Motion Sickness Causes and Natural Remedies
Motion sickness - manifested by nausea and vomiting - is caused by a disturbance of the inner ear's balance organ by the movement of a vehicle. It can be aggravated by visual irritation, such as gazing at the swiftly approaching road, an expectancy of feeling sick, a hot, stuffy atmosphere, petrol and other smells, and fear of vomiting in public.
- Churning stomach
- Increased sensitivity to smells
- Desire to vomit or actual vomiting
- Relieved by ceasing, aggravated by continuous motion
Recommendations include whole foods and exercise plus additional relaxation, if necessary, to combat the nerves and dread of traveling that often generate motion sickness. Fresh air and exercise prior to a long journey would help to boost the spirits and produce a healthy tiredness, enhancing the chances of sleep during the trip. Smelling salts combat motion nausea.
Vitamins and Minerals
Ample supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables and their juices will be recommended; a small glass of ginger wine for adults, or organic ginger ale (non-alcoholic) can help keep nausea at bay. Snacks of crystallized ginger, boiled glucose sweets, ginger- or fruit-flavored glucose drinks sipped slowly, are also beneficial.
Specific supplements include calcium and magnesium to calm the nerves, in addition to the usual nutritional supplement advised.
Ginger, fennel and anise seed teas all combat nausea, while lime flower or melissa teas can ease symptoms where there is emotional upset as well. Mint calms the stomach and removes the unpleasant aftertaste of vomiting. Powdered ginger capsules can prevent and treat both motion and morning sickness.
To combat nausea, try essential oil of marjoram, lemon or thyme inhaled from a burner, or added to bathwater or plain massage oil.
- Eat a small, dry meal before traveling.
- Sip glucose drinks or mineral water to avoid dehydration.
- Old-fashioned smelling salts counteract nausea and vomiting.
- Open windows, and arrange regular stops where possible.
- Close your eyes or avoid watching passing traffic or objects.
- Take medicines or natural remedies before traveling.
- Do not give children fizzy drinks to make them vomit while traveling - motion sickness is very distressing and preventive measures are effective.
- Beware of dehydration or potassium loss due to repeated vomiting: children are especially prone to this.