If you have a stomach ache, it is often caused by bloating, constipation or diarrhoea. To combat these and help you get some relief, try these natural remedies.
To stop diarrhoea and settle an upset stomach, try rice tea.
Boil 1/2 cup of washed rice in 6 cups of water for about 15 minutes.
Strain out the rice and drink the water while warm (not hot).
Add some honey for flavour if you like.
The menthol in peppermint leaves has been used as a natural pain reliever to aid stomach problems for centuries.
Try drinking it in a tea, chewing on mint gum, or sucking on a peppermint candy.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While not delicious to taste on its own, this pantry staple can be taken by the tablespoon to neutralize an upset stomach.
Try mixing it with a cup of water and a teaspoon of honey. The acids inside may help decrease starch digestion, and keep the bacteria in the gut healthy.
Yoghurt can help keep your digestive system in tip-top shape.
As long as you’ve ruled out lactose intolerance, try eating yogurt with “live and active cultures” (look for this phrase on the label), which can help regulate your digestive system.
Ginger root has a long history of being used successfully as a cure for an upset stomach.
Just grate fresh ginger in hot water and add a little honey.
Let it steep for a few minutes and drink in small sips.
Chamomile can relieve symptoms of an upset stomach, including nausea and vomiting.
It contains bisabolol, which has anti-inflammatory properties and relaxes the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract.
Chamomile also has other anti-inflammatory compounds like azulene, chamazulene, and matricin.
Aloe can serve as a laxative, which is helpful for people who have stomach pain due to constipation.
Aloe juice may provide relief to those dealing with acid reflux by reducing the frequency of symptoms associated with the condition.
Figs are chock full of fiber, which helps promote bowel movements in people who struggle with belly pain caused by constipation. In that way, they can act as a natural laxative.
You can eat them raw, mix them with yoghurt if you like, or make a smoothie out of them.