Among the most common causes of nausea is motion sickness from travel and morning sickness from pregnancy. You can also become nauseous when you’re anxious or stressed.
However, some people become nauseous for no reason at all. While nausea alone is not usually a cause for concern, seek medical advice if it lasts longer than 24 hours.
In this instance, a doctor might prescribe you anti-nausea medications. Still, these medications can have uncomfortable side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness. For this reason alone, you may want to opt for natural anti-nausea remedies. Below, we put together some of the top natural solutions to help you.
Let’s get right to it…
Acupuncture or Acupressure?
Acupressure involves applying pressure to specific pressure points on the body to decrease nausea and other medical symptoms. For nausea specifically, look for P-6 point.
To find it, place three fingers on your inner wrist. The point where your middle finger touches is P-6. Press on this point for approximately three minutes. Repeat on the other wrist until your nausea subsides.
Acupuncture refers to needlepoint rather than pressure. Acupuncturists insert needles in specific areas to relieve medical symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, or pain. The stimulation of your nervous system encourages the release of positive biochemicals in your body.
Both are beneficial to the body’s natural response for:
- Many other medical problems
If you have a needle phobia or can’t stay still for long, this treatment might not be for you.
Controlled Breathing Techniques
Controlled breathing, a form of mediation, works by slowing down the breath and allowing your brain to get more oxygen.
Ensure that you are consciously pushing your belly out when you breathe in. Allow your stomach to sink deep while you breathe out. This exercise is called diaphragmatic breathing. Here’s how to do it:
Place your hands and close your eyes.
Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. When you are ready, close your eyes.
Take a few deep breaths before starting.
Allow your body to relax. Without forcing any breath, pay attention to how you are breathing and gradually transfer your breath to your stomach. When your belly pushes your hand up and down and your chest does not move, move to the next step.
Inhale. Push your belly hand upward and count to three. Hold your breath for three seconds. Exhale naturally, allowing your belly to bring your hand down. Remember to try to keep your chest still during this process.
Fresh Lemon Slice Scent
The neutralizing acids in lemons form bicarbonates that help relieve nausea-related symptoms. Lemon is beneficial for expecting mothers with morning sickness, reducing vomiting during the first trimester. For this, drinks containing lemon are super helpful.
Most expecting mothers become triggered by scents and tastes. Lemons not only do wonders for the nose to reduce morning sickness, but they do wonders in water for taste as well.
The next time you reach for a glass of water, try placing a freshly cut lemon in. Then, stir and drink away. For morning sickness, put lemon-infused scents around your room at night.
Ginger is an old natural remedy that relieves nausea by aiding digestion and increasing saliva flow. Many use ginger during pregnancy, after taking medication and following chemotherapy or surgery.
Expecting mothers must be careful not to ingest too much ginger. There is evidence that it leads to heartburn and reflux, ironically increasing the chance of vomiting.
For some, ginger ale or ginger teas may provide relief if you’re not too keen on the strong taste of pure ginger.
Peppermint has many benefits when it comes to pain, indigestion, sickness, and nausea. If you don’t have peppermint-infused essential oil, try boiling peppermint tea bags on the stove and let the steam fill the air.
Some studies state that the menthol in peppermint eases stomach issues and cramping. It’s not a quick fix for vomiting but will alleviate nausea.
In some studies, when patients used an inhaler containing peppermint oil, their nausea symptoms subsided in two minutes. Drinking peppermint tea may also have these effects.
Spice it Up!
Some spices are not suitable for nausea as they can make you sweat and give you excess saliva, which contributes to vomiting. However, other spices help reduce the severity of nausea symptoms, such as:
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, which increase blood flow and oxygen levels. Its warming properties relieve sickness and promote immunity.
Cumin is a cold-fighting spice that boosts vitamin C and immunity. It dries up mucus which also helps with excess saliva during nauseous moments.
Oregano is a gut microbe that heals and protects the stomach lining.
You’ll find turmeric in many Indian foods. It contains curcumin, another powerful anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is a super spice that helps alleviate nausea and vomiting. It also has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6) is found in many foods, including:
- Leafy greens
- Liver oils
Doctors prescribe pyridoxine to pregnant women who have severe nausea after the first trimester. It’s a safer alternative to some medication, and you can take it by mouth in pill or capsule form. It often comes in powder or fast-dissolving tablets.
Nausea Relief Tips
The above methods work in many cases as an alternative to medication. For particularly tough days, here are some quick-fix tips.
Avoid Spicy Foods
Eating spicy foods such as pepper and chili flakes can result in:
- Acid reflux
- Appetite loss
If you’re not careful, spicy food will make symptoms worse. Try to limit your intake of foods containing:
- Extra spices
Add Protein to Your Diet
Protein such as chicken, eggs, dairy, and nuts reduce symptoms of nausea. They increase gastric secretion, which helps normalize stomach activity.
Eat Small, Frequent Meals
Eating large meals can make you feel full fast, which presses on your stomach. Pregnant women are more prone to discomfort from this. Try eating small, frequent meals instead to avoid this discomfort.
Sit Upright or Elevate Your Head
An upright position supports digestion and helps food move through your body easier. Try sitting upright or lying at an angle while sleeping to relieve nausea symptoms.
Avoid Potent Smells
Smells are the number one trigger for pregnant nausea and morning sickness. Many expecting mothers have heightened olfactory senses so avoid as many non-soothing smells as possible.
Rethink Iron Supplements
If you’re anemic, taking iron supplements is good but can have the side effect of making you nauseous. Try eating something light before taking an iron supplement to reduce your chances of getting nauseous.
When to Call Your Doctor
Many things can trigger nausea, and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for it. When you feel nauseous, it isn’t a primary cause for concern unless it lasts longer than a day. Seek medical advice if you have nausea paired with any of the following:
- Head injury/migraines
- Vomiting blood
- Fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Blurred vision
Your doctor will determine the problem and then prescribe the treatment or provide you with preventive measures. Contact a doctor for the following issues as well.
Vomiting After the First Trimester in Pregnancy
The first signs of pregnancy are a missed period and morning sickness that can last all day or days on end. However, if your nausea becomes extreme, seek advice from a doctor.
History of Diabetes
Diabetes, medication, or another illness connected to diabetes may contribute to excessive nausea. Talk to your doctor to figure out the best treatment.
Gastroparesis is a gastrointestinal problem. It occurs when your stomach cannot empty food properly, leading to severe nausea and vomiting.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is when stomach acid flows backward into your esophagus.
This disorder is also called acid reflux and happens when food comes back up the wrong way. Essentially, this is backwash.
Some symptoms include:
- Burning sensation
- Chest pain
- Lumps in your throat
- The feeling of your “lungs” burning
All these symptoms need a doctor’s prognosis and treatment. Usually, GERD can be diagnosed by an examination of the esophagus and stomach.
Natural Anti-Nausea Remedies: Bottom Line
Just about everyone experiences nausea at some point in their lives. It will hit you when you’re least expecting it and can last more than a day. If other symptoms accompany this, you may require a doctor’s visit.
However, with the information provided to you above, you may be able to manage your nausea naturally. With the right approach, you can improve your wellbeing, reduce your symptoms, and return to your routine.