Home Remedies for Nausea

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Riding the roller coaster at Six Flags. That fourth slice of pizza. The sight of blood. There’s no telling when a queasy stomach, headache, and stimulated senses could make you feel nauseous. To make matters worse, nausea is a common symptom that emerges when you’re battling a condition, like food poisoning. The good news – there are plenty of easy, home remedies for nausea to consider the next time you feel like vomiting.

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Causes of Nausea

Depending on the age of an individual, the causes of feeling nauseous differ. For example, children who encounter nausea often show signs of a viral infection, motion sickness, overeating, blocked intestines, milk sensitivities, and illnesses that bring about a high fever.

In adults, the following factors can cause nausea [1]:

  • Traveling by car or boat
  • Early stages of pregnancy
  • Cancer treatments and other medication
  • Intense pain
  • Fear
  • Medical conditions (like gallbladder disease, flu, brain tumor, ulcers)
  • Concussion or brain injury
  • Eating disorders, like bulimia
  • Certain smells and odors

Nausea Home Remedies

Feeling nauseous is no fun. For some people, their best defense is to take a nap and hope the feeling passes. However, if you want to actively fight your queasiness – consider the following home remedies:

a) Crackers:

Often times, people who are nauseated will feel better if they are able to eat something plain, which makes crackers a perfect selection. However, make sure you take it easy on the crackers and not overdo it. Just a few crackers can ease your nausea.

b) Tea:

Ease your nausea with a cup of tea – preferably peppermint or chamomile.

c) Tap Into Your Pressure Points:

Become familiar with the correct pressure points and you can harness the power of acupressure to treat nausea. This particular method focuses on applying pressure between the thumb and forefinger, which can help eliminate queasiness in your stomach, as well as prevent vomiting.
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d) Salt and Pepper:

Some people have found relief from their nausea by combining black pepper and salt in one glass of water. Add lemon juice, stir, and then slowly drink the concoction.

e) Lemon:

Suck on a lemon slice until your feelings of nausea pass.

f) Good Ol’ Rest and Relaxation:

When battling an upset stomach, it’s best to stay still and rest. For some, it is advised to keep their head still to ease pangs of nausea.

g) Pass on the Milk:

To beat a wave of nausea, avoid milk and dairy products, which are more difficult to digest than other foods. This is because they possess fats and proteins that generate mucus. Since dairy products are harsher on the stomach, they can contribute to a nausea problem. Instead, drink clear liquids at room temperature, like juices and tea.

h) Over-the-Counter Relief:

Raid the bathroom cabinet for at-home remedies that will calm an upset stomach, such as Pepto-Bismol, Maalox and Mylanta. If your source of nausea is irritation in the stomach, then a couple spoonfuls of the pink, green, or white stuff could make all the difference.
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i) Flat Soda:

Pop the lid or top of a carbonated beverage and allow it to go flat. While ginger ale is usually the most popular soda of choice, keep in mind that other selections can bring the same results as well.

j) Ginger:

Disrupt the nausea signals that travel from your stomach to the brain by consuming cinnamon and sliced ginger. When drinking herbal teas, you can sprinkle cinnamon or create a ginger tea by simmering a couple of slices of ginger in hot tea water.

k) Maalox Mix:

Combine a bottle of Maalox, a couple of drops of peppermint spirits, and one quart of distilled water to soothe an upset feeling that lingers in the pit of your stomach. Sip until you feel better.

Resources

[1] http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-nausea-vomiting

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