Nausea and vomiting can be triggered by a variety of health conditions such as constipation, anxiety, parasites, indigestion, food poisoning, stomach flu, pregnancy, or motion sickness. Depending on the trigger, there are different oils that can help. When in doubt, if you are nauseous or vomiting a popular oil to use is peppermint. A drop of peppermint can be added to a glass of water to help calm or sooth your stomach. For those that get car sick or motion sickness in general, simply open a bottle of peppermint essential oil and smell it. The natural chemical compounds in peppermint help reduce feelings of nausea.
Another great option for getting rid of nausea is Ginger oil. This oil has a stronger smell, however it is a miracle worker for nausea. Apply just a few drops on the bottom of your feet and your body calms down. People who experience car sickness while traveling have found relief using this oil.
Suggested Oils to Use
Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Peppermint
Suggested Ways to use
For nausea triggered by an upset stomach, simply add a drop peppermint to a glass of water and drink throughout the day. For a more effective way to get rid of a stomach ache add 1 drop each of Coriander, Fennel, Ginger and/or Peppermint to a glass of water and drink throughout the day.
When treating nausea it is important to try to find the root cause. Often times it is because of a poor diet. Some foods can trigger lots of acid in our stomach. Some acidic foods may trigger abdominal pain and result in nausea if you have certain medical conditions. Many health practitioners suggest taking on a more alkaline diet. Also some research suggests getting antioxidants in your diet may help reduce the changes of heartburn and acid reflex and other digestive problems that can contribute to nausea or vomiting.
Fruits and vegetables are prime sources of antioxidants, which may help reduce digestive problems, according to the UMMC. If acidic foods trigger or worsen nausea and abdominal pain, consume primarily low-acid fruits such as melon, papayas and mango, and replace canned and fermented vegetables with fresh varieties. Vegetables particularly high in antioxidants include bell peppers, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, carrots and squash. Eating slowly and avoiding large meals, fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol may also improve your symptoms. (livingstrong.org)
Food poisoning is also another trigger. Be sure to always be aware of the expiration dates of foods to avoid food poisoning and do not let foods stay outside of a container or the fridge for long periods of time.
Certain types of flu can also trigger nausea and even vomiting. Some oils are antiviral and can be used to try to eliminate the root cause of the flu which is a virus. Add 1 – 2 drops of cinnamon to a glass of water and drink throughout the day to try to eliminate the flu virus. Cinnamon is also said to help reduce nausea for some.
Anxiety and migraines have also triggered nausea for some people. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and taking time to manage stress. Many oils are calming and can help reduce stress and migraine symptoms. Some people have found that some foods trigger food allergies which can result in a migraine. In many cases people have found that improving their diet can help reduce nausea symptoms, along with enough exercise, and adequate sleep.
Always consider professional medical help when treating nausea or related health conditions.