Both adults and children experience nausea and vomiting at least a few times a year as we are eating out more and more now, especially high fat greasy foods. Vomiting is a reflex action in which our body tries to get rid of undigested material. I have traveling sickness, and if I eat anything greasy when I am traveling, I always tend to vomit. When we are vomiting, we should make sure to keep ourselves hydrated. I wanted to share some of the home remedies that has been proven to be effective for both adults and children.
What Causes Vomiting?
Here are some of the common reasons for vomiting. Generally motion sickness, overeating and food poisoning are the most common reasons for vomiting in children. But in adults, it can be a symptom of an underlying illness too. If vomiting persists accompanied by feeling extremely tiredness, high fever or dizziness, consult a doctor immediately. Here are the most common and uncommon reasons for vomiting…
Early stages of pregnancy
Due to certain diseases like cancer, tumor and heart attack.
As a reaction to certain smells.
Consuming toxic foods
10 Top Home Remedies To Prevent Vomiting:
In my personal experience, I find that doing these remedies when I start feeling nauseous itself greatly prevents vomiting. If you have traveling sickness, prepare yourself before hand and carry few things with you like dried amla, jeera water, tamarind candy, etc. These remedies can be used for young children too. When you’re feeling nauseous, don’t consume greasy foods or foods that are very difficult to digest, this will worsen the problem. All the remedies given below are good for treating indigestion, nausea and vomiting both in children and adults.
1. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds are an amazing home remedy for vomiting because it treats both indigestion and stops vomiting at the same time. To use fennel seeds, take a teaspoon of fennel seeds in a pan. Now dry roast in low to medium flame colour changes colour and a nice aroma wafts. Let cool completely and store in an airtight box. Chew quarter teaspoon of these seeds to stop vomiting.
2. Ginger Tea
To make ginger tea, pound small piece of dry ginger and coriander seats in mortar and pestle. Now take the pounded mixture along with required amount of jaggery and a cup of water in a pan. Boil for a few minutes, strain and drink. For children, reduce the amount of ginger.
3. Jeera Water
Jeera water not only treats indigestion but also helps stop vomiting too. To make Jeera water, take quarter teaspoon of cumin seeds in a bowl. Add a cup of water and boil till it reduces to half cup and then strain. Drink a cup of this to get good relief from vomiting. Jeera water is good for both adults and kids.
4. Mint Tea:
Menthol present in mint is a good home remedy for treating both nausea and vomiting. For me, the smell of mint treat nausea instantly. both smelling the fresh leaves and consuming mint tea helps. To make mint tea, take a handful of mint leaves in a bowl. Add in the cup of hot water to it and step for a few minutes, strain and drink.
5. Flavored Water
Flavored water also is an amazing home remedy for treating both vomiting and nausea. To make flavored water, take a little of boiled and cooled water in a bowl. Now take your favorite fruits, slice then mama thinly and then add to the water. Let them steep for a few minutes and then drink. Fresh fruits flavor the water really well, I love to eat cucumber slices, orange, lemon and cut strawberries.
6. Dried Or Fresh Amla
Consuming fresh amla and dried amla will help stop vomiting. At home, I cut amla into small pieces, mix it with salt sun dry and then store in an airtight box. Chewing on dried amla when I’m traveling greatly helps prevent nausea and vomiting. If you don’t want to make your own dried amla, you can also buy it from the shops too. Even amla murabba and amla soaked in honey also will help treat nausea and vomiting.
Surprisingly aromatherapy can help a lot of people who suffer from nausea and vomiting often. For me, inhaling scents like lavender, eucalyptus, rose peppermint greatly helps. you can either add few drops to a diffuser or if you are traveling, add few drops to your handkerchief and keep inhaling the scent.
8. Orange Juice
Like with all citrus juices, orange juice is also very effective for vomiting. try to consume a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice. Sometimes when I’m traveling, if I am feeling very nauseous, I stop by to get a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice without any added sugar and it greatly helps.
I know this remedy will surprise many of you but tamarind greatly helps treat nausea and vomiting. I take a small piece of ripe tamarind and suck on it. Nowadays we get tamarind candy in the markets. They help with both traveling related sickness and and also indigestion related vomiting. Tamarind candy is especially a good remedy for children.
10. Lemon Tea:
I love lemon tea and always prefer to drink it while traveling than tea made with milk. To make lemon tea, take a cup of water in a bowl. Add in quarter teaspoon of black tea, boil for a few minutes and strain. Now add few drops of lemon juice and honey to taste. Your lemon tea is ready! You can make the lemon tea with green tea leaves too. For children, instead of lemon tea, give then lemon juice sweetened with raw honey.
Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Vomiting:
When to seek medical help for vomiting?
In spite of using the above home remedies, if the vomiting continues for more than a day then it is best to seek medical help. Also people who experience frequent vomiting episodes along with drastic weight loss should seek medical help.
When to seek emergency help immediately for vomiting?
If the vomiting is accompanied by severe chest pain, dizziness, very high fever, blurred vision, severe stomach cramps or very severe headache, it is best to seek medical help immediately.
What to eat after vomiting to feel better?
Suppose if you have already vomited, try not to consume foods that will irritate your stomach. Instead drink just plain water often to prevent dehydration. Eat only if you feel hungry and get plenty of rest. At home, we usually make rice porridge by boiling broken rice along with water and salt in a pressure cooker. This is very very soothing on the stomach help reduce chest burning which usually happens after vomiting. I would also suggest drinking a cup of either chamomile tea or a cup of carom seed water. Both will help relax the stomach muscles.
How to sleep after vomiting?
After vomiting do not go to sleep immediately. Drink a cup of relaxing tea like chamomile tea, wait for sometime for the stomach to settle down and then go to bed. While lying down, sleep on your side with your head elevated than your feet.