Everyone can be affected by nausea for a variety of reasons. Whether the flu, bad food, or pregnancy, nausea can make it difficult to live your life. Fortunately, there are some effective natural remedies that can help alleviate nausea and get your stomach feeling back to normal.
There is a reason that people tend to seek out ginger ale when suffering from an upset stomach. Research has shown that ginger is one of the most effective remedies, likely because of the active components and volatile oils contained within the ginger root. Ginger is especially effective in treating nausea related to pregnancy and chemotherapy.
For a simple remedy, add one teaspoon of fresh grated ginger to a cup of boiling water; cover; steep for 10 minutes; strain. Drink this ginger tea while it’s warm; add some honey and/or lemon juice if needed. You can also snack on a piece of raw ginger to help calm your stomach.
Peppermint is an extremely effective natural remedy for stomach discomfort, and is even safe during pregnancy. It has natural antispasmodic properties, which helps to alleviate stomach cramps and gassiness. While you can find peppermint tea bags in any grocery store, it is most effective to make a tea from fresh, dried, peppermint leaves. Steep one teaspoon of dried leaves in hot water for 3-5 minutes. You can also use essential peppermint oil to alleviate the nausea by dropping a couple of drops onto a tissue and inhaling.
Because it contains neutralizing acids, lemon helps address nausea as a result from the flu, gas, bloating, and heartburn. Combine one teaspoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of honey and eat this mixture (slowly) to alleviate the nausea. For another remedy, combine the juice of one half a lemon with a dash of salt in a glass of water. Inhale the mixture, then drink slowly. You can also just inhale the smell of lemon juice for a quick fix.
Clove is yet another natural and effective remedy for nausea. Make a clove tea with one teaspoon of clove powder and a cup of boiling water; cover and let steep for five minutes. Strain, then drink. You can drink this tea as often as needed, and may add some lemon and/or honey as needed. You can also inhale clove pure essential oil (pour a couple of drops on a rag or tissue) until symptoms are alleviated. A third option is to simply chew 1-2 cloves for immediate relief.
Cumin is a spice that holds special nausea-alleviating properties. It helps to secrete digestive enzymes in the stomach which regulate digestions and reduce stomach pains and cramping. Steep one teaspoon of cumin seeds in a cup of hot water; cover and steep for five minutes; add a small amount of nutmeg powder. Drink the tea and then chew the seeds. Another quick and easy remedy is to simply chew one teaspoon of dry roasted cumin seeds.
Fennel helps to reduce gas production and increases gas expulsion. Chew on one tablespoon of fennel seeds to alleviate nausea quickly.
Cinnamon helps to alleviate nausea and soothes symptoms of indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn, and gas. Make a tea with a cinnamon stick in a cup of boiling water; steep for ten minutes, then strain and drink.
While nausea is very uncomfortable, it can easily be remedied with some of these natural remedies discussed above. Try some of these solutions the next time you’re feeling under the weather due to an upset stomach.
Author Bio: Sasha Brown
Sasha Brown is certified herbalist with a zeal for the natural things in life. To live and promote a healthier lifestyle, she has injected pure naturalism into her diet by eating purely organic foods. She loves to garden and is a mother to one child. For more tips on healthy living, please join her on Twitter.