Olive oil is not only a wonderfully healthy fat, but it can be used for medicinal purposes as well. Many people experience constipation--typically caused by a diet lacking fibre, vitamins and fluids. If you don't want to alter your eating habits, you can treat your digestive problems a natural way: with olive oil.
Consume about 1 tbsp of olive oil in the morning before you eat anything else. If you forget, wait until you have an empty stomach. The olive oil works to stimulate the digestive system, which prevents and treats constipation.
Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice with 1 tsp of olive oil and drink it. This helps to treat constipation if you can't stomach olive oil alone. This mixture is best taken in the morning on an empty stomach.
Make a morning cocktail of olive oil and orange juice to treat your constipation if the lemon juice is too sour for your liking. Every morning, mix one part of olive oil with one part of orange juice and drink it. It doesn't taste the best, but your digestive system will thank you.
Make an enema. This is a last resort option, because it's much more pleasant to treat constipation orally. Boil 2 1/2 cups of water. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add 147ml. of olive oil. Take the mixture away from the heat and let it cool until it is warm to the touch. Use this as your enema.
If you have persistent problems with constipation, drink more water.
Don't drink alcohol if you want to cure constipation. Alcohol dehydrates your body and can make your problem worse.
Tips and warnings
- If you have persistent problems with constipation, drink more water.
- Don't drink alcohol if you want to cure constipation. Alcohol dehydrates your body and can make your problem worse.