All of us have suffered from heartburn associated with acidity at some point. Some of the other symptoms of acidity include flatulence, burning, bloating, pain in the stomach, and acid reflux. Accept it or no, our first response is to reach for an antacid. However, it just provides short-term relief. Instead, we suggest some natural ayurvedic herbs to treat heartburn at home that will boost your overall stomach health.
Essential oils in cardamom aid in strengthening the mucosal lining of the stomach, preventing the damage caused by increased acid level in the stomach. Cardamom also triggers the secretion of saliva. Chewing cardamom releases essential oils that trigger your salivary glands to produce more saliva. This, in turn, improves the functioning of the lining of the stomach, appetite, and lowers acidity. Moreover, the cooling flavor of cardamom reduces the burning sensation faced during acidity. Other cardamom benefits include improved digestion and reduced inflammation of the stomach lining. Chew on a few pods to see its magical effects for heartburn.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. Health benefits of turmeric include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, antimicrobial, and anticancer effects. Curcumin in turmeric protects the gastrointestinal tract through its anti-inflammatory effect. It also triggers the gastric wall mucus, preventing ulcers caused by stress, alcohol, and certain medicines. According to research, turmeric improved symptoms of acidity like heartburn, abdominal pain, and bloating of the abdomen. Add this spice to any of your favorite recipes or take a supplement to prevent heartburn.
Fennel seeds are commonly used in traditional medicine to sweeten your breath and to calm your digestive system. Anethole, a compound in fennel seeds, is a soothing agent that prevents flatulence and muscle spasms associated with indigestion. It is rich in fibers and vitamins that aid the process of digestion. Anti-ulcer property of fennel seeds protects and cools the lining of the stomach. Chew a few fennel seeds to get relief from heartburn. Alternatively, soak a few fennel seeds in water and drink the water.
This spice has a myriad of medicinal benefits. Gingerols, the main ingredient in ginger, destroys the acidity causing bacteria (H. pylori). It also reduces inflammation and relaxes the stomach muscles. Because of all these reasons, ginger is included in many Ayurvedic medicines for indigestion. Ginger can be consumed raw or can be added while cooking. Ginger tea is also effective in relieving heartburn. To make this add 1 tablespoon of ginger and lemon juice each with 2 tablespoons of honey in warm water. Raw ginger is used to manage nausea and vomiting.
Mint leaves are one of the best coolants available in nature. It reduces the pain and burning sensation associated with indigestion and acidity. It also lowers the acid content of the stomach. Chew on a few mint leaves or boil a few leaves in water and consume the water once it cools to reduce heartburn.
Tulsi or basil leaves triggers the production of mucus by the lining of the stomach, which, in turn, relieves nausea and heartburn associated with acidity. It also soothes the inflamed stomach lining and esophagus that causes excessive production of acid. Furthermore, basil has antiulcer properties, which curb acid and gas production. Basil leaves and powder is most commonly used for heartburn associated with acidity.
Some tips to prevent heartburn
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol intake
- Avoid lying down immediately after having food
- Raise the head of the bed while sleeping
- Eat small portions of food at regular intervals
- Avoid soda and other carbonated drinks
Limit the intake of oily, spicy, and fried foods