I believe at some point in our lives we have all suffered from heartburn. That awful burning and pain in your chest and the need to burp or belch is a miserable feeling. It can really ruin your day! Heartburn, even though miserable, is usually not a serious condition. However, if you are having daily heartburn, especially with acid reflux, it’s time to seek medical help. Acid reflux, and especially often, can lead to more serious conditions. It’s nothing to play around with.
For common everyday run-of-the-mill heartburn episodes, there are a multitude of over the counter products for relief. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. The fact remains that each of these products contain chemicals. Did you know there are natural remedies available? And, did you know you probably have them readily available in spice cabinet or refrigerator? Using natural herbs for heartburn is a much healthier option!
5 Natural Herbs for Heartburn
Peppermint is known for it’s ability to solve stomach troubles. It helps with nausea and can help with heartburn. Peppermint can be used in several ways. Sometimes even the simple act of inhaling peppermint oil will calm an upset stomach. Peppermint tea is another alternative. You can also add a drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water and drink to help with heartburn.
An easy recipe for peppermint tea is to combine 1/3 tsp. dried peppermint leaves, 1/3 tsp. chamomile and 1/3 tsp. peeled and grated ginger into a tea ball. Boil the water and steep your tea for 10 to 12 minutes.
The second most common herb for heartburn is ginger. For to sooth heartburn, chew a piece of candied, raw or picked ginger. You can also make and use as a tea by adding ginger juice to boiling water. Then, add a bit of honey.
Anise can also cure heartburn. Anise tastes a lot like black licorice. Some people like the taste and some don’t. The easiest way to prepare is to crush one to two teaspoons of seeds. Add to boiling water and steep for ten minutes. To avoid having to strain, use a tea ball or bag. Otherwise, strain the seeds with a strainer into your cup.
Parsley is known for helping with bad breath after eating a meal. But, it can also be used for heartburn and indigestion. Simply chew a few leaves after you have finished your meal. You can also drink as a juice by juicing the leaves.
Cinnamon is another well known herb for heartburn and indigestion. Cinnamon helps boost metabolism and aids in liver function. However, taking a teaspoon of dried cinnamon is a bit hard to do. Or should we say, no, not attempting that! Taking cinnamon capsules is much easier and the benefit is the same. You can also have a cup of Cinnamon Tea.
An easy recipe for Cinnamon Tea is to combine 1 cinnamon stick, cup of boiling water, 1 black tea bag, optional sweetener to taste. Steep for 10 minutes.
There are other common natural remedies such as drinking a warm glass of water with lemon. Dandelion, fennel, and chamomile can also be used in teas to cure heartburn.
Heartburn is a common ailment. It’s often caused by eating foods that don’t agree with you. Acidic food and drinks are known to cause heartburn. My downfall is orange juice! I love it, but seem to get heartburn every time I drink it. Other common causes of heartburn are coffee, acidic foods such as tomatoes, oranges, grapefruits, etc., fatty foods, fried foods and spicy foods. Alcohol can also cause heartburn.
The next time you have heartburn, consider looking in your spice cabinet or refrigerator for the cure instead of running to the pharmacy. You probably have a great natural cure already in your home.