5 Common Home Remedies for Motion Sickness

  • Some call it seasickness, other air sickness and some car sickness and then there’s also amusement part ride sickness. Whatever the term you call it, it’s the feeling of unease known as motion sickness.
  • We may be in the space-age cure already for motion sickness but below are some of the age-old cures still in use. They may not work for all and may not work every time, but folk remedies for motion sickness have probably been around since man first decided to seriously check out the scenery beyond his own backyard.
Some of these remedies are still popular today and are certainly worth a try.

1. Gingerroot

  • The first settlers to the New World might have taken it to ease their transatlantic voyage.  Although the tradition dates back hundreds of years, eating a bit of ginger recently passed scientific scrutiny when an experiment showed that two powdered gingerroot capsules were more effective than a dose of Dramamine in preventing motion sickness. Ginger works, researchers theorize, by absorbing acids and blocking nausea in your gastrointestinal tract.

2. Olives and Lemons

  • The early stages of motion sickness cause you to produce excess saliva, which dribbles down to your stomach and makes you nauseous, some doctors say. Olives, on the other hand, produce chemicals called tannins, which make your mouth dry. Hence, the theory goes, eating a couple of olives at the first hint of nausea can help diminish it, as may sucking on a mouth-puckering lemon.

3. Soda Crackers

  • They won’t stop salivation, but dry soda crackers might help absorb the excess fluid when it reaches your stomach. Their “secret ingredients” are bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar.

4. Coke Syrup

  • Prescribed as an antinauseant for children, Coke syrup added to seltzer water may help. The same may be true for any carbonated cola beverage. See for yourself.

5. Acupressure Wristbands

  • Sold in many marine and travel shops, these lightweight wristbands have a plastic button that is supposed to be worn over what the doctors in the Orient call the Nei-Kuan acupressure point inside each wrist. The wearer is protected against nausea, the theory goes, by exerting pressure on the button for a few minutes.
So the next time you travel and before motion sickness hits you, try these alternate route to combat it.

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