Two Natural Remedies for Motion Sickness

Updated on June 6, 2019
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Tess is an avid traveler with experience managing motion sickness on planes, trains, automobiles, and many other transportation methods!

Motion Sickness Troubles

Have you ever been a passenger in a car perhaps going along a winding road, on a bumpy boat ride, or on a plane experiencing turbulence when all of a sudden you feel nauseous?

These feelings could potentially be caused by something called motion sickness which affects approximately 1 in 3 people.

While it can cause much discomfort, there are simple natural ways to prevent it from happening or at least lessen the effects to make your journey more enjoyable.

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What Causes Motion Sickness?

Your brain senses motion through pathways in your nervous system. These pathways include your muscles, joints, inner ears and eyes.

Your inner ears in particular are a part of a network called the vestibular system which helps to control your balance.

Within this system there are two sacs and three pairs of semicircular canals called the utricle and the saccule which send information to your brain. These semicircular canals hold fluid that moves around when you turn your head. The utricle and saccule are sensitive to gravity and lets your brain know whether you are lying down or standing up.

For instance let's say that you are a passenger in a car on a winding road. Your eyes may be focused on the objects outside passing you by but the fluid in your inner ears is shifting from side to side with the car whenever it makes a turn.

This sends a conflicting message to your brain because your eyes are focused on still objects yet the fluid in your inner ears are telling your brain that you're moving around and your muscles and joints are sitting still in the car. These conflicting messages are what creates the feeling of motion sickness.

Animals and individuals who do not have a functional vestibular system will not experience motion sickness.

What are the Symptoms of Motion Sickness?

Symptoms Include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Increased saliva production
  • Cold sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Yawning
  • General discomfort
  • Vomiting

While these symptoms may feel unpleasant, they are generally mild and self-treatable. If you notice your symptoms becoming progressively worse, be sure to talk to your doctor as you may need to visit a physician who specializes in diseases of the ear.

Two Natural Remedies to Prevent and Ease Motion Sickness Symptoms

  • Ginger
  • Peppermint

Ginger Root

Ginger root is my personal favorite natural way to prevent motion sickness from occurring. It has been used as a medicine for thousands of years to prevent nausea, pain, and inflammation.

There are many ways to consume ginger including fresh, dried, in tea, lozenges and even in candy form. It is safe to use during pregnancy as many women experience nausea during this time.

I find the best way to prevent motion sickness is to consume ginger at least 30 minutes prior to your trip. This allows your body to fully digest the ginger which will help to ensure your travels are more enjoyable.

Ginger is a miracle worker when it comes to preventing travel sickness. I usually drink fresh ginger tea before traveling to ensure I do not get dizzy or nauseous along the way. If I don't have fresh ginger available then I always have ginger candies or lozenges as a backup.

The Best Way To Peel Ginger

Fresh Ginger Tea Recipe


Prep time: 15 to 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 cup water
  • Honey or sweetener of choice (to taste)
  • A squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Peel the fresh ginger root. (I find the best way to peel ginger root is by using a spoon. This method allows you to retain as much of the ginger flesh as possible without the worry of cutting your hands.)
  2. Grate the ginger.
  3. Bring water to a boil.
  4. Add grated ginger to boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Boil longer for a stronger brew.
  5. Remove the tea from the stove and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add sweetener and lemon juice to taste and enjoy!

UpSpring Ginger Lozenges

When I'm unable to prepare fresh ginger tea, my favorite alternative to use are UpSpring Stomach Settle Lozenges. These drops are not only great for motion sickness but also bloating and gas.

The ingredients in these lozenges are Non-GMO, gluten free, low sugar, and no artificial ingredients which is excellent for anyone who is health conscious.

These drops provide four ingredients which are proven to help upset stomachs:

  • Ginger - Anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, helps with chronic indigestion, relieves menstrual pains, may lower cholesterol and improve brain functions.
  • Lemon - Boosts immune system, improves digestion, and improves heart health.
  • Spearmint - Alleviates nausea, reduces headache, relieves indigestion, and reduces cramps.
  • B6 - Reduces nausea and vomiting, may prevent clogged arteries, and useful in treating symptoms of PMS.

These drops also contain honey which has many health benefits of its own such as lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol, and suppressing coughs.

I recommend taking one of these lozenges at least 30 minutes prior to traveling to prevent motion sickness from occurring.

Peppermint

Peppermint is an excellent way to stop nausea in its tracks. Whenever I'm traveling and I start to feel motion sick, I'll immediately grab some peppermint for relief.

Peppermint has many benefits which include:

  • Relieving nausea
  • Relieve tension headaches and migraines
  • Open up clogged sinuses
  • Ease menstrual pain

My favorite way to use peppermint for nausea relief are Doterra's Peppermint Beadlets. These small vegetarian beads are made to dissolve in your mouth and release the perfect drop of high-quality peppermint oil which invigorates your senses and relieves digestive discomfort. Peppermint Beadlets are a convenient way to carry motion sickness relief on-the-go.

However, if you prefer to not consume peppermint oil, another great alternative is to smell peppermint oil on its own. It is also effective at relieving motion sickness symptoms and just as easy to carry.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      • marcelabriceno profile image

        Marcela Briceno 

        3 months ago from Costa Rica

        I sometime suffer from motion sickness, I live with my brother and on weekends we have to commute and it’s a 3 hour long trip, the road has many sharp curves, plus we usual set out at 3 am in the morning, my body can’t handle it

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        Lewis Martin 

        3 months ago from Finland

        Yup also a sufferer although like Liz I grew out of it mostly. My parents used to give me ginger biscuits to help, which might have made the symptoms come more often to be honest! Nice write up of the remedies.

      • Teszra profile imageAUTHOR

        Tess 

        6 months ago from Hawaii

        No problem Sunshine! It's just a subtle reminder as to how fragile the human body is =D

      • Shing Araya profile image

        Shing Araya 

        6 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Thanks, I always suffer from it everywhere I go, no matter how short/long the trip is. I always found it a problem until now.

      • Teszra profile imageAUTHOR

        Tess 

        6 months ago from Hawaii

        Well you're lucky Liz for being able to grow out of it. Hopefully your children will too. Focusing on something that's not moving outside is a really helpful tip. It eases that discomfort.

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        Liz Westwood 

        6 months ago from UK

        I was recommended ginger biscuits for morning sickness. I used to be a bad traveller as a child, but grew out of it. Unfortunately two of my children followed suit. I have heard that focussing on the horizon outside can help especially when at sea.

      • Teszra profile imageAUTHOR

        Tess 

        6 months ago from Hawaii

        Thanks Lorna for reading!

      • Lorna Lamon profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        6 months ago

        This is a really informative article. I have always suffered from motion sickness and the only thing that works for me is ginger. I love your ginger tea recipe which I will try. Thank you for sharing.

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