Why do we need remedies for constipation? Think about the health problems do you struggle with. Chances are, the root of your problem stems back to some form of constipation.
Dr. Christopher, my old-time herbalist hero, taught that constipation is the cause of every disease. Some part of the body gets constipated and causes problems which are manifested as “dis-ease.” It doesn’t have to be just the digestive tract. It can be any system of the body.
4 Channels of Elimination
Our bodies have 4 main channels through which to get rid of waste. The digestive system, the skin, the respiratory tract and the urinary tract. If the main channel, which is the digestive system, gets clogged, the body will push waste out another channel or it will get trapped in some part of the body and cause disease.
If waste gets forced out the skin, what do you think you will see? Rashes, pimples, boils, eczema would be some possibilities. If you have a weak respiratory tract and waste gets forced out that way, what will you see? Sinus or bronchial infections, mucus, allergies, or congestion may occur as a result.
How about the kidneys? I used to struggle with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) myself until I started understanding this principle. Conventional treatments didn’t help me get to the root of my problem.
When the digestive system gets clogged, it’s only a matter of (generally short) time before dis-ease is discovered in one or more other parts of the body. One of the first signs my body gives me is a migraine headache. When I start getting one, the first thing I do is take extra colon herbs to move things through. Once done, the headache is gone. I’ve noticed this pattern happen in my body repeatedly over the years.
When my kids get fevers (as just happened to my baby a few nights ago) they are usually somewhat constipated at the same time. I almost always give a colon formula to help them through the fever or an enema to bring it down immediately.
Yes, treating acute symptoms conventionally or naturally is necessary for keeping sanity intact, but the root cause must be addressed or the problem will continue and worsen.
It saddens me immensely to hear of people sick or even dying because they don’t understand and know how to remedy basic constipation.
Cleanse and Nourish
Cleansing and nourishing is the answer. Cleanse and nourish the body. Cleanse and nourish the digestive tract. Cleanse and nourish whatever system of the body is weak or causing problems. There are specific herbs and oils for every part and system of the body. Learn what they are. Learn how to use them. Buy and use them in their raw form or find a brand you trust and start feeding your body what it needs to heal.
Dr. Christopher taught, “There are no incurable diseases, only incurable people” meaning that, God has provided all the tools we need to heal ourselves. I don’t know that this is entirely true nowadays, as there are so many new and aggressive diseases. Sometimes it takes a ton of work and patience, but Christopher truly believed MOST people could cleanse, nourish and heal themselves if they worked hard enough using the correct tools and principles.
We need whole foods. The more raw, the better. Our bodies need lots of raw greens (green smoothies are awesome), whole and sprouted grains, nuts, fruits, veggies and good fats for nutrition and healing. Our bodies can’t digest junk or processed foods and still have the energy needed for healing and vitality. It’s hard to divide the energy between the two.
So, this is how we get down to the nitty gritty root causes of our ailments. We start with our main channel of elimination. We eat whole foods (which have lots of fiber) and use herbs and oils as needed. If we’ve built up a significant amount of toxic matter in our digestive tract (or other organs of the body), it’s going to take more time, effort and tools to get it out.
If I had eaten the “Standard American Diet” (SAD) for years and was experiencing more serious disease, I would use a more powerful tool, like professional colon irrigation (ask your local naturopath). Herbal or essential oil cleanses and enemas are tools in the medium powerful range. Occasional or less intense use of herbs, oils, and whole and specific foods (like prunes, prune juice or pears) would constitute more gentle means of keeping the main channel moving and clean.
Dr. Christopher has a book called Guide to Colon Health, which contains more information on digestive ailments and healing. If you want to learn more, this teaches many basic principles on this topic.
There are many tools out there. Try some. Find what you like and what works for you. Then keep at it. Do some house cleaning and lesson your degree of disease.
My Favorite Tools
My kids (especially as babies), along with myself, have struggled with constipation off and on. I always have capsules and essential oil on my bathroom counter and a glycerin extract in my fridge.
The easiest remedy is Peppermint EO or an essential oil digestive blend. Don’t take most EO brands of essential oils internally. Only the highest quality is safe (ask me about this). Most brands aren’t pure enough and can make you sick!
I rub these on our tummies and take them internally. They are powerful and faster acting than the herbs. They get out gas quickly and help move things through without cramping.
Peppermint is the most effective single oil for constipation. We take 8 drops in a capsule or dilute it with 1/2 tsp carrier oil and apply 3-5 drops to the abdomen regularly to keep things moving.
Last week we shared some peppermint with a relative who had been taking over-the-counter laxatives for years and struggled with hemorrhoids. She took 8 drops in a capsule and within a few hours had the first natural bowel movement in years. It worked that fast.
Dr Christopher has a glycerin extract called Kid-E-Reg for children that’s usually around $16. His formula contains Slippery Elm Bark, Licorice Root, Fennel Seed, Anise Seed, and Fig Syrup. It is gentle and mildly sweet tasting.
I actually like my homemade version better. I just squirt it in my kids’ mouths 1-3 times a day, depending on how backed up they are. Sometimes I use it myself. Dr. Christopher’s Lowel Bowel capsules (Fen LB) is inexpensive and efficient, if you don’t mind a little cayenne. I use Vickie’s Colon Cleanse & Tone capsules and her Colon Cleanse for Kids when I’m too busy to make them myself.
You can make your own extract or capsules. It’s easy.
Find an herbal formula that supports the healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin. It’s good to do a general cleanse on a quarterly basis to keep your body working as it should.
Making my own colon capsules and extract is a lifesaver for me and my kids too. Keeping things moving keeps my energy high, my emotions much more stable and my body feeling good. It works!