Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Nausea

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Feeling nauseous is an unpleasant sensation—and it's quite common. This queasiness, which is often accompanied by the urge to vomit, can be caused by anything from a stomach bug to exercising in the heat to indigestion.

Fortunately, there are natural home remedies that can help get rid of nausea. Here's what you need to know.

Causes of Nausea

Nausea isn't a disease—rather, it's a symptom of lots of different conditions. Possible causes of nausea include:

  • Seasickness
  • Motion sickness, perhaps caused by a roller coaster or road trip
  • Early pregnancy
  • Cancer treatment
  • Exposure to chemical toxins
  • Stress
  • Food poisoning
  • Indigestion
  • Certain smells or odors
  • Gallbladder disease

How to Get Rid of Nausea

Here are some easy, inexpensive natural home remedies that can help you get rid of nausea:

Try Ginger

Ginger has been used for centuries to prevent nausea and vomiting, says Nicole Stefanow, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist in the greater New York City area. Experts believe that the active components in it, such as gingerol, directly affect the gastrointestinal system and central nervous system.

In fact, research suggests ginger functions similarly to anti-nausea medications. It can be particularly helpful for chemotherapy patients and during pregnancy.

According to a study published in Nutrition Journal, pregnant women who consumed ginger experienced "significantly improved" nausea symptoms compared to those in a placebo group.

Try having 0.5 to 1.5 grams of dried ginger root when you're feeling nauseous. Or, add fresh or dried ginger to tea for an additional nutritious kick.

One of the ways ginger soothes the digestive tract is by releasing pressure from gas and speeding up digestion, Stefanow says. She suggests sipping on ginger tea after a big meal to relieve the uncomfortable bloating that can lead to nausea.

Have Some Peppermint

Peppermint is an ancient remedy for nausea that works by relaxing the digestive system, Stefanow says. That's true for both its leaves and its oil.

The theory is that the benefits come from menthol, which is the main ingredient in peppermint. According to a small study published in the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, even the scent of peppermint oil can alleviate nausea.

If you're feeling nauseous, try having a cup of peppermint tea; peppermint is also available in capsule form. Or try some peppermint oil aromatherapy.

However, if your nausea is accompanied by heartburn, you may want to pass on the peppermint, Stefanow says: The same properties that help relax your gut can also relax the valve between your stomach and esophagus, causing stomach acid to creep up and lead to acid reflux.

Follow a Bland Diet

Ever notice that you feel nauseous after inhaling a large meal? Overeating is a common cause of nausea.

To recover, try eating small meals, and focus on bland flavors. Start with gelatin, crackers, and toast, and then move on to cereal, rice, fruit, and high-protein, high-carb foods. Avoid fatty or spicy choices, both of which can trigger nausea.

Stay Hydrated

Nausea and vomiting are both signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, so it's important to make sure that you're staying well hydrated. Drinking clear, ice-cold drinks is best. Sometimes, people who are nauseous will find it challenging to drink; if that's the case, sip slowly, perhaps on peppermint tea.

Add a Lemon to Your Drink

If you're already in the habit of drinking lemon water, good news! Lemons, which contain digestion-friendly citric acid, can help soothe your stomach.

One study, published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, found that inhaling lemon essential oil significantly improved nausea symptoms. If you don't have any on hand, slice open a lemon and take a sniff.

Try Acupuncture or Acupressure

Acupressure, which involves putting pressure on specific parts of your body, can help reduce nausea. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center recommends doing acupressure on pressure point P-6, which is on your inner arm, near your wrist. The hospital has created a video on how to do this.

According to a small study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, acupressure to the wrist significantly reduced nausea and vomiting among patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

Acupuncture, which involves inserting thin needles into the body, can also be helpful. One study found that, among 70 cancer patients, it reduced the need for anti-vomiting medications after chemotherapy.

If you're interested in acupressure or acupuncture, consider making an appointment with a licensed practitioner.

Relax Your Muscles

Some research has found that progressive muscle relaxation helps reduce nausea in chemotherapy patients (nausea is often a debilitating side effect of treatment).

It's easy to practice PMR at home: Just tense and relax your muscles, over and over again. "PMR alone reduces the severity of nausea associated with chemotherapy," the study authors wrote. It also helps when combined with a massage.

Have Cinnamon

Cinnamon, a versatile spice, has long been used to help treat indigestion, gas, nausea, and heartburn.

One study, published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, found that it could help reduce the level of nausea that women experience during menstruation.

"This research suggested that cinnamon has a significant effect on reduction of pain, menstrual bleeding, nausea, and vomiting," the study authors wrote," referring to cinnamon as "safe and effective treatment."

Use Cumin Extract

Another spice that can be helpful when you're feeling nauseous is cumin extract. Research published in the Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases indicates that it can improve symptoms including constipation, diarrhea, and nausea.

According to the study: 58% of participants had no nausea before being treated with cumin, 8% had mild nausea and 34% had moderate nausea. After four weeks, 90% had no nausea, 10% had mild nausea, and no patients had severe nausea.

Take a Vitamin B6 Supplement

Vitamin B6 helps our body process fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. It's found naturally in many foods, but it's also available in supplement form.

Research suggests that taking a vitamin B6 supplement helps cut back on nausea while pregnant. Study authors say it's an "effective" form of treatment. Consider taking a daily dose of up to 200mg if you commonly suffer from nausea.

Exercise

Many times when you're nauseous, the most appealing option is to lay on the couch. But exercise can actually reduce nausea, some research suggests.

In one study, chemotherapy patients who practiced yoga experienced "a significant decrease in post-chemotherapy-induced nausea frequency." So if you're feeling sick, pull out your yoga mat and slip into your favorite pose.

A Word From Verywell

Feeling nauseous is unpleasant, but there are many natural remedies to help alleviate it, including sipping on ginger tea and practicing yoga. Before you try any new supplement, it's always good to consult with a health care provider.

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