One of the most used ingredients in the Philippines is ginger. Ginger offers a wide variety of benefits, from lowering down blood sugar to treating acid reflux and heartburn. Ginger has compounds that reduce the chance of stomach acid backing up into your esophagus. It can also help lower your risks of acquiring esophagitis or the inflammation of the esophagus due to acid reflux.
In the Philippines, the most popular way of ginger preparation is by brewing salabat or fresh ginger tea. Here’s how you can prepare your salabat at home:
- Thoroughly wash the ginger root, then it is up to you if you want to peel or keep the skin.
- Put water in a pot and wait for it to boil.
- Pound or slice the ginger root and place it in the boiling water.
- Simmer the water and ginger root for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Once it’s done, transfer the tea in your cup and enjoy it!
Note: You can wring the juice out of the ginger for a stronger, spicier ginger taste. Also, ginger tea is safe for children’s consumption.
Usually distributed as a dietary supplement, licorice root helps alleviate acid reflux and heartburn. Licorice root extract contains an active compound called glycyrrhizin, which increases the mucus on the walls of the esophagus, preventing irritation caused by stomach acid.
Lemon balm is one of the most used herbal medicines that relieve stress, insomnia, dementia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dyspepsia, and acid reflux.
You can drink lemon balm tea or take lemon balm supplements or extracts to soothe your digestive problems. Also, lemon balm is available as lotion or balm that you can directly apply on your skin. Some people also use lemon balm essential oil in their diffuser as it helps reduce stress and promote calmness.
Known as a demulcent herb, marshmallow root is rich in mucilage that coats the lining of the stomach and the esophagus to protect it from the harsh effects of stomach acid. Marshmallow root also acts as a pain reliever since it eases the irritation you might feel due to heartburn and acid reflux.
You can get the benefits of marshmallow root by drinking it as a tea, or by taking it as a supplement. Marshmallow root is not for children, as well as pregnant and nursing women.
Note: Consult professionals before trying out these herbal medicines, especially if you have underlying medical conditions.