Although no research supports using chamomile tea for acid reflux, some anecdotal evidence suggests it may relieve symptoms.

While there are medications for acid reflux, some individuals prefer natural alternatives for symptom relief. One such remedy is chamomile tea, a herbal infusion that derives from the chamomile plant that is rich in bioactive compounds.

The tea has wide recognition for its gentle and calming effects and has gained popularity as a potential remedy for acid reflux.

This article explores chamomile tea for acid reflux, its potential benefits, and side effects.

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Chamomile tea is a popular remedy for reducing anxiety and aiding relaxation and sleep. It is also a digestive tonic that may soothe an upset stomach.

Although no scientific evidence supports its use for acid reflux, chamomile tea has a reputation for easing digestive issues.

Research on the topic is currently inconclusive. However, anecdotal evidence and personal reports suggest potential benefits in managing acid reflux symptoms.

Although evidence is lacking, chamomile tea offers potential health benefits that may indirectly contribute to acid reflux symptom relief. These include:

  • Anti-inflammatory effects: Chamomile tea contains bioactive compounds, such as chamazulene and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. They may reduce inflammation in the esophagus and potentially alleviate discomfort.
  • Relaxation and stress reduction: People have long valued chamomile tea for its calming effects that help promote relaxation and reduce stress. By managing stress levels, individuals may experience reduced acid reflux symptoms that stress triggers or worsens.
  • Digestive aid: People have traditionally used chamomile tea as a digestive aid, assisting in soothing the digestive tract and potentially alleviating symptoms such as bloating and indigestion.

While these potential health benefits are promising, chamomile tea should not replace medical treatment or lifestyle modifications that a healthcare professional recommends.

Chamomile tea is safe and typically poses no risk of side effects.

However, although rare, some people report allergic reactions to chamomile, including life threatening anaphylaxis. This is more likely in those allergic to related plants such as chrysanthemums or daisies.

Anaphylaxis: Symptoms and what to do

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life threatening. The symptoms develop suddenly and include:

  • hives
  • swelling of the face or mouth
  • wheezing
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • a fast heart rate
  • clammy skin
  • anxiety or confusion
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • blue or white lips
  • fainting or loss of consciousness

If someone has these symptoms:

  1. Check whether they are carrying an epinephrine pen. If they are, follow the instructions on the side of the pen to use it.
  2. Dial 911 or the number of the nearest emergency department.
  3. Lay the person down from a standing position. If they have vomited, turn them onto their side.
  4. Stay with them until the emergency services arrive.

Some people may need more than one epinephrine injection. If the symptoms do not improve in 5–15 minutes, or they come back, use a second pen if the person has one.

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Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include:

  • skin rash
  • swelling of the throat
  • breathing issues

A person needs to seek immediate medical attention if they notice these symptoms.

Furthermore, there are potential interactions between chamomile and the medications cyclosporine and warfarin. A person needs to speak with a healthcare professional before using chamomile if they are taking any medications.

When incorporating chamomile tea for acid reflux into a daily routine, a person needs to consider the following:

  • Preparation: Start by selecting high quality chamomile tea that derives from whole chamomile flowers. Choose organic or pure varieties to ensure minimal exposure to additives or contaminants. Follow the package instructions for brewing or steeping the tea properly.
  • Dosage: Start with a small amount of chamomile tea, such as 1 cup daily, and monitor the response. Adjust as necessary according to symptom relief.
  • Personalization: Consider personalizing chamomile tea by adding natural sweeteners, such as honey or lemon, for taste. Experiment with different brewing times and concentrations.
  • Monitoring: Pay attention to the body’s response to chamomile tea. If a person experiences adverse effects or worsening symptoms, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional for further guidance.

A person may wish to try ginger or turmeric tea to soothe acid reflux symptoms.

Ginger is a popular aid for digestive complaints, including acid reflux and indigestion. Research indicates that ginger may alleviate pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, reducing the likelihood of stomach acid refluxing back into the throat.

Turmeric is another option. According to a 2019 review, curcumin, a compound in turmeric, possesses anti-inflammatory properties that may help safeguard esophageal cells against damage due to corrosive stomach acid.

While incorporating soothing teas into a routine can benefit acid reflux, people also need to be mindful of drinks that exacerbate symptoms.

Some drinks to avoid or consume in moderation include:

  • Carbonated beverages: Fizzy drinks, such as soda and sparkling water, can contribute to bloating and increase the risk of acid reflux.
  • Coffee and caffeinated beverages: These drinks can relax the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach acid back into the esophagus, aggravating acid reflux symptoms.
  • Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages can irritate the esophagus and increase stomach acid production, worsening acid reflux symptoms.
  • Spicy or acidic drinks: Spicy drinks, such as hot peppers-infused beverages, and acidic drinks, such as vinegar-based beverages, may provoke acid reflux symptoms in some individuals.
  • Citrus juices: Acidic juices such as orange, grapefruit, and tomato juice may trigger or worsen acid reflux symptoms.

Understanding personal triggers and avoiding or limiting these drinks can contribute to the better management of acid reflux symptoms.

There is no research suggesting chamomile tea can treat acid reflux. However, it could ease symptoms by reducing stress and reducing inflammation.

It is safe for most people to try chamomile tea for acid reflux, although ginger or turmeric tea may have better results.

People can contact a healthcare professional if symptoms continue or worsen despite using home remedies such as herbal teas.