Constipation is a very common health problem affecting all age groups. The reason for constipation could be excessive body heat, high levels of stress, bad food habits, lack of proper exercise, low levels of water, improper bowel movements and medication. If left untreated, constipation could lead to lot of health issues including piles or hemorrhoids. Below are some home remedies for constipation. All these can be followed by adults. Constipation in infants has to be treated using certain other remedies which shall be discussed in a future post.
Home remedies for constipation
Licorice (Athimathuram) herbal tea
Licorice, the aromatic root herb is used in traditional Indian cuisine, herbal medicines and even for its aroma. The nutrition in licorice includes niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, potassium and phosphorous. Besides the high nutritional value, it also offers innumerable health benefits. Licorice can cure cough, infections in the intestine, fatigue, bronchitis and so on. Licorice has also been known to cure constipation.
You can consume 200 ml of this tea daily for overall health and to treat constipation.
Rose petals decoction
Rose petals are flavourful, they are rich in vitamin C and are low in calories. The low calorific value is due to the fact that these petals comprise of more than 90% of water. This property on the other hand keeps the body hydrated and also reduces body heat. The petals of rose contain mild laxative properties which help to cure constipation. Rose petals can also improve digestion. Since in most cases constipation can cause indigestion, rose petals can also help to keep this at bay. Cumin seeds are carminative and can hence reduce flatulence or bloating, improve digestion and hence provide relief from constipation.
Drink this decoction everyday night before going to bed to find relief from constipation.
Tanner’s Cassia (Avaram Senna) Tea
Tanner’s Cassia (Known as Avarampoo in Tamil) is a bright yellow flower known for its medicinal properties. The flower is a natural body detox and can flush out harmful toxins from the body. Avaram senna also has mild laxative properties. Due to this reason, a herbal preparation made using these yellow flowers can improve bowel movement and treat constipation.
You can drink this tea daily. Tanner’s Cassia flowers tea can also treat diabetes.
Fennel seeds and the herb have been used in Ayurveda to cure gastric problems, bloating and indigestion. In addition, the seeds of fennel can cure constipation and ease bowel movement. Fennel seeds contain good quantities of Vitamin C, Potassium and dietary fiber. Since the calorific value is extremely less, the seeds of fennel can be used by all. It is a practice in India to chew upon a few fennel seeds after each meal for better digestion.
You can consume fennel seeds tea once a day after the biggest meal of the day.
Gulkand is similar to a jam made with fresh rose petals. While gulkand can be made with any sweetening agent like refined sugar, honey or palm sugar, it is always better to use natural options like palm sugar or honey. The laxative properties and the water content in rose petals makes gulkand a body coolant. Due to the same properties, gulkand can also treat constipation effectively. Consuming just a spoonful of gulkand daily can give you a whole lot of health benefits such as treating ulcer, nausea, relieving acidity, reducing body heat, improving appetite and supplying the body with a good dose of anti-oxidants. Ayurveda practitioners suggest gulkand for various ailments and have found success.
You can read the recipe here to make gulkand at home using natural ingredients. You can also add aromatic spices like saffron and cardamom based on your preference.
1-2 spoonfuls each day.
Address the issue of constipation early so that you do not suffer from its after effects. Natural remedies are easy to adopt and effective as well. Even for a prolonged case of constipation, these home remedies can greatly help.