5 Natural Remedies for Nausea Relief
Nausea is a common ailment that most people have experienced from time to time. It is not a pleasant feeling. Some of the reasons nausea occurs include pregnancy, the flu, medication, overeating, and not eating enough. Nausea can also be a secondary complication to an existing illness, such as a headache.
Why Do We Become Nauseous?
Nausea is the body’s way of countering an existing issue. For instance, if you become overexcited, enter a stressful situation, are in a moving vehicle and experience motion sickness, nausea can occur.
Additional additives, such as aspartame, can also cause nausea, along with headaches and sick stomachs.
When vomiting continues for more than six hours it could be a sign that something more serious is taking place. In that case, consult a physician as soon as possible. Dehydration is a secondary illness that can be brought on by heavy vomiting. Signs of dehydration can include:
- rapid breathing
- rapid heartbeat
- increased thirst
- decreased urination
- lethargy and/or exhaustion
- dry or cracked lips
- sunken eyes
If dehydration is suspected, replace fluids and electrolytes immediately.
Nausea During Pregnancy
Early pregnancy is a time that is often filled with queasy stomachs and bouts of nausea. These bouts seem to be triggered by smells, tastes, and an overabundance of hormones. The best advice for first trimester nausea is to eat small meals that are low in fat and easy to digest. Another suggestion is to munch on dry crackers frequently throughout the day and to remain hydrated. Obviously, if certain smells are recognized as triggers, they should be avoided. Though nausea during pregnancy is usually called morning sickness, it doesn’t necessarily occur in the morning only. If nausea is accompanied by dizziness, fainting, pounding heartbeat, dark urine, an inability to keep liquids down, or vomiting blood, it is important that a physician be contacted immediately.
Home Remedies for Nausea
There are a variety of home remedies that have been around for hundreds of years that can eliminate nausea symptoms.
- Acupressure Applying pressure to the wrists is a good way to keep nausea at bay. Simply circle your left wrist with your right hand. Then twist your right hand gently back and forth. Repeat on both wrists as often as needed.
- Ginger While ginger ale, as well as the spicy ginger root, are said to help with nausea, they are considered old wives’ tales. Thankfully, research funded by the National Cancer Institute, has proven that they do in fact work. During the study, chemotherapy patients where administered small doses of about ¼ of a teaspoon of ginger per day. The patients in the study group experienced far less nausea than what normally occurs with chemotherapy patients. Ginger root can also be used to make a tea.
- Peppermint Since peppermint has the ability to soothe and relax the stomach muscles, it works as a natural nausea deterrent. A piece of peppermint gum, peppermint mouthwash, peppermint candy, or two drops of peppermint oil in water can do the trick.
- Reflexology Using the reflexology chart, find an area the size of a fifty-cent piece on the inside edge of the foot. This spot is lined up directly under the ball of your foot, beneath the big toe. Because this reflexology spot is associated with the stomach and duodenum, when the spot on either foot is massaged in that area, nausea symptoms automatically subside.
- Carbonated Beverages Many people grew up with mothers that produced a can of soda for nausea. A healthier alternative to this is to pour a glass of carbonated water, and add a small amount of natural (no sugar added) fruit juice for flavor. This will provide the benefits and pleasant taste of a carbonated beverage, without the sugar and additives of most sodas.