Heartburn is most often caused by gastritis , ulcer or hiatus hernia which causes acid reflux into the esophagus ( gastroesophageal reflux disease ).
” Of the infectious agents , starting with Helicobacter pylori , the stress , a poor diet (raw fruit after a meal), coffee , alcohol , large meals , too much spicy food or too much liquid in the evening before going to bed can also be at the origin”. Natural remedies can be effective against heartburn but also against their causes. Discover the 10 natural treatments for the heartburn.
Please note : natural remedies do not replace medication that has been prescribed for you. If heartburn persists or worsens, consider seeing your doctor.
1. Fennel seed tea
The fennel relieves stomach acid , improves digestive function in case of bloating, gas … Ideal in case of heartburn associated with digestion after a meal too big .
Infuse 1 g to 3 g of dried seeds in 150 ml of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. Filter then drink 2 to 3 cups a day , without meals. Do not use in pregnant women (but very good for breastfeeding women because this herbal tea stimulates lactation). Can be used in children from 6 years old.
2. Lacto-fermented sauerkraut juice
It improves gastric function since it contains the probiotic . It works on all types of heartburn but is less potent than other remedies . It is an additional routine to complement other natural remedies. Lacto-fermented sauerkraut juice is available in organic stores . In prevention and curative, drink 1 small glass per day without meals . There is no contraindication.
3. Aloe vera
The aloe vera is valued for its healing properties and repairing damage. It is also a natural antacid . Very good for any type of acidity, but even more so if there is a burn and a lesion (ulcer ). Swallow directly pure 2 tablespoons of oral aloe vera gel (available in organic stores). To be taken without meals, morning and evening, for 15 days . There is no contraindication.
4. White clay milk
White clay is very well known to fight against acidity . It is also a good healing agent for the stomach lining . As a 15-day cure , mix 1 teaspoon of white clay in a glass of water with a wooden spoon (never metal). Let sit overnight . The next morning, mix everything and drink.
White clay should be avoided in people prone to constipation . In this case people can put 1 tablespoon instead of 1 teaspoon (without mixing water and clay) and drink only clay water the next morning.
This natural remedy cannot be used in patients of the Wilson disease , patients with renal insufficiency or in children and infants . Also avoid use during pregnancy or breastfeeding .
Also remember to take the clay away from medication (2 hours before and after) because it has great absorbent properties and could cancel or weaken the effect of your treatment.
5. A poultice of Green Clay
Green clay helps fight effectively against inflammation including that of the stomach. It helps a lot with pain. Mix clay (available in organic stores) in powder or pieces with water to make a thick paste .
Apply the paste directly to the stomach in a 3 cm thick layer . Cover with a damp cloth to prevent the poultice from drying out. Leave the poultice on for 20 minutes to 3 hours depending on the time you have available. To not be cold you can add a hot water bottle. Do not use this remedy in pregnant women and children under 3 years old .
6. Basil essential oil
It is a great digestive tonic , anti-spasmodic and anti-stress effective in cases of gastritis and ulcer. It has the virtue of working on the two main causes of heartburn: digestion and stress.
Place in your hand 2 drops of essential oil of basil + a dozen drops of vegetable oil of your choice ( olive , argan , sweet almond ), first massage the entire stomach in the direction of digestion then then the stomach (which is also the place of the solar plexus, chakra linked to emotions) in an anti-clockwise direction.
Do this for 5 minutes at night before sleeping , while breathing deeply. The gesture can be repeated whenever necessary (4-5 times a day maximum so as not to overexpose yourself to essential oils).
Do not use in pregnant women or children. Possible from 6 years old by diluting a maximum of 1 drop of essential oil in 10 drops of vegetable oil.
7. Apple cider vinegar
It may seem counterintuitive to drink something acidic to combat the acidity. But apple cider vinegar is a great alkalizer . It is effective on any type of acidity.
Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (purchased from an organic store) in lukewarm water in the morning on an empty stomach for 15 days . If the burn is felt during the day you can supplement with a ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a little lukewarm water once or twice a day. There is no contraindication.
8. Massage feet
In plantar reflexology , the point of the stomach is located under the arch of the foot , about halfway between the big toe and the heel.
It relaxes the stomach and therefore reduces pain, helps to drain acids . It promotes self-healing of the stomach.
Massage for a few minutes several times a day (without oil) by pressing on the point with your thumb or by making small circles on the point.
No contraindication in children. Do not practice on pregnant women .
9. Peppermint essential oil
It is a digestive tonic , appreciated for its anti-nausea powers . It is also a tonic for the nervous system and an anti-fatigue . Pour 1 drop of peppermint essential oil on a neutral tablet and swallow when the pain is felt. To be used 2 to 3 times a day maximum . Never use on pregnant women or children .
10. Fig tree bud macerate
The fig tree in gemmotherapy is the anti-stress par excellence . He is also an antidepressant . It also has great digestive properties . Ideal for all types of heartburn and particularly when there is a dominant psychosomatic, in anxious, depressed subjects.
Mix in water 5 drops of fig tree bud macerate (available in organic stores) 3 to 6 times a day . You can also take it directly in the mouth, without water.
No contraindication for pregnant women. Adjust the dosage to the weight in children according to the recommendations of your doctor or pharmacist.