24 Natural Home Remedies for Heartburn

natural heartburn remedies

I would venture to say that there isn’t a single person reading this that hasn’t at one time or another experienced the pain of heartburn. I used to get it really bad when I was pregnant. But the WORST culprit for me is eating SPICY foods. Eating a spicy dish is almost guaranteed to cause me major discomfort.

Other foods that can lead to heartburn are tomatoes, onions, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and caffeine. Also, dishes high in fats and oils and certain medications will do the same.

So what’s a girl (or guy) to do?? Suffer in silence. Of course not. Why would you when there are some very simple things you can do at home to relieve the discomfort of heartburn?!

Hopefully you will find one that works for you.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Almonds

Almonds are especially good for digestion because their high oil content neutralizes stomach acid. Take a handful (about 15-20) and 1/2 hour later your heartburn should be gone.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Aloe Vera Juice

Just as Aloe Vera acts as a coolant and reduces the inflammation on the skin, it also cools down the stomach and provides heartburn relief. Aloe vera juice has a long history of use in Europe as a natural home remedy to relieve heartburn. You should only use aloe vera juice that has been specifically prepared for internal use.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar

Stir 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into 1/2 cup of water or apple juice & drink immediately after each meal. It will calm stomach troubles and brings about digestive relief. Apple cider vinegar can also be taken in tablet or capsule form.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Apples

Even a slice of apple can calm down acid production and reduce the burning sensation. Apples neutralize the acid in your stomach in about 5 minutes. Braeburn or Gala apples work best. Celery sticks and cabbage will also minimize stomach acid.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural antacid. Mix between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water to neutralize acid and temporarily alleviate heartburn caused by acid reflux. If you have heartburn regularly, avoid using this remedy. It is high in salt and could cause side effects like swelling and nausea.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Bananas

Bananas act as a natural antacid in the body. You can eat either fresh or dried bananas.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Basil

Basil leaves also help in relieving heartburn, as well as combating nausea and gas. Chewing 2 to 3 basil leaves minimizes stomach acid.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Buttermilk

To help relieve heartburn, try drinking a half cup of ice cold buttermilk. You can use regular whole milk, but the effects of heartburn relief are not as quick. It is highly recommended you include fermented milk and soy products regularly in your diet, because they can help correct acid reflux problems.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has been used to help neutralize stomach acid. It is also used by people as a stress reliever.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Chewing gum

Chewing gum stimulates the salivary flow rate, and any acid that accumulates in your stomach is washed away and cleared more quickly. Choose a sugar-free, fruit-flavored gum. Mint gums can be irritating to some people.

 

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Cinnamon

You can also make teas made of crushed cinnamon or cardamom to cool the heat of heartburn. Add 1 teaspoon of either crushed or powdered herb to 1 cup boiling water, steep, strain and drink.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Fennel tea

According to herbalists, tea made from anise, caraway, or fennel seed can ease the burn of heartburn. Add 2 teaspoons of any of them to 1 cup of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, strain and drink.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Garlic

Even though many people BLAME garlic for their heartburn, a clove or two can erase the burn as quickly as it came. Chew a clove of garlic when heartburn occurs, or store a few cloves of garlic in apple cider vinegar, and drink a sip of the liquid when heartburn occurs.

Raw garlic is a power-packed antibiotic, and is known to kill the pathogenic microorganism that is most often found in those suffering from gastritis.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Ginger

Fresh ginger is one of the oldest remedies for heartburn. It is also used to help treat nausea. Ginger can be added to food when it’s cooked, eaten raw, or consumed as ginger tea.

Combine 1 tbsp. of ginger and lemon juice with 2 tbsp. of honey in 8 oz. of warm water. Drink when you begin to feel the effects of indigestion.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Grapes

Eat 10 to 20 grapes whenever you experience any type of digestion issue. Grapes are very good at relieving indigestion, as well as an upset stomach.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Licorice

A form of licorice called DGL also provides heartburn-soothing effects. It provides protection from acids by promoting mucus release in the stomach.

DGL comes in large tablets that you place in your mouth and allow to melt. You can chew them slightly but don’t swallow them since it is your saliva that helps activate the DGL.

 

 

natural heartburn remedies

Mustard

Mustard is a little known and surprising remedy for heartburn. The next time you have an attack of acid reflux, try 1 tsp of yellow mustard with about ½ glass of water. Apparently the yellow coloring, turmeric, has long been used for digestive disorders.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Potato

Potato juice not only neutralizes the acid in your stomach, but it also heals the lining of your esophagus. It is simple, safe and effective.

Juice one raw potato and add an equal amount of cold water. Make sure to stir the mixture well until it is cloudy from the starch. Drink it right away for the best result.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Peppermint Oil

Add two drops of peppermint oil to 8 oz. of cold water and drink whenever you have indigestion. If you are unable to drink this mixture, suck on one piece of peppermint candy to relieve indigestion and stomach irritation. Peppermint oil is a regular ingredient in over-the-counter heartburn medicines and a great cure for heartburn.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Pineapple Juice

Drinking 4 oz. of pineapple juice after meals highly effective in reducing hyperacidity and heartburn. Pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps control levels of hydrochloric acid in your stomach.

 

natural heartburn remedies

 

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm has been used in herbal remedies for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses. This tree extract thickens the layer of mucous lining the stomach creating a stronger barrier against acid.

Add one teaspoon of the powder to a cup of hot water, and drink a few cups throughout the day.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Turmeric

Turmeric helps stimulate digestion and prevent acid build-up. Turmeric is used in curried foods. If you don’t want to use turmeric in your cooking, it is available in capsule form and can be taken before meals.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juices, like raw potato, celery and cabbage are very alkaline in nature and are helpful in correcting an acidic stomach. Papaya juice contains the digestive enzyme papain, which has a soothing effect on the stomach and aids in the breaking down of protein.

 

natural heartburn remedies

Water

With some people, all they have to do is drink water. It can help to wash excess acid that splashes into the esophagus. Make sure that you do not drink too much water, as it may actually make the problem worse. 

There are some other things you should keep in mind if you suffer from heartburn:

  • Avoid specific foods that trigger your heartburn. Eat more fiber to keep your digestive tract moving and healthy. Also reduce portion sizes. 
  • Push away the plate at least two or three hours before bedtime so your stomach has a chance to empty before you lie down.
  • Eat slowly, taking smaller bites.
  • Excess abdominal fat can press against the stomach, forcing acids up into the esophagus. Follow a diet and exercise program to shed extra pounds.
  • Smoking can reduce the effectiveness of the muscle that keeps acids in the stomach. For this, and so many other health reasons, it’s always the perfect time to quit.
  • Ditch the skin-tight jeans. Tight clothes put added pressure on the abdomen.
  • Put wood blocks under your bed to raise the head about 6 inches. Don’t bother raising your pillows, though — it’s not effective for heartburn.
  • Exercise may protect against the acid reflux that leads to heartburn.

(If you have frequent problems with heartburn, see a doctor, as it may be a more serious condition.)

 

Even though heartburn is always an unpleasant experience, an effective home remedy doesn’t have to be!

If you have experience with any of the remedies listed above….or you can add some of your own…please share!


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Comments

  1. phyl says

    What great ideas! Have you an equally well researched and helpful guide to fighting acute nausea (associated with headache, pregnancy, certain medications, for example)?

  2. Ina says

    Fennel tea is good for babies with colic. Calms their tummies down right away and eases their pain. I can’t tell you how many times I made it. Great tips!

    • Sonia Mathews says

      Yes i highly recommend fennel too, also A cup of cold water can certainly stabilize the acid in your stomach to eliminate heartburn. Taking a cup of water prior to or following a meal assists in digestion, that might help with heartburn . it helps me,read it here : http://heartburnnomorre.uni.me/

      It’s crucial that you be certain that the water isn’t way too cold, nonetheless, because the temperature could lessen the pace of the metabolism.

  3. Barbara Werner says

    Activated Charcoal capsules – work wonders and fast as well. I turned my Tums chewing husband into a believer.

  4. Kimberly says

    Great tips as always, Jillee! Dr. Oz says that if you chew gum, it should be sugar-free and fruit flavored. The mint kind can be irritating to some people. I’ve tried it, and it works :-)

    • Dr. Dorothea Sasnak says

      Sugar free gum? No one should ever chew sugar free gum because aspartame is now known to be one of the most cancer causing chemicals known, and is the fecal matter of bacteria.

    • Sonia Mathews says

      A cup of cold water can certainly stabilize the acid in your stomach to eliminate heartburn. Taking a cup of water prior to or following a meal assists in digestion, that might help with heartburn . It’s crucial that you be certain that the water isn’t way too cold, nonetheless, because the temperature could lessen the pace of the metabolism. Read more here: http://heartburnnomorre.uni.me/

    • Eric Hansen says

      I drink a half gallon of orange juice just before going to bed to prevent heartburn. But if I drink pineapple juice as recommended here, I get terrible heartburn. Pink grapefruit juice is also helpful for me. Grape juice, tomato sauces, and wine are other big triggers for heartburn for me. Sour cream works good to prevent heart burn for me. But palm oil and soybean oil found in baked goods hurts me. Corn chips are real bad, but potato chips are not as long as they do not contain palm, soy, or corn oil. A good light late night meal for me is a 8oz (instead of a full pound) of sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese or swiss cheese, a bag of potato chips (instead of wheat bread/crackers), and a 1/2 gallon of OJ.

  5. says

    I had heart burn so bady it burned my esophagus. What finally healed it was HCL and aloe vera juice. Through my research, I found that it was a lack of stomach acid that causes heartburn. The food rots in your intestines and produces lactic acid which comes up and burns your esophagus, not stomach acid. So I now take HCL after every meal to help digest my food and it has helped tremendously. I sure knew I didn’t want to be on those drugs that stopped stomach acid for the rest of my life. It didn’t make sense to me to do that!

    • Nancy Q. says

      What is HCL? I’ve woken up a few times where I feel like I’m choking. Afterwards, my esophagus and throat really burn.

  6. KD says

    I’m surprised you don’t have giving up wheat on here. I’m not Celiac, but when I gave up all the pasta and bread I was eating, my daily heartburn went away.

    • Rita says

      Same here. It took about 5 weeks to really notice a difference, but no more wheat for me. I’m hoping it will clear up my IBS, also. it has for others. Also, black tea is a culprit, so I stopped that as well.

      High fat and spicy foods do not bother me. It was totally the wheat. Never bothered me before.

    • says

      Ditching all of that stuff helps with such a large variety of health issues, its not even funny. Should be among most lists for dealing with health issues in a strong way.

  7. Cindy says

    I love the list of remedies you shared. However, I;m disappointed you didn’t address that f heartburn could also be an effect of not enough stomach acid in some cases. If one follows the Blood Type Diet then Type ‘A’s tend not to produce enough acid. Also we don’t produce enough acids as we age. Papaya, watermelon, pineapple (never processed), and food enzymes help to provide more stomach acids which help break down food.

    • Eric Hansen says

      I am blood type O, but I am not going to go against my morals and eat meat. If I wouldn’t kill something myself, I can’t expect someone else to kill it for me behind closed doors just so I can eat it. I don’t eat animals or birds. I am ok with fish, eggs, dairy, nuts. That’s my 2 cents. I eat sharp cheddar cheese like it is going out of style. A pound for dinner is not uncommon for me.

    • says

      HCL is hydorchloric acid and you can get it from any health food store. I get mine from healthline.cc because it has worked the best for me. It is what your stomach naturally produces to digest your food but as you age, you lose more and more of your stomach acid, hence you don’t digest your food as well.

  8. says

    The lack of stomach acid usually seems to be my problem when I have heartburn. To balance it out I take a shot of vinegar…works every time!

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