Heartburn (acid reflux) is an irritating condition, occurring most often after a meal or while lying down or bending over, according to the Mayo Clinic. Heartburn may last for hours, causing burning pain from your upper abdomen to your neck. Many people rely on antacids to ease these symptoms. Alternative approaches using herbal remedies, such as rosemary, peppermint, aloe vera and ginger may also provide relief.
Remember to not generalize on using herbs, be specific to the parts, time of day, botanical name, growing conditions etc. before making generalizations. See this video on harvesting herbs and what to consider before extracting essential oils. .
Rosemary is an herb used for various culinary and medicinal purposes. Extracted from the flowering tops of the plant, rosemary oil is used commercially in soaps, creams, perfumes and lotions. For those with heartburn symptoms, rosemary may help improve digestion. Sipped as a steaming tea, the herb offers a host of antioxidants and vitamins, which may help improve overall health.
Peppermints are standard after-dinner treats, used to refresh the mouth and breath. However, these handy mints also have medicinal value. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine (NCCAM) reports peppermint oil may be useful for treating nausea, cold symptoms and indigestion. In addition, those with more serious stomach ailments, such as irritable bowel syndrome, may benefit from peppermint oil, whether in liquid or capsule form.
Aloe Vera Leaves:
Aloe vera is widely used plant and common constituent to products ranging from hair care to cosmetics and lotions. Aloe vera preparations are often used to soothe skin ailments, such as sunburns, athlete's foot and insect bites. Internally, aloe vera juice is effective at enhancing digestive functions and restoring the balance of stomach acids, according to the Chinese Herbs website. Find it at your local health food store.
Ginger root is a well-known herb, used for cooking and baking. Aside from its role in ale and bread, you can find ginger in capsules, tablets, liquid extracts and teas for a multitude of medicinal purposes. In Asian medicine, ginger is used to soothe stomachaches, treat nausea and diarrhea. In the United States, ginger extract is an ingredient in digestive anti-nausea and dietary supplements, according to NCCAM. Individuals with heartburn or stomach discomfort may find relief with one of the many ginger-based products available over-the-counter.