Syrup of Figs for Constipation

THIS IS NOT EDIBLE.

Courtesy James Wong
Show: Grow Your Own Drugs Episode: Fruit
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 25 min
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ingredients

  • 2/3 ounce dried senna pods
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 fresh figs, quartered
  • Juice of 1 lemon
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Directions

Place the senna pods in a glass bowl and pour over the boiling water. Let steep for about 30 minutes, and then strain through a sieve or a piece of muslin into a blender. Add the sugar and figs to the senna infusion and whizz until smooth.

Pour into a saucepan and heat slowly to reduce, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. You want to end up with a thick, glossy sugar-like syrup. Add the lemon juice and stir well, and then remove from the heat and pour into a sterilized 150-milliliter bottle.

Shake well before use. Take 2 teaspoons before bed when needed. Don't use for more than a few days at a time, or if you have severe abdominal pain.

The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Notes

The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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