12 Beneficial Ways To Ease Nausea & A Sore, Upset Stomach

Do you have the sore tummy blues? If you’re nauseous due to morning sickness (pregnancy), please don’t ingest any home remedy until your doctor okays it (though I personally found nibbling on saltines or animal crackers beneficial during my pregnancy…a few sips of pickle juice worked nicely too).

An ingredient may seem harmless enough but could actually contain too much sugar or salt that your doctor wants you to cut back on. Try a cold towel around the neck instead (unless you’re sure an ingredient is fine).

The cause of nausea is usually nothing serious, maybe it’s a little bug we picked up, a bad headache…or something as simple as not enough sleep.

Whatever the culprit, if you feel queasy and are looking to quell the nausea, go through the list below and see what appeals most to you (sometimes you just have to go with whatever is on hand). There are a dozen suggestions here, something should do the trick.

Important: If you’re in physical pain and vomiting with great force, or know of a recent head injury (even the seemingly silly bad bumps), seek professional medical care as soon as possible.

Not added to the list since it’s so simple: A cool glass of water can work wonders, drinking this may fix you right up. If so, you’re welcome! and there’s no need now to read the following treatments :).

Home Remedies To Nurse Sore Tummies

  1. Ginger: Cookies (snaps), candied, or 1/2 tsp powder mixed with water. This is especially helpful for motion sickness and stomach cramps and even beneficial when fighting an ailment more serious like the flu.
  2. Teas: Peppermint, Chamomile, Lemon, Raspberry, Cinnamon. Can also sample a brew made with fresh ginger and lemon juice or steep a few cloves. These are all soothing to the stomach and the warm brew is especially comforting if fighting the flu or cold.
  3. Tummy Munchies: Saltines, Digestive biscuits, Animal crackers, Melba toast, Graham squares, Cheerios (without the milk). If it’s morning sickness you are dealing with, I found nibbling on a cracker as soon as I got up in the morning, whether I felt nauseous or not, was very helpful.
  4. Sodas: Flat 7-Up, Coca-Cola, Canada Dry or Cola Syrup. To make a soda flat, pour some back and forth into two cups until all the bubbles are gone. Another way is to open the bottle and leave it out for several hours. You can also try adding a bit of water to speed things up.
  5. Sucking on hard candy works (like peppermints, lifesavers, sour candy).
  6. 1 TBS apple cider vinegar plus 1 TBS honey mixed in 1 cup of water. Can be hot or chilled drink, whichever you prefer.
  7. 1/2 tsp Baking soda in glass of warm water (*a no-no if you’re pregnant).
  8. Sip dill pickle juice.
  9. Fresh lime or lemon squeezed in a cup of water, sprinkle a little salt on top.
  10. 1 tsp cumin seeds mixed with milk, or a glob of yogurt, or eat the seeds plain.
  11. Suck on popsicles, ice chips, ice cubes.
  12. Suck on a wedge of lemon or lime.

Important: Consult a doctor if the reason for feeling ill is unknown and the condition persists for more than a couple days.

Update: Tips that have been shared in the Comments section below (thank you everyone!)…

  • A cold, damp towel wrapped around the neck (this is what hospitals do). (Robert)
  • Tea made with Tumeric and cinnamon sticks. (Kelly)
  • Pink pickled ginger (just like you get with sushi). (Rivahcat).
  • Nibble on a slice of dry toast while sipping black tea. (Kevin)
  • Pretzels (and ditto with the dry toast). (Janie)
  • Black licorice candies help a lot. (Jen)

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    • B.

    I use a spoonful of Cumin followed by a chasing with a small glass of water. I also lost a bunch of weight this way because the cumin relieved my bloating and is also a digestive aid.

      • Tracy

      How do you ingest the cumin? Isn’t it really strong? I could use something for bloating. My hand always feel so tight. Do you notice that? Just curios. Thanks.

    • Robert

    One simple remedy that you seem to have forgotten. Place a cold, damp towel around your neck to relieve nausea. Hospitals do it all the time.

      • Carrie

      Thank you. I feel better already. πŸ™‚

    • kelly

    Tumeric (or ginger) and cinammon sticks in tea are equally good. Many people also found it effective to simply eat something super sour, like mango or dehydrated lemon peel.

    Cola Syrup?? 7-Up or Coca Cola?? These have fructose, traces of aspartame, phosphoric acid and possibly benzene. The rest of the recommended remedies sound great! πŸ™‚

      • Lynn Thomas

      Thanks Kelly. I just bought some tumeric and have been making a hot tea with lemon. Doing that for other reasons, but glad to know it will work for the nausea which has prevented me sleeping tonight (acid reflux).

    • Rivahcat

    For those of you familiar with sushi and its accompaniments, try nibbling a slice or two of the pink pickled ginger (“gari”) which is served with sushi. I’ve used this with success to calm my stomach when I’ve overeaten, overindulged, etc. Plus, it’s a great excuse to eat sushi! πŸ˜‰

    • Pat

    My husband who was a UPS driver gave this remedy: Sip on COKE and eat a Hershey Bar, plain. It works.

    • Kevin

    Ditto on the flat coke for nausea. Later you can try to nibble on a slice of dry toast, and have some black tea.

    • Janie

    Ditto on ginger ale or coke – dry toast or pretzels

    • Jen

    I’ve had nausea on and off for a while now. Mint tea works the best. Flat coke and ginger ale are great too. Black licorice candies (like good and plenty) help lots. Sometimes just a slice of plain bread works. Stay away from processed junk though. Hope this helps!

    • KT

    Whenever I get nauseated, if I put a mint in my mouth or even peppermint gum, it has always gone away. πŸ™‚

      • ratdogs65

      Chewing on Big Red chewing gum helps too.

    • vikki

    my husband has been vomiting for 3 days now but he refuses to take anything or try any homemade remedies, what should i do?

      • BH

      you better persuade him to see a doctor. If he vomits for one day, that’s OK, he just has a normal sickness. But 3 days mean he has a serious illness, and you should take him to see a doctor before it gets worse. Other later effects could include dizziness, headaches and physical pain.

    • Kendra

    I read that Boniva can cause nausea. I took it for the first time and I guess it will be in my system for 390 days since it is a once a month pill. Is there any way to counter act this medicine? I have felt nauseated since taking the pill. What should I do?

    • Holly

    Anything with ginger sure helps me! My sister was the one who suggested ginger snaps to me because she had given some to her dog, who happens to get car sick.

    • Holly

    BTW. Baking soda and water is not a pregnancy no no. It was recommended to me by my Dr. To relieve heartburn and it worked WAY better and faster than tums.

    • chasidy

    The baking soda and warm water does relieve the nausea by making you vomit

    • Linda Jencsik

    I have acid reflux and the vinegar and honey remedy is fantastic! πŸ™‚

    • Jenn

    I’m 13 weeks pregnant with terrible nausea caused by phlegm. It had gotten so bad that I lost 13lbs from being unable to hold down foods. I have found that sipping warm lemon water works nicely. So does putting a tiny wedge of lime inside the cheek and letting it sit there until it’s gone. I’m now able to eat food again and haven’t vomitted in days! It’s miraculous for me.

    • Jennifer R

    Useing Baking Soda during pregnancy for nausea and it’s very safe. The safest to use during pregnancy and found no effects on the baby. Also Sodium Bicarbobate (Baking Soda) is salt but it does not raise blood pressure at all. It’s table salt (Sodium Chloride) that in excess can raise blood pressure and is bad for. It’s the reaction between the Sodium and Chloride that raises the BP.

    • Glenna

    Apple cider vinegar, honey, water, and baking soda is the remedy past down for at least 4 generations. I was told it will either settle your stomach or make you throw up. Either way, problem solved :-).

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