Nausea can turn an ordinary, normal day into a nuisance. How can you do anything when you feel the urge to vomit? Instead of running to the bathroom, take a deep breath. There are ways to naturally get rid of nausea.
Causes Of Nausea
Queasiness has countless causes, but common reasons include
- Food allergies
- Stomach flu
- Food poisoning
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
- Migraine headaches
- Motion sickness
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Menstrual cramps
More serious problems, like appendicitis or poisoning, can also cause nausea. Not sure what’s the reason? Visit a doctor ASAP, especially if you’re in pain or coughing up blood.1
Remedies For Nausea
1. Drink Water
You need water to survive. Even mild dehydration can cause dizziness and nausea, so drink up! This is even more important on hotter days.2
If you do vomit, hydration is key. Sipping on water will replenish your fluid levels.
2. Eat Plain Foods
Is your nausea caused by hunger? Eat a snack that’s easy to digest, like crackers. Follow the BRAT diet, or bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.3 These foods will fill up your stomach without worsening nausea.
This is a traditional, age-old remedy. The citric acid is thought to ease queasiness. Simply cut a lemon wedge, suck on it, and drink water.
For a soothing drink, combine water and lemon juice. It’ll calm nausea while boosting hydration.4
Ginger is a popular anti-nausea cure.5 To make ginger tea, boil a 1 or 2-inch piece of ginger in 1 cup of water. Add a splash of lemon juice and drink.
You can also drink peppermint tea or try capsules. In the stomach, peppermint relaxes muscles and aids digestion, making it a top choice for nausea.10
6. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea doesn’t just help you sleep. As a digestive relaxant, it treats gastrointestinal problems like nausea, motion sickness, vomiting, bloating, gas, and stomach cramps.11
All you need is a tea bag and hot water. And, if you’d like to make chamomile tea from scratch, boil 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers in 1 cup water. Strain after 5 minutes and enjoy.
7. Lie Down
Yes, it’s that easy. Lying down is best for motion sickness and seasickness, but any type of nausea will benefit.
Is it so bad that you might faint? Put your head in between your knees to promote blood and oxygen flow to your head.12 Take deep, slow breaths.
Don’t ignore other symptoms. It might be a sign of a bigger problem, like appendicitis or heart attack. If nausea is paired with pain, fever, headaches, or blurred vision, get medical help ASAP.
|↑1||Nausea and vomiting – adults. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine.|
|↑2||Dehydration and Heat Stroke. John Hopkins Medicine.|
|↑3||BRAT Diet. Oncology Nursing Society.|
|↑4||Safajou, Farzaneh, Mahnaz Shahnazi, and Hossein Nazemiyeh. “The effect of lemon inhalation aromatherapy on nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: a double-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial.” Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal 16, no. 3 (2014).|
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|↑6||Lua, Pei Lin, Noor Salihah, and Nik Mazlan. “Effects of inhaled ginger aromatherapy on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and health-related quality of life in women with breast cancer.” Complementary therapies in medicine 23, no. 3 (2015): 396-404.|
|↑7||Lee, Yu Ri, and Hye Sook Shin. “Effectiveness of Ginger Essential Oil on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Abdominal Surgery Patients.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 23, no. 3 (2017): 196-200.|
|↑8||Tayarani-Najaran, Z., E. Talasaz-Firoozi, R. Nasiri, N. Jalali, and M. K. Hassanzadeh. “Antiemetic activity of volatile oil from Mentha spicata and Mentha× piperita in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.” ecancermedicalscience 7 (2013).|
|↑9||Stea, Susanna, Alina Beraudi, and Dalila De Pasquale. “Essential oils for complementary treatment of surgical patients: state of the art.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 (2014).|
|↑10||Peppermint. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑11||Srivastava, Janmejai K., Eswar Shankar, and Sanjay Gupta. “Chamomile: a herbal medicine of the past with a bright future.” Molecular medicine reports 3, no. 6 (2010): 895-901.|
|↑12||Fainting. National Health Service.|