Among the many non-medicinal and natural remedies of heartburn, there lies one which is actually quite misleading in name. And that is herbal teas. While tea in itself contains caffeine and is therefore a total no-no when you have GERD or heartburn…herbal teas, made by brewing natural ingredients are actually healthy for your digestive system. And that is why herbal brews for heartburn are actually recommended alternate remedies.
Now, there are many such herbal teas that can be your ticket to relief. But we are focusing on 3 basic ones here today. Three teas that you can get hold of easily and they can bring you relief almost instantly. And these are:
1. Peppermint Tea
As you know already, mint is naturally quite refreshing. And when you use the peppermint leaves to brew a tea, you can extend this refreshing, soothing feeling to your gastrointestinal system as well.
Peppermint extract can stimulate bile production, thereby regulating digestion. It is already known to bring relief from nausea and it can also relieve pain caused by bloating.
Even in case of an upset stomach, peppermint tea can actually bring relief. However, a note of caution, peppermint tea can also have the opposite effect on certain people. This is because the peppermint extract can actually cause further relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, leading to worsening of heartburn symptoms.
2. Chamomile Tea
Acid reflux as well as GERD results in the gastrointestinal lining becoming inflamed. Chamomile contains substances that help to soothe this lining and reduces the inflammation. This promotes healthy digestion. But that isn’t all – chamomile can itself relieve heartburn as well as indigestion. In addition, it helps to calm the mind so it is highly beneficial if you have PMS or anxiety.
3. Marshmallow Tea
Marshmallow is a common name of the fluffy white sweet most of us enjoy in hot chocolate or roasted at a campfire. But that’s not what this tea is made of. In fact, marshmallow here is actually an herb that shares its name with the sweet. This herb, when brewed in hot water, makes for a highly beneficial herbal brew. Not only is it good for respiratory problems and sore throats, it is also pretty beneficial for gastrointestinal issues and also serves to soothe the inflamed lining of the esophagus and stomach caused by GERD and heartburn.
Try them out the next time you have an attack of heartburn. Even better would be if you could actually switch to one of these teas (chamomile being the most recommended) for your regular tea time. That way you will get the benefits of the herbs you are brewing on a daily basis. In the long run, these herbal brews for heartburn will help to keep your heartburn in check!