This simple herbal remedy for acid reflux is really easy to make.
You will need:
Put the Slippery Elm in a bowl and add one teaspoon of honey.
Mix into a thick paste. You may need to add a little more honey to get the texture just right.
Roll the paste into small balls around the size of a marble.
Dip these into some more slippery elm powder and store in an airtight jar. They will keep for around 6 months but if you suffer from acid reflux regularly, then you won't be keeping them that long and will be making up the herbal remedy more regularly.
Acid reflux is caused when the stomach contents leak into your oesophagus - it can produce a horrible burning sensation in your chest. Some people report it as being so bad, they think they are having a heart attack!
This herbal remedy will soothe the membranes in your throat. The honey and slippery elm will become a protective barrier against the stomach acid when you get a reflux - the remedy works like a herbal mucous, coating your membranes.
Take one tablet when you get the pain or try having one before you lie down to go to sleep - it may help if you get acid reflux in the night as many people do when lying down. Many people find sleeping with their bed raised at the head end helps (just put a brick under each leg at the top) or have an extra pillow to help you keep more upright when sleeping.
Another tip is to lie on your left hand side - the stomach is curved and dips. Lying on your left, is the same side as your stomach curves downwards, so any contents will be more inclined to stay in the 'dip' section as opposed to rising up as you sleep. It is a habit that you need to try and get into if you can.
All the little things you can do will add up to making a difference - monitor what you eat as well so that you can see if there are any triggers.
Avoid peppermint - the oil particularly - as it is anti-spasmodic and relaxes smooth muscle in the gut - this applies to your stomach and so it will relax the opening and may allow acid to rise.
It's not always easy to find Slippery Elm powder, but you can find it at Amazon - only takes a few days to deliver.
The information on this website is in no way intended as medical advice and nor should it be taken as such.
If symptoms don't improve, consult your doctor.
If you have a medical condition, you must consult a Herbal Practitioner or a Medical Doctor.
If you are pregnant, you must consult your doctor or nurse before trying any herbal remedy.
If you are already taking pharmaceuticals, then speak to your doctor about taking herbs - some drugs react badly with herbs and you need to know that you are not going to do more harm than good.
Watch this video to see how sleeping on your left side can be of benefit for helping digestion and acid reflux.
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