Most of us have felt the feeling of nausea at some point. This uneasy, sick feeling can make you dizzy, sweaty, and can sometimes result in vomiting. Nausea can happen due to various conditions such as dehydration, food poisoning, motion sickness, medications, and acid reflux. It is also common in morning sickness 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.
Natural Remedies for Nausea to Try at Home
Here are five such remedies to alleviate that queasy feeling:
Most rightly known as ‘glorious ginger’, this root is your best bet against nausea. Offered 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, queasiness, 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)
3. Peppermint Leaves
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 (the ability to relieve involuntary muscle spasms) along with its calming effect soothes inflamed stomach lining and prevents nausea and cramping. For quick queasiness 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 your stomach. If your experiencing nausea due to digestion-related conditions such as gas or flatulence, fennel is the herb for you. It is perfect for treating pregnancy-related nausea as its anesthetic compounds help reduce an upset stomach. Slowly chew on 1 tsp of fennel seeds for quick queasiness relief or brew a tea with 1 tsp of fennel seeds in one cup of hot water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes and drink while still warm. You may also add 1 tsp 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. Vinegar has been used since the days of Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, to help combat common ailments. Apple cider vinegar is also known to aid proper digestion, treat other stomach related disorders and help aid in weight loss. 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.