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Nausea Remedies: Fast & Natural Methods You Should Know

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Nora Taylor
Written by Nora Taylor

Are you looking for natural nausea remedies? Usually characterized by the feeling or desire to vomit, nausea could be short-lived or recurrent, depending on the cause (if it’s a symptom of a medical condition, such as that of the upper gastrointestinal tract or the small intestine or a disorder in an organ/s outside the gastrointestinal tract).

Remember, nausea originates from the brain’s vomiting center, which gives rise to the feeling of nausea (and vomiting).  But for most people, the symptoms could be hard to describe, although uncomfortable sensations felt at the back of the throat, chest or upper abdomen is common.

Generally not painful, it can also be associated or combined with lightheadedness, vomiting, abdominal pain or a headache or it can be due to medication side effects, including those for pain, seasickness, pregnancy, viral infection, brain disease, gallbladder disease and pancreatic disorder.

By saying these things, you can sense by now that the sensation of nausea is uncomfortable but not painful, and in many cases, its roots should be identified and then treated to get rid of the uncomfortable feeling as well as dehydration (something that could worsen nausea).  And if this is happening to you, you should consume much fluid to avoid aggravating the condition of your stomach, mainly by drinking or sipping fruit juices, sports drinks and ginger ale, to name a few common remedies people apply when experiencing vomiting.

Natural remedy for pregnant women nausea

If you are pregnant experiencing nausea (morning sickness) and you have been looking for natural solutions, then this guide may be for you, as we will discuss a few helpful home solutions for treating it.

natural remedy for pregnant women nausea

Usually felt in the morning (but can also occur at other times of the day), nausea of pregnant women happens in the first few weeks and ends by the 14th week. Not so long ago, anti-emetic medications (for preventing vomiting) were taken by pregnant women suffering from morning sickness, but such are now only prescribed for severe cases.

Commonly, home remedies for nausea are suggested, such as not allowing an empty stomach, one of the most common solutions recommended by doctors. By saying that means pregnant women should try and eat small (particularly easy to digest meals) frequently and avoid the usual three large meals a day.

Natural treatment for motion sickness (nausea)

If you were suffering from motion sickness, a condition of discomfort accompanied by lightheadedness and dizziness when traveling, a home remedy for nausea could be applied by lying down as soon as you felt it and then breathing fresh air (through an open window). You should also avoid any activity, including reading, which requires you focusing closely while moving. There are also several over-the-counter medicines, including antihistamines to take if the above do not work.

But then if you almost always suffer from motion sickness and you travel long journeys, you may want to go for scopolamine skin patches (Ask for a prescription). Take note that this does not come free of side effects, such as impaired vision, dry mouth and sleepiness.  Finally, you should stay away from medications, including Tylenol and aspirin that cause an upset stomach, obviously furthering your condition.

Once the nausea is gone, don’t treat yourself by consuming a large meal, but take only, as much as possible, a BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast). At all cost, avoid oily, dairy food until you’re totally OKAY.

brat diet on a plate

You can also make a milk toast (a type of bland food) to tame your tummy.  These two are helpful remedies to address nausea because the bread absorbs any excess stomach acid and the milk coats the tummy, working like aspirin but not hurting an empty stomach. You don’t want to drink milk straight though because it can immediately upset your stomach even more, but eat a toast first.

To prepare it, you will need a cup of milk, unsalted butter and a piece of toast. Heat a cup of milk until it is warm (not boiling).  Pour it into a bowl and set aside. Then, toast a piece of bread and spread unsalted butter. Crumble the toast into your milk. And that’s it! Eat it slowly and get rid of nausea.

Reminder: Skip milk toast if you have the stomach flu or gastroenteritis because your stomach might hardly process and poorly react to dairy.

Now if the uncomfortable feeling lingers and you experience severe abdominal pain, along with vomiting and dehydration symptoms, such as dry mouth, sunken eye appearance and rapid heart rate, see your doctor right away. (Remember that nausea should not persist and therefore should be gone faster.)

Have some ginger, a natural nausea remedy

A home remedy for nausea includes ginger, one of the most common traditional remedies used by people suffering from nausea. In any form (tea, raw or even ginger ale), ginger is guaranteed to stop nausea because it promotes the fast action of various digestive enzymes or juices to  neutralize stomach acidity  and contains ‘phenols,’ which immediately relaxes stomach muscles and sedates an irritated one, reducing its activities.

In addition, phenols from ginger also help in moving the digested food as well as toxic substances through your system, allowing you to get rid of the bad food/stuff that makes you ill. You can consume a ginger capsule, just nibble a small piece of ginger root, grate it and put into soup.

For many, they prefer making ginger tea to calm their upset stomach. And to do it, get a 2-inch ginger root, a peeler, cutting board, wax paper, two cups of water and honey (optional). Wash the ginger root before peeling it and slicing into bits.

have some ginger

Cover with wax paper and crush them really small, while two cups of water are being put to a boil. When boiling, add the crushed ginger and boil for another three minutes. Afterward, take out the pan from the stove and strain the ginger tea, if desired. Pour it into a mug and put some honey before sipping slowly to calm an upset stomach.

Alternatively, you can make ginger ale for treating nausea, and to do it, you will need two cups of peeled and chopped ginger, three quarts of chilled club soda, half cup of sugar, ice cubes and three to four lime or lemon peels. Get a saucepan and combine ingredients, such as the gingerroot, lemon or lime peel and four cups of water.

Put them all to a boil for a couple of minutes and then turn the heat low and simmer for about ten minutes. Then, add in the sugar while you’re stirring and continue boiling until only three cups of the mixture remain (usually after about 15 minutes).  Take it out from the heat and strain it over a big bowl. Cool down syrup and chill it in a covered container.

Add in one-fourth cup of the ginger syrup in a cup of club soda before pouring some ice and adding flavoring, as desired. *This syrup can last up to one week if refrigerated.

Don’t fight the urge of vomiting

If you feel like throwing up, go for it because it indicates there is something harming your stomach and it helps you feel better afterward. You should not also hold the urge to vomit because it might cause esophagus damage due to stomach acid that lingers in your throat. If nausea is accompanied by frequent vomiting, however, go and consult your doctor to avoid dehydration.

Practice mind over matter

Manage your anxiety. Did you know that anxious people experience nausea more often than those who are not? Mind over matter is a great thing to remember because nervousness, let’s say, can cause nausea. A lot of times, queasiness can be a result of what is inside your head other than what is happening in your body. See our piece on natural remedies for anxiety to help you.

manage your anxiety anywhere

For instance, don’t fear the feeling of throwing up, but think of how it is okay if you would to feel better. As you see in this example, if you are taking away the power from your thought, anxiety and then nausea will finally leave you alone.

Without even saying, you can become your worst enemy, just like in the case of other people. Sometimes you feel nauseous because you think of and worry about nausea, especially in unlikely situations, such as on a date, in a meeting or during a class. The more worried you are about nausea the more it will cling in your thoughts.

To address the problem and take away the power from your mind, you should learn accepting that you might throw up and let it go. Another thing to fight nausea caused by anxiety is to breathe fresh air and sip fluids slowly to give you something to focus on so that you can feel better.

Kick to kick nausea out

One of the major causes of nausea is poor blood circulation, especially if you are also feeling faint or dizzy. To get rid of the uncomfortable feeling, you can do certain positions, which will help in pumping blood or in stopping it from rushing. Kicking your heels up can also help you achieve balance or stability in blood circulation.

See also: What Is Tai Chi: Benefits & Secrets Behind An Ancient Fighting Art

pumping blood position

To do it, you can find a place, including a quiet, dark room, where to lie down. Keep your head lying flat and ideally without any pillows or with only thin pillows. Start bending your knees, while you are breathing. Then, start sitting down with your back up against a wall. While deeply breathing, put your head between your knees, which should be up, too.

Suck frozen/unfrozen fruit as a home remedy for nausea

Always have a few slices of fruits, particularly lemon or lime, packed and stored in the freezer. You can use them every time you feel nauseous because they have that scent to calm down an upset stomach, taking your mind off the queasiness and transforming the feeling into something better as compared to the ‘wet mouth’ feeling you get when suffering from nausea. When you start feeling nauseous, you can get a wedge of lemon and suck it.

Stretch to get rid of nausea

Sometimes nausea is caused by pain in the neck and upper back, something causing reoccurring nausea (an indicator that says how your body is reacting to the discomfort or pain). You can try some simple back and neck stretches in order to take out the tension that causes the queasiness.

Alternatively, you can try lying on the floor for some back exercises to perform on a yoga mat. You can position as if you were doing a pushup, except lifting up your entire middle section. What to do is to lift your upper body while your back is arching and stretching, as you are tilting your head back as far as you can.

stretch to get rid of nausea

And for the neck exercise, you don’t have to do actual neck rolls, which can result in pinched nerves, dizziness and (worst) grind on the disks. Remember, the neck’s vertebra isn’t for making circular motions, and if you do, the hyperextension over time can cause serious health issues. What to do is to tip your head forward, while your chin is touching your chest. You can hold this position for up to 15 seconds, while keeping the tilting of your head towards the left, a position as if you were actually touching the ear to the shoulder. Hold the position for up to 15 seconds or least while you can.  Do the same for the right side.

Apply cold compress, a natural nausea remedy

If you were suffering from nausea and looking for a quick fix, you can apply a cold compress (not necessarily very cold) at the back of your neck. Get an ice pack or a washcloth soaked in cool water. Place the ice compress under your neck if you were lying down, or drape it across the back of the neck if you were sitting. Either of the two positions can work when treating nausea with ice compress, especially if its cause is anxiety.

Apply peppermint and get rid of nausea

Working like lemon, peppermint (oil or tea) is a fresh, invigorating remedy to tame your upset stomach. For quick results, you can rub some peppermint oil onto your gums. To do it, get peppermint oil and a cotton swab.

peppermint to get rid of nausea

Have a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton swab and then apply it on your gums. You can also reapply if needed. Alternatively, you can make use of your clean hands if you don’t have a cotton swab.

Get fresh air

In some cases, this trick does it for nausea and that all you have to do is to get fresh air outside in order to calm your body and get air flowing over it. Alternatively, you can just sit or lie down in front of an electric fan set at a gentle speed. You can also oscillate it for a more pleasant experience.

Keep electrolyte balance as a home remedy for nausea

Maintaining your electrolyte balance, not just by replacing lost fluids due to vomiting but by balancing your sodium and potassium levels, is important.  But if you cannot keep down food for at least two days, you can have Gatorade or sports drinks or dilute some of it in water for replacing lost electrolytes. Check out our list of the top hydration drink to keep you hydrated.

Do acupuncture

Known as an ancient Chinese healing tradition, acupuncture involves applying pressure to specific body points in order to get rid of discomfort symptoms, such as the feeling of being ill linked with nausea. For this, you can make use of a nausea band or just apply the acupressure, something said to release endorphins and serotonins, two of the body’s neurotransmitters. They can help in blocking the imbalanced chemicals making you feel sick.

Treatment by acupuncture

To start with, you can apply acupuncture pressure on the  ‘inner gate’ (p6 point), which you can find two to three finger widths down from your wrist-top crease at the base of the palm. Apply pressure to this region to get rid of nausea.  Alternatively, you can apply acupuncture at the top and bottom of your wrist by using your index finger and thumb to press on where the p6 is. Do it for both sides of your wrist and hold for 30 seconds up to five minutes.

There you have some of the most effective remedies to get rid of nausea to do at home every time you experience its symptoms. Definitely, you don’t have to depend on medications but on natural remedies to find in your kitchen (ginger, lemon, lime, ice…) or to do by yourself (stretching, getting fresh air, doing neck and back exercises…).

But remember, we’re not medical practitioners and this article is only a reference and not a basis when deciding for proper treatment of nausea. And if none of these natural remedies for nausea works and symptoms persist for days causing bouts of discomfort, vomiting and all other symptoms, consult your doctor for proper diagnosis (as to whether  nausea is caused by an underlying condition or not) and treatment (e.g. diet change, exercise, medications) you may need.

About the Author
Nora Taylor
Nora Taylor

Nora Taylor is passionate about helping developing countries and people worldwide to deal with infections and diseases. She is certified in Workplace Emergency First Aid, Red Cross First Aid and Marine First Aid. Nora lives in Vancouver, BC, but travels to Africa and Asia every year. Her dream is that one day we can conquer many known diseases through a proper preparation and education of people in all parts of the world.

  • Larry Allen

    My grandma taught me to chew on some cardamom seeds to deal with my nausea. Putting a dab of vicks vapor rub on your nose can help. You can also try mincing ginger and then placing a saucer of it near your nose so you can breath in the ginger.

  • Matthew Wright

    Aside from the hot lemon or ginger tea, you can also try sucking on a lemon popsicle to manage your nausea. You just get enough liquid to not feel like vomiting and it also cools you off! But I am interested in the ginger ale recipe on this post and will also try it next time.

  • Nora Taylor

    Ginger is one of the most popular traditional remedies for nausea-the ginger ale recipe is amazing, you should definitely try it out next time you experience motion sickness.

  • Nora Taylor

    In addition, you can create your own anti-nausea syrup with a half-cup of white sugar and a quarter-cup of water.

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