Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Top 10 Home Remedies for Stomach Gas

Indigestion refers to many gastrointestinal complaints, which includes gas and upset stomach. Gas is a common problem among most of us and also a highly embarrassing one. Some of the after effects include belching, flatulence and bloating. When food stays in the stomach for too long, it puts undue pressure on the stomach muscles and esophagus which is meant to stay closed to prevent re-flux  Most people don’t realize that indigestion is not caused by excess acid. The reason is just the opposite. When there is not enough acid in the stomach, the food sits there and does not get digested producing gas. We are advised to take early morning walks and avoid spicy and oily food. Even if this problem strikes you, which is most probable what can you do to about it? Rush to a doctor, rush to the nearest pharmacy or enter your kitchen and fiddle with some herbs.

Causes of Stomach Gas Trouble / Flatulence:

Some causes of stomach gas can be:
  • Excessive intake of alcohol
  • Not chewing the food properly
  • Eating too spice food
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Frequent intake of large quantities of condiments and sauces
  • Bacterial Infection- H Pylori is a bacteria that causes chronic gastric problems
  • Digestive disorders / intestinal malfunction
Symptoms of  stomach gas are bad breath, Coated tongue, Lack of appetite, abdominal bloating, abdominal belching, flatulence etc.

Let’s have a look on the simple yet effective home remedies:


Ginger is used in indigestion treatment and it is also a great ingredient to get relief from gas problem. To prevent gas from forming, always chew a fresh piece of ginger after meals, regularly. Else you can add small amounts of dried or fresh ginger to your food. Drinking ginger tea is also a great way to control the formation of gas inside the stomach. To make the tea, take a tablespoon of grinded ginger and boil them in water for a few minutes. Drink this tea two to three times a day. Another option is to add a few drops of ginger essential oil to any kind of carrier oil and rub it on your stomach.

Caraway Seeds

Caraway seeds help in indigestion, cramping and stomach gas. When caraway seed tea is consumed on regular basis it stimulates proper digestion. You can make caraway seed tea by adding one teaspoon of the seeds to a cup of boiling water. Cover the cup and allow it to steep for a few minutes. Strain the seeds and then drink the tea before eating your lunch or dinner. For better result, consume this tea three to four times a day. You can also chew some roasted caraway seeds mixed with rock salt to get some relief.


The pungent heating quality present in garlic helps in stimulating the gastric fire and thus offering relief from stomach gas. Those suffering from stomach gas must try some garlic soup which can reduce gas and help in proper digestion. For best results, use fresh garlic. Else you can take some grinded garlic and boil them in water for a few minutes after adding small amount black pepper and cumin seeds. Strain it and allow it come to room temperature. Drink this solution two to three times a day to get better results in a few days.


Fennel is surely the best ingredient available in your kitchen that can give you fast relief from bloating and gas. For stomach gas, add a few fennel seeds in a pot of hot water, and then boil it for five minutes on a low temperature. Strain the solution and then drink it. You can also chew the fresh fennel leafy plants if you can bear the taste. Else you can take a mixture of fennel, cardamom and mint leaves and boil them in water to make a concoction that can help during stomach gas. It is a good idea to keep Fennel seeds at home always as you never known who in your family may need it.


Peppermint can be used in two different ways to treat gas problem. Peppermint tea is good for the stomach and you can drink it to get instant relief from stomach gas. You can make the tea by adding some fresh pepper mint leaves in a cup of boiling water and allow it to steep for a few minutes. Strain it and add some honey before drinking this herbal tea. You must drink peppermint tea two to three times a day. Else you can also chew some peppermint leaves to get quick relief from gas. Secondly, you can mix two drops of peppermint oil in half cup of cool water and drink it once or twice daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar used in the treatment of indigestion can also help with your gas problem. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and add it to a glass of warm water. Allow the water to come to room temperature before drinking it. You will get instant relief from your gas problem as this drink will be very soothing to the stomach. In case apple cider vinegar is not available at home then you can try normal vinegar.

Baking Soda and Lemon

One conventional home treatment for gas is the use of lemon and baking soda. Put the juice of one fresh lemon in a glass and then add some baking soda to it. This will lead to fizzing. Add some more baking soda and finally add a cup of water and stir properly to allow the baking soda to dissolve properly. Drink this solution slowly and soon you will get relief as this drink will work as an effective antacid. For instant relief from stomach gas you can add a small amount of baking soda in one glass of water and drink it on empty stomach.


Asafetida is also an effective remedy against gas. Just add a pinch of asafetida to a glass of warm water, mix it well and drink it two to three times a day. You can also make a paste of asafetida by adding a little water. Apply this paste on the stomach and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Soon your stomach gas problem will vanish away. Else you can insert a small amount of asafetida into a ripe banana and eat it twice a day.


This is another kitchen spice that can speed up the process of digestion and give you relief from stomach gas. You can add some roasted cardamom powder to vegetables or to rice or lentils before cooking. Else you can also chew whole pods of cardamom two to three times a day to solve the problem of stomach gas. You can make a tea by steeping a few pods of cardamom along with a small slice of fresh ginger and a teaspoon of fennel in boiling water for several minutes. Drink this warm tea several times a day.


You can also use cinnamon to get instant relief from gas. Take half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and add it to a cup of warm milk. Mix some honey and stir it properly before drinking it. You can also make cinnamon tea by adding some cinnamon power to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for a few minutes and then drink it. This remedy will soothe your stomach and also prevent further formation of stomach gas.

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