If heartburn is making you miserable then you’re probably not alone. That uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest, which often creeps up the throat, is a result of acid regurgitation.
Popularly known as acid reflux, heartburn occurs when your lower esophageal sphincter, or LES (the muscle that allows food to pass in your stomach), relaxes invariably. This results in the stomach acid moving up in your esophagus, causing heartburn.
While occasional heartburn is common after a spicy, high-fat meal, regular episodes could indicate GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and should not be neglected. It is estimated that GERD affects up to 20 percent of adults in the US, who experience symptoms on a daily to weekly basis. And though many of us run to the medicine cabinet to treat those occasional episodes with over-the-counter antacids, experts warn against their frequent use as they may pose a risk to developing esophageal cancer.
However, if you’re looking for a natural remedy to relieve your heartburn, you’re on the right page. Yogi Cameron explains how aromatherapy can help soothe digestion and alleviate the symptoms of heartburn in this video. He also gives a quick DIY herbal recipe to ease the pain.
Quick DIY Recipe For Heartburn
- 1 fluid oz coconut oil
- 6-8 drops of lavender oil
Directions: Mix the two oils together and gently rub a few drops of this mixture on the chest.
A celebrated oil in aromatherapy, lavender‘s anti-inflammatory properties eliminates any pain by increasing blood circulation. This blend of essential oil has the ability to invigorate the digestive system and can help clear out any gas and flatulence too.
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