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How to Use Olive Oil to Treat Constipation

author image Melynda Sorrels
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.
How to Use Olive Oil to Treat Constipation
Olive oil is a safe and natural cure for constipation. Photo Credit Square glass bottle with cork, filled with olive oil image by SBB from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

It is considered healthy to have anywhere from one to three bowel movements a day, but for many this isn't the case. Constipation is a condition characterized by infrequent bowel movements that occur less than three times a week, and can be difficult or even painful. Rather than resorting to store-bought laxatives that may be harsh on your stomach, there's a much easier and more natural solution. Olive oil can be used as a safe and natural alternative for alleviating constipation.

Step 1

Take a tablespoon of olive oil with your coffee or orange juice in the morning, to help lubricate your system throughout the day.

Step 2

Drizzle olive oil onto fruits or vegetables you eat daily to lubricate your system while you are getting necessary fiber into your body.

Step 3

Take a teaspoon of olive oil with a wedge of lemon or a small cup of coffee in the evenings to help keep your system lubricated throughout the night while you sleep.

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