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Homemade Natural Heartburn Remedies

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I'm looking for frugal, natural, homemade heartburn remedies. I was diagnosed with an ulcer and I sometimes get stomach inflammation that gives me heartburn. I know my food triggers, but even though I've cut those from my diet, I still get heartburn occasionally. I can usually get a good deal on Prilosec at CVS, but even with the deals, it is quite pricey. Does anyone have homemade remedies for heartburn? I know Tums are mostly baking soda. I wonder if I could make my own little pellets out of baking soda and flavoring.

Works for Me

Try raw almonds or almond milk. Just a few almonds give me immediate relief. I hope it works for others, too.

Get Instant Relief

Heartburn? All it takes is for you to swallow a shot glass of vinegar. It takes my heartburn away instantly. Don't know how it works, but it does instantly!

Heartburn Relief That's Not in Pill Form

Marshmallow root tea can ease heartburn, stomach pain, and stomach ulcers because of the mucilage properties it exhibits. Brew it with warm (not hot) water. But check with your doctor, especially if you're pregnant before using.

Although it sounds counter-intuitive, eating fresh, steamed, or lightly cooked cabbage may help you treat GERD, heartburn, and even some stomach ulcers because cabbage is antibacterial (ulcers are caused by the nasty bacteria, h. pylori) and antiviral. Start with a small amount (maybe 4 oz.) and build up as needed and tolerated. (Don't do more if you've got low thyroid since eating any of the cabbage family veggies lowers thyroid levels.)

Or have a banana every day to neutralize the stomach acid, a sweet (not tart) apple three hours before bed (apples neutralize stomach acids), three to four almonds (they have loads of calcium) after eating, or 1 tsp. dried dill weed (dill helps relax stomach muscles) sprinkled on food.
Barbara S.

Try Ginger Tea

Use fresh ginger. Peel about an inch or two of it. Chop and boil water in the microwave. Pour over ginger and let steep. I just drink it this way but you can add it to your regular drinks if you don't like the taste.

You can also sweeten it with honey. I drink it hot or cold. I keep some in the refrigerator and sip throughout the day if I have heartburn.

I was on Nexium for two years and wanted something else. I tried the ginger tea, and I'm very happy with the results. There is a lot of information on the internet about it. Give it a try.

The Magic in Papaya

This is not a homemade remedy, but it is very cheap and healthy. Try Papaya Enzyme that is sold by many supplement companies for about $4 a bottle. It works amazingly well without the worry of kidney problems caused by antacids. It tastes like candy. I discovered this from a naturopathic doctor when I was pregnant nearly 20 years ago and have continued to use it when I've had indigestion or heartburn. Also, many years ago while in Mexico, I had the dreaded "Montezuma's Revenge" after eating something. A local friend got a huge papaya and crushed the seeds and gave them to me; it helped my severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting almost immediately.

Drink Warm Lemon Water

Drinking warm lemon water every morning will help with heartburn. Apple cider vinegar before meals is also beneficial.

Cheap and Effective Solution

I just mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in about four ounces of cold water. It's important that it's cold water. It seems to taste better that way. Drink it quickly because it will taste really salty. You'll feel better in no time and it's incredibly cheap!
R. Steele

Keep It Simple

A very simple heartburn remedy is to chew three to four coriander seeds.

Healthy Bacteria in Gut

I, too, suffer from heartburn and ulcers. When hit with a case of heartburn, I actually drink a bit of baking soda in a small glass of water. A half of a teaspoon of baking soda to four fluid ounces of water every two hours works for me. Within a few minutes, I am totally relieved of the heartburn.

As for ulcers, I follow several home remedies. I drink either buttermilk or sauerkraut juice and will also eat sauerkraut. All are good for helping to control healthy bacteria in your gut, which keeps the disease-causing bacteria that can cause ulcers in check. I found my information by Google-searching buttermilk and ulcers, sauerkraut juice and ulcers, etc. Apparently, cabbage juice is very helpful as well, but I've only had sauerkraut juice.
Kim T.

Try Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar could help your heartburn. You can either drink 1-2 T. straight or mix it with 1/3 c. apple juice and then dilute it in water.

Licorice Helps Indigestion

You can get licorice chewables online. Prilosec and those types of remedies are not good for you and rob your body of calcium.

Crystallized Ginger Provides Instant Cure

I am a cancer survivor and suffered from extreme heartburn during my chemotherapy treatments. The best tip I received that worked very well is crystallized ginger. I buy it in the bulk aisle of the grocery store and chop it up into bite-size pieces. When the heartburn sets in, I chew on one or two pieces. If it is extreme, I continue until the heartburn subsides. For me, this was an almost instant cure. Hope this helps.

Stick with Doctor's Orders

If you have been diagnosed with an ulcer, you don't want to mess around. It is a serious condition. Follow your doctor's orders.

Tums are not mostly baking soda. They are a different chemical altogether. People used to use baking soda for heartburn, but there is a strong rebound and the acid is worse a short time later.

Avoid Heartburn, Instead of Treating It

Beware of using baking soda because it's high in sodium and can send your blood pressure sky-high. If you do want to use it, you can mix it with water and drink it (I did that as a teen).

Ways to avoid heartburn (instead of treating it) are:

  1. Figure out your triggers and try to avoid them. They tend to be spicy food, coffee, alcohol, citrus, and smoking.
  2. Don't eat after dinner. You want an empty stomach at bedtime.
  3. Sleep on your left side, not your right.
  4. Try drinking your beverages at least 30 minutes before meals and don't drink during meals. Liquid in your stomach pushes up on your LES (lower esophageal sphincter), and with a full meal, that's a lot of pressure
  5. Lose weight.
  6. Put blocks under the head of your bed, so you're not lying completely flat.

Tracey H.

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