You’re constipated if you can’t empty your bowels regularly, or at least 3 times a week. Although not a serious or life-threatening condition, constipation is one of the most uncomfortable conditions you can ever experience.
It can cause discomfort, pain, and feeling of fullness. Usually, it’s caused by having a low intake of fiber, change in your eating habits, not drinking enough liquids, postponing the urge to pass stools, depression, anxiety, etc.
We did a bit research and found some old folk remedies that will help relieve your constipation in an instant, as well as prevent it from progressing into chronic constipation. The best part is that they are extremely simple to prepare and require everyday natural ingredients. Try them out, and see which one works best for you.
5 Natural Remedies for Constipation
1. Honey and Warm Water
Stir one tablespoon of raw honey in a glass of warm water. Mix well, and drink as a first thing in the morning.
2. Lemon and Warm Water
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and add it to a glass of warm water. Stir well, and drink in the morning on an empty stomach. Do this morning ritual for 2-3 days, and your bowel problem should be gone.
3. Flaxseed and Sesame Seeds
Thanks to the high amount of fiber it contains, flaxseed is a great natural laxative. However, flaxseed oil doesn’t contain fiber, so make sure you use only the seeds and not the oil when you want to get a constipation relief.
Sesame seeds on the other hand, soften the intestine content, easing its elimination. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseeds and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, and eat the mixture right away.
4. Sunflower Oil
This oil improves digestion and bowel movement. Therefore, consumption of 1 tablespoon of pure sunflower oil on an empty stomach is recommended as a great way to relieve constipation. You can consume up to 2-3 tablespoons of this oil throughout the day.
5. Natural Laxative Mixture
Mix one cup of figs, one cup of raisins, one cup of dates, one cup of pitted prunes, one cup of prune concentrate or prune juice, and one cup of currants in a blender or grinder. You will get a very thick consistency so make sure you pulse the blender every couple of seconds to prevent possible damage. Consume 2 tablespoons of this mixture a day to relieve your constipation.
Besides these natural remedies, don’t forget to drink plenty of liquids, especially water to prevent and treat constipation successfully.