The sensation of nausea is the feeling of an upset stomach and is often referred to as feeling queasy. The sufferer feels as if they are going to throw-up or vomit the stomach contents and sometimes this may accompany nausea or it may not. When you have nausea, you may also experience an uneasy feeling in the head along with the stomach symptoms. The good things is that there're many home remedies for nausea that can help you to feel better.
Nausea is actually a symptom of many different conditions or factors and may not even be associated with the actual stomach. It can be caused by the following conditions: motion sickness, pregnancy, food poisoning, medication side-effects, anxiety/depression, stomach illness and alcohol use.
Home Remedies for Nausea
Nausea usually only occurs on occasion and passes on its own with little or no treatment. Some people, experience nausea more often than others and need to take extra care to prevent or treat re-occurring episodes. Here are some helpful home remedies for nausea to treat and prevent the condition:
1. Look for the Causes
Repeated episodes of nausea may be caused by something you are doing or eating. Try keeping a diary of foods that you eat to identify possible triggers. Common causes are lactose sensitivities, medication side-effects and food allergies. Journal when you fly, ride in the car or go boating to identify motion sickness. Also note when you drink alcohol.
2. Try Using Acupressure for Quick Relief
If you have sudden nausea due to motion sickness or even morning sickness, try placing the index fingers on top of the wrist and the thumb to the inside of the wrist and press down for 30 seconds and release.
3. Take a Walk Outside
If you are inside, get outside in the fresh air and walk for a little while. This may help to distract your mind and can ease nausea.
4. Do Some Deep Breathing
Sit down and take some slow deep breaths. This will change your focus and also help to calm the waves of nausea in the stomach.
5. Smell Some Rubbing Alcohol
One of the most effective home remedies for nausea is to smell some rubbing alcohol. The scent of rubbing alcohol can help to relieve nausea quickly. Place some on a cotton ball and place under the nose.
6. Find a Distraction
Find something to do to take your mind off the nausea. Focusing on the upset can make it worse and distracting yourself will help until the feeling passes.
7. Drink Only Clear Liquids Until Vomiting Has Passed
Solid foods will irritate the stomach and may prolong the attack. Take small sips of water, diluted fruit juices or sports beverages.
8. Allow Your Body to Rest
Nausea is a symptom that something is not right. During an attack of nausea and/or vomiting get as much rest as possible until it passes.
9. Avoid Offending Substances
Try not to smoke, eat spicy foods or drink alcohol during an attack of nausea. These things will only make it worse or prolong it.
10. Never Fight Vomiting
If your nausea causes you to feel like vomiting, allow yourself to throw-up. Holding back a vomiting episode keeps your body from ridding itself of the offending substance and can actually cause injury.
11. Use a Cold Washcloth
A cold washcloth is another one of the useful home remedies for nausea. Hold a cold washcloth over the head to help relieve the sensation or comfort you after having vomited.
12. Replace Lost Electrolytes
If you have been vomiting, make sure you drink some type of sports drink to replace any lost sodium and potassium.
All-Natural Food Remedies for Nausea
Avoid irritating foods like spices, greasy foods, dairy products and raw foods. Stay on the BRAT diet which is easy to digest when you have nausea and after vomiting subsides. (BRAT = Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast). After 24 hours with no vomiting, slowly introduce regular foods back into your diet.
There are a few foods that can help nausea. Try using these remedies that may be in your kitchen right now:
- Ginger. This is one of the best nausea remedies that exists and has long been used for stomach issues. Grind up ginger and add 1 teaspoon to boiling water with honey and lemon. Sip slowly. You can also add some onion juice to the mixture, which can help to settle the stomach.
- Cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is good in small sips for stomach issues. The Native Americans used cranberry for many healing purposes.
- Lemon or lime juice. Lemon and Lime juice help to balance the body's natural PH balance. Even though they are an acid, they can help to raise the alkaline levels in the body. It is common to just "suck" on a lemon or lime wedge to relieve nausea. You can also mix them with honey and warm water and drink like a tea.
- Milk. Do not drink milk cold with nausea. Try drinking a cup of warm milk and when you feel like taking in some solid food, make a piece of un-buttered toast and soak it with milk. You can add a little sugar and eat with a spoon.
- Vinegar. Use vinegar just to rinse your mouth after vomiting. Try not to swallow any and rise with fresh water afterwards.
- Fennel. Make a tea with fresh fennel seeds. Crush 1 tablespoon and mix with boiling water and honey. Sip slowly until nausea subsides.
- Cumin. Mix 1 teaspoon with boiling water, honey and nutmeg and sip slowly.
- Cinnamon. Mix ½ teaspoon with boiling water and honey and sip slowly. It is really important to avoid this if you are expecting a baby. Cinnamon and honey are very soothing for stomach irritation.
- Clove. Use one teaspoon and a cup of boiling water. Clove is soothing to the stomach. Make sure you strain off any large uncrushed pieces.
- Aniseed. Another popular remedy known to cure vomiting and nausea. You can use ¼ teaspoon and ½ cup boiling water and drink it as a tea or you can use it on your foods. After vomiting, try cooked fruits that are easy on the stomach and use aniseed powder on them.
- Mint. Long known for its soothing properties, mint helps to calm an irritated stomach. Use as a tea, sniff the leaves or sprinkle them on foods.
Note: If the above remedies do not relieve nausea, there are some preparations made with bismuth (a pink liquid that helps upset stomach) and these can easily be obtained from your local drug store.