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.

Teas

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.

Capsules

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!

Vitamins

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.

Prevention

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!

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Things To Always Have Around For Nausea

Things To Always Have Around For Nausea

You don’t need to spend the whole day by the toilet!

Everyone gets nausea occasionally. It is just a part of life unfortunately. Some of us (like me) experience it more frequently than others due to a variety of reasons.

The good thing is that there are a lot of things available that can help lessen the severity or get rid of the feeling completely. Since I am the self-professed “queen of nausea,” I wanted to make a post showing some good things to have in your house to deal with it.

All of the great OTC options!

Ginger is something many people have heard about when it comes to alleviating nausea. It has even been found to be superior to Dramamine (OTC drug used for motion sickness). The studies show that it can be effective for nausea that stems from chemotherapy, morning sickness, post-operative and other things.

It is good to keep it around in some form. You can get it in capsules, powder, tea, candy and essential oil. I use the capsules and powder on a daily basis due to the other benefits it has.

Vitamin B6 is something that women with morning sickness are recommended to take. While I didn’t use it during my pregnancy (I did not know that it would help with the morning sickness), I have found it works for my nausea flare-ups.

A dosage of 25 mg taken three times a day is said to be really helpful. It is important to not exceed 100 mg because of the risk of nerve damage.

Unisom is an OTC sleep medication that contains an antihistamine in it. Antihistamines are used a lot for allergies but they also treat nausea. It is safe for pregnant women with morning sickness and many have found great relief from it.

It has worked very well for me in the past. I do not use it as much anymore, admittedly . Even though it is a sleep medication, it did not make me tired for some reason. That was great because it meant that I could take it during the day.

Taking more than two of them a day for long periods of time is not recommended.

Nauzene syrup and chewable tablets are awesome to have around!

Syrup (the box on the left)- This is wonderful for people of all ages who are experiencing mild to severe nausea. It is safe and also has a pleasant, light taste. For me it works extremely well-even better than Zofran (a prescription ant-emetic) sometimes. It takes about 20 minutes or a little less to work. I do experience a bit of a “hangover” type effect with it where I am mildly drowsy but it doesn’t bother me.

A dose of the syrup is one or two tablespoons( an adult would need two). This can be repeated throughout the day. I try not to use it very much because the bottles are small and it can get expensive after a while.

Chewable tablets- These are not very tasty to be honest. They are chalky and the flavor is weird. I am still able to choke them down though. Just like the syrup, they take about 20 minutes to work. One dose is four tablets which can be repeated throughout the day. These are good for mild nausea and/or when you have gotten yourself too full from a meal.

Pink Stork is a wonderful company!

Magnesium body spray is great to have around. Not only for nausea but just to get in your magnesium requirement for the day. Being low in magnesium is said to cause nausea among other things.

Even though this Pink Stork (see here: http://www.pinkstork.com) body spray is marketed for pregnant women, I have found that it takes the edge off my nausea.

Peppermint is something that I (and many others) have found to be great for alleviating nausea. The Tummy Drops (see here: http://www.tummydrops.com) peppermint candy is a new product that I found and it works amazingly well. Other ways to get nausea relief from peppermint are by drinking it in tea form, breathing it in and putting the diluted essential oil on your skin (wrists, neck, belly and feet).

Probiotics!

There is a brand called BeeYoutiful and they offer great probiotics. One of the products is called Tummy Tuneup (see here: https://www.beeyoutiful.com/Tummy-Tuneup-60-Veg-Capsules-p/tummytuneup.htm) and it is absolutely fantastic for helping with nausea! They really take the edge off quickly. I open them up and dump the powder into my mouth so I don’t have to wait for the capsule to be broken down if I swallow it whole.

They also offer it in a chewable tablet form which works great too.


The above picture is of my motion sickness wrist bands. They can take the edge off of nausea through acupuncture pressure points. They are definitely not the most powerful thing for nausea relief, but I believe they are worth it to have around just in case.

Combining them

These things that I listed can be combined instead of just using one of them at a time. This will provide a stronger anti-nausea effect.

Here are ways you can combine them:

  1. Nauzene syrup + ginger powder- Pour out a dose of the syrup and mix some ginger powder into it.
  2. Ginger + peppermint- You could drink a tea that included both of these things or just use both of them in some form throughout the day.
  3. Ginger + Vitamin B6- Consume ginger in some form at the same time as the B6.
  4. Vitamin B6 + Unisom- Take these two at the same time. This combination is taken by a lot of pregnant women who have morning sickness. It will work for any kind of nausea though.
  5. All of them- I have had days where I used all of these things in one day. Hey, I was extremely desperate!

I hope these options help you

Nausea is an awful feeling. I have battled chronic nausea ever since I gave birth to my son so I feel for whoever else has to experience it.

The remedies I have listed may not work for everyone but I wanted to share them just in case someone was looking for relief.

What do you use/do for nausea?

Thanks for reading!

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