Natural heartburn remedies

Although there are many over the counter and prescription medications available for heart burn relief, a natural remedy may be just as effective and cause fewer side effects. Most people experience heartburn occasionally, even those who have a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

One natural heartburn remedy is fennel seed. You probably have some in your spice rack. You can make a soothing tea using one or two teaspoons of fennel seeds in eight ounces of water. Drinking the tea may provide heartburn relief. Another natural heartburn remedy is peppermint. You will often see peppermint oil listed as an ingredient in over the counter medications. Peppermint oil may relieve feelings associated with gas or bloating. Fennel seeds and peppermint have been used by Native Americans and Europeans as a heartburn remedy. Some people experience relief from a peppermint stick or candy, but these often contain sugar and may only contain peppermint “flavor” and not peppermint oil.

If you like rhubarb, chewing on a piece may provide heartburn relief. Rhubarb, when in season is available in many grocery stores. It is fairly easy to grow, as well if youhave a garden, but it does not keep well and has a very short season. You could chop it and freeze it, but you will not get the quick relief that you can get from peppermint. Rhubarb was used by Native Americans as a heartburn remedy and for indigestion.

Heartburn occurs when stomach acids leak into the lower throat or esophagus causing a burning sensation in the throat or chest area. Chronic heartburn symptoms should be reported to your doctor as this could indicate more serious conditions. Occasional heartburn may be relieved by neutralizing the stomach acid. Water, a little milk or a calcium supplement may provide relief. Sometimes the best remedy is prevention. Overeating, spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, alcohol and even stress can lead to symptoms of heartburn. It is not always possible to avoid them all. You can choose a natural remedy mentioned here or one of the many other supplements on the market. Plant enzymes are particularly popular and work for many people to control and prevent heartburn and to provide burn heart relief.

Patsy Hamilton writes informational articles concerning heartburn and other digestive disorders for the Digestive Disorders Guide. Visit us at

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