How to Brew a Laxative Tea

How to Brew a Laxative Tea

Laxative teas are a simple, natural way to aid your normal bowel function. Here are a few to try at home.

Things You'll Need:

Fruit juices

Organic figs

Apple juices

Buckthorn bark

Organic pearl barley

Castor oil


Organic raisins

Peppermints leaves

Oregon graperoots


Grape juices

Licorice roots

Licorice Root Laxative Tea


Add 1 tbsp. broken licorice root (a good mild laxative) per each cup boiling water.


Boil uncovered for 1 hour and then remove from heat, cool and strain.


Add apple, grape or other fruit juice to dilute tea if it is too strong.


Drink 1 cup in the morning and 1 at night.

Barley Brew Laxative Tea


Combine 1/4 cup organic pearl barley, 1/4 cup organic figs, 2 tbsp. licorice root, 1/4 cup organic raisins and 10 cups water in a non-aluminum pot.


Cover and simmer until liquid is reduced by half (this takes about 8 hours).


Strain and drink 1/2 cup in the morning or at night.

Buckthorn Bark Laxative Tea


Add 2 tbsp. each of nettles, Oregon graperoot and plantain, followed by 1 tbsp. peppermint leaves to 6 cups of boiling water.


Remove from heat.


Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.


Add 2 tbsp. buckthorn bark, cover and let stand for an hour or 2.


Strain and drink in moderation. The tea may be reheated, but do not boil.

Tips & Warnings

Clean the figs and barley well and crush the licorice root before you put them into the pot of water.

Herbal laxatives deplete your body's energy and therefore should not be overused.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health-care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.