Whether it’s from a stomach bug, something you ate, a migraine, or morning-sickness during pregnancy, chances are that you’ve experienced that queasy feeling that comes along with nausea, more times than you’d like. There are many possible causes for nausea, including poor diet, indigestion, pregnancy and chemotherapy treatments. Symptoms usually include dizziness, upset stomach, and sweating.
So, besides the usual crackers and soda that we’re always advised to take, what other natural remedies are there for nausea?
Below is a list of some of the top natural ways to treat nausea:
- Ginger – Increases blood flow to the digestive system and blocks the serotonin receptors responsible for causing nausea. Ginger root can be chewed raw or taken in a tea, a pill, or even candy. If all else fails (or you can’t stomach the taste), you can always reach for a can of ginger ale! To make a tea, just slice some ginger root and add it to boiling water, allowing it to boil for about 5 minutes. Cool and strain, then add some raw honey to taste. You can also purchase ginger tea bags at Healthy Planet, along with many other ginger products.
Peppermint – The effects of menthol and other compounds have antispasmodic effects that can help relieve indigestion. Peppermint can either be taken as a candy or in tea form. You can either steep some peppermint leaves in boiling water to make a tea, or use peppermint tea bags available at Healthy Planet.
- Acupuncture or Acupressure – Only seek acupuncture treatment from a licensed professional. Acupressure can be performed at home or by a massage therapist. These therapies are particularly helpful for those suffering from nausea due to pregnancy or cancer treatments, where drug interactions are critical and most drugs should be avoided.
- Aromatherapy – Peppermint essential oil can also be used by either placing a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and inhaling it deeply, or by using an essential oil diffuser. Alternately, peppermint oil can be diluted with a carrier oil and used as a massage oil.
- ACV and Honey – Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and raw honey into a glass of warm water. Sip slowly to help easy nausea.
- Rice Water – Boil rice in water for about 20 minutes. Drain the water, allow it to cool, then drink the rice water.
- Lemon Water – Fill a glass with room temperature water and squeeze a lemon wedge into it. Sip slowly. There are also many health benefits of doing this every morning!
About the Author:
Sarah is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mother. She is the author of Nature’s Nurture – a blog about everything simple, natural, and homemade – in which she documents the changes she’s making to slowly convert her home into a more natural, sustainable, toxic-free environment for her family. Nature’s Nurture also serves as a resource for others looking for simple ways to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. You can follow along at her blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.