Heartburn, acid reflux … these symptoms, often mild, are very common and affect a third of the population. Some simple remedies help to calm them durably.
Clay, as a gastric bandage
“Theclay, green or white, lines the stomach and acts as a natural gastric bandage ”, explains Dr Jacques Labescat, general practitioner and herbalist.
White clay is softer, but green clay has a slightly anti-inflammatory action, interesting if the mucous membrane is already very inflamed by several days of acid reflux, adds Dr Danielle Tallec, also a general practitioner and herbalist.
How to use it ? We choose from green or white clay powder ultra ventilated, the only one suitable for food use, in pharmacies and drugstores (Cattier, Argiletz, etc.). Then mix ½ tsp. coffee in ½ glass of water.
Pay attention to the always drink 30 minutes before meals and at a distance (at least 2 or 3 hours) from taking medication, because clay absorbs all substances! To be done twice a day until healing and disappearance of pain, but no more than 15 days because clay can cause constipation.
A herbal tea, for a complete action on digestion
The mauve is particularly recognized in case of intestinal problems. His 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 Dr Labescat.
How to use these plants? In the form of tisane : pour 5 to 10 g of the mixture of dried plants in a cup of boiling water, then leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes before straining and drinking the infusion. Consume two cups a day, preferably at the end of a meal to facilitate digestion.
A solution that provides occasional relief after a large meal or cure of 1 to 2 weeks, if the burns are recurrent. However, this herbal tea is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Roman chamomile, in case of stress
The Roman chamomile essential oil, or noble, has a sedative and soothing action on the nervous system, which helps to decrease gastric secretions.
It is of interest if the heartburn is related to stress or nervousness. You can also use it in the evening, if they tend to wake you up during the night, says Dr. Jacques Labescat.
How to use it ? Always diluted, by mixing 2 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil in 10 drops of vegetable oil.
- To apply in massage clockwise into the hollow below the solar plexus and ribs, stomach projection area, until penetration. To repeat 2 to 3 times a day, as soon as you feel the stress and the acid refluxes return.
- Also to be applied inside the cuffs : the skin is very thin and very innervated, which allows a faster diffusion and an “inhalation” by breathing its skin. You can also breathe this essential oil.
Licorice, in case of recurrent digestive disorders
Licorice root is known for its virtues anti-inflammatory in the lining of the stomach and esophagus. It calms irritation 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 Dr. Tallec.
How to use it ? Preferably in the form of capsules of liquorice root powder 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, as a continuous treatment, for at least 2 to 3 weeks.
Be careful though, “as licorice can generatehypertension, it requires regular monitoring of blood pressure and it is contraindicated in hypertensive patients! »Adds the doctor.
Do it yourself
A good remedy: potato juice, rich in cellulose, which lines the stomach. Extract this juice with a juicer, and drink ½ glass before each meal. Add carrot juice for taste.
If the heartburn continues, it is necessary to consult to verify that there is no more serious pathology. If they are calmed by meals, they can hide an ulcer.