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14 Effective Home Remedies To Stop Vomiting

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14 Effective Home Remedies To Stop Vomiting September 19, 2017

Just the thought of someone vomiting can make you cringe or gag. Imagine how frustrating and disgusting it must feel if you are the one who is feeling nauseous and vomiting. There could be many reasons for this – food poisoning, stomach bug, and alcohol hangover being the most common ones. Read on to know how you can stop vomiting with super easy-to-do home remedies.

Vomiting can sap your energy and leave you feeling miserable. The most important point to remember if you are suffering from vomiting is to keep yourself hydrated. Excessive puking can dehydrate you, so keep sipping water throughout the day. As far as the regurgitation and spasms are concerned, there are numerous home remedies for vomiting that can provide relief.

Here are the top home remedies to stop vomiting that are time-tested and can prove to be a lifesaver.

What Causes Vomiting?

Vomiting is a symptom of many ailments. It is not a disease in itself. Here are the different reasons you could be experiencing this symptom:

  • Motion sickness
  • Being seasick
  • Pregnancy (especially during the early stages)
  • Food poisoning
  • Overeating
  • Infections, especially of the stomach
  • Due to some medications
  • Intense pain
  • Stress and fear
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Ulcers
  • In response to certain smells
  • Gastroparesis (slow stomach emptying)
  • Toxin ingestion
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol

Heart attack, brain injury, brain tumor, and cancer are the more serious causes of vomiting (1, 2).

How To Stop Vomiting

  1. Activated Charcoal
  2. Essential Oil
  3. Ginger Ale
  4. Lemon
  5. Baking Soda
  6. Mint Leaves
  7. Vinegar
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Rice Water
  10. Onion Juice
  11. Cloves
  12. Milk
  13. Cumin Seeds
  14. Aniseed

Best Home Remedies For Vomiting

1. Activated Charcoal

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You Will Need

Activated charcoal capsules

What You Have To Do

Take two capsules every hour or so with a glass of water.

How Often You Should Do This

Depending on how your body responds, continue taking the capsules throughout the day. Do not exceed the maximum dosage for adults, which is 5g per day.

Why This Works

Activated charcoal can easily bind to the toxins built up in the gastrointestinal system and eliminate them from the body. At times, it can also eliminate the infection-causing bacteria that cause the vomiting and nausea (3).

Caution

Activated charcoal can interfere with the absorption of nutrients and many medications. In the case of supplements, take them before or after an hour of taking activated charcoal. And if you are on any medication, check with your doctor before giving this remedy a try.

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2. Essential Oil For Vomiting

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You Will Need

  • 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil OR lemon essential oil
  • A tissue or handkerchief

What You Have To Do

  1. Pour a few drops of the essential oil on the tissue and simply inhale the aroma.
  2. Continue inhaling for a few minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat as and when you feel nauseous.

Why This Works

Both peppermint oil and lemon oil have antiemetic effects, which means that their aromas can alleviate the feeling of nausea and stop vomiting. Studies have proved their efficacy in treating vomiting in different scenarios (4, 5).

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3. Ginger Ale For Vomiting

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You Will Need

A can of ginger ale

What You Have To Do

  1. Let the ginger ale sit out until it becomes flat and comes down to room temperature.
  2. Sip on this slowly.

How Often You Should Do This

Continue taking a few sips throughout the day.

Why This Works

Asian cultures discovered the healing properties of ginger centuries ago and have been using it to ease digestive problems. It is a natural antiemetic that contains gingerols and shogaols that enhance gastric emptying and stimulate gastric contractions (6).

Caution

Do not drink ginger ale right after you have vomited. Rest for a while and sip only on some water.

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4. Lemon For Vomiting

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the lemon juice and honey.
  2. Slowly ingest this mixture.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this remedy to bring down nausea and eventually stop the vomiting.

Why This Works

Try this remedy every time you feel queasy. Lemon juice, with its antioxidants, has a cleansing action on the stomach. Its vitamin C can boost the immune system and eliminate the stomach bug that may be causing these symptoms (7).

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5. Baking Soda

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You Will Need

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ glass water

What You Have To Do

Add baking soda to the water and rinse your mouth with it.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this solution to reduce the after taste in your mouth after vomiting.

Why This Works

Baking soda neutralizes the acids that have risen during vomiting and are present in your mouth. Apart from getting rid of the horrible taste in your mouth, this remedy will also help to protect your teeth from getting damaged (8).

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6. Mint Leaves

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon dried mint leaves
  • A cup of boiling water

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep the mint leaves in hot water for half an hour or so.
  2. Strain and sip on it.

Alternatively, you can chew on fresh mint leaves to ease vomiting.

How Often You Should Do This

Have a cup or two of mint tea in a day.

Why This Works

Mint has a relaxing effect on the stomach muscles. It also exerts antimicrobial effects when ingested (9).

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7. Vinegar

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water

What You Have To Do

  1. Dilute the ACV with water.
  2. Use this solution to rinse your mouth.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this remedy as and when required.

Why This Works

This might sound strange, but vinegar can surely ease vomiting. It prevents you from throwing up and also gets rid of that stale taste in your mouth.

Caution

Make sure to avoid smelling it as the overwhelming odor of vinegar will force you to rush to the bathroom to give respite to your heaving stomach.

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8. Cinnamon

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You Will Need

  • 1 small piece cinnamon stick
  • A cup of hot water
  • Honey (as per your taste)

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep the cinnamon stick in a cup of boiling water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the stick and sweeten the cinnamon tea with some honey.
  3. Sip the tea slowly.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink at least three times a day to cure vomiting.

Why This Works

Cinnamon is known to be an effective home remedy for vomiting and nausea. That is why it is often given to women who are in their first trimester when morning sickness can hit hard. Ayurveda attributes cinnamon’s effectiveness to its antiemetic and stimulating properties (10).

[ Read: Benefits Of Cinnamon For Health ]

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9. Rice Water

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You Will Need

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 ½ cups water

What You Have To Do

  1. Wash the rice and boil it in the given amount of water.
  2. Once the rice is cooked, strain and preserve the water.
  3. Sip this water slowly, and you will notice your vomiting has stopped almost instantaneously.

How Often You Should Do This

This remedy usually shows instant effects. Repeat if required.

Why This Works

If you are suffering from gastritis or some other stomach infection, your body will lose a lot of water due to vomiting and diarrhea. To replenish the body with essential nutrients, a simple solution like rice water works really well. It also exerts a gastroprotective effect on the irritated stomach lining (11).

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10. Onion Juice

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon onion juice
  • ½ teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Squeeze out the juice from freshly grated onion and mix it with some honey.
  2. Ingest this.

Follow this up with some cold peppermint tea. The onion and peppermint together will soothe your heaving stomach.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Turn your nose as much as you want, but this ancient home remedy for vomiting is quite effective. It can stop vomiting and also ease the accompanying nausea (12).

[ Read: 10 Benefits Of Onion Juice ]

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11. Cloves

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You Will Need

2-3 cloves

What You Have To Do

  1. Chew on the raw cloves to get relief.
  2. If you cannot stand the pungent taste of cloves, take a spoon of natural honey while munching on them.

There is no harm if you swallow the cloves while chewing.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Cloves are renowned for their antiseptic properties that have a positive effect on the digestive system. Their ability to stop vomiting is often employed in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine (13, 14).

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12. Milk

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You Will Need

  • 1 cup milk
  • A piece of dry toast

What You Have To Do

  1. Warm up the milk.
  2. Soak the toast in the milk and eat it slowly to ease vomiting.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this as and when required.

Why This Works

As unappetizing as it sounds, milk can prove to be good for your stomach. There might not be any scientific evidence to support the efficacy of this remedy, but it is a solution recommended by grandmothers.

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13. Cumin Seeds

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You Will Need

  • 1 ½ tablespoons cumin powder
  • A glass of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the cumin powder to the water and stir well.
  2. Drink this.

If possible, grind the cumin seeds and use the fresh cumin powder.

How Often You Should Do This

You will notice the effects immediately and be glad that you opted for this home remedy.

Why This Works

Cumin is often used to treat digestive problems like diarrhea, morning sickness, etc. Its therapeutic effects are because of its stimulant, carminative, and astringent properties (15).

 [ Read: Benefits Of Cumin Seeds for Health ]

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14. Aniseed

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon aniseed
  • 1 cup hot water

What You Have To Do

  1. Brew aniseed tea by steeping it in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain and drink it.

How Often You Should Do This

Have 1-2 cups in a day.

Why This Works

Aniseed has many medicinal properties, and one of them is curing vomiting as it is an antiemetic. It stimulates digestion and can also relieve the pain and convulsions that sometimes accompany vomiting (16).

[ Read: Home Remedies For Food Poisoning ]

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Now that you know how to stop vomiting naturally, what are you waiting for? These home remedies are great for vomiting and nausea. However, if your vomiting does not ease in 24 hours, consult a doctor. We cannot stress enough on the importance of keeping your body hydrated. Remember – dehydration can be fatal.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What to eat after vomiting?

Doctors recommend to not eat anything immediately after vomiting. Sipping on water or sucking on some ice chips every 15 minutes for the next 3-4 hours is recommended. You can also sip on clear liquids, such as clear broth, flat soda, or ginger ale, apple juice or rice water. Once your body can hold these down, you can follow the BRAT diet that includes:

Bananas
Rice
Applesauce
Dry toast or soda crackers (17)

When to go to the hospital if you have been vomiting?

It is best to seek medical advice if

you have been vomiting, and there is no improvement in your condition even after 24-48 hours
you have not been able to keep down any fluids
you are experiencing severe dehydration (dizziness, passing little or no urine, etc.)
you experience these bouts of vomiting frequently
you have lost a lot of weight since the vomiting has started
your vomit is green (18)

Vomiting and nausea are not just annoying but can also develop into a severe condition. Thankfully, we have a handful of home remedies that can ease vomiting and help you feel better. Bookmark this article as you never know when this ailment will strike you.

Take care!

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