Last Modified on Jul 04, 2014
Gas of any type can be embarrassing and even uncomfortable; however, it is especially distressing when that gas causes excessive burping. If you are having a difficult time controlling your burping and can’t seem to find relief from gas buildup, these natural cures are just what you need. Peppermint, probiotics, and chamomile tea are a few of the best options for treating burping naturally.
What Causes Burping?
Research suggests that burping or belching is caused by gas or air that builds up in your stomach. This build up is often caused by swallowing too much air; however, it can also be the result of the overproduction of gas in your digestive system.
One of the most common causes of excessive belching is a weak esophageal sphincter, or the valve that is located between your esophagus and the top of your stomach. Certain foods can weaken this valve including fatty meats, fried foods, and caffeine. When the valve is weak, it does not contain the gases in your stomach like it should, which causes the release in the form of burping.
Other medical conditions are sometimes related to burping and abdominal discomfort. GERD, gastritis, peptic ulcers, lactose intolerance, fructose malabsorption, and H. pylori are often underlying causes of the condition. Additionally, some cases are related to less common causes such as celiac disease, dumping syndrome, and pancreatic insufficiency.
Are There Any Natural Cures for Excessive Belching?
In many cases, burping actually goes away on its own; however, if you are experiencing excessive belching accompanied by abdominal pain, you should see a doctor to identify any potential health conditions. Even so, natural remedies are generally considered excellent supports for traditional medical care. While peppermint, probiotics, and chamomile tea are considered three of the best natural cures for burping, there are a number of other treatment options as well.
Peppermint is a naturally soothing herb. It also helps reduce the spasmodic movements of your digestive tract and bowel, so it helps reduce the release of gas from your stomach. You can use peppermint for treating burping and stomach issues in a variety of ways. One of the most effective options is simply drinking a cup of peppermint tea; however, you can even get a similar benefit from sucking on a peppermint candy.
Healthline indicates the importance of probiotics for managing digestive health and treating belching. Probiotics are a combination of the important bacteria in your stomach that help with digestion and promote overall good health. When you have the right combination of bacteria in your stomach, the gas will take care of itself. You can find probiotics in a number of different forms including capsule-like supplements and fortified foods like yogurt.
LiveStrong.com suggests chamomile as an effective herbal remedy for burping. This herb helps relieve gas naturally and soothes your stomach. To treat and prevent burping, try drinking chamomile tea very slowly after each of your meals.
According to research, ginger is another effective treatment option. Ginger helps promote effective digestion, which in turn prevents excessive gas and abdominal discomfort. The herb is also known to calm the stomach and relieve pain. Try taking a ginger supplement after each meal or drink a cup of warm ginger tea each morning to prevent issues with excess gas.
Try one of these treatment options or look below for more ways to treat burping naturally with tips from our readers!
Excessive Belching: Causes and Cures - http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/health/ embarrassing-conditions/belching/excessive-belching-causes-and-cures
Home Remedies for Belching - http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/15743/1/Home-Remedies-for-Belching.html
How to Stop Excessive Burping - http://www.livestrong.com/article/172636-how-to-stop-excessive-burping/
What Causes Burping? 15 Possible Conditions - http://www.healthline.com/symptom/burping
[YEA] 01/26/2008: Barbara from Tower, MN: "I had a horrible, embarrasing smelly belch! It only happened about twice a week, but it smelled like sulpher,ie: rotton eggs! I checked the internet for what horrid diseaes I may have and found a recommendation for coconut oil. Two meals of scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil cured me! Permanently! For the last 6 years I only use coconut or olive oil for cooking, not more "smelly burping" ever!"
[YEA] 08/21/2007: Susan from Orange Park, FL: "I read years ago that burping and indigestion can be caused by insufficient stomach acid. I had always suffered with chronic burping after eating ANYthing! It was very embarrassing. The article suggested eating a small amount of fresh pineapple before eating, preferably 15-20 minutes before meals because FRESH pineapple has the enzyme bromelain which breaks down food for you. It works beautifully! I keep a fresh pineapple cut in the refrig and eat 1 or 2 small pieces before meals. I never burp anymore unless I am away from fresh pineapple."
[YEA] 12/13/2007: Rebecca from Windsor, Canada: "For some unknown reason just in the last week I have had chronic burping and I have tried everything to get rid of it, the only thing that eliminated it quickly was believe it or not gripe water for babies, it was the alcohol free gripe water, thank God its gone! I hope this helps anyone else out there suffering from this."Replies
03/26/2009: Peggy from Montgomery, AL replies: "what, pray tell, is gripe water? thanks for the info.....peggy"
EC: Here's some info we found...
"Gripe water is a home remedy for infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, teething pain, reflux and other stomach ailments. Its ingredients vary, and may include alcohol, bicarbonate, ginger, dill, fennel and chamomile. It is typically given to an infant with a dropper in liquid form, and adults may also take gripe water for soothing intestinal pains, gas or other stomach ailments."
[YEA] 12/02/2011: Colombianaac from Brentwood, New York replies: "I had been burping every other minute for the past two days and it was driving me crazy (not to mention how embarrassing is) and then I read this post... Had to go to three different drug stores but I found gripe water, took two tablespoons as indicated on the box and have not burned since... This is miracle water!!"
04/17/2011: Junie from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: "Hi Ted,
I have been having burping episodes for a number of years and been looking for a solution. Been tested for gallstone, barium eneama, h pylori and a number of tummy tests. The only thing found a a small hiatal hernia. I found after having a nmber of antibiotics years ago, my symptom started.
My symptoms is every few months I get bad episode of gas and need to belch it out. I found oily food and tea does not agree with me. I have found probiotic helps but not eliminate the problem. I have been trying the ACV with baking soda and it help tremendously. However over the week I have experience another episode of the gas and belch. Should I continue with ACV and soda? Is there other suggestion you would recommend?"Replies
04/25/2012: D from Ottumwa, Iowa, Usa replies: "You should try digestive enzymes."
08/10/2012: Idow from Miami, Fl replies: "I also suffer from a small hernia. This is what has worked best so far:
1) Drink 1 cup fresh squeezed OJ before a full breakfast or 1/2 cup water w/ juice of 1/2 lime. Fresh is key here.
2) Drink small sips of water during your entire meal. Otherwise, the meal just sits on top of my stomach.
3) Whenever possible eat standing! It helps!
4) If you're sedentary, try walking, exercising.
5) Eat w/out stress! As soon as I'm stressed out, I get a knot in my stomach and start burping like crazy."
08/13/2012: Idow from Miami, Fl replies: "Sorry forgot the most important part to my post, a very good video on how to self-treat hiatal hernias: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrdNfaanpIs
Video is kind of weird, don't understand the use of a model in a health video.... but it's good advice nonetheless.
The most important points to the video: 1) Drink a glass of water (I prefer 1/2 cup water with lime) before meals to create a "weight" on bottom of your stomach. Prevents stomach from "pushing up". 2) Relearn to breath: as you inhale stomach should push out gently & then "deflate" as you exhale. Most of us do the opposite. 3) Finally, don't be a dormat, don't keep feelings in. Voice your opinion. Great video, I have to keep reminding myself to do these things, they truly do help with digestion if you have acid reflux, GERD or hernias."
10/06/2013: Arsieiuni from Al, United States Of America: "I need a cure for sulfur burps! This is driving me crazy. It's sick and awful and I can't stand it anymore. It comes up randomly but lasts anywhere from a few hours to a couple days. The burps are awful. They taste of rotten egg or more like a fart. It's so gross it makes me sick and I can't eat. My stomach usually feels really sour while it happens.
This year has been really rough on me medically. I have a long list of new conditions that all started getting significantly worse after a storm hit my house and my PTSD was made many times worse. My doc started me on Wellbutrin 150mg 1/day then changed it to 2/day. I was taking ferrous sulphate 3/day for anemia but have slowly stopped taking them then stopped altogether because initially, I thought that was the cause of this. It's not. I am still having the burps after weeks since the iron pills.
My current meds are 150mg Wellbutrin 2/day, attarax 50mg 3/day and cetirizine daily but I've taken that one for years with no trouble.
I am beginning to suspect the Wellbutrin may be causing it. But I am also without a gall bladder and have read that this could be related.
Help please! This is making me so ill.
Baking soda in water doesn't always get rid of it, only sometimes. Alka seltzer helped once but not every time. I've tried drinking oil (as a laxative) to move my system so it might go away, and that doesn't work. I am not constipated or dehydrated that I can tell. Just this awful boiling feeling in my gut and sulfur burps. (I feel it just bubbling in there like the gas is moving or something).
Please please help."
10/06/2013: Mike from Denver, Colorado replies: "Arsieiuni: I was so bad at one point that even my numerous diseases had numerous diseases. I spent 6 years experimenting with a variety of herbal remedies and folk medicines. They cured everything except fatigue. I always felt like a donkey in one of those 19th century miner movies struggling up a steep slope with a heavy burden. Then I began to watch raw food videos. There were a couple of 70 plus women who had more energy than I did. I wanted to be like that. I went to the natural grocery store and bought organic produce, grass fed hamburger, and pastured eggs. This was not convenient and cost too much. Then I discovered concentrates. Every day I take 300g raw honey, 300g raw organic sucanet, 100g raw superfood powders, and 40g of various oils. I always have plenty of energy even after walking 10 miles a day. I feel like a fun loving teenager who plays all the time."
10/06/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Hi Arsieiuni,
Activated charcoal powder may be helpful for when you have this problem. You can take 1 teaspoon of charcoal in 6 oz. Of water when this occurs. Charcoal helps with gas and odor and many different digestive difficulties. You can try taking this before meals or after meals or twice as day or as needed. You may need to experiment around to find what helps you the best. If you prefer, you can take 4 charcoal capsules or tablets with a glass of water. Charcoal does cause the stool to turn black and can cause constipation if you do not drink enough water. Do not take within two hours of medication as it will adsorb the medication.
Raw Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar may be a good preventative or even a cure. If you add 1 teaspoon (or up to 1 Tablespoon if it agrees with you) of this to a glass of water and drink it when you have syptoms, it may help, or you can drink the vinegar drink a few times a day.
Liquid Chlorophyll may also help as it helps to deodorize. It will also help wit your anemia. You can take 2 teaspoons of this twice a day.
A cup of warm or room temperature peppermint tea may help an acute cause of this. Peppermint helps with gas.
I agree with Mike that you will want to look at your diet. You will want to make sure you are getting good nutrition and avoiding the foods that aggravate your condition. It may help to keep a food diary to see what is aggravating you. You may find many health problems improve as you adjust your diet.
I hope you get relief soon. Please keep us posted on how you are doing!
~Mama to Many~"
10/06/2013: Arsieiuni from Al, United States Of America replies: "Thank you guys for your suggestsions! Mike, can you tell me where to find those things? It sounds wonderful.
I figure a lot has to do with my diet. I'm dirt poor but I still struggle to have a good diet as much as possible. Which isn't as much as I'd like. Also since I'm the one with MS and other debilitating conditions and also the cook in the house it's rough because some days I don't have the energy or ability to cook so we just eat frozen dinners or canned food. I hate that, but I don't always have it in me.
My current thought has been to avoid too much protein in one meal (as my food diary would suggest that these started after a huge protein meal and there was also a large protein input last time I had them) and I'm starting to consider a gluten-free diet to see if it helps with my overall digestion and health. I'm very overweight and have not been able to lose more than a few pounds here or there for years despite much trying.
Truthfully, I'm a mess right now. I had a major panic attack again last night. I'm tired of feeling scared and like I'm going to die any moment. I'm tired of feeling terrible. I want to be healthy. I'm ready to make major changes for that. I just hope I can afford it... I will prioritize it, but there is still an ultimate limit to how much money I have to spend on getting healthier food no matter how high it is on my priorities. :/"
10/06/2013: Mike from Denver, Colorado replies: "Arsieiuni: I understand. I had 0 income for 15 years. I've eaten day old donuts for breakfast in homeless shelters. I was 50 lbs. Over weight. I had stormy chaotic thoughts and uncontrollable emotional outbursts from being poisoned by toxic fumes. Folk medicine cured everything. The most important remedy is home made water kefir. Google how to make water kefir in 2 minutes or less and watch the video. Go to amazon and get the grains for $10 shipped and some organic whole dried cane juice to feed them and you. Take the sugar and raw wild honey when you are hungry. Also take 15g hawaiin spirulina, 10g non defatted dessicated liver, 10g absorbable colostrum, 10g raw whey, 30g raw organic cocoa powder, 30g black chia seeds, 10g cold pressed organic sesame oil, 20g expellar pressed coconut oil, 2 caps skate liver oil, 10 tabs icelandic kelp, 4g sun dried sea salt, and cayenne. This provides all the carbs, oils, proteins, phytochemicals, and special substances in their most bioactive state the body requires. Put the powders, salt, and cayenne in 1 gallon of water and drink 1 cup every hour. Take the powders, water, oils, and sugar or honey together at the same time. When you wake up in the middle of the night take another dose. Get 30 minutes of sun on the arms and legs around noon."
10/06/2013: Jenny from Asheville, Nc replies: "@Mike: 300 Grams of Honey and Sucanet a day is a lot of sugar! Diabetics and pre-diabetics should be careful with that dosage. I was eating 2 Tablespoons of raw honey every day and my blood glucose levels soared into pre-diabetic levels, so I can't imagine what eating 300 grams a day of honey plus another 300 grams of sucanet would do!"
10/07/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Arsieiuni, while you're eliminating things from your diet, make sure you increase your vegetable intake."
10/07/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "I'm sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. It's really starting to look like a low carb diet is good for heart disease, weight loss and even panic attacks!
Try to eat olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and personally, I think butter and cream are OK, too, for fats. Avoid potatoes, grains, breads, and of course desserts with sugar. I say this after extensive reading and research, but admit I have a difficult time doing this myself, but keep trying!
The first medicine that should be used for MS and is 89% effective in stopping disease progression is low dose naltrexone. The website is www.ldninfo.org. There is a link to join a Yahoo LDN Group where the members (over 11, 000) can answer any questions you may have. It is very low cost, FDA approved and has no side effects except disturbed sleep for some for a week or two. It is taken in pill or liquid.
Best wishes for feeling better in the days ahead. Let us know how you are doing."
10/10/2013: Marcjnr from Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand replies: "I found when I was pregnant with my 2nd child, I got the sulphur burps really bad (both ends) in the final month of my pregnancy. Got rid of it by taking 2 tspns of baking soda in a big glass of warm water twice a day kept it at bay. I burped out all the gases in the mornings & stunk out my house! By the end of the day it wasn't so smelly. By the 3rd day, it had subsided. Baking soda water works better than those off the shelf tablets that just upsets my stomach. I drink baking soda all the time now for indigestion. Give it a try, it may work for you....Cheers"