Nausea – A Basic Overview
Nausea is the queasy feeling that often occurs just before vomiting. Nausea is a common symptom of many problems, including motion sickness, the flu, indigestion, alcohol consumption, stress, anxiety, vertigo, and certain medications.
If you feel nauseous often, or if you do not know why you feel nauseous, you should seek medical attention to rule out any serious underlying medical conditions.
- Exhaustion: Nausea may be caused by tiredness. Regulating your sleep habits, taking a nap, or securing a good night’s sleep may be the best remedy for sleep-related nausea.
- Stress and anxiety: EFT (the Emotional Freedom Technique), meditation, visual imagery, attunement of chakras, chanting, art therapy, music therapy, massage therapy, and an old-fashioned vacation may help relax you and encourage a sense of well-being to alleviate nausea.
- Rest: Putting a cool or cold, wet cloth on your forehead and lying down in a dark place may help stop nausea.
- Press: Many acupressure points used for nausea relief can be found in the ear, and gently massaging your ears may help reduce your nausea. Also, a point on the inside of the forearm, approximately 2 inches below the crease of your wrist, may be used: press firmly or use ice on this point to help quell nausea.
- Purge: Don’t suppress the urge to vomit. Nausea is sometimes best relieved by the act of vomiting. In certain circumstances, such as poisoning, vomiting may be encouraged to help the body rid itself of the toxin. However, some toxins are destructive to the throat and are best removed by medical intervention.
Nausea and Edible Treatments
- Ginger is one of the most common herbal remedies for nausea. Ginger is thought to soothe the stomach. The smell of ginger and drinking ginger tea may help reduce your feelings of nausea. If a ginger root is not readily available to you, you may want to try ginger ale, candied ginger, or ginger snap cookies.
- Peppermint is also used for stomach relief. Peppermints are often given after dinner to encourage a calm stomach. Peppermint can also be made into tea. If you do not like the taste of peppermint, peppermint aromatherapy can also benefit the nauseous stomach; simply rub peppermint oil in your palms and hold your hands over your nose while you inhale deeply.
- Honey and lemon make a great nausea-fighting duo. Honey is easily digested and can give you a simple carbohydrate fix, which may alleviate nausea. Honey is naturally antibacterial which may help you to fight off food poisoning, if that is the cause of your nausea. Citrus aromas are also calming to the stomach, which makes lemon a great addition. Honey and lemon could be added to ginger tea for a triple threat of nausea relief.
- Cardamom, which is used in Indian cuisine, can be crushed and fried and used as an alternative medicine for nausea. Take a spoonful of this cooked spice to relieve nausea.
- Hibiscus tea blends (often marketed with the word “zinger” in the name) are sometimes useful for fighting nausea. Blueberry and raspberry teas are known for their ability to calm the stomach.
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