Vomiting, also referred to as emesis, is the forcible expulsion of the stomach’s contents through the mouth. In adults, vomiting is not often cause for concern as it tends to resolve on its own after a couple of days. This is because it is the body’s mechanism of eliminating toxic substances from the digestive system. In some cases, it is the result of irritation and/or infections within the gut. One of the most common factors that is attributed to vomiting in adults is gastroenteritis.

woman lying down by the toilet upset stomachGastroenteritis is a condition that results from bacterial or viral infections within the digestive system. Other causes of emesis include early stages of pregnancy, motion sickness, overeating and overindulgence in alcohol.

Even then, the condition will often clear on its own within a couple of days. In cases where vomiting does not ease after a couple of days, it is important to seek medical advice for the simple reason that it could be indicative of grave diseases within the gut.

Such diseases include brain tumors, appendicitis, some forms of cancer and a range of psychological diseases. To deal with acute vomiting, you can use any of the following simple home remedies for natural treatment.


1. Ginger:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Fresh ginger root, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, a clean piece of cloth, a strainer, half a cup of water and a teaspoon of honey (optional).
Difficulty: Easy

 

Ginger is one of the best options as far as the management of disorders within the digestive system is concerned. As a natural anti-inflammatory and anti spasmodic, ginger has been used since ancient civilizations to treat vomiting, and is effective for cases where the condition is triggered by motion sickness or morning sickness. Its combined properties make it effective in reducing and ultimately eliminating the vomiting.

Directions:

  1. Peel and wash the fresh ginger root before slicing it into very small pieces.
  2. Transfer the ginger pieces to the clean piece of cloth and squeeze as hard as you can to collect the juice in a bowl.
  3. Take a teaspoon of the fresh ginger juice and mix it with an equivalent amount of the lemon juice.
  4. Add the honey, stir once more and drink the mixture.
  5. Take this remedy thrice daily until the urge to throw up dissipates.
  6. You may also choose to prepare ginger tea by steeping the small pieces of ginger in hot water for 5 minutes.
  7. Strain the mixture before adding the honey and drinking it.
  8. Do this severally during the day until you start to feel better.

 


2. Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need:A teaspoon of raw organic ACV, a glass of warm water and a teaspoon of honey
Difficulty: Easy

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (abbreviated ACV) has been shown to help calm the stomach, thus eliminating the urge to throw up. In addition to this, it is also an excellent way to detoxify thus getting rid of the causative toxins. The ACV is also helpful in relieving nausea and goes a long way in freshening up your breath. It is common knowledge that the smell of vomit can trigger an endless cycle of vomiting simply because vomit is malodorous. The vinegar present in ACV is an excellent way to get rid of the characteristic odor of vomit, thus making it a great remedy altogether.

Directions:

  1. Add one teaspoon of the ACV to the glass containing warm water and stir.
  2. Add the honey and stir once more.
  3. Drink this mixture after each meal for a couple of days until you feel better and there are less episodes of vomiting.

 


3. Cloves:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Three fresh cloves, some oil to fry and a teaspoon of honey (optional)
Difficulty: Easy

 

Cloves are a choice home remedy for the natural treatment of vomiting because they contain soothing properties that relax the muscles within the abdomen. This not only enhances digestion, it also plays a critical role in reducing the number of times you throw up. Cloves work remarkably well in cases where vomiting results from the irritation of the digestive system.

Directions:

  1. Fry the cloves on low heat, taking care to avoid burning the cloves as this gives them a bitter taste.
  2. Add a teaspoon of honey to the fried cloves and much on this to get relief from vomiting.
  3. You may also opt to chew on the raw cloves to treat the vomiting.
  4. The third way in which you can treat emesis is using cloves is to prepare clove tea.
  5. Simply place a teaspoon of cloves in a cup of water and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Strain the mixture and drink this thrice daily until the urge to vomit resolves.

 


4. Stay Hydrated by Drinking a Lot of Water:

Time Required: Staggered throughout the day.
What You Need: Adequate amounts of water. Lemon slices or mint leaves (optional)
Difficulty: Easy

 

One of the most important things that you should realize about vomiting is that it depletes water levels in the body. This loss of water can easily cause severe dehydration with devastating symptoms. In order to avoid dehydration, it is extremely important to ensure that you take plenty of water through out the day. In addition to hydration, the water also helps flush toxins from the body. This is key to restoring the health of your digestive system and the balance of your bodily fluid levels.

Directions:

  1. Stagger your water intake throughout the day.
  2. If you are not accustomed to regular water intake, it helps to add lemon slices or fresh mint leaves for a refreshing taste.

 


5. Mint Leaves:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of mint leaves (fresh or dried), a cup of hot water and a strainer.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Mint leaves have excellent soothing properties which work to relax the muscles in the digestive system. This provides relief from vomiting, and is particularly effective in cases where the emesis results from an upset stomach.

Directions:

  1. Place a tablespoon of the dried mint leaves in a cup and add hot water to it.
  2. Let the mint leaves steep in the water for 10 minutes to allow the active ingredients diffuse into the water.
  3. Strain the mixture and drink the mint tea severally through out the day.
  4. If you opt to use fresh mint leaves, you can simply chew on them during the day.

 


6. Cinnamon:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon powder/ cinnamon stick, a cup of hot water, a strainer and a tablespoon of honey (optional).
Difficulty: Easy

 

Cinnamon is one of the key natural remedies in the treatment of vomiting because it helps calm the stomach by soothing the muscles in the digestive system. Cinnamon is a sweet aromatic spice that you can easily chew on or use to prepare tea.

Directions:

  1. Place the cinnamon powder in a cup and add hot water.
  2. Let the powder steep in the water before straining it.
  3. Stir the mixture and drink it while warm to deal with vomiting.
  4. You may add a tablespoon of honey to your mixture.
  5. Alternatively, chew on the cinnamon stick at least thrice daily.

NOTE: The use of cinnamon is not recommended for expectant women because while it can ease stomach cramping, it also poses the risk of premature labor.

 


7. Rice Water:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: A cup of rice, two cups of water, a strainer and a pinch of salt (optional).
Difficulty: Easy

 

Rice water is loved for its ability to treat nausea and vomiting. This simple remedy is particularly effective in cases where the emesis is caused by gastritis. Since rice water is rather bland, it does not trigger more vomiting and is certainly an easy way to stay hydrated. Note that when using this remedy, it is advisable to use your preferred variety of white rice as opposed to brown rice. This is because the former has a higher concentration of starch and is gentle on the digestive system thanks to its ease of digestion.

Directions:

  1. Wash the rice as you normally would and set aside.
  2. Measure twice the amount of water you normally would when cooking rice to allow you to get ample rice water.
  3. Boil the water and add the rice.
  4. Once the rice is tender, do not allow to simmer and instead drain the water.
  5. Allow the rice water to cool before drinking it.
  6. You may use the cooked rice to prepare your meals later when the vomiting stops and you need to replenish your energy levels with simple easy-to-digest meals.

 


8. Fennel Seeds:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of fennel seeds, a pestle and mortar, a cup of water and a strainer.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Fennel seeds are used to treat vomiting because they help with digestion. As such, the seeds come in handy in the management of emesis that results from overeating. Another benefit of using fennel seeds is that they have antimicrobial properties that help eliminate any irritants which could be the causative agent of vomiting.

Directions:

  1. Place a tablespoon of the fennel seeds in the mortar and pound to crush the seeds.
  2. Transfer the crushed seeds to a cup of boiling water and let the seeds steep for 15 minutes. This allows you to get the most of the seeds.
  3. Strain the mixture and drink this fennel tea thrice daily.
  4. If you are constantly on the go, you can simply choose to chew on the fennel seeds.

 


9. Peppermint Leaves:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Peppermint leaves, a cup of boiling water and a strainer.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Peppermint is a great way of managing emesis as the active ingredients in the leaves help relax the muscles in the digestive system. This reduces the persistent stomach contractions which are a contributing factor to the vomiting. Peppermint also has an incredible way of refreshing your breath, an important aspect of the remedy since vomit has a characteristic odor that easily triggers more vomiting.

Directions:

  1. Place the peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water and allow the leaves to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the mixture and sip on it slowly to deal with vomiting.
  3. Alternatively, chew on the fresh peppermint leaves right after you vomit.

 


10. Sugar and Salt Solution:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A tablespoon of sugar, quarter teaspoon of salt and a glass of warm water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Regular episodes of vomiting can be very devastating for the body as this gets rid of nutrients from the body, in effect causing a severe imbalance in the fluid volumes. This poses great risk to the normal functioning of the body’s different systems. By taking a sugar and salt solution, you are able to repair the electrolyte imbalance thus restoring fluid volumes and ensuring proper physiological functioning.

Directions:

  1. Mix the sugar and salt before adding the warm water.
  2. Stir the solution for even dissolution and drink this.
  3. Use this remedy thrice daily until the vomiting ceases.

 


Other remedies that you can use to treat vomiting include lemon juice as it is packed with the right nutrients to replenish your energy levels, fresh fruit juices to keep you hydrated as well as onion juice whose potency helps reduce emesis. Rest as much as you can too. As a preventive measure, you may add probiotic yogurt to your diet once the vomiting stops. The inclusion of probiotics makes it possible for the digestive system to re-balance the good bacteria in the tract.