That feeling you get when you’ve been on a rocking boat for too long, had more drinks than your stomach can handle, or eaten something that might have questionable origins: nausea. Nausea can be defined as a sensation of feeling uneasy, sick in the stomach, and an overall sense that one’s internal equilibrium is off-balance. Most of us at one point or another have experienced nausea, often times as a harbinger of vomiting.
Nausea can be caused due to a variety of reasons ranging from motion sickness, dehydration, medications or food poisoning. Most times, an occasional bout of nausea does not lead to a doctor’s appointment, so you can try out these Ayurvedic tips and use natural home remedies for nausea.
- Purge it out: If you’re feeling extremely nauseous and think you need to vomit, just let it out and do not fight the urge. The urge to vomit is the body’s way to release something that is causing harm in the stomach, and after vomiting you generally feel much better. Holding vomit in the esophagus is damaging as the stomach acid eats away at the esophagus lining.
- Ginger: The healing power of ginger for nausea is powerful enough to help stop it right in its tracks. Whether consumed raw, in a tea, or even as ginger ale, this spice aids the secretion of digestive enzymes and juices that help neutralize stomach acid.
Ginger also contains phenols which relax stomach muscles and act like a sedative on irritated stomach tissue by reducing overall stomach activity. Simultaneously, phenols help the intestine to move both digested food and toxins through the body system quickly, eliminating any negative substances more quickly that are causing you to feel ill. Ginger can be taken either raw, grated or in capsule form. Fresh ginger tea is one of the best ways to calm an upset stomach.
You will need the following items:
- One 2-inch ginger root
- 2-3 cups water
- Wax paper
- Honey (optional)
Wash the ginger thoroughly and then peel. Slice the root into small pieces and cover with wax paper, then crush the pieces. Add them to the pot and boil the water on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes. Take off from heat and strain into your cup. Add some honey if you prefer.
3. Lemon: The smell of citrus fruits can eliminate the feeling of nausea while calming both yourself and your stomach. Simply slice a lemon in half and place it close to you so that you can smell it, without it being overwhelming. Make sure to inhale and exhale completely. Alternatively, suck on a frozen lemon half. The tart taste can immediately tame an upset stomach.
4. Peppermint: Peppermint has a fresh scent which can effectively calm down an upset stomach. Peppermint can be consumed as a tea or used as an oil. To use peppermint oil for nausea, dip or roll a cotton swab or your finger in a few drops of peppermint oil. Apply it directly onto the gums and reapply again if necessary. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
5. Fresh air: Getting a little bit of fresh air can go a long way in relieving nausea. The act of stepping outside to get some air can reduce nausea immensely. Walking outside also increase circulation through the body which can help to settle the nausea.
6. The BRAT diet: Nausea caused by food poisoning or stomach flu can be controlled by the BRAT diet, consisting of:
- Applesauce (minus sugar)
The BRAT diet can be consumed along with pasta (with a little oil or butter) or potatoes (without gravy).