Nausea is an uncomfortable feeling on the whole, and often ends in what is referred to as emesis or throwing up. Though, unpleasant, vomiting is considered good at times, as during the process of vomiting, it enables the body to get rid of toxic substances.
Causes – Spoilt food containing bacteria and germs, illnesses like flu, medications and chemotherapy (used for cancer treatment), excess alcohol consumption, over indulgence in rich food, motion sickness, anxiety and stress are the causes of nausea.
Herbs “ There are plenty of natural remedies for nausea. One such effective remedy is ginger, which can be taken in the form of tea or capsule. Ginger has volatile oils that aid digestion, soothes the irritated linings, and tones muscles of digestive tract. Ginger also stimulates liver to produce bile which helps in fat digestion. To overcome motion sickness, the first dose of ginger should be taken about three to four hours before travel. For relief from nausea associated with chemotherapy, consult the doctor before taking ginger, as low-high blood platelet count could hinder blood clotting.
Peppermint tea or oil helps in easing spasms of digestive tract, and could be beneficial for nausea that occurs due to intestinal cramping. However, peppermint tea is a better choice for nausea during pregnancy, rather than peppermint oil, as the latter has a more powerful effect.
Golden seal is another remedy for nausea, if it is not caused due to pregnancy. It can be taken in the form of tea or pill, and the herb soothes liver and stomach, apart from enhancing digestion.
As for nausea in kids, Aloe Vera juice helps in combating the stomach ache that accompanies nausea. One tablespoon of the juice can be diluted in six ounces of water and given upto three times a day.
Chamomile tea also helps in soothes a child suffering from nausea. One dose can be given with or in between the meals twice a day.
Ginger tea is also beneficial for stomachache, nausea and vomiting in kids. For kids who dislike the flavour, it can be mixed with apple juice or with equal amounts of licorice root.
Finally drink as much fluids as possible to prevent dehydration, but avoid caffeinated beverages.