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Are there any natural remedies for motion sickness?
Do you know of any home remedies for car or sea sickness that I could use safely for my children and myself?
not sure about children..but for me ..I cannot read ..or do anything that requires looking down...
Yes Ginger! Its one of the best, I used to chew on Ginger pieces before going out on the sea, we always go out on boats while on holiday. Its easy to digest, and even if the children don't like the Ginger pieces, bit like sweets only natural Ginger, they can take a packet of Ginger biscuits, maybe not quite as effective but it should still work.
I think it's the chewing activity that helps remedy motion sickness. I've not tried ginger, though, but I agree. We most of the time bring anything easy to nibble on like salted crackers, dried fruits, or even fresh oranges. Salt in food is a natural remedy in my experience, and the aroma of fresh orange, seems very helpful. Thank you, Robie.
I've always been told peppermint was a good natural remedy for motion sickness. I usually chew some peppermint gum and it seems to help me, although its effectiveness depends on just how sick I'm feeling. I've been told that there are peppermint tablets that you can take, which would probably work even better than just gum.
Ginger or lemon or both are fantastic remedies for an upset tummy any day of the week. Being a yacht racing person I saw many people affected by motion sickness, I learnt the trick is to stop it before it starts.
The sickness is all to do with the brain, inner ear, and points of reference. The frequency of the waves, the hills in the road or the ups and down of the aircraft are the reasons we feel sick. For example, if the time between being on top of the wave, going down, and then back on top again is 4 to 5 seconds then expect trouble. It is scientific fact that the brain hates movements with this attribute. The brain needs a visual or physical reference to match what the brain expects, other wise the person can become woozy. The brain thinks you've ingested or eaten something, which is affecting the way you see the world — it's some sort of poison or toxin or drug so the body's defense mechanism for that is to vomit it up.
I'v learnt if a person is vulnerable then the point of reference (orientation) needs to be corrected before the sickness starts. Some ways to achieve this are:-
Look at the horizon
Steer the boat or car
Walk it you are in a big vehicle
Look out of the windows all the time
Opposite actions, like reading a book, reading a map, closing your eyes or going below deck will bring on motion sickness.
...a product called 'seabands' that i used with great success with my kids....they are elasatic wrist bands with a little plastic nub that is strategically placed on the inside of the writs for 'accu-pressure'...work like a charm
There is a bracelet you can buy from the chemists to stop you from travel sickness or sea sickness that might help. To advice the kids to sleep while traveling or not look out of the car window as this will make them sick. Advice the kids to look ahead instead of out the windows. I know this because I use to be sick traveling when I was a child. Somebody said chew fresh mint leaves as well but I don't think the kids will. Try by all means.
Sucking on a lemon or lime worked when I was a child.
I've never tried the bracelets that use pressure points. Someone brought one out on my boat years ago,,, they did a better job of chumming than fishing but it might work better for others.
There were also patches that go behind the ear but I don't know if they are considered child friendly.
Peruvians recommend sucking on lemon candies or slipping a slice of fresh ginger under the tongue. I think your children would probably prefer the lemon candies. Old-fashioned lemon drops work well, if you can find them, but any lemon candy should work.
We make ginger tea by steeping slices of sliced fresh ginger in a cup of boiling water for several minutes. Sweeten with honey, if desired. You could fill a thermos full of ginger tea and take it with you on car trips. It really works!
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