Home Remedies for Constipation

Constipation is a very common digestive disorder that affects people of all ages. Constipation causes difficulty passing stools and may even lead a person to strain too much to empty the excessively hard stools.

Other symptoms are bloated abdomen, abnormally small or large stools, acidity, loss of appetite, bad breath, headache, depression, acne, and mouth ulcer.

constipation diagram

Some of the main causes of constipation are poor diet, insufficient water intake, irregular defecation habit, lack of physical activity, weakness of abdominal muscles, hemorrhoids, stress, intake of certain medications, and laxative abuse.

This problem can be very frustrating aside from causing discomfort. There are many home remedies to enhance the functionality of your digestive system and treat constipation. These remedies are very easy to follow and very powerful.

home remedies for constipation

Here are the top 10 home remedies for constipation.

1. Lemon

Lemons, or more specifically the juice from lemons, can treat constipation as it stimulates the digestive system and gets things moving . This is one of the simplest and most effective treatments that you can try at home.

home remedy for constipation

  1. Extract the juice of half a lemon and add it to a glass of warm water. You can also add a pinch of rock salt or one-half teaspoon of table salt and a little honey to it.
  2. Drink the lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also drink a glass of this solution in the evening.
  3. Follow this remedy daily and expect results within a few days.

2. Fennel

Fennel seeds are useful in treating issues like indigestion, bloating, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome as they encourage smooth muscle movement in the digestive tract.

  1. Take one cup of fennel seeds and dry roast them.
  2. Then, grind them and sieve the mixture.
  3. Store this tasty and digestive powder in a jar.
  4. Take half a teaspoon of this powder daily with warm water.

3. Figs

Figs are very high in fiber and act as a natural laxative. Those suffering from chronic constipation should include figs in their diet. For the treatment of constipation, both fresh and dried figs can be used. When fresh figs are available, eat them with their skin on. The skin contains most of the fiber and calcium.

  1. Take two to three almonds and dried figs.
  2. Soak them in water for a few hours.
  3. Peel the almonds and grind the ingredients.
  4. Take this paste with one tablespoon of honey at night.

4. Castor Oil

Being a stimulant laxative, castor oil stimulates the small and large intestines and improves the bowel movement. Simply swallow one to two teaspoons of castor oil on an empty stomach. To improve the taste, you can take it with a fruit juice.

Within a few hours, you will notice a huge improvement in your condition. You must not repeat this remedy for a prolonged period as it can cause side effects.

5. Honey

Honey is highly beneficial in relieving constipation as it acts as a mild laxative. You can have it daily to prevent as well as treat constipation.

  • Consume two teaspoons of honey three times a day.
  • You can also mix one tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Drink it every morning on an empty stomach.

6. Flax Seed

Flax seed has many medicinal properties along with tons of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Also, flaxseed has a laxative property, which can be very useful in curing mild to very serious cases of constipation.

  • Mix one tablespoon of flax seed in a glass of water and allow it to rest for two to three hours. Drink the water daily before going to bed. In the morning, your bowel movement will be much better.
  • Alternatively, you can simply eat two to three tablespoons of ground flax seed with a glass of water.




  1. i am 52 years old working, the remedies are very much useful to all age groups. thanks for important remedies.

  2. I have had problems all of my life with constipation. Now that I’m older (62) and on several medications including cholesterol lowering meds and psychiatric meds which make my problem worse, I occastionally have to resort to laxatives. I drink a lot of oxegenated filtered water every day. I would like to know if there are vegetable and fruit smoothies I can make myself, I think this would be helpful. Can you help me with this?

    • Dear Sir,
      I have just posted my personal experience, kindly read it. I am sure it will help you.
      By the way extra virgin olive oil is cholestrol free and good for health, secondly fiber husk can reduce cholestrol. Even then consult your physician first before using it.
      God bless you with good health. (amen)

      • First of all stop eating things made of white flour, deep fried, sugar and too salty/spicy.
        Soak 2 figs, 6- 7 black currents and 2 dried apricots in water at night and add some hot water before drinking empty stomach in a sitting position. Keep drinking home made green tea all day. You can make it with fennel, cumin seeds, oregano , cardamom, fenugreek, basil, lime etc. Avoid drinking cold drinks and caffeine.
        Eat supper at least 3 hours before going to bed . Drink green soups or juices. Kale, spinach, broccoli, carrots, any green vegetables, beetroot etc. Stretching and breathing exercises are very important to stay healthy.

        • Please tell me in detail that what should we do afterr soaking that figs black current and dry apricot, I didn’t understand that thing that add some hot water before drinking empty stomach , please explain. That thing in detail ….

    • Please have pappaya and Fibre foods

    • In one glass of water add 1 tea spoon sea salt and boil it. When it gets warm drink it. You should drink it in the mornings

    • Kiwi is good take one every day

      • I had a 74 year old lady and a very good friend tell me that is i eat Yogurt regular every day thatvis all i would need. Guess what that’s all i need.My husband drinks lemon juice water every day and he goes regular every day. Hope this helps .

    • drink 1 glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning ang eat 3 pcs.of dried plums before going to sleep.

    • Hello, I was in the same boat as you. My solution was:
      – every morning I drink 250ml alkaline water with 2 teaspoons of apple cider
      – everyday I drink 1.5l of alkaline water.
      Alkaline water I found at the fruit and vegetable market. But, if you cannot find it, normal water will do the job too. I believe that the secret is too drink enough water. Cheers :)

  3. Acute/Chronic Constipation

    I was suffering from constipation for about 25-30 years. I tried all my best but my problem was getting worst day by day. I had no feeling of bowl moment and I was unable pass stool for 5-6 days without using laxatives. I pray to the GOD a lot. One day it came to my mind, I am using it and by the grace of GOD it helps me a lot. It is very simple and easy. Here it is for everyone.

    1. One tea spoon (1 ts) extra virgin olive oil in the morning with empty stomach.
    2. One table spoon (1 tbs) of fiber husk keep in plain water for 5 minutes and then drink it, (after 1 hour of extra virgin olive oil.)

    That’s it…….
    You may apply this everyday or until you need it.
    You can have your regular meal after one or two hours. Obviously drinking more fluid, using more fiber and eating fresh vegetable and fruits helps.

    I hope it will help all of you.
    Best Wishes for your good health.

  4. Having bowel movements daily (using poopdoc of course), enough fiber in the diet, probiotics and at least 2 quarts of water a day makes an astronomical difference in health.

  5. Eating Papaya is really good in constipation!

  6. I have tried everything. My constipation isnt nearly as bad as it use to be, but I ALWAYS have a bottle of magnesium citrate on hand. It comes in flavors and can be bought at drug stores and sometimes Dollar Store for about $1.50 bottle. I will drind 1/2 bottle before bed and will go with ease come morning with no cramping etc. I dont depend on this but if I havent went for 2 days then I will drink it. It beats getting impacted!

  7. I am suffering constipation due to the pain killers I am on containing codine. I have started taking 3 figs daily in the morning and a cup of herbal tea containing senokot at night. So far results not good andI am having to take a laxative once a week which is very painful and inhibiting. I will start the lemon in warm water that you suggest, alongside what I am already taking, and if that does not help I will try your other suggestions as I am really suffering and I do not want to take purchases laxatives. I want to be taking natural remedies. Thank you

    • My dad needs to take a lot of medication. Because of that he suffers from constipation. The doctors gave him all kind of medication to solve that problem. A friend gave him the tip to eat a kiwi every morning on an empty stomach. Since he eats them daily, his constipation problem is solved.

  8. I find that eating just a few pieces of sugar free candy helps. The candy makes me have a good soft bowel movement. I get a good relief. Its best on an empty stomach.

    • Yes, for many mostly the chocolate the sugar free chocolate ice cream has the same effect.

    • Sugar free foods that have artificial sweeteners in them are terrible for you. They may help your constipation but will cause other problems long-term. Anything that isn’t natural from the earth is, of course, not good for you. Eat fruits and vegetables.

  9. I want to know about chicken pox . Can u send to my email? Thanks for all remedies.

  10. Remember simple formula
    Har wo cheez jis ka mazaaz TAR GARM hai wo Qabz Qusa hai e.g. figs,mangoes, pakoray, paalak etc.
    Har wo cheez jis ka mazaz THANDA/KHUSK hai wo Qabz karti hai e.g. khatti cheezein, eggs, try fruits, etc.

  11. What about a person with Celiac Disease, I have a very touchy, sensitive digestive system, diet is quite limited, negligent, dairy, eggs, no harsh spices, limited course foods! I have to be extra careful about what I consume. Always checking labels and packaging or I suffer terrible colon spasms.

  12. Hi, if anyone have problem of constipation, then please try Prunes( Kala Manuka). Take 12-15 Prunes and soak it in 1 cup water whole night, in the early morning after brush eat whole soaked prunes and drink remaining water. Prunes are very helpful for constipation.
    But you have to continue this remedies, for continue minimum eight days. it is definitely work. also regular intake of prunes reduce your acidity, pitta problem, increase your hemoglobin also

  13. thanks for the….

  14. I am suffering constipation..i just eat foods that rich in fiber..more water intake..i also try rice water every morning..and it helps a lot…

  15. Eloisé De Stefanis November 11, 2014, 11:13 am

    Do some yoga. It works every day, every time. No fail. (This will help cholesterol & constipation).

  16. I received this tip from a friend: “Eat a kiwi in the morning on an empty stomach.”
    This works perfectly for me!!!

  17. I like it.

  18. Very revealing health education

  19. I hope to try on the health tips . Keep on the good work to humanity

  20. My daughter is 8 years old, has always had constipation problems since she was baby… But now it is getting worse due to the amount medication she is taking. For asma and allergies. 6 medication a day… I’ve tryed the prunes worked for a while. She drinks a lot of water. I buy her the fiber bars and fiber gummies.. I don’t want to try lax. On her to little… I’m going to try the pappayas… Hopefully she likes….

  21. I ve tried almost everything, all this is happening to me because I eat a big amount of tiger and now I m paying for it , it s been the third day of hell suffering, pain , I even fainted two times I tried laxative and even the magnignisum citrate but no help because the tiger nut tured out to be like small rocks in my…..

  22. Add Guava in the list. the most effective fruit for constipation.

  23. Hi! Maybe your daughter canot digest milk and glutten. I suffered for many years with constipation since I was a kid. I came to find out that I canot digest milk and wheat (Glutten) Am off it and I fell much much better. And my constipation problem is over.

  24. manju agarwal May 19, 2015, 7:31 am

    very usefull idia

  25. One Table spoon of Apple cider vinegar , followed by teaspoon of honey to put the throat at ease. After five minutes , pain free at last , cheaply.

  26. Chewing food is food very important to deal with constipation. Also drink four glasses of water early morning in empty stomach and sit of vajrasan. half lemon squeezed and one spoon honey in to water will be added advantage

  27. thanks!!!!!!!!

  28. Soak 30 dry fruit in little water at night next day grind that dry fruit with that water and drink it in an empty stomach am sure it s a remedy for constipation

  29. jessy a. cruz May 24, 2015, 1:18 am

    I am fun of reading home remedy tips, it educate me and i can use it personally most esp. to my family

  30. Constipation can be and is painful, however you can manage it even when you have to take medications daily like I do. First thing in the morning, eat a handful or two of raw vegetables that contains fiber,(you need this to start the process of a smoother bowel movement). I eat raw spinach and a whole slice apple or baked apples, drink plenty of water. Second cut back, eat small portions of meats and breads cakes, pies, pastry. Do your best to stay away from junk foods!.

    Try to drink lemon water add a table or teaspoon of lemon or lime juice to a 8 ounce cup or glass of water at least twice a day. Do not use fruit juice, soda, etc. as a substitute for water. If you drink coffee or tea like I do everyday double your water consumption. If your urine is clear daily that an indication that you are drinking plenty of water check with your doctor if you’re taking meds.
    Third make sure that 75% of your food consumption contain fibrous foods, again drink plenty of water; it helps to move the waste in your colon. Eat fiber before bedtime orange, figs, apples, grapes, spinach, kale, drink plenty of water. Finally stick with this formula on the average it works!

  31. Green seedless grapes works for me

  32. onions are also effective

  33. Thbernertchim July 2, 2015, 9:26 am

    thanks for sharing.

  34. Okay, I’ll try to explain as the best as I can. Hope you guys can understand!
    My DD Farah turned 5 this yr. In fact, she always had irregular bowel movements since birth. As parent, we tried lots of different things such as getting her more fiber, water and even Chinese herbs. Along the way and the best that we could ever get was 1-2 times a week. Well every once in awhile it will take up to few days to one week for her to have a Bowel Movement. But this last time it has been 10 days,and we are worried!!!!
    Someone do suggest me to try out formula milk with many Pre-biotics. Will it works?

  35. I like this page.It gives many useful ideas.thanx

  36. 1)try boiled apples ,high in fibre
    stay on 1 day boiled apple diet in chronic cases
    2) spinach is good bowel stimulator
    3)pineapple juice is very laxative
    4)hot milk with extra sugar cleans ur bowel
    5)roasted hirda in ghee n powderd
    if taken I teaspoon with lukeworm water works wonders

  37. Great article.

  38. Chia pudding, 1 cup almond milk, 3TBSP chia seeds, 1 tsp vanilla, stir, refrigerate over night. In the morning stir again, refrigerate a little more, eat with berries. Works like a charm.

  39. I had this problem. Tried everything–bran, lemon juice, teas, prunes, oatmeal, on and on! For me, the ONLY thing that worked is oranges. I now eat a large orange every day. The combination of the Vitamon C and its fiber must be what my body needs. Also helpful is drinking warm water throughout the day, but the orange is the key…

  40. Thanks everyone for the great ideas. I had abdominal surgery 5 days ago and still haven’t had a bowel movement. I finally found a recipe for castor oil and warm milk. I just took it so will update on its effectiveness. Update tomorrow. Good luck to all of you. Constipation is a serious problem and can cause alot of problems.


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