This amazing post was written by Caitlin Iles, a Holistic Culinary Nutritionist and Yoga teacher who focuses on healing the body through the latest nutrition research and time-tested, evolution-based dietary concepts. She shares recipes and inspiration at www.caitliniles.ca or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram
We’ve all been there before: clammy skin, a roiling tummy, and the dreaded vertigo that accompanies nausea. When it comes to minor ailments, is there anything more debilitating than getting hit with intense nausea? It prevents us from working, playing, and eating our delicious and nourishing food, which is no bueno in my books!
I’m sure you’re well aware that ginger is a powerhouse when it comes to combatting nausea, but did you know there are several other powerful and safe herbal remedies you can keep in your medicine cabinet to settle your tummy and get you back to health, quick? Check out my list below and always make sure to consult with a qualified health care professional before incorporating herbal medicines into your routine.
How to Take Them:
For most of these herbal remedies you can rely on a delicious infusion or create a decoction.
An infusion is when you let the herb steep, covered, in boiled water for 5-10 minutes. This mode of preparation is often done with delicate plant parts such as the leaves and flowers because it is easier to extract the beneficial compounds from the plant. I like to cover my teas as they steep to prevent the volatile oils from escaping. These oils are often where the magic of herbal remedies live!
A decoction is typically used with more hardy parts of the plant such as seeds and roots as they require a bit more time and effort to extract all the herbal goodness. To make a decoction place your herb in a saucepan with water, bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Again I like to keep it covered to prevent the medicine from evaporating!
This soothing flower is widely known for its calming effects on the mind, but did you know it is also great for tummy troubles including IBS symptoms, ulcers, diarrhea, nausea, and gassiness? It has an incredibly mild and slightly sweet flavour which makes it a great introduction to the world of herbal medicine. My favorite way to take it is as an infusion. Bring water to a boil and then pour over the flowers in a glass jar or mug. Cover and let steep 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy before meals or whenever you need to soothe your belly.
An easily found and often used culinary herb, fennel can be incredibly helpful for soothing not only nausea, but also digestive spasms, tummy complaints, and gassiness. Fennel works best as a decoction. I like to add 1 tbsp. fennel seeds to 1L of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain out the seeds and drink a cup before meals to help with digestion or as needed for nausea. You can also combine it with ginger and peppermint for an extra strong tummy taming drink!
This beautifully floral herb can be used in so many ways and helping soothe nausea is just one of its fabulous benefits. A potent relaxant, lavender can be used topically or internally to help counteract your nausea. I like to combine a ¼ tsp. of lavender blossoms with 1 tsp. peppermint, and a pinch each of rosemary, sage, & nettle to create a healing and soothing evening tisane.
This herb has a slightly sweet, lemony flavour and is part of the mint family. It has many similar health benefits as peppermint, which you can see below. However, it is also beneficial for helping alleviate stress and anxiety, which can have a tremendous impact on digestive health and function. Your brain is intimately linked to your digestive system and so when you’re feeling stressed out or nervous it can cause discomfort and even nausea in the digestive system. This herb is a great option if you find you get tummy aches or if you tend to lose your appetite due to stress. It makes a great infusion, but also comes as a tincture for more potent affects.
This herb is one of my all time favourites and I try to drink at least one cup of peppermint tea per day. Not only is it great for helping with nausea, it’s also been shown to aid in alleviating symptoms of IBS, activates digestion to help get our digestive enzymes flowing, soothes stomach irritation & inflammation, and has anti-bacterial health benefits. For nausea try taking it as a tea infusion, inhaling the essential oil, or consuming the capsulated extract if you want a more powerful punch!
Though not a commonly talked about herb in the health food world, white horehound can help you ward off nausea. It’s especially beneficial if your nausea comes accompanied by any sort of respiratory infection or illness. It can help your body rid the lungs of excessive phlegm or mucus associated with colds, asthma, pneumonia, or bronchitis. Try drinking an herbal infusion 3-4 times/day when ill.
Well friend, these are some of my favourite anti-nausea herbal remedies, which can be easily found at most health food stores. I like to keep a few different types on hand so that I can find the herb that best suits my current needs. What type of remedies do you use to combat nausea? Let me know below! Have a beautiful day!
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