Constipation

Introduction

Relief from constipation can be just a natural remedy away. In this comprehensive guide, we explore effective herbal solutions to address both occasional and persistent constipation. Featuring herbs like yellow dock, Chinese rhubarb, dandelion, and licorice, we’ll show you how to create decoctions and infusions that can gently ease your discomfort. Additionally, we’ve included a herbal tea recipe and a soothing smoothie option to promote digestive regularity. Bid farewell to constipation with these natural remedies that will have you feeling lighter and more comfortable.

Recipes

Constipation
Herbs: Yellow dock (Rumex crispus), Chinese rhubarb (Rheum palmatum)

Remedy: Make a decoction using 1 tsp of either herb to 3/4 cup (150 ml) of water. Take last thing at night.


Persistent Constipation
Herbs: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), yellow dock (Rumex crispus)

Remedy 1: Make a decoction using 20g of dandelion root to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and drink each day, or use the ground root to make an infusion and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.

Remedy 2: Mix 3 tsp of dandelion root and yellow dock and 1 tsp of licorice. Use the mixture to make a decoction with 3 cups (750 ml) of water and drink 3/4–1 1/4 cups (150–300 ml) a day.

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Herbs: Senna (Cassia senna), ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Remedy: Steep 3–6 senna pods and 2–3 slices (1 g) of fresh ginger in 3/4 cup (150 ml) of warm water. Alternatively, take senna tablets. Take either preparation for up to 10 days.


  1. Herbal Tea:
  • Mix equal parts of dried chamomile flowers, fennel seeds, and senna leaves.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of the herb mixture to a cup of boiling water.
  • Let it steep for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain and drink the tea before bedtime, preferably on an empty stomach.

Note: Senna is a potent herbal laxative and should be used with caution. Consult with a healthcare professional before using senna, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have any medical conditions.

  1. Herbal Smoothie:
  • Blend 1 cup of fresh spinach, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple, and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed.
  • Add 1-2 cups of water or almond milk, and blend until smooth.
  • Drink the smoothie in the morning or as a snack throughout the day.

Other potent herbs that can help relieve constipation include:

  • Psyllium husk
  • Cascara sagrada
  • Aloe vera
Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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