Here’s a list of ways to get rid of nausea. The list starts with basic remedies to provide fast relief, then moves to those that may take longer to work. Many nausea remedies don’t necessarily cure the condition, but they may help you feel more comfortable.
Sit up and avoid crunching the stomach
Crunching your stomach may also worsen nausea since it compresses the area and makes you less comfortable in general. When you’re nauseous, try reclining with your upper body elevated, and move around as little as possible.
Open a window or sit in front of a fan
There’s a reason you see carsick people with their heads practically hanging out of the car window. Fresh air eases nausea symptoms in many people, although it’s not clear why. It may get rid of sickening odors, or simply help you focus on something other than the nausea.
Try sitting in front of a fan or window at the first sign of nausea, especially if you’re overheated.
Apply a cool compress
A soothing, cool compress placed on the back of the neck may help ease nausea. When nausea occurs, your body temperature may increase.
Placing a cool compress on the back of your neck for several minutes can be soothing. It also helps decrease your body temperature which, if high, may cause nausea.
Meditate or take deep breaths
Meditation, the practice of focusing and calming the mind, may help relieve nausea. It’s a type of relaxation technique that may be especially beneficial for nausea caused by stress and anxiety.
Deep breathing is a meditation technique. But you can also do it on your own to quell stress-related nausea. Breathe in slowly through your nose, hold your breath for three seconds, and slowly breathe out. Repeat several times until nausea subsides.
Shift your focus
Sometimes, curing nausea is simply mind over matter. The more you dwell on your nausea, the more nauseous you’re likely to feel.
The next time nausea attacks, distract yourself by reading a book or watching television. If motion doesn’t make you feel worse, do some light housework or play a game with your kids — anything to get your mind off how you feel.
If you’re at work, take several deep breaths, and attack that pile of paperwork on your desk you’ve been ignoring for days. But most of all, don’t be a martyr at work if your nausea persists. You may have the dreaded, highly contagious “stomach bug.