My Grandma's Natural Remedy for Constipation (Stewed Prunes)

"My sweet grandma used stewed prunes as a natural laxative, but my mom likes to eat them as a simple and healthy dessert because slow simmering softens and thickens dried plums into a sweet syrupy goodness. Healthier than taking Ex-lax."
My Grandma's Natural Remedy for Constipation (Stewed Prunes) created by Garden Gate Kate
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  • 15 pitted prunes (dried plums)
  • 1 12 cups water
  • 1 -2 tablespoon orange juice (optional)
  • milk, as desired (optional)


  • In a small saucepan, place prunes, water, and orange juice. Bring to boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Prunes will absorb most of the water, and the remaining water will thicken into a consistency of syrup. If there is a lot of liquid remaining, simmer, uncovered, for a few minutes until sauce reduces.
  • Transfer hot prunes and syrup to a bowl. Pour cold milk over the prunes to cover. Eat with a spoon.
  • HINT: This remedy should work within 24 hours and can be safely eaten as often and as long as needed.
  • NOTE: If you do not have constipation and just like the taste of stewed prunes, you may add 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the prunes mixture before cooking (Cinnamon, oranges, and prunes pair well together.) However, do not add the cinnamon if you are using this for constipation because cinnamon is used as a natural cure for diarrhea and will have the opposite effect of a laxative.
  • One cup prunes contains 1274 mg of potassium, which prevents muscle cramps, and 12 grams of fiber to relieve constipation.
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  1. Jami M.
    my father's great grandmother used to make something like this with prunes and orange juice and he said about twice a year when he would be at great grandma's house and his stomach was hurting really bad she would get some of her home-made dried plums (prunes) and stew ´em up and make ´em eat them, he also said he used to hate the way they tasted but after they fixed you up you wouldn't be complaining but he didnt like plums so the flavor thing makes since. it its some what old fashion but it DEFINITELY works well
  2. loch446
    This recipe was good, however, I let them cook for 45-1 hr to thicken. It helped with my husband’s constipation and I enjoyed a few as well! Milk was not used.
  3. Allison D.
    15 prunes will get anyone going, stewed or not because of the fiber and sorbitol in them. I'm surprised the serving size is 1. Perhaps it should be noted that this makes a nice amount of stewed prunes to eat over 2-3 days to get things moving again. If you are really backed up, then it won't hurt you and you will clean out, but be aware that you may experience bloating and a lot of cramping from the gasses created by so much fructose in the gut (relieved by flatulence so you might want to be home when this kicks in).
  4. Anonymous
    Do you have to eat all 15 prunes at once in order for it to work
  5. Karolyn H.
    How much milk do I add for this recipe (15 stewed prunes)? Instructions don't say and I don't want to ruin it.

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