What’s better than discovering the world on a memorable road trip? Hitting the road is a great way to detach from your monotonous and stressful life while also exploring the world, embracing the unexpected, and broadening your mind. Road trips with family and friends can be fun and rewarding, especially if you take time to prepare for the trip ahead.
One of the most common issues triggered by road trips is travel sickness, and yet many people often neglect the problem, which can dampen the fun and take a toll on one’s health. If you’re among those who are affected by travel sickness, you can try some of these natural remedies to prevent feeling giddy or nauseous when you’re out and about.
Before hitting the road:
1. Ginger - Ginger has been used to treat motion sickness for centuries. This miracle ingredient contains gingerols and shogoals that help prevent nausea and vomiting by restraining the chemoreceptor trigger zone that causes vomiting.
How to use it: There are various ways of using ginger to combat travel sickness:
Ginger tea: Wash, peel, and cut fresh ginger into pieces. Then add boiling water and allow it to stand for about 10-15 minutes. Drink this tea before leaving on the trip.
Powered ginger: Add half a teaspoon of powered ginger to a glass of water and drink it about half an hour before leaving.
Peppermint essential oil - Peppermint oil helps reduce nausea or vomiting due to its antiemetic and antispasmodic properties. There are various ways of using peppermint oil to avoid travel sickness before leaving on your road trip.
How to use it:
Diffuse one or two drops in your diffuser and inhale.
Add a few drops to cool or warm bath.
Add one drop to a glass of cold or hot water and drink it before hitting the road.
Apple cider vinegar. This ingredient has alkaline and pH-balancing properties which helps reduce nausea by balancing the pH and the alkaline ratios in the stomach.
How to use it:
Mix two tablespoons of honey and apple cider vinegar with lukewarm water to prepare a solution. Now drink this solution before starting the journey.
Mugwort. This herb has been used for centuries to cure indigestion, stomach pain, acidity, and travel sickness by calming the stomach.
How to use it:
Take one ounce of fresh mugwort leaves and boil them in two cups to water and stir well. Remove from heat and steep for about 10 minutes and strain the tea. Drink this twice a day for at least one or two days prior to leaving on the road trip.
Just before the departure put a drop of mugwort oil on your tongue.
During the trip:
Acupressure: Acupressure is an ancient method of healing that uses finger and hand pressure to stimulate key points on the body. This technique helps with motion sickness by balancing the flow of energy through the body.
If you feel sick during the trip, use your thumb to press your inner arm three fingers-width up from the cease of your wrist. Hold this position until the symptoms subside.
While travelling, carry an acupressure wristband or bracelet to maintain the pressure throughout the trip.
Olives: Olives contain tannins, which help reduce saliva that triggers nausea and vomiting.
Eat a few olives during your trip.
Crackers: Travel sickness is aggravated on an empty stomach, so don’t ever travel without eating something. Always carry digestible foods like salty crackers to fill your stomach and prevent nausea and vomiting.
Lemons: The citric acid present in lemons helps to prevent vomiting by relaxing the stomach. During the road trip, smell lemons or suck on lemon wedges for quick relief.
Take control: Motion sickness tends to occur when the victim is sitting in the passenger or back seat. Sometimes it’s helpful to volunteer to drive when you experience symptoms. –Akhila