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Nausea is a symptom, not a disease. It is a sick feeling in the stomach that may or may not lead to vomiting. Nausea can be caused by many things including traffic fumes, pollution, intestinal parasites, nervousness, prescription drugs, too much alcohol, digestive infections, migraine headaches, inner ear disorders, overindulgence in food, emotional stress, food poisoning, motion sickness, pregnancy, colic, liver disorders, and even heart attack.

In cases of nausea resulting from liver problems, dandelion or yellow dock tea is a great help. Drink three cups a day for best results. Ginger is a great way to stop nausea caused by motion sickness. Chew candied ginger pieces, take in capsule form, or drink as tea. For added strength combine ginger with horehound or chamomile.

Morning sickness in pregnancy can often be relieved by eating crackers or dry toast. Keep theses snacks beside the bed and eat a few bites before rising for added effectiveness. Sometimes sucking on ice chips or drinking a little fresh juice can help keep morning sickness under control.

Baby's colic is often caused by what the mother eats. When nursing an infant, mothers should avoid cabbage, onions, garlic, yeast bread, fried foods, and caffeine. Do not give cow's milk to babies with colic. In emergency situations try goat or soy milk instead. Sometimes diluted apple juice with a pinch of turmeric can help relieve colic. Often a little lemon juice and maple syrup mixed with water can soothe and relieve. Other remedies include catnip or fennel tea with honey. Young children may also benefit from a ginger compress applied to the stomach. Use a clean cloth soaked in warm ginger tea and hold gently on child's stomach until cool.

One old time remedy says that an upset stomach can be relieved by eating a cucumber soaked in water. Another remedy calls for lots of fiber such as bran or barley cereal. Yogurt is often recommended to ease nausea. Others may find that peppermint, spearmint, or sweet basil offer excellent results.

Activated charcoal can sometimes stop nausea due to food poisoning. Deep breathing may help in cases due to stress. Acupressure may also bring good results. Apply pressure to the hollow on the inside of each elbow. Press three times for ten seconds each time. Nausea may also benefit from a gentle massage. Rub abdomen with peppermint essential oil, chamomile essential oil, or lavender essential oil blended with good carrier oil.

Cloves are good for stopping nausea. Add one or two drops of clove oil to a cup of chamomile tea. Powdered cloves may be sprinkled on food. Another good herbal blend for treating nausea includes milk thistle seed, catnip, goldenseal, yellowroot, and rosehips. Spices and herbs were once added to foods to prevent food poisoning and nausea. These same ingredients can be utilized today and are found in most American kitchens. Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, basil, fennel seed, and cloves can be mixed with water or juice for a great tasting nausea remedy.

* Nausea with cold sweats, chest pain, and breathlessness may be signs of a heart attack. Seek professional help immediately. Violent projectile vomiting should also be considered an emergency. Always consult with a healthcare professional before taking any herbal remedy especially when pregnant or nursing.

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