Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Ellen

United States

#1 Mar 27, 2009
Has anyone ever heard of this home remedy for diverticulitis: eating a teaspoon of Vaseline Petroleum jelly in applesauce or Jelly a few times a week? I've heard some old timers say it "cured" there diverticulitis. I know many people's diver goes away on its on so I wondered if this really did work.

Since: Mar 09

Tulsa, OK

#2 Mar 27, 2009
Everything I've seen on the net and in medical literature says that it can cause abdominal discomfort and diarrhea in "excessive" amounts. It's a petroleum byproduct, so I personally wouldn't want to eat it!:P
Joy

United States

#3 Mar 27, 2009
Hi Ellen, My doctor suggested mineral oil... which is simipar but thinner. I would not use either of those approaches personally since, as sjcy says... it is a hydrocarbon... kinda like eating purified lube oil!

I tried a lot of approaches to trying to prevent flareups ove the last 7 years but nothing truly helped... in fact I think I did myself some damage with a product including bentonite (kinda like charcoal). I think eating very lightly with good fibre intake when not in a flareup is the best and somples approach! All the Best, Joy
Candy

United States

#4 Mar 30, 2009
Sympathy to all. I've been dealing with div. also for several years and can relate to "every bite", "every stomach pain", "every b.m.", always worrying about seeing blood. I've had surgery also, and don't want to go there again. However, I saw the cover of a magazine the other day with Michael J. Fox and his great attitude really impressed me, with all he's dealing with. I do think it's shame though that our doctors don't have some kind of informative pamphlet. Mayo Clinic has some basic info on their web site. Good luck to all.
Dude

AOL

#5 Oct 3, 2012
I have diverticulitis and have bouts with it some times but are getting more regular and my Dr. wanted me to have surgery but I haven't yet. I heard about taking a tbl. spoon of vaselene mixed with peanut butter ever day. It coats the inside of your colan. I asked my Dr. about that & he told me it hasn't been scientific approved but it would not hurt me . I have been doing this for about a month & so far I feel fine in fact my bowel movement are really easy now and I feel fine .First thing each Morning when I get up I mix me some vaseline & peanut butter and put it on crackers & eat it. I also eat a cup of Greek yougut in the evening or night.I like to add just a little honey in the yogurt .
Katie

Killen, AL

#6 Apr 12, 2013
Just diagnosed with diverticulitis. Remembered that many years ago my mom had a serious case and her doctor prescribed a tsp of vaseline morning and evening. She did this for years and has had very problems with it since. So in addition to watching my diet I am going to do the vaseline.
Mary

Lubbock, TX

#7 Apr 12, 2013
I would go with coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil as more natural alternatives, maybe. Some people have good results with coconut oil.
Dwade

Trussville, AL

#8 Feb 25, 2014
Ellen wrote:
Has anyone ever heard of this home remedy for diverticulitis: eating a teaspoon of Vaseline Petroleum jelly in applesauce or Jelly a few times a week? I've heard some old timers say it "cured" there diverticulitis. I know many people's diver goes away on its on so I wondered if this really did work.
Yes I know about taking vaseline . I have diverticulitis and have been taking vaseline and peanut butter every morning for over a year . I take two heaping tea spoon of vaseline and one heaping tea spoon of peanut butter mix it up and put it on a cracker and eat . It has heped me a lot I have had one or two attacks in over a year . Before then they were frequent and Dr. wanted to do surgery on me . I tried applesauce and peanut butter but it don't mix well and I like the peanutbutter the best .It has not cured mine yet but it sure has helped . Going for a colonoscopy Tuesday , guess I will find out if it has helped .

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