Nausea is a feeling of unease and sickness that is hard to put words too, but that at some point another most of us have been all too familiar with. Often times the pre-curser to vomiting, is a miserable thing to experience. It can be caused for many reasons, from dehydration to food poisoning, morning sickness to motion sickness, medications to acid reflux. A lot of the time occasional nausea does not warrant a trip to the doctor-always exercise common sense when make that decision-and there are quite a few natural and home remedies for nausea that you can try. Treating your nausea naturally tends to be less likely than stronger medications to be hard on your body, possibly making you feel worse rather than better.
While it can be caused by motion sickness, morning sickness and the stomach flu, sometimes it’s no more than a natural reaction to something you’ve eaten—something bad the body wants to get rid of. A concussion, heart attack, some types of cancer and chemotherapy can also trigger nausea. When you’re nauseated, lie still. Moving around disturbs the balance mechanism in your middle ear, which can worsen nausea and lead to vomiting. While you’re lying down, place a cool washcloth on your forehead and focus on your breathing so you don’t think as much about your stomach. If you think you can handle it, nibble on some toast or a few crackers – dry foods that are high in carbohydrates. Avoid foods that contain fat until you’re feeling better.
- The first remedy. Acupuncture
- The second remedy. Drink clear liquids
- The third remedy. Let it go out or go away
- The fourth remedy. Take pills
- The fifth remedy. Ginger tea
- The sixth remedy. Physical exercises
- The seventh remedy. Juices
- The eighth remedy. Cold compress
- The ninth remedy. Milk or milk toast
- The tenth remedy. Fresh air
- The eleventh remedy. Peppermint oil
Acupuncture or acupressure is comprised of putting pressure in specific points on the body to relieve some symptoms causing discomfort or feelings of being ill, similar to nausea. You can use a nausea band, or just apply the pressure yourself. It is thought that utilizing pressure points in your body will release neurotransmitters, like serotonin or endorphins. These chemicals then block other chemicals that may be out of balance and/or causing you to feel sick.
Here are two most common techniques of getting rid of nausea with acupressure:
- The second or the third finger widths down from the top crease in your wrist (at the base of your palm) there is a groove between two large tendons. Gently apply pressure to this area when you feel it.
- Top and bottom of wrist: Take your thumb and index finger and firmly press on the points (where the p6 is) on both sides of your write. Hold for about twenty seconds, or up to five minutes, and breathe deeply.
If your stomach is upset, it probably doesn’t need the additional burden of digesting food. Stick to fluids until you feel a little better and have stopped vomiting. Clear, room-temperature liquids, such as water or diluted non-citrus fruit juices, are easier to digest, and they are also necessary to prevent the dehydration that may result from vomiting or diarrhea.
The best cure for the 24-hour “stomach flu” (it isn’t truly “the flu” or influenza which is an upper respiratory infection caused by specific microorganisms) is bed rest mixed with a tincture of time, doctors agree. The more rest you get, the more energy your body will have to devote to fighting the invader. If you’re feeling so nauseous you think you need to vomit, don’t fight the urge. It’s your body’s way of getting out something that’s causing harm in your stomach, and you usually feel much better afterwards.
Holding it in can also damage the esophagus, because the stomach acid is just being held in your throat. Sometimes the smell of vomit can cause additional vomiting, or continued nausea. After you vomit, rinse the remaining particles out of your mouth with a quarter of a cup water and a quarter of a cup vinegar in a four-ounce glass. The stomach acids in vomit can be harsh on tooth enamel. Just rinse, don’t gargle. This freshens your breath, too.
Nowadays there are lots of medications that can calm down our digesting system. If you think you cannot handle with nausea by yourself, take a pill. Be aware that some pills can have after-effects. Read the instructions very carefully. We believe that the best variant of remedy for hard nausea is consulting a doctor.
Ginger, be it in the form of ginger ale, tea, or even raw, is almost a guarantee to help stop nausea in its tracks. Ginger promotes the secretion of various digestive juices or enzymes that help neutralize stomach acid. It also contains phenols that relax stomach muscles and act similar to a sedative on irritated stomach tissue, reducing over activity of the stomach. At the same time, the phenols are helping your intestine move digested food and toxins through your system quicker, getting any bad stuff that may be making you feel ill pass faster.
You can take it in capsule form, nibble the root raw, or grate some into a soothing soup. For ginger tea you will need one ginger root of about two inches length, honey (not necessary), a peeler or sharp knife, two or three cups of water, wax paper and a cutting board. Wash your gingerroot well and then peel. Then slice it into small pieces, cover with wax paper, and crush it or make your pieces extra small. Boil water over medium high heat and then add your ginger, letting it boil for about four minutes. Remove from heat and strain if you like, or pour everything into a cup. Add honey if you like. Sip slowly.
Upper back and neck pain can set off reoccurring bouts of nausea. In this case, the nausea is your bodies’ way of reacting to the discomfort in your back or neck. Try doing some simple neck and back stretches to release the tension causing the queasiness.
A back exercise: Try lying on a flat, solid surface (aka the floor.) Put down a yoga mat or something similar if you like. Lie like you’re about to do a push-up but instead of lifting up your whole mid-section, only lift up your upper body. Let your back arch and stretch as you tilt your head back as far as possible, the underneath of your chin facing the ceiling.
For neck exercise: Do not do actual neck rolls. Growing up playing rugby my coaches emphasized that when we stretched out in warm up rolling your neck around was not a good thing. It can pinch nerves, make you dizzy, and grind on disks. The vertebrae of your neck are not shaped for motion that follows a circular path, and overtime this hyperextension can have detrimental effects. Instead tip your head forward and touch your chin to your chest. Hold for about ten seconds. Follow this with tilting, not rolling, your head to left (like you’re trying to touch your ear to your shoulder) and hold for approximately fifteen seconds. Repeat on the right side.
Circulation can be a big reason when it comes to feeling dizzy or faint, and dizziness is often accompanied by nausea. To help reduce the feeling, try the following positions to pump blood to where it is needed, or to stop it from rushing. They may also help your brain maintain a sense of balance or stability by changing up blood flow. Find a place to lie down-a bed in a dark, quiet, room is optimum. Make sure your head is lying mostly flat, with no pillows or only a very thin one. Bend your knees, and make sure you’re breathing and not shorting yourself oxygen. Sit down with your back up against a wall, put your knees up, and put your head between them. Breathe.
Fresh juices are a great source of electrolytes. Along with replacing the fluids you lose through vomiting, it is also important to maintain the balance of sodium and potassium (the electrolytes) in your system. If you are unable to keep down food for more than a day or so, have a sports drink, which is easy on the stomach and designed to replace electrolytes. Try diluting it with water if drinking it straight bothers your stomach.
You will need to drink fluids with electrolytes to renew the balance and prevent further nausea attacks:
- Cranberry juice. Avoiding solid food for a day is sometimes recommended when you’re nauseated and vomiting, but don’t give up the fluids. Drink cranberry juice during your fast. It’s generally easy on your digestive tract.
- Lemon juice. Mix together one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice. And this cure comes with a folkish instruction: dip your finger into the mix and lick it off so that you take it in slowly. You can also use fresh lemon to stop it: just slice the lemon in half and position it close to you so you can smell it, but it’s not overwhelming. Make sure you are inhaling and exhaling fully.
- Lime juice. For an immediate nausea or vomiting stopper, mix one cup of water, ten drops of lime juice, and a half of teaspoon of sugar. Then add a quarter of teaspoon of baking soda and drink.
Actually, this remedy works for all kinds of citrus fruits and their juices. You can also prepare yourself for nausea beforehand. At a time you don’t feel ill, cut a few wedges of lemon or lime. Toss them in a plastic baggy and put them in the freezer. When you start to feel it, lie down (unless laying down makes it worse, of course) and suck on a slice. If you don’t have any frozen, fresh can substitute fine.
Applying a cool compress (not shockingly cold) on the back of your neck when you’re in the midst of a bout of nausea can help kick the queasiness. It is the most effective when combined with the positions as described in our sixth remedy. Get a cool compress ice pack that’s been sitting out for a few minutes is fine, a washcloth dunked in cool water, or a compress you’ve made yourself. Take up one of the above positions.
If lying down, place the compress under your neck. If sitting, drape it across the back of your neck. Both this, and the position you’re in, are particularly helpful is the nausea is being brought on by anxiety of some sort.
You do not have to drink milk straightly, as dairy alone can cause upset, so make milk toast. Bland foods can help tame your tummy, and those, which are particularly favored, are milk and bread. Bread absorbs excess acid, while milk coats your stomach, which is also why they are generally recommended when you something like aspirin, which can hurt an empty stomach.
Do not make this if you have gastroenteritis (the stomach flu) which reacts poorly to dairy. Milk toast helps the most when the stomach is irritated from over-the-counter pain meds. Heat up one cup of milk until it’s hot, but not boiling, and then pour into a cereal bowl, or one similar. Toast a piece of bread, and spread a tiny bit of unsalted butter on it. Crumble the toast into the milk, and eat slowly.
Stepping outside into fresh air is sometimes all the remedy you need for nausea. Another way to help calm your body down is get air flowing over you. Place a fan so that it blows gently across your face. Having the fan oscillate (or turn) can make this more pleasant. When you start to get that hot and flushed feeling and break into a clammy sweat, a little air can go a long ways to stopping the awful feeling of nausea.
Like lemon, peppermint is one of those fresh scents that have the remarkable ability to tame an upset stomach. It has several forms that lend themselves to natural remedies, such as tea or oil. For quick relief, try rubbing some peppermint oil directly on your gums.
Remember that some methods cannot do for you due to your organism’s features. So do not fall in despair, keep on trying and remember the safety rules. Follow the recipes carefully, do not overdose any ingredients and be aware of possible side-effects.