Home Remedy for Upset Stomach
As a modern society we have been ‘programmed’ to seek medical relief from the use of pharmaceuticals, be it prescription or over-the-counter. This is somewhat understandable given the system we operate in today with our busy lifestyles filled with speedy shortcuts. We forget that our grand parents and ancestors had discovered countless natural home remedies for all types of ailments, many of which have not been passed down to current generations.
Although Prilosec works well in most cases…
The following home remedy is one for which many are inflicted, an upset stomach or stomach pain. Rather than reaching for a pharmaceutical, why not first try thinking about the possible cause (a particular food sensitivity, etc…) and second, why not try a natural home remedy such as this one, which sometimes works better than a pharmaceutical!
The following are two natural home remedies that work for me for an upset stomach to offer temporary relief, and will work like a charm.
Ginger Root for upset stomach pain
The first home remedy for my upset stomach actually came form my gastroenterologist. He said, “You know what would really help you? Ginger. Make some ginger tea, it will really help your stomach pain.” Now, I had already tried taking ginger capsules that I bought at a vitamin store with no relief. The fact that I was seeing a gastroenterologist meant I was frustrated with the situation and I was willing to try just about anything to obtain some relief. So I went to the store and bought some ginger tea. Guess what? I had no relief.
Shortly thereafter, I happened to be talking to a friend, who is also a physician. When I told him that I had no relief from the ginger tea, he asked me how I had made the tea. I said, “Well, I took the bag out of the box…..” He chuckled and said, “no, no. You’ve got to make the tea from fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks.”
Ah, ha! The light bulb went on! I had also heard somewhere that cinnamon was helpful in calming an upset stomach. So I made the ‘recipe’ he gave me and experienced a lot of relief within 10 – 15 minutes of drinking the tea.
The recipe is simple.
Take some fresh ginger root and slice into medallions about ¼ inch thick. You want about ¾ cup when you are done. Remember that when purchasing your ginger root you want to look for ones with smooth skins. If the skin is wrinkled, it means the ginger is old.
Bring to a boil 6 cups of water. Add the sliced ginger root and 4 to 6 cinnamon sticks. Let the ‘tea’ simmer at a low boil for 20 minutes. Let cool. Remove the ginger root and cinnamon sticks.
I have found that the tea is more enjoyable after it has been refrigerated until cold.
This recipe makes a nice pitcher-full so I always have some handy in the fridge if upset stomach acid rears it’s ugly head. Relief is only 10 – 15 minutes away.
Also available, Ground Ginger Root
Coconut Water for upset stomach pain
This next remedy, for me, was much more effective on upset stomach than even the ginger root tea. One day I was having stomach pain, a bad acid attack. Though the ginger tea helped, it was not its usual relief. My husband started looking online and found the following remedy. That day, it was nothing short of a miracle for me.
Go to the store and buy a whole coconut (‘young’ green coconuts apparently work best). This remedy is coconut water, not coconut milk! You need to extract the water from the inside of the coconut. Now, I had a bit of a dilemma. How to crack open the coconut without losing the majority of the natural water. My husband the MacGyver went out to the tool shed and brought back a cordless drill for the simple solution.
Drill a hole in the coconut and pour the ‘water’ into a glass with a piece of cheesecloth over the top to strain out any small pieces of husk etc. Drink it down! It actually tastes good. I found a lot of relief in about 5 minutes.
Hope this information helps you the next time you have an upset stomach to consider or seek out other natural remedies rather than automatically reaching for a pill