If there is one feeling that is unanimously disliked, it’s that of dizziness and nausea, often leading to vomiting or to the verge of it, and these undesirable feelings can be accurately associated with motion sickness.
It’s very likely that everybody at some point has felt the miserable sensations of motion sickness. In itself, motion sicknesses is a natural occurring state into which the body goes when there is confusion between the parts of the body that are in charge of touch, balance and vision and the vestibular system, a part of the inner ear that contains fluid which flows around in reaction to movement. The cells that are around this fluid allow the brain to be sent messages and when combined with messages from the eyes, the determination of space and position are figured out. When these messages are confusing to the brain it can lead to the uncomfortable feelings of motion sickness.
This explains why so many people experience motion sickness when reading a book in a moving vehicle, such as a car or bus. Many people do not like reading a book or closing their eyes while in motion because that prevents their eyes from seeing the motion occurring; they prefer to keep focus on something in the distance which ultimately confirms the messages from the vestibular system with the messages sent from the eyes, letting the brain know that there is movement occurring.
There may be many pharmaceutical drugs that can be used to help with motion sickness, but why rely on drugs when you can learn how to prevent motion sickness naturally? Below are a few easy methods to naturally preventing motion sickness naturally that you can try.
Brown Paper Bag
While there is a strong possibility that the brown paper bag solution to motion sickness is a placebo, but if it works there surely isn’t anything wrong with that! As someone who has used the brown paper bag many times, I can definitely vouch for its effectiveness, placebo or otherwise. As a child I suffered so terribly from motion sickness that I absolutely hated being in the car for anything longer than half an hour. Although the Brown Paper Bag method is commonly reserved for children’s motion sickness, I have continued to use it in my adult life and it is still effective!
How to use it:
All you need is one brown paper bag that is around the size of those you use to carry your packed lunch in. Place it on your stomach underneath your shirt so that it is in direct contact with your skin. Wear your clothes as normal and simply leave the brown paper bag on your stomach for the entire trip.
What has to be the most common remedy for prevention and reduction of motion sickness is good old ginger. In fact, ginger is fantastic to use for anything that is related to nausea and stomach upsets. Because ginger is available in many forms, such as brewed as a tea, purchased as ginger lollipops, or simply nibbled on raw, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to find some when motion sickness hits!
How to use it:
You can purchase ginger for motion sickness in many different ways; it will ultimately depend on your preferred method of consumption. For some, taking a piece of fresh ginger and simply chewing on it a little bit during travel is perfect. If the ginger is too strong for you, you can try ginger candies or lollipops. Just make sure that they’re made from natural ginger and aren’t just flavored. It is also possible to purchase ginger tablets, but again be sure to check that they’re 100% ginger. Many tablets are full of filler ingredients like chalk, preservatives, etc.
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Another commonly used solution to both preventing and curing motion sickness is aromatherapy. The wonderful advantage to aromatherapy is that you can make your own scents very easily, which helps you both save money and find a scent that is preferable to you.
How to use it:
To make your own aromatherapy solutions for motion sickness, all you need is a small spray/mister bottle. You’ll want a small bottle that can be carried around with you in your bag or that can be left in the glove box of your car.
Once you have your spray/mister bottle, all you need is water and essential oils. Purchasing essential oils should be on everybody’s to do list if they don’t already have them! They are extremely potent and work very effectively in helping to cure many illnesses and ailments.
While combining a selection of essential oils can be more effective than just using one, a few drops of ginger oil by itself can be very effective. You could also consider adding 3-4 drops of the following in addition to ginger oil: lavender oil, lime oil and/or peppermint oil.
When you’re ready to use your scent, simply shake the bottle to combine the essential oil/s with the water then spray onto your wrists, the back of your neck and above your belly button, ensuring that throughout the spraying you’re also breathing in the scent.
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