Diarrhea: Home Remedies & Prevention

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The home remedies for diarrhea include the use of starchy liquids like barley water, coconut water, green tea, curds, ginger, lemon juice, gooseberry, apple cider vinegar, cumin and fenugreek seeds mixture, and basil.

Diarrhea is loose, watery bowel movements that occur three or more times a day. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites, and may last from anywhere from 2 days to 4 weeks. Let’s look at some of the best home remedies for diarrhea to bring fast relief.

Treatments & Home Remedies for Diarrhea

These home remedies for diarrhea can be very effective, depending on the intensity and the cause of the condition:


The BRAT diet consists of Bananas, plain Rice, Applesauce, dry Toast, and tea, which are mild foods to soothe the stomach and recover quickly from a bout of diarrhea.

Green Tea

Green tea is recommended on a daily basis because it can soothe upset stomachs and reduce the severity and duration of diarrhea.


Just 2 bowls of curd can help with diarrhea and it is the best and most easily available remedy on the market.

Lime Juice

Lime juice is one of the best home remedies for diarrhea. You can drink lime juice in lukewarm water. You can also add honey for improved taste. It can be consumed 2-3 times a day for best results.

A young woman standing at the hospital suffering from abdominal pain

You have diarrhea if you have loose stools three or more times in one day. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Barley/Coconut Water

These are starchy liquids and are quite thick, so they help reduce the excretion of excessive fluid by having a “binding effect” on bowels. Moreover, they calm your stomach thus reduce any burning sensations. Intake of these liquids should be every 5 hours or 2-3 times a day, depending on the severity of diarrhea.


Ginger is a natural remedy and can be used in your daily diet as well. You can take a small piece of ginger, smash or grate it, and mix it with one teaspoon of honey to add sweetness to it. Be sure not to drink water immediately after having this mixture.

Brown Rice

Brown rice can also help reduce the symptoms by absorbing excess water and adding bulk back to your stool.

Avoid Dairy & Fatty Foods

Dairy products, except curd, should also be avoided, as they can worsen the condition. Similarly, fatty foods are difficult to digest and must be avoided at this time.


Take one teaspoon of raw honey, add a pinch of pepper powder to it and eat this mixture. Make sure you do not drink water for at least half an hour after consuming this for best results.

An An infographic on home remedies for diarrhea

In most cases, diarrhea can be treated at home with yogurt, green tea & lime juice. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Ways to Prevent

Some basic precautions should be kept in mind like:

  • Avoid eating street food in certain countries.
  • Always wash your hands properly before eating.
  • Consume food made and stored at home as often as possible.

Word of Caution: Generally, diarrhea is not very harmful, but it can signal a more serious problem and become dangerous at times if it continues for a long time, particularly since it is very dehydrating. Consulting a doctor is the suggested course of action, in case diarrhea is accompanied by some additional symptoms. These symptoms include severe pain in the rectum or abdomen, blood in the stool, fever, diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or dehydration symptoms. Special care should be taken for diarrhea when the patients are children.

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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