You’d be surprised to know how many natural heartburn remedies actually exist within reach and we don’t try them because we don’t know of them! But here’s a remedy for that scenario—we let you in on the secret ingredients that can help you ease that uneasy feeling that’s a characteristic feature of heartburn.
And given that most of these secret ingredients are available right in your kitchen, you can expect quick relief – simply because you don’t need to hunt for these, and waste precious time in the process.
So here are the…
23 lesser known remedies for heartburn—
- Almonds – the high oil content in almonds neutralizes the effect of the stomach acids and brings relief. Almonds are also good for digestion – have about 10-15 almonds and your heartburn symptoms should reduce.
- Aloe Vera juice – just like it cools and soothes the skin, Aloe Vera when ingested, can soothe the stomach as well. This helps reduce the inflammation that GERD and heartburn causes. We have discussed the benefits of Aloe Vera at length elsewhere.
- Apple vinegar cider – you might have known about this one…it gives your digestive system instant relief. All you have to do is stir in 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink this before the main meals. We tell you more about apple cider vinegar elsewhere.
- Apple – this fruit is not citric, and so one of the few fruits that you’re actually allowed on the heartburn friendly diet. The malic acid in apples helps reduce and neutralize the effects of the stomach acid, thereby bringing you relief, at least temporarily. You can also try celery sticks and cabbages.
- Baking Soda – A.K.A ‘Nature’s own antacid’; all you have to do is mix some baking soda in water and have it for instant relief, minus any side effects. Do read up on the accurate dosage.
- Bananas – another natural antacid, just having one or two when you’re suffering from acidity can help. You can have bananas either fresh or even dried – the effect is going to be the same.
- Basil – chewing on two-three basil leaves can not only reduce the feelings of heartburn, but also control the nausea, gas and the tendency to puke.
- Buttermilk – dairy products are usually not allowed when you’re suffering from chronic heartburn issues, but ice cold buttermilk does help. Alongside this you can also try to include more soy products as well as fermented milk products in your daily diet. They promote gut flora and digestion.
- Chamomile tea – another very good solution – albeit temporary – to heartburn, this herbal brew can be had throughout the day. It also reduces stress.
- Chewing gum – when you chew gum it stimulates your salivary glands and the excess saliva can wash away the effects of the acid, and reduces heartburn. However, make sure you go for a sugar free version; the ones with sugar can actually cause more heartburn.
- Cinnamon – soothes the system and helps reduce the inflammation caused by heartburn. You can take 1 tsp. powdered cinnamon or a cinnamon stick and steep it in boiled water (1 cup) and strain and drink this once it cools down enough.
- Herbal tea – tea made from fennel seeds, anise seeds or caraway can help to soothe the digestive tract and reduce the effects of GERD. We discuss herbal brews in greater detail elsewhere.
- Garlic – though you might have heard that garlic triggers heartburn, here’s a riddle – it’s been found that chewing on 1-2 cloves of garlic can actually minimize heartburn! Apparently, raw garlic is super charged with antibiotics that kill the pathogens found in the stomachs of those who suffer from chronic gastritis.
- Ginger – fresh or cooked, you can always rely on a ginger julienne to reduce both heartburn and nausea.
- Grapes – having a handful of grapes can help relieve your system from indigestion. You can also have grapes if you have an upset stomach.
- Licorice – another great remedy that not many consider. We have a lot to talk about when it comes to the benefits of licorice for heartburn – so we thought to give licorice its own space.
- Mustard – that’s right, a surprising ingredient actually, just mix 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard in half a glass of water. And voila! you get relief from heartburn.
- Potato – not the potato per say, but the juice from a potato can actually neutralize the stomach acids and it also heals the inner lining of the esophagus. Juice of 1 raw potato should be mixed with one glass of water for the best effects.
- Peppermint oil – just 2 drops of peppermint oil in 8 oz. of water can bring you instant and relatively long lasting relief. If you don’t have peppermint oil, try sucking on a peppermint candy.
- Pine apple juice – pineapple happens to contain bromelain, an active enzyme that can control the HCl levels in your system. Naturally, having pineapple juice can work wonders in balancing the acid content in the stomach, and reduces heartburn.
- Slippery Elm – is known to create a stronger barrier against stomach acid, thereby reducing the ill effects of the stomach acid. All you have to do is add 1 tsp. of this powder to 1 cup of hot water – drink as many cups of this brew as you need throughout the day.
- Turmeric – is known to prevent the buildup of acid. You can either have raw turmeric or settle for turmeric supplements.
- Fluids – vegetable juice, carrot juice, papaya juice, and most importantly, water – all these can help neutralize the acid in the stomach. And when the acid trying to reflux back up through the LES becomes weaker, the effect it has is also reduced.
We understand that you’re excited to know about these 23 lesser known remedies for heartburn…but we feel that we ought to caution you on one point – all of these remedies are effective only for a short period of time, and certainly not a long term solution to heartburn. You have to realize that heartburn is only the symptom of a more serious condition – GERD. The best way to permanently get rid of heartburn is to figure out what’s causing it and treating that. And only the doctor will be able to help you with this!