Heartburn: 4 natural solutions to calm them.

Whether linked to an overly large meal or gastroesophageal reflux, acid reflux is no easy task. Our tips to quickly soothe them.

Heartburn, acid reflux … these symptoms, often mild, are very common and affect a third of the population. Some simple remedies help to calm them down for the long term.

Clay as a gastric dressing.

” Clay, green or white , lines the stomach and acts as a natural gastric bandage,” explains Dr Jacques Labescat, general practitioner phytotherapist. White clay is softer, but green clay has a slightly anti-inflammatory action, interesting if the mucosa is already very inflamed by several days of acid reflux, said Doctor.

How to use it ? We choose green or white ultra-ventilated clay powder , the only one suitable for food use, in pharmacies and drugstores (Cattier, Argiletz…). Then mix ½ tsp. ½ glass of water.

Be careful to drink it always 30 minutes before meals and at a distance (at least 2 or 3 hours) from taking medication, because the clay absorbs all substances! To do twice a day until healing and disappearance of pain, but not more than 15 days because the clay can cause constipation.

Herbal tea, for a complete action on digestion.



The purple is particularly recognized for intestinal problems. Its flowers, because of their richness in mucilages, line the mucous membranes to relieve irritation and have softening and healing properties. A complete action in synergy, especially if heartburn occurs during the digestion of meals.The ideal is to combine these mallow flowers with basil, for its digestive and draining action on the stomach, and with white willow, for its analgesic properties, because it contains salicylic acid like aspirin, notes said Doctor.

How to use these plants? In the form of herbal tea  : pour 5 to 10 g of the mixture of dried plants in a cup of boiling water, then leave to infuse 5 to 10 minutes before filtering and drinking the infusion. Consume two cups a day, preferably at the end of a meal to aid digestion.

A solution that relieves punctually after a large meal or in treatment for 1 to 2 weeks, if the burns are recurrent. This tea is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding .

Roman chamomile, when stressed.

The essential oil of Roman chamomile , or noble, has a sedative and soothing action on the nervous system, which helps to decrease gastric secretions.

How to use it ? Always diluted, by mixing 2 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil in 10 drops of vegetable oil.

  • To be applied in a clockwise massage in the hollow located under the solar plexus and the ribs, projection area of ​​the stomach, until penetration. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day, as soon as you feel the stress and the acid reflux come back.
  • Also to be applied on the inside of the wrists  : the skin is very thin and very innervated, which allows faster diffusion and “inhalation” by breathing the skin. You can also breathe this essential oil.

Licorice, in case of recurrent digestive disorders

Licorice root  is known for its anti-inflammatory properties in the lining of the stomach and esophagus. It calms irritations and facilitates the formation of mucus, which lines the wall of the stomach, to protect it from gastric acidity.Both restorative and protective, it is the most effective plant in the event of recurrent gastritis, specifies said Doctor.

How to use it ? Preferably in the form of capsules of powdered licorice root dosed at 400 mg (to ask your pharmacist). Depending on the intensity of the burns, swallow 1 to 2 capsules 30 minutes before each of the two main meals, in continuous treatment, for at least 2 to 3 weeks.

Be careful all the same, “as liquorice can generate hypertension , it requires regular monitoring of its blood pressure and it is contraindicated in hypertensive patients!” Added the doctor. 

Do it yourself

A good remedy: potato juice, rich in cellulose, which lines the stomach. Extract this juice with a centrifuge, and drink ½ glass before each meal. Add carrot juice for taste.

If the heartburn continues, one should consult to check that there is not a more serious pathology . If they are calmed down with meals, they can hide an ulcer .

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