Laxative herbs have vitamins and nutrients that will rejuvenate the body

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Laxative herbs are very mild medicinal herbs that can help to relieve bowel sluggishness, relieve constipation, aids digestion, maintains bowel regularity and physical fitness without side effects. These medicinal herbs will gently cleanse and tone the entire system. Many of the ailments that we suffer are caused by the wrong diets. Constipation is one such ailment, but they can be reversed by the right diet, and what better way to do it but with laxative medicinal herbs.

Also known as purgatives or aperients, they are normally used when someone has been constipated for a long time and they need to have a bowel movement. In earlier times many individuals would have treated themselves with prescription drugs. However, this has now changed and people are more opting to alternative medicine.

Constipation occurs when the muscles of the large intestines or colon push along the waste material too slowly resulting in too much water being withdrawn from the waste material causing hard dry stool and constipation.

It is always important to check your doctor if constipation prolonged, but if constipation is not caused by any disease, then laxative herbs are wise choices and may save you lots of money for over-the-counter laxatives.

List of laxative herbs with natural benefits

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Dill Seed, peppermint, sweet basil, licorice, scallion and camomile are all part of this list.  Aloe Vera is also very effective. Castor oil and buckthorn are also useful for this purpose.

For children, senna pods and peppermint are very good when combined. These are very mild and can treat medium constipation. For infants, teaspoonful doses of heart-ease tea, fennel seeds or cascara sagrada.

It is said that cascara sagrada which is prepared from the bark of a small tree is the ideal herbal remedy in regards to all laxative medicinal herbs. There are many health or herbal stores where you can find the most effective forms of these herbs, especially in fluid extracts to treat constipation.

Other laxative methods include a very high fiber diet.  To get more out my fiber diet, after washing my fruits and vegetables, I eat not only the fruit, but the skin as well. Beans and legumes may be added to stews and soups to benefit an excellent source of fiber.

Ayurveda and aromatherapy as well as acupressure which involve trying acupressure points to relax areas of body such as the abdomen are good methods. If the abdomen is relaxed then it will encourage bowel movements.  May sound a bit funny but it is believed that even walking may aid in constipation.  So a walk each day may help stimulate the bowels naturally.

Also, according to some natural healers, massaging the belly in a clockwise direction may aid in constipation.  Every natural method to ease constipation is worthwhile trying.

The above medicinal herbs will also stimulate digestion as well as aid elimination. The laxative herbs will keep the digestive system running quite smoothly.

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