia Seeds (and Flax & Primrose Seeds) for those with HYPOtension (very LOW blood pressure)...

These seeds are known for their ability to reduce blood pressure via vasodilation- a good thing for folk with HYPERtension (=High BP), but the quick reduction can be dramatic- even dangerous- for those who live with very low blood pressure already.

Much as I loved them, I had to stop using chia becoz of this effect. Everytime I tried them, within minutes my allready low blood pressure would fall thru the floor: veins overly dilated, throbbing sensation in neck vein, dizzy, faint, anxious, knot in chest, breathless, fluttery heart, skipped beats, light & dark spots before eyes. Classic signs of blood pressure plunging too low, too fast.

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Yes chia seeds also cause low blood pressure for me

Posted by Tina (Princeton, N J ) on 09/25/2011
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Chia seeds are very good in curing constipation, since they are full of fiber. It is also the richest and only unprocessed whole food source of pure Omega 3. Chia seeds 'scrubbing' action also help remove toxins from the small intestine. Plus they are high in protein, so they keep you feeling full longer and make you feel so energetic! Best of all, they are quite inexpensive and can be found in health food stores. Remember to drink lots of water when you eat chia seeds, as they absorb ten times their weight in water.

I soak about two scoops (from the scoop provided in the container) in water overnight and the next morning it is almost a jelly consistency. Eaten with some organic raw honey and fresh lemon juice, it makes a delicious and filling breakfast. Best of luck!

Club Soda  

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Posted by Doc Sheila (Toronto, Canada) on 08/09/2009
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Club Soda cure, I have been using ordinary club soda for many years now for urinary infection, burning sensation on urination and also constipation. I am a homeopath and I suggest this remedy to my clients it work magic each time.

On reading the ingredients in club soda I notice that the main ingredient is sodium bicarbonate,sodium citrate, potassium sulphate( potassium sulphate is known as Kali sulp) a homeopathic tissue salt for urinary infection detox and diabetes,other ingredients

they also add carbonated water for the fizz. Try two eight ounce glass daily, you may add lemon for addition flavour.

Please let me know if other individuals have this experience.

Coconut Oil  

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Posted by Tori13 (Kelowna, Bc, Canada) on 12/11/2012
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YES... I finally found a natural remedy for constipation that works amazing for me! It works so well for me that I just had to write a post to help others. I am eager to hear if it it works for you too.

My story: I have had CFS/Fibromyalgia for the past 7 years. This condition has left me with a wide range of varying symptoms affecting many systems in my body, including slowed digestion, and very sluggish bowels. Constipation had become a daily struggle and so I have searched endlessly to find a natural remedy that I wouldn't have to worry about taking regularly. Some of the remedies I have tried: molasses, various cereals designed to move bowels, chia seeds, hulled hemp hearts, acidophillus, prunes, herbal remedies, large quantities of vegetables, juicing, various sources of fibre, food-combining diets, vegetarian diets, and also vegan diets. I've had some degree of success but results were either inconsistent, short-lasting, or the remedy was difficult to stick with (as in the case with restricted diets).

I started taking coconut oil for other health issues but what I discovered is that it resolved my constipation! I have been taking coconut oil for approximately 1 1/2 months with terrific results. The reason that I know for sure it is the coconut oil relieving my constipation is that I have accidentally missed a dose on a few occasions and the constipation returns every time. Then, I resume my regular dosing and I'm back to being regular.

Here is the dosage that works for me:

1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil, 2 times per day. I found it easiest to put it in my morning smoothie. In the evening, I would often melt the coconut oil on a piece of toast before adding honey & cinnamon or jam.

*The secret for me has been taking it twice daily. Increasing the dosage and only taking it once per day did not achieve results for me.

TIPS: Coconut oil can have a die-off effect when you first begin taking it. I found researching the die-off symptoms prior to beginning treatment helped me know what to expect and adjust accordingly.

I started with a tiny dose and built up SLOWLY. For some people, slowly may mean taking a tiny dose once every 3 or 4 days until they are able to comfortably consume it on a daily basis. My understanding is that other people experience no die-off effects and can comfortably consume several tablespoons in a day. Again, the dosage above is what worked for me, by listening to my body, adjusting accordinly, and monitoring the results.

I wish you the best of success and hope this post offers you some hope and relief.

Replied by Lawrence
Fairfax, Va

Can you be more specific. What die-off effect are you referring to? Candida? Thanks.

Replied by Tori13
Kelowna, Bc Canada

My understanding is that coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and so there are toxins released as it kills off bacteria, viruses, etc. I would guess that candida would be included in this mix, but I'm no expert. When I started taking it I experienced headaches and flu-like symptoms. I felt pretty crappy so I cut back to where it was comfortable and worked up from there.