11 Best Essential Oils For Constipation Relief (Oils to Help You Poop)

Essential Oils for Constipation is one of the best remedies to treat constipation naturally at home.

In this article, I am going to share with you a massive list of best essential oils for constipation which you can use in order to treat constipation within a matter of days if not hours.

Let’s start the discussion with a brief introduction to constipation…

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What is Constipation?

Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea. In this condition, one face problem in passing the stool easily due to the lack of water (mostly). The stool is often hard and dry.

Do not let constipation go chronic otherwise, it could cause some serious health problems. (1)

There are many ways to cure constipation, but as the title shows, here I am going to describe how to treat constipation with some of the best essential oils.


Many people ask, how do we know if we are constipated. To those, my answer is, if you notice the following symptoms then you are probably constipated:

  • Difficulty in passing the stools
  • Pain in the abdominal area
  • Fewer than 3 stools a week
  • Feeling that your rectum is not empty
  • A headache

Causes of Constipation

There could be many causes of it but listed below are some of the common one.

  • Less consumption of water
  • Stress
  • Resisting the urge to poop
  • Some medications (like antibiotics)
  • Eating junk food (less in fiber)
  • Not being active
  • Use of too many dairy products

Now, you have an overview of the condition.

So, let’s move on to the discussion on essential oils for constipation…

11 Proven and Best Essential Oils For Constipation Relief

Below I have mentioned some of the best Essential Oils for Constipation which will give instant relief…

1. Castor Oil (#1 Essential Oil for Constipation)

When it comes to releasing the blockage in the intestine area, then castor oil is my #1 choice.

This is a stimulant laxative agent and according to the American Academy of family physicians, stimulant laxatives cause stool (bowel) to move more easily. (2)

How to Use it?

  • Add 1-2 Tbs of castor oil in a cup of warm milk
  • Mix it and drink it 2 to 3 times every 8 hours

It is very difficult to drink it due to the bad taste but trust me you will see the results within a few hours of using it.

2. Olive Oil

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Olive Oil is rich in Vitamin E. This is also a very effective laxative agent. Olive oil not only helps in curing constipation but has many benefits like it also helps in treating hair loss.

How to Drink it?

  • Add warm milk in a cup then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Mix it thoroughly and use it daily before going to sleep

This is a very quick effecting remedy and you will see the results very quickly. Olive oil acts as a lubricating agent and lubricates the intestines which ultimately helps in passing the stool easily.

3. Almond Oil

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This is another very effective oil to treat constipation. Almond Oil soothes your intestinal muscles and releases the blockage in the abdominal area. It also helps in releasing the air.

How to Use it?

  • Take some yogurt or milk according to your taste
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons in any of the mentioned things and use it
  • Eat it 1-2 times a day for a few days and you’ll see the desired results

Due to the sweet taste, it is convenient to use than castor oil and it is also very effective when it comes to treating constipation.

4. Coconut Oil

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Many experts say that this oil also has laxative properties. It helps in the metabolism and help in passing the food quickly and easily. This also helps in bowel movements by relaxing the muscles.

How to Drink it?

  • Take 2-3 Tbs of coconut oil and 1 cup of warm milk
  • Mix them properly and drink it
  • After every 8 hours, drink it for 2-3 days
  • You can also use it with yogurt if you don’t like milk

Before purchasing coconut oil make sure that it is 100% pure.

5. Ginger Oil

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Ginger oil also helps in curing constipation. You must grind ginger to squeeze the juice. After getting the juice mix it with some other oil like coconut oil, almond oil etc and then use it because for some people it is difficult to drink alone.

How to Use it?

  • Take 2 Tbs of ginger oil and mix it with 1 Tbs of any carrier oil like coconut, olive etc…
  • Make sure you warm them a bit before drinking
  • Use it 2-3 times a day and you will see relief from constipation.

If you can drink ginger oil alone then you do not have to use a carrier oil.

6. Lemon Oil

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We all know lemon oil is highly concentrated and contains such agents which improve the digestion. As it helps in digestion, so it also helps in eliminating the feces easily.

How to Drink it?

  • As it is highly concentrated, it is advisable to mix it with any carrier oils like Almond or Coconut etc…
  • Use it in a 1:1 and make sure you warm it a bit before drinking
  • You can use it 1-2 times a day after every 12 hours for best results

A study conducted found that using lemon oil in aromatherapy massages also help in improving the digestion. (3)

7. Fennel Oil

Fennel seeds have many benefits. They not only help in improving eyesight, but the usage of fennel oil also helps in removing the blockage in the abdominal area.

How to Use it?

  • Drink 1 to 2 tablespoons of fennel oil every 8 hours for at least 2 days
  • You can use this oil directly without adding any other oil

This oil is also very effective like the other oils mentioned and you’ll see good results within a few days.

8. Black Pepper Oil

Black Pepper Oil also helps in curing constipation in a very effective way. If used properly, it shows the results within 2 to 3 days.

How to Use it?

  • Drink 1-2 tablespoons of the oil together with any carrier oil
  • Use it in a 2:1 and warm it a bit before drinking

You can use this oil for a few days for best and effective results.

9. Marjoram Oil

This oil is also a laxative agent which can cure constipation. Like all other oils, it helps in the bowel movement by soothing the intestinal muscles. You will get the desired results within a few hours of using this oil.

Marjoram is also one of the best essential oils for constipation which can be used alone or with any carrier oil.

How to Use it?

  • Take 2 Tbs of Marjoram oil and 1 Tbs of carrier oil
  • Mix them well and warm them a bit before drinking
  • Use it daily 2-3 times for a couple of days

Like other oils, it also helps you in getting rid of constipation and the pain associated with it.

10. Peppermint Essential Oil

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This oil has antispasmodic properties which can soothe and relax your intestinal muscles and release the blockage of both the air and feces.

A study conducted in 2008 has proven that this oil has successfully treated patients with irritable bowel syndrome. (4)

How to Apply it?

  • You have to massage this oil on your abdominal area
  • Do it 3 to 5 times a day in order to relieve constipation
  • Make sure that you warm the oil before massaging

As this is a massage oil so you can use it along with any drinking oil (mentioned above) for quick results.

11. Sweet Basil Oil

This herb is used for a long time to release the blockage of both gas and feces. It also helps in reducing the pain associated with constipation. You can definitely use sweet basil oil if it is available in your country.

You can use it both ways by drinking and by massaging. Choose the method which is suitable for you.

The Bottom Line!

Finally, I would like to mention that do not use all the essential oils for constipation at once. Instead, pick one and use it for 1-2 days and if you see no benefits then use the other.

In most cases, castor oil alone is enough to treat constipation within a couple of days.

If you are still left unanswered then don’t worry and use the comment box to ask them. I will try to answer each and every query of yours.

About the Author:

Usama Azam is a medical student, health expert, and a professional blogger. He writes on different health topics and has helped many people in improving their health.

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