Natural Home Remedies for Hiccups

A hiccup is the sudden onset of diaphragmatic and intercostal muscle contraction followed by laryngeal closure.

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Some believe that swallowing air may cause hiccups but there are a number of possibilities raised by scientists, especially for cases of prolonged hiccuping. See the link at the bottom of the page for a scholarly article.

There are many traditional hiccup cures.  They range from drinking water while upside down to tickling someone with hiccups while they hold their breath. There are many crazy and uncomfortable-sounding methods.  I think perhaps the peppermint oil is the best bet.  Here are just a few of the many:…

  • A spoonful of peanut butter
  • A spoonful of vinegar
  • A teaspoon of honey in warm water; place on the back of your tongue and swallow.
  • As a possible prevention, eat more slowly.
  • Breathe in and out deeply while holding a paper bag over your nose and mouth.  Do it several times.
  • Chew some dill seeds.
  • Don’t eat a lot at one meal.
  • Drink some water through a paper towel (making your diaphragm work a little harder).
  • Drink some water through a straw while plugging your ears with your fingers.
  • Eat a spoonful of salt and then take a couple sips of water.
  • Eating some dry powdered chocolate drink mix.
  • Gently compress your chest by sitting in a chair and assuming the “crash position.”
  • Have an orgasm.
  • Hold the end of your tongue between two fingers and tug to stimulate the vagus nerve.
  • Hold your breath as long as you can and “swallow” each hiccup.
  • Keep alcohol consumption low to avoid irritating the lining of the esophagus.
  • Place a couple drops of vinegar in your mouth.
  • Place a drop of peppermint oil on the roof of your mouth or put drops on your hand and inhale.
  • Sip a little pickle juice every several seconds.
  • Sip hot sauce.
  • Suck on a lemon wedge.
  • Swallow a teaspoon of dry sugar.
  • Swallow with your mouth open every time you feel a hiccup coming.
  • Take a deep breath and blow the air out slowly.