Super spicy food and donuts. Those are and always have been the main triggers for my heartburn. Especially when I was pregnant! I officially hate Tums (I’ve consumed more than my fair share while pregnant so now even the mere sight of them makes me gag). And other medications may not be the most healthful (especially since I’m currently nursing a baby). Fortunately, there are plenty of all-natural home remedies for soothing heartburn that I can put to use. And so can anyone else who suffers from occasional heartburn.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, be sure to consult your doctor before you try any of these home remedies to ensure that they are safe for you.
Also, if you just happen to be someone (not necessarily pregnant) who has chronic heartburn, I recommend you try to pinpoint your heartburn triggers then change your diet and be sure to visit your doctor in case its something more than just typical heartburn.
- Baking soda in water. Mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a cup with about 1/4 cup water. Drink up. It may cause your stomach to feel bloated for a little bit, but then you burp a lot and the heartburn should be gone almost instantly. You could also add a couple drops of Young Living peppermint essential oil to make it taste better. If you’re pregnant, don’t do this remedy very often (maybe no more than once per week) because it can contribute to swelling.
- Peppermint tea. Make some hot peppermint tea, allowing the tea to steep for at least 30 minutes before drinking. A bit of raw honey mixed in helps, too.
- Slippery elm bark. Swallow capsules. NOT pregnancy or breastfeeding safe.
- Aloe vera gel. Drink about 1/4 cup about 20 minutes before a meal. NOT pregnancy or breastfeeding safe.
- Magnesium lotion. Apply some high quality magnesium lotion or oil to the chest and heart area.
- Activated charcoal. Swallow 1 or 2 capsules.
- Bentonite clay. Fill 1 or 2 capsules then swallow them.
I like spicy, the hotter the better. So I tend to fight fire with fire. If I have heartburn or my tummy’s a little upset, I drink a glass of tomato juice with a dash or two of hot sauce. Works like a charm for me!
Really? That’s different–never heard that one before! I’ll definitely give it a try. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!