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How to Relieve Nausea Associated with Anxiety

Updated on August 31, 2017
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Simon has been a freelance writer for five years. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Life Science from Queen's University.

Causes of Nausea

Nausea is the feeling that one is about to throw up. Common causes of nausea include chemotherapy, general anesthesia, migraine, motion sickness, overdose of alcohol, rotavirus, and stomach flu. Some people can experience nausea when they are nervous or anxious. Below is a list of remedies that can alleviate nausea caused by anxiety.


Menthol comes from peppermint oil. It is often used as a cough suppressant and oral anesthetic. Menthol is the active ingredient in cough drops such as Halls. These cough drops can soothe the throat and potentially the feeling of wanting to vomit.



For thousands of years, ginger has been used for the treatment of many conditions, including colds, nausea, arthritis, migraines and hypertension. There is evidence that ginger is at least effective for acute chemotherapy-induced nausea. Peel and cut ginger in small pieces and add to a pot of green tea. The ginger infused hot tea with its spiciness will provide warmth and comfort and may ease anxiety. It may also alleviate nausea due to anxiety. Also try ginger lozenges or ginger gum.


Socializing and other distractions

Talking with friends or family members can provide a little distraction from thoughts that make one anxious. Reading and watching a movie (like a comedy) are other good distractions. Having a good conversation, laughing, and other distractions can relieve anxiety and anxiety-causing nausea.


Sometimes eating something light like crackers may help with nausea. Eating is a form of distraction to get one’s mind away from anxious thoughts. It makes one think about the process of eating like chewing, tasting, swallowing food.


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