In this article, today we will discuss common problems faced by most people at some point in time or the other in their lives, which is Nausea. It is interesting to know that the origin of this word comes from the Latin word for seasickness and the Greek word for sailor. In the early days, long before any home remedies were introduced or any antibiotics, nausea was always indicated towards people’s feelings when sailing on the sea for a long period. Interesting isn’t it!
Let’s take a look at some common causes, symptoms and 5 age-old home remedies which you can easily apply to cure nausea.
What is Nausea and Causes of Nausea?
We all have gone through this feeling. Well, nausea is nothing but an awful sensation you feel like you are going to vomit. There is no specific reason for suffering from nausea; it can happen during pregnancy. Morning sickness is a very common cause for getting a feel of nausea.
Apart from this, many people suffer from motion sickness like travelling in a bus or car for a long period, rough ride or nervousness while the plane taking off which can give you a sense of nausea. Few more reasons could be food poisoning, excess alcohol or medication. Sometimes, the brain also sends signals that can cause nausea like stress, emotional disturbance, etc.
Symptoms of Nausea:
Usually, the symptoms are difficult to make other people understand. It gives you an uncomfortable feeling in the chest, abdomen or throat. Listing down a few of the more symptoms:
- Vomiting (in acute cases)
1. Go for Ginger:
Ginger is undoubtedly the most reliable home remedy for nausea. From a scientific point of view, ginger has been studied for antiemetic abilities, which can help control the feeling of nausea. Take a small of ginger and keep chewing it slowly. This way, you are letting the juice of the ginger release in your system slowly and gradually. One can also try consuming ginger candy or ginger tea (without milk). Make sure, you do not overdo ginger and have only approx. 1 gm of ginger a day.
2. Eat small mildly flavored food:
It is better to avoid spicy and oily food when you are feeling nauseated. One should follow a recommended thumb rule diet for recovering from nausea: BRAT diet which includes Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. For Indians, we can replace apple sauce with curd and enjoy curd rice. Toast can be beneficial for pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness. Avoid sulfur-rich and fibrous foods till your nausea subsides.
3. Slurp on Lemons:
Lemons can do wonders when it comes to that weird feeling of vomit. Lemon juice released in your body contains neutralizing acids called citric acid which forms bicarbonate compounds that can help relieve nausea. One of the studies in 2014 has confirmed that smelling lemon oils can help prevent the feeling of vomiting in pregnant women. In place of lemon oil, you can either slurp the half lemon slowly or keeping sniffing it or add few drops of lemon juice and salt to warm water and keep sipping slowly and gradually.
4. Sniff on Peppermint Oil:
Peppermint aromatherapy has been shown useful to treat 75% of nausea cases, as confirmed by one of the studies. It was shown to treat nausea after chemotherapy or after anaesthesia. You can opt for peppermint capsules or sip on peppermint tea to reap these benefits. You can also get peppermint fresh leaves or essential oil to sniff and help relieve nausea.
5. Focus On Your Breathing:
Sometimes, the simple solution to cure nausea could be just shifting your focus to something else. Meditation or deep breathing can help do that and may help relieve nausea. Medication has always been a go-to technique especially when you feel stressed or anxious. Try to sit upright; do not close your eyes as that might give you a giddy feeling. Now, breathe in slowly through your nose, hold it for 2 to 3 seconds and then release it. Repeat the process for few more times. You will find the difference.
Mostly the feeling of nausea is temporary, but it can be managed with the correct approach. These home remedies should help you, but in case it lasts for more than a day, we advise you to consult the doctor and combine your home remedy with the suited antibiotics.
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