Herbal Remedies for Acid Reflux

By | February 9, 2014

How Herbal Remedies Can Help with Acid Reflux

Herbal TeaThere are more than a few herbal remedies that can help with problems such as acid reflux and heartburn. These remedies provide relief without all the side effects one might get from antacids, but they are not a cure. Anyone suffering from regular acid reflux should consult a physician. If you take medications or have serious health problems, talk to your doctor before attempting to use these natural herbal remedies to avoid an unforeseen reaction.

Tea is an effective as well as pleasant way to ingest many herbal remedies. Steeping the herbs and drinking them as tea will let your body assimilate the herbs quickly. In fact, many of the more common herbs can be purchased in teabag form. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the package. Of course, if you have the herbs, you can make the tea infusion on your own. You’ll need to know which leaves, roots or flowers to use. Then simply pour boiling water over it and let it steep for ten minutes.

Chicory is a well-known herb when it comes to digestive difficulties. The root is commonly used, not just as a remedy, but as a substitute for coffee. The leaves and flowers are also useful for aiding digestion.

Chamomile is a popular herb known to settle the stomach and nerves. It is good for helping with acid reflux. Its calmative properties also help with nighttime heartburn. This is not to be taken by anyone allergic to ragweed.

Lavender also helps with evening acid reflux. This herb will actually reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. Peppermint can help with problems such as cramps, ulcers, gas and stomach distention, but it does not especially help with heartburn. Peppermint relaxes muscles, which may affect the lower esophageal sphincter. This can be a problem for people with gastroesphageal reflux disease (GERD), so if you suffer from this, avoid peppermint.

Meadowsweet, slippery elm, fennel, catnip, angelica root and ginger root are all herbs that should be included if you are looking for some natural relief from acid reflux. Meadowsweet, in particular, is like natural aspirin and can help with acid reflux, but has none of the side effects of aspirin itself.

A cup of catnip tea after meals can also help with acid reflex, even preventing it altogether, but it should never be taken by women with pelvic inflammatory disease or who are pregnant. Ginger is also a good herb for digestive problems, but this should be avoided if you have gallstones or are in any danger at all from internal bleeding.

Diet and other factors must always be considered when trying to overcome acid reflux, but herbal remedies can be a great way to have relief in the meantime, along with their other beneficial effects. Use an herbal guide to look into the herbs available and how they might help your unique situation, and as always, talk to your doctor to find out which herbal remedies are the best for your particular circumstance.