Heartburn is mainly typified by a burning sensation in the lower chest (behind the breastbone) and in the stomach. It is usually known as acid indigestion or Pyrosis and is mainly triggered due to obesity, pregnancy, caffeine, chocolates, stress, hiatal hernia, smoking, peppermint, alcoholism, eating before bedtime, acidic juices, eating large portions of food, certain medications, beverages containing carbohydrates in large amount, fried, fatty and spicy foods. There are a number of symptoms of heartburn, which include inflammation in the throat, reflux, tightness in the chest, bitter or sour taste in mouth, difficulty in swallowing anything, pain while bending or lying down, stomach discomfort, pain in the neck and jaw, burning sensation in the lower chest. A number of adult’s experience heartburn in their lifetime. But before you opt for medications and other prescribed drugs, try these simple home remedies:
Home Remedies for Heartburn
1. Baking Soda
Commonly known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda provides quick relief from the heartburn. Take a glass of water and add one teaspoon of baking soda into it. Mix well and drink the solution to get rid of heartburn. Alternatively, you can also add some lemon juice to this mixture for better taste.
Crush a few mint leaves and add 1 tablespoon of it in a cup of water. Let it stand for about 30 minutes. Drink this tea for 2 – 3 times in a day. Or else, you can also chew up fresh mint leaves to prevent heartburn.
Fresh ginger soothes the nerves and absorbs the acid in the stomach. Mix 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger into a cup of boiling water. Steep it for some minutes and drink multiple times a day. As an alternative, you can also add ginger as a spice in your daily meal. Consume it on regular basis to avoid heartburn from recurring.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Take a glass of water and add 1 – 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Drink this prepared mixture before every meal.
5. Cold Milk
To reduce the symptoms of heartburn, simply drink a glass of chilled milk.
- Alternatively, you can drink a glass of chilled buttermilk to get rid of heartburn.
6. Cabbage Juice
Owing to the anti-inflammatory properties of cabbage juice, it can improve a number of digestive problems including heartburn. Crush a fresh cabbage and mix it in a juicer or blender along with 2 carrots. Drink one and a half cup of this prepared juice on an empty stomach or in the morning to prevent heartburn.
Chew 3 to 4 almonds immediately after a snack or meal. To suit your taste buds, you may choose roasted, raw or salted almonds.
8. Chew Gum
Take a piece of sugar-free gum and chew it after taking meal for about 30 minutes.
Have a tablespoon of honey whenever you feel the symptoms of heartburn. Alternatively, you may mix honey in any herbal tea.
The presence of natural antacids in bananas acts as a buffer against heartburn. Eat one ripe banana every day.
Slice 1 apple and eat it before bedtime every day. It is loaded with ample nutrients that helps neutralize the acid quickly in your stomach.
Just take 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard along with half glass of water to cure heartburn.
Another popular treatment to cure heartburn is garlic. Just take a clove or two when heartburn occurs. Or else, mix some garlic cloves in apple cider vinegar and gulp a sip of this solution.
Every time you experience any issues related to digestion, consume grapes.
Prepare potato juice by mixing 1 raw potato and some cold water. Mix well and drink it.
16. Pineapple Juice
Drink 4 ounce of pineapple juice after completing the meal to get rid of heartburn.
17. Papaya Juice
Drink juice made of papaya to reduce the effects of heartburn.
Drinking water can wash away excess acid, but don’t drink too much water as it may worsen the problem.
Herbal Remedies to Treat Heartburn
19. Fennel Seeds
Swallow some fennel seeds multiple times a day. This will not only freshen up your breath, but it will also control the production of acid in your stomach. Alternatively, you can also drink tea prepared from fennel seeds. Take a cup of boiling water and add 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds, let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, strain and drink.
20. Aloe Vera Juice
This is one of the most popular natural remedies to get rid of heartburn. Simply drink 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera juice approximately 20 minutes before consuming the meal.
Note – Overconsumption of this juice may lead to abdominal pain or diarrhea.
21. Slippery Elm
Take a cup of hot water and mix 1 teaspoon of slippery elm powder. Consume this solution after meals and before going to sleep.
22. Peppermint Oil
Take 8 ounces of cold water and add 2 drops of peppermint oil. Drink this mixture every time you experience indigestion. If you are not able to consume this solution, you can directly eat a peppermint candy to cure heartburn.
Prepare a cinnamon or cardamom tea by mixing 1 cup of boiling water and 1 teaspoon of either crushed or powdered herb. Strain and drink this tea to reduce the effects of heartburn.
Chew 2 to 3 basil leaves to minimize acid in the stomach. It alleviates burning sensation in the chest.
Take a cooking pot and boil 1 cup of water. Simmer and add 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile petals. Let it stand for 45 seconds. Now, remove the pot from the stove and allow the petals to soak for 1 – 2 minutes. Strain it into a mug, and add some lemon or honey to increase the taste.
Add a pinch of turmeric powder in your food; or else consume it in capsule form before meals.
Prepare a cup of sage tea by steeping 2 tsp of its crushed leaves. Wait for 15 minutes and strain it afterwards. Drink it twice to treat heartburn. It helps regulate appetite and promotes digestion.
Eat some licorice to get instant relief from heartburn.
Note – Make sure you do not swallow it immediately.
29. Marshmallow Root
This is one of the oldest and best treatments for heartburn. Mix together 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of powdered marshmallow root. Drink 3 or 4 cups of this tea in a day.
- Limit consumption of acidic fruits like oranges, grapefruit, vinegar, or tomatoes.
- Eat meals in smaller quantities.
- Have more of non-fatty foods and lean meats.
- Shed some extra pounds, if you are overweight.
- Raise the height of your bed by 6 inches to sleep with your chest and head high. You may also try using a wedge pillow.
- Avoid chilies or pepper.
- Avoid alcohol, carbonated drinks, and drinks with caffeine.
- Quit smoking.
- Don’t go to bed just after dinner. And do not snack on before you hit the hay.
- Refrain from greasy foods such as cheeseburgers and French fries.
- Don’t stay stressed as it may aggravate heartburn symptoms and increase stomach acids.
- Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes such as waistbands, tight belts, and pantyhose as they may press on your stomach, and lead to heartburn.
- Don’t exercise before two hours of having your meal.