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& HEARTBURN

This unpleasant burning sensation behind the breast-bone — sometimes accompanied by a sulfur-like flavor in the mouth — is caused by spasms and irritation in the esophagus or upper stomach. Heartburn is a sure sign that you are offending your stomach in some manner. Stress, too much food, and a too-rich diet are common causes of heartburn.

What to Do

The best herbs to use for heartburn are those that calm the nervous system and are good for digestive nervousness, such as chamomile, hops, and lemon balm. Mucilaginous herbs such as marshmallow and licorice root, which soothe an irritated stomach lining, are also helpful.

  • Prepare an infusion of 2 parts lemon balm
  • 1 part chamomile, and 1 part licorice, and drink a cup ½ hour before and after meals to prevent heartburn.
  • To aid digestion, take hops tincture and/or a digestive bitter — or your own digestive bitter tincture using the recipe available at website (search) — with every meal.
  • Peppermint tea is often very helpful as a preventive; drink before and after meals.
  • Try adding a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to water and drinking small sips during the meal.
  • Relax during and after meals.
  • Try deep breathing, offering prayer before your meal, and chewing slowly, counting your chews. And don’t eat when you’re upset; take a walk instead.

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