Essential Oils for Nausea
Feeling nauseous is no fun, but if you’re someone who regularly experiences this rather unpleasant symptom, you’ve no doubt tried all manner of different ways to rid yourself of the affliction.
The good news is that there are many different things you can try.
Of course, it’s important to find out what is causing the nausea before you attempt to do anything about it.
For the most part, nausea is a passing phase which disappears, however if you experience it regularly you should visit your doctor and find out the underlying issue.
If you’re given the green light to try and treat your nausea yourself, it’s important to explore your options.
One particular area you might like to think about is essential oils for nausea relief.
What Are Essential Oils Exactly?
You’ve no doubt heard of aromatherapy and in that case you will have a vague idea of what essential oils are.
These oils are extracted from natural items, such as plants, flowers, and trees, and the scent of the oil is used to treat a variety of different ailments, such as stress, anxiety, depression, allergies, sleep issues, the side effects of chemotherapy, and nausea too.
Whilst healthcare professionals have taken their time coming around to the idea of essential oils in treating various different ailments, there is now a growing acceptance of aromatherapy in the mainstream.
Whilst there is still some way to go, you will now find many surgeries which now hold aromatherapy sessions, perhaps for treating the side effects of chemotherapy, for helping with stress and anxiety, or even during the antenatal period.
Of course, before you attempt to use aromatherapy you should speak to your doctor, especially if you have any specific health concerns or you’re taking any medications.
Whilst there aren’t any solid contraindications to using essential oils, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any, and more studies need to be done in order to ascertain who can and can’t use this form of holistic therapy, which dates back to Ancient Egypt, and perhaps even before.
There are countless different types of essential oils, but some of the most popular are lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, rose, and sandalwood.
Finding the ideal oil for you depends upon the ailment you want to focus on, but studies have shown that certain essential oils may be very useful for treating nausea.
The Best Essential Oils for Nausea
Because of the sheer number of essential oils available, it’s important to know which are best for nausea and which would be best for other problems.
Whilst many essential oils have a range of different ailments they’re known to be useful for, and some which are quite general, there are certain essential oils for nausea relief in particular.
The main ones are:
Ginger Essential Oil
You’ve no doubt heard of the fact that ginger is ideal for nausea, and many people munch on ginger biscuits during journeys, if they’re suffering from a little travel nausea.
This also extends to the oil, which is extracted in its purest form.
Ginger oil is also very useful for digestive problems, but nausea relief is certainly one of the most common reasons for using this oil.
Lavender Essential Oil
One of the most commonly used essential oils overall is lavender.
You won’t struggle to find this oil in most health stores and even in some supermarkets, as it is used for a wide variety of different ailments including reducing anxiety and helping with sleep problems.
Aside from that, lavender oil is also thought to be useful for helping to reduce nausea too, especially if it is associated with anxiety problems.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is another very common essential oil and one which most people associated with digestive problems.
Aside from that, peppermint oil is very effective for treating colds and also nausea.
Studies have shown that peppermint oil may help to reduce nausea in a variety of different situations, however you do need to be sure that you are using a high quality oil in this case, as the benefits are likely to be far higher in quality.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil is a very popular essential oil to use in digestive issues but it can also help with nausea too.
It’s important to understand that not all oils will be effective for everyone, as there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer, however many people who have tried lemon oil for nausea have found it very useful, especially if the nausea is linked to a digestive system condition.
Fennel Seed Essential Oil
One of the lesser known essential oils in general is fennel seed oil, but it is a very useful oil for several different health problems.
If you have a digestion problem, especially bloating or gas, fennel seed oil could prove to be very useful indeed.
Of course, this links to nausea, so it stands to reason that it could also help to reduce nausea problems.
How to Use Essential Oils For Nausea
When you decide to use essential oils, it’s first important to address the possible reason for your nausea before anything else.
Understanding the underlying cause will help you to treatise problem far more effectively.
If however your nausea is thought to be general, e.g. you feel nauseous when travelling, for example, essential oils could be a useful way to reduce your problem.
Remember, before you attempt to use any essential oils, you should speak to your doctor first.
In this case, they will be able to advise you on the oil to use for your specific situation, and also advise you on how to use it, if you need extra guidance.
On the whole, there is one key thing to remember when using essential oils – never ingest the oil. It is extremely dangerous to do this and could cause extreme damage to your digestive system.
Whilst essential oils are natural and come from a tree, flower, or plant, that doesn’t mean that the oil is gentle; these are very potent, and are the ‘essence’ of the natural piece.
As a result, these oils need to be used with great care.
You should also dilute your oils before use with a carrier oil (if you are going to apply on skin).
A carrier oil is another type of natural oil which has its own benefits, but helps to reduce the potency of the essential oil and make it safer to use.
Using an essential oil neat could cause irritation, especially if you’re using it topically on the skin.
There are many different carrier oils you can use, but some of the better known ones include olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil.
These are very easy to find, and some you might even have in your kitchen cupboards!
The ratio of carrier oil to essential oil depends upon how you’re using the oil and the strength you want, so it’s important to do your research ahead of time.
The main ways to use essential oils, and the safest ways, are:
- Topical use
When using essential oils for nausea, inhalation is probably the most effective way, however if you find topical application works better for you, that’s something you should explore.
If you want attempt inhalation first however, a diffuser is a good first option.
A nebulizing diffuser will allow the essential oils to permeate into the air and you will then breathe them in directly.
The oil is released slowly, allowing the effects to build up gradually and ensuring that you aren’t overwhelmed.
This is ideal for first time use.
This also means that other people in the room with you can benefit from the oil.
If a diffuser doesn’t seem the right option for you, using inhalation via steams a good option.
This doesn’t require any specific equipment and you simply add a few drops of your chosen oil to hot water and breathe in the steam.
Alternatively, you could drop a towel into the water and then wring out the excess water, holding it close to your nose and breathing in the scent.
The other option is to apply the oil topically to your skin. This is certainly going to require dilution with a carrier oil, to avoid irritation to the skin.
Mix the carrier oil with the essential oil (researching the various different ratios to give you the desired effect) and then massage it the combination into your skin.
The most common carrier oil to essential oil ratio is around 3 to 5 drops of your chosen essential oil, mixed with between half to one ounce of your chosen carrier oil.
Using essential oil and massage together is extremely relaxing and is a great way to reduce nausea.
Remember, not all essential oils are suitable for use by everyone, as allergies may occur.
There is no way of knowing whether you’re allergic to a specific oil or not, and for that reason it’s a good idea to do a patch test before you intend to use it.
If no reaction occurs, you should be safe to go ahead and use the oil in a safe way.
You may find information online about making teas from various essential oils but this is not a good idea.
As we mentioned earlier, essential oils should never be ingested, as they can cause serious damage and illness.
These potent oils need to be monitored carefully and ingesting an oil means there is no way to discontinue use once it has been used.
In this case, the damage would already have been done and this could be severe.
If you do want to try making teas from various different oils, such as peppermint oil, you should only ever do this under the direct supervision of a highly qualified aromatherapist.
It’s very rare to try this and something which should only ever be done under the watchful eye of someone who is extremely experienced in essential oils and aromatherapy use.
Overall however, essential oils should only be used on the skin, or via inhalation.
Essential oils for nausea are a useful way to reduce symptoms, however it’s important to realise that more research and studies need to be completed, before this is considered a mainstream way to treat nausea overall.
It’s vital to get to the heart of the reason for the nausea in the first place.
By doing this, you may be able to solve the problem without the need for any self-help methods, however there is credible evidence to suggest that essential oils may be a good option for anyone who wants to try this historic holistic therapy for themselves.
Always remember to double check with your doctor before you attempt to use essential oils and aromatherapy for nausea symptoms, especially if you are taking any regular medications or you have any specific conditions.
For the most part, aromatherapy can be tailored for most people, but it’s important to get a personalised opinion before taking the leap.
You should also always remember to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil, especially if you are using the oils on your skin topically.
Essential oils may be natural and come from plants, flowers, and trees, but Mother Nature isn’t always gentle, and these oils can be extremely potent when not handled with care.
Diluting the oil with a carrier oil will give you the best of both worlds, with the benefits from both the essential oil and the carrier oil coming your way.
This will also drastically reduce the chances of skin irritation, which would be quite likely to happen if you applied essential oil to your skin neat.
Nausea is an unpleasant symptom, even if you only experience it for a very short time.
However, when you experience it over the long term, it can become an extremely distressing and upsetting problem.
Using essential oils to reduce the issue could give you an option which eases your nausea and allows you to live a normal life, free of the annoyance which may have plagued you so far.