Therapies

Natural Remedies for Indigestion

Let me share with you some of my natural remedies for indigestion.

You might have experienced indigestion at one time or the other. It can be very uncomfortable. Many people choose over the counter medications to help relieve indigestion.

There are a couple of home remedies that work and they include Peppermint tea, Chamomile tea, Apple cider vinegar, Ginger, Fennel, Baking soda, Lemon water.

Here are some things I keep handy to relieve indigestion.

1. Fennel Seeds.

Fennel Seeds mixed with crushed candies

Ever since I was served this after a meal in an Indian restaurant in 2015, I’ve always kept fennel seeds at home. Fennel seeds, aid digestion, they act as palate cleaners and best of all it tastes good. Fennel seeds taste like liquorice. Chew on a handful and swallow. Freshens your breathe and helps digest food. I like to crush some candy and mix with. I then store in an airtight jar and refrigerate. Without the candy inside, I can store in an airtight container on a the kitchen shelf for over a year.

In Lagos, Nigeria I buy fennel seeds from Hausa spice sellers. They know it as fennel seeds and that is what I call it when I want to buy.
This is my favourite indigestion remedy. Adding crushed candy makes it even more pleasant to eat. It gives quick relief.

2. Greek Yogurt

A dollop of Greek yogurt

Apart from just loving Greek yogurt, I buy it to help my metabolism. Yogurt contains probiotics, a type of good bacteria found in the digestive tract that gives a boost to your immune system, it also improves your ability to properly digest food. Feeling bloated, or you notice after you eat a particular meal you end up feeling constipated, drink yogurt. Personal preference Greek yogurt.

3. Lemon Water.

Room temperature water with a slice of lemon

A slice of Lemon in a glass of water can help work wonders in digesting your food! Interesting enough, though lemon is acidic a small amount in water has an alkalizing effect on to neutralise the acid in your stomach.

You could for good measure add Mint leaves to the water. Mint helps aid digestion. “Menthol, which is the active oil in the mint, has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help relieve indigestion and also soothe an upset stomach”.

Room temperature water with a slice of Lemon and mint leaves

What natural remedies do you use for indigestion?

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