Many people are confused by the term heartburn and associate it with something related to the heart. The truth is that it has nothing to do with the heart. Heartburn arises when the gastric juices are thrown into the esophageal region, causing severe burning sensation, which becomes worse when you recline.
Heartburn is the result of weakened esophageal muscles, which allow the juices to shoot back up after a heavy and spicy meal. Here are some herbal remedies that can treat the problem without causing any harm to the digestive tract and esophagus.
Herbal Remedies for Heartburn
Peppermint belongs to the group of carminatives, which are known to calm and sooth the stomach and relieve the distress associated with a heartburn. Peppermint leaves can be chewed upon after your meal to prevent the juices and food from getting thrown into the esophagus. It sooths the stomach walls and prevents muscle spasms that lead to heartburn.
Peppermint tea can also be prepared by adding a tablespoon of dried leaves to a cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes and take it warm after every meal to prevent heartburn and associated difficulties. Peppermint should not be taken if your heartburn is caused by GERD as peppermint is acidic and can aggravate GERD.
Lemon balm is another medicinal and carminative herb that can be used for attaining relief from the symptoms of heartburn. It relaxes the stomach muscles and also calms the walls of the stomach, which prevents muscle spasms after a spicy meal and this will prevents and reduce the instances of heartburn.
Lemon balm is available as capsules. 300-500 mg capsules can be taken up to thrice a day after talking to a herbalist. Lemon balm treats a host of stomach disorders like flatulence, indigestion, pain etc.
Ginger has been in use for centuries for treating stomach related disorders and also for reducing pain naturally. As ginger is a good remedy for indigestion, it will also treat symptoms of heartburn and prevent the occurrence of the same by reducing the chances of indigestion greatly. Chew a piece of ginger after every meal as a preventive for heartburn and when you have heartburn as well.
Ginger tea too is very helpful when you have heartburn. A tea can be prepared by adding 3-4 tablespoons of grated ginger to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for ten minutes and drink it warm or cool after every meal. This is an excellent way to keep your stomach from problems of indigestion, infection, pain etc.
Flatulence is another leading cause that can lead to heartburn. When there is gas build up in your stomach, the chances of gastric juices from being thrown into the esophagus are very great. This is because gas occupies a major part of the stomach and reduces space for the food and the juices to be accommodated after a heavy meal.
Cumin seeds are good for treating gas and also removing mucus and bacteria in the stomach. Take one tablespoon of cumin seeds and add this to one litre of water. Boil the water and take this after every meal. This will prevent flatulence and heartburn.
The herb is exceedingly soothing and relaxing to the stomach walls and has the capacity to stop muscle spasms upon intake. Chamomile can be brewed as a tea and taken after every meal to reduce the chances of heartburn.
It also has anti inflammatory properties and help when you have irritable bowel syndrome, stomach infections etc. which too can lead to indigestion and heartburn. Chamomile can be given even to kids by diluting it adequately with water for relief from stomach upset.
When you have a burning esophagus, all you need as a quick remedy is a herb that can sooth and cool the walls and offer great relief from the symptoms. The only herb that probably offers a quick remedy for heartburn in such cases is aloe Vera. Immensely soothing and cooling, aloe juice can be consumed after every meal, before you ever start experiencing the symptoms of heartburn.
Aloe moisturizes and forms a coat around the esophagus and also heals the esophageal walls that might have got damaged due to frequent acidity. Aloe is also anti inflammatory and anti bacterial in nature and offers your digestive system a lift from all kinds of possible distresses. Take fresh aloe juice for this purpose and not synthetic preparations that can aggravate the condition.
Dandelion is used traditionally for treating a wide range of stomach as well as other ailments of the body. Classified by herbalists as mildly bitter, dandelion stimulates the digestion process and increases the activity of the gastric mucosa and also helps in the release of pancreatic secretions essential for the digestive process.
Dandelion can cause drug interactions and must not be taken without the monitoring of a herbalist. The leaves of dandelion can be eaten raw or added to your salad or a tea can be prepared from the dried and roasted root powder
Another herb that comes from the ‘betters’ family, gentian root is a centuries old folk remedy for treating acid reflux and digestive problems. A herbal tea can be prepared by adding one teaspoon of dried gentian to a cup of boiling water and simmering it for half an hour. You might have to keep adding water until it becomes a strong infusion. This can be taken after every meal for relief from heartburn.
Many who suffer from heartburn has found great solace with the use of goldenseal root. It has abundant soothing properties for the stomach and esophagus. Goldenseal also improves digestion and lowers the acidity in the stomach, thereby removing instances of heartburn after a meal. 15 drops of the tincture can be mixed with 1/4th cup of water for treating heartburn. Goldenseal must be used with care and one must not use it continuously for more than two weeks at a time. It is known to be a good cure for chronic heartburn.