Nausea is a pesky (and absolutely terrible) symptom caused by a wide variety of conditions - from the stomach bug to pregnancy and in many cases can even be caused by medications. No one has time for the stomach-flipping queasiness, inflammation and pain that comes along with nausea.
Also, many people don’t want to take excess medications because it can be more nauseating - can you even keep them down at all anyways? Reaching for your essential oil bottles might be just the help you need. Many of the plants and essential oils listed have been used as a method for thousands of years to help cure an upset stomach, it’s a very tried and true method in so many parts of the world.
Face it, if you are here, your nausea is getting the best of you and you are looking for a way to ease the sour stomach and sick salivating feeling. A lot of these herbs are easy to find in grocery stores or all-natural stores...you can also even find the pure essential oils in drug stores and grocery stores as well helping to alleviate emesis!
Best Essential Oils for Nausea
Let’s take a look at the plethora of great smelling and feeling of essential oils that can help combat nausea and make you feel great again.
For decades, coriander seed has been a medicine shelf staple to cure nausea, stomach issues, head colds, vomiting, and much more. It acts as a natural antibacterial and can even fight the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Coriander also aids in the relief of associated symptoms such as upset stomach, stomach pain, flatulence, and indigestion. The antifungal properties of coriander seed make it a great competitor to over-the-counter nausea drugs making it one of the best essential oils for nausea.
Bergamot is a very popular essential oil used to treat numerous different conditions. This flowery and citrus-fruity oil is actually one of the main components of a very famous tea - Earl Grey! So, next time you reach for tea to help soothe your nausea, go for the Earl Grey. Bergamot essential oil is a carminative, meaning it’s an essence that is thought to support peristalsis by relaxing stomach muscles. This citrus fruit-producing plant is responsible for relieving many uncomfortable conditions and associated symptoms such as anxiety, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
Cardamom is a medicinal staple in the Middle East, India, China, and many other places. In fact, it has been used in Eastern medicine for nearly 2,000 years. It has worked really well to relieve symptoms of many uncomfortable conditions. Some of the many conditions that cardamom treats include indigestion, constipation, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea and vomiting, and much more. Cardamom is also a carminative, a stomachic, and an antispasmodic.
Who would have thought that one of the most infamous table seasonings contains an essential oil that fights nausea and indigestion? The actual essential oil comes from the much larger pepper berry and has shown continuously to aid in the relief of stomach cramps and digestive issues. This Ayurvedic method of healing though used for thousands of years, is becoming a much more mainstream way of fighting nausea and digestive issues than it ever has been.
A gift, a medicine, a perfume, and so much more - who knew that an essence of a tree had this much to offer...and then some! Used as another carminative, frankincense has been used for thousands of years to help treat many conditions such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and indigestion. Though it seems like a miracle essence, too much of it can actually cause the symptoms you are trying to avoid. Make sure you talk to your doctor or physician before using frankincense as an alternative nausea medication.
Detox your body with grapefruit essential oil and reap the benefits of being free from inflammation and nausea. The process of the rind being put through cold expression brings out the oil, and it is used in aromatherapy, as a massage oil, and much more. It is used as a natural digestive aid and helps with fluid retention, detoxification, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) due to its natural diuretic qualities.
orange & lemon
Much like grapefruit essential oil, these two essential oils fall under the citrus category and harbor similar side effects. They both prove to be incredible stomachic that is used for intestinal spasms, fluid retention, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. Like grapefruit, they are both created from the rind of the fruit. Studies have shown that lemon essential oil alone can even prevent nausea and vomiting in first-stage labor!
Best known for its relaxing properties, a lavender essential oil can be very effective in treating nausea as well as helping the body slow down and be calm. This is especially important for people who deal with anxiety or panic-induced nausea/vomiting. Lavender works best by breathing it in (aromatherapy), so add a few drops to a bowl of hot water or a diffuser if you have one and breathe in the calming aroma.
Spearmint & Peppermint
The only difference between these two is that spearmint is safe for children as well as pregnant or nursing women, whereas peppermint can be unsafe in high doses to people in those dynamics. Peppermint is a hybrid between water mint and spearmint, and its medicinal properties and uses date back to ancient Greek mythology. Spearmint and peppermint oil are very powerful in treating nausea, vomiting, and an all-around upset stomach. Peppermint tea is a very popular way of treating stomach issues, but it is as simple as breathing the scent of the oil to ease associated symptoms.
Peppermint has been used for such a long time to soothe the stomach, and many scientists think that it fights the bacteria which cause stomach illnesses. It makes so much sense - mint is even used in food preservation to reduce foodborne illnesses and bacteria formation! It has soothing properties and studies show that mint can stimulate bile secretion that moves toxins out of the gut. Other research shows that a mint is a great form of therapy for digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome.
On this list, we are saving one of the most popular oils for last. Ginger ale and ginger snaps as well as ginger lozenges are household nausea staples that have been used for a very long time. Another stomachic, ginger oil is a very powerful medicinal plant used for centuries in China before making a worldwide appearance. So, what conditions does ginger essential oil help with? The long list includes constipation, stomach pain, nausea, morning symptoms, diverticulosis, influenza, stomach spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and so much more. Surprisingly enough, ginger contains active chemicals that are regularly used in laxatives, anti-diarrheal, and antacids.
THE BEST WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
There are so many ways to get a plant’s essence safely inside your body, and you can be as fancy or casual about it as you want. By no means is an oil diffuser fancy - you can find them almost everywhere and they are relatively inexpensive. This way, breathing in the essential oil (aromatherapy), is the most popular way to reap the benefits. But what if you don’t have an oil diffuser readily available? Check out the steaming method!
What you need:
- Essential oil of your choice
- A bowl of hot water
- A bath towel
What you do:
- Make sure your water is hot enough that it creates a steam
- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your bowl of hot water
- Lean in and wrap the towel around your head and the bowl of water - creating somewhat of a small sauna
- Breathe in the aroma for a few minutes and use this process a few times every day until symptoms are alleviated
- There are many other ways to use essential oils including massage therapy, falling asleep to the scent on your pillow, tinctures, tea, and some food and beverage products even have essential oils as part of their ingredients!