Do you often feel like vomiting? Nausea is a feeling of uneasiness and sickness in the upper stomach that indicates improper digestion, and evokes vomit sensation. At times, it can be acute and transitory while it can also be prolonged. There are various causes that result into nausea. Some of them include stomach infection, chronic tiredness, motion sickness, appendicitis, depression, revulsion, drug abuse, excessive use of alcohol, GERD, pregnancy, overdose of caffeine, ulcers, diabetes, sunstroke, chemotherapy, head injury, vertigo, stress, kidney stones, food poisoning, migraine, certain medications, menstruation, and irritable bowel syndrome (1). Some common symptoms of nausea are – dizziness, dry heaves, anxiety, discomfort in stomach, weakness, wooziness, fret, and uneasiness. You may try following home remedies to get rid of nausea (2).
Home Remedies for Nausea
Using ginger raw or in the form of tea is one of the best ways for curing nausea. The active ingredients in ginger, gingerols and shogaols, have been clinically tested and acclaimed to cure nausea since ages (3). To get relief, grate a few pieces of ginger and put them into the hot water. Let it stand for approximately 10 minutes. Strain and add some nutmeg. Drink this mixture two times daily.
Ginger is specially effective in curing nausea in pregnant women, which was concluded by the researchers at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, after a series of studies and tests (4, 5). A number of studies have proven time and again, that ginger comes as much handier than placebo in curing morning sickness. 1 gm of ginger taken for 4 days by pregnant women, can reduce nausea and vomiting effectively (6).
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Another amazing remedy to get rid of nausea is apple cider vinegar. Add some apple cider vinegar to 8 oz of water and drink it. This traditional remedy is of great help particularly if the nausea is caused due to morning sickness or food poisoning, due to some antimicrobial properties that are present in ACV. However, this remedy is not backed up with any scientific studies (9).
Eat a bowl full of raspberries early in the morning to cure nausea in a natural way, especially if you feel ill due to morning sickness.
Pregnant women need higher amount of Vitamin C. Raspberries being a good source of this vitamin should be consumed during pregnancy (10).
Banana galvanizes the production of mucus from the stomach lining, which further puts a fence between the stomach and the acidic gastric substances (which are the main cause behind nausea and heartburn) (11). This home remedy is specially effectual in the nausea caused by stomach flu/upset stomach (12).
Lemon and salt are considered effective for nausea treatment. In a glass of water, squeeze a lemon and add some salt in the solution. Drink the mixture as soon as you feel nauseous. Adding salt will help in boosting exhausted electrolytes, which might cause salt imbalance in the body.
Alternatively, you can directly suck the wedge of the lemon for instant relief (13).
Apart from this, A clinical study showed that inhaling lemon essential oil has also proven positive effects on subduing nausea and vomiting, during pregnancy (14).
6. Rice Water
Rice water is considered as one of the best home remedies for treating nausea. In a cup of water, add some rice and boil it for 10 to 20 minutes. Strain the water and consume it. It helps with the nausea caused by food poisoning, specifically (15).
However, considered as a good natural cure for nausea, there are no scientific studies to support its effectiveness.
7. Cumin Seeds
Crush some cumin seeds and eat them. Within a few minutes, you will get rid of nausea and vomiting. Apart from cumin seeds, cumin essential oil is also found to cure nausea caused by gastrointestinal disorders (upset stomach), based on a clinical study done on patients suffering from IBS (16).
8. Wheat Germ
In a cup of milk, add about 1 teaspoon of wheat germ extract and consume this mixture 2 times a day to cure nausea.
This remedy is specially helpful in curing nausea caused by Dysmenorrhea (painful menses). Scientific studies have shown that it can actually provide relief from menstrual pain and the associated symptoms, such as- dizziness and nausea (17).
9. Cool Compress
Take an ice pack, a cold compress, or washcloth dipped in cold water. Lie down and put it on your neck. If you are sitting, wrap it across the backside of your neck.
The cold compress trick also works, if you put the ice pack on your forehead. There was also a case study done on volunteers suffering from motion sickness, which proved that applying a cold pack on forehead really helps curing nausea (18).
By putting a little pressure on the P-6 point, you can relieve the feeling of nausea. You may apply the pressure yourself; or else, use a nausea band. Though, medical case studies say that it might reduce nausea, but won’t give much relief in the occurrence of vomiting (19).
Carrying out certain back and neck exercises may sometimes work wonders for curing nausea. Just lie down on a solid floor and lift your upper body. Or move your chin downwards, touching it to your chest. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds.
- If the cause of nausea is irritation in the lining of your stomach, then deep breathing will surely help, as it creates a different rhythmic pattern in the stomach.
A clinical research done by a group of Public Health Laureates had suggested, that certain muscle relaxing exercises, aerobics and yoga poses, have proven to be quite beneficial in alleviating nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy (20).
12. Get Some Fresh Air
Just moving out and getting some fresh air is the best remedy for overcoming nausea. (21) Take a brisk walk in open air, or open the windows to let the fresh air come inside. Turn on the fan, if possible. (22).
13. Baking Soda
Mix ½ spoon of baking soda in a cup of water and drink it. The solution may taste weird, but it will surely give you instant relief.
Baking soda gargles can also help you remove the ‘post-vomiting’ bad taste from your mouth. For this, take 1 tsp baking soda, 3/4 tsp salt and mix it into 4 cups of warm water. Squish the solution in your mouth, and spit (23).
Have a warm shower and relax your body. It stimulates your mind and makes you feel fresh.
Soaking your body in a warm bath helps in relaxing the muscles, which further reduces stress and anxiety and provides relief from nausea. This method works best in nausea triggered by morning sickness (24) and drug overdose (Cannabis and marijuana).
15. Apple Juice
Apple syrup is also recommended as an effective over the counter remedy for nausea in traditional Iranian medical practices. (27)
16. Water Rich Foods
When suffering from nausea, try to increase the intake of foods that contain a lot of water body, such as – Jell-O, popsicles and clear soups. They neutralize the acid in your stomach, thereby give you relief from nausea (28).
Add 1 teaspoon of clove powder in 1 cup of boiling water. After 5 minutes of steeping, strain and drink it. If you don’t like sour taste, you may add 1 teaspoon of honey.
- Or else, you can also chew 1 or 2 cloves.
- Other option is to place a few drops of clove oil on a handkerchief and inhale it
Based on scientific evidences, clove and clove oil had been marked as a safe and likely effective remedy for nausea (29).
Take one cup of hot water and add one teaspoon of fennel seeds to it. Leave it for 10 minutes. Add one teaspoon of honey and some fresh lemon juice. Drink the prepared tea slowly. Alternatively, you can also chew 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds slowly.
Fennel is again supposedly more effective in dysmenorrheal nausea, and case studies support the effectiveness of this herbal medicine, if used for 3 months in a stretch (30).
In ½ cup of boiling water, add ¼ teaspoon of aniseed. After 5 minutes, strain it. Drink the solution at least once in a day. Alternatively, you can also sprinkle some aniseed on vegetables like pumpkin or carrot. You can also sprinkle it on pears or baked apples, if your stomach can stand fruits when you feel nauseous.
Aniseed is one of the oldest home remedies used in Indian and Iranian Medicinal Therapy to treat gastrointestinal problems, including nausea and vomiting. However, this isn’t supported yet by any clear medical evidences. (31)
20. Cranberry Juice
21. Sugar Syrup
Add ½ cup of white sugar in ¼ cup of water. Heat the mixture in a saucepan. Keep stirring until you get clear syrup. Allow it to cool at room temperature. Consume 1-2 teaspoons when needed.
Herbal Remedies to Treat Nausea
22. Wild Yam Root
Herbalists have been using wild yam root since 18th and 19th centuries to heal nausea and morning sickness (34). The extract can be taken in dry form (capsules) or as a tincture. Do consult your doctor for the right dosage, as per your age and medical conditions.
Note: Take this herb under strict supervision of a medical practitioner only. Also, not to be taken by pregnant ladies, breast feeding mothers, children and patients suffering from hormonal cancers.
23. Chamomile Tea
Another effective way to cure nausea is drinking chamomile tea. Simply steep some fresh chamomile leaves in hot water, steep for 5-7 minutes, and consume it. This is again one of the most commonly used herbs to get rid of nausea. (35, 36).
In a cup of boiling water, add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Allow it to steep for some time. Strain, and sip this tea slowly to relieve nausea.
During a clinical study done in 2013-14, it has been proven that cinnamon works notably in decreasing the severity of nausea and vomiting, over placebo (37). Cinnamon thus stands as a strong remedy for treating nausea, as it is one of the supported herbs by science (38).
Note – Don’t use this remedy, if you are pregnant.
25. Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is one of the best natural remedies for PONV, i.e., post operative nausea and vomiting. Smell any essential oil (such as peppermint, dandelion, lavender, lemon or spearmint oil) to treat headache , vomiting and nausea.
26. Peppermint Tea
Add 2 tablespoons of dried peppermint leaves in the boiling water. Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to stand for 10 to 20 minutes. Strain and drink it. You may also add some honey to the prepared peppermint tea (42, 43).
27. Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Mix equal quantities of holy basil leaves (also known as ocimum sanctum) juice and honey. Consume it to check vomiting and soothe the upset stomach. Alternatively, chew some fresh holy basil leaves on a daily basis, if you suffer from constant nausea.
28. Raspberry Leaf
Take 1-2 teaspoons of raspberry leaves (dried). Pour boiling water (1 cup) over it. Let it infuse for 15 minutes. Drink it. The tannins present in raspberry will check nausea (46).
- Consume at least 6 glasses of water every day. Drink cold water for better results.
- Lessen the intake of caffeine.
- Eat your meal slowly and in small quantities.
- Get proper rest and exercise.
- Try to eat meals at room temperature, if the smell of hot food gives you a feeling of illness.
- Include rice, banana, apple sauce or apple (without sugar), and toast in your diet.
- If you feel sick early in the morning, eat some cheese or lean meat before sleeping. Or else, you can also eat a few plain crackers before getting up from bed.
- Suck on hard candies.
- Don’t drink any fluid while eating. Avoid icy water beverages as much as possible, specially during nausea induced by morning sickness. (47)
- Don’t eat the food which is difficult to digest by your body, and induce gas and bloating (48).
- Avoid intake of fatty, greasy, and spicy food along with dairy products, milk, chicken, pork, and animal protein (49).
- Don’t drink alcohol.
- Avoid repulsive smells and don’t sit in hot rooms.