Most of us have felt the feeling of nausea at some point. This uneasy, sick feeling can make you dizzy and sweaty, and even result in vomiting at times.
Nausea can happen due to various conditions such as dehydration, food poisoning, motion or morning sickness, medications and acid reflux. It is also common during early stages of pregnancy and can be a side effect of cancer chemo and radiation therapy. Whether it is occasional or frequent, nausea can be tackled at home by using remedies from the kitchen cabinet.
Here are five such remedies to alleviate that queasy feeling:
Most rightly known as ‘glorious ginger’, this root is your best bet against nausea. Be it in the form of ginger ale, tea, capsules or even raw, ginger can relieve nausea in minutes. The volatile oils and pungent phenolic compounds present in ginger promote the secretion of digestive enzymes that can neutralize stomach acids and bile, and alleviate nausea symptoms. While there are innumerable ways to eat ginger, the best way to calm a nausea flare up is to sip on some fresh ginger tea or ale.
The citrusy smell of this fruit can cut through the murky feeling of nausea by calming your stomach. Lemon aids in balancing the body’s natural pH levels and can treat nausea arising from gas, bloating, stomach flu, heartburn or an upset tummy. Suck on a fresh lemon (half piece) until you find relief. You can also mix lemon juice with equal amounts of honey and eat ¼ cup of this mixture for immediate relief. (Related Article: Lemon: Natural Remedy For Aging Skin)
The fresh minty scent of peppermint has the remarkable ability to tame an upset stomach and thus take care of nausea. The antispasmodic property of peppermint along with its calming effect soothes inflamed stomach lining and prevents nausea and cramping. For quick relief, dab some peppermint oil (one to two drops) on some cotton and dab the same on your gums. Alternatively, brew a herbal tea by steeping eight to 10 fresh leaves or 1tsp of dried leaves in a cup of hot water and sip while still warm.
Known for its carminative properties, fennel is a wonder herb that prevents the formation of gas in the stomach. If your nausea is due to digestion-related conditions such as gas or flatulence, fennel is the herb for you. It is perfect to treat pregnancy related nausea as its anesthetic compounds helps reduce queasiness. Chew on 1tsp of fennel seeds slowly for quick relief or brew a tea with 1tsp of fennel seeds in one cup of hot water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes and drink while still warm. You may also add 1tsp of lemon juice for added benefit.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
This clear liquid is considered a potent remedy for nausea that occurs due to motion sickness, food poisoning and migraines. Apple cider vinegar is also known to aid proper digestion and treat other stomach related disorders. For nausea relief, mix 1tbsp of apple cider vinegar and a ½tbsp. of honey in a cup of water. Mix well and drink.
Apart from these remedies, remember to rest your stomach, and avoid dehydration.