5 Home Remedies to Relieve Tummy Aches and Cramps
When you have a stomach ache, it feels like it will never end. You curl up on the nearest comfy spot, like a couch or bed, and stay there until it goes away; if you have the time. But more often, you don’t, so you suffer in silence (or complain to the nearest person).
Your tummy ache could be because of one of many things like indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome or gastritis and it is often hard to work out what is causing it. As long as it is something uncomplicated, there are a few home remedies which can help relieve your discomfort, though make sure you see a doctor if the pain persists or is acute!
1. Hot Water Bottle or heat pack
A warm compress relaxes your muscles and eases cramps. A warm hot water bottle is easy to use, providing fast relief from pain caused by bloating or cramping. Place it on your tummy for 15 minutes to relieve your pain. If you are at home a warm bath can help too!
2. Herbal Tea
Chamomile Tea is an anti-inflammatory and also relaxes smooth muscle in your upper digestive tract. It helps with pain caused by cramps.
Peppermint Tea relaxes smooth muscle and improves the flow of bile which relieves pain caused by indigestion, gas or bloating
Ginger Root Tea relaxes smooth muscles in your intestines easing stomach cramps or a colicky stomach, it can help relieve nausea too
3. Warm Lemon Water
To lessen pain caused by indigestion drink a glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. This boosts hydrochloric acid production in the stomach which helps break down food and speeds up digestion.
4. Club soda and Lime
Fresh lime juice with soda water makes a tasty drink which can help with indigestion from over-eating and also constipation. The carbonated soda water can help you burp which reduces pressure in your tummy.
5. Chew Fennel Seeds
If your tummy ache is caused by indigestion or gastritis, chewing half a teaspoon of fennel seeds after a meal can help as it works as an anti-inflammatory as well as stimulating digestive juice production which helps move digestion along. Fennel seeds can also be steeped in hot water to make a tea. If you are pregnant, avoid fennel.
All the techniques from chewing fennel seeds to chamomile tea can be accompanied by a hot water bottle, and are generally relaxing, especially when sitting or lying down. Hopefully, they will make your ache or cramp go away in no time!