Nausea is an uncomfortable feeling. When a person is nauseated, they feel an irritation in their digestive system that causes a strong urge to vomit.
This feeling has numerous causes like: pregnancy, side effect of some drugs, malaria, motion sickness, certain smells, cancer chemotherapy or even heart attack. Many cases of nausea are caused by conditions which are not considered to be life threatening, although serious health conditions may also be responsible.
Like many other health symptoms, nausea typically resolves once its trigger is removed. However, there are easy ways to deal with nausea at home. Keep reading to find out!
Home remedies for nausea
Ginger is a holy grail when it comes to treating nausea at home. It contains micronutrients and molecules that can calm the vomiting centre in the brain. Ginger can either be eaten raw or made into a tea to combat nausea.
How to make ginger tea:
- Boil some water
- Finely chop or grate some ginger and transfer it into a cup.
- Pour the boiled water into the cup and leave the ginger tea to stand for about 3-5 minutes to release all its nutrients.
- Gently sip the ginger tea and you are bound to feel some relief.
2. Citrus Aromatherapy
Some smells cause nausea, while others cure it.
When it comes to nausea and scents, citrus is your ally.
Do you know that slicing, peeling the skin, or squeezing the peels of citrus fruits like lemon can help you reduce the urge to throw up? Inhaling citrus can suppress feelings of nausea.
You could even make your own natural citrus air-freshener by boiling your citrus peels on low heat.
A study on 100 pregnant women showed that women who inhaled natural lemon essential oils had at least a 9% reduction in their feelings of nausea.
When next you feel nauseated, try inhaling some lemons or any other citrus within your reach.
Have you heard of peppermint? It is a plant that belongs to the mint family, and you can easily find it at your local herb store.
Peppermint is effective in combating nauseating sensations. The herb can be used to make tea to prevent vomiting. Peppermint-based products such as peppermint sweets are also an option.
4. Acupuncture and Acupressure
This centuries-old Chinese tradition remains useful in the fight against nausea today.
Research in alternative medicine suggests that inserting acupuncture needles or applying pressure (acupressure) on a certain point on your forearm can repress vomiting. This point is called the Pericardium 6 (P6) or the Neiguan point.
To locate the P6, extend your forearm with your palm facing you. The P6 point is located between 2 tendons, about 2-3 fingers breath away from the inner side of your wrist joint.
Although extensive research is yet to be done to support the relevance of acupuncture in nausea management, one study showed that acupuncture reduced the risk of postoperative nausea by up to 75%!
This Chinese practice may be worth trying after all.
A Word from Healthfacts
Next time you feel like throwing up, try any of these home remedies.
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