Home Remedies for Heartburn

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Heartburn is characterized by a burning sensation and pain in the stomach and chest (behind the breastbone). The burning sensation is caused by acidic stomach juices rising into the esophagus when the valve between the esophagus and stomach does not close properly. This is why heartburn often occurs after eating fatty, fried, or acidic foods.

Heartburn illustration

Other common symptoms of this problem are gas, nausea, bloating, difficulty breathing and a sour taste in the throat and mouth. A variety of natural treatments can provide relief.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for heartburn.

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, provides quick and easy relief from heartburn. Being a natural antacid, it works within minutes, giving you relief from heartburn pain.

baking soda for heartburn

  1. Just mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water.
  2. Drink it for instant relief. You can also mix a few drops of lemon juice in this solution.

2. Fennel Seeds

Chewing fennel seeds several times a day will freshen your breath while also controlling the production of stomach acid.

heartburn fennel seeds home remedy

You can also drink tea made from fennel seeds. To make this herbal tea, add two teaspoons of fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water, allow it to sit for 10 minutes and then strain it into a cup.

3. Mint

Mint is effective in treating indigestion and heartburn because it aids digestion and has soothing properties.

  1. Add one tablespoon of crushed mint leaves to a cup of water.
  2. Leave it for about 30 minutes.
  3. Drink it two to three times a day.

You can also chew fresh mint leaves to avoid heartburn. However, do not take mint if you are suffering from acid reflux.

4. Ginger

Fresh ginger provides relief from heartburn in two ways – it absorbs acid in the stomach and helps calm the nerves that contribute to heartburn.

You can use ginger as a spice in cooking, eat raw ginger pieces or drink ginger tea. This natural herb can be consumed regularly to prevent heartburn from recurring.

To make ginger tea:

  1. Add one teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to one cup of boiling water.
  2. Let it steep for a few minutes.
  3. Drink this herbal tea several times a day.

5. Vinegar

If you suffer from acid reflux that causes heartburn, vinegar can trigger the sphincter below the esophagus to close, thus preventing acid from rising. Of all the different types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar usually works best.

  1. Simply add one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
  2. Drink it before each meal.

6. Aloe Vera Juice

The juice extracted from the aloe vera plant is a popular home remedy for heartburn. Aloe vera juice controls heartburn by reducing inflammation and healing the gastrointestinal tract.

For best results, drink one-quarter cup of the juice about 20 minutes before eating a meal. Be careful not to drink too much of it in one day as it can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain.




  1. Wow apple cider vinegar took away the pain! I was only left with the overwhelming urge to burp

    • Yes Apple cider vinegar usually takes away many of the unwanted acid in your stomach, or give you stomach more of the acid it requires to adequately digest your food. Have a tablespoon of vinegar prior eating or straightaway after indulging a meal for good results. In case the taste of apple cider vinegar gets too strong for you, blend it with a bit water or juice. Should you get heartburn often times, have a tiny bit apple cider vinegar every day right before you take any foods.

  2. Terry @ home remedy for heartburn April 13, 2013, 6:59 pm

    I use the baking soda and water myself. It works very well for me. I have also used antacids on occasion.

  3. a few fennel seeds–just lightly chewing on them–instant relief !!!

  4. fennel seeds–yes !

  5. A table spoon of mustard helps me…it burns at first but goes right away.

  6. I have 3 words

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch 😀

  7. chilled red apple, what a fast relief i never thought!

  8. i am drinking hot water when i get heart burn, its benefiting me.

  9. Its good to have symptomatic relief on hand, but digestive enzymes, including pancreatic enzymes and HCl, addresses the cause.

  10. Eat a pickle or drink the juice. That helps me and i love pickles :)

  11. nothing can work better than a big or two glasses of milk. It helps me immediately . I wrote it for heartburn.

  12. Rubina Nasibdar July 7, 2014, 10:59 pm

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  13. Milk and a slice of dry white bread works well for me :))


    I have been plagued all my life with heart burn and had over the counter tablets, etc. constantly in my pockets. There have been all types of articles on what foods to eat in avoiding the problem but this allows little restrictions.
    What I have found that the simple correction is to drink no beverages during your eating times throughout the day. In the basics of digestion we start with the mouth and mastication which stimulates the saliva and is the first step in digestion. Most all people have a beverage during eating with food in your mouth and find that minimal chewing is stopped short when your food is washed down with a beverage, even water and the saliva is short-stopped in the process.
    I have found if I take time in the chewing process during a meal and allow the saliva to do its work that heart burn does not occur. Fill your daily quota of water or beverage between meals and consume none during any meal.
    Take it from me, it works, as I have suffered much over my 83 years and now I can eat most anything.

  16. Captain Black Strapp Molasses November 16, 2014, 4:47 pm

    I find almost instant relief from heartburn by eating a Banana !!!

  17. Just eat an apple. It does the trick.( I always peel my apples, I dunno if the skin makes a difference)

  18. cold cup of milk also helps

  19. Also try using extra virgin olive oil. From experience, it is an effective home remedy for acid reflux and heartburn.

  20. eating banana works wonder in heartburn

  21. drinking milk (room temperature)helps a lot in reducing acidity

  22. chilled half cup milk slowly slowly

  23. nono motabogi June 4, 2015, 7:47 pm

    A half teaspoon of
    bicarbonate of soda and
    drink water,
    it work for quickly.

  24. gulnaaz shaikh July 14, 2015, 2:11 am

    i always Drink cold milk for quick result

  25. I tried vinegar and warm water. It works like magic. I really feel better after taking it.
    The trick is taking it slowly.

  26. Chill milk is magically effective

  27. Take green appal in emptyeart stomach reduce heartburn


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