I feel fairly confident in assuming that ALL of you have probably experienced the pain of heartburn at some point. 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. There are plenty of other foods that can set off heartburn too, like tomatoes, onions, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and caffeine. Other heartburn triggers include dishes high in fats and oils, and certain medications.
So what’s a girl (or guy) to do, suffer in silence? Of course not! Why would you endure the discomfort of heartburn when there are plenty of simple home remedies that can relieve the pain? My hope is that somewhere in this post, there’s at least one remedy that works perfectly for you!
23 Natural Remedies For Heartburn
To stop heartburn before it starts, try one or more of the following:
- Drink more water
- Avoid specific foods that trigger your heartburn.
- Avoid eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
- Eat slowly and take smaller bites.
- Follow a healthy diet and exercise program to shed extra pounds.
- Quit smoking
- Ditch the tight jeans (tight clothes put added pressure on the abdomen)
- Raise the head of your bed a few inches
- See a doctor if heartburn is frequent or severe
If you’re already experiencing heartburn, one of these simple home remedies should do the trick!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
Bananas act as a natural antacid in the body. You can eat either fresh or dried bananas.
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.
Herbs & Spices
Basil leaves also help in relieving heartburn, as well as combating nausea and gas. Chewing 2 to 3 basil leaves minimizes stomach acid.
Chamomile tea has been used to help neutralize stomach acid. It is also used by people as a stress reliever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13. 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.
Turmeric helps stimulate digestion and prevent acid build-up, and is commonly found 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.
15. 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.
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.
17. Candied Ginger
See the entry for ginger above.
Other Kitchen Staples
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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
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.
Mustard is a little known and surprising remedy for heartburn. It supposedly works because it contains turmeric, which gives it that distinctive yellow color. The next time you have an attack of acid reflux, try 1 tsp of yellow mustard with about ½ glass of water.
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.
Here are some general tips and tricks to help you treat heartburn, or better yet, avoid it entirely!
Tips & Tricks For Heartburn
- Some people can eliminate heartburn by simply drinking water. Water can help to wash excess acid that splashes into the esophagus.
- Avoid specific foods that trigger your heartburn.
- Try to avoid eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime, so your stomach has a chance to empty before you lie down.
- Eat slowly, and take smaller bites.
- Excess abdominal fat can force stomach acids up into the esophagus, and that can make heartburn worse or more frequent. 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 reason (and so many others!) it’s always a good time to quit!
- Ditch those tight jeans. Tight clothes put added pressure on the abdomen.
- If you experience heartburn frequently, consider raising the head of your bed a few inches. This will make it harder for stomach acids to move into your esophagus.
- If you have frequent or severe heartburn, see a doctor. It may be a more serious condition.
Even though heartburn is always unpleasant, you can always be ready with an effective home remedy! And ff you have experience with any of the remedies listed above, or if you have a few of your own, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! :-)