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How to Prevent Motion Sickness

How to Prevent Motion Sickness

While traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, you don’t want a bout of motion sickness to ruin your trip.

Prevention is the best way to avoid motion sickness – which typically surfaces as queasiness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, loss of appetite, and fatigue.

Try the following home remedies and preventative measures.

  • Take sinus medicine just before departing. Sinus congestion can easily bring on motion sickness when traveling.
  • Take ginger to prevent and cure nausea and upset stomach. If prone to motion sickness, Phyllis Balch, CNC and author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, suggests taking a dosage of ginger capsules — 1,000 milligrams every three hours — when traveling. The first dosage should be taken one hour before departing.
  • Place a drop of peppermint oil on your tongue to relieve symptoms of queasiness and nausea.
  • Position an air-conditioning vent so it blows directly on your face since nausea can make you feel overheated. Cool air will lessen the severity of ill effects.
  • Sit in the front seat or drive the car as a preventive measure. Sitting in the back seat of a car, bus, or van makes you more prone to motion sickness.
  • Keep the car doors and windows up when stopped at a gas station. Inhaling gas fumes and engine exhaust can cause nausea.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal just before traveling.
  • Snack on olives and whole-grain crackers.
  • Travel at night. Those prone to motion sickness may find traveling at night better because there’s minimal optical stimulation.
  • Drink ginger, clove, or cinnamon tea to help relieve nausea associated with motion sickness.
  • Drink peppermint tea to relieve headaches.
  • Consult your homeopathic professional for natural products available to prevent or cure symptoms of motion sickness.

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