Chamomile Tea for Heartburn/Acid Reflux
If you've had a stressful day, a very common suggestion is for you to drink chamomile tea. The chamomile herb doesn't only help with reducing your stress and tension levels, it can also help with digestive problems too. In fact, drinking chamomile has been used for centuries as a medicinal cure-all.
Basically, chamomile is a very effective muscle relaxant that not only aids the stomach with digestion (thereby resulting in the quicker disappearance of stomach acids), it also relaxes tense muscles thereby aiding in a good night's sleep, which as we all know, can work miracles.
You may begin to wonder, that if chamomile is such an effective muscle relaxant wouldn't it also cause the relaxation of the LES, thereby letting your stomach acids into the esophagus. Well so far, the majority of studies and research carried out has not found this to be a problem. That is not to say that it will not cause a problem for you. Like with any remedy, irrespective whether it's an herbal or over-the-counter drug, there is never a one hundred percent guarantee that it will work for everyone.
Drinking chamomile tea is more palatable than some of the other herbal teas, as it has a very gentle flavor. You can either make your own by buying the ingredients you need, or alternatively you can buy the tea ready-made from your local health store. If you are a keen gardener, then you could even go one step further and grow chamomile in your garden.
For making your own tea, you will need about 1 cup of water, a teaspoon of chamomile flowers and some lemon juice or honey to taste. Bring the water to boiling in a saucepan, add the flowers and then boil for about 30 seconds more with the saucepan lid on. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand for about 1 minute. Your tea should now be ready for drinking. If you like, add some honey or lemon juice to taste.