BIG List of Remedies for an Upset Stomach

BIG List of Remedies for an Upset Stomach

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:

  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Slippery elm
  • Fennel seed
  • CBD

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.

Essential oils

Here are essential oils that are said to help us out specifically with upset stomachs:

  • Nutmeg
  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Eucalyptus
  • 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

Chock full of B6, B12 and magnesium which can help settle stomachs!

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.

OTC products

Rugby is a great brand.

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.

Prescription medication

The following are anti-nausea medications you can get through a doctor’s prescription:

  • Zofran
  • Phenergan
  • Ativan (not as likely to get a prescription for this one)

Other remedies

These little bands are great to have around!

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.
  • Weed
  • 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

One may not be enough.

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.


Powerful stuff right here!

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!

#nausea #upsetstomach #supplements #essentialoils #teas #medications #herbs #spices #sick

Fertile Window Flu: Yes, It Happens!

Fertile Window Flu: Yes, It Happens!

Feeling sick sucks! Especially when it is every month.

We hear a lot about PMS and the misery it can cause for some women. Less is heard about the hormonal misery that can occur during other parts of our menstrual cycles.

If you find that you feel sick around the time that you ovulate, you are not alone! We shall call this the, “fertile window flu”.

When our fertile windows are

The windows in time in which we may fall pregnant during our cycles, depends on the length of our cycles. This varies in every woman.

They say that our chances of getting pregnant are the highest about five days before and the day of ovulation. Many healthcare experts will throw out day 14 of our cycles as being when many women ovulate. This is based on a 28 day cycle which is considered average.

The shorter your cycle the earlier you ovulate. The longer your cycle, the later you ovulate. This puts us at the possibility of ovulation occurring on days 8-22.

Hormones during our fertile windows

Our hormones do different things at different times during our cycles. When we are in our fertile windows our estrogen and testosterone get higher.

Another hormone called the luteinizing hormone (LH), also gets higher at this time in our cycles. Its surge is what triggers ovulation to happen.

The fertile window flu

The same flu symptoms that can be caused by the hormones leading up to our periods, can happen during our fertile windows.

For women that also deal with PMS, experiencing the fertile window flu can make it feel like they only get a few days of feeling well each cycle. This can be really frustrating to them.

Another unfortunate thing about the fertile window flu is that it can be just as bad or even worse than the PMS symptoms one may experience. The following is a list of symptoms that can comprise the fertile window flu:

  • Chills
  • Brain fog
  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Joint pain
  • Body aches
  • Bloating
  • GERD flare-ups
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sore throat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Insomnia
  • Elevated temperature

Sound familiar? It can be just like a real flu. In addition to these flu-like symptoms during the fertile window, women may experience ovulation cramps on top of it. Not cool!

Why the fertile window flu happens

Some women are just incredibly sensitive to hormonal changes which may cause the flu symptoms. Other causes for this happening can include actually being sick, experiencing stress, starting a new diet, changing/starting medication and starting supplements.

What to do if you experience this flu

If a woman deals with the fertile window flu and/or the period flu (let’s use this term to mean PMS here), there are some things they can try to eliminate or reduce the symptoms. They are as follows:

  • Birth control- Going on hormonal birth control may help balance out your hormones so that your body responds to them in a less harsh way.
  • Change up your diet- It could be wise to look at the food you eat and change things up. Some women have reported that they have had easier cycles after cutting out extra sugar and dairy.
  • Have better sleep hygiene- Getting a good amount of sleep (they say 8 hours a night) is important for our bodies. Crappy sleep can mess up our cycles.
  • Stress relief- A lot of stress can affect us physically in negative ways. It is important to practice stress relief techniques if you find it to be a significant problem. These techniques can include meditation, Yoga, listening to nice music and engaging in favorite hobbies.
  • Treat the pain- If you experience pain during these times in your cycle, there are some things you can do for it. These include taking pain relievers, CBD oil, hot packs, warm baths and slathering on Vicks VapoRub.
  • Treating nausea and GERD- There are quite a few OTC products that you can take to ease these types of symptoms. They include ginger (comes in many forms), chamomile tea, red raspberry leaf tea, peppermint (tea, candy, essential oil), vitamin B6, Pepcid and antiemetics (such as Zofran and Meclizine).
  • Treat bloating- Bloating can happen during both the fertile window and PMS. It can be treated by doing certain Yoga moves, drinking peppermint tea, drinking dandelion root tea, taking warm baths and possibly using Gas-X.
  • Treat sore throats- It may seem crazy that our hormones can cause sore throats, but it does happen. To treat a sore throat, you can use the same things that work for when you have an actual flu or cold. This includes sucking on throat drops, drinking hot teas (red raspberry leaf, chamomile, turmeric etc.) and putting Vicks VapoRub on your throat area.
  • Treating the chills- This sensation with or without a fever, is extremely uncomfortable. To deal with them you can rub yourself down with Vicks VapoRub, take Tylenol, drink hot teas, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Treating exhaustion- If you are feeling utterly exhausted, the best thing to do is try to rest as much as possible if you can. Pushing through it may make things worse for you.
  • Treating nasal issues- To treat a stuffed up or a runny nose, there are a few things you can do. These include using a humidifier, saline nose sprays, breathing in peppermint essential oil and staying hydrated.
  • Treating diarrhea- Yes, hormones can cause this yucky symptom. To treat it you have to make sure you stay hydrated and you can also use Imodium (an anti-diarrheal medication). If you are actually sick though, Imodium is not recommended.

These are just some ideas and there are probably even more ways to deal with the hormonal flu.

It is also a great idea to track down the hormonal symptoms you have each day in your cycle along with your moods, diet and exercise. This will help you notice patterns in how you feel and to really see what helps or makes things worse. You can get yourself a nice health journal or just us a notebook.

Other things one can experience during their fertile window

There are other uncomfortable symptoms that some women have to deal with when they are in their fertile windows. They are as follows:

  • Acne and/or oily skin
  • Cravings
  • Worsening of mood
  • Sensitivity to smells
  • Bleeding and irritated gums
  • Excess thirst
  • Itchiness/rashes

My experience with the fertile window flu

Ever since I gave birth, I have dealt with moderate to severe physical symptoms during my fertile window. It has been really tough.

The fertile window issues I deal with include horrible nausea, lightheadedness, gassiness, bloating and painful cramping. Sometimes these occur only two out of the six days and other times it lasts the full six days.

I have been through the gamut of testing which has never led to any answers. It was not until I began to track my cycles more that I realized my issues were hormonally related.

My doctors have prescribed me birth control pills and anti-depressants. The problem is that birth control makes me feel even worse (I have tried several) and I am not interested in taking anti-depressants.

Since there really is nothing else a doctor can do for me, I have taken my health into my own hands. This involves me taking antiemetics, staying hydrated, using hot packs and taking Tylenol (does not always work that great unfortunately).

From now on I will also be drinking red raspberry leaf tea everyday to see if it helps anything.

You are not alone

If you find yourself feeling physically miserable during the mid-point of your cycle, know that there are many other women who feel the same. It is really unfortunate that some of us have to go through this as it can really get in the way of life.

Hopefully, the ideas to help get through the fertile window flu will be of use to anyone that is reading this and has to deal with it.

Thanks for reading!

#periodproblems  #womenshealth  #menstrualcycle  #hormones  #sick  #symptoms  #supplements

New Research Suggests Green Tea May Be of Use In The COVID-19 Fight

New Research Suggests Green Tea May Be of Use In The COVID-19 Fight

Yay for Matcha tea!

If you have read my other posts, you may know that I love tea. A nice hot, steaming cup is very therapeutic to me.

I came across recent articles from medical research sites that went over the possible use of green tea as a preventative and treatment option for COVID-19. Needless to say, this really excited me!

Health benefits of tea have been touted for a while now

Green tea has been gaining in popularity over the years. This is due to the benefits some researchers say that it has. They are as follows:

  1. May lower cholesterol
  2. May lower high blood pressure
  3. May help with weight loss
  4. Provides energy without jitters
  5. May help with skin conditions such as aging and acne
  6. May have anti-inflammatory effects
  7. May protect against cavities
  8. May help regulate blood sugar levels

These alleged benefits are said to be due to the tea’s content of a catechin called, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). To get as much EGCG as you can, here are things one can do:

  1. Drink multiple cups a day- Research says 3-5 cups is best.
  2. Drink between meal times- This is so you can absorb all of the EGCG instead of having it bind to the food you are eating.
  3. Pick green tea with the most EGCG in it- Loose leaf teas with the most EGCG are Gyokuro, Matcha and Sencha. Tea brands that sell tea bags with the most EGCG include Celestial Seasonings and Lipton with Stash having the lowest amount.
  4. Go straight for the EGCG- This catechin is sold by itself as a supplement from a few different brands.

What the articles are saying (extremely simple explanation)

Green tea has been known to have a possibility of treating viruses such as HIV, Influenza and the Rotavirus. There are now a few research articles stating its use in the war against COVID-19, too.

The constituents in green tea (EGCG being one of them) are said to have antiviral effects. When it comes to fighting COVID-19, it possibly does this several ways. These ways include inhibition, interaction and binding activity

But wait, I have had green tea daily for years

I have been drinking multiple cups of green tea per day for years now and I still got COVID-19 in March.

This is probably due to me not drinking the kind of green tea that has a high amount of the constituents discussed in the articles and because the research is not definitive.

Green tea may not actually do anything

Some say green tea has health benefits, some say it has absolutely no benefits.

I do not think it will do miraculous things to our health but I am still going to drink it. If in the off shoot it is actually doing my body some good (maybe it kept me from having to go to the hospital?), then great!

The main thing I really love about seeing these articles is that there are people working immensely hard on trying to figure this new virus out. This gives me so much hope.

Do you like green tea? If so, what brand/kind do you drink?

Thanks for reading!

Some articles-

#greentea #health #covid19 #covidlonghaulers #supplements #virology

Coenzyme Q10 For COVID-19 Long-Haulers

Coenzyme Q10 For COVID-19 Long-Haulers

There have been quite a few things that get recommended in the treatment for COVID-19 “long-hauling” symptoms. They are purely anecdotal but many of us who are dealing with the post-viral issues are willing to try different things that could possibly help us.

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the supplements mentioned by Long Haulers as being of use in the relief of some symptoms. I started taking it a few weeks ago now and I wanted to talk about it in this post.

What Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10) is

This is an essential nutrient found in the body. The levels of it decrease in us as we age.

It is also found in food with the highest amounts being in organ meats, mackerel, soybeans, broccoli, rainbow trout, peanuts and pistachios. Although these may contain more of the nutrient than other types of food, they still only have a very small amount.

Because CoQ10 is hard to get from food, many people choose to supplement with it due to the many alleged benefits it has. These benefits are as follows:

  1. May promote heart health
  2. May treat diabetic neuropathy
  3. May prevent or lessen headaches and migraines
  4. May help with muscle weakness
  5. May reduce chest pain
  6. May improve lung function
  7. May improve hearing issues and tinnitus
  8. May improve PCOS features- Fertility, acne, hair loss, high blood sugars, high cholesterol
  9. May increase fertility in men and women
  10. May strengthen immune system
  11. May boost energy
  12. May reduce blood pressure
  13. May improve gum health
  14. May act as an neuroprotectant
  15. May improve the look of aging skin

The reasons that COVID-19 Long-Haulers choose to take CoQ10 are as follows:

  1. Lingering chest pain
  2. Heart health- COVID-19 can cause heart damage, heart attacks and myocarditis.
  3. Muscle problems- Some Long-Haulers complain of muscle weakness, pain and tingling.
  4. Breathing issues- Many Long-Haulers have to deal with shortness of breath.
  5. Fatigue- Many Long-Haulers battle fatigue on a daily basis.
  6. Brain fog- Many Long-Haulers say that they have problems thinking and concentrating.

CoQ10 can be bought in capsules and powder form. The recommended dosage ranges from 100-300 mg per day. Side effects may include GI upset and insomnia.

My experience with it

One of my lingering symptoms since the acute phase of my COVID-19 infection in March have been chest aches. They have not been on a severe level but pretty uncomfortable.

I was really worried at first about what the aching could possibly mean. Thoughts of whether or not I had heart damage or some horrible chest infection, filled my head.

I could not convince my primary care doctor to allow me to have tests done on my chest/heart so I looked to the Long-Hauler support group for help. Some wonderful people there told me about how trying a CoQ10 supplement might help.

We actually had some in our cabinet so I decided to start taking 100 mg right away. I knew that people in the group were taking higher amounts but I am sensitive to medications/supplements and I did not want to risk having bad side effects.

After about a week of taking CoQ10, I can honestly say that the chest aches seemed to reduce in frequency. I would go from having them every night for the whole night to having them only last a couple hours.

The aches just kept gradually going away. I have not actually experienced any for almost a week now!

While I am really excited about this, I can not say definitively if there is a correlation or causation when it comes to the CoQ10 and the aching. It could have been just time that healed my chest- like the chills I used to get.

Being a Long-Hauler is tough

This virus is definitely not the flu and I hate when people say that. All of these symptoms that us long-haulers deal with can be annoying, scary and/or devestating.

While I am lucky that I do not have really severe problems that greatly disrupt my life, I would love to not have to experience any of my lingering symptoms anymore.

I do not know if CoQ10 is the thing that is helping me but since it is not hurting me- I will continue to take it for now.

Do any of you guys take CoQ10? Do you think it is helping you in any way?

Thanks for reading!


#coq10 #covid19 #covidlonghauler #postviral #symptoms #health #supplements

Is This PMDD? I certainly Think So!

Is This PMDD? I certainly Think So!

This is my mood certain days of the month.

Something sure is up with me. My menstrual cycle symptoms in general are just ridiculous.

In doing one of my many Google searches for other’s experiences with severe hormonal issues, I came across a condition called PMDD. I decided to look into this more and talk about in this post!

What is PMDD?

PMDD stands for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and is considered the severe form of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). It is said to affect about 5% of women.

Here are some symptoms of PMDD:

  1. Extreme mood shifts- Changing between different moods
  2. Extreme moods- Intense depression, aggression, anxiety, paranoia etc.
  3. Physical symptoms- Heart palpitations, fatigue, cravings, breast pain, bloating, GI upset etc.
  4. Brain fog
  5. Sensory sensitivity

Some of the things listed above can occur with PMS but the difference is that they are more intense and disrupting of life with PMDD.

Doctors diagnose women with this condition if they experience at least five symptoms that are intense and get in the way of their daily lives. The following is an example of a PMDD diagnosis profile:

  1. Severe depression
  2. Feeling like people in their life do not like/love them
  3. Lack of interest in things that they normally like
  4. Binge eating
  5. Quitting jobs suddenly based on temporarily heightened emotions
  6. Bad insomnia

If one is wondering whether they have PMDD, it is a great idea to keep track of the symptoms they experience each day of their cycle. A health planner would be wonderful for this or just a regular notebook.

The cause of PMDD is not well known. It is postulated that women who fit the diagnosis criteria are just extremely sensitive to hormonal fluctuations that occur each menstrual cycle.

The current PMDD treatment options are as follows:

  1. Diet- cutting out caffeine, excess sugars, and alcohol.
  2. Antidepressants
  3. Birth control pills- Examples of some that may help PMDD more than others include Seasonique, Amethyst, Mirena and Lo Loestrin FE.
  4. Getting good sleep
  5. Supplements- Some have had success with calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium and fish oil.
  6. Meditation

There have been some reports of women with PMDD having success with micro dosing psilocybin, CBD and weed to treat their symptoms. It is important to look into these three things before trying them out.

My hormonal issues

Like I said before, my menstrual cycle symptoms are bad! I have always had discomfort at certain days during the month but ever since I had a child, things have gotten much worse.

Here are all of the lovely things I deal with during my menstrual cycle:

  1. Intense bouts of sadness during fertile window and before my period starts.
  2. Massive cravings
  3. Quick to anger
  4. Extreme Irritability
  5. Feeling like I am worthless and dumb.
  6. Can not stop thinking about the sexual/emotional abuse I endured at 14-15 years old.
  7. Severe GI upset and bloating
  8. Panic attacks and anxiety
  9. Trembling legs
  10. Severe itching

These problems have definitely disrupted my life in that they have led me to quit jobs. I find it so hard to work when I am dealing with all these things going on.

If having severe menstrual cycle symptoms were more common than it is, I do not believe that many women would be able to be successful in the workforce. Feeling extremely upset, enraged, mentally fogged up, panic stricken, like you are going to throw up all the time and more is not conducive to successful days at work.

I have PMDD

I am just going to go ahead and diagnose myself with this condition. There is no use having a doctor’s appointment for it because they will not help me at all.

I have been trying for a long time to fix my hormonal issues and I am still searching for the right thing (or things) that can help. I would say that the physical symptoms are the worst part of all this for me so I need to find something that will address them better.

I will continue doing/taking these things for PMDD:

  1. Vitamin B6
  2. Getting good sleep
  3. Intermittent fasting for 16 hours and watching my carbs
  4. Anti-nausea supplements that take the edge off

I may consider the following:

  1. Adding in magnesium into my routine- The magnesium spray I had been using was giving me bad stomach cramps and insomnia which made me stop taking it. I need to find one that does not make me feel like that because it is an important nutrient.
  2. Reducing my caffeine intake- Right now I take 500 mg of caffeine a day which is considered over the recommended amount. I might try to get this down to 200 mg a day to see if that helps anything.
  3. Adding in calcium into my routine- I had planned on doing this a while back but never ended up doing it.
  4. Meditation- I keep reading about how much this can help different ailments so I may start trying it.

I feel for anyone who deals with horrible hormonal symptoms

PMDD sucks for sure. I would not wish it on my worst enemy.

I really hope that one day, I will be able to overcome my severe hormonal issues or at least reduce them by a lot.

Do any of you have tough menstrual cycles, too?

Thanks for reading!


#pmdd  #pms  #pcos  #womenshealth  #periodproblems  #menstrualcycle  #health  #supplements  #mentalhealth