Home Remedies for a Burning Sensation in Your Stomach

Here are the top 10 home remedies for a burning sensation in your stomach:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy if you are experiencing a burning sensation in the abdomen. Though acidic in nature, apple cider vinegar has an alkalizing effect that helps balance the acid level in the stomach.

This in turn makes digesting food easier and prevents the formation of excess stomach acid, which often causes this painful problem. It also helps restore the proper pH in the stomach.

  1. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of lukewarm water.
  2. Add a little honey (optional) and mix thoroughly.
  3. Drink it once or twice a day. You can also drink it before meals.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is another good remedy to treat digestive problems, such as a burning sensation in the stomach. It works as a natural antacid to neutralize the acid in your stomach, thus providing instant relief.

  1. Mix ½ to 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Stir until it dissolves completely.
  2. Add a little honey or lemon for taste if you want, and drink it immediately.
  3. Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a day (1 to 2 hours after having meals or other medications).

Note: Do not take baking soda on a full stomach, and do not use this remedy for more than 1 week.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics can ease the burning sensation, pain and uncomfortable feeling associated with acidity and digestive system problems. Probiotics are “good” bacteria that boost your intestinal and overall digestive health.

In fact, eating probiotic foods helps restore the natural balance of your gut bacteria and prevent acids from forming in the stomach.

  • Boost your intake of probiotics by eating yogurt, certain types of milk, soy products, kefir (similar to yogurt), sauerkraut, dark chocolate, miso soup, kimchi and kombucha tea.
  • Probiotics are also available as dietary supplements, which you can take after consulting your doctor.

4. Pickle Juice

As pickle juice is rich in vinegar, it works much like apple cider vinegar to reduce acid formation in the stomach. Naturally fermented sour pickle juice is a good source of dairy-free probiotics and is less likely to cause any side effects.

Moreover, pickle juice is more palatable and many people prefer its taste over vinegar.

When suffering from acidity, have a few sips or teaspoons of pickle juice after eating your meal. You can even have the pickle along with the juice.

5. Ginger

Ginger is good for your overall digestion system and helps treat a number of stomach problems – from acid reflux to ulcers.

It aids better absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients to ensure proper digestion. Also, it promotes mucus secretion in the stomach and reduces the effect of the acid on your stomach. In fact, ginger neutralizes stomach acids.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of freshly chopped ginger root to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey and sip the tea slowly. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day for about a week.
  • Alternatively, consume ½ tablespoon of ginger juice mixed with a little honey before eating a meal, 2 times daily for a week.
  • You can even chew a small piece of fresh ginger root to fight acidity.

Note: Ginger may interfere with blood-thinning and high blood pressure medications. Consult your doctor before using ginger remedies if you take such medications.

6. Chamomile

Chamomile is another excellent natural remedy, due to its acid-neutralizing effect. It helps reduce inflammation in the stomach and neutralize acidity levels. Plus, it can reduce the risk of ulcers.

In addition, it helps relieve stress, which can trigger acid reflux.

  • Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of hot water. Cover and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain and add some honey. Drink this tea 3 or 4 times a day.
  • Chamomile is also available as a dietary supplement, which you can take after consulting your doctor.

Do not boil this herb, as its active compounds will be destroyed.

7. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice has anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that boost digestion as well as remove toxins from the body.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine reports that aloe vera juice effectively reduces symptoms of acid reflux without any reported side effects. The study concluded that aloe vera may work by reducing acid production and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.

  • Drink ½ cup of aloe vera juice before meals. Choose one that has the laxative component removed.

Note: Do not take aloe vera juice if you have an upset stomach.

8. Chewing Gum

Chewing a piece of sugar-free gum is a simple trick to combat a burning sensation in the stomach. It stimulates the production of saliva, which is an alkaline agent. When you swallow the saliva, it neutralizes stomach acid and gives you quick relief from the problem.

9. Bananas

Bananas are high in fiber content and help speed up digestion, thus minimizing incidences of acidity and burning sensations in the chest and stomach.

In fact, bananas contain natural antacids that act as a buffer against acid reflux. Also, the potassium in them keeps acid production in the stomach under control.

  • Eat a ripe banana for quick relief from a bad bout of acidity.
  • You can even make a banana smoothie with cold milk or yogurt.
  • Apart from bananas, apples, papayas and watermelon can also provide relief from acid reflux.

10. Slippery Elm

Slippery elm has demulcent properties that help coat the esophagus and the stomach lining, which works as barrier against acidity.

It also stimulates the intestines to produce mucus. This can help protect against ulcers and extra acidity.

  • Steep 1 tablespoon of powdered slippery elm in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Drink this tea 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Slippery elm is also available in capsule form (400 to 500 mg) that can be taken 3 or 4 times daily. However, consult your doctor first.