Nausea is one of the most common pains your body can feel. It that can start as slight queasiness and advance to full-blown vomiting and can result from motion sickness, over or undereating, food poisoning, anxiety, digestive problems, migraines, pregnancy or infection, to name a few. Many essential oils help with nausea; here are five:
Essential oils are extremely concentrated forms of very healthy and beneficial herbs and fruits.
Fennel oil keeps the stomach working properly, and maintains the normal function of all the secretions of digestive acids and bile. Furthermore, it protects the stomach from infections and ulcers, thus ensuring the all around health and wellness of the stomach.
A scientific review evaluated the efficacy of essential oils to reduce stress and nausea after surgical procedures. When ginger essential oil was inhaled, it was more effective in reducing nausea than other nausea-reducing medications after surgery.
Lavender, chamomile, and peppermint oils are also known to be relaxants for the stomach and are excellent antiseptics if your nausea is caused by an infection.
5 Essential Oil Remedies for Nausea
Essential oils are very highly concentrated and potent and it is important to always check the specific safety data provided. Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. For external use only. Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye, wash out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water.
Some oils may cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. It is recommended to perform a patch test before use. To patch test, place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.
We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils except while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner.
#1 Simple Inhaler Blend
- Small inhaler for essential oils
- 3 drops fennel
- 5 drops chamomile
- 5 drops grapefruit
- 5 drops peppermint
- Mix essential oils in a non-reactive dish
- Position the wick of your inhaler into the bowl and allow it to absorb the entire amount
- Place the wick back in your inhaler and screw the cap back on firmly
- Inhale when needed
#2 Simple Inhalation
- Apple 2-4 drops of lavender oil to a tissue, on your hands or in a paper bag.
- You could also use a diffuser and vaporize these oils inside your room.
#3 Simple Soothing Drink
From Healthy Holistic Living: We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils except while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 drop of peppermint oil
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- Combine ingredients
- Sip slowly
- Repeat as needed
#4 Massage Blend
The massage blend is particularly appropriate for nausea supplemented with indigestion.
- 5 teaspoons carrier oil (almond, argan, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, macadamia, or sesame)
- 4 drops lavender
- 4 drops ginger
- 3 drops peppermint
- Combine carrier oil with essential oils in a non-reactive dish
- Using the combination, carefully rub the solar plexus and the abdomen in a gentle, clockwise motion
#5 Soothing Ginger Steam-Inhalation
- 1-2 drops ginger essential oil
- 1 full sized towel
- 1 medium-large sized bowl of hot, steaming water
- Fill your bowl with hot, boiling water
- Add your ginger essential oil to the water
- Cover your head with a towel and place your head over the steaming water. Keep your eyes closed and make sure the towel covers both you and the bowl completely
- Inhale for 5 minutes or so, repeat when needed
Alternatives Remedies For An Upset Stomach
Essential oils provide an efficient treatment for nausea, but there are some other great natural remedies that you could use as well. You can sip some ginger tea as it relaxes muscles and sedates an overactive stomach. It also neutralizes stomach acid by increasing digestive secretions and helps food move through your
Fresh Ginger Root Tea
- Wash your ginger root
- Slice it into pieces
- Add to your empty tea mug
- Boil water, pour over fresh cut ginger
- Let steep for 5+ minutes
- Either strain or just drink with ginger chunks, and sweeten with raw honey
Some other teas for nausea include chamomile, peppermint, spearmint and lemon balm. These are best used fresh. Take a tablespoonful of either Aloe Vera liquid or coconut oil and add it to your tea. Aloe Vera liquid has soothing capabilities, as well as coconut oil as it also relieves the stomach.
A technique to help overcome your need to vomit is to apply a cold compress. Just don’t make it too cold. Use an ice pack or a washcloth that’s been submerged in cold water or a store-bought cold compress. Wrap it around your neck until your nausea subsides.
Fighting the urge to purge can be very unhealthy. Your body may be trying to get something out of you that’s causing you harm. Sometimes it’s best to listen to the signs your body is giving you. Trying to keep it down when you have stomach acid coming up your esophagus is very dangerous.
A warm bath with Epsom salts can relax and soothe your nerves while calming nausea symptoms. You can also add a drop or two of the recommended essential oils from above. Make sure the bath water isn’t too hot, as that could make your nausea even worse.
If you or someone you know is suffering from nausea, have them try some of these methods to eliminate nausea before reach for pills.
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