Among all the additional health issues that periods bring with them, nausea is one of the most troublesome. It may not seem like a condition that is serious enough for us to take meds for and yet can be quite a bit damaging to our daily routine. For one thing, it makes us repulsive to food and yet, very hungry, both at the same time and that can be pretty annoying!
Some people experience extreme nauseous feelings that lead to vomiting and diarrhea at times. In such cases, you may have to visit a doc. However, the common nausea that we usually get during the menses can easily be healed at home with some home remedies and some preventive measures.
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Why do we get nausea during periods?
While it is common for a lot of people to experience nausea during and before periods, the reasons for it are different from one individual to another. Here are a few reasons that are known to be causing nausea in general during menses.
- Spasms occur in the muscles all over your body during the periods along with uterine spasms. These spasms in the walls of the gut, while not as intense as the uterine spasms can cause nausea as a side effect.
- Like many side effects of periods, nausea is also caused due to the massive fluctuations in hormones that can lead to changes in the digestive tract.
- Menstrual headaches which are usually seen as a common period side effect contribute to the nauseous feeling that you experience sometimes.
- An increase in the acidity of the stomach is caused during the periods as the gut muscles are extra-active due the hormones as well as the spasms. This makes your nausea worse.
- Sometimes, serious uterine disorders like Endometriosis also cause nausea. If you have intense nausea accompanied with vomiting as well, you should probably get your uterus checked for any of these conditions.
10 Natural foods that can heal period nausea
It may seem unlikely that eating anything can be a cure for your nausea when your stomach doesn’t seem to accept any food. However, we recommend that you take small doses of these foods so that the acidity is dealt with and the nausea thereby goes down. Some of these foods also help in curing other period issues that may contribute to the nausea.
Yogurt is one of the best foods that can help you deal with a bad gut. In the case of period bloating, nausea and other GIT problems, yogurt is definitely a pre-requisite, mostly because of its effectiveness and easy availability all over the world.
Yogurt works by healing the spasms as well as in the form of a pro-biotic. A pro-biotic helps in the growth of healthy gut bacteria and thereby helps heal the GIT by itself. It also gives your body a good dose of calcium that is much needed when you are on your menses. Here’s a few ways in which you can use yogurt.
- Out of the many flavored yogurts now available in the market, choose one that you like (one with less sugar, preferably) and eat it after your lunch and dinner.
- Make your own yogurt at home with milk and use it in all your meals – in the form of dessert, as buttermilk and in your salads and all other dishes where you can use it.
Ginger is one of the spices that is of great use in dealing with nausea and an upset stomach, especially that which is caused during your periods. The main mechanism of action of ginger is to reduce the muscular spasms of the walls of GIT which are responsible for causing the nausea. They also reduce the bloating in the stomach with their astringency. It calms down the GIT and helps it stay normal. Here’s how you make a simple tea out of Ginger.
- Skin a ginger and cut it into small pieces.
- Boil water and add these ginger pieces to it and continue with the boiling.
- After the water turns golden in colour, strain it and add honey to it before you drink it.
Another great way to use ginger for this purpose is to drink it in the form of an ale, either by making it or buying it from near your home.
Chamomile tea, much like ginger, also works by calming the muscular spasms around the GIT and thereby sooths the nausea that we get during the menses. Sometimes there is diarrhea that results during these excessive spasms around the GIT muscles which can also be calmed down by chamomile tea. It also relieves the bloating that is sometimes caused.
In addition, it can also heal the menstrual cramps and the anxiety and stress that we get along with periods by calming down the nervous system. With the popularity of chamomile tea going up with each passing day, the herb is now more easily available in herbal stores all over the world. Here’s how you make this simple tea with dried chamomile herb.
- Find some good quality chamomile herb from a store near your house.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add the chamomile to it and continue with the boiling until the colour of the water changes to yellow.
- Strain out the tea, add some honey to it and drink it twice a day to control nausea.
Peppermint tea is yet another popular remedy for expelling period nausea. It works in two ways primarily – by calming the muscular spasms around the GIT and by reducing the inflammation that causes bloating around the stomach. It has also been deemed great for healing menstrual cramps and other resulting symptoms such as headaches and fatigue.
We use peppermint essential oil (which is available in organic or herbal stores) to make a tea out of it. Drinking this tea twice a day can be of great help in healing menstrual nausea. Here’s how you make this tea.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to it and continue with the boiling.
- After the water changes its colour, strain it out and add honey to it before you drink it.
Cumin seeds and tea from them
Cumin seeds are often used in cooking to help with easy digestion. They can also be of great help in healing the nausea that we get during periods. They work by calming the digestive system and the spasms that are caused around it. The digestion is made a lot easier with the help of cumin.
Cumin also helps calm the muscular spasms in the uterus and thereby reduces the cramps. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature and therefore reduces all the swelling that we get during our periods. You can make cumin tea with the help of cumin essential oil in the following simple steps.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add the cumin essential oil to it and continue with the boiling until the color changes.
- Once it does, add honey to it (if you want it sweet) and then drink it.
Raspberry tea is used for dealing with many painful side effects of periods. The substance ‘Fragarine’ that is present in the leaves of Raspberry causes a relaxing of all the muscular spasms that occur in the body. Since the nausea is caused by muscular spasms in the stomach, the tea made out of raspberry helps heal it.
It also energizes the body because of the high amounts of Iron, Potassium and Vitamin B. It also heals the cramps. Making raspberry tea is easy when you get yourselves some leaves of raspberry of a pure quality. It is one in the following simple steps.
- Take some water, bring it to boil and add the raspberry leaves to it.
- Continue with the boiling until the color of the water changes.
- Strain the tea out and add some honey to it before you drink it.
- You can drink the Raspberry tea twice a day for its best use against nausea.
Clove is yet another culinary spice that works in improving digestion by a great measure. It is a carminative and digestive that speeds up the digestion and removes bloating. During menses it also helps in healing the nausea by calming the spasms around the gut. The strong astringency of clove also helps it heal the nausea and the vomiting sensation. Making clove tea is quite simple and all you need is some cloves. We show you how.
- Take a few cloves and wash them clean.
- Boil some water and add the cloves to the water.
- Strain the tea out and add honey to it before you drink it.
- Alternatively, you can also add cloves to your regular milk tea.
A home remedy as simple as lemons can be a great remedy for healing your period nausea. They help in many ways in reducing bloating and nausea during periods. They work in three ways – calm the spasms around the GIT, reducing the inflammation around the stomach and the other organs in the gut and by acting on the hormones. Lemon also helps with other menstrual symptoms such as headache, fatigue and muscular pains. There are many ways in which you can use lemon, here’s one of them.
- Drinking lemon juice the first thing when you wake up is a great way to deal with digestive problems.
- Take a lemon and squeeze a few drops into a glass.
- Add a few teaspoons of honey to it and mix them well.
- Now add some hot water to it and drink this juice.
- Drinking this on an empty stomach in the morning (along with other times in the day as well) can help with healing nausea.
Yet another effective herbal cure for nausea, especially the one that is caused during periods is Cannabis oil. Cannabis oil works in calming down the spasms of the intestine and the stomach and reduces the inflammation around the intestine. Since both of these reasons are potential causes for nausea and vomiting during periods, they can be healed effectively.
We should however, remember that Cannabis oil should not be taken if you are trying to get pregnant as it can stop you from getting pregnant. Making a tea of the essential oil is one way of using it for the purpose while consuming the supplement is another means. Here’s how you make this tea.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add a few drops of Cannabis oil to it and continue with the boiling until the color changes.
- Drink this tea with some lemon drops or honey added to it to make it more palatable.
Eating a lot of bananas is an easy way to fight period nausea. Bananas are rich in fiber and Vitamin B6 both of which are great for fighting the nausea and any possible vomiting sensation that you could get. They also reduce the inflammation around the gut and this helps in reducing the bloating by a great measure. Reducing the spasms of the gut muscles is another way in which they fight nausea. Here’s a few of the ways in which you can include bananas in your diet.
- Eat a banana after every meal of yours so that the nausea is reduced.
- Make a dessert out of bananas – like a milkshake, a smoothie or pancakes to be able to consume more of them with ease.
- Include the pieces of banana in your meal – our dinner, lunch or breakfast.
Additional care to control nauseous feeling during menses
Following some basic tips and preventive measures to control nausea will definitely be of additional help in fighting this problem.
- Not eating too much at once and dividing your meal into several small meals will definitely be of help. This makes the food get digested with ease and keeps your tummy full all the time.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Drinking enough water is definitely going to help keep your gut healthy and thereby prevent period nausea from taking over your digestive system.
- Exercising enough can be of great help too. The exercise will help you get rid of the bloating, flatulence and acidity and keep your nausea down. It also keeps your blood circulated towards your gut and thereby helps with the motility of the walls of the intestine and the stomach. It also works on other period problems like cramps and mood swings
- Avoiding foods like dairy and others that could cause your stomach to get uncomfortable is yet another means to keeping it healthy. Go low on caffeine and alcohol as well on the days of PMS as well as periods to steer menstrual nausea away.
- Avoid triggers that increase your nausea. For instance, some people have a lot of nausea when they travel and some people when they look continuously into a screen for a long time. Trying to find out these additional triggers and staying away from them can be of good help.
With some care and a good amount of rest, nausea is a menstrual side effect that can definitely be dealt with. It is very rare that we will have to use medication for this problem. Try out these period nausea remedies and let us know how they have worked out for you!