Easy and Natural Treatments for Nausea
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There are several reasons you might feel sick to your stomach;
- Flu or other illness;
- Travel sickness;
- Food poisoning; and even
- Side-effects of medication or chemotherapy.
Fortunately there are some natural remedies you probably already have in your cupboard. When you're feeling "yerpy", give these a try ...
Ginger relaxes the intestinal track and stimulates blood flow to help you recover from nausea quickly. Some easy forms of ginger you can use include:
- Candied ginger;
- Ginger Ale (made with real ginger, not ginger flavor);
- Ginger tea (bagged or from fresh ginger root shavings).
Sodium bicarbonate (AKA Baking Soda)
Baking Soda neutralizes acid, so when your stomach acids are roiling, this is a great solution for nausea. Oldie time treatments included taking a spoonful of baking soda (as is or in a glass of lukewarm water), but there are tastier ways to have some, including:
- Soda bread; and
- Saltines or soda crackers.
A cold compress applied to specific parts of your body can help balance you out and settle your stomach. The most beneficial spots to try are:
- Insides of the wrist;
- Back of the neck; and
- Bottom of the feet.
Peppermint has a calming and numbing effect that is perfect for dealing with nausea. It also helps the flow of bile and relieves gas that might be causing trouble. Peppermint treatments can come in many forms, including:
- Candy or gum;
- Essential oils (inhaled or applied on the skin, if diluted); and
Warning: Peppermint oil can be harmful to young children if used on or near their faces by interfering with their ability to breathe. Due to its potency, it can cause rashes if applied undiluted directly on skin. Also, do not use if you have gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or a hiatal hernia.
Other suggestions for curing nausea include:
Water: Drinking a glass of cold water, especially if you're ill or dehydrated can help settle your stomach. If you need to boost your electrolytes, add a squeeze of lemon juice to your water.
Acupressure: Apply pressure to the meaty part of your hand between your thumb and forefinger.
Fresh Air: Open the windows or go for a walk to get some fresh air.
As with all remedies, please use responsibility. The information provided here is not a replacement for proper medical diagnosis or care.
Persistent nausea can be a sign of something more serious. If your symptoms don't go away after 48 hours or you find yourself becoming dehydrated, because nothing will stay down, see a doctor right away!
© 2015 Rosa Marchisella
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