Constipation is a condition which is experienced by almost everyone at some point in their life. Although, the condition is not serious, still the individuals who are constipated feel discomfort and heaviness in their bowels and want to attain relief as soon as possible. Usually, the condition is most often seen in elderly as they are on several medications at a time and some medicines have side effects of causing constipation. Children, especially at their teething stage also sometimes suffer from either constipation or diarrhoea. Women, usually experience constipation during pregnancy or after delivery. Doctors most often prescribe medicines for relieving the condition after delivery to prevent hemorrhoids or piles but not during pregnancy.

Constipation is basically a condition of your digestive system in which your bowel movements are hampered so they get slowed down and evacuating bowels becomes difficult. Being constipated for more than three days is not good for your health as the toxins in the body are retained and the feces also become hardened and dry.

Here, we are going to furnish some home-based remedies to treat the condition.

Ispaghula Husk

Ispaghula husk is a fiber which is best for relieving and preventing constipation. Because, constipation is most often a result of lack of fiber in our diet so taking ispaghula husk in hot milk or drinking water is very effective in relieving constipation.

Ispaghula husk is a bulk laxative and increases the stool volume so that more pressure is exerted on the bowels for evacuation. This is effective for adults of all ages.


Hot milk is best for relieving constipation as it helps stimulate bowels to evacuate rapidly and also softens the hard feces. Drink this hot, steaming milk with an empty stomach to produce forceful effect on the bowels.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is categorized as a stimulant laxative as it also stimulates the bowels and enhance the bowel movements. You can add 5-10ml of castor oil in hot milk and drink twice or thrice a day, with empty stomach if you have been constipated for three or more days. Castor oil in milk is especially effective during pregnancy as laxatives are prohibited in this condition but still consult your health care professional before using it.

Honey And Senna

Honey is well known for its antimicrobial properties and acts as a “clean master” for your digestive system. Taking 1-2 tablespoons of honey, habitually will keep you free from constipation but in case you are constipated, then either add 1-2 tablespoon of honey in hot milk or add honey in senna tea.

Senna tea can be prepared by boiling 1 cup of water and add senna seeds in it and boil for a minute. Then switch off the flame and let the seeds remain in water for 10 minutes. Then pour this drink in a glass and add 5-10 ml of honey in it. This drink is especially effective for teething infants who become constipated at this stage and also relieves gas in their stomach.

Honey And Basil Seeds

The combination of honey and basil seeds is as effective as any other home remedy. Simply make basil tea by adding 2 teaspoons of basil seeds in 2 cups of boiling water and add honey afterwards. Basil seeds are commonly used in India and Southeast Asia.

Glycerine Suppositories

Glycerine suppositories are available both for infants and adults. If it has been a week since you’ve been to wash room, then consider using these suppositories. Some people are inherently constipated, that is, it’s in the family and in their genes, so no matter what, they will get constipated every now and then. In such individuals, suppositories are the bowel bullets to depend upon.

Occasionally, infants who are using powdered milk or have lactose intolerance, are also vulnerable to constipation and infant suppositories can be used to aid in their constipation. If you are confused or double-minded regarding the use of suppositories, simply discuss the idea with your healthcare practitioner.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet which includes both exercise and taking fiber-rich diet such as raw vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, cabbage) and fruits with peels in addition to avoiding the junk food which mostly comprises of white flour or pasta will definitely prevent this bowel pinching condition and will help you take a sigh of relief. So make sure you eat healthy and stay healthy.