All-Natural Remedies and Tips to Overcome Motion Sickness

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Ketosis, better known as motion, sea or car sickness, is a condition in which constant movement causes severe nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. Motion sickness is caused by a disruption between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system’s sense of movement. If you are prone to car, sea or motion sickness, there are ways to ease the discomforts associated with kinetosis without resorting to drugs. In today’s post, we are listing down all-natural remedies and tips to overcome motion sickness:

Focus on a Fixed Point

Because motion sickness is caused by a disagreement between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system’s (inner ear) sense of movement, focusing on a static point should help ease dizziness and nausea when travelling. Motion sickness occurs when the inner ear senses the movement but the eyes are focused inside the vehicle. When this happens, the brain thinks you’re not moving, causing motion sickness symptoms. So focus on a stationary spot outside the vehicle. This way, the brain and inner ear will be in sync.

Acupressure

Are you about to lose your lunch because of motion sickness? Acupressure may help ease the discomforts of motion and car sickness. In traditional Chinese medicine, nausea is caused by the disruption of chi within the body. To rectify this, pressure should be applied on a specific spot in the body, called an acupuncture point.

With your thumb, press the inner arm, two inches from the wrist crease. Apply pressure on this point for at least two minutes or until dizziness or nausea subsides.

Ginger

For those who prefer herbal remedies, ginger is traditionally used to ease motion sickness. This herb works by quelling nausea, dizziness and regulating the digestive system. In a study published in the American Journal of Physiology, subjects who took ginger supplements an hour before a simulated amusement park ride, felt less nauseated than those who did not take the supplements. You can either take ginger supplements or ginger tea an hour before your trip.

Breathing Exercises

If you start feeling woozy, take deep, controlled breaths. This technique works to eliminate an upset stomach and minimize dizziness. Breathing exercises can also ease anxiety and stress before and during your trip. Usually, anxiety worsens motion sickness. Start by breathing in from the nostrils then breathing out through the mouth.

Peppermint

Just like ginger, peppermint is traditionally used to quell nausea and dizziness caused by motion sickness. To use peppermint essential oil, add a few drops on a handkerchief. Inhale deeply. To boost its effectiveness, we recommend using peppermint essential oil in conjunction with breathing exercises. Taking peppermint tea an hour before your trip is also a great way to alleviate nausea and dizziness.

Hard Candy

This might not be a traditional remedy for motion sickness, but it works on most people. Just suck on a hard candy of your choice (we love eucalyptus or peppermint hard candies) whenever you feel nauseous or dizzy. The symptoms should fade soon enough.

Get Comfortable

Find the best spot in the car where you experience the least motion sickness. In airplanes, choose a seat near the wing area. This is the most stable point of the aircraft. In a vehicle, seat on passenger’s side. This allows the inner ear and brain to be in sync during your trip. It helps if you ask the driver to avoid hitting the brakes too roughly to avoid motion sickness.


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