14 Possible Cures For Motion Sickness While Travelling

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How often do you find yourself feel dizzy and nauseous when you are inside the car and the car is in motion? Probably a number of times, right? Acute or chronic, motion sickness can end up making you feel very uncomfortable and uneasy, both feelings you never want to experience in your life.

Motion sickness is believed to be associated with one’s ear functions and the constant ringing that one feels when the vehicle or the mode of transportation is in motion. It is preferably the disturbance created in the inner ear that causes the problem.

If you have been in such situations, don’t worry because we have culminated a list of effective remedies that can help curb your nausea related to motion sickness while travelling.

What is Motion Sickness?

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While, in simple terms, motion sickness is defined as the feeling of uneasiness and nausea when a vehicle is in motion, the same when explained in scientific terms attempts for a detailed approach. Motion Sickness is described as the form of disagreement between the kind of movement that our vision perceives and our vestibular system’s functioning.

It is also believed to a form of disturbance inflicted on the inner ear because of the persistent or repeated motion. Depending on the source of the motion, motion sickness is categorized into a few further categories like that of car sickness, sea sickness, air sickness etc.

What Causes Motion Sickness?

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While the reasons behind motion sickness root and end on a single reason, the same can have multiple symptoms which cumulatively degrades one’s quality of life.

It is believed that the primary reason behind the motion sickness is caused because of possible conflicting signals projected by inner ears, eyes and the sensory receptors with respect to the motion. If you didn’t know, there are multiple receptors in our body that perceive the motion.

When the motion instigated by the body is intentional, the senses that perceive the motion work in a coordinated manner but the moment someone’s inertia is disturbed, there are chances that the nervous system gets confused with the inputs and ends up causing motion sickness which is characterized by common symptoms like that of nausea.

Symptoms of Motion Sickness

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While motion sickness is often taken lightly because of its lack of severity, let me bring it to your concern that these signs and symptoms are not just limited to one. There could be multiple symptoms affecting a person who suffers from motion sickness.

Some of the noticeable symptoms of motion sickness include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Drowsiness
  • Uneasiness and discomfort
  • Drooling
  • Malaise
  • Headache
  • Yawning

How to Get Rid of Motion Sickness?

  1. Ginger
  2. Garlic
  3. Lemon
  4. Acupressure
  5. Peppermint
  6. Green Apples
  7. Mint Leaves
  8. Licorice
  9. Fenugreek Tea
  10. Black Horehound
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar
  12. Crackers or Biscuits
  13. Ice Chips
  14. Chamomile Tea

Home Remedies for Motion Sickness

get rid of motion sicknessNow that we have more or less discussed the plausible cause and the symptoms behind motion sickness, let us walk ourselves through some of the common home remedies for motion sickness that can help curb the symptoms that accompany this problem.

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1. Ginger for Motion Sickness

Ginger for motion sicknessGinger is one of the most effective remedies to keep motion sickness at bay. If normal over-the-counter medication is not something you want to acquaint yourself with, opt for ginger as a cure for motion sickness.

Study (R) shows that ginger not just helps curb nausea but also inhibits the activity of tachygastric activity whose heightened levels often tend to aggravate the condition of motion sickness. Not just that, it also reduces the release of vasopressin which is often induced by the circular vection.

What To Do?

Suck on some ginger toffees or even sip on ginger tea, if the same is available to you

2. Garlic for Motion Sickness

Garlic for motion sicknessThe mention of garlic for motion sickness might be a bit averting, isn’t it? But, trust me, it actually does work. If you are looking for long term effects for preventing motion sickness, this is definitely the one to go for.

Chewing on garlic isn’t going to instantaneously help stop motion sickness but consuming it a few days prior to any kind of big trip can help keep these symptoms in check.

What To Do?

  1. Chew on raw garlic cloves
  2. If the raw smell is something that you are not that well versed with, roast it for a bit to get the raw smell of the garlic off.

3. Lemon for Motion Sickness

Lemon for motion sicknessLemon is possibly one of your best friends if you struggle with motion sickness while travelling. Every part of lemon comes in handy when it comes to the treatment for motion sickness.

While the lemon juice beneficially settles down the stomach and the queasiness that comes along with it, the lemon rind and lemon leaves have a distinct tangy smell (R) to it which is very good for settling down the symptoms related to nausea and uneasiness.

What To Do?

  1. Suck of a wedge of lime.
  2. You can also squeeze some lemon juice to a glass of water and take small sips from it.
  3. Smell the lemon leaves and lemon rind for extra effects.

4. Pressure Points for Motion Sickness

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The acupuncture pressure point for motion sickness is known as the Pericardium – 6 (P6) (R) which is located in one’s forearm, three finger breadths under the wrist, just in between the two tendons.

Are you wondering how putting pressure on a certain point like that of P6 can provide you with relief from motion sickness? This specific pericardium pathway passes along our chest, crossing the diaphragm and passes through the stomach as well. Putting pressure on it helps alleviate the uneasiness in the stomach that often tends to be the primary cause behind the aggravating signs of the motion sickness.

What To Do?

  1. Place your hand on your lap ensuring that your palm is facing the ceiling
  2. Find your P6 point by tracing the tendons on your wrist
  3. Press your forefinger on the pressure point and rub over it for 2-3 minutes in circular motions
  4. Make sure that the pressure applied is not very firm and done gently

5. Peppermint for Motion Sickness

Peppermint for motion sicknessOne of the most effective ways to reduce motion sickness (R) is to opt for aromatherapy with essential oils. Peppermint oil is considered as one of the most effective ones that can effectively act as a cure for motion sickness.

Because of its cooling essence because of the mint, this helps settle down the unfurling inside the stomach and also gets rid of nausea (R) for good.

What To Do?

  1. Pour a few drops of peppermint oil in a handkerchief and keep it handy while travelling. Whenever you are hit with a wave of nausea, inhale the scent of the peppermint oil and that should do the trick.
  2. If you don’t have access to peppermint oil, opt sipping on peppermint tea throughout the journey.

6. Green Apples for Motion Sickness

Green apples for motion sicknessGreen Apples are also an effective home remedy for motion sickness because of the presence of pectin which helps neutralize the stomach acids that could contribute to motion sickness. Not just that, even the natural sugars that are present in the green apples help fight the nausea and unsettling feeling that one feels.

What To Do?

Much on some fresh and juicy green apples when a wave of nausea hits you

7. Mint Leaves for Motion Sickness

Mint leaves for motion sicknessThe fresh flavor of the mint leaves actually do help to alleviate the signs and symptoms of motion sickness while travelling. As it is a natural herb with little to no side effects, it is considered as a good option even for small children.

Mint leaves have antiemetic properties (R) which is what helps keep motion sickness at bay.

What To Do?

  1. Chew on a few mint leaves.
  2. You can also steep some mint leaves in your tea to enjoy its benefits.

8. Licorice for Motion Sickness

Licorice for motion sicknessYet another amazing remedy to stop car motion sickness is to opt for licorice, be it in the form of candies, concoction or even tincture.

Licorice has natural antacid (R) along with anti-inflammatory properties which has beneficial effects on treating the signs and symptoms relating to acidity in the stomach and even helps bring down the mucus in the lining of the stomach which is definitely an added bonus.

What To Do?

  1. Eat or suck on some licorice candies.
  2. Keep the licorice tincture or concoction handy if you don’t have access to candies.

9. Fenugreek Tea for Motion Sickness

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Even though there are not much scientific studies or evidence to back up the claims on how fenugreek tea actually does help with the wave of nausea and dizziness that one experiences because of motion sickness, it is believed that it is the digestion boosting property that contributes to curbing the signs and symptoms relating to motion sickness.

What To Do?

Drink the fenugreek tea in small sips to help settle your stomach when nausea is way too bad for you.

10. Black Horehound for Motion Sickness

Black horehound for motion sicknessThis is yet another uncommon and less known cure for motion sickness that not many people are aware of. While there are no scientific evidence behind how the antiemetic properties of black horehound works, the field of alternative medicine claims that sure does have positive effects to stop motion sickness.

What To Do?

As the consumption of black horehound is not that popularized, it is always best to consult a doctor before you start consuming this.

11. Apple Cider Vinegar for Motion Sickness

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Apple Cider Vinegar and its impact in treating the signs and symptoms relating to motion sickness is definitely a positive outtake. The alkaline property of ACV on the body helps neutralizing the excessive acidity in the stomach, thereby reducing the possibilities of motion sickness.

What To Do?

  1. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm water
  2. Take small sips from it half an hour or an hour before you start your journey to keep the morning sickness at bay.

12. Crackers or Biscuits for Motion Sickness

Crackers or Biscuits for motion sicknessIf you are someone who goes by the myth that travelling in the empty stomach would help with the motion sickness, I hate to break it to you but you are sadly mistaken. Instead of being completely empty stomach, try and nibble on some salt crackers or other biscuits low on sugar to help with the unsettling feeling in the stomach.

This prevents the excessive secretion of gastric juices in empty stomach and helps curb the feeling of nausea as well.

What To Do?

Nibble on some salt crackers throughout journey instead of going out empty stomach.

13. Ice Chips for Motion Sickness

Ice chips for motion sicknessWhile it may not seem like much, sucking on ice chips help curb the signs and symptoms of motion sickness. It brings down the feeling of nausea. It fights the unsettling feeling along with the queasiness. Not just that, it is also beneficial in neutralizing the acidity in the stomach and for the best part, IT IS CALORIE FREE!

What To Do?

Suck on some ice chips when the morning sickness gets worse with the travelling.

14. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile teaMuch like any other form of tea, even chamomile helps curb the nauseating feeling that one encounters if they have motion sickness. If you are looking for easy ways to treat motion sickness at home, sipping on chamomile tea is definitely one of them.

This tea has a relaxing effect on the body which helps fight the headache and nausea that often come with motion sickness. It also energizes the body and relieves any signs and symptoms of fatigue that might come with the motion sickness.

What To Do?

  1. Boil some water and pour it in a cup
  2. Steep a chamomile teabag in it for 5-10 minutes
  3. Drink this tea in small sips to stop motion sickness or even the lingering aftereffects of it

How to Prevent Motion Sickness?

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While it is always good to be well versed with some good old remedies, isn’t it better to prevent the possibilities of motion sickness in the first place?

There are some preventive measures that one can opt for to effectively prevent the signs and symptoms related to motion sickness.

  1. Avoid Direct Sensory Inputs: When you are inside a car and focus on reading a book or even playing a game on the phone, the sensory inputs from these sources often cause motion sickness. Try and avoid doing so and divert your focus to the outside of the car.
  2. Pre-Plan the Trip Meals: Food and what you ate before a trip is obviously going to play a very significant role in how your stomach is going to act during the trip. Try and avoid a spicy or very greasy food just before you start your journey.
  3. Get Some Fresh Air: Some of the common symptoms that come with motion sickness include headache and excessive sweating. If you are experiencing such things, try and roll down the windows of the car and breathe in some fresh air for you to help curb them easily. Even the odd stench inside the car can contribute to nausea.
  4. Eat Less: You can always eat when you feel hungry but filling yourself up more than you should often tend to backfire if you are on a journey and you are hit with morning sickness. Try and keep your diet in check and eat less. Carry some light food with you just in case you get hungry during the trip.

Motion sickness can happen to anyone, from the age of 8 till 80. While the problem might not seem very life threatening, it tends to make your experience a big downer which is not something any wishes for. Try and opt for any of these above mentioned remedies to keep them in check.