Motion sickness can be more than a little bit irritating. It prevents those afflicted from comfortably riding in cars, trains and amusement park rides. While there might not actually be a cure for this affliction, there are some natural remedies that can ease the accompanying nausea. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger, peppermint, black horehound and acupressure can all ease the symptoms of motion sickness.
Ginger has been used for hundreds of years to help ease nausea. Mother Earth News recommends 2 grams of dried ginger or one 480 mg ginger supplement about half an hour before traveling. The ginger keeps the stomach from becoming inflamed by the condition, and by preventing inflammation it also eases the associated nausea.
The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends a peppermint supplement to combat the nausea caused by motion sickness. They say you can steep peppermint leaves for five to 10 minutes in hot water. You can also chew on a couple of leaves during your travel or in instances when motion sickness can arise.
Black horehound is in the same family as mint. Prevention.com states that black horehound is “frequently combined with meadowsweet, chamomile or ginger for relief of nausea.” It is usually steeped for 10 to 15 minutes in hot water as a tea to take one cup three times per day. It can be taken as a tincture, as well, three times per day.
Acupressure and acupuncture involving the pressure points has been around for centuries. Both can help with motion sickness, though, acupressure is more convenient for traveling. To locate the pressure point, start at the center of the wrist on the underside, move two thumbnails width (or 2 inches) down. AuroraHealthCare.org’s article, “Acupressure/Finger Acupuncture Techniques for Motion Sickness and Nausea,” says to “Use the thumb to firmly press down and massage the point using a circular motion.” The pressure point can be massaged for up to five minutes as often as necessary.