1. Baking Soda
Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) can be used as an antacid. It can help alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux (including indigestion, bloating, and nausea).
Take a glass of water and add a teaspoon of baking soda powder to it. Mix well and consume.
Note: Do not take baking soda on a full stomach. Do not use it for longer than two weeks unless your doctor advises so. Also, if you are on antacids, aspirin, iron, lithium, vitamins, or any other medication, or have high blood pressure, heart issues, or kidney disease, consult your doctor before going for this remedy.
2. Licorice Root
Licorice is an herbal remedy that is widely used in treating gastric inflammation as it has an inhibitory effect on the synthesis of prostaglandin and lipoxygenase, which may otherwise lead to acid reflux.
Heat a cup of water in a saucepan and add a few slices of dried licorice root to it. Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Have this tea once a day to reduce acid reflux.
Note: Long-term consumption of licorice can result in side effects like low potassium levels, high blood pressure, weakness, and paralysis. If you are on medication for blood clotting, blood pressure, inflammation, or diuretics, avoid this remedy as licorice is known to interact with these medications and reduce their effectiveness.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a widely used plant in traditional medicine. Its juice can help reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract that may cause acid reflux. The plant also helps soothe the tract.
You can consume half a cup of aloe vera juice 30 minutes before meals, twice a day, until you obtain relief.
Ginger has antacid and carminative properties and has been used for thousands of years to relieve gastric ailments like bloating, dyspepsia, and gastritis. It also accelerates gastric emptying, which may help relieve acidity and heartburn.
Grate an inch of ginger and add it to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes. You can drink this ginger tea every day before your meals.
Note: If you are on medications for diabetes, blood clotting, or high blood pressure, make sure to consult your doctor before opting for this remedy.
5. Slippery Elm
Studies show that slippery elm is rich in phytochemicals that can have a demulcent effect against hyperacidity. This may help in relieving the discomfort that accompanies acid reflux.
Boil a cup of water. Add a tablespoon of powdered slippery elm bark to it and mix well. Drink this tea while it is warm.
Note: Slippery elm can decrease the effectiveness of your medications. Hence, ensure you take it an hour after your medication.
6. Caraway Seeds
Caraway seeds are traditionally used to treat indigestion. They possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can inhibit the production of excess gastric acids. This, in turn, can prevent acid reflux.
Steep a teaspoon of caraway seeds in a glass of boiling water. Strain the water and consume it while it is warm. Drink this tea before and after meals to improve digestion.
Chamomile has been traditionally used for numerous gastrointestinal conditions, like flatulence, ulcers, and gastrointestinal irritation. It helps in soothing the stomach and acts as a digestive relaxant.
Steep a chamomile tea bag in a cup of boiling hot water. Drink the tea while warm. You can drink this tea 2-3 times a day.
Note: If you are allergic to plants from the daisy family, like daisies, marigolds, chrysanthemums, and ragweed, avoid chamomile.