Everyone experiences nausea at one point or another. Whether yours is related to pregnancy, acid reflux, or cancer treatment, natural remedies may provide some relief. Stocking your pantry with natural treatments for nausea can help you get through your discomfort.
Nausea arises in a variety of situations, and understanding the cause is important for deciding the most appropriate treatment. For example, pregnancy-related nausea requires a different response than nausea brought on by cancer treatment.
Pregnancy is a most crucial time for natural treatments. Especially in early pregnancy, when you want to avoid taking medications as much as possible, nausea can be draining. Natural remedies to the rescue! Most home remedies will work during this stage. Every woman’s response is different, so it may take some experimenting to find out which natural treatment provides the greatest nausea relief. Make sure to talk with your doctor before taking any natural products when pregnant.
5 Essential Oil Remedies for Nausea
You may not know this, but essential oils are very highly concentrated and potent and it is important to always check the specific safety data provided. Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. For external use only. Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye, wash out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water.
Some oils may cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. It is recommended to perform a patch test before use. To patch test, place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.
We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils except while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner.
1. Simple Inhalation
For this remedy just simply apply a couple drops lavender or peppermint to a tissue, on your hands or in a paper bag.
Simply inhale and enjoy.
Alternatively, you could use an essential oil diffuser and vaporize these oils inside the room you’re staying in.
2. Abdomen Massage Blend
This nausea massage blend is especially suited for nausea that’s accompanied by indigestion.
– 4 drops ginger
– 4 drops lavender
– 3 drops peppermint
– 5 tsp carrier oil (argan, coconut,sesame, sweet almond, jojoba,grapeseed, macadamia)
– Combine carrier oil with essential oils in a small non-reactive bowl
– Using the mixture gently massage the solar plexus and/or the abdomen in a clockwise direction
3. Simple Inhaler Blend
– 5 drops bergamot
– 5 drops cardamom
– 5 drops grapefruit
– 5 drops spearmint
– 3 drops geranium
– Pocket sized inhaler for essential oils
– Combine essential oils in a non-reactive bowl
– Place the wick of your inhaler into the bowl and allow it to absorb the entire amount
– Place the wick back in your inhaler and screw the cap back on tightly
– Inhale when necessary
4. Simple Soothing Drink
– 1 drop peppermint
– 1 tsp raw honey
– 1 cup warm water
– Combine ingredients
– Sup slowly
– Repeat as needed
5. Soothing Ginger Steam-Inhalation
– 1-2 drops ginger essential oil
– 1 medium-large sized bowl of hot, steaming water
– 1 full sized towel
– Fill your bowl with hot, boiling water
– Add your ginger essential oil to the water
– Cover your head with a towel and place your head over the steaming bowl of water. Be sure to keep your eyes closed and that the towel covers both you and the bowl completely
– Inhale for 5 minutes or so, repeat if desired
Other (non-essential oil) Tips & Remedies for Nausea & Upset Stomach
Essential oils provide an effective treatment for nausea, but there are some other great natural remedies that you could use as well.
Sip some Tea
Ginger is great at stopping nausea. It promotes neutralize stomach acid by increasing digestive secretions. It relaxes the stomach muscles and sedates an overactive stomach. It also helps move foods and toxins through your system faster.
You can buy ginger tea bags, or steep your own fresh ginger.
Simple directions for fresh ginger root tea:
– Wash your ginger root
– Slice it into pieces
– Add to your empty tea mug
– Boil water, pour over fresh cut ginger
– Let steep for 5+ minutes
– Either strain or just drink with ginger chunks (I use a yerba mate bombilla.)
– Oh, and add some honey if you’d like.
Additional Teas for nausea:
– Chamomile tea
– Peppermint tea
– Spearmint tea
– Lemon Balm Tea
– Turmeric Tea
Use fresh if you have any of these growing in your garden!