How To Make Prune Juice - Nature’s Gentle Laxative

Making prune juice is easy. And it's the best natural laxative – gentle, but very effective.

You can buy it in bottles but I can tell you how to make it at home.

Simply soak a handful of prunes for at least four hours, or overnight. (If you’re in a hurry you can simmer them in a pan for about 30 minutes.)

You can use the soak water on it’s own for a mild laxative, or puree the prunes with the water:

Remove the stones, if any, and put the prunes and water in a blender. Blend until smooth. If you haven’t got a blender or food processor, push the prunes through a sieve with the back of a wooden spoon and stir the water in.

If you use less water, you’ll get a thicker mixture - a prune puree that makes a delicious dessert. My younger children like to dip pieces of apple in it. When my husband tried it, he thought it was a chocolate sauce! (You can make it more chocolaty by adding cocoa powder and carob flour.)

This puree is used in my carob prune cake recipe.

Prunes are an effective laxative for all ages, even babies. For babies start with a few spoonfuls of the juice. If this doesn't quickly do the trick, try a little of the puree. Prunes are far safer for babies and small children than the laxatives available from pharmacists - and far more pleasant to taste.

Many natural recipes are so good for you that, like prune juice, they're medicine as well as food. Check out some of my other Healthy Food Recipes.

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