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Treat Your Sour Stomach with a Natural Remedy

written by: Diana Cooper • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 5/9/2011

Ginger tea is one safe and effective remedy for treating a sour stomach. Learn what other natural remedies can help soothe an upset stomach.

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    Sour Stomach

    Papaya (a natural remedy for treating a sour stomach) If you are experiencing stomach upset or discomfort, you may have a sour stomach. This is a common problem many people encounter when they have too much hydrochloric acid in their stoamch. Symptoms can include mild cramping, nausea and vomiting. Instead of taking a medication to relieve the problem, try a natural remedy for sour stomach.

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    Natural Remedies

    • Drink a cup of ginger tea. It is an excellent herbal remedy for an upset stomach and can be used during pregnancy. To prepare a cup of ginger tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 3/4 teaspoon of ginger root (small, thin pieces), cover and steep for five minutes.
    • Drink a cup of chamomile tea. To prepare a cup of chamomile tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers, cover and steep for 5-10 minutes.
    • Drink a cup of peppermint tea. To prepare a cup of peppermint tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of dried peppermint leaves, cover and steep for 10 minutes.
    • Meadowsweet, fennel, licorice and oregano teas can also soothe a sour stomach.
    • Add a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water, stir and drink.
    • Drink a glass of hot water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. This remedy is especially helpful before eating because it helps neutralize excess acid.
    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a glass of cool water, mix and drink quickly.
    • Drink a glass of aloe vera juice to soothe an upset stomach.
    • Chew on a few cardamom seeds, caraway seeds or anise seeds. Not only will these seeds help treat your problem, they will freshen your breath.
    • Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of hot water and drink.
    • Eat some fresh papaya or drink papaya juice. Papaya contains a powerful digestive enzyme called papain which can help combat indigestion.
    • Drink some carrot juice and chew on some fennel seeds.
    • Another helpful remedy for sour stomach is massage. Mix 10 drops of peppermint essential oil with 1 ounce of carrier oil (sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, apricot oil or jojoba oil). Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful of the mixture onto your stomach and massage in a clockwise direction. Do this two to three times a day.
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    References

    Yoga Health Benefits: Cure For Sour Stomach - Natural Remedies To Ease Acid Indigestion - http://www.yogawiz.com/blog/home-remedies/cure-for-sour-stomach-acid-indigestion.html

    Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen, Bottom Line's Healing Remedies (2006)

    Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments (from the editors of Bottom Line/Health) 2006

    Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/seenivas2009/4571000706/

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