Are you suffering from nausea?

April 23, 2010

With the summers in full swing, dehydration is not an uncommon phenomenon. One of the accompaniments of this state is nausea. Nausea is the horrible abdominal sensation that makes you feel like, and often results in vomiting.

On the whole it is an uncomfortable and unpleasant state of affairs. Yet in some ways it is good for us as it helps get rid of toxic substances.

Nausea is not an illness by itself but serves as a symptom for various conditions. Associated symptoms include stomach pain, dizziness and sweating. It is a reaction; our body’s way of telling us that an illness is present.

The reasons for nausea could be as diverse as food poisoning, dehydration, overloads on the liver, illness, medication, chemotherapy, excess drugs and alcohol, overeating, food intolerance, pregnancy, motion sickness, sea sickness and even anxiety or emotional stress. Figuring out which one applies to your case could take some time and an experienced doctor. Consequently, these reasons are best left alone for the time being.

More often than not, you vomit once and it is over. But in other cases, it persists even after you feel like your stomach has been emptied. In such cases particularly, herbal remedies might come to your rescue.

A number of herbs can help with nausea. Taking these herbs in the form of tea gives you the three fold advantage of the benefits of tea, rehydration, as well as the boons of the herbal agent.

Cinnamon tea: Cinnamon tea can provide relief from vomiting. Cinnamon, originally used as a treatment for fever and diarrhea, contains cathecins. These chemical called catechins have been implicated in nausea-relief. Cathecins are also found in cinnamon, barley, hops, olives, pears, strawberries, sage and even tea.

Ginger tea:Ginger has volatile oils that aid digestion, soothes the irritated linings, and tones muscles of digestive tract. It has proved to be as effective as drugs in reducing nausea. To overcome motion sickness, take your first dose of ginger about three to four hours before your journey. Those who dislike the taste can dilute it with apple juice.

But do consult your doctor about using this if you’re undergoing chemotherapy. If your blood clotting ability has been impaired then ginger may not be the best idea. You can powder the ginger and add it to your tea, or simply drink a ginger ale.

Carminative herb tea: Carminative herbs are known to combat flatulence and soothe the stomach. They are recommended to treat indigestion and colic in infants. This category of herbs includes chamomile, dill, fennel, lemon balm, nutmeg, and cardamom among others. These can be taken with or in between meals, twice a day.

Raspberry leaf tea:Raspberry leaf tea is commonly used for morning sickness. It is also a good remedy for motion sickness.

Peppermint tea: Vomiting involves muscles spasms in the digestive tract and could be beneficial for nausea that occurs due to intestinal cramping. These can be ceased using peppermint tea which is a powerful antispasmodic. The lighter peppermint tea is better for use during pregnancy as compared peppermint oil.

Apart from being used as a flavouring agent in tea, peppermint can relieve nausea in the form of an aromatic essential oil too. Mix a drop or two of essential oils of lavender, black pepper, peppermint, rosewood, chamomile, camphor and fennel with a tablespoon of ordinary vegetable oil. Massage this onto your chest and inhale the aroma.

A final word of advice: Drink as many fluids as possible to avoid dehydration and avoid caffeine. Your stomach will recover its original glory in no time.

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