When you think of the most common health conditions, things such as the common cold, headaches, and upset stomachs come to mind. They are things that effect everyone at some point in their lives, often leaving us tired, frustrated, and wishing the symptoms and discomfort would just go away.
Of these conditions, an upset stomach is one of the most common. Whether it is caused by indigestion, gas build-up, nausea, or diet, all of us have dealt with an upset stomach at some point. While an upset stomach can occasionally be signs of a serious health condition-and a medical professional should be consulted if pain persists-an upset stomach can generally be cured easily at home.
When treating an upset stomach, many people might rush to the medicine cabinet looking for an antacid or other over-the-counter medicine designed to calm an upset stomach. However, there are a number of home remedies that can be used to cure an upset stomach. Because of how common stomach aches are, there are a wealth of home remedies for upset stomachs that range from the common to the more bizarre. With so many different home remedies for upset stomachs, if one doesn’t work, it is easy to try another.
In my experience, Some of the best home remedies for an upset stomach include:
Mint and Peppermint Tea – When you have an upset stomach, an easy home remedy is to drink a cup of mint or peppermint tea. For most people, either tea works effectively to calm the stomach. You can either use tea bags that are sold at the store (purchase only teas that contain only mint or peppermint) or buy the dried herbs at a health food store (significantly cheaper) to brew your own tea. In addition to the benefits of mint and peppermint on your stomach, drinking the tea will force you to sit down and take a break, which is often helpful in calming stomach problems. I often use peppermint tea to calm an upset stomach, and it has also been recommended by the Mayo Clinic.
Ginger – Another common home remedy for an upset stomach is to use ginger to calm the stomach. Ginger is well known for calming an upset stomach. There are a number of ways that you can use ginger to calm an upset stomach including candied ginger (available at health food stores), ginger tea, and chewing on ginger. Of these, candied ginger is one of the easiest ways to use ginger as a home remedy for an upset stomach as it has a bit more mild flavor. You can also make your own ginger tea by buying ginger from the grocery store and boiling pieces of ginger in water for about 15 minutes and then pouring the liquid through a strainer.
Activated Charcoal – Activated Charcoal is a common home remedy for an upset stomach. The charcoal tablets help to neutralize the gasses in your stomach that cause it feel upset. They can be purchased at natural foods stores and are recommended by the Mayo Clinic as a home remedy for an upset stomach. I have also heard that you can eat burnt toast to achieve a similar effect, but I have not tried it myself. However, if other home remedies for an upset stomach don’t work, it may be an option of last resort.
Baking Powder and Water – One of the older home remedies for an upset stomach is to drink a combination of water and baking powder. The home remedy is easy to make, just mix two tablespoons of baking powder in a glass of water and drink it. It doesn’t taste very good, but it does wonders to calm an upset stomach.
There are many additional home remedies for an upset stomach, but the aforementioned remedies are some of the easiest to prepare and are-in my experience-the most effective.