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Posted by Jean (Calgary Alberta, Canada) on 05/08/2008
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Constipation Remedy: Eat your porridge! A bowl of oatmeal porridge every morning (preferably made with large old fashioned oats) will keep your body working regularly. Adding some pumpkin seeds and dried fruit is even better. Takes only 4 minutes in the microwave.

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Posted by saab (vancouver, canada) on 04/28/2008
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Using sea salt/acv for constipation has worked better for me than following remedies: psyllium husk, extra fibre every night(wheat bran), water+b.soda+acv etc. I use 250 ml warm water, few sprinkles of sea salt (pinch)+1 tbsp organic ACV. This has also cleared up stubborn adult acne on the throat.I am just not sure of the long term use of salt every in the morning,if it would corrode the organs. Many heartfelt thanks, nevertheless for the site and its info.

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Posted by Wanda (East Bay, CA) on 05/16/2007
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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.

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Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, NY) on 01/02/2007
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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. 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

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Posted by Carol (Southern NJ) on 10/29/2006
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I eat about 1 cup of raw Savoy Cabbage a day with a meal. It relieved my roller coaster episodes of diarrhea in one day...and constipation for the next week. Also it helped with PMS. I can think more clearly, I have a higher energy level, my mood is improved, and I feel really healthy.

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Posted by Anonymous (USA) on 10/08/2006
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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.

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Posted by Marcel (Diamond Bar, CA) on 07/12/2006
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I half cooked a bunch of leafy vegetables with coconut milk. Coconut milk adds flavor to my cooking. I added some fresh herbs like basil, ground pepper, garlic, and onion. I did not add salt as I stopped using it salt since 1980. When done, I ate it alone the whole day. In one day, I tripped to the bathroom 3 times and really did a good job on emptying my guts. My bowels looked greenish, long formed and at about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. The bowel was greenish because the digestion was fast and did not have a chance to change color to brownish. I felt good and light all day long. The green leafy vegetables can be Kale, spinach, water lily (kangkong). I will try other green vegetables with the coconut milk and see its effect.

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Posted by Ami (Harlingen, TX)
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If you want a simple way to solve your constipation problem eat a bowlful of 100% bran cereal for breakfast each day.Or you if that doesn't taste to your liking them try cutting back on dairy products especially cheese, and yogurt. Then try adding more leafy green veggies such as salads and spinach(salad). Also cut back on certain fruit products such as apple juice and apple sauce. Then and more fiber to your diet. It works!

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Posted by Delores (Atlanta, Georgia)
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1/4 cup of pure Pomegranate concentrate with 16 oz. water, twice daily. Adjust as needed. This works wonders for constipation.

Dry Mustard in Water

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Posted by KT (The Usa) on 05/30/2013
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Constipation: I had read an old "grandma" recipe of 1/2 tsp of dry mustard in 1/2 Cup cool water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, before breakfast, would get things moving. It worked great for me and I thought I had posted that here, on EC, but could not locate it so I'm posting it again hoping it will help someone else.


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Posted by Diane (Lake City, Ar) on 04/26/2011
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A relative had a stroke several years ago. He has had extremely severe constipation recently due to complications caused by the stroke and was hospitalized. The hospital administered an enema made of only plain milk and molasses. It worked TREMENDOUSLY! Fast relief!

Replied by Smoggy
(Northern, Ca)

No matter the magnesium dosage, Magnesium Oxide only produce 4 mg bioavailability in the body. It is the lowest producing Magnesium out there. Magnesium Citrate produce 16mg bioavailability in the body and is used for "chronic constipation. " Be careful as Magnesium can be toxic and you can use too much.

Replied by Beth A
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Diane, thanks for posting about the M&M enema. Yes, it does work very well and is fast. It is a old remedy.

I hope your relative is better now. Blessings.

I have given a Milk and Molasses enema twice at home to one of my kids. Was constipated and harden stool. Nurse recommended giving him a M&M enema. She gave me the instructions for how much milk and molasses to mix and how to give it. Not hard to prepare and give.

It worked and he felt much better after he got the M&M enema.

You are right, it works very fast and may cause some cramping in the tummy. So be able to take the one who got it to expel right away.

The molasses will harden up if it cools down. Give at body temp. Once you prepare the solution (milk and molasses) you have to give the enema right away...or keep it warm till ready to give the enema.

The molasses will stop up the hose on the rubber enema bag type of enema and is hard to clean after the enema.

I used a rubber enema bulb syringe to give the M&M enema. The bulb is easier to clean than the bag. I had to rinse it a few times with hot soapy water to get the molasses out of the enema bulb syringe. Rinsed with clear water and let it air dry.

Check with your medical professional before giving a M&M enema or any home enema.

Replied by Joan W
(Ohio Usa)

There are many home remedies for constipation. Change of diet. Stop gluten. Fiber. No junk foods. Drinking more water and getting exercise. To me it is important to find out why there is constipation in the first place. Then treat the constipation.

Constipation is with holding of toxins which can cause other problems. Tummy aches, grouchiness, bad mood, bad behavior, loss of appetite, other illness, and more.

Enemas are a great home remedy for constipation in kids.

I found the milk and molasses enema interesting. I have read some about it. I have not given a milk and molasses enema. But have read they are very effective and fast working.

As soon as I notice some of those signs listed above in mine I immediate suspect constipation. If needed enemas are given.

I have given a mild soapsuds enema a few times to mine. The solution is made with goats milk soap bar. Make a pan of warm soapy water by swishing the bar of soap around in the pan of warm water or rubbing the bar between your hands while the water is running into the pan. Made a mild, very mild, soapy water solution. Once you see the water turn milky like, the solution is ready for the enema. Best if the water is body temp.

I have also given plain water, either cool warm to tepid temp water, enemas for fevers and constipation.

Epsom Salt

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Posted by Antrius Resius (Cyprus) on 06/20/2021 16 posts
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I am a researcher. The absolute best remedy for constipation is Epsom Salts.


Take one tablespoon per day for some days. At the first couple of times of use, you may need to use two tablespoons, with two hours difference of each tablespoon (do not take two tablespoons at the same time but take one tablespoon first and in two hours, take another tablespoon). Take always with an empty stomach. If it occurs in future times, simply repeat process. We do not know the long terms effects of Epsom Salts on the body yet, since is a relatively new process. Thus use within logical limits.

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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.

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Posted by Lightbelly (Uk) on 02/12/2018
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Hi- am reporting in that Epsom salts (ES) are the stars - had tried Senna tea, fibre, flax seed, water, lemon etc etc but to no avail. Had trouble locating it - pharmacies in the UK don't seem to sell the raw ingredients any more, and when it finally arrived (ebay) I tried it and nearly threw up. This was probably from having done maybe too many liver cleanses and developing an aversion to the taste. Thanks to EC - someone had suggested putting some lemon juice to hide the taste (why didn't I think of that?! ) and it really did the trick - a few drops of lime juice and no ew before bedtime. The morning relief is amazing, I'm sleeping again and the tension has gone, I feel lighter, more vital and ready to take action!

Replied by Kcc

How is the epsom salt taken? Mixed in water? Used as a foot soak or in a bath? If you drink it, how much to what amount of liquid?

Replied by David
(Chadron, Nebraska)

Respectfully, for internal use you'll find clear instructions given on virtually all Epsom Salt packages.

Replied by Gord235
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
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I take one heaping teaspoon mixed into one large cup of warm water, then sit back and wait. Within an hour I can feel my bowels starting to rumble and once I feel my sphincter starting to tighten I make sure I am positioned on the toilet. Soon there is a big woosh and relief arrives; maybe a couple of wooshes but in any event the problem is gone. I have tried several of the common fibre laxatives and have found Epsom salts to be the cheapest, fastest and best solution. It is great for those times when you long for a total evacuation after a few days of not going. I purchase it at my local drugstore, store it in the cupboard and only use it when the usual remedies don't work. Caution: make sure you are close to a toilet when using.

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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 01/22/2012
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For severe constipation, the best remedy is epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) because magnesium in high doses is a natural laxative. If you don't get relief from the constipation it merely means that you have not taken enough epsom salts. I would not take sea salt as something to relieve constipation.

As I said, if the epsom salts are not working just keep increasing the dosage (in not too large increments) to see the amount needed to induce a bowel movement.