Herbal Remedies for Constipation

The occasional constipation is not dangerous however chronic constipation can cause toxins to accumulate and lead to more serious health issues including many types of skin disorders.  Commercial laxatives can be used as an effective short-term solution but becoming over-dependent on them can cause the problem to worsen hence laxatives should be avoided or use as little as possible.


Natural healing herbal remedies can be extremely beneficial in returning sluggish bowel habits to regularity with far less risk. Herbal remedies work by increasing the amount of bulk or fiber in the diet however in order to help the increased intake of fiber to relieve constipation, more fluid needs to be consume, at least up to 8 glasses of water daily.  Here are some medicinal herbs to help in constipation problems.




Alfalfa is loaded with nutrients which includes eight essential amino acids, magnesium, calcium, potassium and beta carotene.  The herb is also a highly effective laxative.

  1. Take 6 alfalfa tablets daily when constipated

  2. Add alfalfa sprouts to salads



Buckthorn acts as a purgative and laxative depending on the amount taken and will not irritate the intestines.

  1. Boil a pinch of buckthorn bark in a cup of water for about 1/2 hour, include a pinch of aniseed then set aside to soak for 5 or 6 hours before consuming.

Cascara sagrada


Cascara sagrada is an ingredient that is used in numerous commercial constipation remedies.  This herb contains compounds called anthraquinones that helps in stimulating intestinal contractions which provides the urges to move the bowels.

  1. Make cascara sagrada tea by boiling one teaspoon of dried bark in 3 cups of water for about 30 minutes.  Set aside to cool then drink 1 or 2 cups before bedtime.

  2. You can also use many commercial preparations of this herb.  Just follow the label instructions on how to use them.  However for the most natural action, it is better to buy these products in a herb shop or a health food store.



Chicory is both a mild laxative and a tonic for the nervous system.  It is effective in cleaning the blood and improving the quality of the skin that has suffered due to chronic constipation.  It also stimulates liver functions and acts as an intestinal antiseptic. 

  1. An easy way is to eat fresh chicory which is added to salads. 

  2. Another alternative way is to take as an infusion.  Prepare a chicory infusion by using 1 oz of fresh or dried but not roasted chicory roots per quart of boiling water and take whenever needed.



Couchgrass, also known as doggrass, is effective in eliminating urine and acting as an antiseptic, antibiotic, laxative and mild sedative.

  1. Place 1 oz of couchgrass roots in 2/3 cup of water and boil for one minute, discard the water, crushed the softened couchgrass roots and boil again in 1 1/4 quarts of water until only 1 quart remains.  Then add zest of lemon, 1/3 oz of licorice and sweeten with honey before consuming.

  2. Or prepare a couchgrass herbal tea to fight constipation by combining the following ingredients:

    • 1/3 oz couchgrass

    • 1/3 oz aniseed

    • 1/3 oz buckthorn

    • 1/3 oz chicory

    • 1/3 oz marshmallow

    Boil the mixture for 20 minutes in 2 quarts of water then drink 1 cup before and another cup after the evening meal.

Liquorice, yellow dock and dandelion


Bitter herbs can help stimulate the liver and encourage the production of digestive enzymes.  Dandelion is a good liver tonic while yellow dock has a gentle laxative action.

  1. Prepare a decoction by using these ingredients:

    • 10 grams dried dandelion root

    • 5 grams dried liquorice root

    • 5 grams dried yellow dock root

    • 5 grams dries anise seeds

    • 3 cups water

    Place all the herbs in a pan and add water then bring to boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the amount has been reduced by 1/3.  Strain, cover and store in a cool place.  Consume 1 wineglass dose 3 times daily.

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