I first read about the Miracle Poop Fairy recipe on Pinterest. It was a small idea, but it struck a chord in me. You see, my special needs son has struggled with severe and life-threatening constipation and it is an ongoing management issue with his health and genetic syndrome. I needed a miracle at the time I took him to the ER. But, it became a daily maintenance issue for us after we spent 3 weeks in and out of the hospital one year.
While many just view constipation as a simple side effect of medications or just eating the wrong foods, many also struggle with the un-comfortableness of general constipation. Constipation is a sign that your body needs you to change something. Your poop is unwanted matter that your body is ridding itself from, and if you cannot poop, then the toxins build up in your body.
Constipation can make you sick and even lead to autoimmune issues. It can also cause you to gain weight, and keep your food from properly digesting. It is safe to say that pooping is one of the most important functions your body needs to perform every day. Finding the source of constipation is important, so that you can change what is causing it, and improve your health.
Why does constipation happen?
There are some possible causes of constipation, even in children. Although you must try to make a Mom diagnosis on the cause, here are some possible reasons why you or your child may become constipated.
- Changes in diet
- Eating too many dairy products
- Not drinking enough fluids or becoming dehydrated
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Not enough fiber in the diet
- Not being active
- Over use of laxatives
- Eating disorders (too much of the same food)
- Over active thyroid
- Problems with muscles or nerves in digestive tract or other medical issues related to genetic syndromes or autism spectrums
What can you do about your constipation?
You can use other methods for relief of constipation outside of an essential oil recipe as well:
Boost your water
Always, boost your water or liquid intake. Avoid caffeine and drink water. I have a kid who won’t drink water (the one who struggles with constipation, of course) and I will make him homemade lemonade or limeade. I will even sweeten his water with stevia if that is what it takes. I push liquids all the time. Look for this cute little app called Plant Nanny for your devices. It will remind you to drink water throughout the day.
Magnesium citrate liquid
This is a good option and inexpensive option. You can purchase it at any drug store, and even Dollar Tree.
Natural Vitality’s CALM magnesium powder.
Digestive natural enzymes.
These papaya and peppermint enzymes really help fight constipation simply by helping your stomach digest properly. They are all natural and do not contain any extra additives or chemicals like the expensive brand enzymes. They are also really inexpensive.
Get your probiotics in! Always replenish your gut bacteria. You can do this at home through making your own yogurt, kombucha and even probiotic lemonade.
There are digestive oils you can purchase both through Young Living and DoTerra, but you can also purchase Plant Therapy’s DiGiZen oil as well. Used topically or internally, these oils can help you improve your digestion and loosen up your bowels for movement. If you like to make your own, you can also follow my Miracle Poop Oil recipe below.
Kim’s Miracle Poop Oil recipe:
What you need:
4 ounces of organic cold-pressed coconut oil
5 drops of coriander oil (can skip this and double up on the peppermint oil)
7 drops of wild orange oil
4 drops of lemon oil
2 drops of ginger oil
2 drops of peppermint oil
How you make your recipe:
Being with your coconut or other base oil and add the other essential oils to it in your jar. You can use this two ways. To use it topically, apply the salve on the belly and massage in a clockwise position. To use internally, measure out one half teaspoon for elementary aged children, half for a smaller child (or less) and double for an older child. Give every two hours as needed.
Please note: All children, but especially special needs children and poop problems are synonymous. This can be caused many ways, but finding a solution as a Mom is super important to our kids’ health. Any child who has not pooped in two days should see a doctor. And any child whose digestion is so backed up they cannot eat or shut down into sleep needs to be immediately seen by a physician, or taken to the ER.
Do you have any natural remedies that you use for general constipation that you want to share?