Aloe (Aloe Vera, Aloe vulgaris)* as a natural laxative
There are several ways to use Aloe. Prepare your drink of choice and have it on an empty stomach in the morning.
- Stir a spoon of honey into a cup of warm water, take some Aloe powder on the tip of a knife, add it to the water and put it on the stove to boil.
- Add a teaspoon of flax seed (whole) to a glass of water and let it boil for 5 minutes. Strain the flax seed tea, take some Aloe powder on the tip of a knife, add it to the mixture and sweeten with a spoon of honey.
- Add 1tablespoon of elder flowers to 2 glasses of water, take some Aloe powder on the tip of a knife, add it to the mixture and add: 1 table soon of fenugreek(Trigonella foenum-graecum), 1 table soon of whole dill seed and 1 table soon of honey. Leave it on the stove to come to the boil, strain and drink 2 coffee cups of the mixture a day for two consecutive days – one on an empty stomach in the morning and the other in the evening before dinner.
*Pregnant women or women with a heavy menstrual flow or other uterine bleeding should never use Aloe because it increases the bleeding and can cause a miscarriage.
Aloe is a mild laxative and it takes effect after 12-13 hours.
If the patient cannot stand the bitter taste of the Aloe, they can put it in empty gelatine capsules bought from a pharmacy and swallow it with one of the teas listed above.
Flax seed as a laxative
Take 1 tea spoonof: flax seed (whole), knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare), coriander, liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), hemp seed (whole) and common polypody (Polypodium vulgare). Leave the ingredients to soak in 300 ml of lukewarm water the night before. In the morning leave the mixture on the stove to boil for 4-5 minutes and strain. Drink a coffee cup of the mixture 3 times a day 3-4 hours after a meal. Its laxative effect is the same as the Aloe`s.
Dried plums as a laxative
Plums are an excellent laxative. Soak the plums in water the night before and eat 5-6 of them every morning on an empty stomach.
Castor oil as a laxative
Castor oil is a thick yellowish liquid. Adults should take 2-3 tablespoons while children should be given 1-2 teaspoons of warmed castor oil which can be taken on its own or put in coffee or tea. Here is a good way to mask the taste: whip an egg yolk together with the castor oil, some sugar and lemon juice. You will get a tasty syrupy liquid.
Never abuse the laxatives because they do not move the intestines; the intestines move them so that they can be excreted as soon as possible.