Nausea is horrible, and it can be extremely difficult to treat.
It can be caused by a variety of different reasons (both physical and mental) and it is important to treat nausea as soon as you can because it can impact your ability to retain nutrients which can hamper your healing process.
There are many medicines out there that claim to treat the condition and though over the counter medications may work slightly, you may find yourself having to take those several times, while still not getting any relief.
Prescription meds also exist, but these can come with a host of side effects such as fatigue and headaches.
Fortunately, there is a natural option; and today we’ll be discussing 5 potent essential oils for nausea.
Essential oils are extracted from a broad variety of plants.
They have been used for a long list of mental and physical ailments for years and recently, more and more studies have been conducted on them in order to prove or disprove their efficacy.
Some of the research on essential oils is still inconclusive, but they have been found to help with conditions such as stress, anxiety, headaches, pain, sleep, and NAUSEA.
With nausea, the exact mechanism behind their effectiveness isn’t completely clear but there is no doubt that they improve your symptoms and overall wellbeing.
The following are 5 of the best essential oils for treating nausea.
For decades, many individuals used this essential oil to aid in the relief of nausea and in a 2012 review paper published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine, researchers scrutinized several studies investigating the effectiveness of ginger oil (and peppermint oil) for treating nausea.
Their conclusion was that the existing evidence was encouraging but that they’d like to see larger trials done in the future (1).
Translation: “it works but we can’t outrightly say it works just yet”
Several years later, in 2017, another study published in the same journal found that following abdominal surgery, ginger oil inhalation was an extremely effective intervention reducing nausea and vomiting (2).
Ginger has long been used by many different cultures to treat digestive upset so it comes as no surprise that the oil is also effective, considering ginger oil contains the absolute aroma and concentrated compounds of the ginger plant.
In fact, when women are pregnant, it is often suggested that they drink ginger tea to help alleviate the nausea symptoms.
To use ginger oil for nausea, simultaneous topical and aromatic application is recommended.
Combine about 3 drops of ginger oil with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive oil and apply to the abdominal area.
You should also inhale the aroma of the oil either directly from the bottle or by diffusion.
The effect its minty aroma has on an upset stomach is well lauded among naturalists and backed by several published studies.
In the review paper mentioned in the ginger oil section, peppermint was also found to be an effective intervention method for nausea symptoms (1).
In a later study in 2016, cardiac surgery patients experiencing nausea were given an inhaler containing peppermint oil and in just two minutes on average, their nausea improved significantly (3).
The only notable studies that have investigated peppermint oil for nausea and reported underwhelming results had one thing in common – the subjects were pregnant (4) (5).
Researchers concede that pregnancy-related nausea can be quite difficult to treat but stick around for lemon oil as we have some good news in that section for you if you’re expecting.
The method of application in the successful studies was inhalation.
For people with nausea from a digestion issue, lemon oil may help greatly.
A recent study done in 2014 found that women who inhaled lemon essential oil had less nausea and vomiting. This was done with a test group who had a placebo instead of using the lemon essential oil (6).
Another point to note is that the test subjects were pregnant which makes lemon oil’s effectiveness even that much more impressive, considering that pregnancy-related nausea is one of the hardest types to find relief from.
Most people who have ever used fennel seeds, know that they are helpful against gas, bloating, and treating an upset stomach. This is probably caused by the phytoestrogens that the oil has as these are a digestive aid.
This makes it possible for fennel seed essential oil to help with nausea.
There are many products out on the market that contains lavender.
This is because it has a sedative effect.
This sedative effect can work on the digestive system, helping it to be less stressed, and more calm.
Lavender is especially recommended if your nausea is triggered by stress or anxiety.
How to Use Essential Oils For Nausea
Here are a few ways that you may use essential oils to battle nausea:
- Direct inhalation: inhaling directly from the bottle can work wonders for your nausea symptoms.
- Diffusion: Perhaps the most common way to use essential oils for nausea is to put them in a diffuser.A diffuser will gradually release the essential oil throughout your room. The oils will be at room temperature, which will allow you to smell the oils throughout the room.Inhaling these essential oils may help to reduce your nausea as most studies and personal testimonies used inhalation as their primary application method.
- Steam Inhalation: If you do not have a diffuser, or you just wish to use this method a few times, all you need to do is to take a bowl of hot water and drop a few essential oil drops into the bowl.From there, just take a towel and dip it into the bowl. Ring it out and place it over your nose and mouth. Breathe in normally, and this may help your nausea symptoms.Alternately, you can cover your head and the bowl with the towel to keep the steam trapped, and inhale.
- Topical application: If you decide to use essential oils topically, you will need to dilute them with a carrier oil such as almond, coconut, or jojoba oil.When you mix the essential oil in, make sure that you are only using just a few drops. Any more can cause skin irritation. A good rule of thumb is 3 to 5 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil.
- Teas. The above essential oils for nausea can also be used in teas, as long as you ensure that the essential oils are safe to consume.All you will need to do is to place a few drops in warm water. You can sip on this, and this may help to alleviate your nausea symptoms.
You should also visit your doctor to rule out anything serious, especially your symptoms keep returning or they stay for an extended period. You also may want to talk to him or her about using essential oils for your health.
Furthermore, it is imperative that you exercise safety and caution when using essential oils for the first time.
Some people may have a sensitivity to an oil, so a slow build up is recommended, regardless of the application method.
Nausea can be hard to treat, and it can be debilitating.
Thankfully, with essential oils, you may be able to get some relief without having to depend on prescription or over the counter medication.
Do not get discouraged if one of the five essential oils does not work for you.
Try one of the others to see if they help with your nausea. Everyone reacts to each oil differently but these 5 are the best ones to try first.
In particular, the heavy hitters are ginger, peppermint and lemon essential oils, however, if your nausea is caused by another factor such as anxiety, lavender may be your best option as it will effectively address the root of the issue.
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