10 Herbal Remedies for Gastritis

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Gastritis is literal terms, is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Natural remedies for gastritis include a number of herbs, dietary changes, and stress reduction. Most of the home remedies for gastritis are inexpensive and easy to find in your kitchen cabinet or at your local health food store.

What Causes Gastritis?

Inflammation of the lining of the stomach can have a wide range of causes. Infection, stress, and diet can all cause gastritis. Pain medications can cause gastritis as can eating disorders and alcoholism. Gastritis can be chronic or acute. While usually there are symptoms of gastritis, sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Left untreated, gastritis can lead to ulcers, thinning of the lining of the stomach, and in rare cases, cancer. For most people, though, the more immediate concern is the pain, bloating, gas, nausea and vomiting.

10 Herbs for Gastritis

Herbal treatments are a good choice for gastritis. Herbs are inexpensive, easy to take and quite effective. Many herbs are quite gentle as well.

Herbs can be taken as a tea or in capsule form. Herbal tinctures are not recommended for the treatment of gastritis because the alcohol content can irritate the already compromised stomach lining. An advantage to teas is that tea drinking counts towards your water intake, which is important for your health in general and your gastritis in particular.

To make an herbal tea, place one teaspoon of your herb of choice in a heat-proof jar. Pour 1 cup of almost boiling water over your herb. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes. Strain out the leaves. Sweeten with honey if desired. (Artificial sweeteners or sugars are not recommended because of their tendency to aggravate gastritis.) Tea can be consumed warm or cold, depending on what is most comfortable for you.

Herbs that lend themselves especially well to tea for gastritis include:

  • Fresh ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Fennel
  • Catnip

The catnip, fennel and chamomile are relaxing and are particularly wonderful taken at bedtime. Ginger and peppermint are more stimulating and make a great tea for morning. But none of these have caffeine and can be enjoyed any time of day.

Green Tea is another healing tea for gastritis. Green tea should only be steeped for two minutes. Because it contains caffeine, it should be avoided later in the day. This is a good alternative to coffee, which should be avoided during the treatment of gastritis.

Oregano and turmeric are two excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herbs that lend themselves especially to gastritis that is caused by infection. These are easiest taken in capsule form.

Slippery elm and marshmallow root are  mucilaginous herbs and are soothing to the stomach. They are gentle and nutritive herbs. They can be taken in capsule form or as a tea, though the tea may feel somewhat slimy to those unfamiliar with these herbs.

In addition to herbs to sooth the symptoms and heal gastritis, it is imperative to address the cause of gastritis as well.

Gastritis and Medications

Unfortunately, there are medications that can cause gastritis, including over the counter pain medications. Discuss alternatives to prescription drugs that may be causing your gastritis with your doctor. If over the counter medications are causing your gastritis, look for natural pain relieves. Turmeric, one of the herbs used to treat gastritis, is actually great for relieving pain and inflammation from a variety of causes.

Gastritis and Diet

If you have gastritis, you need foods that are gentle to the stomach and nourishing to the body.

Foods to Avoid

  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Fried foods
  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Processed foods
  • High fat dairy products

Good Foods for Gastritis

  • Milk Kefir (the kind that includes the bacteria L. Casei) fights infection in the gut.
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Fresh juices
  • Whole grains
  • Lean meats
  • Coconut oil, which can kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.
  • Honey is not only a healing food but raw honey can kill bacteria.
  • Blackstrap molasses is a highly nutritious sweetener.

Vitamin Supplements for Gastritis

  • B Complex
  • Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate)
  • Probiotics

Finally, it is important to take care of your health. Reduce stress when possible, or find positive outlets for stress, like mild exercise. Daily sunshine and plenty of rest are also helpful for your body as it heals form any condition.

Do you have a natural remedy for gastritis? We would love to hear about it!

Aloe, Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon, Pepper

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Posted by Dora (Houston, Tx ) on 09/02/2020
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Aloevera gel, turmeric, ginger.lemon, black pepper, honey. Helped me with gastritis and hpylori. All ingredients must be prepared the same day and drink it right after preparation.

Recipe as follows:

about a quarter of a fresh aloe vera leaf gel to prepare about 1/2 cup of all the ingredients together, 1 small teaspoon of turmeric, teaspoon of ginger juice or powder, 1 teaspoon honey, a pinch of black pepper, 1 squeezed lemon juice then mixed them with a fork for 2 minutes and ready to drink it, preferably in the morning before breakfast.

You can view the recipe video online at Sedesana on YouTube, look for Luis Antonio Melon Gomez videos.

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Suzanne (OR) on 10/17/2022
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My gastritis is the result of ingesting (unknowingly) foods that contain soy and canola oils. They are GMO and highly sprayed with RoundUP. Glyphosate the toxic ingredient in it can cause the stomach to literally paralyze and inflame. I can get headaches sometimes too with it or nausea, constipation too. It can last for weeks but I have learned to mitigate it. I personally eat an organic diet and my own cooking I never have a problem. Processed food (I'm talking mayo here or salad dressings) or eating out is a minefield for me.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Delta (Newcastle upon Tyne ) on 10/06/2021
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What helped me to combat IBS and gastritis:

  • Small meals in the evening
  • Avoiding dairy and too much salt
  • Avoiding coffee and wheat
  • Taking enteric coated peppermint oil capsules
  • Taking paracetamol
  • Drinking green tea
  • Also - place two cardamom pods in a mug and add boiling water. Allow to steep for five minutes. Add honey. Sip the water and slowly chew on the cardamom pods.
  • Add honey to beverages
  • Eat cabbage
  • Reduce stress

I noticed my symptoms reduce significantly within a week.

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Doesn't the cabbage cause problems with gas and digestion? I am afraid to try cabbage because of that. I can't even digest a banana.


It must depend on the person. Steamed cabbage put me in the hospital with aspirated pneumonia. I have some kind of silent gerd and never know what foods I am going to react to. I know to stay away from chocolate and tomatoes for sure. A month ago I had a flare up with fresh steamed green beans. It is a mystery and at least 25 doctors and 5 functional doctors can't figure it out. I am wheezing right now and sinuses are inflamed. Some things like celery and ac/bs give me some relief but no cure.


Hope you have found answers. Sounds like LPR, have you see Jane Koufmans info online about it. Using things like alkaline water, alkaline spray for the throat, Gavison advance (UK version) raised bed etc. She's a bit cocky, but she does have some good tips.

Replied by KT

Chocolate, tomatoes and green beans are high in oxalates. Maybe you should look into oxalates?? Just a suggestion.


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Oxalates might provoke lung inflammation.



For my gastritis, the best thing I have found is Lily of the Desert Stomach Formula. OMG, this stuff stops the gerd, reflux and ulcer! I started taking double dose morning and night, after a week went to single dose morning and night, now only one dose in the morning. For my ibs, I didn't notice anything--not better but not worse. Get a bottle of it and use it--if it doesn't work, you aren't out much.


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Posted by HUGO (Texas) on 11/12/2019
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Garlic has been an awesome remedy for me when I'm getting an episode.

Manuka Honey

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Posted by Lu (Brisbane, Australia) on 06/10/2011
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I have been getting very good results taking Manuka honey for gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). I take it twice a day... Once before bed and again in the morning. Taking it with a piece of bread slows down absorption and keeps it in the stomach longer.


Parsley Tea

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Posted by Kathryn (Wisconsin) on 09/18/2021
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I have had severe gastritis for decades and had found no relief until I read online about parsley tea. Drinking parsley tea has been nothing short of miraculous for me. I drink about 6 oz. of the tea first thing in the AM on an empty stomach. On bad days I sometimes add a 2nd and 3rd glass later in the morning and in the early afternoon. The pain just melts away over about an hour or less. For me, the cause for my gastritis was from an inflamed gallbladder, which was brought on by dairy intolerance. I eliminated the dairy and slowly over about a month, my gallbladder calmed down. This, however, had no effect on years of stomach damage, but the parsley tea brought me amazing relief from the burning pain in my stomach. I would never have believed parsley could do all this if I had not experienced it myself.

You make the tea by cutting or tearing up a bunch of parsley. (Like the bunch you buy in the grocery store.) Boil the greens for 5 minutes in two quarts of water, turn off the heat and then let the tea steep for two hours. All done! It's actually very easy to make! I store mine in (2) 32 oz. glass mason jars in the refrigerator. I hope this brings any sufferers great relief like it did for me!