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100 Natural Remedies for Diarrhea

Updated on January 31, 2015

Home Remedies for Diarrhea

Here are some natural home remedies that have been used for centuries to help with diarrhea.

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  • If you feel weak and have a burning pain in mid-section take four charcoal tablets every hour which will absorb the toxins from the body.
  • Drink blackberry tea for mild diarrhea.
  • Cayenne capsules
  • Ginger tea can stop cramps and pain. Ginger is also available in capsules.
  • Drinks like ginger ale or carrot juice are good for making the stools less watery.
  • Boil brown rice and water for 45 minutes, then eat the rice and drink the water.
  • Adding soluble fiber to your diet will help "bulk" up the stool. Soluble fiber is found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Acidophilus—a digestive bacteria—supports the digestive system and absorption of nutrients, which helps cure pain associated with the digestive track. You can find acidophilus in some yogurts or probiotic supplements.
  • The white rice you get from a Chinese takeout place is great for calming down digestion.
  • Grate an apple including the skin. Let it sit until it turns brown and eat it.
  • Took two lemons and squeeze the juice into a glass and add half a teaspoon of baking powder. Drink it as it foams.
  • Take a teaspoon of paste made from equal parts powdered ginger, powdered cumin, and powdered cinnamon mixed with honey three times a day.
  • Pickle juice—believe it or not—works miracles.
  • In a cup mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of sugar and add to a cup of hot water. Stir, let cool, and drink in one gulp if you can.
  • Wheatgrass powder from the health food store and mix up a double or triple dose with water and drink, followed by a glass of plain water. The taste may be awful, but the relief is worth it.
  • Pineapple.
  • Dry charred toast.
  • Twelve ounces of water mixed with four or five tablespoons of flour. Drink about a quarter of the glass and see if it works. If still ill after a few hours, drink the rest.
  • Blueberries.
  • A shot of blackberry brandy.
  • Guava with sugar and salt.
  • Every hour, add one teaspoon of ginger juice to half a cup of boiling water and drink hot.
  • Mix half a teaspoon of lemon juice, half a teaspoon of ginger juice, and a quarter teaspoon of pepper powder. Drink this mixture twice a day.
  • Mango juice mixed with one teaspoon of ginger.
  • Boil two cups of water and allow it to cool. Add three teaspoons of black pepper and one and a half teaspoons of kelp and drink.
  • Take one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water with each meal.
  • Roast half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds. Crush the seeds and add to four teaspoons of yogurt. Take this mixture three times a day.
  • Blend a handful of chopped red radishes, one cup of cold milk, and half a teaspoon of cornstarch. Drink the mixture slowly.
  • Applesauce contains pectin, which helps to naturally firm very soft or liquid bowel movements.
  • Eat easy-to-digest foods include soup, gelatin, rice, plain noodles, bananas, potatoes, toast, cooked carrots, soda crackers, and skinless white-meat chicken.
  • Oregon grape and goldenseal contain berberine, an antimicrobial that may be effective against harmful food-borne bacteria and diminish the colon secretions that exacerbate diarrhea. They can be taken as tea or tincture.
  • Blackberry roots are another good herbal diarrhea remedy.
  • Bilberry also has mild antimicrobial properties, plus it is an astringent and helps tone the muscles of the colon. Eat the berries dried or a syrup made from them; or drink an infusion from the leaves. Fresh bilberries or their close cousins, blueberries, may worsen diarrhea, but dried berries are an excellent remedy for it.
  • Buttermilk helps overcome harmful intestinal flora and re-establish the benign or friendly flora. The acid in the buttermilk also fights germs and bacteria. It may be mixed with a pinch of salt three or four times a day for controlling diarrhea.
  • Carrot soup supplies water to combat dehydration, replenishes sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, and magnesium; supplies pectin and coats the intestine to allay inflammation. It checks the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria and prevents vomiting. You can also add ginger for extra stomach-settling properties.
  • Pomegranate treats diarrhea because with its astringent properties. If the patient develops weakness due to profuse and continuous purging, he or she should be given about 50 milliliters of pomegranate juice every few hours.
  • Turmeric is a very useful intestinal antiseptic and tonic. Turmeric rhizome, its juice or dry powder are all very helpful in curing chronic diarrhea. In the form of dry powder, it ma y be taken in buttermilk or plain water.
  • A piece of dry ginger powdered along with a crystal of rock salt. A quarter teaspoon of this powder should be taken with a small piece of jaggery (a type of Asian cane sugar). It will bring quick relief as ginger, being carminative, aids digestion by stimulating the gastro-intestinal tract.
  • Starchy liquids such as arrowroot water, barley water, rice gruel, and coconut water are beneficial in the treatment of diarrhea. They not only replace the fluid lost but also bind the stools.
  • Garlic is a powerful, effective and harmless antibiotic. It aids digestion and routs parasites.
  • Apple cider vinegar makes a great a preventive. Take a teaspoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of honey in a glass of water half an hour before each meal.
  • Bismuth subsalicylate, the active ingredient found in Pepto-Bismol, can be taken either after an attack or as a preventive measure. Be careful if you take aspirin regularly as Pepto-Bismol contains salicylates, which when added to that in the aspirin may cause side effects such as tinnitus.
  • Grapefruit seed extract is another good preventive or treatment remedy for diarrhea. This extract is a powerful all-around antimicrobial product and is an excellent disinfectant. This extract is very bitter, so use tablets or capsules instead of the liquid. If you do use the liquid, use five drops in a glass of water.
  • Drinking the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon in a large glass of water three to five times a day will kill off the pathogens causing the diarrhea. For prevention in case there is a stomach virus going around, drink a few tablespoons of lemon juice before meals.
  • Loperamide hydrochloride, the active ingredient of Imodium A-D, can be very helpful for severe diarrhea.
  • Bee pollen, ingested several times a day.
  • Put one teaspoon of allspice in a cheesecloth bag and simmer it in unsweetened blackberry juice for a few minutes. For children, administer a teaspoonful every four hours. Larger doses for adults. Several tablespoons of fresh or frozen blackberries work well, too, as does unsweetened blackberry juice or wine.
  • Black pepper and kelp is a good remedy for diarrhea caused by unpurified water. Boil water and cool. Add three teaspoons of black pepper and one and a half teaspoons of kelp to two cups of water. Repeat as often as necessary.
  • Add one daily tablespoon of unprocessed bran to your diet. Don't use the kind sold as breakfast cereal, as it has been processed. It can be taken with liquids or mixed with a variety of foods, depending on taste. It works because it absorbs eight times its own weight and will soak up the excess fluids in the intestines.
  • Carob flour or powder is very rich in pectin, a binding substance; and tannins, which have an anti-viral effect. Carob is very beneficial for helping babies' diarrhea. Mix with formula or food.
  • Boil carrots, then puree. Take one teaspoon every 15 minutes.
  • The essential oils in carrot juice have an effect on the mucous membranes in the stomach. Take juice several times daily to help regain proper digestion. The juice is good for children, too, and should stop diarrhea attacks quickly.
  • Carrot soup with carob .
  • Cottage cheese and sour cream are some of a few dairy products that can help diarrhea along with yogurt. Combine two tablespoons of each and eat the mixture three or four times a day.
  • Thoroughly mix four tablespoons of honey with eight ounces of water. This is a good remedy for bacteria-caused diarrhea. Smaller quantities can be used for infants. Diabetics should be careful about eating so much honey at one time.
  • Fresh lime juice added to a little hot water will quickly stop diarrhea in infants, children, and the elderly.
  • Put a dime-sized amount of nutmeg in a spoon, and swallow. This will stop diarrhea quickly and is safe for small children.
  • Mix half a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice with one tablespoon sugar, one-eighth of a teaspoon salt, and one and one-third cups of water. Give a child half an ounce of this mixture every two hours.
  • Make a tea by cutting up six near-ripe persimmons and steeping them in three cups of boiling water, covered, for 20 minutes; strain and drink two cups in a four-hour period.
  • Make some homemade potato soup and eat several bowls during the day.
  • Make a tea from the leaves of a pumpkin, squash, or gourd. Boil two quarts of water, slip several double-handfuls of leaves into the water, cover and remove from heat, and steep for 35 minutes. Drink a cup every couple of hours.
  • Capsules of Chinese rhubarb root.
  • Make a tea by bringing a cup of water to a boil then adding one and two-thirds teaspoons of cut dried rhubarb. Simmer for three minutes, remove to steep covered for half an hour, then drink only a quarter or half a cup. If you continue to have diarrhea, decrease the dosage, as too much rhubarb can cause diarrhea. This may seem odd, but rhubarb is used for constipation and diarrhea in different doses.
  • Rice flour dissolved in water may be given to infants to stop their diarrhea.
  • Boil a cup of rice in three cups of water for 15 minutes. Pour off the water into a cup to cool. Take several tablespoons of flour and swallow in small quantities, washing down with the rice water. The diarrhea should stop within an hour.
  • For infants, dissolve granulated, quick-cooking tapioca (not cooked) in water and use as an enema.
  • Sip equal parts of tomato and sauerkraut juice. Cabbage juice may be substituted for the sauerkraut juice. Substances in cabbage have been shown to heal intestinal lesions.
  • Cut tomatoes into half-inch thick slices and roast in the oven at 155 degrees Celsius for two hours, then 125 degrees for nine more hours. Put dried slices in a blender to make a powder. A dozen slices will make enough to add to a cup of cool water for mild diarrhea. Use more for a bad case. You can also take a tablespoon with milk every two hours. This remedy will usually stop the diarrhea within 12 hours.
  • For a very effective anti-diarrhea remedy, add some dried apple powder to the tomato powder above. Cut unpeeled apples into quarter-inch thick slices; dip them in lime juice; dry at 155 degrees Celsius for two hours, then at 125 degrees for about three more hours; test for complete dryness. Make them into powder in your blender and make a mixture of half tomato powder and half apple powder (about one level tablespoon of each), and add to one and a quarter cup of warm water.
  • The following herbal teas are recommended: Silvery lady's mantle (Alchemilla alpina), bilberry leaves, sage, Iceland moss, silverweed (Potentilla anserina), and tormentil (good for very stubborn cases).
  • Take an infusion or tincture of agrimony. It is an astringent and healing agent for all intestinal inflammations and is especially suitable for children. Can be combined with soothing herbs such as chamomile, ribwort plantain, or marshmallow root to relieve gut inflammation.
  • A remedy from the West Indies calls for a pinch of allspice in a cup of warm water or milk.
  • American cranesbill can ben taken as an infusion or a tincture three times a day; or take a decoction made with 20 grams of root to 600 milliliters of water. This is an astringent and is good for children and the elderly.
  • Amaranth seeds and leaves are a good astringent. Make a tea by bringing three cups of water to a boil, add two teaspoons of seeds, then cover and simmer on low for about five minutes. Remove from heat and add one teaspoon of leaves (if available) or just let it steep for 30 minutes. Drink two cups daily.
  • Eating just an apple, including the skin, is good for diarrhea.
  • Bayberry contains a chemical called myricitrin that fights germs, and also contains tannins which have a drying or astringent effect that will help relieve diarrhea. Drink two cups a day until you are better. Boil one teaspoon of powdered root bark for ten to fifteen minutes. You may want to sweeten it as it is bitter.
  • Raspberry leaf tea.
  • Boneset tea.
  • Chamomile tea.
  • Caraway tea.
  • Make catnip tea by mixing one tablespoon of dried catnip in a large cup of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, strain, cool, and drink.
  • The Pennsylvania Dutch put one teaspoon of nutmeg, an eighth of a teaspoon of cinnamon, and some honey in a cup of warm milk. To this remedy, Brazilians add one pinch of powdered cloves. Drink at mealtime.
  • The combination of cinnamon and cayenne pepper is very effective in tightening the bowels. Make a tea by adding a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon and and eighth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to two cups of boiling water. Let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes and cool. Drink one-quarter cup every half hour.
  • Mix half and ounce each of feverfew, skullcap, and lady slipper. Place in a quart jar, fill with boiling water and steep for two hours. Take two tablespoons three times daily.
  • Geraniums make a good astringent and can help stop diarrhea. Make a tea by boiling half a quart of water and add two tablespoons of grated or finely chopped geranium root. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for seven to ten minutes. Remove from stove and add a handful of finely snipped leaves. Cover and steep for 40 minutes, strain, sweeten with honey, and drink a cup every three or four hours.
  • Make an infusion of golden seal and drink up to three cups a day as needed.
  • Put one drop each of lavender, ginger and orange oil into a few drops of a light carrier oil. Massage into the abdominal area.
  • Meadowsweet is another popular herbal remedy. Make an infusion using one or two teaspoons of dried herb in a cup of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes. Drink up to three cups a day as needed.
  • In cases of chronic diarrhea, take an extract of the herb mugwort.
  • Mix one teaspoon of flour, one teaspoon of nutmeg, one teaspoon of white sugar, and a pinch of salt in a glass. Add enough water to make it easy to drink. Take every 4 hours.
  • Make peppermint tea and add two tablespoons of fresh onion juice (made from a grated onion squeezed through cheesecloth); drink a cup hourly.
  • Babies can be given 1/2 teaspoon of red raspberry leaf tea every four hours.
  • Make an infusion of slippery elm and drink up to three cups a day as needed. You can also pur slippery elm powder in a cup of hot water and drink a cup three times daily.
  • Add 20 grams of tormentil herb to 600 milliliters of water for a decoction or take a tincture up to three times a day. Tormentil is 20% tannins, making it very astringent and helpful in reducing inflammation. You can also add soothing herbs such as ribwort plantain or marshmallow root to help ease stomach inflammation.
  • Make an infusion (very weak one for babies) of yarrow. If this doesn't stop the diarrhea, add a small pinch of tormentil and take three teaspoons throughout the day. For a weak infusion, make it so it is barely colored. Stronger herbal teas may stimulate a baby too much and cause bad reactions.
  • Boil pomegranate peel, cool, and drink half a cup twice a day (can add sugar).
  • Grind half an apple and drink the juice, a little at a time.
  • Make tea out of coriander leaves.
  • Wormwood tea.
  • Mix and mash: corn, garlic and potatoes, then eat.
  • Blanch one or two teaspoons of oregano in water for ten minutes and drink.
  • Eat boiled sweet potatoes.


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      Guest 4 years ago

      Well ive used two remedies still waiting for it to clear up usually i take tums for it and it gets rid of direrhea immediately

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      wellness5 5 years ago from Fondi, Italy

      Cannot understand why you say to avoid BREAD and then recommend we have wholewheat toast - it's all bread!

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      sore tum 5 years ago

      very confusing advice but will give some of them ago

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      Sharon Nicole of Florida 5 years ago

      A friend with, "Constance Diarrhea" can not leave her house freely. Doctors can not find the problem. Please share suggestions of what helped someone having constant Diarrhea.

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      hk 5 years ago

      theres lots of condrictary information here- dont eat apples and further down it says to eat apple peel,,,,

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      Larry 5 years ago

      Do NOT follor this advise from this page...· . ""Took two lemons and squeezed the juice into a glass, and then add a half tea spoon of BAKING POWDER. Drink it down as it foams."" It should have said BAKING SODA.

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      dandan 5 years ago

      i agree with sicklysteve.. And i suppose it does depend on the actual person taking these remedies and them actually working :/

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      Michele 6 years ago

      Great advice, i used the remedys on my lactating dog,chronic runs.

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      SicklySteve 6 years ago

      Very contradictory with a lot of things e.g. don't eat apples, eat apples, eat brown apples, avoid apples, eat grated apples...

      Do I eat apples or not??

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      BehnazL 6 years ago

      Hello, could you please clarify if it is possible to have a fermentation going on while one's stool is incomplete but semi-runny?

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      Louise 6 years ago

      Not everything! It is advised to give an infant honey in a smaller doze than an adult. Actually, an infant till 1 year old should not have a honey. It's proved medically!!!

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      sudha 6 years ago

      is this for constipation or diarrhea, wheat and fiber helps for constipation and rice soup is for dierrhea...........

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      johno 6 years ago

      Once I stopped taking refined bran, in the form of breakfast cerial, diarrhea became very much reduced.

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      varinder 6 years ago

      good kng

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      NaturalMammal 6 years ago

      Hmm... some of these suggestions are tried and true remedies. Although, many are not. Understanding the cause of your loose bowels is most important. There are intestinal irritants listed on here that I would never consume for this problem. Talk to your caregiver or do a search and see which items come up most frequently, at least that is how I've found what works for me. Good luck!

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      The Doc 6 years ago

      There is some great info listed here, but is really overwhelming to see all of this info all together......2% may work...or 100% may work,the problem is when people are needing help; they don't feel like experimenting - I'm sure the right info is here somewhere's just a small matter of finding it

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      This is a brilliant hub with loads of info and I have voted up!

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      mmoya 6 years ago

      So many great sugggestions. Used blueberries and gave husband some brown rice. He's on the mend! Thanks for this list!

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      visitor 6 years ago

      a lot of these remedies will make it ten times worse. And most of the rest are from quack jobs who know nothing. Don't trust this info, at all!!! Go to the Dr. if it's bad enough to look on this page.

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      lol 6 years ago

      sipping promegranit juice.........hopes it helps

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      ONLYME 7 years ago


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      EmmaMay 7 years ago

      Tried the blackberries, the banana, the broth, the ginger and the lemon luck yet, but I am loving the natural options rather than a boatload of Immodium!

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      Elle 7 years ago

      Thanks for this list. The toilet is holding me hostage today so I just tried the small spoon of straight nutmeg remedy. Hope it works soon!

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      Andy Anderson 7 years ago

      My partner just had her Colon removed and is having difficulty with diarreaha and has been in the hospital nearly a week tomorrow. She is coming home and wants to keep the problem under control. Thank you for all these wonderful suggestions, I'm going to go to the store now and get some of these remedies.

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      Cynthia Kennedy 7 years ago

      This is a great, informative list of naturally, helpful methods to cure diarreah. Thank you so much for making them available to the public!


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