An upset stomach makes you feel bad all over. You can always use Pepto-Bismol, but in our family, that seems to trigger vomit. If you don’t mind spending some extra money, Emetrol isn’t a bad choice. My doctors introduced me to Emetrol when I was pregnant. I tried it, but it wasn’t any better than saltines.
Teaching school, I kept a bowl of peppermint candy on my desk. Peppermint seems to be a cure all and it will help settle an upset stomach.
Peppermint candy works, but a great cure for an upset stomach is peppermint tea. Kroger’s Premium Quality Private Selection Peppermint tea is a great, inexpensive selection. It costs $2.15 in our local Kroger. Warm peppermint tea not only helps settle an upset stomach, but also soothes sore throats, and lifts your spirits.
Ginger root is another excellent natural remedy for nausea. You may be able to find ginger tea. I usually can’t, so I make my own. Most supermarkets carry ginger root. Clean the root. Cut it into three or four slices. Toss it in a small boiler with one or two cups of water. Bring the root to a full boil, and allow it to boil for five to ten minutes. This will extract the essence of ginger. Remove the ginger root. (You’ll have to find another article to figure out what to do with the boiled root.) Make a green tea, or other herbal tea using the hot boiling ginger root water to steep the tea bag. Sweeten to taste. If you can get the natural ginger down, it works better than any other remedy I have tried.
If you can’t handle ginger root, revert to the old standby, ginger ale. The benefits of ginger ale are real. It isn’t just an old home remedy your mom devised.
Another natural remedy for nausea is acupressure. I’m a big fan of acupressure. Acupressure is easy to apply, and relatively harmless.
From the bend of your wrist measure three finger lengths of your forearm. Depending on the size of your fingers, you may have to feel for the pressure point. It has been my experience that most pressure points are a little tender. Feel around with light pressure until you find the one spot that feels a little tender, which should be the pressure point formally known as P5. There is another pressure point for nausea about 1 ½ finger lengths back toward your wrist, P6. Press both of these points hard enough to feel the pressure, but not so hard that you injure the patient. Focus the pressure in those exact spots for approximately 1 minute. You may need to repeat this 2 or 3 times, resting approximately 30 seconds in between. Some people respond well to acupressure, others do not. As with most things, results may vary with expectation.
If nausea persists, vomiting occurs more than three times, or is accompanied by a high fever see a medical professional.