(Natural News) Diarrhea is a common ailment that most children and adults experience at least several times in their life. This condition has common symptoms like gas, loose and runny stools, and painful stomach cramps.
Having diarrhea means you also have to constantly run to the toilet. If you’re looking for natural remedies for this agonizing and embarrassing condition, try some of the home remedies listed below.
Diarrhea caused by spoiled food
Consuming bad or spoiled food is a common cause of diarrhea. Some remedies include:
- Blackberry tea – Blackberry leaf tea has tannins that can help treat mild diarrhea. Take about 4.5 g of blackberry leaves daily as a tea or other internal supplement. To make the tea, add one heaping teaspoon of dried leaves to a cup of hot water. Drink half a cup of tea every hour. Consult a healthcare professional before drinking blackberry tea because some types of diarrhea may be aggravated with herbal treatment.
- Homeopathic Arsenicum album – Traveler’s diarrhea caused by the consumption of spoiled food may cause symptoms such as anxiety, a burning sensation, extreme tiredness, nausea, restlessness, and vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, take some homeopathic Arsenicum album. This remedy can help control diarrhea while also eliminating toxins from the body.
Diarrhea that causes cramps or weakness
Diarrhea often causes symptoms like cramps/pain in the stomach or midsection, intestinal gas, or weakness. To relieve these conditions, try the natural cures below.
- Charcoal tablets – Take four charcoal tablets every hour to help absorb and expel intestinal gas. The tablets can soothe indigestion, intestinal bloating, nausea, and vomiting.
- Cuprum arsenicosum – This homeopathic remedy is recommended for diarrhea that causes weakness and burning pain in the stomach.
- Ginger tea/capsules – Ginger tea or capsules can help address cramps and pain caused by diarrhea.
Diarrhea with non-specific causes
These natural remedies can help treat diarrhea with unknown causes.
- Brown rice – Boil brown rice for 45 minutes, then save some of the rice water. Eat the rice, then drink the rice water after it has cooled.
- Cayenne capsules or wild oregano oil – Take some cayenne capsules or wild oregano oil if you have non-specific diarrhea.
- Grapefruit seed extract – Take at least three capsules of grapefruit seed extract daily.
- Lemon juice – Drink freshly squeezed lemon juice three to five times a day.
- Red or white wine – Drink about 6 oz. of red or white wine once a day.
- Yogurt with Lactobacilli – Lactobacilli are “friendly” bacteria that have been used for treating and preventing diarrhea. (Related: A natural cure for your diarrhea.)
Preventing dehydration and skin chafing when you have diarrhea
When you have diarrhea, your electrolyte, glucose, and potassium levels will be depleted. Stay hydrated to avoid dizziness, weakness, or even death (in acute cases of diarrhea).
Avoid drinks like alcohol, apple juice, and caffeinated drinks, which may make aggravate diarrhea. To make stools less watery, drink carrot juice or ginger ale.
If you have frequent diarrhea, you may also suffer from skin chafing due to overexposure to bacteria and moisture. This can be treated with the following home remedies.
- Oatmeal bath – Clean chafed skin with plain water or an oatmeal bath. To make an oatmeal bath, fill one end of a nylon stocking with two cups of oatmeal. Swirl the nylon stocking through the tub water, then wring out the oatmeal in the stocking. Remove the oatmeal from the tub, then soak in the oatmeal water for 15 minutes. If the bath is for an infant, use 1/3 cup of oatmeal.
- Dry the affected area properly – Gently pat the chafed skin with a soft towel or cotton balls. Alternatively, you can dry the area with a hair dryer set to the lowest heat setting. If treating a baby with chafed skin, let the skin dry by removing their diaper for several minutes. Refrain from using baby wipes with alcohol when changing diapers.
- Apply oils – Chafed skin can be moisturized with oils. Combine a tablespoon of olive oil with five drops of water, then whisk the mixture. Apply the mixture to clean skin. You can also open cod liver oil capsules and pour the oil over the chafed area. Alternatively, you can use comfrey, jojoba, lavender, olive, sandalwood, sweet almond, or tea tree essential oils to soothe chafed skin.
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