Its definitely a fact of life that we all get the occasional upset stomach. Whether you ate too many Oreos, or if you are sick, there are a few natural remedies you can use for an upset stomach. Ofcourse there is the traditional over the counter medications like Pepto-Bismol, and Tums, etc, but these medicines always seem to make things worse for me. Pepto always seems to back me up, and make my entire digestive track halt- something that does not feel good. So using it for an upset stomach always seems to give me worse side effects than what its treating! Tums sometimes works, but the chalkiness and processed nature bothers me.
One of my favorite natural remedies for an upset stomach is using peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is incredibly soothing on the stomach, and can immediately help with nausea, sore stomach, bloating, acid reflux, you name it! It can be inhaled through a diffusor, or simply dropped in hot water (near boiling). It can also be consumed orally. If consuming orally, make sure that your essential oil is 100% therapeutic grade. Mix in a few drops of peppermint oil into a glass of water and drink up! You should start feeling better within a few minutes. Now I do have to say this is not a 100% cure-all. There have been a few times that this has not fully gotten rid of my upset stomach/nausea etc.
Another thing that I have found really helps with any sort of upset stomach is chamomile tea. I used to work at Starbucks, and got nauseous pretty often (mostly due to waking up at 3am!). I always drank some herbal tea to help. I mixed one bag of peppermint/spearmint tea with one bag of chamomile tea. It tastes incredible, and the two natural ingredients of peppermint and chamomile help calm and sooth the stomach, and seems to help with any sort of stomach pain. Another great tip is to add some organic honey into your tea. The honey has calming and ant inflammatory properties which can also help calm and sooth the stomach.
The above methods work OKAY for heartburn, but are not fully effective. The most effective natural treatment for heartburn is using apple cider vinegar. If you haven’t already, check out my post on apple cider vinegar here. Apple cider vinegar works by alleviating indigestion and can also alleviate gas and bloating. It helps ease the discomfort associated with heartburn. To use apple cider vinegar for heartburn, mix 1 Tablespoon of ACV in a glass of warm water, then add honey to sweeten. Drink the ACV mixture, and you should start feeling better within 15 minutes.
Sometimes, if all other methods fail, you may want to try eating yogurt to help with your upset stomach. Although eating something daily, thick and heavy may not sound appealing when you are feeling nauseous, the probiotics in yogurt can help restore the balance of bacteria in the stomach. This can help with digestion discomfort and stomach upset. When picking out yogurt, be sure to pick organic, and preferable without sweetener or flavoring. Natural, organic yogurt is your best bet, anything else can potentially upset your stomach even more.
Are you nauseous due to motion sickness? If thats the case, then some ginger should fix you right up! Ginger has long been known to be a great cure for motion sickness. Its often available on ships where seasickness is prevalent. It has been shown in multiple studies to be more effective in treating motion sickness than a placebo. It has also been historically used to treat nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea and indigestion. The best way to take ginger is by dried ginger candies, or ginger tea. Ginger cookies like ginger snaps might help as well.
Last but not least, if you suffer from severe upset stomach associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crowns Disease, nausea from cancer treatment, etc, and need serious relief, then the hands down best natural treatment is Cannabis. Cannabis has long been known to treat nausea and upset stomach. It soothes the stomach, and helps with upset stomach, nausea, lack of appetite, etc. There are many cancer patients out there who experience severe nausea caused by chemotherapy. Oftentimes the anti-nausea drugs are not strong enough or have too many side effects to be worth while. Cannabis is a natural option to strong anti-nausea drugs. Why put another toxic drug in your body, whey you can have a natural treatment from a plant like cannabis?
I hope this article helped you, if there are any other natural remedies for an upset stomach that I didn’t mention on this post, please let me know down below in the comments!