5 Effective Home Remedies For Fast Heartburn Relief

If you’ve ever experienced the burning pain of heartburn then I certainly don’t need to tell you that when this digestive dragon rears its ugly head your number one priority is quick and effective relief.

But what if you don’t want to take costly side-effect ridden prescription medications or load up on mainstream drugstore remedies that often do more than good?

The good news is that there are alternatives. In fact is there are a number of proven all-natural home remedies that will have you dousing the flames of your heartburn in no time. Here are five of my favorites:

1. Ginger tea:

Ginger is proven to be one of the most powerful natural remedies for heartburn. Drinking warn ginger tea should help alleviate heartburn in two different ways. First ginger has the capacity to absorb acid from the stomach and second it has nerve-calming effects. Furthermore, ginger is a harmless natural herb with a broad dosage range. In other words it’s safe to consume it regularly to prevent your heartburn from recurring.

2. Aloe vera juice:

Aloe vera juice is widely used in Europe as a natural home remedy to ease heartburn. This green juice is highly alkaline, thus it can neutralize excess of stomach acid. The natural juice, with no additives, can been used to calm an irritated esophagus. However, moderation is key here. High doses of aloe vera juice can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and electrolyte imbalance.

3. Cabbage juice:

Cabbage juice is an oldie but a goodie when it comes to preventing recurring heartburn pain. The juice is a natural anti-inflammatory and is a source of lactic acid making it a natural for all kinds of digestive troubles. You can easily make the juice in your blender or juicer in your own kitchen just check a search engine like Google for a number of easy to follow recipes. To get the best results drink the juice in the morning on empty stomach.

4. Baking soda:

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a natural antacid. In fact it’s among the oldest and most well known home remedies for heartburn. It can act rapidly to neutralize excess acid in the stomach giving almost instant relief from heartburn pain. Try about a half a tablespoon dissolved in a glass of water. If you find this dosage doesn’t work as effectively as you would like increase the amount of baking soda you use next time.

5. Apple cider vinegar:

It may at first seem counter intuitive but many heartburn sufferers swear by apple cider vinegar as a highly effective method of heartburn relief. The reason it works is that for a number of sufferers the problem is not excess stomach acid but too little stomach acid.

To give this one a try simply stir about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into 1/2 cup of water. However be prepared to stop taking it if you turn out to be someone who does suffer from excess acid and you don’t find relief or even feel more pain

Remember, everyone is unique therefore individuals will respond differently to each remedy. An approach that works wonders for a friend might not work as well for you. Therefore, be prepared to experiment a bit to find out what the best solutions are for you.

Do you have another favorite home remedy for heartburn that I haven’t mentioned here? If so we’d love to hear it! Share it with us in the comments below.

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Jenny Thompson

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  1. ANNE DUNNE says

    I have been taking BRIOSCHI each morning , a capful in a glass of water for some years now and NEVER get heartburns anymore and I used to have a heartburn every day. I take it first thing each morning and wait for 1/2 hour before having my breakfast

  2. robert van der hope says

    Fresh apple juice. Must be juicy and crispy red type apples. Old mushy ones no good. Just slice (including skin), chew up, swallow the juice and spit out the pulp (pulp not needed). “Red delicious” or other reddish sweet apples should be used. About two average size apples have enough juice. Repeat if necessary. Good for the general health as well ! – Cheers Robert (retired naturopathic doctor).

  3. Kelvin128 says

    Hi there,
    I’ve had a problem with rising stomoch acid for a few years. As a result, i now have a narrowed Esophagus on the right side. I couldn’t eat certain foods like ice cream or drink softdrinks. I’d wake up in the middle of the night with acid rushing up into my throat and back of mouth. I’ve tried many things including all the remedys mentioned in your article. I’ve had many success with all, however the best remedy that i have found is “Digestive Enzimes” I have been taking them for about 3 years now and haven’t had one single episode in 3 years. Another good remedy i found is Sweedish Bitters. This one is also very good. Hope this helps. cheers Kelvin

  4. Lori says

    If someone has chronic heart burn, maybe they should first look at what they’re eating. For some, even a “healthy” food could cause some problems. Seems to me that avoiding the culprit would be the first step. That said, half a lemon squeezed in a few ounces of water, or a swig of unsweetened cranberry juice may also be effective. If one of these remedies is effective, chances are, like with the apple cider vinegar, you’re not producing enough stomach acid. Interesting that the medical community doesn’t recognize low acid as an issue.

  5. Anonymous says

    I have had G.U.R.D for many years and have endured much pain… been on medication for years, changed diet etc and it is much better than it used to be. I find wheat flour, soy flour, sugar and in general processed foods will inflame the condition and the reflux will be back with a fury.
    Recently I tried a tea made with “Herb Robert” (aka “Cranesbill” or “Geranium Robertianum”) first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and have not had the debilitating heartburn since, no waking in the middle of the night with reflux and so a full nights sleep as well. It is a wonderful tonic and should be added to the list above.

  6. Surendra says

    Chew a few stalks of fresh green celery. You will get relief within half an hour as Celery juice reaches the stomach. Else eat fresh Cucumber, lettuce or eat fresh broccoli pieces cut and mixed in hot soup. Those who cannot chew these vegetables, can drink celery-carrot-cucumber-beetroot-ginger juice (as per your taste) for regular good health and acidity control.

  7. Digit says

    It is a journey that can take years to sort out, what foods are in conflict with the body and sometimes as in type 2 diabetes it can be foods that have always seemed to be OK but are now NOT. Quite often it’s not the low amount but the low strength of the acid. The body then tries to compensate for the weakness by making more of the same. So the stomach then has an abundance of weak acid that will not properly do the job for which it is intended and the result is too high a level and burning of the oesophagus. Eat foods that will strengthen the acid and then the body needs to make less and the problem will right itself. There is no quick fix, it will take time and endurance.

  8. Anonymous says

    DGL (licorice based) is also very good. For a real bad case, take the DGL and then apple cider vinegar in water

  9. Anonymous says

    Had horrible painful heartburn. Mixed half tablespoon of baking soda in a mug of water and drank half. Waited a bit and burped several large burps. Then drank the rest and heartburn went away. When I get heartburn I almost get to a panic state. My heart rate increases and it is painful from my throat down to my stomach. In short…the baking soda did the trick! What a relief!

  10. kuttan says

    I have been suffering from heart burn for the the last 30 years. I have tried all the remidies recomeded but still exoeriencing the same problem

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