Teas prepackaged or freshly prepared are both natural options for treating heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD, just avoid any teas that contain caffeine. Caffeine relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) which can cause acid reflux. The teas below are naturally caffeine free and their different healing properties should be considered when used to treat your heartburn symptoms. I’ve broken the teas up into three sections. Mucilage teas coat and protect. HCL increasing teas help the stomach produce more acid to help the LES stay closed. And a section of other teas that help in various ways.
Mucilage Teas to Coat
Mucilage teas can coat the esophagus and stomach to protect from the irritation of stomach acid.
- Marshmallow root tea can be used to coat the esophagus and stomach.
- Slippery elm tea protects the esophagus and stomach lining against stomach acids by thickening the mucous lining.
- Licorice root tea protects by coating as well.
- Throat Coat tea contains slippery elm, licorice and marshmallow root. All three are great forms of mucilage.
HCL Increasing Teas
Increasing stomach acid/hydrochloric acid (HCl) can help the LES to close preventing acid reflux and heartburn.
- Ginger tea helps a number of stomach issues from nausea to heartburn. Ginger lemon tea is also a good choice.
- Dandelion root tea is used to improve digestion, as well as a mild laxative to increase bowel movements and improve beneficial intestinal bacteria. Slowed digestion can lead to acid reflux and heartburn.
Other Teas That Help
- Chamomile tea can reduce stomach inflammation and balance stomach acid levels. It also promotes relaxation. Relaxing is a great way to reduce stress which can exacerbate heartburn.
- Sage tea helps keep the LES closed and soothe the stomach.
- Cinnamon tea made from a cinnamon stick aids in digestion by stimulating enzymes to break down food. Avoid cinnamon spice teas. They can cause further discomfort.
- The following teas may also help reduce acid reflux and/or sooth the heat of heartburn: