Natural Home Remedies for Acid Reflux
A spicy meal might seem like a great idea at the time. But you might regret it when the first pains of heartburn start hitting you.
Heartburn isn’t dangerous when it’s an occasional occurrence. It isn’t a pleasant experience either. These home remedies for heartburn use ingredients that you may have in your cupboards at home.
1. Fennel Tea
Fennel, a herb that has a strong taste of black licorice, has natural properties that ease the pain of heartburn. If you don’t have fennel seed at home, you can also use anise or caraway.
- Boil water for tea.
- Set aside one cup of boiling water and immediately add two teaspoons of anise, caraway, or fennel seed.
- Steep the mixture for ten minutes. Strain the herbs out of the tea.
- Drink immediately; you should feel heartburn relief within half an hour.
2. Ginger, Lemon Juice, and Honey
Ginger has been used for hundreds of years. It’s one of the most reliable home remedies for heartburn. You can eat it raw.
Usually too strong-tasting for most people, eat it cooked in food. Drink it as a tea.
- Prepare eight ounces of warm water.
- Add one tablespoon of grated ginger, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and two tablespoons of honey.
- Drink this mixture as soon as you feel heartburn coming on. You can even drink it before heartburn starts if you know that you’ve had a particularly fattening or spicy meal.
Mustard seems like one of those foods that would exacerbate heartburn, rather than cure it. So, surprisingly, it works so well.
This home remedy for heartburn only works if you can stomach the taste of mustard plain. It’s not for everyone.
Mix one teaspoon of mustard into four ounces of water.
Stir until it is a smooth mixture. Drink immediately to offset the effects of heartburn or acid reflux.
4. Baking Soda
This is one of the best home remedies for heartburn because it works almost immediately. Baking soda immediately neutralizes the stomach acids that cause heartburn.
This is also a very convenient treatment since you can use it almost anywhere—nearly every home and business has some baking soda stocked.
- Mix 1/2 teaspoon to one teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of room temperature water. Use one teaspoon if you have bad heartburn, and useless for milder attacks of heartburn.
- Stir the mixture together so that the baking soda does not settle in the bottom of the glass.
- Drink it all in one gulp if you can, since it has a fairly bitter taste.
Be prepared to burp for a while after trying this remedy. The combination of baking soda and acid produces a lot of gas in your stomach.
5. Black Licorice
You might hate the taste of black licorice. Do you hate it more than heartburn? Probably not!
Black licorice contains DGL, which naturally heals the stomach. It can stave off heartburn. You can use either plain black licorice or chew able licorice tablets.
- If you know that you are going to be eating a spicy or fattening meal, take a few licorice tablets or eat a stick of licorice before the meal.
- Chew the licorice tablets or licorice, but you don’t have to swallow them. Your saliva will activate the DGL.
- Take the tablets after a meal if you feel heartburn coming on.
6. Chewing Gum
Chewing gum is one of the easiest home remedies for heartburn. You can easily keep a pack of gum in your pocket or purse. Gum makes you salivate more, which washes away the acid in your stomach and helps your stomach more quickly return to normal.
- Keep sugar-free, fruity gum with you for whenever heartburn strikes.
- Whenever heartburn starts up, chew a stick of gum. Chew it for as long as possible, as this will cause you to salivate more.