Nausea is a common symptom that can be caused by a wide variety of stimuli such as pregnancy, stomach flu or salmonella poisoning. One of the healthiest and most soothing methods of relieving nausea is to drink herbal tea. As well as relieve your symptoms, herbal tea can also help to prevent certain conditions that lead to nausea such as indigestion, IBS and viruses. Herbs can also help you recover much faster from existing health problems. Use fresh, organic herbs when possible. If you take blood thinners or have never used a particular herb previously, check with a natural health practitioner before starting new herbal products.
Ginger is an ancient herb that is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda to treat an upset stomach and nausea. It can also treat many other symptoms such as fever, coughing, phlegm and a sore stomach. Drink ginger tea hot, or allow it to cool and drink it cold to enjoy its health benefits. Those who regularly take blood thinning medication should check with their health practitioner before drinking ginger tea as it naturally thins the blood.
Fresh lemon tea and hot lemonade are perfect for reducing feelings of nausea and have a calming effect on the stomach. Lemon juice has an alkalizing effect on the stomach and helps the digestive tract neutralize excess acids reducing esophageal spasms and nausea. To make lemon tea, squeeze the juice from half a lemon and add it to 8oz of hot water and sip to relieve symptoms. Add a spoonful of honey to sweeten.
Peppermint is a traditional cure for stomach upsets and symptoms of nausea. It is also a common ingredient in medications that are designed to relieve stomach problems. Jethro Kloss writes in his book, Back to Eden, that peppermint relieves stomach spasms that can cause nausea and also reduces the stomach’s motility. Peppermint teabags are available from most supermarkets, or you could use the fresh or dried herb. Those who suffer from acid reflux may find that their symptoms become worse after drinking peppermint tea. If you experience a worsening of your reflux symptoms, or suffer from heartburn immediately after consuming peppermint tea, discontinue drinking it and consult a herbalist for recommendations on other types of herbs for nausea.
Licorice root coats the lining of the stomach and the esophagus with a thin mucous film called mucilage. This protects against tissue damage to the lining caused by acid reflux and excess stomach acid. Licorice root tea has a pleasing, sweet taste that soothes the throat and relieves nausea. Licorice tea can be prepared using the dried root or extract. Many health food stores sell licorice root teabags that are far easy to prepare and store. Those who suffer from hypertension should consult their doctor before drinking the tea as it can raise the blood pressure. My favorite licorice tea.
Life Extension: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
“Back to Eden“, Jethro Kloss, 2006
“The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Everyday Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing“; James Duke; 2002
Below is the brand of Licorice Tea that I use.
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