Nausea is a common and nonspecific symptom that can have a long list of possible causes. It is subjectively described as a painless symptom that makes a person feel the need to vomit. A large population-based research study was done with 62,651 individuals, and in the last year, 12.5% of them reported nausea as either a minor or major complaint with the occurrence being three times more common in women than in men [R].
We have gathered some natural treatments for nausea that are supported by studies:
The rhizome of this plant has been used for more than two centuries as a spice and traditional remedy for nausea. In fact, a lot of preclinical and clinical studies found that ginger can reduce nausea caused by different types of stimuli [R].
In 2000, a systematic review of the results from controlled trials regarding the efficacy of ginger for nausea and vomiting was done by the School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences in the United Kingdom. Various studies were found to be in favor of ginger over placebo for conditions such as seasickness, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and morning sickness, among others [R] [R].
Ginger is best consumed as a tea to remedy nausea. If you don’t want to buy store-bought ginger tea sold in grocery stores, you can make your own by cutting a piece of ginger root into slices and boiling them in a pot for about 10 minutes.
2. Vitamin B6
The College of Medicine in the University of Iowa conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study with 31 female patients, 12 of whom had severe nausea, who were administered with 25 milligrams of vitamin B6 tablets every 8 hours. Another 28 female patients were given a placebo [R].
After 3 days of vitamin B6 therapy, it was reported that only 8 of the 31 patients who received vitamin B6 experienced emesis or vomiting. Among the female patients who received vitamin B6 and placebo, there was a noted significant difference in their nausea intensity score [R].
For an effective nausea treatment, a dose of 25 milligrams of vitamin B6 every 8 hours is best taken until symptoms subside [R].
3. Peppermint Oil
In 2013, a research study was done to determine the effectiveness of peppermint oil against chemotherapy-induced nausea and emesis. What the researchers found is that after 24 hours of treatment, there was a significant decline in the intensity and episodes of vomiting in the group that received peppermint oil compared to the control groups, and no side effects were reported [R].
To experience the healing and cooling effects of peppermint oil, simply rub 1 to 2 drops on the back of your neck or the soles of your feet. Adding 5 to 10 drops on your water bath or 2 to 3 drops to a cool compress over your head are also great ways to take advantage of peppermint oil.
In 2014, a controlled clinical trial looked into the effects of lemon aromatherapy against nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy. They divided 100 pregnant women with symptoms of nausea and vomiting into two groups: the intervention group and the control group. The intervention group was made to inhale a lemon essential oil, and the control group was made to inhale a placebo whenever they felt nauseated. As a result, there was a significant difference noted between the groups. During the second and fourth days of a lemon aromatherapy treatment, the mean of nausea and emesis intensity scores were noted to be lower in the intervention group than the control group. A conclusion was then drawn that the scent of lemon can be used to treat nausea related to pregnancy [R].
All you have to do is cut a fresh lemon in half and inhale the scent whenever you are nauseated. Aside from aromatherapy, drinking lemon water or using lemon oil can also reduce symptoms.
5. Noni Fruit
A clinical trial was done with people with a high risk of experiencing nausea after surgery. They received between 150 to 600 milligrams of noni fruit extract an hour before their surgery. The resulting data showed that those who received the highest dose of 600 milligrams reduced their nausea risk to 40% than those who received the placebo. Since all of the subjects have a high risk of postoperative nausea, this is considered a significant symptom reduction [R] [R].