8 Laxatives To Help With Constipation 

Khushi Patel


Also referred to as dried plums, prunes have a high fiber content and naturally occur sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that aids in the softening of stools and encourages bowel movements.


High in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds may aid in encouraging regular bowel movements. Add ground flaxseeds to smoothies, yogurt, cereal, and other foods to boost fiber content and help ease constipation.

Chia seeds

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, chia seeds are a great source of both nutrients. Chia seeds can be used to make a gel-like substance that helps ease bowel motions and soften stools when combined with fluids.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera includes substances known as anthraquinones, which can assist induce bowel movements and have laxative effects.

Castor oil

A strong natural laxative, castor oil stimulates intestinal contractions and lubricates the stool. Due to the possibility of cramps and diarrhea, it should only be used in small doses and under a doctor's supervision.


The leaves of the senna plant are used to make this herbal medicine. Sennosides, which are chemicals found in it, have laxative properties and can aid in the relief of constipation.


This mineral helps draw water into the colon and relax intestinal muscles, which softens feces and encourages bowel motions. Supplements containing magnesium hydroxide or citrate may be useful in treating constipation.


Probiotics are good bacteria that support normal bowel movements and aid in digestive regulation. By reestablishing the equilibrium of the gut microbiota, eating foods high in probiotics, such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, or kimchi, or taking a probiotic supplement, may help relieve constipation.