Natural Remedies

Home Remedies for Constipation

Posted by Tony (Michigan) on 04/15/2021
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An overdose of cranberry juice will clean your pipes out. I found that out the hard way after I drank a gallon of it during the course of a day.

Posted by Quicksilver (Florida) on 04/01/2021

Have been making /drinking-- heavily iced smoothies for over a year.

In Florida--it's hot here even in January!

Don't like "hot "drinks, but --- bet the smoothies are what makes me tired and arms tingle at times - sleepy in the daytime n grouchy too! Not an April fool's -joke!!.

Bet my veins are sludge --omg what an eyeopener --never thought too much cold could clog you up like that!!

Posted by Natural in NY (NY) on 03/30/2021
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I did not really Susan's post about acupressure on the arm from 2008 would work for me, but decided to give it a try. When I first pressed on the spot on my left arm, I could feel something in my stomach area. That was encouraging and so I kept switching back and forth for a bit. I still did not think it would actually work. However, within about 10 to 15 minutes from starting, I had the result I was looking for! I highly doubt this was by chance. To be fair, I did lightly massage my abdomen just below my belly button once. However, I really think it was the points on the arms described by Susan. I also was not sure I had the spots right and just kept rubbing in the general area, trying to cover enough ground to get it to work. I guess you don't have to be perfect. Thank you Susan and earthclinic!

Posted by RRR (Virginia) on 02/19/2021
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I've been eating 2 or so slices of pickled ginger a day the last few days and have had constipation disappear. I can't say for sure that ginger is the cause, but maybe.

Prune Juice
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 02/18/2021
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A classic cure for constipation is prune juice. The fruit works as a natural laxative because it has high amounts of fiber, and contains sorbitol. Sorbitol softens stools because it is a natural carbohydrate that is not easily ingested, causing it to draw a lot of water as it passes through the intestines and adding bulk to stool. Be careful though-too much and sorbitol can cause gas and make stool too soft.

Drink one glass of prune juice (8oz) in the morning and one at night to relieve constipation. It should start working within a few hours, so it's important to let one glass pass through your intestines before attempting to drink another or else you risk diarrhea. You can also eat several prunes instead of drinking the juice if you prefer.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 02/14/2021

Hi Jessica,

On the issue of constipation treatment....

Liquorice / licorice is defined in my dictionary as: "The dried, black root of a Mediterranean plant used as a laxative and in confectionery". Also "A chewy black sweet with a strong flavor".

I seldom get constipated but if I do, I go straight for a couple of sticks of Licorice (which I rarely eat because of the sugar content! ). Also, increase the water intake, especially in summer and more walking/ activity really helps.

Seems to work fine for me.

Not too good for persons with high blood pressure though!

On another (related) matter:

I have recently given up cheese and butter in favor of coconut oil spread on bread in an attempt to ease sinus congestion but even after five weeks there is no discernible result. Pity, but I intend to stick with the CO as I think it is beneficial on a number of fronts anyway.

Readers could do worse than research the multiple benefits claimed for CO.

Cheers from Down Under (where the drought seems to finally have broken! )


Coconut Oil
Posted by Jessica (California) on 02/13/2021
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I have been struggling with constipation since switching to a more carnivore diet due to a health issue I'm working on. Often, it will be 3 to 4 days before I have a BM. I've tried drinking more water, adding lemon juice to the water, using Cascara Sagrada or psyllium periodically. Laxatives work but they take time and I don't want to rely on them. After reading the post about the coconut oil suppository I decided to try it after several days of not eliminating.

I used coconut oil that was solid at room temperature. Since it was wintertime it was not liquid like in the summer. I simply carved a few pieces of oil totaling about 1 tablespoon. I inserted about 2-3 pieces easily into the rectum. They melt a little as they are being inserted so it is not uncomfortable. Within 5 minutes I had a bowel movement. I did it again the next day because I could tell I wasn't going to go that day. In 5 minutes it worked again. I told a friend who had been having similar issues. It worked for her in 5 minutes. My goal is to try some spore probiotics which I've read can help correct the problem. But it's a godsend to know I can use this cure if I can't go for several days. I used a quality, organic coconut oil from the health food store. I now keep my coconut oil in the frig so it always stays solid. I used refined coconut oil but I don't think it matters if it's refined or unrefined.

Posted by Jillybeans (somewhere in the south) on 02/07/2021 89 posts
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I have gotten dependent on glycerine suppositories... like I cannot use the bathroom hardly at all even after using them. I think they might be fine here and there for me but every day might be too much for some ppl.

Chia Seeds
Posted by Jillybeans (somewhere in the south) on 02/07/2021 89 posts

I like seeing that you noted a general improvement and documented it. We all work differently and we must keep this in mind for how our bodies react to remedies.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Vitamin C
Posted by Nita (Mineola, Tx) on 03/04/2020
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For Constipation:

2 Tbs of Bragg apple cider vinegar, 1 packet of Emergent C, half glass of water, every morning for years now. Works.

Ted's Remedies
Posted by Gord235 (Vancouver, Canada) on 08/31/2019

Awesome Robert! I notice that your typical meal has only two eggs, no bread and no dairy.

Ted's Remedies
Posted by Robert (London, UK) on 07/23/2019
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Since switching to a low-carb vegetarian diet for health reasons, I've had issues with mild constipation. I found the suggestions on the Earth Clinic website very helpful and I started trying them. My constipation has now gone, I am able to have an easy bowel movement every morning which is soft and moist.

I previously found that I couldn't eat egg yolks because they would block me up, but this is no longer the case.

The remedies the worked for me are as follows, starting with the most effective and proceeding in order down to the least effective: - 1/4 tsp of bicarbonate soda dissolved in 1/4 cup of water 1 hour after each meal. This is one of the remedies recommended by Parhatsathid Nabadalung (aka Ted from Bangkok, Thailand) in his book pH Balanced for Life! The Easiest Way to Alkalize. -

1 tbsp of olive oil dissolved in 1/4 cup of water every morning, after my bowel movement and before my first meal. - Before each bowel movement, drink 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt dissolved in 1 cup of warm water. - Eat some cucumber with every meal. I tried lots of other things including abdominal massage and eating coconut oil, but the above four worked the best for me. If anyone is interested in my diet, a typical meal for is 3 cups of vegetables with 2 boiled eggs, plenty of healthy fat (avocados, olive oil, coconut oil), and spices (garlic, ginger, turmeric etc). I drink plenty of plain water - I don't take other liquids.

Thank you to the people who run this site. You've helped me find a natural cure to my problem, which was causing me a lot of stress. I'm going to make a donation by way of thanks.

Castor Oil
Posted by Milos (MA) on 12/12/2020
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Wow, this, for me, has been the best method. I have tried all the previously mentioned methods to no avail. And you are right -- stay close to the commode. lol. Castor oil is best. I did 4 tablespoons today and will reduce to maybe 2 tomorrow.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Katherine (New York) on 10/07/2020 3 posts

I adore your comment poop envy! It describes me perfectly! Beets? Do tell! Cooked from fresh, but can beets in tins or Cooked sold in vacuum seal at Costco or frozen work as well?

Posted by Rituparn (India, Delhi) on 09/25/2020

Thank you for helping people with your insights.

Posted by Gord235 (Vancouver, British Columbia) on 09/24/2020
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I finally cured my constipation when a friend gave me some probiotic capsules to try. They were 80 billion strength and after taking one a day for five days I noticed a marked improvement in my bowel movements. Every movement was smooth and made without effort. Doing some research I discovered that taking anti-biotics can sometimes knock out your natural gut bacteria which aids in the digestive process and that is what happened to me when I was given anti-biotics for a bladder infection. Probiotics help to grow gut bacteria to replace that which was destroyed by the antibiotics. I understand that yogurt contains probiotics but not enough to make a difference. It is only necessary to take the probiotics for seven days in order to get the gut bacteria re-established then put them away. If constipation returns then do another seven days of one capsule per day.

Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 09/08/2020 403 posts
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You can't beat MSM for constipation but it's probably actually caused by dehydration as the body has to steal water from the colon when it doesn't get enough as everything but plain old water is processed as food.

Plus, I think it makes my water taste like good old fashioned well water. Yummy!

I use about 1/4 tsp in every 20 oz glass of water I drink but there are days I get dehydrated because I drink so much coffee. Then I set the timer on my phone to go off every 2 hours and drink 8 oz when it goes off. That's about 10 good gulps.

Bentonite Clay, Chia Seeds
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 09/06/2020

Hazel, you are very right! What we used to do in the heyday of clay was to mix one spoon (not important the size) with a glass of water. Then let it sit overnight. Then take a few spoonfuls of the WATER - without disturbing the clay on the bottom.

Bentonite Clay, Chia Seeds
Posted by Hazel (Ky) on 09/05/2020

You use 2 tablespoons of clay in the mixture and take that in one sitting? Clay can be constipating and I fear this amount could even cause a blockage for sensitive or compromised individuals.

I have used as little as 1/4 teaspoon daily with positive and measurable detox results.

Bentonite Clay, Chia Seeds
Posted by Tanya (Connecticut) on 09/03/2020
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Chronic Constipation

Sometime ago I came across a recipe that I dont recall the amount just the ingredients. I guess at the amounts. Filtered water, (12 oz-16oz) bentonite clay 2tbls, chia seeds 2tbls, psyllium husks 2tbls, flaxseed or flax meal 2 tbls, juice of 1/2 fresh lemon. Place in a blender or pulverize.

Drink quickly because it will congeal. Prepare and drink 3 times per day. Drink plenty of water through out the day. Like take your weight divide it by 2 and drink this amount in ounces of water /day. It takes a day or so to work but once it does, it will make you clean, inside.

Rhubarb root
Posted by Zara (Batley) on 07/23/2020
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Rhubarb root is a cure for chronic constipation.

Epsom Salt
Posted by Gord 235 (Vancouver, Canada) on 03/24/2019
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I've used epson salt as a remedy for constipation. I mixed 1 tsp. with a cup of warm water, stirred and then drank it, then followed up with two more cups of warm water. I found it to be very effective but it's wise to be near a toilet after taking as it can produce a fairly rapid response.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Gord235 (Vancouver) on 08/31/2019
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I've spent a lot of years taking various things for constipation but recently found a video that describes what not to take; in other words things to eliminate from your diet. The author of the video said to eliminate grains, eggs and dairy and to start the day with a cup of warm lemon water. I tried this and it worked within 24 hrs. Basically I cut out bread and eggs but still had a bit of butter on my cooked veggies. I have since found that I can tolerate one or two eggs and bread slices per day. For dinner I have beef, pork or chicken with vegetables and fresh fruit for dessert. This has largely eliminated any constipation issues. I find it interesting that the solution was so simple.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Cathy (UK) on 05/05/2020
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I'm usually very regular, owing to a wholefoods vegetarian diet. However I have been suffering from constipation for about 4 days...I'd been eating badly and not drinking enough water. I knew I was becoming impacted and a very painful BM was on the horizon. I took a tablespoon of solid coconut oil, formed it into a suppository shape and put in in the freezer to firm up for a few minutes. I then went to the bathroom and inserted it rectally. I held it there for a few moments and, to my surprise, it took effect instantly. Everything expelled smoothly and painlessly...I felt much better and lighter straight away.

Posted by Don (Michigan, USA) on 12/23/2019
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This Holiday Season you may become “irregular“ from festive meals. Don't waste money on harsh chemicals like Miralax which is pretty much antifreeze. First thing in the morning on a empty stomach juice, blend or eat 2-3 ribs of celery with a large glass of water and in no time you will be your regular self.

Posted by Mrssmith379 (Nc) on 12/29/2018 2 posts

Do you make this yourself or buy it? I have IBS-C. I litteraly cannot poop. I drink ACV 2ith lemon and honey every morning. Then I also drink Miralax. I am not on a good daily regimen of water intake but I am at a stand still with pooping. I was going good but now I am not. I have had 2 Colonoscopies and am only 46. Please someone help.

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