8 Home Remedies for Stomach Aches & Cramps

stomach acheStomach aches, also broadly called “abdominal pain,” are tricky things to find remedies for unless you know the cause. Ranging from indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome to gastritis and GERD, an aching tummy can stem from many things. Assuming you are dealing with an uncomplicated stomach ache, these remedies can help bring relief from the pain and discomfort that’s making you miserable.

1. Enjoy a Cup of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile can help ease the pain of a stomach ache by working as an anti-inflammatory (for example the lining of the stomach can become inflamed as a result common gastritis, caused by bacteria) and by relaxing the smooth muscle of the upper digestive track. When it relaxes that muscle, the contractions that are pushing food through your system ease up a bit and lessen the pain of cramping and spasms.

You will need…

-1 teabag of chamomile tea OR 1-2 teaspoons of dried chamomile
-A mug
-Hot water

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Directions

Pour boiling water over a teabag and cover your mug, letting it steep for 10 minutes. If using dried chamomile, place 1-2 teaspoons in a mug and cover with boiling water. Cover the mug and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Sip slowly.

chamomile tea

2. Use a “Hot” Pack

I put hot in quotations because you don’t truly want it hot-just very warm, but comfortably so. You can also use a hot water bottle for this as well. Heat helps to loosen and relax muscles, so if you find yourself cramping up, some warmth can go a long ways for relieving you of the dreadful discomfort.

You will need…

-A hot pack, hot water bottle, or something similar
-A cozy place to lie down

Directions

Find a place to lie down, and rest the hot pack on your belly. It should be a comfortable temperature, but definitely warm. Do this for at least 15 minutes, or as long as you need to, reheating as necessary.


3. Rice Water

Rice water is exactly what it sounds like-the water left-over after you cook rice. It acts a demulcent, meaning a substance that relieves inflammation by forming a sort of soothing barrier over a membrane, in this case, the lining of your stomach.

You will need…

-1/2 cup of white rice
-2 cups of water
-A pot

Directions

Cook your rice with twice the amount of water you normally would for your chosen amount. In this case I am using plain old long-grain white rice. Put your rice in a pot on the stove and add the water, cooking over medium-low heat. As the rice starts to become tender, remove it from the heat and let it soak for 3 minutes with the lid on the pan. Drain and drink the water warm, adding a smidge of honey if needed. Save the rice for a bland meal later.

rice water

4. Enjoy Some Mint

Fresh peppermint tea (or just peppermint tea in general) can help relax stomach muscles. It also helps improve the flow of bile, which helps you digest properly. This is especially useful if suffering from indigestion or gas/bloating.

You will need…

-A handful of fresh peppermint leaves OR 1-2 teaspoons dried
-Mug
-1 cup water

Directions

Cover the peppermint with 1 cup of boiling water, cover, and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Sip slowly while it’s still toasty warm. If using the fresh peppermint leaves, you can chew on them as well to ease stomach pains. You can also just use a pre-made teabag if you find that more desirable.

peppermint tea

5. Warm Lemon Water

Lemon water, if your issue is indigestion, helps a stomachache. The high acidity level stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid, which breaks down our food. By upping the amount of HCL being produced, you help move digestion along at healthy pace. You get the added bonus of the hydration too, which keeps the system flushed and running smoothly.

You will need…

-1 fresh lemon
-warm water

lemon water remedy for stomach aches

6. Ginger Root Tea

Ginger contains naturally occurring chemicals called gingerols and shogaols. These chemicals can help relax smooth muscle, such as the muscle that lines the intestinal track, and therefore relieve stomach cramps or a colicky stomach ache. Ginger root is also great for relieving nausea, which may accompany a stomachache. Sipping on some warm tea can prove very useful as a home remedy for stomach aches and is, in my opinion, more effective than ginger ale.

You will need…

-1 ginger root, 1-2 inches
-A sharp knife or peeler
-1-2 cups of water
-Honey (optional)

Directions

Wash, peel, and then grate or finely chop 1-2 inches of fresh ginger root. Bring 1-2 cups of fresh water to a boil (use less water and more ginger if you want a more concentrated drink) and add your ginger. Boil for 3 minutes and then simmer for 2 more. Remove from heat, strain, and add honey to taste. Sip slowly and relax.

ginger for upset stomach

7. Chew Fennel Seeds

Let’s say your stomach ache is being caused by indigestion. In this case, chewing fennel seeds will help as they contain anethole, a volatile oil that can stimulate the secretion of digestive juices to help move things along. It can also help tame inflammation, and reduce the pain caused by it. If you are suffering from gastritis, inflammation of the stomach, this may provide some relief from the discomfort.

You will need…

-1/2-1 teaspoon of fennel seeds

Directions

After a meal, chew ½-1 teaspoon of fennel seeds thoroughly. If you are pregnant, avoid fennel.

fennel seed

8. Drink Club Soda and Lime

Like lemon, lime can help ease an aching tummy. Combine the lime with club soda and you have an easy drink to sip on to wash away the pain. If you overate and have a stomach ache as a result, the carbonation in club soda will encourage you to burp, therefore relieving pressure in your belly. It has been shown to help greatly with dyspepsia (basically indigestion) and constipation.

You will need…

-8 ounces of cool club soda
-Fresh lime juice

Directions

Mix 8 ounces of club soda with the juice of half a lime. Stir and sip slowly.


I myself have had more than a few unfortunate run-ins with stomach aches, particularly this past year. Thanks to some generous family genes, I seem quite prone to them. Second to headaches, I find chronic stomach pain to be one of the most distracting to deal with day-to-day.

8 Natural Home Remedies for Stomach Aches- these really help me when I get an upset stomach and abdominal pain!

By keeping a couple options for stomach ache remedies on hand at all time, I find I can usually be prepared to ward it off should it start to creep up.

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By Claire Goodall

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26 Comments

  1. saloshini says:

    Hi I’m suffering with terriable tummy cramps its just paining and cramping please send me a easy home remedie please ASAP

  2. Sara says:

    @saloshini how are you feeling? Hopefully better! I know this is personal, but do you have IBS? I do and when it comes to pain and cramps I try to take more fiber (benefiber, Metamucil, veggies, etc), eat ginger, and drink peppermint tea. Hope that helps! Can you tell me when they occur?

  3. david says:

    I keep having the same problems and having pains in my right intestine its strange doctors are hopeless I dont no what to do sick and tired feels like my intestines going to burst when its digestine

  4. BusyMommy says:

    I just had my 3rd baby and I suffer from IBS-like symptoms every time post partum and I’m so tired and still healing (c-section) its like I live in the bathroom for the first 3-4 hours in the morning and it get worse if I have not had a good nights sleep so I’m in this vicious cycle and it’s depressing. I know I have to eat healthy but with 3 kids it’s hard to be organised and cook good meals. Guess I have to suffer through till the fog clears – which is ironic – GIGO and I have no physical energy to remedy what I have to get the ball going! But I will try the ginger/peppermint tea – I am trying to reduce my caffeine too.

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Oh dear, I am sorry to hear this. IBS is no fun. And I can’t even imagine trying to juggle 3 kids and find time to take care of yourself with it, especially since stress can exacerbate it so badly. Definitely try the tea, and it’s a great idea to cut back on caffeine. If it’s at all possible (once you’ve healed from your section) getting some time out to exercise can work wonders to regulate digestion-and it helps sleep, not to mention boosting energy. Keeping a little diary of when you get an upset stomach (jot down time, anything you’ve eaten/drank, and circumstance) can be helpful to eliminate triggers. Interestingly IBS is also listed, in clinical medicine, as a psychologically driven ailment as well as physical. If you are often worn out, as tough as it may be, do try and get a few moments peace. That bit of time will pay off in the long run when you aren’t spending hours debilitated by stress-induced IBS. Not only that, but you just plain deserve it :)

    • Betty says:

      BusyMommy
      I heard a doctor say that IBS can be a migraine and that migraines can happen in other parts of you body not just your head. then i read that taking 1 ounce of celery juice can help and if it ain’t enough to take 2 ounces and the person said she never had to take a third dose. I have had IBS for many years and decided to try just eating the celery and it helped to ease my miserable tummy. i think i will try the juice next time because I am hopeful that it will help even more.. good luck

  5. Joe says:

    Thanks for the tips. Youre an angel.

  6. Ali says:

    After the breakfast & dinner , chew some fennel seeds (Saunf). Also avoid taking cold drinks and cold water. Stomach cramps are mostly appeared when indigestion occurs. Peptic ulcer patients are medicated through omesoperazole therapy, due to which they lack Hcl secretion and consequently the weak digestive system. So such patients should avoid high carbohydrates diets, creamy and dairy products in the dinner. Green tea added with one spoon honey can help in indigestion and make sure half mile walk before going to bed

  7. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I have been suffering with really bad abdominal pain it comes and go one minute I am fine and the next I and crunch up in a ball how bad the pain is.

  8. tatiyanna says:

    hello my name is tatiyanna crayton and i am having stomach problems and i need help from you guys so my stomach keeps on hurtin i took gas pills i no i dont have cramps but what im trying to figure out is how do i get rid of this and just to let you noo i am 13 years old thank you have a nice day

  9. Hannah says:

    Ok guys I get a tummy ache now and then and the best thing to do to cure or get ride of it is 1. Read something like what I do I read things that cure my tummy aches or just read a book, it will take you mind off of your ache 2. Write about something , it will also take your mind off of it 3. Play a game , It to will take your mind off of it 4. Drink an energy drink Like Gatorade or powerade (note not like red bull or moster) because the electrolytes help flush out the nastys in your stomach. Those things usually help me get through a tummy ache

  10. Dorothy says:

    I was desperate tonight looking for home remedies for my 12 year who cannot sleep from abdominal pain (not severe enough for ER, but severe enough to have kept him up until 2:30am) and my other two children are asleep, I cannot go out to buy anything and I have nothing at home. I found your blog the most helpful. I only had chamomile tea at home and an old water bottle that I’ve forgotten I had under my bathroom sink for 7+ years. I gave him the tea but it was the water bottle that was a God-send tip. It helped him immensely within minutes so he could rest and relax. He tried to remove it 25 minutes later but the pain immediately returned so we placed it on him again. I know it’s a lot to say on here but I had to let you know how effective this was for us. Thank you so much, thanks to you my son may be able to get some rest after all.

    • Claire Goodall says:

      I am so sorry to hear your son was in so much discomfort, and I am glad that this was able to help! I hope he’s feeling 100% now :)

  11. Rose says:

    I am still sore with stomach cramps from some bad bacon thirty six hours ago at all places, a nursing home. Unfortunately, it is middle of night and I,don’t have any of those things at home but coca cola syrup from years ago helps a little. A tip….don’t eat bacon out…….

  12. angel says:

    Hi help me out I got so much sever pain on stomach from two days both right left n central part I can’t distinguish which side much …
    O my god .. I drank leomen water also n leomen tea also .. but its not going …

  13. Agnes says:

    Hi Claire I recently found out that I have fibroids and now I have stomach cramps . I’ve never been in so much pain before, I’m trying the Chamomile Tea for stomach cramps. Thanks for the post because I didn’t know what to do. Do you have any home remedies for fibroids.

  14. arihant says:

    hi myself arihant.. I m suffering abdominal pain last 5years.. It is worse in the morning at the upper most part in the morning… it increase and feel most when touching the upper part…my stomach make intestinal sound regular… Help me to overcome the pain…

  15. Julibeth says:

    I am having really bad stomach pains to the point were i cant even get a good sleep without having to wake up and crunch up into.a.ball. ive taken gatorade, sprite and it hasnt helped. I dont know what else to do .the pain comes and goes. I can be good for a couple of.minutes amd then it comes back and.it hurts so so bad to the point were i almost cry. I need help please. I cant afford going to the ER or doctor all the time for them to tell me they cant find whats wrong. :(

  16. susan b says:

    please help. I am recovering from surgery and am on antiviral, depression, pain and muscle relaxing meds on a daily basis which is keeping me nauseated. The OTC stomach meds (pecid, kaopectate, pepto, heartburn chewables, etc…) do not deliver. I hv tried 1/4 lemon w/1/3 C. warm water. Sh I try add’l lemon juice from lemon? Prob another 1/4 C of juice in lemon itself…Sadly, I ingested 1/3 C. filthy water (phlem and facial soap soaking in dirty glass for 3days!) Drank from cup w/out realizing it. Not used to dirty glass on dining table. Not paying attn., tkg med, grabbed glass, drank long sip…Already hv weakened immune system and worried this water will hurt me. Thoughts? P.S. hv just purchased ur hm rem book as I dnt trust rx meds…Thx Claire!

  17. munira says:

    Since yesterday on an average every houri have been having motion……some sticky, stinking mucous like substance flows out and anything I intake even water , system flushes it out…..this along with persistant stomachache is causing lot of discomfort… doc prescribed O2 tab, flora BC, RabeteroL…..pl advice

  18. Ayingura Sunday says:

    Am having problem with my stomach.

  19. Kidney Stones says:

    These are great tips. I never thought of rice water as a remedy for stomach ache. In this case, I’ve only known of the great benefits of drinking chamomile tea because of its calming effect and cranberry juice for kidney stones pain. – Ms Wong

  20. Ruchi Sinha says:

    these tips are really good….thanx

  21. nisha says:

    If its a cramp simply apply some gingelly oil and pour a little on ur belly button it gives instant relief

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