Cramps are common for both men and women and can result from a wide range of things. Stomach cramps are especially painful but fortunately can be alleviated through the usage of home remedies that can easily be found in any household. These natural cures are a great alternative top seeing your primary care physician and can be just as effective.
The Healing Factor of Ginger
Ginger has long been touted as a healer. Not only does it aid in digestion and ease the stinging pains of stomach cramps, but it also boasts anti-inflammatory agents and a lot of other health benefits. Raw ginger is preferable and should be used in a tea if at all possible. Another alternative to ginger tea is the peeling or grating of the ginger. Ginger is known for its spiciness and there are now supplements available on the market. It is important to note that some ginger drinks contain artificial flavors and sugars and very little ginger. This makes it important to check the labels to know what you’re getting.
Fresh mint is an herb that is known for settling an upset stomach. All you would need is a cup of warm water and a few mint sprigs to add to it. Another options is to simply chew the mint and swallow it for stomach cramps. Since peppermint is considered a weed, it grows well in many environments. T is also available as peppermint tea or peppermint supplements. When purchasing peppermint candy, be aware that most contain only sugar, so the labels must be read carefully. Peppermint is also known for aiding in digestion and stimulating the appetite.
Fennel is another plant known for aiding in stomach cramps and can be used as an alternative to licorice, or anise. Fennel tea is a popular herbal tea commonly used after a meal to alleviate bloating or indigestion. Fennel can also be found in health food stores as supplements.
Chamomile tea is not only great for soothing stomach cramps, but is also known to reduce a case of nerves. For those that suffer from insomnia as well, chamomile tea may be the perfect answer. Dried chamomile flowers can be found in health food stores and usually in conventional stores where tea is sold.
Lemons are used in a variety of healing teas. As an alternative to ginger, mint, or other herbs in the house, drinking hot water and a lemon squeezed in can cure an upset stomach. If you have only lemon juice, you can dilute a solution using only a few teaspoons.
Hot Water with Salt
Drinking hot water with salt for a sore throat is customary I many homes. If you have an upset stomach, it also is known for reducing painful stomach cramps. Simply make a cup of hot water with a couple of teaspoons of salt, than drink quickly. If you suffer from high blood pressure you should consult your physician before you use this option.
Sodium bicarbonate (the active ingredient in Alka-Seltzer) can ease indigestion or heartburn. To get the same results by using household items, take one to two teaspoons of baking soda and add it to a cup of hot water.
Another remedy that is not as well known is cola syrup for stomach cramps. It has been used for decades to treat upset stomach and children love the taste. As it is not as widely used, it is harder to find but is available for purchase online.
A warm rice compress is a great way to treat stomach cramps. You will need an old sock and rice to begin. Instead of rice, you can also use flax seeds if rice is not an option. Known as the poor man’s heating pad, a warm rice compress takes only a minute in the microwave and can then be placed on the stomach. Chamomile flowers and lavender can be added for a touching of relaxing aroma.
If you’ve suffered from alcohol poisoning, then burnt toast helps to absorb the alcohol more as well as neutralize the toxins. Toast is part of the B.R.A.T. (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast)System that was commonly used when children suffered from diarrhea or upset stomach. To find out the carcinogen levels of burned foods, consult with your doctor.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera Juice has been shown to help intestinal problems and is one of the more popular supplements. It is also used by people who suffer from constipation, flatulence, diarrhea, and bloating.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known as a natural cleanser and anti-septic, but is used to treat stomach cramps, aid in nutrient absorption, and digestion. All you need are a few teaspoons in a glass of cold or hot water.