Home Remedies For Gas And Bloating That Provide Relief

Simple natural ingredients that can keep your gastrointestinal issues in check.

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The food you eat regularly plays a key role in digestion and passing gas. If you eat something and experience heartburn, flatulence, or feel extremely gassy after your favorite meal, chances are you have gastric problems. Read this article to look at some of the best home remedies for gas that can relieve your gastric issues effectively. Scroll down to know more!

What Are Gastric Problems?

Bloating, belching, and a sense of gassiness are all gastric problems. If it turns chronic, it may lead to gastritis (inflammation of the intestinal wall due to bacterial infestation or long-term use of painkillers) (1).

Though the exact pathophysiology is still unknown, improper evacuation, heavy meal intake, lack of physical activity, or impaired gas transit often results in gastric problems (2).

Luckily, there are home remedies that can alleviate this problem. Let’s take a look at them in the next section.

How To Relieve Gas – Easy Remedies

1. Peppermint Oil

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 Peppermint oil was found to improve abdominal symptoms in patients with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndromei  A range of digestion-related symptoms, such as diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain, primarily brought on by an intestinal issue. ) (3). It also showed promise in relieving symptoms like abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, passage of gas, etc. (4).

You Will Need

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a drop of food-grade peppermint oil to a glass of water.
  2. Mix well and consume.

How Often You Should Do This

You may drink this mixture 1-2 times daily.

On the other hand, Lara, a blogger plagued by bloating, found solace in peppermint tea. She confessed in her blog, “Peppermint tea. My best friend! Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without it (i).” Lara, converted from disliking its scent to drinking 2-3 cups daily. She shared, “When I find myself with that full feeling and see my abdomen start to grow, I find a cup of peppermint tea helps ease the discomfort and pain that’s associated with bloating.”

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You can also make a juice with peppermint leaves to reduce bloating. Grind some dry peppermint leaves to make a powder or fresh leaves to make a paste. Mix two tablespoons of the powder or paste in a glass of water. Drink it an hour before eating.

2. Lemon

Lemons are rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The vitamin C in lemons imparts anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties that can help treat gastric issues (5), (6).

Although lemon juice is acidic, it alkalizes the stomach environment and maintains overall pH balance when mixed with water.

You Will Need

  • ½ lemon
  • 1 glass of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Squeeze out the juice from half a lemon into a glass of water.
  2. Mix well and drink the mixture.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 1-2 times daily.

3. Yogurt

Regular consumption of probiotic yogurt promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. This can help in dealing better with gastrointestinal issues (7).

You Will Need

1 small bowl of yogurt

What You Have To Do

  1. Consume a small portion of yogurt daily with your meals.
  2. You may also substitute yogurt with buttermilk.

How Often You Should Do This

You can consume yogurt once daily.

4. Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

Carom seeds can help increase gastric acid secretion time and the amount of gastric acid (8). They possess carminativei  An ingredient or medication designed to stop gas production in the digestive system or speed up gas ejection. and antispasmodic properties that can help in relieving gastric problems like flatulence and bloating (9).

You Will Need

½ teaspoon of carom seeds

What You Have To Do

Consume half a teaspoon of carom seeds after every meal.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 1-3 times daily.

5. Cumin (Jeera) Water

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Cumin seeds have carminative and antispasmodic effects. They inhibit the contraction of smooth muscles of the gastric mucosa, a process that relaxes your gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) (10). This improves digestion by increasing the release of digestive juices, thus easing gastric issues.

You Will Need

What You Have To Do

  1. Add one to two teaspoons of cumin seeds to a glass of water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Switch off the stove and allow the solution to cool down.
  3. Drink it after every meal.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 2-3 times daily.


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You can also boil cumin seeds with milk and drink it. Another method is to take a teaspoon each of cumin, fennel, and coriander seeds and boil them in water. Drink the water after it cools down.

6. Asafoetida

Asafoetida supports digestion by enhancing the activity of your salivary glands and promoting the secretion of gastric, salivary, and pancreatic juices in your GI tract. These actions can help in managing symptoms like bloating, flatulence, and heartburn (11).

You Will Need

  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 glass of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a pinch of asafoetida to a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Drink the mixture.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 1-2 times daily.

7. Fresh Ginger

Ginger tea for gas
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Ginger exhibits gastroprotective effects and has shown to treat various gastric problems like belching, bloating, dyspepsiai  Upper abdominal irritation, also referred to as indigestion, characterized by bloating, heartburn, nausea, or acid reflux. , indigestion, nausea, and vomiting (12).

You Will Need

  • An inch of sliced ginger
  • 1 cup of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add an inch of sliced ginger to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain and allow the ginger tea to cool.
  4. Drink the tea.
  5. Alternatively, you can also chew on a small piece of fresh ginger.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 2 times daily.

8. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera possesses gastroprotective properties that inhibit the secretion of gastric acid (13). Aloe vera juice, in combination with probiotic lactobacillus strains, can help in relieving gastrointestinal disorders (14).

You Will Need

2 tablespoons of fresh aloe juice

What You Have To Do

Consume two tablespoons of fresh aloe juice daily.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this once daily for a week.

Caution: Do not opt for this remedy if you are pregnant as oral consumption of aloe can stimulate uterine contractions.

9. Yarrow

Yarrow exhibits antispasmodic properties (15). These properties can help relax your intestinal muscles, thereby alleviating the symptoms of gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea and gastritis. Yarrow extracts can protect the gastric mucosa against bacteria and stomach acids (16).

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of dried yarrow tea
  • 1 cup of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of dried yarrow tea to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan and simmer.
  3. Strain the tea and allow it to cool down a little.
  4. Drink up.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2-3 times daily.

10. Licorice

Licorice is associated with an increase in gastric mucosal defensive factors that can help in the treatment and prevention of gastric disorders like stomach ulcers (17). The glycyrrhizic acid in licorice shows anti-H. pylori  (bacteria responsible for gastric ulcer) activity (18).

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of licorice root
  • 1 cup of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of licorice to a cup of hot water.
  2. Steep for 5-7 minutes and strain.
  3. Drink the freshly prepared licorice tea.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 2 times daily.

Note: If you have hypertension or are pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid licorice. Also, do not overconsume licorice as it may lead to hypokalemia, high blood pressure, and arrhythmia.

11. Coconut Water

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Coconut water exhibits gastroprotective activities by reducing the inflammation of the intestinal lining and enhancing the activity of the intestinal mucosal cells (19). Hence, it can help reduce bloating and gas.

You Will Need

1 glass of fresh coconut water

What You Have To Do

Consume a glass of fresh coconut water daily.

How Often You Should Do This

You may do this once daily.

12. Cinnamon

Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and gastroprotective properties. Hence, it can help in treating digestive and stomach issues (20).

You Will Need

½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to your favorite dish and consume.
  2. You can also take cinnamon powder with a glass of water or juice with a teaspoon of honey.

13. Chamomile Tea

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Chamomile not only reduces your stress levels but also improves digestion. It can help expel gas, relax gastric muscles, and improve digestion (21).

You Will Need
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 1 cup hot water
What You Need To Do
  1. Steep the tea bag in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Sip on this hot herbal tea.
How Often You Need To Do This

Drink 2-3 cups in a day.

14. Pomegranate

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Pomegranate has prebiotic properties that may help promote the good bacteria in the gut (22). This may promote digestion and help reduce gas and bloating.

You Will Need
  • 1 ripe pomegranate
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of organic honey (optional)
  • A pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)
What You Have To Do

1. Cut a pomegranate in half and place each half in a large bowl with the cut side facing down.
2. Tap the back with a spoon to release the seeds.
3. Add these seeds to a food processor with water and blend.
4. Sieve the juice using a mesh strainer or a cheesecloth.
5. Add honey, a pinch of salt, and lemon juice for enhanced flavor.
6. Pour the juice into a tumbler and enjoy.

Commonly used spices such as caraway, anise, cardamom, and turmeric have all been traditionally used to alleviate digestive issues. A teaspoon of baking soda in water can neutralize stomach acid. It is a quick DIY antacid, but it has to be taken with care (23). While these home remedies can help you deal with gastric issues, you must also make a few changes to your lifestyle to prevent the recurrence of these issues. Listed below are a few tips that can help you.

Tips To Prevent Excessive Gas

  • Eat slowly and chew your food properly while eating.
  • The human body takes time to digest fried and fatty foods. It is strenuous for the digestive system and may lead to the trapping of gas in the gut (24).
  • Spicy food can irritate the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, causing gas, bloating, and even diarrhea.
  • Avoid chewing gum regularly.
  • Avoid using straws while drinking fluids as they can cause you to swallow more gas.
  • Avoid drinking carbonated drinks as they can lead to the formation of excessive gas in the intestines.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Avoid consuming foods that are difficult to digest.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid lying down right after a meal.
  • Take a warm bath or use a heating bag to relieve pain from excessive gas.
  • Follow a BRAT diet until you recover completely from your gastric troubles. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. All these foods are easy on your stomach as they can be easily digested.

Use these tips in combination with any of the remedies provided above to find relief from recurring gastric issues. However, if you develop any of the following symptoms, it is best to consult a doctor for further assistance.

When To See A Doctor

Most cases of gastrointestinal issues, like gas, are short-lived and do not require medical attention. However, if your condition persists and results in sleeplessness, loss of appetite, or interferes in any way with your day-to-day life, it is best to consult a doctor immediately.

Infographic: 7 Easy DIY Ways To Relieve Gas

Gas and bloating cause discomfort and can happen to anyone at any time. Taking medicines might help, but it doesn’t hurt to try out some natural remedies that might end up assisting you in the long run. We have listed some of the easiest home remedies that may help relieve gas in the infographic below. Check it out!

7 easy diy ways to relieve gas (infographic)

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Bloating, belching and flatulence may be caused by heavy meals, a lack of exercise, improper excretion and gas transit, certain medications, or underlying conditions. If you experience gassiness and bloating regularly, you may be suffering from gastric problems. Home remedies like lemon juice, carrom seeds, cumin water, yogurt, and coconut water may help alleviate stomach gas and aid the digestive process. You may also drink chamomile tea or fresh ginger tea to help relieve flatulence. While temporary and easily resolvable gassiness does not require medical attention, if the condition persists or occurs too frequently, you should seek medical guidance.

Watch this video to learn natural ways to get rid of bloating quickly and easily! Discover simple tips to ease your discomfort and feel better fast.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do eggs cause gas?

Some individuals may be intolerant to eggs, which may lead to increased gas and indigestion upon their consumption.

Do almonds cause gas?

Almonds are high in fat. Thus, eating too many of them may lead to gas and bloating as they take more time to be digested. Always drink a glass of water after you munch on almonds. It is always better to soak almonds overnight to reduce gas formation.

Where do you feel gas pain?

Pain from excessive gas in the abdomen results in sharp pain in the left side of the colon. If you feel any epigastric pain, check with your doctor for gastritis.

How long can pain from trapped gas last?

Most often than not, gas pain doesn’t last more than 45 minutes to an hour. In rare instances, gas pain may last up to 48 hours in some individuals. It is best to consult a doctor in such cases to rule out the possibility of a heart attack.

How to remove gas from the stomach instantly with home remedies?

Apart from the remedies mentioned above, you can perform yoga poses like Pawanmuktasana, Balasana, Apanasana, to get relief from gas. You can also massage the painful area in a downward motion to remove gas. Anecdotal evidence suggests that drinking a glass of water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar may also help expel the gas.

What foods cause trapped gas in the stomach?

Gas and bloating are frequently related to the malabsorption and maldigestion of simple and complex carbohydrates and dietary fibers (25). This can include dairy products, whole grains, onions, garlic, bananas, brussel sprouts, and carrots.

Does green tea help with gas?

Yes, natural antioxidants like catechins found in green tea have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that may help reduce the risk of cholesterol absorption in the gastrointestinal tract and prevent gastrointestinal illness (26).

Key Takeaways

  • Peppermint oil relieves abdominal pain, bloating, and discomfort.
  • Ascorbic acid in lemons helps treat gastric issues and maintains overall pH balance.
  • To prevent excessive gas formation, it is important to eat slowly, exercise regularly, and stay hydrated.
  • Asafoetida improves salivary gland activity and promotes the secretion of juices in gastrointestinal tracts.
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Madhu Sharma is a member of the National Executive Committee of IDA. She has been associated for almost three decades with Pediatric Nutrition at PGI while serving in the Gastroenterology Department (20 years) and then the Advanced Pediatric Center (10 yrs) at PGIMER, Chandigarh.

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