15 Best Natural Home Remedies For Diarrhea In Adults

Updated: 07/09/2019

Diarrhea, or diarrhoea, is one of the ways in which the body removes undesirable substances and is characterized by loose or watery stools. The common causes of diarrhea are viral or bacterial infections of the intestines, consumption of contaminated water or food, excessive drinking, a food poisoning or food allergy, anxiety and stress, poor sanitation and hygiene, or side effects of several medications. When you suffer from diarrhea, you can also have symptoms such as vomiting, stomach pain, thirst, frequent bowel movements, loss of appetite, fever, nausea, renal impairment, electrolyte imbalances, and dehydration. Diarrhea can be acute, lasting just a few days, or chronic, lasting two weeks or more. If diarrhea continues for more than a few days, or if it affects an infant or elderly person, it is important to seek medical advice as they can quickly become dehydrated. In this feature, you will find out about the top 15 natural home remedies for diarrhea in adults with few, if any side effects. Continue reading this article to understand more!

Top 15 Best Natural Home Remedies For Diarrhea In Adults

There is no science-based evidence for the following homemade recipes. The recipes we've focused on are traditional home remedies, so always consult your doctor and check out your health condition regularly to know if a remedy is working for you.

1. Yogurt

Yogurt contains live cultures of beneficial digestive bacteria such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus acidophilus, which make it an excellent solution for diarrhea.

These live bacterial cultures will help to restore the ‘good’ bacteria in the intestine and destroy the ‘bad’ bacteria that cause diarrheal disease. According to a 2009 study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, probiotics can help to reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea[1]. You should have a cup of yogurt twice per day after your meals to help get rid of diarrhea.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

home remedies for diarrhea - apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains antibiotic properties, which make it a wonderful remedy for diarrhea. It also has pectin fiber, which is beneficial for soothing intestinal spasms or an irritated stomach. It also balances the pH levels in your stomach. Moreover, its anti-inflammatory nature can aid in soothing the inflamed intestines and its antimicrobial properties may help battle the microbes causing diarrhea[2] [3].

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of water

Directions:

  • Add the apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
  • Mix well to get a clear solution.
  • Drink this solution whenever you have a meal until you get complete relief from diarrhea and its symptoms.
3. Orange

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Orange not only helps improve digestion but also helps to treat diarrhea. Orange peel is a rich source of pectin[4], a type of fiber which helps to increase the beneficial bacteria in the large intestine[5]. Therefore, they help to maintain a healthy intestinal system.

Way 1: Orange peel tea

You will need:

  • An orange
  • A pint of hot water

Directions:

  • Take an orange and then peel it.
  • Chop the peel.
  • Add the chopped orange peel to a tea pot.
  • Pour 1 pint of hot water over it.
  • Allow this water to get cool down.
  • Strain this tea and add some honey or sugar to sweeten it.
  • You should use organic orange because it is free from dyes and pesticides.
  • Drink this tea for 1 to 2 times a day to get relief from the diarrhea symptoms.

Way 2: Orange juice

home remedies for diarrhea - orange

You will need:

  • 2 to 3 oranges
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/6 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of water

Directions:

  • Take the fresh oranges and use a blender to make a juice.
  • Add the sugar and salt to it.
  • Mix it well with a cup of water.
  • Drink a few times per day to get relief from diarrhea and its symptoms.
4. Chamomile

home remedies for diarrhea - chamomile

Chamomile is used to treat various intestinal problems including diarrhea. Chamomile contains antispasmodic properties and a high amount of tannins that can give complete relief from diarrhea symptoms[6].

You will need:

  • One chamomile tea bag
  • Or one teaspoon of chamomile flower powder
  • One teaspoon of peppermint leaves
  • One cup of water

Directions:

  • Pour the water in a saucepan.
  • Add either tea bag or dried chamomile flower powder and peppermint oil.
  • Stir well and steep for at least 15 minutes.
  • Strain and drink the tea to get quick relief from diarrhea and its symptoms.
  • Drink about 3 cups per day for rapid relief from diarrhea.
5. Black Tea

home remedies for diarrhea - black tea

Black tea has tannins that are polyphenols with astringent properties. The function of astringents is to dry excess fluid and help contract body tissues. In fact, tannins can stick to the protein coat of inflamed mucous membranes in the gut to help reduce the secretion of excess fluid associated with diarrhea[7].

You will need:

  • 1 black tea bag
  • Or 1 teaspoon of black tea leaves
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar  to taste (optional)

Directions:

  • Put the tea bag in one clean cup and pour the hot water over the bag.
  • Allow it to steep for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Take out this tea bag and add the sugar to sweeten if you like.
  • Stir it well and drink.
  • If you use tea leaves, allow them to steep for about 3 to 5 minutes and then strain.
  • You can also add a little sugar if needed.
6. Ginger

Ginger is used to aid digestion and helps to treat the cramps or abdominal pain caused by diarrhea. Moreover, consuming ginger helps to ward off inflammation[8]

Way 1:

You will need:

  • A small piece of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Directions:

  • Grate this small piece of ginger.
  • Add the honey to it.
  • Mix it well to make a mixture.
  • Eat this mixture to help improve your digestive process.
  • Take it regularly to help maintain healthy digestion and reduce any nausea.

Way 2:

You will need:

  • A small piece of ginger
  • 1 cup of water

Directions:

  • Take a pan and add the ginger.
  • Pour the water over it.
  • Put it in the stove to boil it for a few minutes to make a tea.
  • Strain it and add a little honey to sweeten the ginger tea.
  • Consume this tea to help relieve diarrhea.
  • If you do not have fresh ginger, you can also use powdered ginger to make the tea.

Way 3:

You will need:

  • 2 teaspoons of dried ginger powder
  • A pinch of salt to taste
  • 1 glass of water

Directions:

  • Take a glass of water and add the salt and ginger powder.
  • Mix it well.
  • Drink this solution once per day to help ease diarrhea.

Precaution: People taking high blood pressure medication should avoid using ginger remedies for diarrhea.

7. Carrot

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Carrots are a good source of pectin fiber that can help to battle diarrhea. It can also help to replenish many minerals and vitamins which were lost because of diarrhea[9].

Way 1: Carrot soup

Carrot soup has anti dyspeptic effects. This soup is especially good for children who are recuperating from diarrhea because it provides them with vital nutrients lost during diarrhea.

You will need:

  • 500 grams of carrot
  • ½ glass of water
  • A pinch of salt

Directions:

  • Wash, scrape, and chop the carrots into pieces.
  • Use a pressure cooker to cook the carrots with water for 15 minutes.
  • Drain the liquid.
  • Add a pinch of salt to taste.
  • Eat this soup fresh every day for several days when you suffer from diarrhea.

Way 2: Carrot juice

You will need:

  • 1 glass of carrot juice
  • A few drops of lemon juice
  • Sugar or honey to sweeten this juice

Directions:

  • Take a few fresh carrots and use a blender to take the juice.
  • Add the lemon juice and honey to it.
  • Mix well and taste this carrot juice
  • Drink this carrot juice regularly to make your health better.

Way 3: Carrot puree

You will need:

  • 4 to 5 fresh Carrots
  • Water
  • Blender

Directions:

  • Take the carrots and chop them into pieces.
  • Cook these carrots for a few minutes to make them soft.
  • Put these soft carrots into a blender and add a little water to blend them.
  • Eat this puree to get perfect relief from diarrhea symptoms.
  • You should have ½ cup of this puree for about 2 to 3 times per day to help get rid of diarrhea completely.

8. Bananas

home remedies for diarrhea - bananas

Bananas can help to solve the problems of watery stools. They contain pectin which is a type of soluble fiber that helps absorbing excess fluid in your intestines to decrease the liquid in your stools[10]. This fruit also contains a high level of potassium that can help to replace electrolytes lost while you suffer from diarrhea[11].

You will need:

  • A ripe banana
  • Tamarind pulp – 1 teaspoon
  • A pinch of salt

Directions:

  • Mash the ripe banana.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and salt to it.
  • Mix it well.
  • Eat this mixture twice per day to get rid of an upset digestive system.
  • You can also have one to two ripe bananas in your breakfast to keep the digestive system healthy.
9. Lemon Juice

home remedies for diarrhea - lemon juice

Lemon juice contains fruit acids that can be beneficial for restoring the pH balance of your digestive system so that harmful bacteria or parasites are less able to survive. It will help to kill the pathogens and give you relief from diarrhea[12].

Way 1:

You will need:

  • ½ to 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 glass of water
  • 1 to 2 pinches of salt (optional)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar (optional)

Directions:

  • Extract the juice from a fresh lemon.
  • Add this lemon juice to a glass of water.
  • Add the sugar or salt, or both.
  • Mix them well and enjoy this tasty drink.
  • Repeat this 3 to 4 times per day.

Way 2:

You will need:

  • 1 or 2 lemon
  • ½ cup of hot water

Directions:

  • Take the fresh lemons and extract the juice from them.
  • Add a little water and mix well.
  • Sip this liquid slowly to treat diarrhea quickly.

If you want to know more about natural, at home remedies for other diseases and conditions go to our main Home Remedies page.

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