15 Home Remedies For Indigestion + Causes And What To Eat

Medically reviewed by Dr. Millie Lytle, ND, MPH
by Sucharita Mishra

Indigestion is a medical condition that is also referred to as dyspepsia. This condition often causes pain or discomfort in the stomach and is associated with difficulty in digesting food. Indigestion may lead to nausea, bloating, and a burning sensation. Scroll down to learn about some natural remedies to get rid of indigestion, causes, and what you can eat for relief.

What Causes Indigestion?

An unhealthy eating habit is the main cause of indigestion. However, there are a few other causes that may lead to dyspepsia. They include:

  • Overeating
  • Eating spicy and greasy food
  • Lying down immediately after a meal
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Certain medications like aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Medical conditions like acid reflux disease, gastric cancer, pancreatic abnormalities, or peptic ulcers

Although bloating and nausea are common symptoms of indigestion, one may experience various other symptoms if they have indigestion. Some of the symptoms are listed below.

Signs And Symptoms Of Indigestion

  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Sudden feeling of fullness during a meal
  • Burning sensation in the stomach
  • Gnawing sensation in the stomach
  • Belching
  • Blood in vomit
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Black stool

These symptoms are a clear sign that you are experiencing indigestion. However, you don’t have to worry. You can treat and even prevent indigestion with the help of some simple and effective home remedies that are listed below.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Indigestion

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is believed to be a natural antacid. It may help treat indigestion by neutralizing stomach acid. However, there is no scientific research to back this claim.

You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 glass of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Consume this mixture.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day for a couple of weeks.

Caution: You must not ingest baking soda if you feel full after a meal.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid (1). Acetic acid is a weaker acid as compared to hydrochloric acid. This acetic acid in ACV may help in buffering the acidity levels in the stomach.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water.
  2. Add some honey if the flavor is too strong for your liking.
  3. Consume this solution.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume this solution 1-2 times a day. 

3. Essential Oils

(a) Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil exhibits antibacterial and detoxifying properties (2). These properties may help in cleansing the digestive system and aid in treating indigestion.

You Will Need
  • 1 drop of lemon essential oil
  • 1 glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a drop of lemon essential oil to a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Consume this solution half an hour before you have your meal.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume this solution 2-3 times a day, preferably before every meal.

(b) Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger essential oil exhibits anti-inflammatory properties (3). These properties may make it an excellent remedy for gastrointestinal issues like indigestion.

You Will Need

1-2 drops of ginger essential oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Add a few drops of ginger essential oil to your favorite herbal tea.
  2. Consume it 20 to 30 minutes before your meal.
  3. If your indigestion is due to acid reflux, you may rub a few drops of ginger essential oil on your stomach for relief.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day. 

4. Milk

Milk contains lactic acid, which is a weak acid (4). Its pH ranges between 6.5 – 6.7. This may help in neutralizing the stomach acids and treat indigestion.

Note: Full cream milk can lead to the production of more acid in the stomach (5). Hence, use fat-free skimmed milk if you have indigestion.

You Will Need

A cup of fat-free skim milk

What You Have To Do

Consume a cup of fat-free skim milk.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times a day. 

5. Honey

Honey possesses anti-inflammatory properties (6). These anti-inflammatory properties may help in reducing inflammation and treating indigestion (7).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of organic honey or Manuka honey
  • 1 glass of water (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of organic honey to a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Consume this solution an hour before every meal.
  3. Alternatively, you can also consume a teaspoon of honey without mixing it with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume honey an hour before every meal and before going to bed daily. 

6. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera exhibits anti-ulcer property. This may help in treating dyspepsia (8). A study showed that aloe vera syrup could be a safe and effective treatment for reducing the symptoms of GERD (9).

You Will Need

1/4 cup of aloe vera juice

What You Have To Do

Consume one-fourth cup of aloe vera gel.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times a day, preferably before meals. 

7. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains saturated fats like lauric acid and capric acid (10). These may soothe the stomach and digestive tract by neutralizing the microbes present in them. Moreover, coconut oil can be easily absorbed by the body (11). Thus, coconut oil may aid in treating indigestion.

You Will Need

1-2 tablespoons of 100% virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Consume one to two tablespoons of coconut oil by mixing them with your food.
  2. Additionally, you can also try and replace your normal cooking oil with coconut oil.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day. 

8. Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds contain volatile compounds, like myrcene, fenchone, chavicol, and cineole. These compounds have digestive and carminative effects (12). Hence, fennel seeds may help in treating indigestion.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • 1 cup of water (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Consume a teaspoon of fennel seeds after every meal.
  2. Alternatively, you can also add a teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of hot water and consume it after allowing it to cool for a while.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 times a day. 

9. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. These properties may help in reducing the inflammation occurring due to indigestion (13). It may also relax the digestive tract muscles, thus facilitating digestion (14).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of chamomile tea
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of chamomile tea to a cup of hot water.
  2. Allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and add some honey to the tea and consume it.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume chamomile tea 2 -3 times a day. 

10. Cinnamon

Cinnamon possesses antispasmodic properties (15). This may help in relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract. Cinnamon also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties (16). This may help reduce inflammation that occurs due to indigestion.

You Will Need
  • 1 inch of cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Add an inch long cinnamon stick to a cup of steaming hot water.
  2. Allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes and then strain.
  3. Once the tea cools down a bit, add some honey and consume immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day. 

11. Carbonated Water

Studies have found that carbonated water decreases satiety and improves dyspepsia (17). Hence, carbonated water may help in treating indigestion.

You Will Need

1 can of carbonated water

What You Have To Do

Sip on a can of carbonated water throughout the day.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this daily until you feel relief. 

12. Buttermilk

Buttermilk contains lactic acid (18). Lactic acid is known to be beneficial for the stomach and may treat indigestion and its symptoms.

You Will Need

1 cup of buttermilk

What You Have To Do

Consume a cup of cold buttermilk whenever you experience indigestion.

Note: You can also add some fennel powder to the buttermilk to increase its effectiveness.

How Often You Should Do This

Consume buttermilk after a meal or whenever you experience indigestion. 

13. Lemon And Ginger Tea

Both lemon and ginger exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory properties (19), (20). These properties may help in relieving inflammation and acidity in the stomach.

You Will Need
  • 1 inch of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Add an inch of ginger to a cup of steaming hot water.
  2. Add a teaspoon of freshly extracted lemon juice to it.
  3. Allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain.
  4. Add some honey to the slightly warm tea and consume immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume this tea 2-3 times a day or whenever you experience indigestion. 

14. Black cumin Seeds

Black cumin seeds exhibit antibacterial properties and are widely used to treat dyspepsia (21).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of black cumin seeds
  • 1 cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of black cumin seeds to a cup of hot water.
  2. Let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes and strain.
  3. Consume the tea while it is warm.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this daily. 

15. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a good source of dietary fiber (22). Hence, oatmeal may aid in digestion.

You Will Need

A bowl of cooked oatmeal

What You Have To Do

Consume a bowl of cooked oatmeal.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

Although there are natural remedies to help treat indigestion, you can follow a few tips to speed up recovery.

Relief Tips

  • Have small meals at regular intervals instead of heavy meals.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Avoid spicy and fried foods.
  • Don’t lie down soon after eating.
  • Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Stop taking medications that worsen your symptoms of indigestion.
  • Workout regularly.

Some foods may help in treating indigestion and its symptoms. They are listed below.

Best Foods For Indigestion

  • Vegetables: Vegetables, such as green beans, asparagus, and broccoli, are low in fat and sugar and may treat indigestion.
  • Bananas: Banana is a prebiotic that can help relieve symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders (23).
  • Melons: Melons are high alkaline foods that may help bring down the acidity in your stomach.
  • Egg Whites: Egg whites are not only low in acid content but are also a good source of protein, which makes them an ideal choice to combat indigestion.

Indigestion is a common problem and may disrupt your everyday life. Try the home remedies and follow the tips listed in this article for relief from indigestion. However, if you experience a lot of pain and find no respite from your condition after using these home remedies, visit a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What is the difference between heartburn and indigestion?

Heartburn is a condition in which a person experiences a burning sensation in the chest or behind the breastbone. Indigestion is a collection of symptoms caused due to overeating or a chronic digestive condition.

How long does indigestion last?

Indigestion may be severe for a few days or months and then less frequent or severe for the coming days, weeks, or months. It can disappear if you break bad habits – like eating on the run or drinking too much coffee.

23 sources

Stylecraze has strict sourcing guidelines and relies on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical associations. We avoid using tertiary references. You can learn more about how we ensure our content is accurate and current by reading our editorial policy.

Recommended Articles:

Was this article helpful?
The following two tabs change content below.

Sucharita Mishra

Sucharita Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has worked on determining various heavy metals present in green tea for her Master’s dissertation at CSIR- CFTRI, Mysuru. After completing her degree, Sucharita decided to pursue her passion for writing. She is addicted to all things black and aspires to become a bat one day.
scorecardresearch