Treating Constipation and Gas with Herbal Remedies

Perhaps your digestive system isn’t cooperating or you are having trouble emptying your bowels on a regular basis, but constipation is a common problem that affects almost everyone at some point in their life. The more processed your food, the longer it takes for it to pass through your system. For some, it can take up to 72 hours to see a bowel movement from something eaten today. In this article, you will learn how to treat constipation using some of the plants and herbs of the ancient world:

Create a Licorice and Dandelion Decoction

When your digestive system becomes sluggish, chronic constipation rears its ugly head. However, we have learned that in the past, certain bitter herbs hold the key to relief, as they stimulate the liver and promote the creation of digestive enzymes. When it comes to seeking out a decent liver tonic, dandelions prove quite beneficial. As for yellow dock, you will find a gentle laxative effect. When you wish to treat your constipation issues with an herbal remedy, consider the following recipe:


10 grams of dried dandelion root
5 grams of yellow dock root
5 grams of dried licorice root
5 grams of dried anise seeds
750 milliliters of water


To create the decoction for constipation, place all of the herbs in a pan, followed by adding the water. Bring the ingredients to a boil, gently simmering for about 10 minutes or until you notice that the amount of liquid has lost 1/3 of its volume. Next, strain the contents into a jug. Cover the decoction and store in a cool place in your kitchen. The proper dosage for this remedy is to take a dose (about the size of a wineglass) for three times per day.

Other ways to treat your constipation problem in a natural manner is to consider the following supplementary approaches:

·    Psyllium: Use the husks and seeds of psyllium to enhance the level of lubrication of your bowels. As a result, stools that are rather hard and dry to pass will become much easier to get rid of. Simply add a teaspoon of seeds to a cup of boiling water. Allow the seeds to steep for 10 minutes, making sure to stir well. First thing in the morning, drink the entire concoction upon rising.

·    For a potent laxative, consider the power of rhubarb root. Take 10 to 20 drops of rhubarb tincture and place in 100 milliliters of warm water. An appropriate dosage is taking the drink three times per days , right before a meal if you suffer from a reoccurring problem. Pregnant women should opt to use butternut instead of rhubarb.

·    If tension accompanies your constipation problem, take 2 to 3 milliliters of cramp bark tincture that has been mixed with 100 milliliters of warm water. This remedy is effective when taken right before meals.