Natural Remedies for Nausea and Vomiting

Natural Remedies for Nausea and Vomiting

Article by L. L. Smith

As I now sit here writing natural remedy articles, I am suffering from a nauseated stomach. I am trying the cloves in boiling water and will see if that does the trick. Since 3 of my 9 grandchildren have had this malady in the last week, I was bound to come down with it! Luckily, it just lasts one day, but I am trying to stay away from the actual vomiting side of it. Try some of the remedies that follow and see how they help your sick tummy. (Note: the clove tea helped!)

Nausea and vomiting can both be symptoms of a variety of illnesses. Indicated by an uneasiness in the stomach, nausea can lead to vimiting, but not always. Few things are more uncomfortable than a prolonged bout of nausea and/or vomiting. Perhaps some of these remedies can help to settle your stomach and bring relief.

Try a carbonated drink – seltzer, club soda, Perrier or some ginger ale. One remedy that my Dad always relied on was a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of cold water. Drink slowly and in a few minutes you should experience a burp that may make you feel better.

The herb yarrow (available at health food stores, in tea form) is known to stop nausea in next to no time. It also helps tone up the digestive system.

Stomach overload is something we all deal with occasionally. You think you will feel better by throwing up, so reach for the English mustard. Drink one teaspoon in a glass of warm water. This should make you throw up within 10 minutes. If not, try a second dose. (Personally I would rather do almost anything than throw up!)

For severe vomiting, warm 1/2 cup of vinegar, saturate a washcloth in it and place the cloth on your bare abdomen. Put a hot water bottle on top of the washcloth for extra relief.

Chamomile tea may sooth that queasy stomach and stop your vomiting.

Steep a few cloves in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. If you don’t care for the odor of cloves, steep a piece of cinnamon stick or one teaspoon of powdered ginger in boiling water.

Crush an ice cube into little pieces and suck on them.

Here’s a strange one, and I have not personally tried it: peel a large onion and cut it in half. Place one half under each armpit. It has been known to stop vomiting and relieves nausea in no time.

If you are traveling and feel nauseous, stop at a luncheonette and ask for a teaspoon of pure cola syrup, follow it with a glass of water.

At home, you can take cola or root beer, stir until the fizz is gone and sip 2 or 3 ounces to ease the nausea.

Motion sickness:

Motion sickness does not start in the stomach. Constant jarring of the semicircular canals in the ears cause inner balance problems that produce those awful motion sickness symptoms. Suck a lemon! That is one of the time-tested remedies. Here are some more remedies that might help you through that miserable feeling:

Pinch the skin in the middle of your inner wrist, about an inch from your palm. Keep pulling and pinching alternate wrists until you feel better. (My granddaughter suffered from motion sickness and bit on her pinkie nail, taking the focus off her stomach)

Peppermint or chamomile tea may calm to stomach and alleviate the nausea.

Spice it up!add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup or warm water or soup and force yourself to finish it. It may stop the nausea.

When you first feel the motion sickness, take a metal comb or wire brush and run the teeth over the backs of your hands, focusing on the area from the thumb to the first finger, including the web of skin between both fingers. You may feel relief in 5 to 10 minutes.

Try briskly massaging the fourth and fifth fingers of each hand, focusing on the vicinity of the pinkie’s knuckle.

Try to avoid the onset of motion sickness by taking two or three capsules of powdered ginger a half-hour before the car trip. Or, stir 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder in 8 ounces of warm water, drink 20 minutes before travel.

Try sitting near a window so you can look out, focusing on objects that are far away, not nearby objects that move past you quickly.

On a plane trip, select a seat that is over the wheels, as that part of the plane has less movement than in the tail end of the plane.

Try a Mexican method – keep a copper penny in the navel. It is supposed to work well on crowded bus rides over bumpy roads.

Before you leave on a trip, for at least half a day before going, have only liquid foods that are practically sugar-free and salt-free.

Before boarding a ship or boat, drink a cup of marjoram tea.

Gomasio is available at health food stores and Asian markets. Take a teaspoon and keep chewing it as long as you can before swallowing.

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