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Stool Softener: 5 Indian Herbs That Might Help You

Posted on 12 November 2020

Stool Softener: 5 Indian Herbs That Might Help You

In our daily busy life schedules and hectic work conditions, sometimes we ignore taking care of the most valuable "asset" of our lives, that is, our health, which is not a good sign because, in today's world scenario, health is the real treasure or wealth. Our bowel health is an essential part of our overall body health. Because if you do not have a healthy bowel movement and cannot clear your intestines properly, it may lead to constipation (or maybe long-term constipation). This may later give rise to many other severe health conditions like haemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence, colonic and urologic complications, etc.. Suppose this fecal material sits in our body for a more extended period. In that case, it may result in feeling a lack of appetite, discomfort, fatigue, lethargic, and disturbs the working of our natural digestive system, resulting in dull skin, IBS, etc. To keep the digestive system and bowel movements on track, it is essential to detoxify and cleanse our intestines/colon properly at least once in a while (recommended- daily) so that there are no toxins left inside our body to harm us.  

Now, the question arises: 'how can we clear our bowels naturally?' and 'how to soften stool immediately?' And the answer to both the questions is Indian herbs; yes, you read right! It is Indian herbs, the herbs used in India to cure various diseases of ancient times, which have their great roots in Ayurveda. So if you are looking for 'how to get rid of constipation fast at home,' then you are at the right place. We have put together some of the most effective instant Indian home remedies for constipation that would work as the best natural stool softener/laxatives for immediate constipation relief. The 'laxatives' or 'stool softeners' are the substances that stimulate bowel movements either by softening up the stool or coating the stool with intestinal moisture to facilitate ease in passing the stools. The laxatives make stools softer by increasing the amount of water absorbed by the stool. You can always find artificial or chemical laxatives in any drugstore, but these are habit-forming and are not recommended to use without a doctor's advice. However, natural laxatives are safe to use, and they are not habit-forming. You do not have to worry about constipation anymore because these home remedies for constipation for immediate relief are effective. Just scroll down below to find the useful Indian herbs that would help you to detoxify your bowels at home. 

Here are the 5 Indian spices that might help you get rid of constipation and make your stool softer for an easy bowel movement.



Method of consumption


The literal meaning of 'Triphala' is three fruits ('Tri' means three, and 'phala' means fruit). It is made from three ingredients: bibhitaki, Amalaki, and haritaki, which support bowel health by aiding indigestion and constipation. The churna of all three natural ingredients works as a natural laxative if taken in the right way. 

You can take half to one teaspoon of this herb mixture with warm water at night.

You can also soak Triphala powder in a cup of warm overnight and drink it in the early morning to clear your bowels easily and properly.

Licorice root

The licorice root, also known as mulethi powder, is a useful herb found in Europe and Asia. This ayurvedic herb is used to cure common flu, cough, and sore throats. It also controls blood sugar levels and balances hormones. Licorice aids in digestion and also acts as a mild laxative and helps in preventing constipation. It loosens up our stool and encourages bowel movements.

You can make a beneficial herbal laxative drink called 'licorice tea' by merely boiling an inch of fresh licorice root with some lime and a cup of water to make your stool softer. Drink this tea daily for better results. 

If you do not have a fresh root of licorice, you can use dried licorice or licorice powder and mix it in warm water to release all its medicinal extract in the water. Now Drink this natural herbal laxative tea regularly to prevent constipation and increase bowel movements. You can also buy licorice tea blends to make your work easier.


Flaxseeds are the herbs that help give relief in constipation as it contains a lot of fibre and insoluble fibre to be more precise. This fibre provides bulk and stretches intestinal walls, which then facilitate contractions and bowel movements. They also contain a water-soluble fibre called mucilage that binds up with water and creates a gel-like lubricant for easy movement of stools. So flax seeds are very effective natural laxatives without a doubt.

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You can take this herb by mixing 1.5 tablespoons of ground flax into 150 milli litres of water, milk, fruit juice, and drink. Take 2 to 3 times a day and make sure that you take more fluids to avoid intestinal discomfort. You see the results in 12 to 24 hours.


Figs are very soft fruit with thin skin. It is rich in fiber and is used as a natural herb for many health conditions related to the endocrine, reproductive, respiratory systems, and the digestive tract, including constipation. 

You can soak two figs overnight in water (or at any time and leave it in the water for some time) and eat them in the morning or at any time of the day. 

You can also boil two figs with water or milk and then drink this water/milk and eat the figs.

Dandelion root

Dandelion roots act as a diuretic in the body and add water to the digestive system, and stools facilitate easy bowel movements. This herb acts as a mild laxative. It also stimulates bile production in the liver, thus indirectly helps in constipation. So if you don't know how to make yourself poop immediately, then here's the recipe for you that can help you. Scroll down to find it.

Roast the four and 1\2 dried dandelion root over medium flame in a pot until it becomes fragrant and golden brown, then add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. When the water boils, reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes, then strain and serve. You can also use dandelion root without roasting it.

Drink this tea whenever you feel constipated (at least once a day).

Bottom line

In addition to the above remedies, you should also consider the following points:-

  • Drink a lot of water and stay hydrated.
  • Do Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid taking stress.
  • Add more leafy vegetables and fruits to your diet to increase your daily fibre intake.
  • Avoid sitting or lying down at the same place for several hours. Take a walk, do some physical activities to encourage a bowel movement.
  • Drink a glass of warm water with half lemon juice daily in the morning (it should be the first thing you drink or eat in the morning) to detoxify your body. It also helps in clearing out our bowels.
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If you follow the above points regularly, it will help you a lot in treating constipation and other health problems and encourage a happy, healthy life. 

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