Nausea is an uneasy sensation or feeling of sickness with a persistent urge to throw up. Most of the people are too familiar with this miserable feeling. Sometimes you feel dizziness accompanied with nausea. Also, dry heaves, anxiety, discomfort in stomach, weakness, wooziness, fret, and uneasiness are some common signs of nausea.
Causes of Nausea
Nausea is not a disease per se; it is usually a symptom of an underlying condition (1). To get help, you should start by knowing the root of the problem. There are different kinds of causes that result into nausea:
- Stomach infection
- Acid reflux
- Food poisoning
- Kidney stones
- Motion sickness
- Drug abuse
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Caffeine overdose
- Head injury
- Physical discomfort
- Certain medications
How to Get Rid of Nausea
Nausea is one of the most common ailments of the human nature. You can easily get rid of it with the help of the following home remedies.
1. Get Some Fresh Air
The best way to deal with nausea is just moving out and getting some fresh air. When you are in a crowded place, you may feel like you are not getting enough air. This can lead to feelings of nausea. Take a walk in open air. If you are not able to do this, you can just open the windows to let the fresh air come inside.
2. Get Some Rest
If your body has an infection you are aware of and your feeling of nausea is being resulted by the same disease, you better get some rest. This will help your body focus on fighting off the infection.
On the other hand, your nausea can be caused by motion sickness (2), which may be triggered by travelling on a road with frequent twists and turns or even by certain video games. You should just lie down and close your eyes; this will help alleviate the bouts of nausea. A quick nap can also help overcome your nausea. When you wake up, you might feel better.
3. Breathe Deeply
When you take a breath of fresh air, it can cleanse your lungs, decrease anxiety, and make your stomach feel a bit better. You can sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Sometimes, anxiety can trigger or worsen the situation. For this reason, getting your mind off any other worries help you get rid of nausea.
Try not to think about your nausea and take a deep breath through your nose and hold it for 2-3 seconds. Then slowly breathe out through your mouth. Keep doing this several times. Taking deep breaths helps overcome nausea. Also, it can be safely used during pregnancy.
4. Avoid Strong Odors
A strong odor can make the problem become worse because your sense of smell is connected to your digestive system (3). Try not to cook, smoke, or put on perfume. Indeed, if it is possible, you should stay away from an area in which anyone is cooking, smoking, or wearing strong perfume.
5. Apply Acupressure
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese relieving method which involves applying pressure on certain areas of your body by using your fingers. It is like acupuncture in terms of changing the pain messages that nerves send to your brain. These pressure points will release some endorphins to control the chemicals in your body that may be making you feel sick (4).
To use this method, gently apply pressure using two fingers at the top of the crease in your wrist and hold them there for 30-45 seconds. Then, remove your fingers from your wrist.
Another effective way is to use your thumb and index finger to firmly press on the sides of your wrist for a few seconds while taking deep breath.
6. Use Lemon
Smelling lemon is a fast way to get rid of nausea (5). Cut a slice of a lemon and inhale its sweet scent fully. Another effective way is to make some lemon juice and then slowly drink it. You can use this method especially for morning sickness or a hangover-caused nausea after drinking. Apart from these methods, inhaling lemon essential oil has also proven to have positive effects on relieving nausea and vomiting.
7. Use Peppermint
Peppermint has been used for decades to treat digestive problems such as heartburn and indigestion. It may help stop stomach cramps that lead to throwing up because the menthol, the key component in peppermint has analgesic properties, which may help alleviate an irritated tummy (6).
You can easily make some peppermint tea by following these steps:
- Boil about two cups of water.
- Then, add two tablespoons of dried peppermint leaves.
- Allow it steep for 20 minutes.
- Strain and pour the peppermint tea into a cup.
8. Use Ginger
Ginger is without a doubt the most effective anti-nausea agent (7). It has properties that promote the secretion of enzymes in the stomach to reduce the amount of stomach acids and treat the irritation (8). For these reasons, ginger is a perfect remedy for nausea after eating.
You can make a delicious cup of ginger tea by following these steps:
- Divide it into small pieces then extract it to get out the juices.
- Add the juice into simmering water, then pour into a cup.
You can also mix a teaspoon of grated ginger and a teaspoon of onion juice. It might be seemed highly unpalatable, but this remedy is an effective treatment for nausea.
9. Eat Cumin Seeds
Grind some cumin seeds and consume them. This will help you get better within a few minutes. Cumin essential oil also helps treat nausea caused by gastrointestinal disorders like upset stomach (9).
10. Drink Apple Juice
Consuming small quantities of apple juice in regular intervals, along with ginger ale also helps in soothing nausea. Apple syrup is also recommended as an effective remedy to get rid of nausea in traditional Persian medical practices.
11. Drink Enough Water
If you have undergone some exhausting activity, you can feel nauseated. In such conditions, you may be dehydrated, which has the following symptoms, along with the nausea; dizziness, dark urine and dry mouth. In such instances, you need to hydrate yourself immediately.
However, while doing this, you need to remember not to drink the water too fast. You should drink small sips so that your body can slowly absorb the water. Also, drinking too much water at a time can make you feel bloated and unfortunately this can make you feel even more nauseated.
12. Apply a Cool Compress
Putting a cool compress on the back of your neck can help you get rid of nausea (10). Take a cool compress, an ice pack (make sure it is not shocking cold), a washcloth soaked in cool water, or a compress you have made yourself. If you are lying down, apply the compress under your neck. If you are sitting, place it across the back of your neck.
The cool compress trick also works when you place it on your forehead.
Additional Tips to Get Rid of Nausea
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Consume water at room temperature to get better results.
- If you threw up, consume a sports drink that contains glucose, salt, and potassium. It will help in replacing any of the minerals you could have lost.
- Eat your meal slowly, in small quantities and throughout the day.
- Get some proper rest and exercise.
- You can follow BRAT diet. Eat banana, rice, apple sauce or apple juice (sugar free), and toast.
- If you feel sick early in the morning, you can eat some cheese before sleeping. Alternatively, you can also consume a few plain crackers before getting up from bed.
- Prefer to eat bland foods such as crackers, toast, potatoes, noodles, rice, and English muffins.
- Do not consume any fluid while eating. Stay away from icy water beverages as much as possible; especially avoid them during nausea caused by morning sickness.
- Do not to mix hot and cold foods.The difference in temperature can affect your stomach for a whirl, which is not a good thing while fighting off nausea.
- Do not consume the food which is hard to digest by your body because they also lead to gas and bloating.
- Avoid fatty, salty, greasy, and spicy food along with dairy products, milk, chicken, pork, and animal protein. For instance, sausage, fast food, fried foods, and potato chips will not be good for you while you are suffering from nausea.
- Stay away from beverages that contain caffeine and alcohol.
- If you suffer from nausea and diarrhea at the same time, do not consume milk and other dairy products until you are recovered.
- Avoid repulsive smells and avoid sitting in hot rooms.
When to See Your Doctor
If your nausea is especially accompanied with vomiting, it can be a sign of hepatitis, ketoacidosis, serious head injuries, food poisoning, pancreatitis, intestinal obstruction, appendicitis, or peptic ulcer disease (PUD). If the nausea continues even after taking some measures to get rid of it, you might consider seeing your doctor. Also see your doctor, if you:
- can’t keep any food or liquid down
- throw up 3 or more times in a day
- have nausea for more than 24 hours
- feel weak
- have a fever
- have stomach pain or abdominal pain
- have not urinated for 8 hours or more
- have a headache