Whether you’re looking forward to a daytrip with the grandkids or an evening out with friends, few things can derail your plans as quickly as an upset stomach.
Stomachaches are common, and often nothing serious. But they demand all our attention. And make us feel so miserable that curling up in bed seems like the only reasonable option.
6 effective stomachache home remedies
But before you give up a retreat under the blankets why not try one of these proven home remedies first? Any one of them could have you feeling better fast.
1. Apple cider vinegar:
When the acid levels in your stomach are out of balance, an upset stomach often follows. Too much or too little acid can cause digestion problems including gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation.
But apple cider vinegar (ACV) could help. Folks who swear by this home remedy say the ACV helps balance stomach pH by neutralizing stomach acid. Plus the vinegar can help with digestion.
To put this remedy to work for you mix a tablespoon of raw unfiltered ACV into a glass of water and sip. If you have a hard time with the taste, you can stir in a teaspoon of honey to make it more palatable.
2. Caraway seeds:
Typically, the caraway seeds on your spice rack probably only see the light of day once or twice a year. But number two on our list of stomachache home remedies will have you pulling them out more often.
The simple caraway seed could turn out to be your belly’s best friend. Experts say the humble seed can help relieve indigestion, bloating, sour stomach, cramping and nausea.
If you’re in a hurry but still need to calm your upset stomach, you can try munching on a small handful of caraway seeds. If you have a bit more time, try making a cup of caraway seed tea.
Measure out two teaspoons of the seeds for every cup of water you will be using. Place the seeds in a mug (or pot if you’re doing several cups). Pour boiling water over the seeds and cover the mug or pot.
Allow the tea to steep for at least 15 minutes. Strain the seeds out and throw them away. Stir in honey and mint to taste, or drink plain.
3. Chamomile tea:
Sipping on a mug of tea is soothing to begin with. But make that tea chamomile and you can stop a stomachache at the same time.
This powerful herb tackles inflammation, cramps, heartburn and uncomfortable gas and bloating by soothing the mucous membranes in your digestive tract. And chamomile’s mild sedative qualities will help you relax.
In other words, chamomile tea is a natural when it comes to fighting upset stomachs of all sorts. Keep a box of your favorite brand in the pantry and brew up a cup the moment a bellyache strikes. Sipping a cup after meals may head of the ache before it even begins.
You’ve probably heard that ginger is good for stomach problems. Well there’s a reason that grandmas and moms everywhere swear by it. This granddaddy of stomachache home remedies works.
And studies have backed up all those real world results. Experts say ginger can help relieve all kinds of gastrointestinal discomfort, including nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness and more.
Ginger is natural gas and bloat fighter and experts say it can help with digestion too. You can brew fresh ginger tea at home. Peel and slice your ginger root. Toss into a small saucepan with around four cups of water, and boil for at least 10 minutes (the longer you boil the stronger your tea will taste). Stir in honey—and some lime or lemon juice if you like—to taste. Carefully pour a mugful and sip.
It turns out peppermint can do a lot more than just freshen your breath after eating. The menthol in peppermint can help calm the spasms and cramps that are making you feel miserable.
Did you overeat? Peppermint has you covered. And experts say it’s the perfect choice for tackling indigestion, heartburn or gas. In a study folks taking a peppermint oil supplement had a 40 percent greater drop in stomach pain and 50 percent greater drop in gas and bloating than folks taking a placebo did.
Steep fresh or dry leaves into a tea, suck on a pure peppermint candy, or just chew the leaves themselves. Also, peppermint and caraway seeds work even better when combined, so consider taking both stomachache home remedies together.
6. Rice water:
We’re not big fans of white rice when it comes to your regular diet. But it turns out white rice has one unexpected benefit that makes it worth keeping some in your pantry.
Rice water is terrific for settling a rocky tummy. The water is a natural anti-inflammatory which coats the lining of your stomach creating a soothing protective barrier.
To make rice water add one half of a cup of white rice to six cups of water and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the rice begins to soften. Turn off the heat and let the rice “steep” for 10 to 15 minutes, just as you would a tea.
Then do the opposite that you normally would, toss the rice and reserve the water. Sip the rice water while it’s still warm. Stir in a little bit of honey if needed.
Don’t let an upset tummy ruin your plans. At the first sign of digestive distress, try one of these proven stomachache home remedies instead.