Two people close to me today asked me for a tea to help with nausea. I don’t know if something’s going around and I’m not aware yet, but I can tell you I am an expert on nausea.
It is hands-down the worst feeling in the world. I used to be nauseated for the better part of most of my days for pretty much most of my life—it would wake me up at night and plague me all morning into the afternoon. Ginger ale is great when you’re sick but it’s too sugary to drink as a daily solution, and there are much better ways. Here are my tried and true remedies:
1. Lemon water. Not lemonade, lemon water. A glass of water with 1-3 lemon wedges squeezed and dropped into it. Sip it through a straw and try to get on with your day. More lemon juice is not the answer to a faster recovery, I promise you—while water with lemon can help with nausea, lemon juice is still acidic and too much is too hard on your already sensitive stomach. While this remedy is great any time, if you find yourself using this every day for nausea, you need to see a doctor.
2. Herbal ginger tea. Shout to Teavana for their Zingiber Ginger Rooibos tea which is one of their only affordable ones. Caffeine is not your friend when you’re nauseated, especially if your nausea is caused by anxiety; in addition, you can drink as much as you need if there’s no caffeine AND caffeine dehydrates you which can make you MORE nauseated. Regardless, either grate fresh ginger as an antiemetic or get some ginger loose leaf tea and throw a slice of lemon in there. I would say it’s okay to use green tea, but no—even though it’s low in caffeine it still has more than you want and green tea often increases nausea in some people!
3. Chew ginger root like you would gum. You can feel free to swallow it if you want, but it’s a powerful and sometimes overwhelming spice. Crystallized ginger can help too, but the sugar on it always made me sicker. Then again, I’m wicked sensitive to sugar.
4. Nibble some almonds. It may seem discouraging that I’m telling you to consume things, but trust me on this one. Nuts are easy to digest and the protein can help quickly combat hunger if that’s the root of the problem. My biggest issue with my chronic nausea was that I was frequently hungry but too nauseated to eat anything, which in turn made me hungrier. Almonds, walnuts—we’re not talking by the handful, but nibble them little by little, one at a time.
5. Rest your forehead against the floor. Also known as Child’s Pose to you yogis, my instructor once informed me that this tells the nervous system it’s time to calm down.
6. Lie the fuck down. Whether you’re dizzy, need air, or just plain feeling terrible, if nausea is incapacitating you it’s best to just try to sleep it off. If chronic nausea plagues you and this is your only solace, it’s time to see a doctor.
7. PEPPERMINT. I loathe it so much by by golly, it works. Peppermint stops the spasms in your stomach that cause vomiting and is incredibly soothing.