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How to Fight Motion Sickness

Some people have tendency to have motion sickness. If you are one of them, here are natural ways to fight motion sickness.

Ginger Brew

Ginger  is one of the more popular natural remedies for motion sickness. It has been used for centuries in cooking and medicinally. The Food and Drug Administration classifies ginger as “generally recognized as safe”. For example, one study involving 1,489 people on a ship compared ginger to medications and found that ginger was as effective as the medications for motion sickness.

If you are going to travel in the morning, drink a cup of ginger brew instead of coffee. Do not drink coffee because it will stimulate your stomach. To make the brew, cut a few slices of fresh ginger root, put hot water and drink while hot. Top it up with very little water.

Avoid too much Liquid or Food

Before traveling, avoid drinking too much liquid to prevent being nauseated. Avoid drinking liquid while on the road. If you need liquid, drink a little cola just to quench thirst.

Do not travel on empty stomach but do not eat to the full. As much as possible, eat very little, just enough not to go hungry.

Soda Crackers

Make soda crackers a part of your meal prior to travel. Crackers help to stop the liquid in your stomach from going to your mouth. Each time you feel nauseated, eat some soda crackers.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, pressing on an acupuncture point called “pericardium 6” may relieve nausea and motion sickness. The point is located on the inside of the forearm, about two inches above the crease of the wrist. A person can press on the point using the index finger of the opposite hand.

Alternatively, acupressure wrist bands, often marketed as “sea bands”, stimulate the point. The bands are worn on the forearm. They have a plastic button or bead that puts pressure on the p6 point. The person wearing the band can also press on the bead for additional stimulation. Acupressure bands cost less than $10 for a pair and can be found online or in some health food stores.

Avoid Tight Clothing

If you are wearing a tight belt or clothing, it helps to loosen the part on your waistline. Too much pressure on the waistline stimulates nausea.