Whether on air, land, or sea, some people are immune to motion sickness. and others just aren’t. These are the unhappy people who spend entire vacations green-faced and prostrate; while their travel companions enjoy the view. People with motion sickness hope for nothing more than to avoid another debilitating round of vomiting. Even the trip is over, they may feel ill for several days. If you are a member of this unfortunate segment of the population, you may be tempted to avoid travel altogether. Before you give up your vacations, however, give these suggestions a try. So how to avoid motion sickness while traveling ? try the natural herbs like ginger and peppermint, they might not completely eliminate motion sickness, but they will reduce the symptoms.
Why motion sickness occurs
Motion sickness occurs when the mechanism that controls internal equilibrium is disturbed. Rolling or bumpy movements can cause the ear’s fluid to slosh around and sends alarm messages along the nerve pathways. These messages are translated in the brain as the familiar feelings of nausea, dizziness, cold sweats, or rapid breathing, and they are probably meant as a kind of warning system, telling you in no uncertain terms that the body is facing some grave danger. The problem, of course, is that there is no danger just a road perhaps with an unusual number of hills and sharp turns.
The eyes also contribute to the body’s sense of balance or lack thereof. When you are sitting in a train during a smooth ride over flat land, for example, your ear fluid remains stable, which tells your brain that the body is still and un-moving, But your eyes are sending a completely different message: they report that the landscape is whipping by at seventy miles per hour. These conflicting transmissions can upset your equilibrium. which explains how some people can get sick just from watching a movie about riding in a hot-air balloon.
Neither of these explanations helps us understand why some people develop motion sickness and others actually enjoy riding the waves. We do know, however, that anxiety, stress, poor dietary habits, low air quality, and dehydration all contribute to the condition and this information gives us a good place to start for treatment. lf you are prone to motion sickness, plan ahead so that you can avoid these aggravating factors. You can also use several techniques to reduce your chances of feeling nauseated, but in most cases, you must employ them before you travel. By the time you are really sick, you may not be able to hold down any therapeutic foods or herbs.
Natural herbs to treat motion sickness
Ginger : Several studies have found that ginger is an effective remedy for motion sickness. A study in 1982 revealed that ginger was more effective than the drug Dramamine for reducing motion sickness. A later study completed in 1994, which involved 1741 people, confirmed that ginger was very effective for motion sickness.
Peppermint Tea: Sip on a cup of peppermint tea. or take 500 mg of the capsule form or 2 ml of peppermint extract three to four times daily.
Vitamin B6: Take 50 mg daily to prevent nausea.
Magnesium: Take 250 mg twice daily to prevent stomach acidity and cramping.
Black horehound: Sip on a cup of tea, or take 2 ml of the tincture extract three to four times daily.
Cinnamon tea: sip on a cup of tea , or take 1 ml of the tincture extract three time daily.
Borax is helpful for downward motions, such as those from an airplane, that make a person nauseous. The person may also be sensitive to warm temperatures and smoke.
Cocculus: is a great remedy for nausea and dizziness that occur while riding in a vehicle like a car or a boat. The smell or the thought of food makes the nausea worse, while the symptoms are improved from fresh air. The motion sickness is worse from not getting enough sleep.
Petroleum is for nausea and dizziness that happens from rising. There is a sinking sensation in the stomach. The person feels better from eating and worse from fresh air.
Tabacum is helpful when violent nausea, dizziness, cold sweating, and faintness occur from the least motion. The person feels much better in the cool air or from vomiting.
Acupressure offers quick, effective relief of motion sickness. lf you can massage only one point, make that point Pericardium 6. lt will greatly reduce nausea and even stop vomiting. Many health-food stores carry inexpensive acupressure bracelets that are made to provide constant steady pressure against this point; consider buying one before your next trip.
Pericardium 5 is another good point for nausea relief. You can alternate between the two Pericardium wrist points if you have a few moments.
Stomach 36 will help you properly digest the food you have eaten.
To reduce tension and increase circulation to the head, work the neck and the cervicals.
Essential oils of ginger and peppermint are quite helpful when the herbs can’t be taken orally. Bring along vial of either oil; if you begin to feel sick. Place the container under nose and inhale deeply. For a more subtle but longer-lasting rub some ginger or peppermint cream onto your skin before and during your trip.
Deep breathing relieves tension and also helps prevent the onset of nausea. Spend some quiet time before your trip relaxing and consciously attending to your breathing. While you are traveling, take a few minutes every hour to relax with deep breaths. Beginning a few days before your trip give yourself more time if you’re very anxious about motion sickness-and spend some time each day visualizing a successful, journey. Imagine yourself as you begin the trip. and see yourself healthy and calm as you go through the details of your travels.
Be wary of over the counter motion sickness pills, they make most people very drowsy and often have other side effects. Stuffy cars and rooms can make the nausea worse, if possible try to open the window or stop at regular intervals for fresh air. If you are on ship , try to think of sea air as a tonic, and go above deck as often as you can. Again, when possible keep your eyes open and focused on stationary objects, this will help reduce conflicting signals from your eyes and ears. If traveling on a bus or car sit up front where there is less likely to be jarring movement