As one of the most common complaints of patients with acid reflux, morning sickness, gastroparesis, motion sickness, and cancer, nausea is a symptom that is hard to put words to. The good news is that some natural nausea remedies may soothe the stomach fast. Although herbs used for nausea appear to be safe for most people, it is highly recommended that they should be used under the supervision of a physician. On the one hand, physician can make it work in the right way. On the other hand, physician can help avoid the possible side effects and contraindications.
1. Ginger root. Thanks to its amazing medicinal, therapeutic and culinary benefits, ginger root is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine for many conditions, ranging from sinusitis to cancer. One of its known applications is to treat dyspepsia and motion sickness, of which nausea is one of the main symptoms. Besides, this herb is often recommended for preventing or treating sickness at the stomach from pregnancy and cancer chemotherapy too.
2. Chamomile. Both Roman and German chamomile tea can be used as an herbal remedy for nausea and vomiting. Actually, this herb is also used to treat various other digestive disorders, which include flatulence, indigestion, loss of appetite, and so on. In addition, chamomile can help deal with common women’s problems, such as morning sickness and dysmenorrhea. The reason why it is good for nausea and upset stomach is that it has chemicals that can help cause sedation, decrease gas, and relax muscles. However, it is important to note that high doses of it can cause vomiting in some individuals too.
3. Wild yam. The part used medicinally of wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) is the root. It is traditionally used to treat upset stomach, menstrual cramps and women’s reproductive system problems. When it comes to nausea, it is especially helpful for the one caused by morning sickness in pregnant mothers and travel sickness. Now animal studies have shown that it is the diosgenin, the active component of wild yam, that stops nausea and vomiting. However, one thing to keep in mind is that taking large amounts of this herb can cause the sensation of an urge to vomit too.
4. Peppermint. Thanks to its potent calming and numbing effect, peppermint (Mentha piperita) is another great herbal treatment for a feeling of unease and sickness. Actually, these days it is considered to be one of the most effective and convenient natural remedies for nausea. More importantly, it can be available in a wide variety of forms. For example, a patient presenting with persistent nausea or vomiting can sniff peppermint essential oil, take peppermint, or sip a cup of peppermint herbal tea for similar relief. Just as a reminder, do not use peppermint tea when the patient is suffering from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
5. Cloves. Cloves offer many health benefits. Its medicinal uses range from fighting infections to relieving arthritis pain, thanks to its powerful antiseptic and germicidal properties. It is worth mentioning that it is also good for digestive problems, including nausea, flatulence, indigestion, and loose stools. Usually just a few drops of clove oil can help get rid of nausea fast. Or the patients can combine it with other herbs to make it more effective against sickness at the stomach. By the way, the classic combo is clove powder and honey.
6. Curry leaves. As an essential ingredient of Indian cooking, curry leaves can actually do more than just adding flavor to the food. For example, its juice is good for diabetes and its essential oil for nausea. No matter this symptom is caused by fatty-food consumption, indigestion, or morning sickness, drinking a cup of fresh juice of curry leaves can sometimes work like a charm. By the way, it even works better when combined with lime juice and sugar.
7. Raspberry leaf. The perennial red raspberry plant (rubus idaeus) offers many fertility health benefits. It is so rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, and other nutrients that it is beneficial for both pregnant women during mid- and late pregnancy and the baby. It is good at relieving cramping and nausea too. No wonder raspberry leaf tea was used by the Eclectics to decrease nausea, especially when it is caused by morning sickness. However, it is important to note that it may pose a risk to fetuses in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Herbal tea remedies for nausea may work sometimes. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that it should replace conventional treatments, especially when it is one of signs of an emergency like a heart attack. Besides, women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a medical professional for guidance before using any herbal tea recipes for nausea.