We all get heartburn and indigestion from time to time, but we don't always have an antacid on hand to relieve it. The fact is, people have been relieving heartburn and indigestion for hundreds of years without chewing a chalky tablet or swallowing a bunch of expensive pills. Home remedies for indigestion and heartburn are a dime a dozen, and many of them are just as effective as their store-bought counterparts.
Make your own Alka-Seltzer-like heartburn and indigestion remedy by mixing baking soda and water in equal parts. You can also try cumin seeds in water, coriander juice with a pinch of salt, ginger tea, peppermint tea and cinnamon in water. These things can be taken both proactively to prevent symptoms and for relief when they occur.
Eat a piece of fruit after a meal or when you experience the symptoms of heartburn or indigestion. Papaya works well because it has an enzyme called papain that helps aid digestion. Bananas help because they coat the stomach, and grapes help because they are high in fiber and low in acidity.
Save a little room when you are eating and have a few almonds. Raw almonds help ease heartburn because they are high in oils and the oils neutralize stomach acid. You can eat them preemptively to prevent heartburn or at the first sign of heartburn.
Take a licorice root tablet to relieve indigestion or heartburn. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which reduces inflammation and protects the stomach. However, licorice should never be used long-term or by women who are pregnant or nursing.