Cure for Heartburn! Natural Remedies for Heartburn

Last Modified on Oct 06, 2014

What is Heartburn?

Heartburn is normal (and has nothing to do with the heart, except proximity). Everybody gets that burning sensation in their chest from time to time, right behind the breastbone and usually after a meal. It's when heartburn becomes a regular thing that you should become more concerned about your digestive health. Heartburn is simply a burning sensation in the esophagus and throat that comes as a result of stomach acid creeping upwards above the valve that usually closes the passage above the stomach, keeping those acids where they belong.

On the other hand, heartburn that recurs regularly may indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or other health conditions, in which case you should see a doctor for a diagnosis. However, occasional heartburn can be easily treated with over-the-counter or better yet home remedies.

Natural Remedies for Heartburn and Indigestion

At present, mustard and apple cider vinegar are easily the most popular home remedies for heartburn here on Earth Clinic, and you can find directions for using them to treat heartburn below. Each seems to reset the gastroesophageal junction or the stomach itself, to put an end to your symptoms. Lying on your back or bending over tends to worsen heartburn symptoms, so sitting and standing or better yet going for a walk are your best bets.

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Most Popular Remedies:

Apple Cider Vinegar24 YEAS
Mustard22 YEAS

User Reviews



ACV and Baking Soda   1  0   

Posted by Sandy (Kent, Ohio) on 10/15/2007

[YEA]  I was having burning and have long suffered with heartburn. I tried the ACV, baking soda and honey last night and it did feel much better. This morning I had a second dose - this time with the organic cider vinegar - but I immediately had the "runs" -. I am wondering' if I should cut back to one tablespoon of ACV since constipation has never been one of my problems - just the opposite. The burning feels a bit better and I am belching a lot but I wonder if I should limit dosage?

Posted by Alena
Salt Lake City, Ut
08/22/2011
It's the baking soda that is giving you the runs. Lol. Baking soda and Cream of Tartar will do that to a human :) FYI Cream of Tartar is AMAZING at clearing up yeast infections.
Posted by Jr
Coloma, Mi
08/22/2011
75 Posts
How do you use the cream of tarter for yeast infections?

Almonds   3  0   

Posted by Sharon (Lockport, IL) on 03/19/2008

[YEA]  Eating a handful of raw almonds stops GERD dead in its tracks. My daughter ate almonds throughout her pregnancy whenever heartburn hit. It worked for her also.

Posted by Chundra
Cleveland, MS
09/25/2008
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I tried the almonds and they partially worked. I am going to try the apple cider vinegar when I get home.
Posted by Braveheartlion
Rome, Ny
11/25/2011
2 Posts
[YEA]   These worked for my heartburn as I am in my 7th month of pregnancy, but I sure did get sick of them. I have also have read that too many nuts can cause constipation which is also a problem of late pregnancy, so be careful. ACV and baking soda work not so well and the taste is awful with a burn of their own.
Posted by Jen
New Haven, Ct
04/18/2012
[YEA]   I just ate a few almonds and felt more pain as they went down and then - poof - total relief about 5 minutes later.
Posted by Carolinabe
Winston-salem, Nc, Usa
06/22/2012
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Couldn't sleep tonight with bad heartburn. After trying OTC acid reducers to no avail, I started looking online for remedies I had in the house. No apple cider vinegar to be found at 1 am, but I had plenty of almonds! 5 seems to have made a huge improvement.

Apple Cider Vinegar   24  1   

Posted by Mavis (Ireland) on 04/27/2014

[YEA]  Have been suffering servere heartburn for the past 2 weeks. This wasn't just the usual burning and pain associated with this complaint but a feeling like somebody was squeezing my throat. I tried all the usual remedies to no avail. Visited EarthClinic and tried the ACV and honey remedy and after the first dose I got immediate relief. I will keep using it until I have no further pain but I look forward to being able to get some sleep at last. Many thanks for this wonderful site. I have used it many times over the years but have only just registered so I can thank you properly.

Posted by Bill (Boston, Ma) on 09/30/2013

[YEA]  Heartburn: I have tried ACV and it seems to work. I take it with some water and honey. I had a fruit citrus drink and the heatburn flared up almost right away. Lots of good filtered water helps too. You have to watch what you eat. Citrus is not good for heartburn. Bill

Posted by Valerie (Chicago, Illinois) on 12/31/2012

[YEA]  I just wanted to express my gratitude for this site. I am what you'd call a return patient to Earth clinic, after curing another 'ailment' permanently, I came straight to this site at 2 am last night after a severe attack of heartburn. The second one in 2 weeks. Since no one in my household ever has heartburn I was unsure what would work fast. I tried in desperation the 2 tbs of ACV and 1 tbs of honey with a little warm water and yes within minutes I felt a great deal of relief, and within half an hour I was comfortable enough to go back to sleep. Thank goodness I can go to a site that is sincere in it's attempt to keep remedies as natural as possible. Thank you friends out there!

Posted by Laura (Houston, Mo) on 11/01/2012

[YEA]  I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar(2tsp), honey(1 tsp) and cinnamon(just a few dashes)for the last week as a way to control the worst heartburn I have ever had. I could not believe how well it works!! Amazing!! I thought I'd have to take an acid reliever for the rest if my life. So happy to know there is something out there that is holistic and helps with so many other things too, like my allergies, while bringing the heartburn under control... Even better than the strongest dose of Zantac! I recommend it to anyone battling this beast!!

Posted by Joan
Ellensburg, Wa
11/09/2012
[YEA]   I really didn't think it would work, but it did. I put just a tiny splash of ACV in a coffee cup added a little bit of honey and filled it up with water. Microwaved 1 minute because I don't like hot liquids. I haven't had heartburn since. Usually I eat at least ten Tums everyday.
Posted by Sunny
Los Angeles, Ca
11/21/2012
[YEA]   Many thanks for this website. I had heartburn like 4-5 times a day before I started using ACV. After two months of taking it, I may only have very very minor heartburn once a week. I took a tbsp of ACV with honey and warm water. Once I took 4-5 tbsp for my flu a few days. But now my teeth can't stand for it. I felt like they were going to crack even though I was not eating. So I switched to less than 1 tbsp and added molasses for my grey hair this morning. I also made the homemade toothpaste to remineralize my teeth. I just tried last night and I don't feel like they are going crack now. I also did the coconut oil pulling. Lets see the result later.
Posted by Caroline
San Francisco, Ca
01/20/2013
I find that it helps to drink the ACV water through a straw--that way it bypasses the teeth.

Posted by Michelle (Yorkshire, England) on 08/07/2012

[YEA]  THANK YOU for your advice. I have suffered with persistent heartburn problems for the last 2-3 months. My GP has prescribed increasingly higher doses of PPI's which did not appear to bring any significant benefit. A gastroscopy indicated upper tract inflammation but no other problems and I tested negative for H Pylori. 9 days ago I decided to ditch the drugs and try ACV ( 2 tblsp with honey in warm water) twice a day before meals - I also began taking Aloe vera juice. I felt much better within 2 days and have not looked back. I have been able to resume my yoga practice including inverted postures and have not had any disruption to my sleep. I am still taking care with my diet and am not fully back to normal, but it has only been just over a week. I am due to go travelling in china in @ 5 weeks - do you think I will need to take the ACV with me?

Posted by Cinapia (New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States) on 03/11/2010

[YEA]  I was wondering if you could just take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar straight without mixing in water. I actually did this for 3 days because I started with really bad heartburn. I have to say, it worked! I don't mind the taste taking it straight and all at once, but mixing it with water and drinking it prolongs the process in my opinion. Unless there are adverse affects if taking it undiluted. Can you advise?

Posted by Marlene
Chatt., Tn.
03/16/2012
My sister takes it straight says it works better for her than any of that over the counter stuff.
Posted by Darlingrosepinkhu
Blackfalds, Ab Canada
09/22/2012
Be sure that you rinse your mouth out after you take the ACV though. PProlonged contact with teeth enamel can cause sensitivity.

Posted by Lanette (Sacramento, Ca) on 10/09/2009

I would like to know if there is any problem with taking ACV with orange juice for heartburn. Thanks!

Posted by Crazydogjack
New Castle, Pa, USA
10/09/2009
32 Posts
Hi Lanette,

For me, orange juice triggers heartburn and acid reflux. Try it just with water. You get used to it. I actually enjoy drinking it now.

Posted by Courtney
Lake Mary, Fl
02/12/2010
Can you tell me what ACV stands for and how to make this mixture? I suffer from heartburn nearly daily and eat Tums every night... Thanks!

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar. See other posts in this section for recipes!

Posted by John
Huntington Beach, Ca
01/19/2012
Try Pepperoncini juice if you don't like the vinegar. Watering it down does not work as good because too much water is what caused the heartburn in the first place.
Posted by Gerald
Columbus, Oh
01/08/2014
[YEA]   Try Mixing you Apple Cider Vinegar with Apple Juice. It tastes much better that way......close to the taste of Apple Cider. Apple juice, unlike orange or grapefruit juice is not acidic, so does not make heartburn worse.

Posted by Brian (Lexington, Kentucky) on 08/25/2009

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  Initial results good then I hit a wall... I started out last Sunday with 2tsp ACV, 2tsp honey, dash of cinnamon and 10 ounces of water 3 times a day. I saw immediate results and was mostly heartburn free. One night I had to get up in the middle of the night and took an extra dose due to heartburn and it knocked it out. Last night, which was Wednesday I got heartburn after dinner, nothing unusual about the dinner and it would not go away. I took my normal dose at bedtime and it did nothing. I tried again about 4 hours later and nothing. I am discouraged because it was working well. Should I take more ACV or less. I am confused, help.

Posted by Leelannee
Sussex, Nj
08/26/2009
7 Posts
I read somewhere here on earthclinic that if you take too much ACV, your stomach makes less of it's own acid. I've used the water cure with good success (using unrefined sea salt or celtic salt). A lot of people seem to have success with the mustard method, too. I'm going to try that, as I've been slacking off on the salt lately & the burn is returning!

Posted by Irena (LA, CA) on 07/22/2009

[YEA]  It's 3 in the morning and I had such bad heartburn I was throwing up! I went to my computer to look up a natural cure since it'd be too inconvenient to go to the store. just one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar saved me!! This site is awesome. Thank you!

Posted by Pat (Tulsa, Ok) on 06/05/2009

[YEA]  I've suffered from heartburn for about 8 years. I've had to take omeprazole for the last 3 years. I started taking raw, unfiltered ACV. No heartburn for over two weeks now. I take a 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, take one drink, & then fill it back up with ACV. It also seems to suppress appetite as well.

Posted by Ed
Green Bay, Wisconsin
07/20/2009
I dont believe it, it really worked!...I was thinking to myself I bet someone is sitting behind their keyboard laughing their butt off thinking how many people are going to try this. Well I am gullible and I tried both ACV (mixed with pure maple syrup because I have no honey) and then I took a big gulp right out of the pickle jar!...yup they both worked. I did 2 teaspoons of ACV and then poured in the syrup (took a minute for the syrup to mix in with it) and boy is it NASTY!...but it works, it burned pretty bad for about 15-20 seconds after and then POOF it was gone!...then I decided for extra measure id slam some pickle juice. We recently got ACV because my wife found that mixed in with the pets' water its a great cure to rid fleas, otherwise we wouldnt even have it in the house. I have had GERD for about 10 years now and I have been taking prilosec as well as zantac and the like, and when I run out I use baking soda mixed with water and that almost makes me puke everytime, but also works. in a pinch I would suggest this to anyone, it really works!!!...no more water and baking soda for me, this is far more tolerable.

Posted by Patty (Suburban Philadelphia, PA USA) on 05/25/2009

[YEA]  I've suffered chronic heartburn for 8 years and finally got myself down to one OTC PPI every other day but that really was not enough.I had heard that PPI's are bad for the bones. I am a 54 y/o woman, so I just had to get off this stupid pill. I have tried and tried to get off the proton pump inhibitor but always had to go back. Well I am so glad I found this info! I got the organic made in USA apple cider vinegar. 2 TEAspoons in 8 oz. 3 times a day.A little honey makes it quite refreshing on a hot day. I have it first thing in the morning, around midday and before dinner. No heartburn and I can even enjoy my cup of coffee and a before dinner beer. wow! It's only day 3 but usually by this time I am chewing antacids like crazy. have not even had one! I told my gastro guy I was going to do this and he said go ahead, it won't hurt you. I can't wait to tell him i am cured!! (fingers crossed)

Posted by Patty
Suburban Philadelphia, PA USA
06/03/2009
Just a follow up on the ACV comments I made.. I had a great first 5 days on ACV then heartburn started to creep back in. I wes so disappointed. I took one heartburn pill one day, skipped a day and then heartburn OTC H2 blocker again. All the while taking the 2 teaspoons organic raw ACV 3 times a day. Now I've been 3 days without any medication, just the ACV and things seem to have settled down and I think my body is adapting. It is good! I'm guessing that heartburn could have been part of the "rebound" of long term PPI use. I'm being careful in my diet and will stick with the ACV.So if you are just starting on the regimen, do give it a chance and expect a few bad days as you adjust. Good luck everyone!

Posted by Gage (Poland, Ny) on 05/10/2009

[YEA]  apple cider vinegar cured my heart burn! i swallowed 2 tablespoons and then the heart burn flared up so i was on the floor holding my chest then, bam, gone. i will never suffer from heart burn agin!

Posted by Melissa (Camden, MI) on 01/12/2009

[YEA]  I had terrible heartburn that I'm sure was brought on by Very spicy Chili and then a couple of wine coolers in the evening. Imediately came to earth clinic for my cure.. Sure enough! Apple cider vinegar! it worked!! Thanks once again earth clinic. I love this site.


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