Gas is an illness, which is an indication of another health problem as well. Besides being a very common problem, it is both annoying and embarrassing. It occurs when the food you consume resides in your tummy for a long time, putting excessive pressure on your esophagus and muscles which are supposed to remain closed in order to prevent a re-flux. As there isn’t sufficient acid in your stomach and the food isn’t digested, it produces gas. While you can visit a doctor or your nearest pharmacy for immediate relief, you can also hit your kitchen pantry to gain complete respite from your gastric trouble. Here are a few home remedies that will help you to successfully crush down the problem.
Ginger is a flavorful and spicy herb. It is widely available and pleases your taste buds. It provides great relief from the gas trouble and is also used in the treatment of indigestion. In order to check the gas formation in the stomach, one must regularly chew on a piece of fresh ginger post meals. Otherwise, you can include fresh or dried ginger in small chunks to your cooked food. You can also mix ginger juice with some sugar and warm water to cure flatulence and bloating. Another way to consume ginger for the purpose is to prepare ginger tea. All you need to do is to boil one cup of water, add one spoon of tea and sugar according to your taste preferences and a small piece of fresh ginger. Allow the mixture to boil for an approximate 3 minutes. Strain the liquid in another cup and sip on your tea. You can have it about 2-3 times a day. You will experience instant gas relief.
2. Fennel Seeds (Saunf)
Fennel helps the body to naturally eliminate gas. After you finish eating your food, it is suggested that you chew on some fennel seeds. Fennel seeds have been accorded an important position in Ayurveda. It calms down your stomach and digestive system. It also provides reprieve from bloating, gas and re-flux of acid ailments. Another way to consume fennel is to make fennel tea. Boil some water and crush a few fennel seeds.Add it to the boiling water along with tea leaves. Let the mixture boil for about 1-2 minutes, add a quarter cup of milk and some jiggery soup. Boil it for a few minutes. Strain and drink while it’s still warm.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is available in every household, but chances are that you still don’t know all the advantages that it stores. So while it cleans your house and freshens up your breath, it also helps to eliminate gas. Baking soda neutralizes the stomach acid and sets off to work immediately. To cure indigestion, mix water and baking soda in equal parts and drink it right away. To avoid an acid re-flux, consume apple cider vinegar and baking soda together. Take a glass of water. Mix vinegar (2 tablespoons) and baking soda (1 teaspoon) in it. Drink this formula about two to three times a day (vary the consumption depending on the need and severity of your health condition).
Besides being a delicious spice, cinnamon contains a number of medicinal qualities as well. It cures morning sickness, urinary infections, bloating and gas. Take one cup milk (warm temperature) and add some cinnamon powder (half a teaspoon would suffice). For added sugar, mix a bit of honey and stir well before having the drink. Else, prepare cinnamon tea by adding some cinnamon powder and sugar to boiling water as it effectively cuts down your problem by preventing the formation of gas.
Cardamom increases the digestion process and relieves stomach gas. You can include cardamom in your meals in a number of ways. Roast some cardamom powder and add it to your vegetables, rice, lentils, etc. You can chew cardamom pods three times per day until your problem is resolved. Another way would be to add a few pods to your tea along with fennel seeds and fresh ginger in hot boiling water. Sip on this hot tea a few times every day.
6. Asafetida (Hing)
Asafetida is an effective home remedy. Fill a glass with warm water. To it add one pinch of asafetida. Have this drink about two or three times in a day. Alternatively, create a paste of the spice (add a little water to give it a thick runny feel). Apply it over your stomach. Let it sit there for some minutes. Rinse off when it dries. Also, you can sprinkle some asafetida in a banana and enjoy it twice a day.
Peppermint is excellent for your stomach. Boil a cup of water and add fresh peppermint leaves to it. Include some honey for a greater taste. Strain the liquid in a cup and sip on your tea, two or three times every day. You can also chew on peppermint leaves for instant relief. Add peppermint oil (2 drops) to cool water (half cup) and drink it every day.
Clove holds a special place in ancient Indian medicine. When suffering from stomach irritability, keep a few clove pieces in your mouth. Suck on them. If it tastes too sharp, you can opt for clove oil. Clove oil acts powerfully against bloating and gas and is easily available. It contains a pain reducing chemical, which is effective against indigestion, flatulence, etc.
9. Gooseberry (Amla)
Gooseberry contains a cure for a number of problems, of which gas is one. Gooseberry is fiber rich, which controls acidity and helps to keep all kinds of abdominal discomfort away. Easily available with all the vegetable vendors, we suggest you to intake a little bit of it every day as a precaution.
Lemon is well known for its medicinal and culinary delights. Mix lemon juice to hot water and drink it. It provides respite from a number of health hazards, such as nausea, belching, etc. It is a cleansing agent and blood purifier and works as a liver tonic, which means that it stimulates the liver to generate more bile, thereby, aiding in the digestive process. Its digestive capabilities prevent belching and bloating.
Gas, therefore, can successfully be chased away with these helpful and easily available home remedies. However, if you fail to notice any change in your discomfort over a period of time and despite their repeated use, we recommend you to see a doctor.