We live in a day in age where, more often than not, women are steering closer to the organic produce section, taking that 6:00 a.m. yoga class before work, and trading in their old Jergens for coconut oil. We care more about what is going into our bodies so they stay sound and we can live fuller, more health conscious lives. But even if you play by every rule there is in the book of self-preservation, us human beings are bound to get sick from time to time…
So, what are your go-to methods for life’s common illnesses and ailments? For some, it’s straight to the doctor for a diagnosis accompanied by heavy stuff. For others, it’s anything over the counter to smother the pain, the aches, or the pressure of what’s going on in the moment. But our bodies are more resilient than we give them credit for sometimes…and nature is full of “little helpers” to get you back on your feet in no time!
In the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring five common maladies and how to help heal them with easy, organic home remedies: nausea, headaches, the common cold, earaches, and allergies/hay fever. Today, we’re giving you tips to overcome nausea naturally.
When your stomach is feeling like it’s on a roller coaster ride that never stops…turn to your roots. Ginger roots, that is. For centuries, ginger has been used as a major spice for food but also for its many medicinal values. Many people know to turn to ginger ale for nausea, but with all of the sugar involved the bulk of that relief is most likely coming from carbonation. Studies say that as long as you are using at minimum, a quarter of a teaspoon of fresh or dry ginger, you’re on your way to smoother seas in your stomach.
A great way to get that fresh ginger down easy is to brew it as tea. Most grocery stores carry ginger root and it’s very inexpensive. To prepare, you’ll want to bring your pot of water to a boil, then add slices of the ginger root to your liking. Since ginger is known for it’s spicy flavor, you may want to cut the heat by adding some lemongrass or goji berries to your tea. You’ll want to let your tea steep for at least twenty minutes, to extract the most of your ginger.
If you’re short on time, most tea shops will sell powdered ginger. You can melt this in hot water for tea, or make a great iced ginger lime or lemonade to sooth your nausea.
Other excellent sources of nausea relief are peppermint and lavender oil. When massaged onto the chest or temples, the scent can drastically ease your discomfort. However, mothers to be are strictly cautioned when using lavender, as it is used to induce childbirth and could cause complications.
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