Recipe courtesy of James Wong

Syrup of Figs for Constipation

  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 25 min
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Juice of 1 lemon

2/3 ounce dried senna pods

1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup sugar

8 fresh figs, quartered


  1. 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.

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