A heartburn is described as a painful feeling similar to a burn, felt in the upper side of the abdominal area, that sometimes is present in the back of the sternum also. It usually comes after meals, after conducting an intense physical effort or after eating too much meat or sweets. Sometimes the heartburn is felt at night, while sleeping. The heartburn or pyrosis will give a strong discomfort, ruin the mood and sometimes can be mistaken with the heart pain, especially if it is very intense. You can feel the heartburn in various ways and some of the symptoms include:
• Burn feeling in the chest, behind the breastbone, that can last from minutes to hours
• Chest pain
• Burn feeling in the throat or the feeling of a warm liquid, acid or salty, coming from your esophagus
• The feeling of having leftovers stuck in your chest or throat
So, what is actually causing the pyrosis? It is the aggressive reaction between the stomach acid and the esophagus mucus. The gastric juice inside the stomach is reaching the esophagus through a process called reflux. The esophagus has a higher pH level than the stomach, thus the acid will chemically burn the esophagus mucus.
How to get rid of a heartburn using different types of tea
• Marigold tea – In one liter of cold water add two tablespoons of dried marigold and boil it for 15 minutes. Drink up to three cups daily for maximum two weeks.
• Ginger tea – Add one teaspoon of shredded ginger in a hot cup of water. Infuse it for 15 minutes and drink three cups daily.
• Chamomile tea – Mix 30 grams of dried chamomile with one liter of boiled water. Cover and infuse for 30 minutes. Drink the tea in between your meals. It will calm the burning feeling and reduce the inflammation.
• Basil tea – Boil one liter of water and add two tablespoons of dry basil. After 10 minutes the tea is ready to drink at the end of each meal.
Preventing the heartburn is the best thing you should do. Avoid irritant beverages and food or try to eat and drink small amounts only. To prevent the heartburn, have the drinks in between the meals instead of having it while eating. Plus, try to keep your body upright up to one hour after finishing your food and stop eating three hours before your bedtime.