Home Remedies For Indigestion

Indigestion

You may suffer from slight indigestion problems that cause discomfort at times, or you may suffer from severe indigestion that keeps you awake at night. Either way, there are remedies to do from home that is a whole lot safer and better for your health in the long run than taking something like the “purple pill”.

What Causes Indigestion?

The overall cause of indigestion is an unhealthy lifestyle and/or eating habits, and can include:

  • Too many spicy foods
  • Eating too quickly
  • Eating too much
  • Fatty foods
  • Smoking
  • Inadequate rest
  • Stress
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Eating processed foods
  • Eating too many foods without living enzymes

What are the Symptoms of Indigestion?

Common Symptoms 

  • Feeling too full after a normal size meal, or feeling full for too long
  • Burping
  • Burning in the abdomen
  • Abdominal pain

Serious Symptoms

  • Chest pain, pressure or tightness
  • Breathing is difficult
  • Pain running down shoulder and arm
  • Burning in your chest 

Spoonful of sodium bicarbonate on old wood table

Home Remedies for Indigestion

  • Sip hot water
  • Mix 1 tsp. of lemon juice in a glass of hot water and drink before you eat
  • Boil peppermint in a cup of water and drink 4 times a day.  I would make this tea strong by steeping it longer than the normal time.  Click here to read how to make tea from loose herbs. You can also use peppermint essential oil in water.

Buy organic peppermint leaf here.
Buy peppermint essential oil here.

  • Eat an orange after you have a meal
  • Slowly chew pineapple when you experience indigestion
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is very good for digestion. Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is the best! I use it on my salads and for herbal vinegars.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water has helped many with instant relief

A good way to avoid digestion problems is to eat healthy!  Fast food, carbonated drinks, “boxed” food, unhealthy lifestyle habits, will only contribute to digestive problems.

Drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, exercise, choose healthy, homemade foods (and chew slowly when you eat). These all go a long ways in keeping those digestive troubles at bay.  These healthy lifestyle practices will help with many other problems also!

I highly recommend these remedies to pregnant ladies too!  Most women expecting babies only experience indigestion during their pregnancies. Hopefully, one of these suggestions will help you get a good night’s sleep, instead of sitting upright in a chair – if you’ve ever been there, you know what I mean!

How do you naturally deal with indigestion? I would love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below!

This post was originally published August 3, 2011.

How My Friend Healed Acid Reflux Disease

Illustration depicting a sign with an acid reflux concept.

A few months ago I shared some information with a friend about peppermint oil that I heard while listening to the Essential Oil Summit.  In one of the talks I learned that peppermint oil can help with weight loss.  My friend gave it a try and reported back to me a few months later that she wasn’t sure if it was helping with weight loss, but that it had healed her acid reflux disease.  I was so excited for her because I knew she had suffered for years from acid reflux and had tried so many remedies without too much success.  Sometimes one remedy works better for one person than the other, and sometimes a remedy that we have been using will stop being as effective, so I like to try a variety of remedies, or switch it up every now and then.  Our bodies at times just need a break from taking the exact same thing.

How My Friend Healed Acid Reflux Disease

To use peppermint oil for acid reflux disease, add 2 drops of 100% pure peppermint essential oil {I bought mine here} to a glass of water and drink.  Repeat this throughout the day as needed.  That’s it!  This is a very simple and safe way that you may be able to avoid medication and heal your acid relux disease.

Peppermint is used extensively in Western and Eastern medicine for indigestion and other ailments.  And who knows – it may help with weight loss too!

Do you suffer from acid reflux disease?  How do you treat it?

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