I’ve gotten car sick for as long as I can remember! When I was younger it tended to only happen if I was in the back seat of the car or reading a book. Now it seems to happen all the time! It doesn’t help that I live in a small town and have to drive through a canyon on a winding road to get to any major shopping. I’ve really gotten fed up with getting sick every time I ride in the passenger seat, so I decided to find some natural ways to cut back on my car sickness.
- Put 1-3 drops of the oil of your choice behind your ears, on your stomach, or on your wrists. Repeat hourly if the nausea remains.
- Directly in hale the oils 4-6 times per hour or as needed.
- Place 1-4 drops of oil on your tongue.
- Put a couple drops of oil on a cotton ball and lodge it into one of the car air vents.
- Dab a bit of oil on your fingers then hold your fingers in front of the air vents.
If your car sickness is especially bad, start the above remedies a few hours before you travel.
My mom always gave me ginger ale when I had an upset stomach as a kid! Ginger works for motion sickness as well. You can infuse water or juice with fresh ginger, suck on ginger hard candies, eat ginger cookies, rub ginger essential oil on your wrists, or go back to the old stand-by of an ice cold glass of ginger ale. You can even make your own ginger gummies!
I’ve found that my car sickness is much worse when my stomach is empty! I’ve been able to combat my stomach aches by eating bland foods like bread, crackers, nuts etc. either before I get in the car or once the nausea comes on. Drinking ice water helps as well!
Take several slow, deep breaths to calm your body down. This is especially helpful if dizziness accompanies your nausea.
Open the car window and let in a bit of fresh air. Sometimes it helps to stick your hand out the window as well. If you’re driving too fast to have the window open, turn up the AC and let it blow in your face for a few minutes.
Acupressure Wrist Band
I’ve heard great things about Sea-Bands! Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. This pressure point is said to relieve nausea.
I got this tip from someone dealing with nausea caused by chemotherapy. They said if you gently sniff an alcohol pad you’ll feel fine again in no time!
This is going to sound a bit insane, but I’ve read this tip in multiple places! Place a couple of pieces of newspaper in a pillowcase and sit on them while you drive. A similar tip is to place a brown paper bag under your shirt, on your stomach. I’m not sure what the theory is on this one but people say it works!
Go to the Doctor
I found out while researching this post that motion sickness can sometimes be caused by inner ear problems. I had no idea! I also read that if your doctor doesn’t find an inner ear problem that getting adjusted at the chiropractor can help.
If all else fails, and you’re on a long drive, try closing your eyes for a bit and taking a nap. Sleep works for me every time :-)
What is your go-to car sickness remedy?