3 Herbal Treatments for Diarrhea


Diarrhea is a painful annoyance that can lead to serious complications. This condition removes moisture from your system and will cause dehydration if that moisture is not replaced. It can lead to weight loss, abdominal pain, indigestion and passing blood in the stool. Diarrhea makes it difficult for the sufferer to wander far from a bathroom.


Plantain (Plantago major) contains analgesic, anticatarrhal, antihemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Use all plant parts to create a tea to treat diarrhea. Soak the plantain in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes and sweeten to taste. Drink 1/2 cup of this tea after each bowel movement.


Raspberry (Rubus ideaus) is antidiarrheal and astringent. A tea made with a handful of leaves is effective for children as well as adult for diarrhea. Do not drink raspberry tea in the first three months of pregnancy. It relaxes the cervix and may cause a miscarriage.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has antioxidant, demulcent, emollient and nutritive properties. Mix 1 to 2 tsp. powdered slippery elm in water. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon and drink after a bout of diarrhea. Slippery elm sooths and coats the digestive tract. Do not take slippery elm at the same time as other medications since it reduces the absorption rate of the medications.