Home Remedies for IBS

"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some unique way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."  

Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.

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Well, here you are searching for some home remedies for IBS and at the same time, probably asking yourself the question..... What is this mysterious disorder,  commonly known as a spastic colon or medically as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, that is causing you so much discomfort?

In answer to your questions, and in simple terms we are going to list:

  • the series of symptoms affecting the large and small intestines (bowel).

  • the causes of this ailment which is one of the most common digestive disorders around.

  • and lastly give you some home remedies to help ease the symptoms.

Symptoms of IBS

  • The bowel is so active it goes into a spasm causing constipation and bloating.
  • Bloating and an uncomfortable feeling of fullness
  • A dull ache in the lower abdomen which can become quite severe.
  • Abdominal pain straight after eating
  • Gas - back firing exhaust systems LOL.
  • Mucus in stools.
  • Certain foods trigger your symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Mucous in stool
  • Urgency of needing to go to the bathroom to pass a stool.
  • Certain foods trigger your IBS.
  • These symptoms may interfere with daily activities thus affecting quality of life

Causes of IBS

Nobody really knows what causes this, but it is well documented as to what aggravates it!

  • Stress
  • Increased sensitivity of nerves in the digestive tract.
  • Food reactions are considered as the prime cause.
  • Abnormal balance of bacteria triggered by eating certain foods.

How can I treat IBS at home?


Mix together a quarter pound (25 grams) of the following:

  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon


  • Then add the mixture to a quarter bottle of the very best brandy you can find.
  • Allow to stand for a few days.
  • Dosage 1 teaspoon in a wineglass of water once a day.

Food Tips for IBS Sufferers

  • Have regular meals (the same time every day) and take time eating, and chew thoroughly.
  • Drink at least 8 cups of fluid per day, this helps to keep stool soft and easy to pass along the gut. Even when experiencing diarrhoea, a person should still drink lots of water to avoid dehydration from fluid loss.
  • Eat soluble fibre: oatmeal, lentils, oat cereals, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flax seed, beans, dried peas, blueberries, cucumbers, celery and carrots.

What helps settle IBS

  • Make an infusion using Buchu Leaves, and drink three times daily.
  • Buchu is indigenous to South Africa. The leaves contain herbal oil glands releasing an aroma similar to black current and mint, and is an excellent stimulant tonic for stomach problems.
  • In the olden days in Africa these leaves were soaked in Brandy and given as an aid for tummy problems.

Folklore says that there were many men who had continuous tummy problems that had to be treated on a daily basis with this medication, and that an important part of the cure was to gather in groups to take the medication together.

There are various things thought to be the cause of IBS but because food reactions are believed to be the prime cause of IBS, Medical experts believe that one of the best and most natural home remedies for IBS is to check what foods you should be avoiding as possible triggers for IBS flare-up

Home Remedies for IBS - avoiding foods that harm.

  • Cereals with wheat and corn.
  • Dairy products.
  • Coffee and Tea.
  • Potatoes.
  • Chocolates and sweeties.
  • Onions.
  • Citrus Fruit.
  • Potatoes.
  • Beans.
  • Spic. 
  • Foods.
  • And one of the biggest culprits for causing FLARE-UPS is FAT!!
  • Avoid carbonated DRINKS!
  • Stop smoking and avoid alcohol as both can have a negative effect on the gut.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners (sorbitol, manatol, xylitol found in sugar-free sweets like chewing gum, especially of diarrhoea occurs.
  • And lastly beware of spicy foods

How Do I Get Rid of IBS Pain Naturally?

  • Nutmeg - has anti-spasmodic qualities which helps prevent spasms of the stomach and intestines.

  • Peppermint - is carminative which means it prevents or promotes the expulsion of gas in the digestive system.

  • Thyme - is very good for heartburn and indigestion.

  • Chamomile - Relieves stress, believed to be one of the main culprits for causing IBS Flare-ups.
  • Fennel - has anti-spasmodic qualities useful for colic and flatulence.

  • Cinnamon - is well known as been very useful for indigestion, nausea and bloating.

  • Ginger is well known for stimulating the digestive system.

Can Alternative Therapies Help with IBS Symptoms?

Seek medical advice before starting on any of these treatments mentioned below.

  • Hypnosis, may help reduce abdominal pain and bloating.  Several studies support the long-term effectiveness of gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS.
  • Acupuncture may help improve symptoms for people with IBS
  • Acupuncture may help improve symptoms for people with IBS.
  • Peppermint is a natural antispasmodic that relaxes smooth muscles in the intestines.  It might provide short-term relief of IBS symptoms, but study results have been inconsistent.

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