home remedies irritable bowel syndrome ibs


Yogurt that contains ‘live cultures’ is a popular remedy for IBS-related diarrhea. Live cultures are friendly bacteria that provide a layer of protection in the intestines and help generate lactic acid to flush out bacterial toxins from the body.

You can eat yogurt as it is or make a smoothie. Have some several times a day until you notice improvement in your condition.
Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon of psyllium husks or Isabgol (available at drug stores) and one cup of yogurt. Eat it one hour after your lunch and dinner. Repeat daily until there is improvement


Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fiber required for the swift and comprehensive passage of waste products. Plus, flaxseed is a good supplier of omega-3 essential fatty acids that are known to support the immune and digestive systems. Both constipation and diarrhea can be treated with flaxseed.

Take one tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseed with water, once daily.
Alternatively, add one teaspoon of flaxseed to one cup of boiling water. Steep for five to 10 minutes and then drink this herbal tea before going to bed. Drink daily to keep your stomach clean and free from gas.
You can also mix one tablespoon of flaxseed in a glass of water and allow it to rest for two to three hours. Drink the water daily before going to bed to promote smooth bowel movements.


Peppermint can reduce IBS symptoms like cramping, bloating and diarrhea. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that fiber, antispasmodics and peppermint oil are all effective in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Peppermint contains menthol oil, which has an antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of the digestive tract. This helps relieve bloating, gas pain and intestinal spasms. Plus, peppermint can help food pass through the stomach easily.

Add two or three drops of peppermint oil to one-fourth cup of warm water. Drink it three or four times a day. Continue until there is improvement in your condition.
Also, you can add one teaspoon of dried peppermint to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink this tea two or three times a day.

Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds can relieve the intestinal spasms and bloating commonly associated with IBS. Plus, fennel seeds play a key role in eliminating fats from the digestive system, thus inhibiting the over-production of mucus in the intestine that contributes to IBS.