The 6 Best Teas for Nausea
Drinking a hot cup of tea is one of the most effective ways to settle an upset stomach, especially if you’re feeling nauseous.
Nausea is characterized by stomach discomfort and the urge to vomit.
In fact, some teas have been shown to help soothe queasiness caused by everything from motion sickness to chemotherapy to pregnancy.
Here are 6 of the best teas for nausea.
1. Ginger tea
Ginger tea is an herbal infusion made from ginger root.
This root has been used as a natural remedy for nausea for thousands of years and is commonly added to candies, tablets, and chews used to settle upset stomachs.
A review of nine studies reported that ginger relieved nausea and vomiting caused by morning sickness, chemotherapy, certain medications, and surgery.
Similarly, a study in 576 people undergoing chemotherapy found that eating 0.5–1 gram(s) of ginger significantly reduced the severity of nausea, compared with a placebo.
Although most studies have focused on highly concentrated ginger extracts and supplements, it’s likely that the same benefits apply to ginger tea.
To make ginger tea, simply grate a small knob of peeled ginger and steep it in boiling water for 10–20 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Next, strain the ginger and enjoy as is, or add a bit of honey, cinnamon, or lemon.
You can buy ginger tea bags as well — either in health shops, grocery stores, or online.
2. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea comes from a sweet, earthy flower enjoyed for its distinct flavor and health-promoting properties.
In traditional medicine, chamomile has been used to relax your digestive muscles and treat conditions like motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, gas, and indigestion.
According to a 4-month study in 65 women undergoing chemotherapy, taking 500 mg of chamomile extract twice daily reduced the frequency of vomiting.
Meanwhile, a study in 105 women noted that taking chamomile extract was more effective than ginger at reducing nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy.
However, note that pregnant women should consult their healthcare provider before drinking chamomile tea, as it and other herbal teas may pose a risk to their pregnancy.
While these studies have tested highly concentrated extracts of the flower itself, chamomile tea may offer similar effects.
To make it, steep 1 tablespoon (2 grams) of dried chamomile in 1 cup (240 ml) of hot water for 5–10 minutes.