Having an upset stomach is a common thing that happens in life. It can occur for a variety of reasons and is always uncomfortable!
Whatever the reason is, there are a lot of things that can be done about it. This post will provide you with compiled lists of ways to treat an icky stomach.
There are certain types of teas made from herbs and spices that may help upset stomachs. They are as follows:
- Belly Comfort tea from Traditional Medicinals
- Ginger- Comes in tea bags or you can mix with 1 tsp of powdered ginger with 3/4 cup of hot water. Can be mixed with turmeric (1 tsp) and nutmeg (1/2 tsp). This can be drank three times a day.
- Turmeric- Same as the ginger tea above.
- Nutmeg- Use 1/2 teaspoon of this in other teas. Three times a day.
- Cayenne– Use 1 teaspoon of this in other teas (if you can handle it!). Three times a day.
- Lemon- You can squeeze some lemon juice in hot water. This can be combined with the other things on this list.
- Chamomile– You can find this in tea bags at most grocery stores. Drink three to five cups a day.
- Slippery elm– This plant comes in powder which can be mixed into hot water. Great for sore throats too!
- Peppermint– A classic treatment for upset stomachs. Peppermint tea bags can be found in most grocery stores. You can drink 3-5 cups a day.
- Fennel- You can make tea with fennel powder or get something like Heather’s Tummy Teas Fennel Tea Bags.
- Red raspberry leaf– Traditional Medicinals sells this in tea bag form. You can drink three to four cups a day to relieve an upset stomach. It also helps to soothe a sore throat.
- CBD- This can be made into a tea to drink multiple times a day. Be careful though, if you have too much it may make your stomach worse.
Helpful things can be found in capsule forms too! Here are some to consider getting:
- Slippery elm
- Fennel seed
It takes a longer time for something in a capsule to work because of the way our bodies have to break it down. This is just a warning that this method of intake will result in a longer wait for relief than other methods.
Here are essential oils that are said to help us out specifically with upset stomachs:
- Sweet orange
- Quease Ease– This product is a mix of different essential oils.
You can dilute the essential oils in carrier oils to rub on your skin, diffuse them and/or sniff them straight from the bottle!
The following are vitamins that can help with upset stomachs:
- Vitamin B6– No more than 100 mg should be taken per day.
- Magnesium- This is best taken in spray form if fast relief is wanted. Pink Stork brand offers a magnesium morning sickness spray that may work for other types of stomach upsets as well.
Fruit, candy and lozenges
There are things available to eat and suck on that may help with an upset stomach. They are as follows:
- Peppermint candy
- Preggie Pop Drops
- Ginger- Comes in chews and hard candies
- Upspring Stomach Settle Drops
- Tummy Drops
- Lemon candy- Lemonheads are a great choice!
- Frozen banana- You can cut up bananas and freeze them. When you are not feeling well, you can take them out to suck/nibble on.
- Lemon slices- Nibbling on some slices of lemon may help a bad stomach.
- CBD gummies- CBD also comes in gummy form from various brands. Remember that too much CBD may make things worse.
There are some helpful products you can find in the medicine sections of stores. They are as follows:
- Nauzene– These products come in a lightly flavored syrup and chewable tablets.
- Benedryl- This is a kind of anti-histamine that some people say works well for nausea. Be careful with this as it may cause excess drowsiness.
- Meclizine- This is in the anti-histamine class of drugs but it is marketed towards helping with nausea. It comes in drowsy and non-drowsy forms. There are caplets, patches and chewable pills. The chewables will provide faster relief.
- Dramamine- This is aimed at helping with motion sickness but it might help with any kind. It comes in drowsy and non-drowsy. There are regular tablets, chewable tablets and syrup.
- Pepto Bismal- The famous pink stuff! Comes in liquid, chewable and regular caplet form.
- Unisom- This is marketed as a product that helps you sleep but it also may relieve nausea.
Make sure to check if there are any interactions with these and any medicine you take on a daily basis.
The following are anti-nausea medications you can get through a doctor’s prescription:
- Ativan (not as likely to get a prescription for this one)
Here are some other things that may help with upset stomachs:
- Vicks VapoRub– Rub some on your upper lip, wrists, abdomen and feet.
- Rubbing alcohol- Dab a little on your upper lip.
- Baking soda- Mix two teaspoons of this in one cup of water to drink.
- Drink flat pop
- Sip on ginger beer
- Nibble on saltine crackers or dry toast.
- Wear motion sickness bands.
- Expose yourself to cold temperatures- This can mean going outside if it is pretty cold out, sitting in front of a blasting fan and/or taking a cold shower.
Using multiples of them
Multiple of these remedies can be used during the day (or days) that you are sick. Just make sure that they will not interact with any medication you may be taking.
Using multiple may provide for even more relief than if you just used one. Here are some ideas:
- Taking vitamin B6, Unisom and using a magnesium spray.
- Mixing anti-nausea syrup with ginger powder.
- Drinking the teas along with taking Zofran.
- Wearing motion sickness bands while trying some of the other remedies.
Just try multiple things and you are bound to find at least some relief.
There are some things that you can take that may prevent bad stomach situations. They are as follows:
- Grape juice- Drinking one cup a day seems to prevent stomach viruses for whatever reason.
- Oil of oregano gel caps or liquid drops- Taking these may prevent and stop stomach viruses (and other types of viruses) in their tracks.
- Digestive enzymes- These are to be taken with food as they help in the digestion process. This is great for those that have upset stomachs frequently after eating.
- Daily probiotics- These help to keep your gut healthy.
- Sensible diet- Having a diet that is not full of junk food may help prevent frequent stomach problems.
When to see a doctor
If your stomach problems are not going away at all and/or getting worse, you may need to seek medical care. The idea of going in to see a doctor may be scary right now due to the pandemic but there are tele-health appointment options to at least get the ball rolling on next steps to take.
So there you have it!
There are a lot of things mentioned in this post that can help with a bad stomach. Some of them may already be in your house!
Hopefully one or more of these will help you when you really need it.
Let me know if you have tried anything listed for your upset stomach and how it went!
Thanks for reading!
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