Motion sickness is caused by the conflicting signals sent to the brain by the inner ear and other parts of the body when the body is in motion. The inner ear is especially sensitive to motion and it sends a signal that you are moving, whereas, your body which is seated sends a contradictory signal to the brain kicking off nausea and other symptoms of motion sickness which include vomiting, sweating, dizziness, tenderness of the stomach etc. Here are proven 9 best remedies that can help prevent motion sickness.
1. Consume light food before and during travel
Avoid food rich in fat and spices to prevent nausea and vomiting. Try and avoid food which gives off strong odor so that it doesn’t stimulate nausea. Apart from food, try not to be in the vicinity of odors that generally give you nausea.
2. Stare at a fixed spot
During travel, try to synchronize the signals from the eyes and the ears to experience minimum motion sickness. By staring at a fixed point outside the moving vehicle, you will make your eyes and ears send the movement signal to the brain and hence prevent motion sickness. If you, for some reason, cannot spot an external point, try to stare at a fixed point within the vehicle. For some people, it helps putting the head forward and down in between the knees.
3. Eat ginger
Ginger is one of the best remedies to prevent motion sickness. Carry either candied ginger or ginger supplements when you travel. Ginger supplements are available in crystalline form or as capsules. Choose an appropriate unit and take the supplement to prevent nausea and other motion sickness related symptoms.
4. Choose your position carefully
If you are travelling in a bus or a car, sit next to a window. If you are on the train, try to sit in the direction of movement instead of the opposite direction of movement. In a ship, the lower decks that are located at the center of the ship lead to the least amount of motion sickness. In an airplane, the seats just above the wing cause minimum motion sickness.
5. Consult your GP
Consult your GP for a prescription medicine and best remedies for motion sickness, especially if you are going on a long trip. Over the counter motion sickness remedies are easily available and are quite effective for short or long travels. In case you need to travel long distances, consult a GP who has records of your health, allergy information and other areas of sensitivity for a more effective prescription which does not cause undesirable side effects.
6. Perform acupressure
Acupressure is one of the most effective remedies for nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. It can also provide relief against loose motions when needed. This method can also be used if you have vomiting due to acidity. To perform acupressure for motion sickness, measure 3 fingers above your left wrist and apply pressure with your right thumb for 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat on the right hand by finding the spot and applying pressure with your left thumb. Repeat until you feel better. This is a tested method for relieving motion sickness which also works quite fast. If needed, you might have to repeat the steps more than twice.
If you are travelling by car with friends or family, try to drive instead of sitting in the back seat. The brain function needed to drive will also make it aware of the movement and keep the signals from the inner ear and the brain signals synchronized which will prevent motion sickness. If you cannot drive, try to sit in the front seat and look outside the window. If it is inevitable that you need to sit in the back seat, start an interesting conversation or play a word game that keeps your mind off of the movement. However, reading a book or trying to write isn’t such a great idea.
8. Listen to music
If you are on a long journey, especially on an airplane, sit back in your seat and listen to music or watch the onscreen movie. Open the AC vent above you and take in the cool air. It will keep nausea away.
9. Use lemon
Sucking on a piece of pickled lemon or a lemon wedge while travelling is one of the best remedies for preventing motion sickness. Slowly sipping small amounts of lemonade or lemon squeezed in warm water before and during travel will also keep motion sickness away. You can also smell a freshly cut lemon during and before your travel to suppress the nausea.
Whether you decide to use a natural remedy or take a manufactured supplement, it is a good idea to consult your GP if you are on any medication for a chronic illness, or taking antibiotics and/or any other medicine the properties of which might interfere with the remedies suggested above.