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8 Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Nausea

Ever been hit by that wave of nausea that leaves you feeling like you're on a rollercoaster you didn't sign up for? We've all been there.

As someone with endometriosis, I experience nausea on a pretty regular basis. So I was curious to see what other ways (besides my trusty can of Ginger Ale) could help mitigate this yucky feeling and help me feel better quicker.

In this article, we'll explore the causes of nausea, share some effective remedies, and help you decide when it's time to seek professional advice for dealing with nausea.

What is Nausea?

Most of us have felt nausea, but let’s make sure we really understand what it is before diving in to the remedies. Nausea is that unwelcome feeling in your stomach, often accompanied by the urge to vomit. It is often described as a queasy, uneasy feeling in the stomach, throat, or chest, accompanied by a strong urge to expel the contents of the stomach.

It's like your body's way of signaling, "Houston, we have a problem."

Common Causes of Nausea

Sometimes, it seems like nausea comes and goes with no rhyme or reason. But generally, there is a cause. Pay attention to these causes and what your body is telling you. Understanding what causes your nausea can help you avoid it in the future.

Motion Sickness

Think car rides, plane journeys, or even a swing at the park. Motion sickness is a frequent culprit behind that unsettling feeling in your stomach. It's basically your body getting mixed signals about movement.

Dietary Choices

Spicy food, overeating, or facing the world on an empty stomach – all these can trigger nausea. It's like your digestive system giving you a gentle nudge, saying, "Maybe reconsider that last meal."

If you think food may be causing your nausea, start keeping a food journal and take note any time you feel nauseous.

For me, sugar and highly processed foods often cause me to feel nauseated. So, as much as I love Swiss Rolls and potato chips, I know they don’t make me feel great and avoid them if I don’t want to feel sick.

Infections and Illnesses

Viruses and bacteria are like uninvited guests wreaking havoc in your system. The result? Inflammation and irritation that can make you feel queasy. It's your body's way of saying, "We're under attack!"

If you come down with the flu or a bug that is causing queasiness, take the time to relax and let your body recuperate. And check out the remedies below to help ease the quease in the meantime.


The irony of feeling nauseous because of medicine meant to help! Some medications have nausea as a side effect. If you suspect your meds are causing the discomfort, it's worth a chat with your healthcare provider.


Expecting a little one? Nausea, often known as morning sickness, might be your companion during the early stages of pregnancy. It's like a not-so-welcome announcement of the miracle brewing inside.

8 Ways to Treat Nausea

Now, let's talk solutions – how to calm the storm brewing in your stomach.

1. Ginger – Your Digestive Ally

Ginger has been a trusted remedy for centuries. Whether in the form of ginger tea, candies, or ginger ale, it's like a soothing balm for your upset stomach. If you do find that sugar exasperates your nausea, opt for tea instead of soda or candies.

2. Peppermint – A Refreshing Relief

Peppermint has a calming effect on stomach muscles. Sip on peppermint tea or pop a peppermint candy or gum for a refreshing remedy without the need for sailor tricks.

3. Hydration – Quench the Queasiness

Dehydration can worsen nausea, so sip on water, clear broths, or electrolyte-rich drinks. It's like giving your stomach a refreshing splash.

4. Acupressure – Pressure Points Magic

Acupressure wristbands apply pressure to specific points that can help alleviate nausea. It's like finding your way through the discomfort with a secret handshake.

5. Slow and Steady – Mindful Eating

Eating too fast or indulging in large meals can upset your stomach's equilibrium. If you feel nauseous every time you eat, try opting for smaller, more frequent meals, and take your time to savor each bite. Your stomach will appreciate the gentle approach.

6. Aromatherapy – Scents for Soothing

Believe it or not, certain scents can work wonders in calming nausea. Try inhaling the aroma of peppermint, lemon, or ginger essential oils. It's like creating a fragrant shield against queasiness.

7. Crackers and Toast – The Bland Heroes

When your stomach is in turmoil, bland foods like crackers or toast can be your allies. They're gentle on the stomach and can help absorb excess stomach acid. Think BRAT—bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.

8. Cold Compress – Cooling the Storm

Applying a cold compress to your forehead or the back of your neck can provide a soothing sensation, much like a cool breeze on a hot day.

When to Seek Professional Help

While we've covered a treasure trove of DIY remedies, there are instances when consulting a healthcare professional becomes not just a wise choice but a crucial one.

Persistent Nausea

If your nausea persists for an extended period, refusing to be swayed by your home remedies, it's time to raise the medical flag. Chronic nausea could be an indication of an underlying health issue that requires professional attention.

This is one of the symptoms that led me to my endometriosis diagnosis.

Severe Symptoms

When the queasiness transforms into an all-out storm, marked by severe abdominal pain, continuous vomiting, or an inability to keep any food or liquids down, it's a clear signal to head to the shores of the doctor's office. These severe symptoms may be indicative of a more serious condition that needs prompt evaluation.

Dehydration Dangers

Nausea often comes with its unwelcome companion – dehydration. If you find it challenging to keep fluids down, experience excessive thirst, dark urine, or feel lightheaded, it's time to seek medical intervention. Dehydration can escalate quickly and requires professional management.

Fever and Chills

Nausea accompanied by fever and chills is a red flag. It could suggest an infectious process that needs medical investigation. In such cases, a healthcare provider can identify the root cause and prescribe appropriate treatment to address both the nausea and the underlying issue.

New or Worsening Symptoms

If your nausea is accompanied by new or worsening symptoms, such as unexplained weight loss, changes in bowel habits, or the presence of blood in vomit, it's crucial to consult a healthcare professional promptly. These signs may indicate a more complex medical condition that requires thorough evaluation.

Pregnancy Concerns

While morning sickness is a common part of early pregnancy, excessive and persistent nausea can sometimes be a cause for concern. If you're pregnant and experiencing severe nausea that interferes with your daily life or results in dehydration, it's advisable to consult with your obstetrician to ensure both your well-being and that of your growing baby.

In all these scenarios, trust your instincts. If something feels off, it's better to seek professional advice sooner rather than later. Healthcare providers are your navigators in the sea of symptoms, equipped with the knowledge and tools to help you through even the worst of health concerns. Don't hesitate to reach out – it's a proactive step toward smoother waters and better well-being.

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And there you have it – a comprehensive guide to navigate through the turbulent waters of nausea. With ginger, peppermint, hydration, a mindful approach to eating, aromatherapy, and more in your toolkit, you'll be better equipped to sail through those queasy moments. If the waters get too rough, remember there's no shame in seeking the advice of a healthcare professional. Here's to smooth sailing on your journey to relief!

About the author

Kaili Killpack

Hey everyone! I'm Kaili, the founder of Happy Healthy Things. My husband and I are always looking for ways to improve our health and I wanted to share some things that worked for us along the way. I know that every health journey is different, so I started this website for myself and others to share their experiences and inspire you! 

I am a professional writer and digital marketing specialist by day and blogger extraordinaire by night. I love spending time with my family, traveling, and trying new things. I also love my couch and Netflix, so finding a balance between work/home life and adding fitness into the mix has been my greatest challenge.