A Kinder, Gentler Solution
Pill and chewable laxatives can be hard on the system and can kick in at the most inconvenient times. Laxative teas have proven to be gentler on the system when used properly. They should only be used if you have been constipated for more than 24 hours and you have tried every other natural form of elimination, such as drinking water and adding good fiber sources to your diet.
Laxative tea is usually used in the evening before bedtime, allowing the mixture to work overnight, with relief to follow in the morning. A number of over the counter tea remedies are available in drugstores and in health food stores. Make your own fresh cup before each use. A few laxative teas available online go by names such as Organic Smooth Move, Yogi Tea Healing Formula and Butterfly. Know what's in your nighttime drink and read all labels for ingredients.
Laxative teas can be refreshing and soothing. They don't usually taste like medicine. Mint, chocolate and fruit flavors are quite popular in laxative tea preparations. Though you may be tempted to let the tea bag or tea leaves steep for longer to get a stronger taste out of them, beware of the consequences of taking a larger dose of the laxative. This medicinal tea should be used sparingly and you should follow the directions for brewing the tea on the box.
Even natural laxative teas contain strong ingredients, that when used improperly can have grave results, even death. Many dieters use laxative teas to lose weight. Just remember that in addition to water and other nutrients that you lose every time you ingest a laxative, you also lose important muscle matter, proteins and iron. Even when used sparingly, laxative teas can cause stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Addiction to laxatives is a very real possibility even if you don't use it for weight loss. The body becomes accustomed to having the diuretic elements and won't be able to go without it.
Make Your own
You can find a myriad of homemade recipes for laxative tea, many of which will end up costing you way more than if you just bought a pack of teabags at the health food store. You can find recipes that call for exotic herbs like buckthorn bark, rhubarb root and fennel seed. Other homemade laxative tea remedies are made from everyday items such as lemon juice, sea salt and cayenne pepper. Most pre-made laxative teas include some senna. Combine senna with cinnamon or vanilla flavors to make it more edible. Above all, know your herbs and their properties before trying to mix your own tea. You should use these natural herbs with care to avoid any risks to your health.