What are essential oils for nausea?
Essential oils for nausea are used to treat various symptoms associated with nausea. They can be applied topically or inhaled. These include:
Nausea – This includes vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating and other gastrointestinal symptoms. It may also cause headaches and muscle pain in the back of your throat.
Vomiting – This is when you vomit up blood, mucus and other fluids. You may experience shortness of breath and chest pains.
Vomiting can occur after eating foods containing alcohol or drugs such as marijuana. It may also happen if you have a virus like cold or flu.
Diarrhea – Diarrhea occurs when there is not enough liquid in your body to keep everything hydrated. This could be due to dehydration, vomiting or diarrhea.
Bloating – Bloating is a sign that fluid intake is insufficient. This may result from nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Headaches – Headaches are caused by the pressure on your brain. Your head may feel heavy and hot to the touch.
If you experience migraines, headaches may become worse during nausea episodes.
How do I apply essential oils for nausea?
You can apply essential oils for nausea topically or inhale them. During pregnancy, you should consult your physician first before using essential oils. Asian and Native American women often use these oils during the first stages of pregnancy.
How long does it take for essential oils to work?
It may take up to one hour for the oils to start working. However, the exact time varies depending on the type of oil used and the reason for nausea. For some people, inhaling essential oils provides relief within a few minutes. For others, it may take up to one hour for the oils to work. You can also apply them topically to provide relief from nausea.
What essential oils are safe during pregnancy?
Some of the effective essential oils for nausea during pregnancy include lavender, peppermint, lemon and chamomile.
What is lavender oil good for?
Lavender is known to relieve anxiety and stress. It works by activating the area of the brain that is linked to emotions. In addition, it helps you relax, making you feel more comfortable. It also works as an anti-depressant.
What is peppermint oil good for?
Peppermint oil is known to fight nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. It helps with morning sickness by relieving the symptoms associated with it. This oil has a strong taste and smell. It may cause skin irritation if applied excessively.
What is chamomile oil good for?
Chamomile oil is known to relieve cramps during pregnancy. This oil also relieves anxiety, stress and depression. It helps you feel less tense and more relaxed.
What is lemon oil good for?
Lemon oil is known to fight off bacteria in your body. This helps with symptoms like diarrhea, bloating and acidity. It is a natural ingredient that does not cause any side effects.
What is ylang ylang oil good for?
Ylang ylang oil is known to fight anxiety and stress. It can help with depression by relieving symptoms of the condition such as low mood and lack of interest in activities. This oil has a sweet smell that may cause allergic reactions such as rashes and itching.
What is tea tree oil good for?
Tea tree oil is known to fight off bacteria and viruses that may be causing you to feel sick. It is safe and helps treat a variety of conditions such as coughs, colds, bloating, nausea and sore throats.
Are there any oils that should be avoided?
Essential oils should not be ingested. They are highly concentrated and may lead to poisoning if taken in large amounts. Some oils such as camphor and pennyroyal should be avoided as they may lead to miscarriages.
Essential oils should not be taken during pregnancy or if you have a medical condition without consulting a physician first.
When should I call my healthcare provider?
You should contact your healthcare provider if you have any of the following conditions:
If you are pregnant and are unsure about using essential oils during pregnancy.
History of allergy to any petroleum based product such as lotions or perfumes.
You experience a rash, swelling, dizziness and headache after applying a particular essential oil.
You have a known medical condition such as epilepsy, cancer, diabetes and cardiac conditions.
You experience severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, increased heartbeat, wheezing, chest pain and loss of consciousness.
You experience signs of an allergic reaction such as a rash, itching, wheezing, swelling (of the lips, face or tongue), trouble breathing or paleness. Seek immediate emergency medical attention if these occur.
You experience dizziness or drowsiness after applying a particular essential oil. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how the essential oil affects you.
You are concerned about the safety of a particular essential oil.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
Difficulty in breathing, chest pain and heart palpitations.
Severe skin reactions such as swelling, skin burns, itching, rash and redness.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.
Severe headache, loss of consciousness and dizziness.
Sources & references used in this article:
A trial of a mixture of three essential oils in the treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting by E De Pradier – International Journal of Aromatherapy, 2006 – Elsevier
A brief review of current scientific evidence involving aromatherapy use for nausea and vomiting by PL Lua, NS Zakaria – The Journal of Alternative and Complementary …, 2012 – liebertpub.com
Peppermint oil: a treatment for postoperative nausea by S Tate – Journal of advanced nursing, 1997 – Wiley Online Library