Nausea Remedies

Last Modified on Jul 25, 2014

Nausea can generally be successfully treated at home with herbal remedies, natural supplements and alternative therapies. Home remedies like fresh ginger root have been used all over the world for thousands of years to treat nausea.

What is Nausea?

Nausea is the unpleasant feeling in the stomach that makes you feel like you might vomit at any moment. Nausea is usually harmless, but continual nausea may be a symptom of a serious problem, such as a concussion or heart attack. In most cases, however, the cause is overeating, motion sickness, migraine or a stomach virus. 

Home Remedies for Nausea

P6 (Nei Kuan) Acupressure Point

This acupressure point is located 1-2” below the wrist, on the inside of the wrist. It is often possible to stop nausea by massaging this point for 3-5 minutes. This natural treatment has been used for centuries and various studies have found it to be an effective anti-nausea technique.

Activated Charcoal

This home remedy is especially useful for food poisoning as it absorbs the toxins. It is worth keeping on hand for both nausea and vomiting. Charcoal can be taken by itself with water or mixed with apple cider vinegar and water.

Herbal Remedies for Nausea

Ginger

Ginger has been used as a natural nausea remedy for at least 2,000 years. The active ingredients in the root are pungent phenol compounds and volatile oils. It can be consumed as a tea, by chewing candied ginger pieces or in capsule form.

Cloves

Cloves are another natural remedy used for centuries to treat nausea. All parts of the herb are used medicinally. Clove oil mixed with chamomile tea or powdered clove sprinkled on food reduce nausea.

Mint

Mint soothes upset stomachs, aids digestion and is an excellent herbal treatment for nausea. Breath mints work well for many people. Mint tea can be made with either fresh or dried mint.

Deep Breathing

Controlled deep breathing has proven to be another effective natural remedy for nausea.  Patients with post-surgical nausea were asked to slowly inhale through their noses and exhale slowly from their mouths and repeat three times.  This natural remedy noticeably reduced nausea in most of the patients.

Alternative medicine and herbal remedies offer effective home treatment for nausea. While nausea is usually temporary, persistent nausea should be medically evaluated in order to rule out any serious underlying problem.

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Most Popular Remedies:

Alcohol Swabs12 YEAS
Baking Soda6 YEAS

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Activated Charcoal   1  0   

Posted by Christine (Lancaster, CA) on 11/28/2005

[YEA]  I have been using charcoal for approx 14 yrs..In our home it has been used for nausea/vomiting; diarrhea; upset stomach; belching; heart burn; gas; indigestion; poultices over painful areas on diffent parts of the body; pasty poultice over insect bites..over the stomach in a poultice for fevers.. As a nurse, I highly recommend it to all

Alcohol Swabs   12  2   

Posted by Dee (Houston, Tx) on 10/24/2013

[NAY]  Alcohol Swabs for Nausea - Nay.

I have nausea due to pregnancy. I soaked a cotton ball in alcohol and sniffed it a few times. I didn't notice much difference, if any. This is my 4th pregnancy, and I never vomit. I just have a sick feeling all day long. I was taking turmeric pills 2-3 times per day at first. They helped for a few days, but then I started getting reflux so bad that I would spit them up about 10 minutes later. When they would stay down, I would notice I had an offensive body odor the next day. I am waiting for acupressure bands to arrive in the mail. I hope those help. Otherwise, I will just have to deal with the nausea for 6 more weeks.

Posted by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
10/24/2013
Ginger is one of the best remedies for nausea. You can get fresh ginger root at the health food store and make your own ginger tea. Just carefully cut off or peel the skin off it first. Cut off a few small pieces and soak them in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes or so. Then when it's cooled off enough, you can drink it like tea.

Ginger tea is also sold in tea-bag form, too.

Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
10/24/2013
435 Posts
Dee, have you tried a bit of ginger as in ginger candy?
Posted by Haleyamazing
Concord, Ca.
02/28/2014
2 Posts
[YEA]   "I suffer from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and during the day I am constantly feeling sick. No matter how mild or severe the nausea is, alcohol swabs works 99% of the time for me.

Posted by Alan (Freehold, New Jersey) on 08/03/2012

[YEA]  Yesterday my wife had out patient surgery for a torn Meniscus. Prior to the surgery she was given a general anesthesia and morphine. The surgery went well but soon after returning home she became extremely nauseous and vomited. Eager to help I decided to google cures for nausea and came upon your website. After reading all the posts about the use of alcohol packets to cure this condition, I decided to give it a try. I poured a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a gauze pad in a bowl for her to sniff. It was amazing the nausea stopped almost immediately. This was a simple folk remedy that really works and should be given more exposure to help the thousands of people who suffer from nausea every day.

Posted by Misty
Indiana
07/23/2014
23 Posts
[WARNING!]   "This is a very dangerous habit. When one inhales alcohol, the fumes enter the lungs, which causes some of the alcohol to get absorbed into the bloodstream. Side effects include headaches, trouble breathing, gastric issues, and even death. Look up isopropyl alcohol huffing, and read about the host of side effects people suffer from doing this.
Posted by Kt
Usa
07/25/2014
333 Posts
A nutrition almanac declares ginger is good to use for nausea and vomiting. I would think it is safer than alcohol. It is also reported to kill salmonella and contains an antidepressant ingredient.

Posted by CherylT (Houston, TX) on 06/22/2009

[YEA]  Nausea Cure: I have had a few surgeries in the past 20 years and each time I would wake from the anesthesia I would be extremely nauseous. Vomiting after surgery is never a pleasant experience. Last year I underwent 3 treatments in as many days from my chiropractor, Manipulation Under Anesthesia. I wasn't thrilled at the thought of waking up 3 days in a row and vomiting post anesthesia. On the second day as they were wheeling me out to my waiting daughter the nurse saw me turning green and she handed me an alcohol packet. She tore it open and said sniff this. I could barely comprehend but I did sniff and it was amazing. The urge to be sick left me immediately. She sent several more of those little packets home with me for the long drive back to my house and I did not get sick once. This was a first for me to not vomit post surgery. I haven't tried it for any other types of nausea or motion sickness, only after anesthesia but it's worth a try if you are nauseated for whatever reason.

EC: Alcohol packet = alcohol swabs sold in drugstores (wound care section) ,which contain 70% isopropyl alcohol. If you mean something else, please let us know!

Posted by Diandra
Jacksonville, FL
07/07/2009
[YEA]   "I tried this immediately after reading the suggestion and my nausea vanished. I was just about to call into work sick. Thanks.
Posted by Janice
Coloma, Mi
07/07/2009
Diandra, what was it that caused your nausea?
Posted by Diandra
Jacksonville, FL
07/21/2009
I have no idea. For a few days I got nauseous every time I ate. It eventually went away.
Posted by Sherri
Indianapolis, Indiana, Usa
02/17/2010
[YEA]   "I developed nausea about 1.5 hours after eating dinner and tried using the alcohol swab suggestion after reading it. I had immediate relief of what I thought was going to turn into a lot more than just the nausea. I feel 100% better now. I love this site.
Posted by Mary
Chantilly, Va
03/12/2010
[YEA]   "I was fascinated to come across this post as I just had surgery last week, and became very nauseated afterwards. My sweet nurse put an ice pack on my neck and gave me the alcohol swap packet to sniff because she said it helps lots of people. I couldn't believe how well it squelched the waves of nausea!
Posted by Erin
Naperville, Illinois
05/02/2010
[YEA]   "Wow, can't believe how fast this works! My daughter was complaining of nausea tonight and I read about this on EC. We didn't have any alcohol swabs, so I just poured some rubbing alcohol into a small cup and let her sniff it. She said she felt better almost immediately! Thank you!
Posted by Sammy
Studio City, Ca, Usa
07/13/2010
[YEA]   "This really works! I recently had surgery and was prescribed painkillers to help ease the discomfort. I've been able to get by without taking them for a week now, but last night my pain was unbearable so I decided to take half of the pill. Well, about an hour after I took it, I became incredibly nauseous. I ended up vomiting a couple times which I thought would help make me feel better because it usually does, but I still felt nauseous. So when I could finally get myself to the computer, I went to this website for a remedy. When I saw alcohol packets help, I grabbed one from my medicine cabinet, opened it up and began sniffing it. You would think that sniffing alcohol would make the nausea worse, which is to say that it didn't exactly feel good to inhale that first sniff, but after a minute or two, my queasiness subsided. I couldn't believe it. This will definitely be my go to nausea remedy from now on!
Posted by Philestewart
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
09/04/2010
[YEA]   "I am currently sitting in my bathroom feeling very nauseated, I came across this post and grabbed the rubbing alcohol out of my medicine cabinet. I just took a big sniff of it and felt immediate relief. I still feel a little sick but I definitely feel much better.
Posted by Kristie
Peoria, Illinois
01/16/2011
I've been suffering from nausea and vomitting all day from a hangover and was desperate for help. I tried the alcohol swabs and while it didn't entirelly cure my nausea, it helped immensely. Thank you.
Posted by Hunter
Nashville, Tn
05/29/2011
When you take a sniff of the alcohol, it numbs the nerve that controls the stomach. Remember that this is only temporary. If you have to use these more than once, you should probably go to a doctor.
Posted by Kristina
Franklin, Tn
08/02/2011
[YEA]   "I don't know why, but for the past couple of days my stomach has just been so queazy. So this morning I decided to look up remedies. I read all the comments on this one and tried it. At first I didn't think it was going to work and then out of the blue I realized I felt fine. It really does work and I'm gonna carry these in my purse today:)
Posted by Angelajd
Baton Rouge, La
01/24/2012
[YEA]   "OMG Thank you all for recomending the AS I take meds that makes me nausea sometimes and could not figure out what to take to elimante the feeling but one sniff on the alcohol pad really was amazing!! My little sis is preggo now and I will def pass this news to her Im sure AS shouldnt be harmful to her huh? just a whiff and its gone!
Posted by Matt
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
05/21/2012
[YEA]   "Awesome trick, I was using pop which works good you would still feel a little bit nauseous but this alcohol trick- holy cow my nausea is completely gone and I have the onset of a tummy flu where you are supposed to throw up lol. thank you so much I hate throwing up so much lol.
Posted by Jacqueline
Perth, Australia
05/31/2012
[NAY]   "After reading this I sent my husband to the chemist to get some alcohol swabs as I had been feeling nauseous all day. It didn't work for me at all :-(. I was so sick I had wished he bought some type of drug, but all chemists close to us were closed by then and I took panadol and went to bed.

Apple Cider Vinegar   4  0   

Posted by Caroline (Ramelton, Ireland) on 03/07/2009

[YEA]  I discovered this site about a month ago and was very excited because i love to try out alternative remedies . Up till now i had no reason to try out anything but today i felt like i was definitely coming down with some sort of tummy bug felt very nauseous so when i got home from shopping first thing i did was drink two tbls of acv in some water and felt better literally within 5 minutes . Think this site is the bees knees cheers Caroline

Posted by Ali (Orlando, Florida) on 04/12/2008

[YEA]  I had been a bit drained and tired all day. About an hour ago I was shakey, a bit nauseous and weak. I sent my bf out to get me some apple juice. The moment I had 1 cup of apple juice and 2 TBL spoons of ACV, i felt INSTANT relief. I was definitely not expecting it. My bf had food poisoning or some kind of stomach bug over the past day and I was scared I might get it too. I went ahead and took the concoction and I feel fine besides the heartburn which will reside in a few minutes. I dont have as much gas in my stomach and my shakiness has lessened. :) I hope I had enough liquid with the ACV since this is my first time trying it.

Posted by Laura (Orlando, FL) on 12/06/2007

[YEA]  About 6 months ago, I suddenly woke up with severe nausea and constant burping. Everything I ate and drank made me feel sick. I woke up nautious and went to bed nat ious every day. My quality of life started changing. I did not want to go out anymore and do things because I constantly felt sick. Being newly engaged, this really put a damper on my relationship. Who wants to be around someone that feels sick everyday and to be honest..when you are sick everyday you reach a point where you just want to be alone. I am only 27 years old and I felt like I had put on 10 years or more in the last 6 months. I even told my mother if I had to live the rest of my life like this I might kill myself. Everything made me sick. Even riding in a car. I had a colonoscopy which came back fine. I then had a scope done and showed that I had erosions all in my stomach, throat, and esophogas. I have been on prevacid and aciphex, which did not seem to help at all and the constant burping was just nasty and embarrassing. I got online and found this site and figured I would give the ACV a chance. This is only my 4th day and oh my goodness thank you god!!! I am not nauseous anymore. Riding in a car no longer makes me sick. If I burp it is one good one instead of a million tiny ones and I have energy like I haven't had in years. I have lost 3 pounds in a few days and I am not having bad cravings. I also notice my skin looks better. I also have battled depression for a long time and I actually feel happy. I woke up at 4a.m smiling thinking why am I so happy. This is truley amazing and I can't wait to keep taking it and see what else it does. If you have battled acid reflux believe me I know how horrible it is. Please just try this and you will not regret it!!!

Posted by Ken
Waldorf, Maryland
11/27/2009
I just had gallbladder surgery almost two months ago. I suffer from nausea, stomach aches and irregularity--to include diarrhea--referred to as "dumping." Seems like anything I eat, I feel nausea, stomach ache, gas, bloating, etc. I am willing to try apple cider vinegar.

Question: How much should I try everyday and at what dosage? I've read where some people have drank a half glass of water with two teaspoons of water; but how many times a day? Any suggestions? Some people have taken apple cider with baking soda. Should I try both? I really could use someone's recommendations. My life has really changed since my surgery...for the bad more than for the good; I don't want the stomach doctor giving hooked on prescriptions that may or may not help my condition.

Posted by Phil
Dearing, Ga, USA
11/28/2009
Hi Ken. My wife had her gallbladder removed about 4 years ago. She sometimes suffers, what is similar to gallbladder attacks. It has been said somewhere, that people still get stones in their BILE DUCTS after the gallbladder has been removed.

What we do for her is a shot glass or 2 tablespoons of raw applecider vinegar/ unfiltered in a glass ( 8oz ) of room temperature apple juice. She will down this and the pain and nausea is gone pretty fast. She just does this when ever she has pain or bad nausea.

You may also want to consider charcoal tablets as they are suppose to help with all kinds of stomach issues...Gas, bloating and nausea.

And I know this is not a natural remedy and I do still have my gallbladder, but when I have severe nausea...I take motion sickness pills and it goes away quickly.

Hope this helps.

Posted by Coregon
Medford, Or
06/13/2012
Laura, your symptoms sure sound like an H-Pylori infection. I had this and it caused ulcerations like you described, as well as constant nausea, gas, burping for months. Anti-biotics will usually clear it up. They can do a blood test for this. I realize your post is a couple years old, but maybe this will help someone else. Clearly ACV worked for you.. It can work like an antibiotic. So glad you got relief.
Posted by Josey
Tulsa, Ok
09/08/2012
13 Posts
[YEA]   "This website has helped me on a lot of issues. I decided to give ACV a try. I could have written the post about belching and nausea from breakfast, to dinner, and to bed. This time papaya tablets would not work. Neither did rubbing alcohol, but the vinegar, YES. I am back to being a happy camper.

Applesauce   2  0   

Posted by Christy (Henderson, KY) on 02/01/2009

[YEA]  I have been sick for the past few days with a stomach bug and sinus infection. I have been using steam to loosen the sinus' up and it has worked well along with the antibiotics; then the stomach bug sat in and I started vomiting non stop with nausea so bad I couldn't stand up or move to fast w/o vomiting.

I tried all the remedies on here for nausea (ACV, cold washcloths, baking soda) I even tried Pepto, and they all caused to to puke more. After having nothing to eat or drink (held down anyway) for over 4hrs, I went into the kitchen and got out cold organic applesauce, and started eating small spoonfuls and within 30 mins, my nausea stopped; and I haven't puked since. I ate about a tsp every 5 mins or so for 30 mins.

I dunno if it is just the antibiotics finally starting to work, or if the applesauce REALLY did work, but either way; I thought I would pass this on, since I remember my Mom making me eat it when I was sick and it made me feel better; and thought it would be good for kiddos, and people that the other things didn't work for.

Thanks again for the great ideas and remedies Earth Clinic!

Posted by Treed
Cambridge, Ohio
05/07/2012
[YEA]   "I am 7 weeks into my 3rd pregnancy and got on here to look up remedies for my nausea. When I saw applesauce it reminded me that I used to eat a tablespoon of it everyday when I felt nauseous with my last baby! So, thanks for the reminder, now I have to go get some LOL.

Baking Soda   6  0   

Posted by Liz (Melbourne, Florida USA) on 04/30/2009

[YEA]  I have been dealing with SEVERE nausea since starting chemo treatments for leukemia in 2005. I stopped all chemo meds in 2006 but the nausea has stuck around since then. I have tried EVERYTHING that the doctors have given me. I finally got tired of putting chemicals into my body and started searching for natural remedies. I found this website through a cancer community and it has been a GODSENT! I tried the baking soda for nausea and within 5 minutes, my nausea is almost completely gone. It would have taken Phenegren over an hour to help. Thanks SO much for this website!

Posted by Donna Mae
Clovis, Nm
03/12/2011
[YEA]   "Thank you so much! I wish I had read this two days ago. I have been battling a head cold along with puking and pooping. I have two babies, an 8 month old and a 23 month old, which were the source of my illness, and my husband is gone for a couple of weeks. I thought I had gotten too dehydrated because I wasn't being able to even sip water without having a gag reflex. I was about to send them to a babysitter and check myself into the emergency room to get an IV because I've gotten so weak and was afraid I would not be able to care for my little ones. I put 1/8 tsp of baking soda in a mug and added warm water as recommended. I felt better within five minutes as promised. I am now able to drink water with no issues. Thank you so much... I was really worried.

Posted by Cory (West Hurley , NY) on 01/05/2008

[YEA]  I HAVE USED BAKING SODA FOR OVER 20 YEARS FOR NAUSEA IT WORKS EVERY TIME.IF I EAT GREASY FOODS OR JUST A STOMACH VIRUS. I WOULD BE LOST WITHOUT IT..IT ALSO WORKS GREAT FOR UTI'S IT MAKES THE SHAKING ICKY FEELING GO AWAY.

Posted by Sharon
Woburn, MA
06/11/2008
I'm writing about the remedy Baking soda for nausea. Do you mix the baking soda with water? What is the ratio of water to baking soda that I should use? How much do you drink of the mixture at one time?
Posted by Cory
West Hurley, NY
10/10/2008
[YEA]   "I usually add 1/8 teaspoon to half a glass of water and take small sips you should feel better within 5 minutes or so. Make sure the baking sooda is completely diluted and mixed well before drinking...Hope this helps.
Posted by Luba
Toronto, Canada
11/23/2008
[YEA]   "it worked right away for me!! i had a horrible nausea the whole day and finally tried some baking soda in a glass of water. instant relief!
Posted by Romanbreeze
Sugarcreek, Ohio Usa
01/26/2011
[YEA]   "My grandma had used this remedy in her house for decades. I still use it to this day. I use a shot glass and put enough baking soda in it to cover the bottom of glass, add some room temperature water, stir, plug my nose and take my shot of baking soda. I have found it works if I ate something that didn't agree with me, but not when I had the flu. I just found out that I am pregnant so I'm sure I will find out soon if it works for morning sickness, as long as it's safe for baby. :-)

Bathing Helps Vomiting and Nausea   1  0   

Posted by Bri (Mobile, AL) on 04/17/2006

[YEA]  Bathing helps too. It reduces nausea and cramps.

Bitters   1  0   

Posted by Pmstar (San Diego, Ca) on 08/08/2009

[YEA]  Bartenders Cure for Nausea: Bitters stops nausea quickly. Bitters is used on most bars to make Manhattans. About 10 drops of bitters in a small glass of 7 up or ginger ale will settle even the worst naseau. Just sip it. You can buy Bitters in a liquor store or grocery store that sells alcohol. The best part about knowing this little trick is that its available when you are out for the evening so no need to suffer or go home. Just ask the bartender for a little bitters and 7-up.

Bitters also stops hiccups on contact. A little straight Bitters in your mouth will stop it dead. If you're out its usually sprinkled on a lime or orange to make it tolerable and you simply suck it off the lime. Hiccups are gone.

I'm not a drinker but my friends are and if I go out for the night they harrass me for not drinking. I simply order Bitters and 7up in a rock glass and it looks like I'm drinking a mixed drink and no one feels a need to talk me into having a drink. It tastes good - kind of like a sweet spiced ice tea.

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Posted by Tamsin
Normal, Il
11/14/2009
It's also really good for indigestion. A true friend to expectant mothers, what with the morning sickness and heartburn that can occur!
Posted by Sally_oh
EscazĂș, San JosĂ©, Costa Rica
11/24/2009
10 Posts
[WARNING!]   "Bitters are 44% alcohol. Good for what ails you, great for indigestion and a few other things (wiki it), but it is an alcoholic beverage. When I first quit drinking, I used to have a little in a glass of soda. I was informed by sober friends this is not kosher. Just a head's up.
Posted by Pmstar
San Diego, Us
01/05/2010
5 Posts
Yes Bitters does contain alcohol - about the same as vanilla extract but a few drops does not add up to enough to be concerned about unless of course you are an alcoholic and it might trigger a craving.

Breath Mints   1  0   

Posted by Amber (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) on 08/09/2011

[YEA]  Tic Tacs help with nausea amazingly well... But only the white ones. I am guessing it is the mint in them but it works for all my friends too. I carry them around with me everywhere. I often get queasy feeling and they work very fast.

Chewing Gum   1  0   

Posted by Cindy (Covington, Ga, USA) on 09/29/2009

[YEA]  I would feel nausesated about an hour after taking my medication, even taking it with food. I tried chewing (sugar free), wintergreen gum for at least an hour and a half after taking my medication and I have not experienced any nausea since. A friend going through chemotherapy was also experiencing nausea and it is much less severe when chewing the gum too.

Cold, Wet Compress   1  0   

Posted by Darcy (Columbus, OH) on 01/19/2007

[YEA]  A cold, wet compress layed across the throat will dramatically reduce or eliminate nausea. It might even keep you from vomiting if you're on the edge.


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