When do you need them?
Just to be sure – heartburn is a burning sensation in the stomach.
It often occurs when digestive juices (chiefly hydrochloric acid) back up and enters the esophagus.
Your esophagus is NOT equipped to handle the acid.
And so it burns!
What does my heartburn have in common with my heart?
Well, the sensation of burning is located so that it feels like your heart is affected.
But is it?
Most often it is not. However what we commonly call “acid stomach” may in fact be a heart problem. And so if the problem persists it better check with your doc.
Causes of heartburn
Heartburn is very common in North America.
It is mostly caused by excessive intake of all those yummy foods: spicy foods, fatty foods, fried foods, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits and tomato containing foods (pizza!!)
More serious underlying reasons why heartburn keeps coming back include:
- hiatus hernia
- stomach or esophageal ulcer
- gallbladder issues
- food allergies
- and nutritional deficiencies such as lack of enzymes
All of these must be properly addressed and treated.
That said, natural remedies for heartburn will be helpful here nevertheless.
Heartburn is also associated with overweight and obesity.
Excess body weight, particularly a large abdominal area, will bring heartburn repeatedly. This occurs most when you lie down in bed, and yes may even lead to insomnia.
Apple cider vinegar for heartburn
I know what you may be thinking: vinegar is acidic!
Well in fact apple cider vinegar will help to neutralize you stomach acid.
It has the alkalizing effect on the body and has long been regarded as one of the best remedies for heartburn.
Drink this mixture while eating a meal.
Other easy natural remedies for heartburn
- Use up 20 drops of glycerin based extract of catnip and fennel in warm water. (This extract once saved the life of our youngest boy). This tincture is well known as a good carminative formula. But in my practice I always use first before any other heartburn remedies.
- Drink unsweetened peppermint tea, as needed; Some people report that peppermint actually makes their condition worse. So, please find out what works best for you.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera juice in a glass of warm water and drink as needed. Note: out of all natural remedies for heartburn diluted aloe is also very soothing for the esophagus.
- Add 3 – 4 drops of peppermint oil (essential oil) to a glass of warm water. Drink as needed. May I suggest a Peppermint Oil I am using myself?
- Potato juice for heartburn
Don’t peel the potato. Just wash it and put it in the juicer. Experiment with the dosages. Begin with 1 tablespoon of juice mixed with 1 tablespoon of water. Drink immediately after preparation 3 – 4 times daily.