Who doesn’t get stomach problems once in a while? There are dozens of reasons why you might get tummy aches, such as: gastritis, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, stress, etc. Most of them aren’t serious and pass quickly. There’s no reason to turn to your doctor and get a prescription every time you have a little discomfort in your belly.

We at Bright Side have collected for you some medicine-free stomach-ache remedies to turn to that might help you in the blink of an eye.

1. Cayenne pepper

Eating cayenne pepper can help you with your tummy problems in several ways. It’s a natural anesthetic and can reduce your pain and discomfort. Also, it can actually reduce acidity, fight against a peptic ulcer, and kill certain types of bacteria. Besides, it helps digesting food more efficiently.

Be mindful that you should combine it with other food when consuming it.

2. Yoga

Many yoga poses can help you physically in digestion and increase peristalsis, the movement of food through your intestines. Also it reduces the stress that can often cause stomach troubles, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. For example “Apanasana” or knees hugged to chest pose can help relieve you from bloating and gas pain. And spinal twist pose will soothe and tone your abdomen.

3. Ginger

Ginger has an amazing influence on our stomach health. It reduces inflammation just like aspirin, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDs. It promotes blood circulation which aids in better digestion. It helps food flow smoothly through the digestive tract which allows us to absorb more nutrients.

It prevents gas and relaxes the muscles of the intestinal track, which gives us relief from stomach pain.

4. Mustard

Though it sounds a bit unbelievable, eating a tablespoon of mustard with your meal everyday can be a really great addition to your diet. It has some strong anti-inflammatory and antacid effects which can reduce or even heal your stomach pains.

5. Peppermint

Peppermint is the first line of defense for an upset stomach. Menthol is a very strong antispasmodic that helps to calm down our bellies. It can smooth almost every complaint the digestive system might throw at us: heartburn, indigestion, cramping, nausea, gas, and even irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

6. Rice

Along with potatoes, oats, and other starchy foods, rice helps to coat the stomach, ease digestion, and it has a soothing effect. Such foods don’t stay long in the stomach and don’t stimulate acid reflux.

7. Heat

A warm compress applied to your stomach area might relax your muscles and ease pain, tension, and cramps. You can use a bottle filled with hot water, a heated electric blanket, or even microwave a sock full of rice. Place it over your stomach for several minutes to feel relief.

8. Club soda

The sodium bicarbonate in soda water works in 2 ways on indigestion. It helps neutralize stomach acid which is a way to treat heartburn. And second, the carbon dioxide gas encourages burping, which can help relieve pressure and pain in the stomach.

9. Essential oils

This remedy can beat many of the causes that lead to stomach aches like: gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and even menstrual cramps. Peppermint, ginger, pepper basil, oregano, fennel, coconut, argan and other oils can ease your stomach pain and improve digestion. Just apply a few drops on your belly (or bellybutton) and massage gently. Essential oils may also enhance your mood.

10. Burnt toast

Eating burnt toast can help you to control nausea after a big night out and ease stomach pains. The carbon in its char absorbs toxins and acts like a filter by preventing some microorganisms from passing through the gut.

Do you know any nonstandard home remedies to ease stomach problems? Share them with us in the comments below.

Illustrated by Natalia Tylosova for Bright Side