Home Remedies for Nausea

Being nauseous is not fun! Being one of the most common symptoms of many health issues, many of us have experienced it—and would do anything to make it go away.

It’s important to know that nausea is not an illness; it is a symptom of another health issue. Nausea is the result of the digestive system slowing down and often the digested food moving in the wrong direction in the intestines.  The reason we have nausea has numerous causes.

Common Causes That Create Nausea:

  • Indigestion
  • Motion and sea sickness
  • Food allergies
  • Morning sickness
  • Altitude Sickness
  • Stomach flu
  • Chemotherapy
  • Intense pain
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs, such as heroin, acid, ecstasy, and cocaine
  • Emotional stress
  • Food poisoning
  • Migraine headaches
  • Prescription and over-the-counter Medicines (eg. aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, oral contraceptives,  and antibiotics)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Other causes of nausea include appendicitis, bulimia nervosa, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis, thyroid problem, irritable bowel syndrome, milk allergy. 

Note:  Do not ignore severe or intermittent nausea. Consult a physician.

My own experience with nausea is long and tortuous (I had severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and IBS) but it helped me to become highly interested in food and nutrition (what I call a health nut).

Eating Tips to Help Keep Nausea Away:

  • Keep your stomach a little full; eat something small every 1 to 2 hours.
  • Eat bland, low-fat foods, high-fiber foods such as cooked grains (for example: rice, millet, oatmeal), plain baked or steamed potato, or a banana.
  • Each time you are eating, eat foods that digest well together; use food combining principles.
  • Motion sickness nausea is helped by lying down and breathing fresh air and best to avoid reading.
  • Do not drink liquids when eating solid food; it’s best done 30 minures before or after eating.
  • Regularly sip clear fluids between eating.
  • Do not lie down after eating.
  • If you are very nauseous, eat something small before bedtime and have something to eat by your bed to have in the middle of the night or when rising in the morning.
  • Avoid fatty, greasy foods, dairy, candy, cake or cookies, spicy foods, alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine.
  • Avoid aspirin, Tylenol and other medications that could cause stomach upset.

If your body wants to vomit, let it happen; there is no point fighting it. You will probably feel better afterwards because you may have something in your body that needs to come out. If you have also been vomiting, it’s best to consume as much gentle liquids as possible without irritating your stomach. Sip clear fluids slowly, such as water, mineral water or fresh vegetable and fruit juices to restore fluids lost through vomiting.

When your nausea begins to subside it’s best not to eat a big meal.Return slowly to full meals; eat small amounts of high fiber foods.Keep with all the eating tips above until you feel totally recovered.

Over the years I experimented with many anti-nausea remedies. Below I have listed what I have found to be the best.

4 Best Natural Anti-Nausea Remedies

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Deep Breathing

Deep breathing has been shown to stop nausea in patients recovering from surgery in a study at the Post Anesthetic Care Unit.They were instructed to inhale slowly through their nose and then exhale slowly through their mouth three times. Within five minutes there was an average of at least 50 percent improvement. It has been found to also decrease symptoms of motion sickness.

Ginger and Ginger Tea

Ginger and Ginger Tea

Ginger

Ginger reduces chemotherapy nausea by 40 percent according to a study at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  Studies have shown ginger reduces nausea in morning sickness and chemotherapy nausea. Also studies at the University of Maryland show that ginger reduces motion sickness, but others have shown mixed results. In my personal experience, ginger has worked very well.

You can drink ginger tea. For the most effective help for nausea, take capsules of powdered ginger root.  For travel sickness take some capsules an hour before you leave and as needed (do not exceed 10 grams a day). Ginger can have a side effect of minor heartburn which can be alleviated with powdered fennel seed capsules.

P6 Acupressure Point

P6 Acupressure Point

P6 Acupressure Point

The acupressure point known as Nei Kuan is very powerful at helping to keep nausea at bay.

Studies have found this pressure point to be helpful with morning sickness, motion sickness, Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and post-operative nausea.

The point is located on the inside of your wrist. To find it, place your middle three fingers with the edge of the third finger on the wrist crease; this acupressure point is just under the edge of your index finger in the middle of your wrist. To stop nausea, massage the point with constant pressure in intervals of three to five minutes or as often as needed. There are even sea bands you can wear on your arm that puts pressure on the point for motion sickness.

Fennel Seed

Fennel Seed and Oil

Its primary use is for soothing the digestive system and for digestive problems, thus being very helpful in keeping nausea at bay. In one study they found fennel seed oil decreased intensity of colic in babies.

You can make tea or eat the seeds as you might find in Indian restaurants.For more extreme nausea it’s best used ground up in capsules and with ginger capsules, as they work together well.

For the ginger and fennel, do not exceed dosage recommendations; be sure to consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any medication.

May you be nausea-free!

Related:

Meditation and Yoga Can Result in Less Doctor Visits
7 Health Benefits of Ginger
13 Health Benefits of Deep Breathing

118 comments

Jeramie D
Jeramie Dabout a year ago

I have the stomach flu and will try this.

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Sonia M

Thanks for sharing

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

thanks

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Tanya W.
Tanya W3 years ago

Noted

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Tanya W.
Tanya W3 years ago

Thanks

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Ivana D.
Ivana D3 years ago

Tyfs

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Magdalen B.
Magdalen B3 years ago

Some very good advice and in an emergency, nibble ginger biscuits.

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April D.
April D3 years ago

Thanks for the great info!

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Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp3 years ago

I have nausea because of medication I take. I find that chewing a strong minty chewing gum and/or drinking lemon ginger and peppermint liquorice tea really helps.

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