Here are best ways to treat nausea, indigestion and upset stomach at home.
1. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
Sodium bicarbonate has been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians for health, beauty, and sanitation. Baking soda is legendary in its ability to ease acid indigestion and calm an upset stomach.
Sodium bicarbonate fizzes in water and works by changing the pH level in the stomach. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to 4 oz lukewarm water. Stir until completely dissolved, and drink all at once.
Baking soda is high in sodium, so use in moderation if on a limited-sodium diet.
Use acupressure to treat nausea and quell the urge to vomit. An effective acupressure point for nausea is on the junction of the collarbones, in the hollow at the base of your throat.
Put your thumb on the groove of the collarbone. Apply firm downward pressure. Breathe deeply and steadily. Hold for at least thirty seconds to relieve queasy feelings in the stomach.
3. Herbal Tea
Some herbal infusions can soothe an upset stomach. Ginger root has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, and is prized as an herbal cure for nausea.
To make ginger tea, pour a cup of just-boiled water over a tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger root, and steep 5-10 minutes. Strain and drink.
Other herbal teas effective for nausea, upset stomach and indigestion include:
4. Spice It Up
Cinnamon, fennel and caraway are known for their tummy-taming properties. Cinnamon stimulates the digestive system. Add a stick of cinnamon to herbal tea or hot water with honey. Fennel and caraway can help relieve stomach cramps and gas. Chew on fennel or caraway seeds to relieve indigestion.
Fennel’s rich flavor comes from the aromatic compound anethole, which is a primary ingredient in absinthe. Fennel seeds are non-toxic and considered safe even for children. In traditional medicine, fennel tea is a popular home remedy for colic in infants.
5. Deep Breathing and Massage
Lie back, relax, and give yourself a healing massage. First, take three deep breaths. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Breathe as deeply as you can, and don’t hold your breath. As you release the breath slowly and steadily, feel the tension dissolve in the stomach, chest and abdomen.
Place your hand just below your solar plexus, where the ribs meet in front. With your fingers, wipe gently but firmly upward toward your chest. Feel the upward energy release. Repeat 5-10 times.
Now, place your hand on your solar plexus. With your fingers together, massage in a gently kneading, circular motion. Slowly massage from the solar plexus, down your abdomen to the belly button, and back to the solar plexus. Breathe steadily while massaging.
Any of the above remedies can help relieve a queasy stomach and other intestinal symptoms due to stress or indigestion. If symptoms persist or get worse, speak to your doctor.
See also: Best Herbal Teas for Upset Stomach, Nausea and Indigestion