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Natural Remedies to Banish Motion Sickness

 Do you feel nauseous and dizzy every time you get into a car? Motion sickness may be a hard thing to control and can be very upsetting. While over-the-counter medications are available to help prevent motion sickness, there are proven natural remedies which work just as well. Here are six natural remedies you should take the next time you suffer from motion sickness.
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1. Eat or drink ginger to prevent seasickness

Got a boat trip or a cruise coming up? Take ginger candies, non-alcoholic ginger ale or dried ginger in capsules with you. The antioxidant substances called gingerols in ginger has been proven to be an effective natural treatment for motion sickness, car sickness, and seasickness. In the book Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal, a study found that ginger was just as effective as the prescription medication scopolamine, which is used to prevent motion sickness. 

2. Take vitamin B6

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the effectiveness of 25mg of vitamin B6 on pregnant mothers was tested to control vomiting from morning sickness. After three days, it was reported that 26% of patients taking vitamin B6 every eight hours vomited, while over half of the patients taking the placebo got sick. However, before taking this natural remedy, be sure to speak to your doctor. 

3. Buy motion sickness bracelets

Place the raised plastic bump of the bracelet two inches above your inner-wrist crease between your two tendons. If you do not have a bracelet, press your middle and index finger at this point. This is the sixth point on Pericardium pathway and is utilized in acupuncture and acupressure to alleviate nausea. 

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4. Sit in the front or middle seat of the car

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, motion sickness happens when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain. So, if you focus your eyes directly in front of you and look directly at the horizon, you can trick your brain into believing that you aren't moving. 


5. Don't travel on an empty stomach

It is important that you do not travel by boat, plane or car on an empty stomach in order to reduce the symptoms of nausea. An empty stomach will only exacerbate motion sickness, so keep snacks on hand, but be sure to not overeat either. Drink plenty of water and eat small, frequent meals. 

6. Try aromatherapy

Some sufferers claim to find relief of motion sickness in using essential oils. However, there is little clinical data to back this up. The CDC does note that stimulating your other senses can distract you from the motion. Recommended essential oils include ginger, peppermint or lavender. 

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