Everyone experiences nausea at one point or another. Whether yours is related to pregnancy, acid reflux, or cancer treatment, natural remedies may provide some relief. Stocking your pantry with natural treatments for nausea can help you get through your discomfort.

Nausea arises in a variety of situations, and understanding the cause is important for deciding the most appropriate treatment. For example, pregnancy-related nausea requires a different response than nausea brought on by cancer treatment.

Pregnancy is a most crucial time for natural treatments. Especially in early pregnancy, when you want to avoid taking medications as much as possible, nausea can be draining. Natural remedies to the rescue! Most home remedies will work during this stage. Every woman’s response is different, so it may take some experimenting to find out which natural treatment provides the greatest nausea relief. Make sure to talk with your doctor before taking any natural products when pregnant.

1. Ginger

While research goes back and forth on the extent of its effectiveness as a natural remedy, ginger has a long history of being used to treat nausea, stomachaches, and diarrhea. The Chinese have used ginger to treat a variety of digestive and pain issues for more than 2,000 years. It’s unclear exactly how ginger works to ease nausea, but it’s thought that active components, such as gingerol, directly affect the digestive and central nervous systems.

"[It's] an excellent treatment for nausea, especially in pregnancy,”. Research indicates that short-term use of ginger is safe and relieves nausea symptoms during pregnancy..

More research is needed to gain a clear understanding of what ginger can and cannot do, but studies suggest it is an effective treatment for post-operative and chemotherapy-related nausea, as well. A 2012 study published in Integrative Cancer Therapies found that, out of a group of 100 women with advanced breast cancer, those who took ginger following chemotherapy experienced significantly less nausea in the first six to 24 hours post-treatment than those in the control group.

There are many ways to get your ginger: I recommend using raw ginger in cooking, drinking it in tea, or eating candied ginger. “Dissolve it in the mouth like a mint,”.

2. Peppermint

Speaking of mint, peppermint is another traditional remedy that’s been around for a long time. Both peppermint leaves and peppermint oil are helpful in dealing with indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.

“Peppermint is also wonderful for nausea,”. Thanks to its calming and numbing effect, peppermint relaxes your stomach muscles so that bile can break down fats and food can move through the stomach quickly, if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you should not use peppermint. Peppermint comes in many forms and treatments, including ointments for skin irritation. Some studies even suggest that the scent of peppermint oil could ease nausea.

Peppermint tea is probably the most common way to take this remedy, but it is also available in capsule form or as an essential oil. “This is also very safe in pregnancy,”.

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