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Home Remedies for Constipation

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Posted by Ami (Harlingen, TX)

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!

Replied by Autumn
(Louisville, Ky)

Hi Ami. That sounds like a good start for sure, by eating 100% bran cereal in the mornings. I think I can handle that. I try not to eat breads but I do eat meats & cheeses almost daily. Veggies I am not so great at but I have a Nutri-Bullet which I am trying to use to get those in and more fruits as well. Great advice!!

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Posted by Delores (Atlanta, Georgia)

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

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.

Replied by Nancy A

Beth and Diane, agree the M&M enema is very effective. It works fast. So once administered have the one who received it close to toilet. Once the solution has cooled the molasses will thicken. So best not to administer with the enema bag. Use the rubber enema bulb. A way to keep the solution warm while taking to where it will be given is to fill the bulb syringe full. Then place it sitting in a pan or large bowl of warm water. Make sure the syringe doesn't tip over. Have everything ready. Have towel on the bed or table. Jar of Vaseline out. Once the full bulb is given have him relax for a minute or so. The take to expel the enema. I administered a cleansing enema about a hour after the M@M enema was given. Best to consult with holistic doctor before giving an enema.


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Posted by Diane (Lake City, Ar) on 04/26/2011

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

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.

Nancy - Herbal Mom

Yes, best to find out why he is constipated in the first place. Could be many reasons. Not enough water or exercise. Poor diet or eating habits. With holding poo is common in some. Especially in boys at toddler age.

Best to have a good holistic provider and work with him/her when needed. If in doubt call and discuss with doctor.

Agree, the enema is a very good, and effective, home healing tool to have in the home and used often.

Not medical advice. Consult with your doctor beforehand.

Every mother should have a rubber enema bulb syringe in the home. And for the older ones, a enema bag. Best to have both in the home.

It is important to know how and when to administer the enema. Best to talk about the enema with him before he needs to be given one. Show the syringe and let him know it is for healing and health.

Does not hurt and will make him feel better after getting it.

Talk with your doctor about how to give one. The old home nursing books are great for having instructions for preparing and giving the enema.

It is a good idea to give him an enema before he is sick or constipated. Taking time to prepare and give it now makes it easier later on.

Giving him “the practice enema”will build your confidence. And he will know what it is like. That way he will already know what it is and how it feels to get it. Nothing is worse than telling a grouchy child when he is not feeling well he is going to be given his first ever enema!

omg glad you told of the soapy water enema!

I will write more when I have some time.

Replied by Sue A Herbal Mom

Diane, pray your relative is better now and totally recovered. Glad it worked and helped.

omg I haven't heard of the milk and molasses enema in years! Yes, very effective to relieve constipation. Yes, does work very fast. The only downside to the milk and molasses enema is it can cause cramping. The one who was given it will want to expel it almost as soon as he gets it. Like in about one minute or so has to go.

My experience with this enema is limited. I was given one and I gave one.
A neighbor and I were talking healing and remedies. We talked about most anything.

She was a nurse. When she told me of this enema I thought she was joking. I asked her to teach me and give me one. So I could learn it if I ever had to give one. We decided on the next morning for me to get it.

In case others want to administer this enema here is how we prepared and did it….may have forgotten something..if so sorry..been awhile.

She prepared the bed first. Removed all linen. Then put plastic sheet on bed. Then towel on top.

She had me disrobe and put a robe on. Explaining when it is prepared it must be given before it cools too much. So I had to be stripped and ready for it.
It was interesting watching her gather the needed items.

Enema bulb, Vaseline, towel to lay on, two pans — explain later. Of course milk and molasses. She told me the day before to buy some.

She put some water in one of the pans. About half gallon. And slowly heated it. This was to keep the enema warm while she carried it to the room where patient was getting it.

Then prepared to solution. Mixing half milk and half molasses. About a pint of each. Smelt good lol.

Telling best to first warm the milk then add the molasses. Heat the mixture very slowly! Till warm. Stirring often. Once prepared she filled the 8 oz syringe full of the solution. Then sat the filled enema syringe up right in the pan of warm water. This keeps the solution warm when carrying it to the patient's room or treatment room.

I wondered what I had asked for!

Once we got to the bedroom got on the bed. Told to get into the knee-to-chest position on the bed. That is on knees. Head on the bed. Bent at waist.

She put the Vaseline on the nozzle. Then moved it in. Told to take a deep breath and relax.

I had enemas before but not one like this one.

The milk and molasses felt soothing and warm going in. I thought that wasn't bad after all. She gave it slowly.

In about less than a minute after getting the full syringe I had a urge to go. A bad urge to go. Went to the bathroom and immediately expelled. Omg a fast and total clean out! Some minor cramping.

She told me some patients had bad cramps from the M&M enema.

I thanked her. She showed me how to clean the syringe. Using warm soapy water in the kitchen sink. Rinsed a few times with plain warm water. So the molasses didn't harden in the syringe. Air dry it for a few days.

also, After giving the enema put the empty bulb in the pan of warm water. It will float in the water.

That prevents the molasses from Harding up. Which makes clean it harder.

She told me not to use the enema bag for it.

It is very effective and works immediately! Get ready to expel fast and all. A clean out!

Years later my 9 yo b was constipated. The doctor asked me if I knew of the M&M enema.

When we got home he was given one. Like me had to immediately expel. But cleaned out good.

Constipation is immediately gone!

check with your doctor before giving an enema.

Karen H

Omg I haven't heard “milk and molasses “ enema in years.

I recently asked my neighbor if it was still given. To my surprise she told me in some places still given.

She told “it is a very effective enema for constipation. Especially for the child. Given a few to boys toddler age.”

The only time I knew this enema was given was when staying with my girlfriend. Her little toddler brother was constipated. We are 6 years older than him.

Poor baby. Her mom kept telling him he was going to get an enema if he didn't go soon.

Then saw his mom mixing milk and molasses in a pan on the stove. Heating it slowly. I saw the red rubber enema bulb syringe sitting out on the table. She had placed a towel on the table. With jar of Vaseline.

I knew he was going to get a enema!
she removed the pan from the stovetop. And went and got him.

Held his hand while walking him to the kitchen.

Yes, I was, and still am, curious about enemas. Slap me.

She closed the kitchen door as I heard her telling him he was going to get an enema and no fussing going on.

poor baby I knew what he was going to get.

my girlfriend told me he was going to get an enema!

I asked my girlfriend about the milk and molasses I saw out.

my girlfriend told me her mom gave a milk and molasses enema.

she got a milk and molasses enema from her mom once or twice.

She told me it worked fast and she had to immediately go potty. Her tummy hurt some from it.

That was the first time I heard of a M&M enema!

few minutes after taking him to the table, her mom was taking him to the potty.
omg did he go! Finally went!

Being nosey, I saw the enema bulb floating in the sink. Floating in pan of warm soapy water.

my girlfriend told me it has to be cleaned in warm water so the molasses didn't get hard.

her mom cleaned the bulb a few times in warm soapy water, rinsed in warm water.

she put the bulb in the opened kitchen window. To air out

I was curious how it worked. Later read it worked fast and caused cramps.

Vicky A
(Indiana USA)

Karen, I also haven't heard of the milk and molasses enema in years.

I remember it being given a few times growing up in the late 50s.

It was given for the constipated child and even grownups.

It was (is) very effective. For some caused cramps. Few things to be aware of:

-it works very fast! Have the patient receiving the milk and molasses enema close to a toilet.

-be ready to administer this enema as soon as the mixture is ready to give. Once away from heat, either on the stove or in a pan of warm water, the mixture will harden up.

-best not to use the enema bag for this enema. Best to use a enema bulb syringe.

-clean the syringe in warm soapy water as soon as the enema is given. Rinse few times with warm to hot water. Air day few days.

How you told of him getting a milk and molasses enema reminded me of how it was given in our home and other homes.

Epsom Salt

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Posted by Science (Cyprus) on 03/07/2022 21 posts

I am a researcher. Epsom salts for constipation. Simply the best curement. Ask Epsom Salts for human consumption AND NEVER BUY EPSOM SALTS THAT IS NOT MADE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. Two to three times a week one tablespoon per day, will work excellently. Do not take 7 days per week, since we do not know yet the long term effects on the body.

Replied by mike m.
(Kent Lakes, N.Y.)

How about just drinking prune juice as needed or eating stewed prunes (I love it with heavy cream). Worked for me whenever I needed it over the years.

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Posted by Gord 235 (Vancouver, Canada) on 03/24/2019

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

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)

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

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.


Posted by Nat (Brooklyln, New York) on 07/10/2008

Erithrytol (a natural sugar substitute) for constipation:
Erithrytol (from both from Organic Zero company and Now company, one tablespoon can be taken from each type) , taken in coffee instead of sugar (it is less sweet so around one and a half to two tablespoons might be recommended) helps for constipation problems. If a person is taking magnesium citrate he will find that he needs less of the magnesium citrate.

In another entry I may have mentioned taking the magnesium citrate in the morning with warm water. I just learned that the great physician Maimonides* wrote that drinking lukewarm water is not healthy. He wrote this either in Galen's name or from his own studies. If one takes the magnesium in warm water, the water should be rather hot and not lukewarm. It might be better, in any case, for a person not to drink too much water in the morning, because if he gets filled up on water he may be unable to eat early enough. (It is not healthy to eat right after drinking water.) The Talmud writes that one should eat * "morning bread" for it helps the liver and thereby heals very many illnesses. This "morning bread" should be something light and not a full meal.

(*information acquired from The Life Transforming Diet -Based on Health and Psychological Principles of Maimonides and Other Classical Sources.)

Fermented Cabbage Drink

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Posted by Dawn (Calgary, CA) on 02/02/2015

I suffered from constipation for a long time until I found a home remedy. I made fermented cabbage drink at home which I drank 2 glasses everyday which by the way is probiotic drink. Now I also eat probiotic yogurt everyday, I was also lactose intolerant, not anymore. Lactose intolerant people should try cabbage drink first then slowly introduce yogurt to your system. For cabbage drink, one can find recipe on the you tube, it is basically chopping 1 cup of cabbage and add 6 cups of water and leave to ferment for 2 days in an air tight jar. It tastes a bit sour. I wish I had known about this earlier, I suffered for many years.

Fermented Food

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Posted by Jens (Vancouver, Bc, British Columbia Canada) on 11/24/2009

It would seem internal healing of the digestive system/gut, is the key and I've been greatly helped by bringing fermented foods into my diet. I had used coffee in the a.m. for years as my "motivator". Finally caught up with me. It's a horrible crutch that requires always having access to coffee and cream wherever I went. It stopped working and I went through 10 days of being a human sewage lagoon. In my web research I came across this site and the saltwater remedy got me going although I had to gag it down. I realized a new and longterm solution was required. My naturopath suggested introducing fermented foods into my diet as a long term solution.


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Posted by Traveler (Houston, Texas) on 01/12/2013

I am a 29 year old female who's had issues with constipation since I was a teenager. In the past 8 or so years I've gotten into alternative health and have tried a bunch of different things. I found that blackstrap molasses was really great for the constipation right before my period, and also eased my bleeding a bit and my cramps. When I'm desperate, I've happily chugged from the bottle though it tastes very nasty to me.

Lately, I've been dumpster diving a lot. I started for other reasons and only after seeing how much food was wasted, that was wrapped up in plastic and put in boxes not even touching anything I considered "dirty" have I started "rescuing" food. Anyway, because of this, I have two freezers and a fridge full of vegetables and fruit that were ripe enough to have at home but I guess too ripe to keep in the store with fresh stock coming in. Or, vegetables with the mildest blemish on it. I've noticed that because I'm eating so much in the way of vegetables and fruits, that constipation is no longer an issue. Even last year when I was going to the store and relying on foods that had a longer shelf life, like beans or lentils, I found that if I got 25-30 grams of fiber, mostly from "real" foods, it was actually a joy to go to the bathroom. Plus, I find that I get cranky if I'm not going regularly and this effects different parts of my life negatively.

I highly recommend finding delicious ways to get fiber into your diet. Currently my three favorite recipes are mashed cauliflower, mushrooms madera, and each morning I make myself a big bowl of bananas, blueberries, and sometimes grapes (all rescued and delicious) with a tiny bit of fiber cereal (also rescued unopened) and either some milk, or yogurt mixed in.

I'm currently experimenting with trying to hit 60grams of fiber per day to see how (or if) that affects weight loss when not really focusing on calories. In any event, people need 25-35 grams of fiber PER DAY. Don't rely on over the counter fiber supplements-- go to foods even if you have to buy them, that have vitamins, minerals and a high water content so you don't have to have the worry of the fiber supplements working against you and making your constipation worse.

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 04/26/2011

There are a lot of ways to get rid of constipation. I have never heard of ACV in connection to this problem but eating some fruit before breakfast helps, even bananas, funny enough but if you want a stronger effect try kiwis. Vit. C before breakfast as well as molasses or prunes just be careful and go slowly or else you might get an awful diarrhea. A cup of tea often helps as well or if you can't make one, when you are traveling or so try a cup of hot water!

Fish Oil

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Posted by Myoho (NYC, NY) on 03/04/2012

3 in am and 3 in pm fish oils high dha combined with 200 mg of mag citrate 3 in the am and 3 in the pm.

this has knock on wood been helping my infinite constipation due to my eating disorder on my GI Doctor's sound advice. I was on amitiza and it did not help, so we switched.

Flax Seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dates

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Posted by Ali (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) on 06/17/2009

I found the following mixture worked well for my constipation problem,hope it will help others. Bring two cups of water to a boil and add two tablespoons of flax seeds, continue to boil for fifteen minutes, then strain off the flax seeds and discard seeds ,allow mixture to cool somewhat, it will be jelly like, add one teaspoon of apple cider vineger and stir. Drink one cup of this on an empty stomach one to two times a day depending on severity of constipation. If very constipated, be sure to also drink three cups of hot water through out the day. I have found a more pleasent remedy for mild constipation or just to stay regular try the following: Boil one cup of water and add six dates, allow to soak, when cool, drink the liquid and eat the dates. Take at bedtime for best results. Good health to all and A HUGE THANK YOU TO EARTH CLINIC.