Natural ways to treat nausea

Nausea is unpleasant no matter what the cause (pregnancy, the flu, being on a boat).  Why not treat it in a safe and natural way!

1. Ginger: Also known as Zingiber officinalis, this botanical is regularly used in cooking and has three active ingredients named gingerol, shogaol and zingerone that help to relieve nausea.  Drinking ginger tea can help calm your stomach.  Here is an easy recipe for homemade ginger tea: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/morerecipes/r/GingerTea.htm or you can buy it pre-made in teabag form.  There is also a ‘natural’ Gravol on the market that is ginger based if you cannot tolerate the actual ginger flavour.

2. Acupressure: There is a great acupuncture point located on the inside of your wrists called Pericardium 6 that helps relieve nausea.  You can apply pressure to this point for 10-30 seconds as needed for nausea.  Closing your eyes and focusing on your breath while you press the point can also help.  Check out the instructions in this video to locate the Pericardium 6 point on yourself:

If you suffer from nausea consistently, for example in your first trimester of pregnancy or you are on a cruise ship, an alternative option is to wear Sea bands.  These are bracelets with a metal ball that supplies consistent pressure on Pericardium 6 and can be worn as long as they are needed.

3. Homeopathy: There are many homeopathic remedies which can treat nausea without interfering with medications and that are safe for children, pregnant women and the elderly.  Two remedies readily available at health food stores are Arsenicum album and Colubrina aka Nux vomicaArsenicum album is useful for nausea after eating spoiled food and nausea that is associated with vomiting, diarrhea, burning pains in the stomach and a desire for small sips of water. Colubrina is useful for nausea after excessive alcohol intake or in the morning after eating that is associated with gas, bloating, headache and irritability. 

Although these natural methods are helpful, it is always advisable to see your primary healthcare practitioner, especially if nausea is persistent and worsening which may be a sign of a serious health condition.

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