The Best Natural Laxative Teas

By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 20, 2017
The Best Natural Laxative Teas

If you are having irregular or very little bowel movements it may be an indication that your digestive system may benefit from a health boost. The most common natural remedies to avoid constipation include eating high fiber foods, drinking enough fluids and practicing regular exercise. However, you may also benefit from taking natural laxative teas if none of the other remedies work to help cleanse your colon.

In this OneHowTo article we share the best natural laxative teas for better digestion.

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Flaxseed and psyllium husk

You want to start with gentle cleaning teas first. Flaxseed and psyllium husk are excellent sources of both insoluble and soluble fiber. The body can’t digest insoluble fiber thus it helps push down bowel movements along the intestinal tract. When you take flaxseed and psyllium husk with water it will bulk up and enlarge the stool cleaning its way towards the colon.

There is about 3 grams of fiber in 1 tbsp. of flaxseed and 2.2 grams of fiber in 1 tbsp. of psyllium husk. Make sure to ground up the seeds and take them with plenty of water. The more water the more they will swell up. Repeat this process up to 3 times per day.

The Best Natural Laxative Teas - Flaxseed and psyllium husk

Dandelion and burdock root

Dandelion and burdock root are highly appraised cooked vegetables that have been used in traditional healing remedies for years. It is argued that they have strong purifying and detoxifying properties that not only help with digestion but also with energy, liver health and battling infections.

With just 1 tbsp. of dandelion root or burdock root you can make about 1 pint (500ml) of tea. Take it carefully as you don’t need a large amount to start noticing the effects and make sure to check with your doctor before you take it. You will not only be helping your digestion but all your detox pathways as well.

The Best Natural Laxative Teas - Dandelion and burdock root

Cascara sagrada or senna

If you are still not getting significant results then you may want to try some strong laxative teas as an alternative. Many stores sell pre-packaged herbal tea mixtures made with cascara or senna.

Cascara sagrada is made from the bark of the California buckthorn tree. For years, indigenous tribes used it to help fight back constipation. Cascara causes your intestinal muscles to engage in repeated contractions moving the food forcefully down the intestinal tract.

Most purgative laxative teas can be purchased with a medical prescription or as herbal supplements. You must be careful taking these teas and never exceed the recommended doses. The chemical anthraquinone present in the bark sticks to the muscosa of the intestine favoring peristalsis and encouraging defecation. However, this chemical is a strong irritant and in very high doses can cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and even nerve damage.

Natural laxative teas are intended to help relieve acute constipation and aren’t intended to be taken for long periods of time. If you find that you have chronic constipation check with your doctor to see if there is an underlying cause for your digestive issues.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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