Don’t Rock the Boat: Ways to Manage Motion Sickness
Motion sickness is an unwelcome companion on any trip. Nausea and dizziness occur when there’s a disturbance in your inner ear caused by repetitive or intense motion, like the swell of the sea, the movement of a car, or turbulence on an airplane.
Traveling to your favorite destination doesn’t need to be unpleasant. There are a few easy things you can do to avoid these queasy feelings — especially if you’re headed out for one last hurrah before summer ends.
First, you’ll want to try to stop motion sickness before it starts. This means making sure you never travel on an empty stomach, which can make symptoms worse. Eat a small, low-fat meal or snacks like crackers and peanut butter. Also be sure to face forward when seated on a boat, train, or car. Focusing on a distant, stationary object like the horizon or landscape can help as well.
Distraction is a technique that can help once symptoms have started. Try having a conversation, listening to music, or singing songs. Peppermint or ginger lozenges can offer temporary relief from nausea and keep your mouth busy, too. Unfortunately, reading may make nausea worse, so either avoid it or limit it to small 5-minute intervals.
Finally, never leave home without your homeopathy kit, and stock it with a few different motion sickness medicines to account for unique situations you may encounter. Nux vomica is a valuable medicine to have any time. Not only does it help with hangovers and jetlag, but the 30C dilution targets motion sickness with irritability for not being in control of driving.* For air travel, Borax 30C helps relieves travel sickness, especially in planes during downward acceleration.* Cocculus indicus 6C is used for nausea and vomiting with vertigo and feeling weak, and improved by heat.* Try Tabacum 6C if you experience nausea from motion sickness that is accompanied by hypersalivation, aggravated by the slightest movement, and improved by fresh air or closing the eyes.*
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*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.