8 Ways to Cure Motion Sickness
In this post I will discuss 8 ways to cure motion sickness.
Motion sickness is a common ailment for the traveler. I even get it just sitting in a hammock!
Some lucky people don’t get it ever and for others it can be enough to not want to do something.
For years I stayed clear from boats because I got terribly seasick.
Now-a-days it doesn’t bother me because I just employ one of these 8 ways to cure motion sickness.
Actually, I usually use a few in combination.
Featured Image: A small crowded bus on a long, windy, mountain road in Nicaragua.
8 Ways to Cure Motion Sickness
Ginger is well known for natural relief of motion sickness and is my number on go to for motion sickness. I eat quite a lot of it everyday anyway which I think has helped me overall. When I know I am going on a journey I will have a strong ginger tea an hour or two before the journey and then suck on some ginger lollies during.
Even if it doesn’t help your motion sickness, ginger is ridiculously good for you on many levels.
When the ginger is not enough I try to sleep though the journey. I’m quite lucky that I can sleep pretty much anywhere.
3. Get Some Fresh Air
When I was a kid in the car I would open the window and stick my head out like a dog. It does wonders.
4. Stare at the Horizon
This one is more for sea-sickness and works quite well. As a double-whammy, to see the horizon you will probably need to go outside in the fresh air.
5. Tiger Balm
Tiger balm is another good natural remedy. I read to put a tiny amount of tiger balm on your lips. Emphasis on the word tiny. Alternatively (and what I do) is just take a big whiff of it every now and again whilst traveling and/or rub a bit on my temples.
6. Clove Oil
Before I started carrying around tiger balm I used to carry clove oil. I would use it in the same way as tiger balm.
7. Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine)
If I am really feeling it bad I hit up the Dramamine, which is an antihistamine.
I am not a big fan of pharmaceuticals but sometimes you just want something with a little more kick. I usually only have to do this if my travel is coupled with a hang-over, which used to happen more 5 or so years ago, but pretty much never these days.
Side effects: Blurred vision (rare), drowsiness, dry mouth (rare), headache (rare), loss of coordination (rare).
Adult dose: 50 to 100 mg every 4 to 6 hours, maximum of 400 mg in 24 hours. The first dose should be taken 30 to 60 minutes before starting activity.
Benadryl is also an antihistamine. I’m no medical profesional but it seems to me that Dramamine is geared more towards motion sickness where-as Benadryl will fight any abnormal allergic over-reactions your body has, e.g., stung by a bee.
In any case, Benadryl is the one I carry. It works for motion sickness also which in my book makes it more useful.
Side effects: Depleted co-ordination, difficulty urinating, dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, headache.
Adult dose: 25 to 50 mg every six to eight hours. Administer first dose 30 minutes before exposure to motion and repeat before meals and upon retiring for the duration of the journey.
Note: Nausea may be accompanied with vomiting. If vomiting does not cease within 24 hours it may lead to volume shock. If you are vomiting too much go see a doctor. It may not be motion sickness that is causing it.
The information in this post has been sourced from Sam Fury’s book Wilderness and Travel Medicine.
What ways to cure motion sickness do you use? Share your thoughts in the comments 😀 .