Food poisoning can be caused by eating food infected with bacteria, viruses, parasites or other toxins that might be present in the food. While the causes range from improper handling to cross contamination, the symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and dehydration can be quite distressing and suck the life out of you.

If you’ve fallen prey to food poisoning, replenishing your body with adequate fluids to make up for the loss should be your top priority. Though extreme dehydration requires immediate medical attention, some natural home remedies can curb mild to moderate symptoms. Here’s what you can try:

1. Ginger
An excellent digestive aid, ginger helps in treating a range of stomach issues, including food poisoning. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger soothes the lining of the stomach and prevents vomiting. [1]
How To Use It: Boil 1tsp of grated ginger in a cup of water for two to three minutes to make a soothing tea or add four to five drops of ginger juice to 1tsp of honey. Have this mixture three to four times a day to minimize nausea and stomach pain.

2. Basil
Loaded with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, basil can reduce the cramps and nausea.[2] Here are nine reasons why basil is good for your health.
How To Use It: Crush about 10 to 12 basil leaves and strain the juice. Add 1tsp of honey and have this several times a day. You can even make a herbal tea by brewing dried (1tsp) or fresh basil leaves (five to six) in a cup of hot water. Have it three or four times a day.

3. Cumin
Cumin is a good digestive aid and helps the system return to normal when you start eating solid food after a food poisoning episode. Cumin also helps in getting rid of excess gas from the stomach, making you feel light. [3]
How To Use It: Take ½ tsp of cumin seeds with 1tsp of honey and chew them till you suck all the juice. You can even make a herbal drink by boiling 1tsp of cumin seeds with ¼ tsp salt and ½ tsp asafoetida. Sip it two to three times a day.

4. Garlic
A herb with multiple benefits, garlic is exceptional in controlling food poisoning symptoms. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties can kill the stomach infection bug as well as alleviate diarrhea and abdominal pain.[4,5] (Related: Unlocking The Health Benefits Of Garlic)
How To Use It: Crush a fresh garlic pod and swallow it with a glass of water. You can also add freshly grated garlic to your soups.

Note: While these remedies are known to treat food poisoning, consult your doctor if symptoms persist.

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