Many people nowadays often suffer from constipation which is mainly due to their lifestyle, lack of physical activity and a reduced consumption of foods containing cellulose. This is why people often turn to enemas and other natural laxatives. But their systemic use – especially the use of laxatives –has not only the opposite effect but can also cause damage and lead to long-lasting diseases of the intestines. What people should do instead is strive to create and maintain regular bowel habits and use other means as a last resort. In addition, attention should be paid to the organism as a whole with stomach compresses, stomach baths and stomach massages that will boost the digestive system. Drinking warm water, a plant-based diet with more raw fruits and young vegetables, rye bread, etc is also very helpful.
Warm water as a laxative
Water is the simplest of laxatives. Sip on 1-2 cups of warm water (38-39°С)for over at least half an hour on an empty stomach in the morning. Usually it will have the desired effect in a couple of hours.
Leek as a natural natural laxative
Boil a couple of leeks in 300 ml of milk, strain the milk and drink it in one go.Instead of leek you can use an infusion of blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) flowers – cover 30 grams of blackthorn flowers with 500 ml of boiling water, let it sit for 20-30 minutes and drink a wine glass of the infusion in the morning and in the evening before a meal. Yet another alternative is drinking grape juice (or sira) on an empty stomach.
Sweet almond as a laxative
Take some sweet almonds, crush them into a fine paste and dissolve it in water. Drink a coffee cup of the mixture. It can also be given to children.
Senna (Folia sennae) as a laxative
The senna (Folia sennae) should be bought from a herbal store and steeped like a tea (when it is boiled, it causes colic). Steep 2-3 senna leaves for children under the age of 5 in a coffee cup, steep 3-5 leaves for older children and 7-8 leaves for adults in a glass of water. Drink it sweetened with honey, ideally on an empty stomach in the morning because it will take effect after 4-6 hours. An infusion of peach blossoms is also recommended for children: cover 30 grams of peach blossoms with 500 ml of boiling water or boiling milk and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.