One Natural Way to Cure Constipation

Senna (Senna alexandrina), a native of the tropics, has been used for centuries as a safe and highly effective laxative. Use dried pods for this syrup, because they seem to have a gentler effect than the leaves. Adding figs provides soluble fiber to help digestion and soothe the stomach. This syrup will quickly relieve the discomfort of constipation. it is best taken before bed, since it takes 8 to 12 hours to take effect.

18 g dried senna pods
2/3 cup (100 ml) boiling water
8 fresh figs, quartered
8 tbsp (100 g) sugar
juice of 1 lemon

1. Place the senna pods in a glass bowl and cover with the boiling water. Leave to steep for about 30 minutes, then strain through a sieve or piece of cheesecloth into a blender.

2. Add the figs and sugar to the senna infusion and blend until smooth.

3. Pour into  saucepan, and heat slowly to reduce, stirring occasionally. You want to end up with a thick, glossy sugarlike syrup; this will probably take about 25 minutes. Add the lemon juice and stir well. 

4. Remove from the heat and pour the syrup into a small sterilized bottle. 

Use: Shake well before use. Take 2 tsp before bed as needed.

Note: Don't use for more than a few days at a time. Discontinue using if you have severe abdominal pain. 

Storage: Keeps in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.


Senna and Ginger Tea
Take 1 tsp dried senna pods, add a little less than an inch (2 cm) gingerroot, peeled and chopped, and pour over 1 cup (250ml) freshly boiled water. Leave for 10 minutes to infuse. Strain. Add lemon juice if desired. Drink while still warm, before bedtime. 


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