An upset stomach (with nausea, indigestion or flatulence) is not only a nuisance but it is also painful. The average upset stomach home remedy is easy to come by, but which home remedies work best? There are three cures you should know keep handy.
Ginger Soothes an Upset Stomach and Nausea
The National Institutes of Health(1) outline that ginger is a tried and true home remedy for the relief of pregnancy-induced upset stomach and nausea. Although the agency freely admits that there is no conclusive study evidence that proves (or disproves) the efficacy of the home remedy for upset stomach caused by surgery or chemotherapy, it does outline how ginger is nevertheless used in these situations. Ginger tea is an easy way of introducing this calming root into the digestive tract.
Warning: Powdered ginger has been associated with heartburn and bloating. Avoid the use of ginger in this manner.
Peppermint Oil: Upset Stomach Home Remedy for Indigestion
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine(2) explains that peppermint oil – known for its soothing effects during colds – is one of the effective home remedies for upset stomach, in particular when caused by indigestion. The oil may be ingested in capsule form.
Warning: Avoid taking peppermint oil capsules and antacids concurrently. Doing so may cause nausea and also heartburn.
Activated Charcoal Makes Quick Work of an Upset Stomach Resulting in Gas
You may know activated charcoal under the name ‘vegetable carbon.’ Used for medicinal purposes, WebMD(3) explains that the substance’s pores trap the very chemicals that are responsible for intestinal gas. This upset stomach home remedy is actually a long-time favorite of those looking for hangover prevention cures as well.
Warning: While activated charcoal can soothe an upset stomach, it may lead to dehydration. Remember to keep well hydrated at all times but especially when using this home remedy to cure upset stomach!
Learning How to Cure Upset Stomach – Before it Starts
Even though these home remedies for upset stomach are generally believed to be safe – do not rely on any home remedies until you have discussed their uses with a medical professional – they are only for occasional relief. A persistent recurrence of upset stomach may be a sign of illness that requires medical attention. In the alternative, it may be a sign that it is time to make some lifestyle changes.
The Mayo Clinic(4) outlines that indigestion in particular can be avoided by shedding excess pounds — which relieves abdominal pressure — and not super-sizing meals; eating smaller portions more often during the day can prevent a good many bouts of indigestion.
(1)National Institutes of Health. “Ginger”
(2)National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. “Peppermint Oil” (accessed May 4, 2010)
(3)WebMD. “Activated Charcoal” (accessed May 4, 2010)
(4)Mayo Clinic. “Lifestyle and home remedies” (accessed May 4, 2010)