7 Easy Home Remedies to Keep Motion Sickness Away

Simple ingredients from your kitchen shelf can help curb the symptoms of motion sickness and keep them at bay. But, before getting on with the home remedies, it is imperative to understand what motion sickness is and what causes it?

Motion sickness is also called travel sickness because it happens so frequently during trips. When traveling up and down hills on the highway, in a plane, or on a boat, the body starts bumping up and down and rocking about, causing the brain to react.

While your eyes are focused on the road straight ahead, your body’s motion sensors are telling you that you’re sitting still, but the delicate inner ear balance mechanism can tell that an obvious change has taken place. Together, they trigger a discrepancy that causes what is commonly known as motion sickness.

Motion sickness can take the form of dizziness, fatigue, and nausea which may progress to vomiting. Fear of motion sickness can make these feelings a lot worse. However medical opinion estimates that 80% of the population suffer from motion sickness at some point in their lives.

But fret not as help is right in your kitchen and you can use these easy home remedies to keep travel sickness away. These can be used for kids and adults alike.

Motion Sickness Home Remedies

Home Remedies for Motion Sickness:

1. Lemon: Lemons help in controlling the nausea. Sucking on lemon wedges during the journey can help control motion sickness. You can also cut lemon wedges and carry them with you. Alternatively, sipping lemon candies can also quell the feeling.

2. Oranges: Take small bites of orange sprinkled with black salt can prevent the symptoms of travel sickness.

3. Ginger: Adding a few drops of ginger to lemon juice with a teaspoon of honey in warm water helps control nausea. Drink this before embarking on your journey. Alternatively, munching on ginger candies could also do wonders.

4. Crackers: Opting for crackers while on your trip rather than munching on junk/fried foods can keep the hunger away. Crackers being light are easily digested and your stomach will also not feel heavy.

5. Peppermint: The use of peppermint has been prevalent since ages to cure nausea. It is most helpful when you get sick while on your road trip or if you are taking a cruise. It can be taken as lozenges or as peppermint tea just before the start of your journey.

6. Cinnamon: Taking cinnamon powder with honey stops nausea. This can also be had with milk. Cinnamon has a soothing effect on the stomach and therefore prevents vomiting.

7. Licorice or Mulethi: Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, licorice or mulethi helps in soothing the membranes of the stomach thereby preventing vomiting and nausea. Drinking licorice tea or just chewing on a stick of licorice can help tremendously.

Tips for Travel Sickness

The Necessary Precautions for Travel Sickness:

While consuming the above mentioned foods can surely curb motion sickness, some small changes before and during your journey (road, air or cruise) can also help keep sickness at bay and let you enjoy your trip to the fullest.

• Avoiding heavy meals and junk food completely before and during your journey can forestall motion sickness.

• It is also advisable not to have any caffeinated drinks as they might make you feel nauseous.

• Choosing a seat that experiences less motion is highly recommended. For example, seats in the middle of an airplane experience the least motion.

• Sitting in the front seat of a car if you are prone to motion sickness can help lessen the symptoms.

• If you are on a cruise, always choose lower level cabins which are located centrally will experience least motion as compared to cabins at the upper decks.

• Get some fresh air whenever you can and avoid sitting in the opposite direction of motion.

• Do not use any spray with strong perfumes if you or someone you are travelling with is prone to motion sickness. Strong odors make matters worse.

By incorporating these little tips and changes, you can soak in all the excitement of your journey and enjoy your vacation fully.

However, if symptoms are extreme, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before embarking on journey. For those relieved by these remedies, happy journey!

SOURCE: Woman’s Era Magazine

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