Nausea is that "queasy" sensation you get in your stomach that makes you feel as if you are about to vomit. It is a common condition that can be caused by a variety of circumstances and conditions.
Feelings of nausea can be caused by constipation, digestive disorders, food poisoning, gallstones, head injury, migraine headaches, side effects of medication, vertigo and viral infections. Often, circumstances, such as over eating and eating too quickly can cause an upset stomach. Other forms of nausea is morning sickness (which often occurs in women during their early months of pregnancy) and motion sickness (often seen in both children and adults).
The most common cause of nausea is gastroenteritis, also referred to as intestinal flu. Technically this illness is not a flu because it is not caused by the influenza virus. Gastroenteritis is normally caused by a viral infection and is over within forty eight hours.
A change in diet may help. Bananas are good. Avoid coffee and juices, especially citrus drinks. Whole-grain cereals, soups and steamed vegetables are good if they can be eaten. Drinking plenty of fluids - clear liquids, including distilled or bottled water - and munching occasionally on soda crackers may help.
The suggested nutritional supplements listed below can relieve nausea. If, however, you begin suffering severe nausea or prolonged (more than 3 days) nausea for no apparent reason, you need to see your doctor.
1. Acidophilus helps restore bacterial balance in the digestive tract. Take one dose 3 times daily for one week. Follow package label for dosage information.
2. Basil tea is an old English remedy for nausea. Take 1/2 ounce of dry basil plus one cup of boiling water, steeped for 5 minutes and strained. Medical herbalists use basil as an antispasmodic to aid digestion, settle the stomach and to relieve nausea.
3. Cinnamon may help relieve nausea and other intestinal upsets. Take as a tea, drink 3 times a day.
4. Clove tea is a traditional, tasty remedy for nausea. Take 10 cloves in 12 ounces of boiling water, steeped 10 minutes and strained.
5. Fennel seed can help calm the waves of morning sickness that appear on their own particular schedule. Fresh fennel seeds can be kept in a small plastic bag for periodic munching.
6. Ginger relieves the symptoms of nausea in motion sickness, morning sickness and in chemotherapy. Use a standardized brand of ginger extract. Take 250 milligram capsules 30 minutes before traveling and again every 4 hours for motion sickness. Otherwise, take 250 milligram capsule or tablet 3 times daily. Take on an empty stomach. Ginger ale or ginger snaps may work if your symptoms are mild.
7. Goldenseal may suppress nausea associated with intestinal infections by destroying the organisms responsible for the symptoms. Take 125 milligram capsule every 4 hours as needed to calm an upset stomach. Goldenseal may also be taken as a tea.
8. Licorice root tea helps sooth an unsettled stomach. Follow package directions.
9. Peppermint relieves nausea by aiding digestion and reducing intestinal spasms by relaxing muscles in the digestive tract. Drink up to 3 cups of tea daily.
10. Red raspberry leaf tea has long been used by herbalist to be helpful in pregnancy. Physicians in England and Europe prescribe a number of red raspberry leaf tea preparations for uterine irritability, threatened miscarriage and morning sickness. A tea made with 2 teaspoons of dried herb and allowed to steep for 10 to 15 minutes can be taken as needed. Two to four milliliters of tincture can be taken three times daily.
11. Rosemary leaves and twigs calm the digestive tract, particularly when an upset stomach is related to tension and anxiety. A tea made of 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb and allowed to steep for 10 to 15 minutes or 1/2 milliliter of a tincture can be taken 3 times daily.
12. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps relieve nausea. For morning sickness take 10 to 25 milligrams three times daily. For motion sickness take 100 milligrams one hour before the trip followed by 100 milligrams two hours later.
Other traditional tummy settling herbal teas include anise, chamomile, dill, lemon balm, lime flowers and meadowsweet. In addition, these herbs all have many different health benefits.