There’s nothing that’s quite the same as feeling like you are going to vomit. Nausea is that feeling of queasiness and uneasiness in the upper area of the stomach. It is indicative of something improper in the digestive system, and evokes the sensation that you need to vomit.
At times, this feeling may be acute. It may come and go or feel prolonged. There are many causes of nausea, including chronic tiredness, infection in the stomach, appendicitis, motion sickness, drug overdose, depression, GERD, excessive alcohol use, caffeine overdose, pregnancy, diabetes, ulcers, chemotherapy, sunstroke, vertigo, head injury, kidney stones, stress, migraine, food poisoning, menstruation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and some medications.
Among the more common symptoms of nausea are dry heaves, dizziness, stomach discomfort, anxiety, wooziness, weakness, fretfulness, uneasiness and wooziness. The home remedies in this article may be just what you need to rid yourself of nausea.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a very worthwhile method of getting rid of nausea. Add apple cider vinegar to eight ounces of water and then drink the mixture. It’s a traditional remedy, and is especially helpful if your nausea is caused by food poisoning or morning sickness, because of the antimicrobial properties present in apple cider vinegar. Although many people swear by this remedy, it has not been backed up by scientific study.
For fast relief, grate several ginger pieces and place them in hot water. Allow them to sit this way for about 10-15 minutes. Then strain off the water and add nutmeg. You can drink this helpful elixir twice a day.
Ginger is particularly effective for curing nausea in women who are pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. This was researched by scientists in Thailand, at Chiang Mai University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Studies have proven on many occasions that ginger is more effective than a placebo in getting rid of morning sickness. One gram of ginger taken for four consecutive days by pregnant women has been shown to reduce nausea, as well as vomiting.
Aside from morning sickness, it turns out that ginger is also effective in treating nausea caused by chemotherapy, motion sickness and surgery.
Bananas galvanize mucus production in the lining of your stomach, which puts a figurative fence between the stomach lining and acidic gastric substances. These are the major causes of heartburn and nausea. Bananas work especially well when the reason for your nausea is an upset stomach or stomach flu.
Eating a bowl of raspberries in the morning can cure nausea naturally. It works particularly well if your queasiness is caused by morning sickness. Pregnant women need more vitamin C, and raspberries are a good source of this vitamin, so they are valuable during pregnancy anyway.
- Rice Water
Rice water has been used for years as a home remedy for nausea. Add some rice to one cup of water and boil it for 15-20 minutes. Strain and consume the water. It is especially helpful if your nausea was brought about by food poisoning. Even though it has been used successfully by many people, rice water does not have any scientific studies that support its efficacy.
Lemons with salt are sometimes used as effective nausea treatments. Squeeze a lemon into a glass of water and add a bit of salt. Drink the solution when you are feeling nauseous. The salt helps to boost your electrolytes, which may become low, causing an imbalance of salt in your body. You can also simply suck on a lemon wedge for fast relief.
A clinical study has shown that inhaling essential lemon oil has positive effects on nausea and vomiting, particularly if you are pregnant.
- Wheat Germ
This particular remedy is especially helpful in nausea that is brought on by painful menstrual periods. Studies show that wheat germ actually provides relief from menstrual pain, as well as for nausea and dizziness.
- Cumin Seeds
Crush cumin seeds and eat them to help get rid of the issue of nausea and vomiting. You can expect relief within several minutes. In addition to the seeds, essential cumin oil also helps in curing nausea that is caused by typical gastrointestinal disorders, based on a study conducted with patients who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
By applying pressure on your P-6 acupressure point, you may be able to bring relief from nausea. You can apply pressure yourself to this point, which is in the center of the area where the palm joins the arm. You can also use nausea bands, which are made for motion sickness. They have a tiny plastic ball that applies the pressure to the P-6 point when you wear them. In case studies, acupressure works well on nausea, but not as much on vomiting.
- Cool Compresses
Cold compresses work well when you put the coldness on your forehead, too. A case study for patients with motion sickness proved that you can help get rid of nausea by applying a cold compress on your forehead.
- Get some Fresh Air
Being outside in the fresh air is an easy remedy for nausea. Take a walk outdoors or just open your windows to let that fresh air enter your house. Turning on a fan to circulate the fresh air will help, too.
Doing specific neck and back exercises sometimes helps to cure nausea. Lie down on your back on a bed or a yoga mat and lift only your upper body. If this is too difficult due to other medical issues, lie on your bed and simply move your chin down until it comes as close as it can come to your chest. Hold your chin in that position for 10-15 seconds.
If your nausea is caused by irritation in your stomach lining, deep breathing may help. It creates a rhythmic pattern that is different than the one plaguing your stomach when it is upset.
A clinical study done by a number of Public Health Laureates has suggested that some exercises that relax the muscles, including yoga and aerobics, can be helpful in relieving nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
- Bath or Shower
Soaking in a warm bath relaxes muscles as well, to reduce anxiety and stress and provide nausea relief. This works most suitably with nausea that is triggered by drug overdose (especially marijuana) and morning sickness.
- Baking Soda
You can also gargle with baking soda to get the bad after-vomiting taste out of your mouth. To make a gargle solution, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon of salt to 4 cups of lukewarm water. Swirl the mixture in the mouth, then spit it out.
- Foods Rich in Water
When you are nauseous, increase the amount of foods you eat that contain large amounts of water, like clear soups, Jell-O® and popsicles. They will work to neutralize stomach acid, offering nausea relief.
- Apple Juice
A small amount of apple juice, when you drink it at regular intervals throughout the day, along with some ginger ale, is good for relieving nausea. Traditional Iranian medical professionals have long used apple syrup for nausea.
Add a teaspoon of fennel seeds to one cup of warm water. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes, and then add fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of raw honey. Drink this tea mixture slowly. If you don’t have the other ingredients in your house, you can slowly chew a teaspoonful of fennel seeds.
Fennel is generally accepted to be more effective in nausea brought on in menstrual cycles. Case studies have shown that this herbal remedy is especially effective if it’s used for three months in a row.
Add a teaspoon of clove powder to one cup of boiling hot water. After allowing it to steep for five minutes, strain the powder off and drink the solution. If the taste is too bitter for you, it’s okay to add one teaspoon of raw honey. You can also just chew one or two cloves.
Inhalation of clove oil is also beneficial for people with nausea. Place several drops on a clean washcloth and inhale the scent. Clove oil is an effective and safe nausea remedy, based on scientific studies.
- Cranberry Juice
Add 1/4 teaspoon aniseed to 1/2 cup boiling water. Allow it to sit for five minutes and then strain out the aniseed. Drink the remaining solution once a day or more. You may also choose to sprinkle aniseed on vegetables, including carrots or pumpkin. If fruits sit better with your upset stomach, you can sprinkle aniseed on baked apples or pears.
Aniseed has been used as a home remedy for decades in Iranian and Indian medicinal therapy. They use it to treat problems with the GI system, and this includes nausea. There isn’t any medical evidence that scientifically proves why this works, however.
- Sugar Syrup
Add 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar in 1/4 cup of water. Heat this solution in a pan. Stir until the syrup is clear in color. Then allow it to sit at room temperature to cool. Drink one or two teaspoons as you need it.
Herbal Remedies that Get Rid of Nausea
- Chamomile Tea
- Wild Yam Root
Wild yam root has been used by herbalists since the 18th-19th centuries for healing morning sickness and nausea. You can take this extract in capsules or in tincture form. Consult your physician for the proper dosage, as it depends on your medical conditions and age.
This herb should only be used under your physician’s supervision. It should also not be taken by cancer patients, children, pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers.
- Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is quite beneficial for relieving nausea and vomiting that occurs after surgery. Smelling essential oils, like spearmint, lemon, lavender, dandelion or peppermint, helps get rid of headaches, nausea and vomiting.
Clinical research has been done on post-surgical patients using aromatherapy and it has been found to be of help for the treatment of nausea.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder to one cup of boiling hot water. Set it aside to steep for 20 minutes or more. Strain the cinnamon out and slowly drink the remaining solution to help in relieving nausea.
In a 2014 clinical study, cinnamon was proven to decrease nausea severity, as compared to a placebo. Do not use cinnamon if you’re pregnant.
- Raspberry Leaf
Place one to two teaspoons of dried raspberry leaves in a coffee mug. Pour one cup of boiling water over the leaves. Allow it to infuse for about 15 minutes, then drink. Raspberry tannins help in relief of nausea.
- Tulsi – Holy Basil
- Peppermint Tea
Add two tablespoons of (dried) peppermint leaves to a pan of boiling water. Cover your pan with a lid. Allow the mixture to sit for about 15-20 minutes. Then strain off the leaves and drink the solution slowly. You can add honey if you need your tea a bit sweeter.
- Lower your caffeine intake.
- Consume six or more glasses of water daily. Cold water is best.
- Get proper exercise and plenty of rest.
- Eat meals slowly and don’t consume large amounts of food.
- Include apples, applesauce, bananas and rice in your diet.
- Suck on hard candies
- If you are nauseous in the mornings, eat some lean meat or cheese before you go to bed at night. You can also eat some saltine crackers before you get up in the morning.
- Don’t eat foods that you know your body digests with difficulty.
- Don’t drink liquids when you eat.
- Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages.
- Avoid eating spicy, fatty or greasy foods, as well as animal protein, pork, chicken, milk and other dairy products.
- Don’t keep your thermostat set too high. Hot rooms may escalate your nausea. Avoid sitting in areas that have any smells that cause you to feel nauseous.