Health & Wellness Herbal Remedies

What are some herbal remedies for constipation?

1. Triphala powder or Triphala  Churna                    
This consists of three fruits – Amla or Indian gooseberry , Haritaki (Chebulic Myrobalan) and Vibhitaki (Bellirica Myrobalan). It is a great laxative and helps to regulate digestion and bowel movements.

How to use: You can either have one teaspoon with warm water or mix the powder with honey either before going to bed or early in the morning on an empty stomach.

2. Raisins (kishmish)     

They are packed with fiber and act as great natural laxatives.

How to use: Soak a handful in water overnight and have them first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This remedy also works wonders for pregnant woman, without the side effects of medication.

3. Guavas (amrood or peru)                             

They have soluble fibre in the pulp and insoluble fiber content in the seeds . They also help with the mucus production in the anus and with peristalsis (a series of contractions within the intestinal lining that helps the passage of food in the stomach).

4. Lemon (Nimbu) juice                                                                  

It acts as a cleansing agent for the intestines, the salt content helps in quick and easy passage of stool.

How to use: All you need to do is mix one teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Add a pinch of salt to the solution. Drink this juice on an empty stomach to relieve constipation. This juice also is a great way to detox your body. Read more about Home remedy to treat constipation — lemon juice

5. Figs (Anjeer)                

Either dried or ripe, are packed with fiber and act as a great natural laxative.

How to use: For relief from constipation, boil a few figs in a glass of milk, drink this mixture at night before bed. Make sure the mixture is warm when you drink it. Using a whole fruit for this purpose is much better as compared to syrups that are available commercially.

6. Flax seeds (Alsi) 

They are known for their fiber content, and can very well help you when it comes to constipation.

How to use: You can mix flax seeds in your cereal every morning or just have a handful with warm water early in the morning.




7. Castor oil (Arandi ka tel)       


This has been used for centuries as a sure shot remedy for constipation and has properties that can kill intestinal worms.

How to use: If drinking a spoon of castor oil alone is not something you’d like to do, you could add a tablespoon of it in a warm glass of milk.  Have this mixture at night before bed to relieve constipation.

8. Spinach (Palak)          

This has properties that cleanse, rebuild and renew the intestinal tract.

How to use: You can have about 100 ml of spinach juice mixed with an equal quantity of water twice daily. This home remedy is the most effective method to cure even the most stubborn cases of constipation. Read more about Drink spinach or palak juice to combat constipation

9. Oranges            

They are not only a great source of Vitamin C but also have a large amount of fiber content.

How to use: Eating two oranges every day, once in the morning and once in the evening can provide great relief from constipation.

10. Seed mixtures                

This is a great source of fibre and can help relieve constipation.

How to use: 2-3 sunflower seeds, a few flax seeds, til or sesame seeds and almonds ground together to a fine powder can help relieve constipation. Have one tablespoon of this mixture everyday, for a week. You can add it to your salad or cereal every morning. This mixture not only provides the necessary fiber content to relieve constipation but it also helps in rejuvenating the intestinal walls.

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