Examples of folk and home remedies for diarrhea include herbs such as bilberry, chamomile, peppermint and ginger. Additional remedies are probiotics and mind-body work, according to Everyday Health. Many people use folk remedies such as these for treating diarrhea. However, more research needs to be done in order to fully support these health claims.
Various herbs contain compounds called tannins, which may help absorb fluids in the gut by acting as a binding agent on the mucous membranes inside the intestine, states Everyday Health. Herbal teas and extracts are believed to help ease painful symptoms caused by diarrhea and reduce fluid loss.
Bilberry is a relative of the blueberry and has been used for as a folk treatment for diarrhea for centuries. It also aids in the treatment of menstrual cramps and scurvy, adds Everyday Health. It is also known as huckleberry and whortleberry, and the plant produces edible fruit that may also be made into extracts. The leaves of the bilberry plant can be used for extracts and tea.
Chamomile is available in many forms, such as teas, liquid extracts, tablets and capsules. People who are allergic to flowers from the daisy family should be careful when consuming chamomile because it may also trigger an allergic reaction, warns Everyday Health.