10 Natural Home Remedies For Curing Hiccups
Pesky, intrusive, and often embarrassing, hiccups seem to hit at the worst of times.
Whether you are at home, or in public, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top 10 quick and simple cure for hiccups.
#1. Breathe into a bag
A classic, but effective natural remedy for hiccups is to breath into a paper bag. Alternatively, you can cup your hands over your mouth while breathing. Take deep, slow breath, to ensure safe breathing.
The bag will increase the amount of carbon dioxide you inhale, which in turn forces your diaphragm to relax. By changing the shape and actions of the diaphragm, even temporarily, you can stop hiccup spasms.
Swallowing a spoonful of sugar has been proven to help eliminate hiccups. The strong flavor, as well as the texture, have been known to irritate the throat.
This disturbance can effect the phrenic nerve, contracting muscles and distracting the brain from spasms causing hiccups.
#3. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter has a similar effect as sugar. In addition, the sticky nature of peanut butter means it requires more effort and oral muscles to eat, altering breathing patterns.
The extra effort it takes to swallow can also force the esophagus muscles to contract in such a way as to calm hiccups.
#4. Drinking through a filter
Pour a glass of water and cover the opening with a paper towel. Drink normally from the glass. The paper towel will force you to not only drink more slowly, but to suck in the water with more force than normal.
This extra force calms muscle movements as the diaphragm has to work harder to drink.
The act of swallowing can often be enough to stop hiccups. The motion effects the esophagus and diaphragm, forcing them to work together. This need to act for a specific purpose will override the spasms causing hiccuping.
Yogurt is a great home remedy because of its thick smooth texture. The added thickness requires more effort from the esophagus, which helps to regulate your breathing and swallowing.
#6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Drink a spoonful of cider vinegar. The Pectin in the vinegar is one of the best natural remedies that can help to soothe diaphragm spasming.
#7. Eat something sour
Shocking the tastebuds is also a great way to distract the body from hiccups. Sucking on a lemon has the duel effect of hitting your mouth hard with a strong flavor sensation, and causing a physical change.
The sucking motion with alter your mouth shape, change the way you breath while the lemon is in your mouth, and most likely effect your diaphragm as well. As previously noted, this alteration in diaphragm shaping and breathing pattern is often enough to stop those pesky hiccups.
Cardamom is a natural muscle relaxant, meaning that it will calm the diaphragm. Add cardamom powder to boiling water to dissolve it, and then drink once cooled to watch your hiccups disappear.
#9. Block your ears
Your digestive tract is largely effected by the vagus nerve. Because this nerve runs throughout the body, it can be accessed through the ears. Plug your ears with your fingers, while you take a drink.
The easiest natural home remedy to do this is to drink water from a straw. The combination of swallowing with the pressure on the nerve, helps to stop digestive spasms and eliminate hiccups.
#10. Pressure points
Similar to the blocking of the ears natural remedy, finding pressure points in other areas of the body can help to stop hiccuping. One of these such pressure points is in the palm of your hand, making it an easy and socially subtle home remedy.
Squeeze the muscle between your forefinger and your thumb on one hand, with the thumb and forefinger from the other. You will feel a discomfort if you apply enough pressure, without causing pain. This will distract the body’s nervous system enough to stop a light bought of hiccups.
Try these natural home remedies for hiccups and be cured once and for all!