Natural Infusions for Constipation

· February 19, 2016
For better intestinal transit, it's really important to drink the daily recommended amount of 4 pints of water in addition to these infusions to stimulate bowel movements.

If you’re having problems with constipation then this article is for you. The lack of regular bowel movements can cause discomfort, pain, bloating and other problems. Find out the best natural infusions for constipation below.

What is constipation and what causes it?

It’s a condition whereby you are not able to have regular bowel movements or have problems completely emptying the bowels. It has become increasingly common now due to:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Eating foods with too little fiber
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of exercise
  • Not drinking enough liquids
  • Stress
  • Changes in habits

In some people, constipation can be caused by other conditions beyond those detailed above, like:

Person with problems going to the toilet

The symptoms of constipation include:

  • Difficulty emptying the bowels
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Hard, dry stools
  • Abdominal inflammation
  • Irregular bowel movements (one every 4 days)

What are the best infusions for constipation?

It’s possible to correct this problem by taking advantage of natural medicine. Plants with laxative properties can help significantly. You’ll help to eliminate waste products and avoid illnesses caused by the fermentation of toxins in the body.

You should be aware that to maintain a healthy body, you need to have a bowel movement once a day. They should be soft and not require effort. If not, then you’re suffering from constipation.

Woman with constipation

In addition to drinking 4 pints of water a day, you should consume 2-3 cups of the following infusions with laxative properties:

See also: 10 Natural Laxatives for Constipation

Flax

The first of our infusions for constipation use flax seeds. The seeds of this plant can help to fight constipation in just a few days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds

Directions

  • First boil the water for 3 minutes, remove from the heat, toss in the flax seeds and let cool for a few minutes. Then strain and drink. You can sweeten this infusion with a little honey.
  • Drink a cup before breakfast and then another in the afternoon for an entire week.

Oat bran

This remedy allows you to quickly have a bowel movement and avoid constipation. It’s healing, and, in addition, has a pleasant taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oat bran

Directions

Firstly, combine both ingredients and boil for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and let it cool. Finally, strain and drink.

Nettle

Another of our infusions for constipation uses nettles. This plant offers many properties that are beneficial to the body. It’s been found that one of its properties helps stimulate the bowels to have a bowel movement.

Ingredients

  • 1 handful nettle leaves
  • 1 cup water

Directions

Firstly, boil the leaves for 15 minutes, remove from heat and let cool for 10 more minutes, then strain and drink. Then drink a glass on an empty stomach and two more after your main meals.

Nettles to use for an infusion

Aloe vera

This natural remedy is good for those who suffer from chronic or prolonged constipation.

Ingredients

  • 1 piece aloe vera (the size of your palm)
  • 2 cups water
  • The juice of ½ a lemon

Directions

Firstly, boil the aloe vera in the water for a few minutes. Then remove from heat and mix in a blender. Add the lemon juice and drink before it cools. We recommend drinking a cup on an empty stomach and then another after lunch or dinner.

See also: 6 Ways to Use Aloe Vera for Better Health

Mallow

This can be used topically as well as internally to cure different ailments, with constipation being one of them.

Ingredients

  • 1 handful mallow leaves
  • 1 cup water

Directions

Firstly boil for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and let brew before filtering. Drink up to three times a day. It will help you evacuate toxins quicker and digest foods better.

Olive

The leaves of this plant are good for treating intestinal complaints.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive leaves

Directions

Firstly boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool for 5 more minutes. Then strain and drink 2 cups, preferably on an empty stomach. For a greater effect, add a ½ tablespoon of flax seeds into the saucepan before heating. Take one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil immediately after drinking.

Verbena

This plant works as the perfect anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, antispasmodic and laxative tonic. It’s really effective at relieving constipation and gastritis. It’s not recommended for those with hyperthyroidism.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons dried verbena flowers

Directions

Boil the water, then toss in the flowers and let cool for 10 minutes before filtering and drinking. Drink up to twice daily.

verbena

Licorice

This plant protects the stomach mucus, helps to prevent heartburn and helps intestinal function. It should not be taken for long periods of time because it can cause fluid retention or high blood pressure.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon dried licorice
  • 1 cup water

Directions

Boil for 15 minutes and let it brew. Drink one cup daily.

Plantago

The last of our infusions for constipation involves plantago. This plant is rich in mucilage and is recommended for cases of chronic constipation. For best results, it should be noted that you will need to drink plenty of water (without drinking enough water it can cause bowel obstructions).

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of Plantago
  • 1 cup water

Directions

Make a tea, let cool, strain and drink before going to bed each night.