You are out hanging with your friends.
Then, suddenly it hits you…again.
That feeling. Your stomach starts turning and you feel like you’re about to throw up.
You speed past your friends, to rush toward the closest bathroom.
Finally, you make it to the bathroom and brace yourself over the toilet for what’s to come but nothing happens.
Still, you feel sick to your stomach. You know that it’s that time of the month again.
After getting back to your friends, you let them know that you aren’t feeling well and that you’ll be heading home.
Does this sound familiar?
Isn’t it bad enough that you have to suffer the AGONIZING pain of menstrual cramps during that time of the month?
Do you have to worry about nausea too?
No you don’t.
Wondering what you can do to relieve nausea during your period?
Here’s ways to help you get rid of nausea before, during or after your period.
Nutrition and Diet
- Make Ginger Your Best Friend
Ginger is the most powerful medicinal herb commonly used today. It has been used for thousands of years in both ancient and traditional medicine.
Ginger is particularly effective in relieving nausea and vomitting associated with many moderate to harsh diseases, disorders and conditions. It’s usage has been proven to be effective for treating digestive aliments such as motion sickness, indigestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea as a result of chemotherapy and morning sickness (nausea during pregnancy or NVP) as well as menstrual cramps.
These are just a few benefits of ginger.
No wonder why many women turn to ginger as a remedy to relieve their period nausea (nausea before, during or after period), today.
You can use ginger as a powder in culinary dishes, drink ginger tea or take ginger as a supplement in capsule form (250mg 4X daily for menstrual cramps).
Why does ginger work?
To understand how ginger works to relieve nausea, you must first know what causes nausea.
In addition, the chemical compounds in ginger, shogaols and gingerols which are responsible for the herb’s strong smell and taste have been shown to have antiemetic properties which help relieve nausea.
What these compounds essentially do is influence messages sent to the brain by hormones and receptors which then send signals to your stomach (gastrointestinal tract) to move along it’s contents, thereby relieving gas, bloating, constipation and helping to control nausea.
Evidence have shown during several clinical trials that ginger may be as effective as anti-nausea medications at reducing motion sickness, morning sickness and chemotheraphy-induced nausea.
- Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough liquids is always recommended when feeling nauseous, especially when vomiting has occurred.
Vomiting can cause your body to be depleted of fluids which then can make your nausea feel worse.
Staying hydrate with lots of water and natural fruit juices (such as apple, grape, cranberry or papaya) are just some options for fighting dehydration.
3 Tips for Balancing Hydration while Controlling Nausea
- Tip #1: Drink clear liquids
Stick to clear, thin liquids for the most part, until 2-3 hours have passed without vomiting. The last thing that you want is to have to throw up a thick strawberry smoothie because you just couldn’t resist. If you do happen to vomit, clear thin liquids are easier to bring up than a thick fiber rich smoothie.
- Tip #2: Sip slowly. Do not gulp.
Make sure to sip slow when drinking. Sipping too fast can make nausea feel worst.
For the first 2-3 hours of feeling nauseous, you want to eat or drink nothing, but water (take small frequent sips). This allows the stomach to rest and settle a bit.
- Tip #3: Replenish fluids lost if vomiting has occurred.
Vomiting can cause your body to lose essential nutrients, minerals and fluids. It is best to replenish these fluids by drinking water or juice after vomiting has occurred.
- Drink Warm Tea
Another way to help combat your efforts to remain hydrated is drinking warm tea. Warm tea can be both relieving and comforting for pain but can be just as soothing for your tummy when it is upset.
What is the best tea for nausea before and after period?
Some good teas that are excellent for calming nausea are ginger, peppermint, chamomile and other herbal teas (such as raspberry leat tea and holy basil).
Herbal Tea for Nausea
- Ginger Tea
- Did you know that the second most common way people use ginger is by brewing up a nice soothing tea? The #1 most common way is in its raw form (in smoothies, juices and culinary dishes).
- We have spoken earlier about the awesome benefits of ginger for relief of both menstrual cramps and period nausea.
- Drink 3-4 cups of ginger tea throughout the day to help ease nausea.
Quick Recipe: How to make ginger tea for nausea?
- ¼ cup sliced ginger root
- 6 cups water
- 1-2 mint leaves(optional)
- 2 tbs honey(or to taste/optional)
Steps to Make It
- Put ginger slices and water into pot, bring to a boil.
- Cover and let simmer for 10-20 minutes.
- Once the essence of ginger has been extracted add mint and let steep for 5 mins.
- Add honey to taste and boom- YUM! J
- Chamomile Tea
- Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs on the planet.
Although known as the “Keep Calm Herb” for its soothing and calming effects, it also has other amazing effects on the body.
What are the benefits of Chamomile tea?
- It is a beneficial anti-inflammatory and is packed full of anti-oxidants.
Aside from relieving insomnia, chamomile is proven to help fight off anxiety, depression, allergies, great relief for digestive issues, skin conditions, arthritis, menstrual symptoms and nausea.
Is chamomile tea good for nausea? – Chamomile tea for nausea
Chamomile helps to ease nausea by soothing an upset stomach and relaxing the muscles that move food through the intestines.
- Consume these Spices
Did you know that some common household spices not only pack a punch in your culinary dishes but can also help fight off nausea?
Some effective spices for relieving nausea include cinnammon, fennel and cumin (anise and clove for natural remedies).
- Cinnamon is not just a tasty addition to your baked treats or morning oatmeal, it can also be effective at reducing the severity of symptoms for women with dysmenorrhea.
- During a 2013-2014 clinical study, iranian students at a medical school assessed the effects of cinnamon on primary dysmenorrhea.
- During the experiment, one group was given cinnamon capsules at 420 mg per day while the placebo was given starch capsules 3 times a day.
- The results of the study revealed that the severity of pain, nausea, vomiting and the amount of menstrual bleeding had significantly decreased in the group which consumed cinnamon than the placebo.
- A similar study was conducted on fennel, which also assessed the effectiveness of the herb on the symptoms of primary dsymenorrhea.
- During the clinical trial, one group was given 1 soft capsule of fennel (30mg) every 4 hours, 3 days prior to menstruation till the 5th
- The results found that not only did the intensity of nausea and weakness significantly decreased but also the duration of the menstrual period as well.
- The study continued for 3 months, participants reported significant difference in feelings of well being after 1 and 3 months.
- Cumin is more than just an addition to the amazingly tasty curry that is so common in Indian and Asian culinary dishes. It is also anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, aids in weight loss, controls blood sugar, fights bacteria and parasites, improves IBS symptoms, boosts your memory, is loaded with antioxidants and much more.
- In a study that evaluated the effects of cumin on IBS symptoms to include nausea, patients were given 20 drops cumin essential oil daily which was shown to have eliminate nausea in 90% of patients analyzed who experienced nausea as a symptom prior to the clinical trial.
- Warning: Though considered generally safe and non toxic, women who are trying become pregnant should probably avoid cumin. Cumin has been used in some cultures as an aid to trigger miscarriage.
- Keep Food Choices Simple
If you are experiencing nausea then for the most part you want to keep your food choices simple, to avoid chances of further upsetting your stomach or even vomitting for some.
That means the basics, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. You want to eat very bland foods. Nothing fancy.
Most healthcare professionals recommend a limited diet of bananas, rice, applesauce or toast (BRAT) until nausea subsides.
They also recommend that you try to remain hydrated by drinking clear liquids (water, natural apple juice or grape juice) because dehydration can make nausea feel worse.
Research has shown that adequate protein intake can beneficial to reducing nausea and vomiting.
- Control Your Breathing
Breathing in both slowly and deeply can help keep your period nausea in check.
Is controlled breathing effective for nausea?
Studies suggest that controlled breathing may be effective in providing nausea relief to postoperative patients.
A recommended breathing pattern is to inhale through your nose to a count of three (count 1,2,3 while inhaling), then hold your breath also to a count of three, finally exhale to a count of three.
- Avoid Weird and Strong Odors
Have you ever been exposed to a bad odor and then instantly start to feel nauseous, tingling in your throat or just plain sick?
Then, you’d be interested to know that there is a science behind it. Weird odors can have a profound effect on our bodies.
These bad odors can elicit a physical, mental and even emotional response to this stimuli to include headache, diarrhea, nausea, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, irritation of the eye, nose and throat as well as stress and mood changes.
In one study, a group of 48 healthy adults were exposed to diluted air from a swine house for two 1-hour sessions, while the control was exposed to clean air.
The results reported that subjects were 4.1, 6.1 and 7.8 times more likely to report headaches, eye irritation and nausea respectively in the swine air condition than in clean air.
Simply put, bad odors can make you feel nauseous so it is best to avoid them during your period or at any time in which nausea is more likely.
- Find Your Calm
The relaxing of the muscles has been proven as an effective way to reduce nausea.
Two main techniques for relaxing the muscles to reduce nausea are progressive muscles relaxation(PRM) and massage therapy.
In both cases, clinical studies have shown these techniques to be effective in decreasing the frequency and severity of nausea and vomiting particularly in chemotherapy patients. While PRM is also beneficial in preventing the onset of nausea.
PMR requires individuals to tense and relax their muscles in a continuous sequence as a way to achieve physical and mental relaxation
In clinical studies, PMR alone was shown to reduce the severity of nausea associated with chemotherapy and even more so when combined with a 20-minute massage of the lower arm or lower leg during chemotherapy infusions.
- Studies have shown that anxiety can be a probable cause of nausea .
- Clinical studies with chemotherapy patients showed anxiety exasterbated the post-treatment of nausea and vomiting thereby increasing the likelyhood of developing anticipatory nausea (ANV).
- So in other words, the fact that the patients were anxious increased the chances of experiencing nausea the next time they undergo chemotherapy treatment.
Fresh air is necessary for all human beings’ optimal health. It is always strongly recommended for aiding in relieving nausea by many medical professionals. Fresh air when combined with controlled breathing can help relax and calm the body. Taking a walk , opening the windows of your home or sitting infront of a fan are easy ways to increase your intake of fresh air. Go back to #7 of this article to understand why fresh air is important.
- Get Moving…Slowly
- Exercise has many benefits that are essential for a healthy mind and body.
- Although it may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you are feeling nauseous during your period, research has shown that a combined nutrition (which includes adequate protein intake) and exercise program can be effective at reducing nausea and vomiting.
- The idea is to get moving yet take it easy enough as to not cause further upset to your stomach.
- Yoga is known to promote a healthy mind and body by reducing stress, anxiety, depression, reducing inflammation, chronic pain, improving sleep, breathing, flexiblity and overall quality of life and well being.
Yoga is a great exercise that has been shown by studies to significantly reduce nausea both in chemotherapy-induced nausea and IBS related nausea
- Take Vitamin B6 for your nausea
B6 plays an important role in major biological functions that determine each individuals quality of life such as movement, memory, energy production and blood flow.
Is B6 effective in calming nausea?
Studies have suggested that B6 (pyridoxine) is effective for reducing nausea during pregnancy.
Take 25mg of B6 3x daily (or 75 to 250 mg per day) in capsule form to experience the nausea calm.
Foods with vitamin B6
Alternatively you can consume these foods containing high B6 content.
- Use Cannabis Oil
Cannabis, more popularly known as marijuana, is a natural herb that had been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.
Cannabinoids, are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers.
There are 113 different cannabinoids secreted by these cannabis flowers with the most popular being THC and CBD, all having different effects.
In addition, the potent chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from which is derived from the trichomes of the cannabis sativa plant has powerful psychoactive properties.
While cannabidiol (CBD) is the primary non-psychoactive compound in cannabis.
Cannabis oil for nausea
Although, most people use marijuana to cope with stress and anxiety, the herb has many other benefits.
In addition, it has a host of gastrointestinal benefits including the reduction of abdominal pain, diarrhea, intestinal inflammation and the regulation of nausea and vomiting.
Studies show that cannabinoids including CBD, suppresses nausea and vomiting within a limited dose range.
Challenges with using cannabis oil or marijuana for nausea
Because of cannabis’ hectic legal past in western medicine it may be difficult to cannabis oil which is typically not sold online or at local stores. Cannabis is still illegal in some states while other states allow its use for medical conditions.
- Inhale the Essence of a Lemon
Packed full of essential vitamin C lemons are very beneficial to your health and can even help aid in weight loss.
Yet did you know that inhaling the scent of a fresh lemon while feeling nauseous can help reduce the unsettling feeling?
Lemon essence has been proven to be effective at reducing nausea and vomiting.
In a 2014 clinical trial, researchers set out to determine the effects of lemon inhalation on nausea and vomiting in 100 pregnant women over a period of 4 days.
Lemon essential oil were given to the intervention group to inhale every time as nausea was felt.
The results revealed that nausea and vomiting intensity was significantly lower in the intervention group than in the control group.
Best part is that because they are so common, you can easily find a lemon in your refrigerator.
Cut a slice of lemon (or alternatively use lemon essential) and inhale anytime when nausea occurs
Try the 3 A’s
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine that uses essential oils from various healing plants to promote mental, spiritual and physical health.
- Peppermint Aromatherapy
- Peppermint is one of the most popular herbs that boasts an incredible minty fresh taste and is common in toothpaste, mints, treats and candy canes.
- It can help improve digestion, IBS and is also effective in calming nausea.
- In one study, inhaling peppermint scent was found to be more effective at reducing nausea than anti-nausea medications.
- While other studies prove the effectiveness of peppermint oil for reducing nausea anywhere from 44% to 57%.
- Ingesting peppermint oil capsules have shown mixed results.
- Add 6 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1oz of water in your diffuser or container with warm water. Inhale!
- Acupressure and Acupuncture
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years.
How does Acupuncture work?
Typically, acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin to stimulate acupoints which are specific anatomic sites.
Acupoint stimulation can be divided into two types of acupuncture, invasive and non-invasive
Heat therapy, moxibustion, manual massage and cupping are just a few other acupoint stimulation techniques.
Acupuncture for nausea
One study showed that acupuncture is as effective as anti-nausea medications at reducing cases of early vomiting.
While acupressure reduced the number of cases of nausea as it relates to post operative surgery and chemotherapy induced nausea.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is one of the Asian bodywork therapies (ABT) along with qigong, tuina and shiatsu steming from traditional Chinese medicine.
Though sometimes referred to as pressure acupuncture, it is most commonly known as acupuncture without the needles.
How does acupressure work?
Acupressure involves the use of fingers, palms, elbows, special devices and even feet to apply pressure to acupoints.
Studies have shown that the stimulation of Nei Guan (P6) point or Inner Gate is effective at reducing nausea and could be even more powerful at preventing it.
How to perform acupressure for nausea?
Step 1: Hold out your hand with your fingers pointing up and your palm facing you.
Step 2: To locate point P-6 take 3 fingers of your opposite hand and place them across your wrist.
Then, put your thumb on the point right below your index finger.
If you feel 2 large tendons under your thumb then you’ve found the correct point.
Step 3: Use your thumb to press on this point firmly (yet, not enough to cause discomfort), while using a circular motion
Do this for 2 to 3 minutes.
Now, switch arms and stimulate the other wrist.