Nausea

Nausea is a pretty miserable experience. Whether it's caused by motion sickness, morning sickness, stomach flu, inner ear disorders, emotional stress, toxic overloads on the liver, intestinal parasites, chemotherapy or something else. There doesn' seem to be much you can do about it. But there are things that can help.

Nausea comes from the Greek word naus, meaning ship. Makes sense to me. I've never been on a ship, so I've never had seasickness. But I know a car can be bad enough.

Rub a few drops of straight lavender essential oil on the solar plexus. This is just under the sternum where your stomach is. I have tried this and it really helps me. Warning Lavender can stimulate miscarriage in the first 3 months when pregnant.

Some reflexology and acupressure points -points to rub or apply pressure to when you have nausea are
-the arch of your foot
-the web part of your hand between the thumb and your finger
- under your nose just above the upper lip
-Apply pressure to area just under sternum.
-Rub the top of your foot between the tendons on the 2nd and 3rd toe.
-On the inside of the wrist, about three finger-widths toward the elbow. For this point there is actually elastic wristbands on the market that apply constant pressure to these points. Try marine supply stores, drug stores, or health food stores.

Rub lavender essential oil on the arch area on the bottom of your foot. This is a reflexology point and the combination of the lavender and reflexology sometimes help.

Peppermint is also known for its benefits for combatting an upset stomach. Put a drop or 2 of peppermint essential oil on you shirt or a tissue and sniff it in. Or put a drop or two in a tablespoon of carrier oils or lotion and rub it on your chest so you can breath it in.

Peppermint is anti-spasmatic.

Peppermint tea can be made by pouring boiling water over a sprig of fresh peppermint and let it steep for a few minutes. Sweeten with sugar or honey to taste. Add milk if desired.

Suck on a peppermint candy, but make sure it has real peppermint in it, not that artificial stuff.

I don't care for the taste of peppermint tea. Instead I put a handful fresh mint leaves from my herb garden into a quart of water and sip on that. If you bruise the leaves first the oils are released into the water easier. Or just put it in your refrigerator for a while. This is so refreshing and even if you don't have an upset stomach it's good for digestion.

Chew a fresh mint leaf if you have a mint plant.

Ginger is great for nausea. I especially like crystalized ginger. I keep some in my purse when I go out. Ginger can be an anti-coagulant, so be aware of this if you are a bleeder, have any problem with clotting or you are on blood thinners. This is great for morning sickness and motion sickness. Ginger has also been used for nausea related to chemotherapy with success.

Ginger ale helps some people with nausea. Just make sure the label says it is made with real ginger.

Ginger can be obtained in some health food stores in the form of capsules.

Ginger tea can be made by chopping (or pressing in a garlic press) 2 inch piece of ginger root. Simmer about ten minutes. Strain and add sugar, honey or milk as desired. This could also be mixed with cardamom seeds, chamomile flowers, raspberry leaves, orange peels and/or cinnamon.

Have some extra leftover ginger tea? No problem, chill it and have some nice iced ginger tea for sipping on.

Cinnamon is also known for helping the digestive tract. Cinnamon contains a chemical called catechins which helps relieve nausea.

Other things that have the chemical catechins are barley, english oak, olives, chinaberries, bilberries, hops, hawthorn, pears, pecans, sage, strawberries, tea and white willow.

Raspberry tea is often used for motion sickness and morning sickness. This is a folklore remedy that has been used for years. Try it mixed with ginger tea for a change. To make a tea , place two or three fresh leaves in cup of boiling water and steep about five minutes.

Citrus rinds added to other teas also are said to help morning sickness.

Clove tea helps the digestion and upset stomach. Steep 2 or 3 cloves in a cup of boiling water for about 5 minutes. For extra flavor and nausea fighting benefits add citrus pealing, cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom with it, sweeten with honey as needed.

Almonds are said to help morning sickness.

Years ago I game across this recipe for nausea. I've tried it for trips before I knew about crystalized ginger. It does help and it tastes good.

Combine together well
4 teaspoons of ginger powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Chew a small amount slowly and take as often as needed.

Dry toast and crackers taken before you get up may help morning sickness.

The Brat diet of bananas, rice, applesauce and toast is recommended by some doctors for nausea.

Chamomile or German chamomile tea has been used for nausea in many countries.

Cabbage, raw, cooked or in sauerkraut form is a old remedy for stomach problems. In the old days they use to give sauerkraut juice for morning sickness.

Other essential oils that help vomiting is black pepper, chamomile, camphor, cardomom, coriander, ginger, fennel, nutmeg, and rose. Make sure you mix all of the above in a carrier oil or a lotion. Unlike lavender they should not be applied neat on the skin. A drop or two in a tablespoon of oil or lotion would work.

Sodas may help nausea. Flat sodas are better. I have tried ginger ale, seven up types, and cola types for nausea and they all work. This is the only time I drink soda.

Slippery Elm will soothe the stomach. Dissolve 1 teaspoon elm in some cold water and add 2 teaspoons of honey and one cup of boiling water.

Other tips for motion sickness are
-if on a boat, try to be in the middle of the boat
-on a ship, don't stay below deck
-sit in the front seat of the car
-have the window open in the car
-on a plane, turn the vent so the air blows directly on you.
-keep busy but don't read
-avoid fatty foods or strong odors
-eat a small amount of starchy food before you travel
-look forward, not out the side window
-eat a couple of olives or soda crackers

Not everything will help everyone, but there is enough ideas here that hopefully something will help you. Good Luck! :)

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