5 Home Remedies for Diarrhea

C. Davis
By C. Davis April 9, 2014 13:01

5 Home Remedies for Diarrhea

Causes and Symptoms of Diarrhea

Diarrhea usually lasts two to four days. It can be treated with medications or with special homemade remedies for diarrhea. Over the counter remedies are freely available if you are in a city but homemade remedies for diarrhea proved to be just as effective. Our grandparents always had remedies for a runny stomach.

The most common illness affecting travelers is diarrhea. An estimated 10 million people (up to 50% of international travelers) develop it annually. If you find yourself in this situation it’s important to know how to treat it. In a SHTF situation you might not have access to medications. Also giving the fact that this is the most likely illness you’re going to get it’s important to know some homemade remedies for diarrhea.

Causes of Diarrhea

•    A bacterial infection (most common)
•    Digesting incorrect foods
•    Food allergies
•    Certain medications
•    Abuse of laxatives
•    Diabetes
•    Certain types of cancers
•    Abuse of alcohol
•    Radiation

Symptoms of Diarrhea

•    Nausea
•    Throwing up (vomiting)
•    Stomach cramps
•    Watery stool
•    At times associated with fever
•    Weight loss 

Home Remedies for Diarrhea

1) Potato and carrot soup

This home remedy will fight diarrhea and assist the healing process. Potatoes contain anti-acid properties and assist in binding the stool. Carrots contain pectin and beta carotene which fights the bacteria.

250ml water
2-3 potatoes
1 carrot
Pinch of salt

Place water on stove or fire and get it to boiling point. Peel the potatoes and the carrot and cut into small pieces. Place in water. Stir frequently (every 3 minutes). After 30 minutes remove from stove.  Add salt and enjoy. Use this recipe for two days. Eat 3 portions per day.

The starch (potato) will bind your loose stool and the carrot will kill the bacteria.

2) Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider kills the bacteria which causes you runny stomach.

1 cup water
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Boil the water. Place one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water in stir. Drink immediately. DO NOT add sugar.

Drink 3 cups per day with each meal. Within two days the bacteria should be killed. Wait an hour and a half after taking the mixture, and then have some yoghurt to place good bacteria in your system.

3) Guava tea

Guavas are rich in vitamin C, as much as 5 times more than oranges. Also full of iron, calcium and carotenoids.  It has been said that guava leaf extract kills diarrhea bacteria, e.g. salmonella.

12 sheets (20-40g) of guava leaves
½ cup water
1 tablespoon Honey
Pinch Salt

Wash the guava leaves and grind it into fine pieces
Boil the water and salt for 15 minutes
Add guava leaves for 10 minutes
Filter water through cloth or siev
Add honey and drink

Drink thrice daily for 3 days. The stomach stool should become stable and the bacteria killed.

4) Flour

Flour is rich in pectin, a binding substance which will assist in binding your watery stool

8-12 oz water
5-6 tablespoons of flour

Add the flour to the water and stir until mixture is smooth. Drink ½ and see if runny tummy stops. If not, drink the whole mixture. Do this once daily until your stool binds

5) Black Pepper

It has long been recognized as a herb that helps prevent the formation of intestinal gas. It has strong anti-bacterial properties and prevents bad bacteria from forming and help expels diarrhea bacteria.

10 oz water
Ground black pepper (1 teaspoon)

Boil the water and let it cool down. Add the ground black pepper and stir. Drink the whole mixture. Repeat twice a day for two days. This will stop the cramps and the stool will become normal again.

The 6th (bonus) remedy for diarrhea is probably the most effective. You can treat yourself almost immediately with charcoal. It’s very easy and it’s also used to treat stomach pain, excess gas, indigestion, poisoning or drug overdose. You can learn here how to make charcoal.  To treat diarrhea take 0.0005 pounds for every pound you weight. Activated charcoal is also used as a medical treatment. “Activated charcoal” is pretty similar to homemade charcoal, but is made especially to be used as a medicine. Do not administer to children and do not take charcoal if you are pregnant or have a liver, kidney or a very serious disease.

Of course there are other homemade remedies for diarrhea but if you know this 6, it will be enough to treat yourself. These remedies for diarrhea work even better if you pay close attention to what you eat the rest of the day.

Foods to Avoid

Avoid eating the following foods whilst having diarrhea:

  • All fat foods. Avoid greasy, creamy and rich gravies. It will only enhance the symptoms;
  • Dairy products. Diarrhea stops the formation of the enzyme lactose. So avoid foods containing lactose such as cheese, ice cream and butter;
  • Sugar-free foods. These contribute to gas and that bloating feeling. Avoid artificial sweeteners, any diet soda or sugar free foods;
  • Avoid food which has gas producing properties like onions, beans, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage;
  • Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine; these will stop the remedies for diarrhea to take proper effect;
  • Always wash your hands before preparing any food;
  • Try to boil all foods to ensure killing all the bacteria;
  • Freeze leftovers immediately;

Safe Foods

Safe foods will fall under the acronym BRAT. Safe foods will help the remedies for diarrhea to fight the disease.

  • B – Bananas
  • R – Rice
  • A – Apple sauce
  • T – Toast

Bananas are rich in pectin and inulin. Pectin will assist in decent stool creation and inulin will assist in growth of beneficial bacteria which also help the remedies for diarrhea to take faster effect.

Rice is low in fiber and will assist in the easing of cramp and nausea. Eat white rice cooked plain with no butter (remember, butter is a dairy product!)

Apple sauce. Apples contain pectin. The high fiber in raw apples, however, makes them unsuitable for raw digestion.  Cooking them makes it easier to digest.

White bread toast (toasted darker the better) contains grain and is beneficial in stopping cramps and normal stool movement. It acts as a sponge for watery stool.

Other safe foods would be yoghurt, essential in creating good bacteria for your system and expelling bad bacteria. Steamed chicken as a source of easy protein during this period. Your body needs nutrients.

Always keep yourself hydrated by drinking 8-ounce glasses of water between meals. Keep the quantities – you take at a time – small. Sport drinks or honey garlic tea may also be consumed during this period.

Stay Safe

If your symptoms don’t improve after 2 days or if you keep on vomiting, consult your medical practitioner immediately. If you still have fever after 24 hours, consult your medical practitioner as well. Not all diarrheas are easy to treat. Keep in mind that harmful types of E. coli or Cholera have similar symptomes.

The above home made remedies for diarrhea helped our ancestors, so it should help you too. Watch what you eat. Always wash your hands and clean surfaces you prepare food on.

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  1. Renee April 11, 22:30

    I love this great info

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  2. janet November 23, 15:52

    Blackberry leaves soaked in vodka as a tincture or a decoction in water will also help solve the problem. Even black raspberry leaves will do the trick.

    We keep a half gallon jar on hand and have helped many neighbors with it. They learned something new and made it themselves.

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  3. Oluyemi February 19, 06:52

    , you have to Id yourself with your call sign every 3 to 10 mnietus of transmitting, something like that. the call sign has a meaning that will let people know what part of the country you are and level of license,? so its hard to fake if you dont know the pattern. the call sign is public record and anybody listening could google it find out if its valid or not. its common practice for people to log the call sign into their records. Some people impersonate others, not common.

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  4. laurieumbriaco June 23, 16:04

    Hydrated Bentonite clay…keep hydrated or powdered clay on hand…Saved lives during the second world war when they ran out of penicillin for dysentery…
    Super inexpensive and a great thing for food poisoning too
    and for drawing poison out of wounds or bites…

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  5. Bob October 12, 16:24

    Two of my great grand mothers were Cherokee medicine women and for diaria they used a plant called “IRON WEED” this plant grows almost everywhere. It even grows in the middle of freeways. My youngest brother had a case when he was a baby and the doctor could do nothing with modern medicine. Then my great grand mother stepped in and brewed a tea using this plant. My brother was constipated for three days. The doctors were amazed and could not explain it. But my grandma greats knew how to fix the problem.

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  6. left coast chuck January 27, 17:05

    Bismuth and paregoric was the old time remedy in the military service for diarrhea. Of course, thanks to the war on drugs, paregoric is now a forbidden drug. I doubt that even doctors can prescribe it. We also used to use it for teething babies. Put a little paregoric on your fingertip and rub it on the baby’s gums. Makes them stop hurting. Used to be able to buy it over the counter without a prescription before the W.O.D. Also used to be able to buy very effective cough syrup with codeine without a prescription before the W.O.D.

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  7. Mark January 29, 02:53

    What about the antiviral properties of these remedies? I am currently recovering from a bout of diarrhea caused by norovirus (there are usually three or four that hit at the same time)
    It might also be mentioned that several of these remedies have potassium (potatoes, bananas) which is lost through diarrhea. Apple cider vinegar helps promote good gut bacteria.
    Any fruits containing pectin help bind the stool also.

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    • Linda March 19, 16:51

      Excellent. I was wondering why there was no mention of loss of potassium. No Salt is potassium and good to add to prepped supplies. Just in case. A doctor told me once that dysentery around the world could be cured with a bag of potatoe chips and a Coke!

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  8. dweiss April 9, 06:14

    strawberry leaf tea.

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  9. Bert July 10, 21:56

    Gee, what ‘s tha chance of pulling ALL of those “commented’ cures together in a ‘possible or past cures’ file or article ………

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  10. Cat October 1, 19:34

    I ‘ve heard comfrey root tea or tincture can help stop diarrhea. Lobelia (the “thinking” herb” may also help.

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  11. Mary in mn October 21, 08:45

    Oatmeal works.
    When I was a baby the doctor said there was nothing more he could do for me and sent me home to die but, my grama took me and fed me watered down oatmeal. I am now a great gma.

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  12. Susie April 19, 21:07

    1 Teaspoon Nutmeg spice into hot water for a tea. I just toss in my mouth and drink hot water after.

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  13. Em September 25, 12:00

    Cornstarch or arrowroot works same as flour. A heaping teaspoon in three ounces or so of cold water. As if you were thickening gravy. Works usually within 30 min. Tasteless. Only chalky texture. Been using it for years since I have IBS symptoms.

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