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Best Herbal Remedy for nausea and upset stomach - Ginger

Updated on December 23, 2010

Fresh Ginger Root

Herbal Remedy for Upset Stomach
Herbal Remedy for Upset Stomach

Ginger- Natures Remedy

Ginger as a Remedy throughout World History

  • Ancient Romans ate ginger wrapped in bread to soothe their stomachs following their fabled feasts (Gingerbread)
  • Ancient Chinese and Viking mariners used ginger to combat seasickness
  • Revolutionary War soldiers received Ginger as part of their rations
  • In India, the Ayurvedic tradition considers Ginger to be a "universal medicine."
  • Currently, the properties of Ginger are being examined for cancer treatments

Ginger Ale - Myths

The curative effects of Ginger Ale for the treatment of nausea or upset stomachs probably does not come as a surprise to most Westerners. The concept of drinking a can of ginger ale to treat a stomach ache is a pretty well accepted fallacy.

Fallacy? Ginger the herb is certainly one of the best herbal remedies known to man for soothing and calming the stomach. But, your ginger ale doesn't have any ginger in it, zero, nada, ginger at all. "How can that be," you may ask, "Ginger Ale always soothes my stomach?" Well, you most likely had indigestion or gas and the carbonation in the soda allowed you to quickly burp and relieve yourself.

Do you remember when Michael J Fox's character in "Doc Hollywood" wanted to send the little boy to the hospital for heart attack symptoms? He was quickly put to shame by Doc Hoags quick remedy of "Give the boy a coke?"

The best sellers for American Ginger Ales, include Schweppes, Seagrams and Canada Dry. According to labeling none of these carbonated beverages can possibly contain any more than 2% of ginger and most likely do not contain any.

Ginger Ale as herbal remedy
Ginger Ale as herbal remedy

Schweppes Ginger Ale - Ingredients

INGREDIENTS: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and 2% or Less of each of the Following, Concentrated Juices (Pineapple, Orange, Passionfruit, Apple), Purees (Apricot, Papaya, Guava), Citric Acid, Natural Flavor and Artificial Flavor, Pectin, Acacia Gum, Gum Ghatti, Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Red 40, Blue 1, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives) and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

Canada Dry Ginger Ale - Ingredients

INGREDIENTS: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Benzoate  (Preservative), Caramel Color.

Seagrams Diet Ginger Ale

INGREDIENTS: Carbonated Water, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Benzoate  (to Protect Taste), Aspartame, Sodium Citrate, Acesulfame Potassium, Caramel Color.

Reeds All Natural Ginger Ale
Reeds All Natural Ginger Ale

REED'S, All Natural Ginger Brew


INGREDIENTS: Freshly Brewed from Sparkling Filtered Water, (Sweetened by a Blend of Fructose, Pineapple Juice from Concentrate and Honey, Fresh Ginger Root, Lemon and Lime Juices from Concentrate and Spices).

Ginger - Facts and experience

Ginger is one of my favorite herbs, my favorite recipes have hefty doses of spicy Ginger, many of my daily teas and medicinal teas include ginger as a primary ingredient and I consider a nice cold bottle of Spicy Jamaican style Ginger brew to be one of the great pleasures of life.

Im a Ginger fan and can personally attest to many of its benefits. I have frequently gone to Jamaican and Chinese restaurants gorged myself past the point any civilized person ever should in public and walked out feeling refreshed after imbibing some real ginger brew or ginger tea. But, does science support this herbal remedy?

In relation to nausea and upset stomach, ginger is said to cure:

  • Motion sickness,
  • Menstrual discomfort,
  • Headaches,
  • Sour stomach,
  • Indigestion
  • General nausea
  • Discomfort caused by overeating

Medical Research and Scientific Studies about Ginger

In the ancient Aruyvedic traditions, digestion is given a great importance and rightfully so. The act of eating and digestion is treated in a reverent manner. It is often prescribed by these eastern medicine that one consumes a small piece of ginger before each meal to hasten the "digestive fires" (Agni)

This tradition transcends culture, Perhaps you have noticed how refreshing the act of eating a sushi meal can seem? I imagine like most of us, you cleanse your palette with ginger before beginning your meal?

Perhaps, aruyvedic medicine isn't modern enough for you.

Ginger and Motion Sickness

Recent research involving double blind crossover tests compared to placebos found that subjects administered ginger who had a history of motion sickness showed significantly less symptoms and discomfort including nausea.

Grøntved A, Hentzer E.
Vertigo-reducing effect of ginger root: A controlled clinical study.
ORL 1986; 48:282-286.

Ginger and Sea-Sickness

A similar research study involving 80 healthy naval cadets showed significantly less individuals complained of sea-sickness.

Another study involving subjects who had a history of seasickness showed a significant decrease in symptoms when administered Ginger compared to a placebo.

Grontved A, et al:
Ginger root against seasickness: A controlled trial on the open sea.
Acta Otalaryngol 1988; 105:45-49.

Ginger and Pre/Post Operative Nausea

You guessed it ginger shown effective yet again

Phillips S et al.
Zingiber officinale (ginger) – An antiemetic for day case surgery.
Anaethesia 1993; 48:715-71.

More Medical studies and specific dosage:

University Of Maryland Medical Center

Candied Ginger, Ginger Tea and other soothing Ginger products

Dosage for ginger doesn't seem to be all that important, overdose is not a studied possibility. Some people find that the spicy nature of raw ginger can cause the same issues that they are trying to alleviate. Such issues are easily alleviated through taking ginger in capsule form as a supplement.

Many ancient and home remedies simply suggest mixing lemon juice with fresh ginger juice and/or ginger tea to soothe the stomach.

My Personal Ginger Stomachache remedy.

I make a very simple raw ginger tea similar to the one shown below in the video or substitute a Yogi brand Ginger tea as a supplement.


  • Fresh Ginger or Ginger  Tea Bag
  • A few fresh or dried peppermint or spearmint leaves (this stuff grows like a weed)
  • A teaspoon of honey or simply to taste
  • Fresh lemon wedge

Not to complicated, I steep the ginger with mint, flavor it with honey and lemon and let it cool to room temperature, works every time for me.

If you get hooked on ginger like me, you might find the following to be of interest:

Other effects of Ginger - Disclaimer

Although Ginger tea has traditionally been considered a great remedy for nausea associated with pregnancy, there is not sufficient data for or against any complications that could be caused by use of ginger in this manner.

Ginger has blood thinning properties, if one is taking blood thinners or has scheduled surgery be sure to inform your Doctor of any and all supplement and herbal medicine use to avoid any complications or drug interactions. This is of course something that you should always be doing anyway!

Ginger Tea Preparation

How do you use Ginger as a remedy?

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    • Moon Willow Lake profile image

      Moon Willow Lake 

      7 years ago

      Thank-you for this information as I learned some new-to-me information here. I did not know it had blood thinning properties.

      I was so ill during all 9 months of my pregnancy that I did what I could to help combat the nausea. I never drink tea, but I did drink ginger tea then and it did help soothe some of it. I also had some ginger chews that both helped the nausea a bit and found that chewing was helpfully distracting.

      And now, I'll know that just because something says 'ginger' on the label doesn't necessarily mean it actually has ginger in it!

    • crystolite profile image


      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Am so pleased with this article because i have come to realize that the medicinal ability of ginger is being neglect in this our era.Thanks a lot bravo for bringing to the knowledge of people the usefulness of this neglect medicinal plant.

    • sunforged profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from

      @Lily, Short Circuit

    • Lily Rose profile image

      Lily Rose 

      8 years ago from A Coast

      I can't even remember the name of that movie, but it's one of my family's all-time favorites -thanks for the memory!

      As for the ginger ale, I never heard to drink it flat, but always heard to drink it at room temperature. I really dislike ginger in any form with food and always thought it was weird that I liked ginger ale, but - based on your findings above - it must be because there's no ginger in it after all!

    • sunforged profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from

      @rebekkah, Thanks! Im planning on writing and composing all of the health hubs I pursue as if I was to be submitting directly to the judges. Plus with health topics I think its important not to make any unfounded claims that could potentially harm someone.

    • sunforged profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from

      @Lily, you got it! johnny 5 is alive! and yep carbonation has it purposes if ginger didn't do it, im sure co2 did. But, the story i was always told was to drink "flat ginger ale," I wonder how effective that could have been ? I actually made up a batch of this for my future mother in law last night following a pizza dinner (she has gluten intolerance) and she was amazed at how fast her stomach turned around for her. I happened to have a fresh ginger root around so It was real strong. But the ginger tea is good too!

    • Lily Rose profile image

      Lily Rose 

      8 years ago from A Coast

      Love the new avatar - is it Number 5?

    • rebekahELLE profile image


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      very nice hub, SF. yep, I'm one of those who drank canada dry ginger ale when I was sick and then I did the same with my sons! ha. I love the smell and taste of ginger and recently have discovered the real ginger ale! my son and his girlfriend introduced me to the brew; it really is quite good.

      I love the way you put your hub together. thanks. :]

    • Lily Rose profile image

      Lily Rose 

      8 years ago from A Coast

      I always drink ginger ale when I have an upset stomach and it helps every time! Perhaps it's the carbonation at room temperature that does it if it's not the ginger! Hmmm!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a well researched hub. I have learned a lot from it.


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