Everyone suffers with an upset stomach from time to time, and many people use natural remedies for symptoms that range from mild nausea to heartburn. Natural remedies are often just as good as or better than store-bought remedies, but natural remedies are usually less expensive and have fewer side effects. My grandmother always used natural remedies instead of store-bought medications because they work very well to settle the stomach. Consider the following natural remedies to help soothe and relieve the discomfort of an upset stomach. They are readily available in most grocery stores, and many people already have at least one of these natural remedies in their kitchen pantry.
Many health conditions can cause an upset stomach. The following natural remedies are not meant to replace professional medical care. Seek professional medical care if necessary, and use natural remedies only after being examined by a healthcare professional.
Warm or room temperature rice water can greatly soothe an upset stomach. Cook rice in twice the recommended amount of water, and just as the rice starts to become tender, remove it from the heat. Allow the rice to soak for several minutes with the lid of the pan in place. Next, drain the water through a strainer and into a glass. Drink the warm rice water with a small amount of sugar to make it more palatable. Alternately, the water can be served at room temperature. Save the rice for a bland meal that will also help soothe the discomfort.
One of the best natural herbal beverages for an upset stomach is chamomile tea. Steep a bag of instant chamomile tea in a cup of hot water, and cover the cup with a saucer during the steeping process. Remove the teabag once it begins to sink to the bottom of the cup. Add a little sugar if desired.
Another one of the best natural herbal drinks for an upset stomach is ginger tea. Natural ginger in any form will gently soothe an upset stomach. It is especially helpful in controlling nausea and vomiting. Steep a bag of instant ginger tea, and serve it with a couple of gingersnap cookies. This natural spice not only soothes the digestive system, but it also tastes great.
Candy or drinks made from natural peppermint oil will effectively soothe an upset stomach. Slowly suck on a peppermint or two, or enjoy a hot cup of peppermint tea. Look for items made from natural peppermint oil to help stop the discomfort of an upset stomach. Even breath mints made from genuine peppermint oil can be very helpful at soothing the irritation.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Those who regularly consume apple cider vinegar tout the many benefits of drinking this sour golden colored liquid. If your stomach is upset, try a spoonful of natural undiluted apple cider vinegar. It might not taste very good, but it will work to quickly soothe the discomfort.
When the stomach is upset, the body feels miserable all over. When your stomach is upset, look around your home for one of the aforementioned natural remedies to soothe the pain. Make a habit of consuming one or more of these natural remedies to prevent an upset stomach and to help keep the digestive system running smooth.