20 Effective Nausea Remedies

Medically Reviewed By Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
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There are a lot of causes for nausea, such as motion sickness, hangovers, stomach bugs, migraines, chemotherapy, and morning sickness. No matter what is making you queasy at the moment, you will need a nausea remedy you can depend on to work fast.

These home remedies can help. However, keep in mind you should always reach out to your doctor if your nausea will not go away, you are not able to eat, or you cannot stop vomiting.

Keep reading to find out more about nausea remedies.

1. Apples

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Apples are packed with fiber that helps your body get rid of toxins. These toxins may cause nausea. The fiber also slows down digestion, which could help soothe your stomach. Be careful not to overload on fiber, because too much could make you more nauseated. Stick to just one whole apple, 8 ounces (oz) of apple juice, or a cup of applesauce.

One 2021 clinical trial focused on people who were experiencing nausea due to chemotherapy. The group that consumed apple syrup experienced less nausea than the group that did not.

2. Baking soda

Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, changes the pH of your stomach to help fight nausea, making it less acidic. It is a traditional but uncommon remedy for upset stomach and nausea.

Add a half teaspoon of baking soda to 8 oz of warm water, stir, and drink. Do not add too much baking soda to the water, as baking soda can be toxic if the dosage is too high.

Learn more about baking soda here.

3. Ginger

Ginger ale is a classic nausea remedy, but it only works if your soda contains real ginger.

A 2016 review looked at the anti-nausea properties of ginger. The review found it to have improvements in people who commonly experience nausea, such as pregnant people or those undergoing chemotherapy.

Opt for natural ginger in the form of fresh ginger root, ginger tea, ginger candies, and powdered ginger.

Learn more about morning sickness in pregnancy here.

4. Staying hydrated

If you are having stomach troubles, staying hydrated can help replace any fluids you lose through vomiting and diarrhea. Take small sips of soothing teas or carbonated drinks. However, it is best to skip the carbonation if you are experiencing bloating.

You may also want to try sipping a sports drink like Gatorade for extra electrolytes, but keep in mind that the extra sugar could upset your stomach. Diluted juice is another good option because it provides more water and less sugar.

Avoid caffeinated sports drinks or “energy” drinks.

5. Lemons

Lemons and lemon water can also help relieve nausea.

The neutralizing acids in lemon create bicarbonate compounds in your stomach, which help soothe an upset stomach.

Simply mix lemon juice with a pinch of salt in a glass of warm water and sip. The tangy flavor also distracts your brain from feelings of nausea. If you cannot stomach lemon in your drink, sniffing a lemon may work.

6. Meditation

Nausea may be due to — or be made worse by — stress.

Trying a relaxation technique like meditation can help relax your stomach and diaphragm. Focusing on your breath during meditation may also keep your mind off your tummy troubles. Take long breaths and put your attention on the feeling of air flowing in and out of your nose.

You can even use imagery to help block nausea by imagining you are in a relaxing place, such as your favorite vacation spot.

7. Peppermint

Peppermint is a popular home remedy for nausea and has been scientifically proven to help soothe an upset stomach. The menthol in peppermint is the active ingredient that helps relax the stomach to calm cramping and nausea. Try drinking peppermint tea or sniffing peppermint essential oil.

One 2021 study found that just the scent of peppermint oil applied to the nose three times per day can help cure nausea.

8. Rest

Trying to power through a bout of nausea can make it worse and last longer. Give your body some downtime to let your stomach settle.

Sometimes it takes a few days for a stomach virus or food poisoning to pass through your digestive system. If you are feeling sick to your stomach, resting and avoiding stressful or busy activities can help you to recover.

Resting after each meal can also aid digestion to decrease nausea.

9. Saltine crackers

Bland, easy-to-digest foods like saltine crackers are a good food option if you have nausea. They move easily through the stomach without upsetting it any further. Any similar dry, salty food can be beneficial to reduce feelings of nausea.

Remember that it is easier on your stomach if you eat small portions throughout the day. If you do not have any crackers on hand, you can try other simple foods like bananas, applesauce, rice, or toast.

10. Sitting up straight

If you are feeling nauseated, you may want to lay down for comfort. However, this actually makes your symptoms worse. Lying flat on your back can cause stomach acid to come up while sitting upright keeps stomach contents lower in your belly.

Sitting up is ideal, but if you have to lie down, prop your torso up on some pillows. Experts also suggest that lying on your left side can soothe an upset stomach faster.

11. Small, slow meals

If you are experiencing nausea, do not overwhelm your stomach with too much, too soon. Start with small, simple meals and eat slowly.

Too much food can cause your stomach to stretch, bloat, and move around, which might kick your nausea into high gear again. Even if you feel up for eating, wait and see how the food settles before digging in for more.

Try not to skip meals when you have nausea.

12. Avoid spicy, fatty foods

Avoid spicy, fatty, and greasy meals. These can further upset your stomach and can be harder to digest. When you feel nauseated, your stomach needs foods it can digest.

Avoid dairy, fried, overly sweet, very spicy, or strong-tasting foods. Stick to bland foods such as crackers, toast, and plenty of liquids.

13. Loose clothing

If you feel nauseated, wearing tight clothes can compress your stomach and make it worse. Tighter clothing may also make you feel warmer, especially if you are in a warm environment, which can also worsen nausea. Looser clothes can help relieve nausea and stress for this reason.

Opt for loose-fitting clothing that makes you feel as comfortable as possible.

14. Fresh air

Taking deep breaths in some fresh air can help relieve nausea. Often, being in a closed or stuffy environment makes nausea worse.

Try opening a window or taking a gentle stroll outside as you feel able. A change in environment may also help distract you from nausea. Make sure to move and breathe slowly.

15. Popsicles

Try sucking on popsicles if you are experiencing nausea. Any hard or gelatin-based sweet can release flavors into your mouth that can help relieve nausea.

For example, you could try mint or lemon-flavored candies. However, avoid tart sweets if you have mouth sores as well as nausea.

16. Distraction

Focusing solely on nausea can make it worse and make you feel more stressed. Try distracting yourself with gentle, healthy activities that make you feel good while taking your mind off your nausea.

For example, you could try:

  • listening to gentle music
  • watching your favorite TV program
  • being with other people

17. Ice chips

If your nausea is making it hard to drink fluids, or you have started to vomit as well, make sure you are still staying as hydrated as possible. One way to do this is by letting ice chips slowly melt in your mouth. This can be easier on your stomach and can also help you feel fresher due to the cold temperature.

You can also use frozen juice chips if you would like more flavor.

18. Avoiding strong food smells

Some people find that cooking food or smelling food makes their nausea worse. If you can ask someone else to prepare the food for you, this may help.

If this is not possible, try using prepared foods from the freezer, or preparing cold or room temperature foods.

19. Acupressure

You can try acupressure to relieve nausea. This involves applying pressure to certain parts of your body. It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine.

One example of a pressure point that you can press to help relieve nausea is pressure point P-6 (Neiguan). This is located on your wrist just below the palm of your hand. You can use three fingers or your thumb on the opposite hand to locate two tendons in this area. Pressing gently here could help to relieve nausea.

Acupressure plays a key role in the effectiveness of a wristband people often use during pregnancy or on boats to reduce nausea. This is called a sea band.

One 2020 trial with 75 pregnant people found the sea band was effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in pregnancy after wearing it for at least 3 days.

20. Talk with a doctor

The most important thing you can do if you are experiencing nausea is to talk with a doctor. If you do not know why you are experiencing nausea, a doctor can help you identify causes and recommend treatment.

If you are experiencing nausea due to a certain treatment or situation in your life, a professional can support you in the best way possible by recommending treatment additions or changes. These may involve medications or other strategies, such as therapy.

Summary

Remedies for nausea include staying hydrated, sitting up straight, and trying certain foods like lemon and ginger. You should also avoid certain types of food, such as overly fatty or spicy foods. These can make your nausea worse.

Other strategies, such as getting fresh air and trying meditation or distraction techniques can also help relieve nausea.

You should also seek medical advice if your nausea lasts more than a couple of days or you find you cannot keep any liquids down.

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Medical Reviewer: Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
Last Review Date: 2022 Apr 27
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