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Herbal remedies for constipation

Constipation is a type of problem which many are not comfortable to talk about.

Constipation occurs when bowel movement become less frequent and very difficult to pass. Continuous constipation can cause alternative diarrhea. Symptoms or effects of constipation among people are irritability, headache, no interest to do anything, mood swings, too much worry or depression, swelling in abdomen, nausea, weight loss and vomiting.

Causes of Constipation

Change in diet – You might have a heavy or very oily food, or followed a diet chart that can be difficult for your body to suddenly adjust.

Lack of fluids – When you don’t consume enough amount of water or any form of fluids, you tend to get constipated

Less fiber diet – When you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, your body does not get the required amount of fiber. When the fiber levels come down, it becomes difficult for your body and causes constipation

Less physical activity – When your body is very idle, the metabolism get affected. This causes issues with your digestion and might lead to constipation

Medicines – There are certain type of medications like painkillers, antibiotics or sedatives that can cause constipation

Pregnancy – Pregnant women tend to get constipated very easily because of the changes in their body

Age related issues – Older people tend to get affected by constipation as their basic metabolism comes down

Travel – When you travel, the diet and fluid intake changes. This can lead to constipation

If you think getting constipated now and then is alright not to bother, I would suggest you to take it seriously. Constipation can lead to hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse and anal fissures. You don’t want to go through the painful diseases for sure.

We have a set of home remedies that you can follow to avoid constipation and cure them naturally.

Warm water with lemon juice

This is one of the simplest remedies to treat constipation.


  • Take a tall glass of warm water
  • Add few drops of lemon juice
  • Add 1 spoon of honey
  • Add a pinch of salt

Stir the water until everything mixes properly and drink it in empty stomach every morning. Warm water in the morning energizes your body. Lemon acts as a stimulant for the digestive system. Hence it aids the digestive system to create bowel movements. Honey not only adds taste but also acts as a mild laxative. The magnesium in salt will help to contract the bowels and flush out the toxins from intestines and stomach.

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Raisins are rich source of fiber. Eating raisins every day in morning can help you get rid of constipation.


  • Soak a handful of raisins in water
  • Drain the excess water and eat the soaked raisins

The fiber helps your body to have smooth bowel movements. It is a good remedy for pregnant women.


Guava is a fiber rich fruit that contains both soluble and insoluble fiber in it. The fiber in guava helps to create good bowel movements and eases the constipation. It is important to eat both the pulp and the seed part in it. It also helps to create mucus in the anal region and triggers peristalsis. Peristalsis is a series of wave-like muscle contractions that moves food to different processing stations in the digestive tract. The process of peristalsis begins in the esophagus when food is swallowed.



Figs are a very rich food source of fiber. They act as a natural laxative in your body.


  • You can chew on few fresh figs daily
  • You can add figs in warm milk and consume in the night before going to bed

It is better to avoid dry figs and fig syrup that are easily available in the market. They contain complex and concentrated sugar that is not good for your health. Click here to know more about figs.

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Flaxseeds are very good for your health and is a good source of fiber. Flaxseeds are very effective to regulate periods issue for women. Click here to know more about Flax seeds.


  • Flaxseeds can be consumed along with cereals in your breakfast
  • You can just chew a handful of flaxseeds
  • You can soak them overnight and eat in the morning every day
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Castor oil

Castor oil is a great constipation reliever and this has been used traditionally for the same purpose. Castor oil helps to lubricate the intestines and cools down your body.


  • You can consume spoon of castor oil before going to bed
  • You can mix a spoon of castor oil in warm water or milk and drink it before going to bed
  • If you have abdominal pain, you can apply the oil externally in the navel region to relieve pain


Like guava, orange is also a great source of fiber. Consuming good amount of fiber every day can relieve constipation.

  • You can eat the pulp of orange, one in the morning and one in the evening
  • You can also drink orange juice, but you won’t be getting the complete fiber content in the juice

It is better when you eat the orange pieces without peeling of the white outer layer or the skin.

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Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are very oily in nature. It adds to the good cholesterol. The oily nature moisturizes the intestines and gives you relief from dry stools.


  • You can add a spoon full of sesame seeds along with your cereal breakfast
  • You can add them in your regular dishes like a seasoning
  • You can also buy sesame sweet balls that are available in stores

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Black strap molasses

Consuming a spoon of blackstrap molasses before going to bed can give you a great relief from constipation. The syrup is boiled and concentrated 3 to 4 times by retaining the significant minerals and vitamins in it. It is rich in magnesium which is very important for intestinal movements.

Apart from the above mentioned remedies, consuming a lot of water is very important. You can also drink tender coconut water in a regular basis for ease your pain. Constipation has become a lifestyle disease these days, hence it is not very difficult to get rid of it. Consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables can increase the fiber content in your body and helps your intestines to function better.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.