Heartburn is probably part of the human condition. As a consequence, people have devised numerous ingenious home remedies to ease the symptoms. One reader swears by flaxseed tea. Will you find it helpful?
Trouble with Acid Reflux:
Q. Many people have trouble with acid reflux and find it hard to get off reflux meds such as Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec. I too had a rough time with acid reflux until my doctor suggested flaxseed tea.
I made a batch and drank it daily for one week. My reflux is gone. You may need a follow-up batch for a day or two, depending on your diet and circumstances.
Recipe for Flaxseed Tea:
To make flaxseed tea: Boil 1/2 cup flax seeds in 4 cups of water, just until white foam forms. Cool the drink; the seeds will settle somewhat. Drink the tea. You can eat the seeds if you like. The tea has a nutty flavor and is rather thick. Experiment to get the consistency you like. Thicker is better but less palatable.
One week. Pain free! I love it, no meds.
What Is the Story on Flaxseed Tea?
A. Flax (Linum usitatissimum) is a plant used to produce linseed oil and linen. It is also the source of flax seed, which has been used for easing digestive distress as well as lowering blood sugar and cholesterol.
We could not find any scientific support for its use against reflux, but the tea you describe sounds simple and worth consideration. Other readers have reported that flaxseed tea can help prevent constipation.
Another reader offered a different herbal approach to reflux:
“Fennel seed capsules have almost totally eliminated my heartburn. I tried Prilosec, but it did not suit me. I take one fennel seed capsule with each meal and hardly ever have acid reflux anymore.”