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32 Easy Ways to Get Rid Of Diarrhea Instantly at Home

Updated on July 27, 2014
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Diarrhea Treatment is Easy

Diarrhea occurs when stools become loose and go often without any consistency. It is an effective way to remove the unwanted substances from the body. The symptoms are vomiting, stomach pain, consistent thirst, fever, nausea or even dehydration. The results are potentially dangerous in children as well as in people older than 65 years. There is loss in fluid of the body by vomiting that needs to be replaced. Diarrhea, in most cases, is a symptom of another problem. It is caused by food poisoning due to bacteria and food allergies. It may also be caused due to the excess alcohol consumption, laxatives or caffeine.

It can be cured with the help of some natural remedies without obstructing the work of our immune system. Our body uses diarrhea to remove the bacteria or viruses that we might have taken while eating. Stopping diarrhea very soon is not a good idea. However, when it comes for several days then dehydration and loss of several important nutrients from the body can be dangerous.

Causes of Diarrhea

Diarrhea is an intestinal dysfunction that causes frequent and liquid or semi-liquid stools, and abdominal pain with loss of fluids and minerals vital to the body.

Diarrhea can be caused by:

  • Contaminated water or spoiled food
  • Virus
  • Food allergy
  • Antibiotics or other medications
  • Excess alcohol
  • Excessive use of laxatives
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Parasitic infection
  • Extreme stress
  • Organic bowel diseases (eg Crohn ulcerative colitis).

Some Precautions to be taken

Drink lots of water, as a measure of first aid to avoid dehydration due to loss of fluid and minerals.

Avoid foods such as pears, peaches, plums, beans, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, as they make the stools soft which make the diarrhea continue.

Check if you suffer from lactose intolerance If suffer from diarrhea every time you drink milk, it can be a lactose intolerance. To be certain, you should refrain completely from consuming dairy products for one to two weeks. If diarrhea stops, then use milk products gradually. If the diarrhea starts again, you can confirm lactose intolerance. In this case, you should avoid most dairy products except yogurt and some aged cheeses such as cheddar.

Check your medicines, as some can cause diarrhea. Example: Antacids, because they contain magnesium which can cause diarrhea. If you suffer from this condition, you should try antacids containing only aluminum hydroxide without magnesium. You need to consult a doctor if you suspect other drugs to be the cause.

Medical care is must in the following cases:

  • Infants and young children
  • Diarrhea that persists for more than three consecutive days.
  • A fever accompanied by diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) or extreme weakness.
  • Diarrhea that has blood, pus or mucus in stool.


Tip: To prevent diarrhea known as "traveler's diarrhea", when you go to foreign countries, instead of drinking regular water, drink carbonated water. It makes water acidic enough to kill microorganisms that cause diarrhea.

Home remedies for Diarrhea

1) Orange peel tea

The orange peel tea is another effective home remedy to control symptoms associated with diarrhea. To make a cup of orange peel tea, you should wash the orange well to remove any traces of pesticides, then remove peel and cut into pieces. Place the chopped orange peel in half a cup of boiling water and let stand for some time. Once it has cooled, add a little honey or sugar to sweeten. This tea will help in the digestion process. You can drink this tea two or three times a day.

2) Chamomile

Chamomile is often used in the treatment of various intestinal disorders, including diarrhea. The high amount of tannins present in the herb can relieve the symptoms of diarrhea. To make chamomile tea, put a teaspoon of chamomile flowers and a teaspoon of mint leaves in a cup of boiling water. Let stand for about fifteen minutes. Take this herbal tea at least three times a day to speed up the healing process.

3) Blueberries

Blueberries contain an element known as anthocyanins, which have antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Blueberries also contain plenty of pectin, soluble fiber that can help a lot in treating the symptoms associated with diarrhea. The best option is to chew dried cranberries several times a day. This will kill any germs causing diarrhea. You can also make a cup of tea, boiling dried and crushed cranberries in a cup of water for about ten minutes. Drink this tea several times a day.

4) Ginger

Ginger is excellent for the digestive system and may also be used in the treatment of diarrhea. You can use dried ginger or fresh ginger to make a cup of tea. When ginger tea consumed two or three times a day, it relieves cramps and abdominal pain that sometimes accompany diarrhea. Another option is to mix the same quantity of ginger juice and lemon juice with a little crushed pepper. Consume this solution at least three times a day to get rid of diarrhea quickly. You can also take ginger in capsule or try foods like gingerbread cookies or gingerbread. Those who suffer from high blood pressure should not use these remedies for diarrhea.

5) Fenugreek seeds

Due to the high content of mucilage present in fenugreek seeds, it is also considered a useful natural remedy for diarrhea. Eating fenugreek seeds will make your stools more bulky and will be a significant improvement in the severity of diarrhea and discomfort. Take half a teaspoon of ground fenugreek seeds with a little water. Drink this solution for the immediate result of the symptoms of diarrhea.

Some Teas for Diarrhea

6) Black tea

Tea not only keep the body hydrated, but contains tannins that reduce intestinal inflammation.

7) Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is good for an astringent effect and fennel tea to soothe and heal the digestive tract.

8) Cinnamon tea

Have a cup of cinnamon tea as needed. In a cup of boiling water add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Let stand for 15 minutes, strain and drink.

9) Orange peel tea

Strip 1 organic orange peel and cut into pieces. Pour it in a pint of boiling water. Cover and let it cool. Sweeten with sugar or honey and drink.

10) Blackberry tea

If the diarrhea is mild, you should drink blackberry tea.

11) Sage tea

Drink warm sage tea in small sips.

12) Water

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things that you need to focus while suffering from diarrhea. This is mainly because the body loses fluids and electrolytes and can cause dehydration. You can solve the problem by drinking plenty of fluids. The best option here is to drink eight to twelve glasses of water a day. For best results, add half a teaspoon of salt and four tablespoons of sugar in a liter of water and drink this mixture throughout the day. Similarly, you can also drink green tea, fruit juices, vegetable juices and even sports drinks. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol.

13) Brown Rice

You can also consume brown rice to control the symptoms of diarrhea. The high amount of starch and B vitamins present in brown rice can help reduce the amount of fluid lost, restore intestinal flora and cause stool less watery. This in turn will accelerate the healing process. Take half a cup of brown rice and boil in three cups of water for about forty-five minutes. Once done, you can eat the rice by adding a little salt and drink the water after. For the treatment of diarrhea is recommended to use brown rice instead of white rice.

14) Bananas

Bananas can also help solve the watery stools problem. The pectin present in banana is a type of soluble fiber that helps to absorb liquid in the intestines and therefore alleviates the problem of watery feces. Additionally, the high level of potassium present in bananas helps replace electrolytes lost while suffering from diarrhea. Take a mashed ripe banana and add a teaspoon of tamarind paste, a pinch of salt and mix well. Eat twice a day to solve digestive problems. Similarly, it is a good idea to consume one or two ripe bananas at breakfast.

15) Potato

The potato is another starchy food that can be used in the treatment of diarrhea. Eat boiled potatoes frequently to restore lost nutrients and relieve upset stomach. Another option is to cook white rice and potatoes together in plenty of water until you have a thick puree. Remember, when suffering from diarrhea, you should not make the mistake of eating chips or spicy foods, as it may worsen your condition.

Home remedies for diarrhea in children

16) Raspberry leaves

Boil a handful of dried raspberry leaves in a liter of water for 10 minutes. After that time, remove from heat and let cool. Drink a cup every hour until diarrhea subsides.

17) Savory leaves

Put 1 tablespoon dried savory leaves in a cup of boiling water. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Then filter and take several times a day until the diarrhea is reduced and stopped.

18) Hawthorn fruits

Boil 5 highly crushed fruits of hawthorn in one liter of water for 10 minutes. After that time, remove from heat, let cool, strain and drink throughout the day.

19) Cacao carob

Mix cacao carob with warm water. This is similar to cocoa chocolate, making it more appropriate for children.

20) Oak Bark

Put 1/2 tablespoon of oak bark in a saucepan containing 1/4 liter of water and boil for 5 minutes. Then remove the pan from the heat, add 1/2 tablespoon juniper, cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Filter and drink 3 cups daily, before meals.

21) Honey and aloe vera

Mix 100 g of honey and 25 ml of pure aloe vera until you get a semi-liquid paste. Take 1 tablespoon in the morning and afternoon.

22) Cashew and banana

Boil 5 sheets of cashew and peel a green banana, washed and chopped, in a cup of water for 5 minutes. Take 1/2 cup twice a day.

23) Sports drinks

Whisk 1/2 teaspoon salt, four teaspoons of sugar and a little lemon or orange juice in one liter of water. You can also use sports drinks.

24) Barley water

Take a handful of barley in one liter of water and boil for five minutes. Strain and drink throughout the day.

Some more tips

  • In case of diarrhea, you should drink plenty of fluids and at the same time you should not drink alcohol and caffeine. Also make sure you do not drink apple juice, because it will only increase diarrhea.
  • Cook brown rice with water for a minimum of five minutes and drink the water in it.
  • Eat white sticky rice to stop diarrhea.
  • Eat yogurt to cure your diarrhea and don't forget to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

25) Bee Pollen

Combine two tablespoons of honey with a tablespoon of bee pollen granule on whole wheat or rye. Eat slowly. (Note: Not recommended for children under two years, since the honey can cause suffocation.)

26) Rosehip seed

Pour a handful of rosehip seed in a cup of water. Boil it for 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day. Or take fifteen to twenty drops of rose hip extract in half glass of water every hour until the symptoms subside.

27) Boiled Carrots

Carrots can be perfect to cure diarrhea, it is recommended to eat 3 or 4 boiled carrots and diarrhea will disappear in a few hours.

28) Thyme

Place 2 sprigs of thyme in a cup of boiling water. Cover and let stand for a few minutes. Drink this preparation from the beginning of diarrhea.

29) Roasted corn

Put 1 cup of roasted corn in a liter of boiling water. Strain and drink 1 cup of this preparation every 3 hours.

30) Verbena and Sage

Boil 1/4 liter of water and add 1/2 teaspoon of verbena and 1/2 teaspoon sage. Remove from heat, cover and filter. Take 4 cups a day.

31) Blueberry

Pour 20 g of blueberry in half liter of boiling water. Marinate for 10 minutes to consume throughout the day.

32) Guava leaves

Boil a handful of guava leaves in one liter of water for 10 minutes. After that time, remove from heat, strain and let cool. Drink a cup of this tea three to four times a day until the diarrhea stops

In conclusion, any of these remedies can provide relief for many symptoms of diarrhea. However, if your condition does not improve, consult a doctor immediately.


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    • fogut profile image


      2 years ago from Delhi

      Really good information thanks for a great hub. Keep it up.

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      2 years ago

      I really like the blueberry one

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      4 years ago

      Right onh-tis helped me sort things right out.

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      5 years ago from Somewhere on Earth

      Thank you teaches for the feedback..

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I like the idea of orange peel tea. If I ever run into this problem (no pun intended), I will try it. This is a really handy post for parents of young children.

    • healthcarepro profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere on Earth

      Thank you Karine for the insightful comment and appreciation..

    • Karine Gordineer profile image

      Karine Gordineer 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great hub! I don't know if I would boil the Raspberry leaves though...I think they would be strong enough if you just steeped them. I'm an herbalist so I have experience with the herbal remedies and the Raspberry works pretty good. Thyme is also an antibacterial so that's a great one - glad you included it! Also loved the fact that you let your readers know that diarrhea although unpleasant is also natures way of cleansing so not to interfere right away...great advice! Voted up :)


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