Are there good home remedies for stomach aches? Well…my mother grew up on a farm in Alabama. On her family farm, my mother was taught how to live off the land, not only for sustenance, but for general health. She took all she learned to the (big cities) Chicago and Denver, where she kept I, and my two older siblings in good health with her country-born wisdom. I can attest to the healing powers of the remedies she gave me, also experts in the medical industry don’t contradict the effectiveness of them. So I decided I would suggest a few natural household items that you should keep stocked in case of a stomach ache.
It’s important to first understand that stomach aches can be very serious, and if your pain is consistent or over-whelming it’s best to seek medical attention from a doctor. Abdominal pain is most commonly attributed to benign digestive issues. If you are suffering from a benign stomach ache caused by digestive issues, the following remedies will help alleviate the pain.
My mother often kept baking soda in the house, since she loved to bake. She used baking soda for many other purposes as well, one purpose being stomach aches. Baking soda can be used effectively to soothe stomach aches caused by excessive stomach acid. An empty stomach filled with only acid or a full stomach which displaces acid into the esophagus (acid-reflux) may warrant the use of baking soda. Dr. William Sears MD suggests the ‘use of an antacid for abdominal pain’ caused by acid. Baking soda acts as an ant acid similar to Alka-Seltzer or Tums. You shouldn’t use too much baking soda because it essentially neutralizes stomach acid and makes digestion slower. The general rule of thumb is about a teaspoon of baking soda in three ounces of water. Stir the mixture of baking soda and water until dissolved and then drink. You might feel bloated and burp afterward, but you will definitely notice your pain subside.
I was given ginger ale as a child for stomach aches which included nausea. I still drink ginger ale whenever my stomach becomes upset. I drink ginger ale at the first symptoms of nausea, to help prevent vomiting. It is successful at calming my stomach and my light-headedness. The claims of gingers ability to counteract stomach ailments has been substantiated by several studies which suggest that ginger may be more effective than placebo in reducing symptoms associated with motion sickness. One successful ginger trial is referenced by the University of Maryland Medical Center. The trial was performed on rookie ‘green horn’ sailors. Those sailors who took powdered ginger ‘experienced a significant reduction in vomiting and cold sweating compared to those who took placebo’. Ginger ale has no harsh side-affects which makes it a great choice to remedy stomach pains. The important active components of the ginger root are thought to be volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds (such as gingerols and shogaols). Canada Dry produces a ginger ale made from 100% real ginger which is most commonly found in homes. There are also more potent brands of ginger ale found at natural grocers, brands which are infused with more ginger. If you don’t have ginger ale, you can also steep ¼ to ½ teaspoon of dried ginger root powder in one cup of hot water. Sweeten with honey and drink as needed.
Mints, Peppermint & Spearmint
There is nothing more soothing than the smell of mint. Since the age of the Egyptian Empire, mint has been used for aroma therapy and as a remedy for nausea. There are many types of mints. Some mint might be growing wildly in your yard.My mother seemed to always have a section in her garden for mint. Peppermint is often found in America and Spearmint is common in Europe, although both types of mints are native to Europe. The Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado, recommends the following ratio of peppermint to water: Steep one to two teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves, or one tablespoon of fresh leaves, in one cup of hot water for five to 10 minutes; sweeten as needed with honey; and drink.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sometimes unknowingly, constipation can be the cause of a stomach ache. My mother often would include apple cider vinegar in teas as a digestive tract cleanse. The Colon Cleansing & Constipation Resource Center suggests apple cider vinegar adds helpful fibers such as apple pectin to a diet which helps in proper bowel movements. A teaspoon per cup of water is suggested when consuming apple cider vinegar.
I hope these common household items can help you feel good, and live well. They are inexpensive products with wide ranging health benefits.