A common affliction that ails most people at some point of time or the other in their lives, nausea is defined in the dictionary very aptly, as ‘a feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit’. The word comes from the Latin word for seasickness, as well as the Greek nautes, which means sailor. The very early references to the world – and the feeling – were obviously towards how people felt when sailing on the high seas (long before medication or home remedies were invented/discovered to alleviate them!). Let’s take a look at some common causes, symptoms, as well as home remedies to prevent and cure this very unpleasant feeling.
Popular home remedies for nausea
Ginger This is one of the world’s oldest remedies for nausea, having been used across cultures and traditional medicines for over 2000 years. It is the rhizome or root of the ginger that contains these potent benefits. In the year 2000, a study in the United Kingdom at the School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences researched the benefits of ginger for patients with nausea. The nausea was caused by different stimuli such as morning sickness, chemotherapy and seasickness. The results for all tries were favourable, and ginger was said to benefit all these conditions. You can either suck on a piece of candied ginger, make yourself a ginger infusion by boiling some dried powdered or fresh grated ginger with water, or even add it to your food. Ginger should be consumed in moderate quantities if you’re pregnant, or if you’re prone to low blood pressure. An ideal quantity to consume is around 1 g of ginger a day.
Peppermint Peppermint tea, peppermint candies, and the scent of peppermint essential oils are all effective in doing away with nausea. Peppermint is an age-old remedy, and smelling the essential aromatherapy oils of this magical herb may just be the solution to a mild case of nausea. Eating peppermint oil pills or sucking on candies with peppermint oil are effective, since researchers and doctors believe that they relax gastric muscles and keep them from over cramping. It is only candies with a higher concentration of peppermint oil that help. Peppermint tea and even just chewing on fresh peppermint leaves is found to have a soothing and calming impact on nausea symptoms. If your nausea is stress-related, you can substitute peppermint essential oils for lavender oils. The scent of lavender oils has an instantly calming effect, and sends nausea-relieving stimuli to the brain. You can also sleep with a lavender-scented pillow, or spray on a lavender body mist.
Lemon After ginger, lemon is one of the most common ways to get rid of nausea. Lemon is an acidity regulator, balancing the body’s pH levels. Neutralising acids create bicarbonates in the stomach, and can cure nausea more effectively than most home remedies. There are several ways to use lemon for this purpose. Slice a lemon into half, sprinkle some rock salt on the surface (unless you have high blood pressure, in which case you should avoid the salt) and suck on the lemon. This gives instant relief. You can also mix the juice of a lemon in a cup of water or soda and drink it up. While lemon is most commonly used, other citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges and even kiwis are equally effective in relieving nausea.
Amla Amla has been used in India for centuries now to get rid of all kinds of dizziness and nausea-related problems. The Indian gooseberry is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, providing immunity against stomach disorders. It also regulates hormones and balances digestive enzymes, which, if left unattended to, can worsen nausea. While it may be a bit tangy and pungent, the best way to relieve nausea is to suck or chew on the fruit itself. Otherwise, you can always take the juice of one amla, dilute it with water, and drink it up.