Tobacco contains chemicals that damage your lower esophageal sphincter, the set of muscles responsible for keeping stomach contents out of your esophagus. When this band of muscles becomes too weak, regurgitated food and stomach acid can easily make their way into your esophagus.
Sip a baking soda concoction
Baking soda is alkaline, which means it neutralizes stomach acid and makes for one of the best home remedies for heartburn relief. Mix ½ teaspoon baking soda and a few drops of lemon juice in ½ cup warm water. Don’t forget to add the lemon juice! It dispels some of the gas baking soda creates in the stomach when it contacts stomach acid.
Find some fennel
One of the most popular heartburn home remedies around the world, fennel seeds contain at least 16 compounds that sooth stomach spasms. Put 3 teaspoons of the seeds in a coffee grinder and place in a heat-resistant bowl or saucepan. Add 3 cups of boiling water, cover and steep for 10 minutes, then strain. That makes 3 cups of tea; drink in 1 cup portions throughout the day, preferably on an empty stomach.
Calm the burn with chamomile
In Germany, where they take herbal medicine very seriously, chamomile is one of the most popular heartburn home remedies. It contains some 20 compounds that ease spasms, plus other compounds that have a gentle sedative effect—perfect for heartburn relief. Use one tea bag per cup of boiling water, cover and steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bag and drink. Shoot for having 3 cups a day on an empty stomach and continue for two or three weeks. Then take a break for a week or two.
Mix the sour with the sweet
Mixing honey with vinegar is an old Amish heartburn home remedy. Combine a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water. Drink 30 minutes before you eat, and you just might avoid heartburn.
Toss in some herbs
Many herbs are known to ease your digestion. Among them: mint, dill, caraway, horse-radish, bay, fennel, tarragon, marjoram, cumin, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. No matter what you’re cooking up, chances are there’s an herb that complements it. Use one or more liberally, especially if you’re cooking something that you know might lead to heartburn.