Indigestion – that uncomfortable bloated, burning feeling that so often comes on after eating a heavy meal or during pregnancy – can be pretty unpleasant to say the least, especially when it comes on suddenly and you aren’t prepared to deal with it. Luckily, there are lots of effective natural indigestion remedies available, many of which you may well be able to rustle up in the kitchen at a pinch.
Here are some of the most potent natural remedies for indigestion I know of:
Next time you get an attack of indigestion, if you have a well-stocked pantry, head to the kitchen and combine a teaspoon each of anise, caraway, fennel and dill seeds. Spend a few minutes slowly chewing on them, and they will help you to expel the excess gas that’s causing your so much discomfort, from your body.
You’re probably aware of chamomile tea’s relaxing qualities, but did you know that it can also be used to settle a dyspeptic tummy too? The trick is to steep your chamomile tea for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
Honey and Vinegar
If you know that certain foods are likely to give you indigestion, then it’s never a bad idea to drink a warm glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and the same amount of honey first. In most cases, this will stop indigestion from coming on – just make sure you drink it no more than 3 minutes before you eat.
Making an infusion using calendula flower and hot water might help to ease the worst symptoms of indigestion because the flower is a known anti-inflammatory with stomach settling properties. That is why it is used in Caruso’s liver detox supplements, which can also be used for indigestion. You can buy calendula flower tea online and at most well-stocked health stores.
It doesn’t exactly taste pleasant, but mixing a teaspoon of baking soda into a warm glass of water with, perhaps a drop or two of lemon juice will quickly neutralize stomach acids and have you feeling your normal self again almost immediately.
Crystallized ginger is a real treat, and if you have indigestion, you don’t have to feel bad about indulging your sweet tooth with it because ginger is great for stimulating digestion and settling the stomach. It’s also pretty good at relieving morning sickness for any of you pregnant ladies out there!
Bitter beers aren’t to everyone’s taste, but if you’re suffering from indigestion and your spouse has some in the fridge, drinking half a bottle will help to stimulate your digestion, due to its rich hops content. It’s important that you do only drink half a bottle/glass as drinking more could make the problem worse!
If you don’t have any indigestion remedies to hand, it might sound odd, but making very specific movements can also do the trick. For example, bending over and rocking back and forth can help to move trapped gas, and some people have even found relief from performing a somersault, although I’m not sure I’d recommend that!
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