herbs for constipation

Herbs for constipation. Get a fast relief by using these 10 herbs

This article explores constipation, symptoms, causes, and herbs for constipation. Read on and learn how you can overcome this form of indigestion.

Being constipated means your bowel movements are hard and happen less often than normal, making poop harder and more difficult to pass.

The length of time between bowel movements varies between individuals. To some, it happens 3 times a day while others have it a few times a week.

However, many herbs can ease constipation and get rid of it. They include; Basil, bay leaves, mint, chamomile, parsley, cascara sagrada, senna, and slippery elm.

what are the symptoms of constipation?

Symptoms of constipation may include;

  • Having a few bowel movements
  • Difficulty having a bowel movement
  • Hard and small stools
  • A feeling that everything did not come out
  • Bloating
  • Painful bowel movements

what are the causes of constipation?

The causes of constipation are quite many. They include lifestyle choices, medications, some conditions, and pregnancy. Let us try to break them down.

Lifestyle changes

Changes in what you eat

Not enough water or

Not eating enough fiber

Eating too much dairy

Not exercising enough

Resisting the urge to poop

Stress

Overuse of laxatives

Medication

Some medications such as narcotics, antidepressants, and iron pills

Antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminum

Health conditions

Eating disorders

Irritable bowel syndrome

Nerve and muscle problems that inhibit normal contraction of intestines

Colon cancer

Diseases of the nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis

Hypothyroidism

Pregnancy

What are the best herbs for constipation?

Apart from adding flavor and taste to our dishes, herbs, and herbal teas help a number of health conditions including constipation. Let us look at the herbs for constipation in detail below.

  1. Basil.

Basil is a fragrant leafy herb of the mint family. It is used in many cuisines worldwide. Apart from its aroma and great taste, basil has many health benefits such as fighting oxidative stress, boosting mental health, preserving food, reducing inflammation, and many others.

For constipation, basil can offer relief by promoting healthy digestion. Basil can also reduce gas and stomach cramping which may be caused by constipation.

Basil can be used in cooking, added to salads, or make basil herbal tea.

You also need to learn the health benefits of basil.

  1. Senna.

Among the many herbs for constipation, senna is much more effective at treating constipation and clearing the bowel. Senna is an herb from the legume family and is widely used in herbal treatments.

Senna has plant compounds known as glycosides that stimulate the digestive system to ease constipation. All you need is a cup of senna tea and the rest is history.

  1. Mint.

Mint is an aromatic herb that exists in many varieties. Mint has many health benefits such as freshening the breath, relieving nasal congestions, soothing menstrual pain, and many others from our article “10 incredible health benefits of mint”

Mint is good at relieving digestive disorders including constipation, bloating, gas, stomach pains, and acid flux.

Mint is easy to add to our diet. Simply add a few mint leaves into any dish, blended in smoothies, or make mint herbal tea.

You may also need to learn;

The health benefits of mint tea

How to make mint iced tea.

  1. Dandelion.

Dandelion is a plant with bright yellow flowers with a lot of nutrients and antioxidants that contribute to its many health benefits.

For constipation, dandelions can stimulate the production of bile that helps with digestion. All you need is a cup of dandelion tea to ease constipation.

  1. Chamomile.

Chamomile is a fragrant herb that is mostly used in making herbal teas.

It helps a number of digestive disorders including constipation. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea can calm intestinal muscles and ease constipation.

  1. Pasley.

Pasley is an herb of the Apiaceous family and a native of the Mediterranean region. It is green in color with a mildly bitter flavor. The presence of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins give Pasley its enormous benefits.

Parsley can treat many digestion disorders such as gas, constipation, bloating, and indigestion. It can increase the production of bile and other gastric juices that are essential for healthy digestion. Pasley is also rich in fiber that plays a major role in digestion.

To cure constipation, you can add it to your favorite smoothie, add it to your dishes or add it to your salads.

You might also be interested in Health benefits of parsley that make it a wonder herb

  1. Buckthorn.

Buckthorn plant (Hippophae rhamnoides), is a small shrub that grows in the northwest Himalayan region. It is commonly used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines. Buckthorn helps diabetes, promotes heart health, and treats indigestion especially constipation and stomach ulcers.

However, it may cause abdominal pain in children.

  1. Psyllium.

Psyllium is a soluble fiber extracted from the seeds of the Plantago ovata herb. It is used as a dietary supplement and can be in the form of husks, granules, capsules, or powder.

It is soluble in water, forming a thick viscous compound thus that adds bulk to stool thereby relieving constipation.

Usually, to relieve constipation, Psyllium is made into a tea that can offer relief.

Spices to cure constipation.

  1. Ginger.

Ginger is a spice that is from the rhizome of the ginger plant.

Ginger can treat many digestive disorders such as indigestion, bloating, belching, stomach upset, and of course constipation.

Taking ginger can boost bile production which helps digestion.

Ginger can be used in many ways for example as a spice, baking,  in smoothies, and as ginger tea

Here is a recipe for how to make ginger tea. 

10. Cinnamon.

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the bark of the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon can help get rid of constipation by relaxing the intestinal muscles hence allowing normal bowel movements.

Among the many ways, cinnamon can be consumed is through adding it to meals, or making herbal tea which has a lot of health benefits.

Learn more health benefits of cinnamon from our article here.

The bottom line.

Constipation is basically attributed to lifestyle. what we eat and general body activity. Make sure you take food rich in fiber, take plenty of water, and keep the body active.

Consulting a doctor before using herbs for constipation. This is because herbs have serious side effects and may interact with other forms of medication.

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