Nausea is a common side effect of many conditions, including pregnancy, motion sickness, and stomach bugs. It’s also a common problem among those undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Whatever the cause of your nausea, try drinking these teas to help settle your stomach. And if your nausea is caused by your cancer treatments, consider contacting us to learn more about the best natural cancer treatment in Boulder with far fewer side effects.
Ginger root is an extremely common natural remedy for nausea and has been used to treat upset stomachs for thousands of years. Even today, it’s commonly added to tablets, chews, and other candies to help fight nausea. Across nine separate studies, ginger relieved nausea and vomiting from a variety of causes, including morning sickness, chemotherapy, post-surgery, and certain medications.
While these studies were largely focused on high-concentration supplements and extracts from ginger root, ginger tea can also settle a churning stomach. Simply grate a piece of freshly peeled ginger and steep it in boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how strong you’d like it to be. After straining the ginger, you can drink the tea as it is or add honey, cinnamon, or lemon to alter the flavor.
Chamomile comes from a flower and is used to treat motion sickness, indigestion, gas, nausea, and vomiting by relaxing the digestive muscles. In individuals undergoing chemotherapy, regularly taking a concentrated dose of chamomile two times a day reduced the frequency in vomiting. Another study also showed that it was more effective than ginger at reducing nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy, but pregnant women should consult their doctors before drinking chamomile tea.
To make your own chamomile tea, steep a tablespoon of dried chamomile in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Or you can buy bagged chamomile teas at many stores and online.
Honey Lemon Tea
This is already a popular tea flavor because of its refreshing citrus flavor with a nice, sweet finish. But in addition to tasting great, several studies have shown that even just smelling lemon can relieve feelings of nausea. The honey just balances out the lemon’s flavor, while also providing some protection against infections.
To make this at home, just add 2 teaspoons each of honey and lemon juice to a cup of hot water. Stir, and enjoy!
Fennel is an herb and vegetable that’s a close cousin of carrots, coriander, celery, and dill, and has been a natural remedy for a huge host of illnesses for centuries. And yes, that includes combating nausea. Fennel tea is made by adding a teaspoon of dried fennel seeds to a cup of water. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes and strain before drinking.
This is one of the most popular teas used to fight nausea and stomach pain. Peppermint oil has been shown to reduce pain and relax the muscles of the digestive tract, while another study showed that even just inhaling peppermint oil could significantly reduce nausea after surgery. Peppermint tea can offer similar relief.
This tea is available at most grocery stores, but if you prefer to make your own, just steep between 10 and 15 crushed peppermint leaves in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.
We hope these teas can help with your nausea, whatever the cause may be. But if your nausea is caused by your current cancer treatments, talk to your doctor about naturopathic cancer treatment centers in Boulder, or call Holistica Integrative Care to learn more about nausea-free treatment options.