Feeling like you’re going to throw up is a terrible sensation. You can’t relax, you don’t know whether to eat or not eat, or even if you should drink water. We have all felt this way, whether it be from a virus or stomach bug, food poisoning, car sickness, or after consuming too much alcohol. Woof, right? It’s also commonly linked to chemotherapy, motion sickness, severe headaches, and as a side effect of many medications. Nausea also, of course, traditionally happens in the early months of pregnancy.
As I tell everyone who comes to me for advice, if the symptoms are prolonged and serious, consult a doctor or go to an emergency room. Severe nausea and abdominal pain can be a sign of appendicitis or dehydration after food poisoning, and you don’t want to try to treat it yourself. However, mild nausea can often be taken care of effectively and safely, without the use of chemicals or medications, which can have some serious side effects. Here are a few tried and true remedies to consider the next time you’re feeling queasy.
• Acupuncture: I have personally used this for nausea and found it to be quite effective.
• Ginger and peppermint: These home remedies have been around for a long time, and studies have backed up their effectiveness. They can be used in cooking or smoothies, eaten in candy, or made in a delicious tea.
• Deep breathing: Nausea can sometimes be caused by tight abdominal muscles connected with anxiety, and deep breathing can bring relief.
• Cinnamon: A study in 2015 showed it to be productive in helping with nausea associated with menstruation.
• Staying hydrated: No-brainer, but dehydration can lead to nausea. So always stay properly hydrated.
• Fresh air and looking out the window in a car: These helped me tremendously when I suffered from motion sickness as a child. Taking a step outside to breathe in the fresh air can help settle your stomach.
• Aromatherapy: Using oils such as peppermint, cloves, lavender, and lemon can be helpful if used in diffusers or during a relaxing bath.
• Lemon: Another helpful natural remedy you can add to hot tea or just cool water.
• Carbs: Try eating crackers or other dry carbs. It’s the oldest trick in the book (for good reason).
• Use elimination diets to discover food intolerances: Nausea and other IBS symptoms are often due to food allergies or intolerances. Testing can be expensive and not always conclusive, but eliminating foods you suspect may be causing problems for a month or two and slowly re-introducing them to see if you react poorly can help detect an issue.