Vomiting is generally not a serious health problem. Most often, it is your body’s reaction to a temporary problem. Some of the main causes behind vomiting are excessive eating, pregnancy, drinking too much alcohol, food poisoning, viral infections, and stomach disorders.
Some of the warning signs vomiting may be excess salvia in the mouth, dizziness, fluctuating body temperature and increased heartbeat. If you notice these signs, try some of these easy and simple home remedies.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for vomiting.
Ginger is good for your digestive system and blocks unnecessary secretion in the stomach that can cause vomiting. It works as a natural anti-emetic. To prevent vomiting:
- Try some ginger tea with a little sugar or eat some fresh gingerbread or fresh ginger slices with salt.
- Alternatively, you can mix one teaspoon each of ginger juice and lemon juice and consume it several times a day.
- Another simple alternative is to chew a piece of fresh ginger with or without honey.
2. Rice Water
Rice water helps alleviate vomiting, especially when it is caused by gastritis. While preparing rice water, use white rice not brown rice as it is rich in starch and easier to digest.
- Boil a cup of rice in one to one and a half cup of water.
- Strain the solution.
- Drink this rice water.
Cinnamon helps to treat nausea as well as vomiting. Pregnant women should not use this remedy.
- In a cup of boiling water, add one-half teaspoon cinnamon powder or one cinnamon stick and steep for a few minutes.
- Strain the water and sweeten it with one tablespoon of honey. Sip it slowly.
- Do this at least two to three times a day.
Mint tea can provide relief from vomiting.
- To make mint tea, add one tablespoon of dried mint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Steep it for half an hour, strain it and your tea is ready.
- You can chew the mint leaves used for making the tea. If fresh mint leaves are available, you can even chew them to cure vomiting.
- You can make an alternative soothing solution by combining one teaspoon lemon juice to mint juice and have it at regular intervals.
The smell of vomit can sometimes cause more vomiting.
- To freshen your breath and prevent further vomiting, rinse your mouth with one teaspoon of vinegar diluted in half a cup of water.
- Apple cider vinegar also can help stop repeated vomiting. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey in a glass of water. Drink it twice daily.
Cloves have antiseptic and anesthetic properties that help in digestion and can also cure vomiting.
- You can chew some raw cloves or use a few cloves to make a cup of tea to treat vomiting.
- You can also put a few drops of clove oil in a glass of warm water and drink it slowly.
- Another way to use cloves during vomiting is to mix the powder of dried cloves with honey and swallow it.
Aniseed has many medicinal properties and can help treat vomiting.
- Simply chew a teaspoon of aniseed for some quick relief.
- You can drink a cup of herbal tea. Put one-half teaspoon of aniseed in half a cup of boiling water. Steep for a few minutes and strain it before drinking it.
- You can also sprinkle roasted aniseed on mild vegetables such as carrots or pumpkin.
One of the best and easiest home remedies for vomiting is cumin.
- Mix one-half tablespoon of grounded cumin seeds with water and drink it.
- You can also mix one teaspoon of cumin seeds and a pinch of nutmeg in a cup of boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes. Strain the mixture and then drink it.
- Add some cumin powder and cardamom powder to one teaspoon of honey and take it slowly.
9. Onion Juice
Onion juice can help combat nausea and vomiting.
- Mix one teaspoon of onion juice with one teaspoon of grated ginger.
- Swallow this mixture at regular intervals to cure vomiting.
- You can also drink some onion juice followed by a cup of cold peppermint tea. The unique combination of onion juice and peppermint will soothe your stomach and help ease vomiting.
Milk can also be used to treat vomiting but you must not drink it alone.
- You can drink milk along with a light and easy-to-digest snack such as soda crackers.
- You can also opt for milk toast, which is easy to make and good for your stomach. Heat one cup of milk until warm and put it in a bowl. Take a piece of toast, slightly buttered, and add it to the milk. Eat it slowly.
These natural remedies should help make you feel better. If your condition does not improve, consult your doctor.
Diet for Vomiting
Once vomiting begins, the first thing to do is avoid any solid foods. This is not really difficult to do as vomiting is usually accompanied by a complete loss of appetite. The next step to take is to increase your liquid intake to prevent dehydration. If vomiting persists for more than 24 hours and no liquids can be retained, it is recommended that you have an electrolyte solution to maintain the balance in the body. If you cannot get your hands on a commercially available solution, you can prepare your own electrolyte solution by mixing 8 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in one-quart of water.
Clear liquids such as water, clear soups, soda, herbal teas, and ginger ale can help calm the stomach and keep you hydrated. Ice chips, gelatin, and juices are also handy when suffering from nausea and vomiting.
Once the vomiting has stopped you can slowly introduce solid foods back into your diet in the form of clear broths, crackers and dry toast. Children can start with bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. At this point of time in your recovery, avoid multi-grain and high fiber foods, as they may be a little difficult to digest. Boiled potatoes, plain pasta, baked chicken, and white rice are easier to eat and retain. As you start to feel better, add cooked vegetables and meats back into your diet, but avoid using too much oil or spices. Dairy products should be avoided for a little longer as they can aggravate the stomach lining. Eat small meals throughout the day and avoid heavy, over-processed and fatty foods for sometime after your vomiting stops.