Nausea Remedies

| Modified on Mar 24, 2023

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 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 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 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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Posted by Caitlin (Burlington, Vermont, Usa) on 04/02/2011

I am a young college student who has been having some strange symptoms over the past week including; nausea, organ tremoring, intense fear of death, painful headache on the right side of my head, feeling like bugs crawling up and down my leg, pain on the right leg all the way from my sacrum to knees to toes, an odd rash that a doctor told me was fungal but wont go away with the topical treatments, and restlessness/anxiety especially at night. I thought maybe I had candida or toxic shock but this is not so.

I have been trying to detox for the past 3 weeks using designs for health and opticleanse ghi drinks (though innaccurately folllowed as I was having too many shakes and too many of the wrong foods -- even though they were seemingly the right ones I. E. Dates, honey, nuts, seeds). My above listed symptoms lead me to contact the nutritionist who recomended the diet and she pointed out I was really not detoxing the right way. So I've been in a nutshell researching ways to recover while fearing that in any given moment my body could go into toxic shock... fortunately this has not happened yet and I am certain it will not happen.

SO... last night I ate some of the wrong foods again (now im just eating simple foods to get off the detox -- college detoxing is somewhat difficult) but they seemingly could be the right ones; I. E. Eggplant, tomatoes, salt, raw miso. AND I ate late at night. So I woke up feeling exhausted, super nauseas, super congested in my belly, and I thought holy shit I might vomit or die.

So I grabbed 3 pellets of Arsenicum Album, a remedy I recently bought under suggestion by a homeopathist. Arsenicum Album says its for food poisoning, but its really for bad food combinations, anxiety/exhaustion, neediness in case the Arsenicum person may die or get sick (I was calling everyone who could help me, which lead me to here).

So an hour after taking this I am already feeling much better. Nausea is gone, belly still sensitive and gassy, but I feel like my body is clearing. I will be taking a second dose in an hour and a half if these remaining symptoms are still here. I will also be eating simple foods like miso soup for the rest of the day.

Activated Charcoal

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

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

Replied by Margie
(Wheat Ridge, Co.)

I have been using charcoal tablets for 26 years! I suffer from stomach problems although I am much better since using natural remedies. I have recently started using baking soda and have seen amazing results!

Replied by Laurie

Hello, I'm going to use charcoal for the first time. I'll be using it for nausea. Can you please tell me how I should use it, and in what quantity? Do I dilute it in water, etc? Thanks a lot, Laurie

Alcohol Swabs

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Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 05/04/2021 460 posts


A heads up on the alcohol swabs for nausea:

I was out of swabs - which were 70% - so just took a whiff of bottled alcohol but it was 91%. That was not pleasant. It DID fix the nausea but YIKES! So, don't do that. I cut it half and half with filtered water since it was just the very last of the bottle. I only ever used it to clean nail clippers, pruning shears and things like that but I just plain drank WAY too much coffee and yuck! So I drank a glass of water, which helped somewhat, but jumped on here to see what "The Awesomeness" had to say about nausea and discovered the alcohol swab solution! Except, I was out of swabs so...I had no idea there was such a difference between 91% and 70%. Of course, I'd never actually sniffed it on purpose I checked the swabs and it's much milder so...if you use it out of the bottle and it's 91%, you're going to want to cut it with some water first.

Alcohol Swabs
Posted by Cie (Miami, Florida ) on 11/11/2017

Yes, rubbing alcohol for nausea works.

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Posted by Toni (Oakley, Ca ) on 04/18/2017

Rubbing Alcohol to Help Nausea

My granddaughter used this remedy and it almost worked immediately. Her nausea disappeared, and it was an easy thing to do.

Alcohol Swabs
Posted by Jose G (California) on 03/28/2016

I woke up this morning with a bloated stomach and a feeling of low energy, which quickly turned into nausea. My first thought was food poisoning, and my second thought was "Oh no, not today. It's a big day at work and would look bad if I missed it." Also, I knew I had to be there in just a couple of hours.

Desperate, I checked here at Earthclinic and thank God I did! This trick with rubbing alcohol worked like a charm!

Here's what I did:

At home I grabbed the bottle of rubbing alcohol (that's 70% isopropyl alcohol & 30% water - standard ratio), and took a sniff. I repeated a few times over the next hour and a half, and the nausea disappeared!

Before I left for work I made myself a "just in case" dose of alcohol. I took a paper towel, folded it into thirds, and placed it into a sandwich bag. Then I added a splash of rubbing alcohol so that the paper towel was fully saturated. That went in my pocket, should I feel nauseous at work. I did end up going to the restroom and using once there. Worked fine.

Thank you so much to those who shared this gem of a remedy. You have been a life saver!

Alcohol Swabs
Posted by Haleyamazing (Concord, Ca.) on 02/28/2014

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.

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

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.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Dee, have you tried a bit of ginger as in ginger candy?

Alcohol Swabs
Posted by Elaine (Chicago, Illinois) on 04/13/2013

I wanted to let people know about the success I had with rubbing alcohol for naseau. I read about this idea here on earthclinic. I don't get naseau very often. However, tonight I was sitting in the bathroom with a bowl and I had naseau and the dry heaves. It was awful. I remembered about the alcohol, but I really didn't think it would work. I had nausea at it's finest. I grabbed the bottle and sniffed. I had to sniff a couple times and then it stopped. In it's tracks. It was amazing. I will never be without alcohol. There isn't anything much worse than being nauseous. Thank you to whoever posted this tidbit. I give it 10 points and a huge thumbs up!


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

Yesterday my wife had outpatient surgery for a torn Meniscus. Prior to the surgery, she was given 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.

Replied by Misty

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.

Replied by Danamarie

Taking a sniff of an alcohol pad or cotton is not the same as "huffing" alcohol. Alcohol huffing is soaking a cloth with rubbing alcohol and holding it up to the mouth for a prolonged period of time and continuously inhaling the fumes into the lungs.

Using rubbing alcohol for nausea is taking a sniff from an alcohol soaked pad or cotton ball and smelling it once or twice. There is no contact with the nose or mouth and it's not for any length of time.

Alcohol Swabs
Posted by Matt (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) on 05/21/2012

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.

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Posted by Angelajd (Baton Rouge, La) on 01/24/2012

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!

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Posted by Kristina (Franklin, Tn) on 08/02/2011

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:)

Alcohol Swabs
Posted by Kristie (Peoria, Illinois) on 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.

Replied by Hunter
(Nashville, Tn)

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.

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Posted by Philestewart (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on 09/04/2010

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.