home remedies for diarrhea

Diarrhea is a condition in which the stools are loose and watery. The frequency of passing such watery stools also becomes frequent and this causes dehydration. Diarrhea is often confused with dysentery. However in the latter, blood or bloody mucus is seen in the stools while it is not the case with diarrhea.

Diarrhea is a common problem in all age groups. It could be due to something as simple as an upset stomach or due to an underlying infection. In most cases diarrhea is also accompanied by vomiting or nausea. The remedies suggested below can provide relief from diarrhea as well as its symptoms.

Simple home remedies for diarrhea

Pomegranate peel (rind) remedy


  1. Take one pomegranate and peel its outer skin.
  2. Blend the skin well along with little water.
  3. There may be residue left even if you blend well – hence strain with a strainer or a clean cotton cloth.
  4. Drink 25 – 30 ml of this juice twice a day.

If you are not able to make the fresh juice, you can buy the pomegranate peel powder available in naturopathy stores and use it to make a decoction.

Pomegranate leaves remedy


  1. Take a handful of fresh pomegranate leaves. (Tender leaves are a better choice)
  2. Grind the leaves into a paste.
  3. Make one glass of pomegranate juice (fruit juice)
  4. Mix the paste in the juice and drink once a day.

Curry leaf remedy

Both curry leaves and buttermilk are found to be useful in treating diarhea and upset stomach. This remedy brings together the benefits of both these ingredients.


  1. Take half a glass of buttermilk.
  2. Grind handful of curry leaves on a grinding stone using water and make a smooth paste.
  3. Mix the paste in buttermilk and stir well.
  4. Drink this on an empty stomach in the morning for best results.

You can also add a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to this if you also have a stomach ache.

Turmeric remedy

Turmeric is commonly available throughout India and owing to its properties, it is now available in many stores across the world. But the turmeric that is mostly available is in the dried or powdered form. This remedy however uses fresh turmeric. It has a heavenly fragrance and is known to give very good results.


  1. Leave buttermilk outside for a while and allow it to become sour.
  2. Peel a fresh turmeric.
  3. Grind the turmeric on a grinding stone till you get about one tablespoon of the paste.
  4. Mix this paste in the buttermilk.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and cumin seeds powder and stir.
  6. Drink twice or thrice a day depending on the severity of diarrhea.
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Onion and lemon remedy


  1. Take one onion and peel the skin.
  2. Chop the onion roughly and blend.
  3. Strain to get the raw onion juice.
  4. Take a lemon and squeeze to get its juice.
  5. Mix equal quantities (preferable one tablespoon each) of onion and lemon juice.
  6. Add little salt to this juice and drink.

Onion juice causes nausea for some. If that is the case with you, skip this remedy.


Nutmeg remedy


  1. Take one teaspoon of nutmeg powder.
  2. Mix one teaspoon of honey with the powder to make a smooth paste.
  3. Consume this paste (eat it slowly just like how you would eat peanut butter or melted chocolate!).

You can eat this twice or thrice a day.

Nutmeg has properties that are found to be very effective in treating diarrhea. You can also mix nutmeg powder in a glass of buttermilk and drink few times a day.

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Goat milk remedy

Let me be honest with you. This remedy was suggested by my grandmother and she told me that this remedy was often practiced in their village. But in our environment, I am not sure how easy it is to get goat’s milk. If you are fortunate enough to get goat milk, then this is an excellent remedy that you could try.


  1. Take 30 ml of goat milk.
  2. Take 30 ml of filtered water.
  3. Mix the milk in water and boil well.
  4. Drink this a few times a day (10 ml each time)

Other tips

  1. Consume lot of water and stay hydrated.
  2. Avoid foods that have diuretic properties (such as celery) which would aggravate the condition.
  3. For some, caffeine is known to aggravate diarrhea. If you have such symptoms, stay away from coffee and other caffeinated drinks.
  4. Take lot of rest and avoid physical exercises.
  5. Consume herbs such as ginger, tulasi (oly basil), and rice, pomegranate, yogurt and black berries in your diet. All these are good foods during diarrhea.
  6. Avoid spicy and oily foods.
  7. Curd and buttermilk are good diet choices.

Go to the doctor if the diarrhea frequent does not reduce or if you are feeling weak. It might me due to a severe infection and if the remedies do not work even after a day, further delay might become harmful. You are the best judge of your health – seek medical attention if your body demands it.

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.