Treating Constipation Naturally
Herbal teas are a safe alternative to laxatives containing chemicals. They do not rob the body of important nutrients, destroy "good" bacteria in the intestines, or become addictive like some commercial laxatives do. The following are commonly used herbal teas for constipation:
To prepare a cup of ginger tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 3/4 teaspoon of ginger root (cut into small, thin pieces), cover, steep for 10 minutes, and strain. To enhance its effects, add some honey or freshly squeezed lemon juice. Drink up to three cups a day.
Another way to use ginger tea is as a warm compress. Prepare a strong pot of tea, dip a cloth into it, wring it out, and place over your abdomen until it cools (be careful to not burn yourself). Reheat the tea and repeat the process four times.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of fresh chamomile flowers (or 1 teaspoon of dried flowers), cover, steep for 5 minutes, and strain. Add honey or lemon. Drink up to three cups a day.
This herb has been used by the Native Americans many years ago to relieve constipation. Pour 1 quart of boiling water over 4 teaspoons of dried bark, cover, and steep for 1 hour. Add some honey to help mask its bitter taste. This herbal tea is best taken on an empty stomach. Drink up to two cups a day. Do not take for more than seven days in a row.
Dandelion has a mild laxative effect. To prepare a cup of this herbal tea, boil 1 quart of water in a pot, reduce the heat, add 2 tablespoons of fresh (chopped) dandelion roots, cover, simmer for 1 minute, add 2 tablespoons of fresh (chopped) dandelion leaves, steep for 40 minutes, and strain.
You can also pour 2 cups of boiling water over a handful of freshly picked flowers, cover, steep for 20 minutes, and strain.
Drink up to three cups a day.
To prepare a cup of flaxseed tea, pour boiling water over 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed, cover, steep for 10 minutes, and strain. Add some ginger for flavor and extra benefits. Drink up to two cups a day.
You can also make oatmeal with flaxseed tea.
Fennel is another effective herb for constipation. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of fennel seeds (slightly crushed), cover, steep for 5 minutes, and strain.
Besides drinking herbal teas for constipation, exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. Include foods high in fiber (such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and drink plenty of water.
All 4 Natural Health: Tea for Constipation Prevention and Relief – Useful Herbal Remedies – https://www.all4naturalhealth.com/tea-for-constipation.html
Herbs 2000: Constipation – https://www.herbs2000.com/disorders/constipation.htm
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