The word nausea finds its root in the latin language and it means motion sickness.  Some common causes for nausea, or that feeling of sickness from the center of your stomach, include:

  • Putrid odors
  • Hangover
  • Emotional and or physical stress,
  • Headache
  • Colds/flu
  • Food poisoning
  • Food allergy
  • Indigestion
  • Motion sickness
  • Early pregnancy

In Chinese Medicine, nausea indicates that the stomach energy, which should flow downward, reverses upward causing the sensation of food going back up to your mouth. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help you redirect that energy downward.

Home remedies

Note that if you experience continuous vomiting or unexplained nausea, you should consult your physician or go to the emergency room immediately since vomiting can cause dehydration which will deplete the body of vital electrolytes.

No more Nausea Massage Oil

5 drops of Lavender Essential oil (EO)

2 drops of Peppermint EO

2 drops of Mandarin EO

1 drop of Ginger EO

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.

Massage this oil blend below the sternum (solar plexus area) in counterclockwise direction with your left hand.  You can also rub on hands and inhale slowly and deeply a few times.

No more Nausea Teas

  • Make a ginger tea by slicing fresh ginger into 2-inch long slices and boiling it in a cup of water for 5 minutes.  You can add honey to the mix.
  • Combine 1 teaspoon of Raspberry leaf,  1 tsp of Peppermint herb, 1/2 tsp of Fennel seed (ground), 1/2 teaspoon Anise seed (ground) and 1 tsp of Ginger Honey or plain Honey in a cup of boiling water.  Allow to steep for 5 minutes.  Add honey to taste.  Sip this tea very slowly as you inhale the aroma from the cup.  This tea works wonders on tension as well!
  • Make Cinnamon and Clove tea by adding 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 tsp of ground Cloves to 3 cups of water and boiling for 5 minutes.  This is is particularly effective if you feel a tummy and for the cooler seasons, especially  before bedtime

Other recommendations:

Slowly sip plain sparkling mineral water to settle your stomach and above all continue to listen to your body since the best elixir comes from within!

May you feel better soon!

Yamin Chehin L.ac

References:

“Aromatherapy” by Valerie Gennari

“Secrets of Self-Healing” by Dr Mao Shing Ni