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Natural laxative home remedy: make your own herbal remedy for constipation

Why should you use a natural laxative home remedy? Natural laxative home remedies in form of food or herbal remedies for constipation won’t damage your intestinal flora like most commercial laxatives might. We often underestimate the healing power of plants and herbs, although we all know they were used as medicines since the beginning of mankind. Depending on person’s age, constipation may occur for a variety of reasons. Elderly people usually experience constipation because of lack of exercise, but constipation in most people is caused by inadequate diet. Because constipation is caused naturally, it can also be healed naturally. Of course, if a person experiences stool problems for a longer period of time, then it’s advisable to see the doctor. Before that though, anyone can try out a natural laxative home remedy of their choice: making a perfect herbal remedy for constipation is easy and simple in your own home. Food and eating habits can also be great in treating constipation so you may want to inform yourself about home remedies for constipation based on foods that are natural laxatives.

How to make herbal remedy for constipation in your own kitchen?

If you grow herbs and plants, it will be very easy for you to make your natural laxative home remedy. For those who don’t grow herbs and plants, the preparation is just as easy – you only need to purchase herbs and plants needed in herbal-remedy-for-constipation recipes. You may find the herbs in herbal store or apothecary, organic fairs and grocery stalls. Natural laxatives are usually in liquid form (infusions such as tea or wine).

Choose your favorite natural laxative home remedy:

  • basil infusion,
  • basil liquor,
  • European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) infusion,
  • four herbs infusion,
  • grappa stomachic,
  • lemon balm wine,
  • licorice decoction,
  • mallow (malva) and common chicory infusion,
  • mint wine,
  • raspberry infusion,
  • rheum palmatum (Turkey rhubarb, Chinese rhubarb)
  • rosemary wine,  
  • verbena (vervain) infusion.



  • Basil infusion

Mix 25 g of basil, 25 g of common dandelion, 25 g of thyme and 25 g of lemon balm (Melissa). Take one tablespoon from this mixture and steep it in 1 cup of boiling water for ten minutes. Filtrate and drink 2-3 times a day after meals. The infusion is a great substitute for coffee and it helps against headaches which often follow constipation.

  • Basil liquor

Steep 40 g of basil and lemon peel in 5 centiliters of alcohol (95°). Mix the spices often. Filtrate (strain) after 6 days and add 1 L of good-quality white wine. Filter again and always drink fresh after main meals.

  • European Ash  infusion

Add 15 g of European ash leaves (Fraxinus excelsior) in 1 L of boiling water. Steep ten minutes. Filter and drink two cups a day, but not immediately before and after meals.

  • Four herbs infusion

Mix 25 g of lavender, 25 g of lemon balm (Melissa), 25 g of mint and 25 g of thyme. Take one tablespoon from this mixture and steep it in boiling water (1 cup) for ten minutes. Filtrate and drink 2-3 times a day after meals.

  • Grappa stomachic

Put 1 tablespoon of walnut husks in an empty bottle; add 1 L of brandy and 200 g of sugar. Block the bottle with a bottle stopper or cork and leave it for six weeks near a window in a warm and sunny place. After six weeks have passed, filtrate the liquid and put it in another bottle.

  • Lemon balm wine

Put 50 g of lemon balm (Melissa) leaves in a recipient made of glass (a jar), add 1 L of white wine,   block (close) firmly, and steep 7 days. Filtrate the liquid and put it in a bottle. Drink 1 shot of lemon balm wine after main meals. This natural laxative home remedy is useful against abdominal pain (stomach ache), constipation and even anxiety.

  • Licorice decoction

Put 15 g of licorice in ½ water and boil for five minutes. Drink 1 cup on an empty stomach every day (in the morning).

  • Mallow (malva) and common chicory infusion

Grind the following herbs with a pestle and mix them well:

  • 1 tablespoon of mallow (malva) flowers,
  • 1 tablespoon of common chicory leaves,
  • 1 tablespoon of Alexandrian senna leaves (known as Cassia officinalis among pharmacists),
  • 1 tablespoon of rheum palmatum (root) (Turkey or Chinese rhubarb),
  • 2 tablespoons of lime-tree flowers.

Take one teaspoon from the mixture and add to previously boiling water (1 cup). Steep 10 minutes. Drink one cup early in the morning and  one cup in the evening at least one hour after dinner.

  • Mint wine

Take 20 g of mint leaves and lemon peel and steep in 1 L of dry white wine with high alcohol content. Steep 7 days. After the period of seven days has passed, filtrate and put in a bottle. Drink 1 shot after main meals.

  • Raspberry infusion

Add 1 tablespoon of dry raspberry leaves to 2.5 dl of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes and filtrate. Drink two times a day.

  • Rheum palmatum (Turkey rhubarb, Chinese rhubarb)

Grid 20 g of dry and peeled rheum rhizome and put it in a jar. Cover with 2 dl of alcohol and 0.2 dl of water. Steep 10 days.  After 10 days have passed, melt 550 g of sugar in 2.5 dl of water and mix with the rest of ingredients. Leave the mixture for half a day, filter and put in a bottle.

  • Rosemary wine

Grid 30 g of rosemary and lemon peel, put in 1 L of red wine and steep 7 days. Filter and put in a bottle. Drink one shot a day.

  • Verbena (vervain) infusion

Mix together the following herbs:

  • 40 g of marjoram,
  • 40 g of lime-tree,
  • 40 g of sage,
  • 40 g of vervain.

Take one tablespoon from the mixture and add to boiling water (1 cup). Steep 10 minutes. Filter. Drink three cups a day. The infusion is also useful against headaches following constipation.



Natural laxative home remedy may be your best option in treating constipation, therefore, choose your favorite herbal remedy for constipation and monitor the results. If you still experience constipation after five days of treatment with a natural laxative home remedy, visit your doctor.


Curarsi con le erbe e con le piante, Giunti Editore (1998)


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Written by PatriceWalker, 4 years ago
I just thought of something else I use - aloe vera juice. It tones the entire digestive system. About 2-4 ounces is all you need, as long as you purchase whole leaf aloe and not the watered down stuff that's available. If you drink it daily, constipation is a thing of the past.
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Written by Jasmine, 4 years ago
Thanks for your useful comments - I like it when people add something from their own experience :)

Sgolis: Sorry, I didn't see your comments when you posted them - thanks for sharing (I'll be there to return the favor :))
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Written by Sgolis, 4 years ago
Jasmine I shared your article on twitter and facebook. This is really a very good article. Thanks
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Written by Sgolis, 4 years ago
Whenever I am in need of a natural laxative I drink roasted dandelion coffee. Of course the best way to keep your digestive system working properly is to eat fiber, vegetarian diet and keep your body hydrated. If you must turn to a laxative then I agree the herbal remedies will work without harsh chemicals. Great article Jasmine.
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Written by PatriceWalker, 4 years ago
I've also used a combination of dried senna and chamomile (to mask the taste), but only use senna in extreme cases because it is a powerful laxative. Last time I bought some from the herb store I used to shop at when I lived on the mainland, the store clerk asked me why I was buying it and warned me not to over-use it.

Otherwise, I just try to make sure I have enough fiber in my diet and am well hydrated. But it's good to know that there are a lot of other alternatives that I can try. Thanks for these recipes!

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