Finding the Right Oils
- Try lemon essential oil.Studies have shown that lemon essential oil can help reduce nausea, particularly during pregnancy. In addition, it can reduce the rate of vomiting if you're having that problem while pregnant. Plus, the light, citrusy scent can drown out other scents that may be causing nausea.
- Consider ginger essential oil.Ginger has long been associated with preventing nausea when ingested, but it can also help you during aromatherapy. One study showed that inhaling it reduced nausea in patients who had recently had a surgery.
- Try a mint oil.Peppermint has also long been a cure for nausea, though you shouldn't use peppermint with young children under the age of 3. Many people have found peppermint or other mint oils to be effective in combating nausea.
- You should also be careful applying peppermint to the skin, as it can cause rashes in some people.
- In addition, you should make sure to properly dilute peppermint because the menthol in peppermint can cause problems if it is too strong.
- Create a blend.Sometimes, a combination of essential oils works better to combat nausea than a single type alone. One study showed a blend of peppermint, spearmint, ginger, and cardamom worked to combat nausea for post-surgery patients.
Using Inhalation Techniques
- Use direct inhalation.One way to deliver the essential oils is to use the direct method. You can simply hold the bottle up to your nose and sniff the oil that way. This simple method can be used on the go to help with treating nausea, as you can carry a small bottle with you.
- Try dry inhalation.One method of delivering essential oils is to simply add some to a cotton ball, cotton pad, or tissue. Put a few drops on the delivery mechanism of your choice, then let it sit near you. You can put it in a bowl or glass to keep the oil from seeping onto your furniture.
- You can also apply the oil to a tissue or handkerchief, and then hold it under your nose for 2 or 3 deep inhalations.
- Employ an inhaler tube.Another option to get essential oils more directly is using an inhaler tube, which you can purchase from some natural healing stores or online. To use an an inhaler tube, you soak a cotton cloth in the oil of your choice, then put it in the tube. Once it's in the tube, you inhale the essential oil.
- Create smelling salts.Smelling salts may sound old fashioned, but they are an efficient way to deliver essential oils. In 1/3 ounce bottle, add up to 30 drops of the essential oil or blend of your choice. The rest of the bottle should be sea salts. Hold it under your nose as needed.
- Use steam inhalation.Another way to deliver essential oils in aromatherapy is to use steam to your advantage. While steam inhalation is most often used when you have congestion it can also help when you have nausea.
- Choose a medium bowl that can withstand boiling water. Set it on the table, and fill it up partway with boiling water.
- Add a couple of drops of oil to the water, such as ginger oil. Use a towel to cover your head and the bowl. Sit and inhale the steam for about 5 minutes.
Trying Other Delivery Methods
- Spritz a room.You can make your own spritz with a combination of nausea-reducing essential oils and water. Add 10 to 15 drops for every ounce of water you use. Put them in a spray bottle, and shake it up. Spray it around the room you're in to help reduce your nausea. Remember to shake the bottle up every time you use it.
- Try a diffuser.Diffuser are designed to release the scent of essential oil into your home. It's a more indirect way of getting the scent, but it can help reduce your nausea as you work around your home. Diffusers work differently. Some use heat to help diffuse the scent. Others will have you drop the oil in water. Follow the directions that come with your diffuser for the best result, but basically, you just add a few drops of oil to the diffuser to add scent to your home.
- Create a massage oil.A massage oil can be an effective way to carry the scent of the essential oil with you on your skin, reducing your nausea throughout the day. When applying essential oil to your skin, you need to dilute them first with a carrier oil. You'll need to use 12-16 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil you use.
- Once you create your massage oil, you can just massage it into your skin, though you should test it on a small area first to make sure it doesn't give you a rash. Try rubbing it into your abdomen, which can help with indigestion.
- A carrier oil is just a base oil used for the purpose dilution. You can use almost any oil you have in your kitchen, from olive oil to peanut oil and sweet almond oil. You could also use sunflower oil or coconut oil.
- Take a bath.Another way to the deliver the scent is to take a bath using essential oil. You can soak up the scent while you take a relaxing bath. Prepare your essential oil by adding 12 drops to a dispersant, such as a teaspoon of milk, honey, or vegetable oil. Fill your bath as you normally would. Add the oil, and climb in.
- Always check with your doctor before starting essential oils. If you don't know the cause of your nausea, your doctor may be able to help.