Table of Contents
- Essential Oils for Nausea & Upset Stomach
- Essential oils that help with Nausea
- 5 Essential Oil Based Remedies for Nausea
- Other (non-essential oil) Tips & Remedies for Nausea & Upset Stomach
Essential Oils for Nausea & Upset Stomach
Nausea is a common and uncomfortable complaint.
Luckily essential oils can help your nausea, no matter the cause.
Stomach Virus, food poisoning, cramps, abdominal pain, stomach flu… All conditions that can bring on nausea.
It can start as slight queasiness and progress to full-on sickness or vomiting.
Nausea can show up for a variety of reasons, including:
- Motion sickness
- Viral infection
- Digestive problems
- Food poisoning
- Putrid smells
- Distressing circumstances
- Drinking too much
- Early pregnancy
I’d typically start the article with more detailed info on the causes of nausea and some preventative measures.
But today I’ll get right into the remedies, as nausea can be a bit of a pressing issue!
Essential oils that help with Nausea
Before I get into specific recipes here’s a quick list of essential oils that are known to help people with the symptoms of nausea.
- Roman chamomile
- Star anise
- Black pepper
5 Essential Oil Based Remedies for Nausea
1.) Simple Inhalation for Calming Nausea
Simply inhale and enjoy.
Alternatively, you could use an essential oil diffuser and vaporize these oils inside the room you’re staying in.
2.) Gentle Solar Plexus / Abdomen Massage Blend
This nausea massage blend is especially suited for nausea that’s accompanied by indigestion.
- 4 drops ginger
- 4 drops lavender
- 3 drops peppermint
- 5 tsp carrier oil (argan, coconut, sesame, sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed, macadamia)
- Combine carrier oil with essential oils in a small non-reactive bowl
- Using the mixture gently massage the solar plexus and/or the abdomen in a clockwise direction
3.) Simple Inhaler Blend
- 5 drops bergamot
- 5 drops cardamom
- 5 drops grapefruit
- 5 drops spearmint
- 3 drops geranium
- A pocket sized inhaler for essential oils
- Combine essential oils in a non-reactive bowl
- Place the wick of your inhaler into the bowl and allow it to absorb the entire amount
- Place the wick back in your inhaler and screw the cap back on tightly
- Inhale when necessary
4.) Simple Soothing Drink
- 1 drop peppermint
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 cup warm water
- Combine ingredients
- Sup slowly
- Repeat as needed
5.) Soothing Ginger Steam-Inhalation
- 1-2 drops ginger essential oil
- 1 medium-large sized bowl of hot, steaming water
- 1 full sized towel
- Fill your bowl with hot, boiling water
- Add your ginger essential oil to the water
- Cover your head with a towel and place your head over the steaming bowl of water. Be sure to keep your eyes closed and that the towel covers both you and the bowl completely
- Inhale for 5 minutes or so, repeat if desired
Other (non-essential oil) Tips & Remedies for Nausea & Upset Stomach
Essential oils provide an effective treatment for nausea, but there are some other great natural remedies that you could use as well.
Sip some Tea
Ginger is great at stopping nausea. It promotes neutralize stomach acid by increasing digestive secretions. It relaxes the stomach muscles and sedates an overactive stomach. It also helps move foods and toxins through your system faster.
You can buy ginger tea bags, or steep your own fresh ginger.
Simple directions for fresh ginger root tea:
- Wash your ginger root
- Slice it into pieces
- Add to your empty tea mug
- Boil water, pour over fresh cut ginger
- Let steep for 5+ minutes
- Either strain or just drink with ginger chunks (I use a yerba mate bombilla.)
- Oh, and add some honey if you’d like.
Additional Teas for nausea:
Use fresh if you have any of these growing in your garden!
Aloe Vera Liquid
Some of my readers have suggested drinking aloe vera juice for nausea and upset stomach for it’s soothing capabilities.
Taking a spoonful of coconut oil can be very soothing to the stomach. It’s also great to add into your tea. Coconut water can be beneficial as well.
A Warm Epsom Salt Bath
A warm bath with epsom salts can relax and soothe your nerves while calming nausea symptoms. You’ll also be close to the toilet just in case!
I prefer lavender epsom salts. You can also add a drop or two of the recommended essential oils from above.
Oh and make sure the bath water isn’t too hot! That could make your nausea even worse.
Purge if you need to
If you can’t shake your nauseousness and you really feel like you need to vomit, just allow your body to purge.
Fighting it can be detrimental. Your body believes that it needs to get something out of it that’s causing harm to your stomach or nervous system. Sometimes it’s best to just go with your bodies perceived needs. You will likely feel better afterwards if you do. Holding it in when you have stomach acid coming up your esophagus is a no no.
Stretch your body Out
Try doing some simple neck and back stretches to release tension. This can help ease your queasiness. In fact, upper back and neck pains can create bouts of nausea.
Apply a Cold Compress
Another method to help kick your desire to puke is to apply a cold compress. Just don’t make it too cold.
You can use an ice pack, a washcloth that’s been dunked in cold water or a store-bought cold compress. Whatever you use just drape it around your neck until you feel better.
Get some air flow
If you’re in a stuffy house it’s sometimes best to move outside.
Fresh air really does help the body calm down. Especially if it’s blowing. If it’s windy, great, head outside. If its not you can use a fan and aim it to blow gently across your face. Have it oscillating if possible.
Stepping outside into fresh air is sometimes all the remedy you need for nausea. Another way to help calm your body down is get air flowing over you.
Hopefully this post has been helpful for you.
If you have any questions, comments or recommendations of your own please let us know in the comments section below!