111 Home Remedies for ConstipationSubmit your Home Remedy for Constipation
Senna leaves/teaThis is a very strong natural laxative. Boil a tsp of leaves or pods in a cup of water. Add honey and drink. It doesn't taste bad, takes a few hours to kick in. If the tea was strong enough, it will totally clean you out (sometimes too much, so be careful).
Jane from NY
Honey and waterSpent 40 mins trying to go. So much discomfort it was hard to walk. Di the one tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water, worked in less than 10 mins!
Jake from CT
Works every time (not instant but works)Aloe Vera is the miracle plant that will keep you regular. Blend enough of the aloe vera leaf to make a cup (8 oz). Blend the whole leaf minus the thorns. The inner part is tasteless but the green part is bitter. You may add a bit of orange juice to disguise the taste. It will take a few hours, possibly even overnight for a severe obstruction, but it WILL work. Drinking aloe on a regular basis will have you going regularly. Blend it smoothies, etc... Also, there are so many other additional health benefits your body will thank you.
Natalie from NYC
Quick fixI had cancer so I am still on a lot of pain killers which causes OIC. I drink Mira lax every day and take 3-100mg stool softners every day as well but it had been 3 days since my last BM so I started to panic because I ended up in the E.R. last year when I hadn't had a BM in 4 days. I tried a few of the remedies here but the one that worked the best was honey and warm water. Tasted disgusting but I chugged it down and ten minutes later I had a BM!
Ryan from Houston
Warm water and honeyI was super constipated and it hurt to even sit. I decided to try the 8oz of water and honey mixture and it was disgusting only got two big gulps before I had to dump it out and wash the taste away with something else. Not even lying 10 mins later I felt like my stomach would explode so I went in the bathroom and within seconds instant relief!
Serena from Ontario
Attempting honey and warm waterI haven't gone in over a week, and it was the week I was menstruating so I normally would go twice as often. I'm desperate for relief now. I just tried some honey in warm water... Hopefully I don't vomit from chugging a bunch of water... Ten minutes in, nothing yet. Twenty five minutes later, relief of belly discomfort, but no bowel movement yet.
Tam from Pennsylvania
Dr.pepperI switched from coke to Dr. Pepper when I eat I dont drink like 10 or 6 cans of it a day or anything like that, just when I eat. I believe it is made with some prune out of the 23 things. Very helpful though, I know how it is, landed in the hospital my self just desperate for a solution. Even though it may not work for everyone its defenetly worth a try. It helped me and it may work for you. The best thing is you dont need a referal.
Ricardo from Houston Tx
Er nurseI have suffered from chronic constipation my whole life, over the counter remedies use to work fine, but now in my 50's they don't . I am currently taken Rx Linsezz and it is not helping at all added miralax still not much relief. I do Kombuca tea, fruit veggie smoothies I eat high fiber diet, take probiotics.
Been admitted to hospital with surgeon wanting to do a resection of colon( not sure why). No one can go 30 days without a bowel movement...It is physically impossible and my 20 years as a nurse knows that, but when admitted to the hospital it had been 7 days and my colon had swollen to the point of rupture ...The reason the surgeon wanted to resect the colon. I have done, MOM, every laxative on the market, Golytely...Nothing is working. The honey and warm water is the same as given your infant karosyurp...High sugar and warm water...Unfortunately I am a type I Diabetic so high auger does work for me. The only thing that has helped once before in the hospital was an enema that consisted of Nornal saline mineral oil and hydrogen peroxide.
Please any new idea this old bird willing to listen.
Dana from Midland, TX
Nothing worksI will have to say before I had kids I went Number 2 as soon as my feet hit the ground and drank 1 cup of coffee! 10 years and 2 kids later I can go weeks without using it, even been to the ER at least a million times because I couldn't go. The longest I've went without going was close to a month and the hospital stay well let's just say was horrible.
Nothing I take will help I've even had specialist digging around and stuck tubes up my back side to see if I had cancer or other stuff. To say the least I'm not normal as if I didn't know that already, but I'm tired of feeling so sluggish and bloated all the time! I'm going to try the honey and water and if it works I could kiss each and every one of you who's posted about it. Fingers crossed I will poo like normal again.
November 08 2015
Jennifer Duplessis from Louisiana
10 min reliefI came across this site in my desperate Google search of relief tonight when I was so backed up the pain was causing me to vomit. I needed immediate relief. I drank 10 Oz of hot water mixed with 2 tbs of honey and within 15 minutes of finishing the mixture, my guts started rumbling and I had to run for the bathroom.
October 21 2015
Ashley from Oklahoma
Unfortunately very experiencedI've suffered from OIC for a few years now, due to some serious spine injuries and chronic pain, leading to pain med use (daily). I've tried everything under the sun, including Movantik pills and Relistor shots, self administered to the subcutaneous belly. NO FUN (but wow, they work immediately and thoroughly). I have to do this one on my day off or in the evening after work to stay by the toilet. The cramps are horrible too but it works wonderfully.
As for home remedies, I'd suggest massaging your tummy clockwise, as prescribed by two of my dr's. Also, apples in the smoothie machine (do not use the juicer, you need the fiber/pulp). Don't get the strained stuff from the store either. Toss green apples in your ninja bullet and drink. Also, read the instructions on your Epsom Salt container (a tsp or two, I believe) in water and chug it. It tastes disgusting but it works. Magnesium Sulfate pills work as a stool softener. But you'll need that AND a laxative... Senacot is a great vegetable laxative. But if you don't drink lots of water with it (like most fiber laxative drinks) you'll make your blockage worse. Exercise!
My dr. recently prescribed me a liquid called Lactulose that actually works pretty nicely too. Home cooked beans, non-microwaved (homemade) popcorn, and supposedly black licorice (lots of it) work also...For other people. Just not me. That warm water and honey thing didn't work for me either though. Good luck to you!
October 18 2015
Cat from Vacaville, CA
Finallyl love fizzy mineral water and I spotted one 1 hadn't had before a few days ago so I looked at the mineral content and it naturally has a LOT of magnesium. I've also started drinking-Aloe recently. The combination of Mivela water and Aloe Are my fix. I thought I would be in for a lifetime of battling but I am feeling great and no more nasty drug store laxatives! I'm going to order the water by the case. Mg supplements in pill form do not help me, but the water works wonders. Aloe is cheap at Walmart.
October 10 2015
Alpha centauri from Wonderland