Ginger: A Natural Remedy for Motion Sickness

Good for alleviating motion sickness, upset tummies and inflammation, ginger makes a good addition to any travel kit.

  • Ginger tea
    Get a dose of ginger via delicious ginger tea.

  • Ginger tea

Ginger is a great remedy for motion sickness and troubled tummies. Cultivated for millennia in the Far East, this useful root was approved by the German Commission E to prevent motion sickness and dyspepsia. (Commission E was established by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices in the 70s to review herbal remedies.)

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties also have been shown to improve joint pain associated with arthritis. And its blood-thinning properties also may help reduce cholesterol levels by stimulating the secretion of bile and hindering fat absorption, says James A. Duke, Ph.D., in his book, The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook.

In The Herbal Drugstore, Linda White, M.D., recommends ingesting ginger in one of the following forms:

  • Fresh root
  • Teas
  • Capsules
  • Tablets
  • Tinctures
  • Liquid extracts
  • Candied slices (See our previous Candied Ginger recipe.)

Take ginger about half an hour before traveling to prevent motion sickness. Duke recommends taking one 480-milligram standardized supplement twice a day, or 2 to 4 grams of dried ginger up to three times a day. To ease joint stiffness, you can soak a towel in ginger tea and apply it directly to your skin.

Those with gallbladder disease should avoid using ginger, and it also may interact with anticoagulant drugs. Pregnant women who wish to use it to prevent morning sickness should first check with their health care practitioner.


2/14/2011 2:47:30 PM

I love using ginger. I used it for morning sickness as a tea while pregnant. It was also an ingredient in a concoction my mother-in-law uses to fight a cold. The following ingredients were added to a blender: fresh ginger, fresh whey (yogurt byproduct), pineapple, raw honey, lime juice, and a little cayenne pepper. It has quite a kick!!!

11/15/2008 6:54:10 PM


Jan Trent
9/8/2008 12:14:35 PM

I love ginger. I love it in cooking. I have had to deal with nausea and motion sickness forever and ginger really helps. Dramamine and other drugs just made me feel ill. Ginger also helps when my stomach just feel a bit 'off' so to speak. i love to make fresh ginger tea - chop up about 2 inches fresh ginger and simmer in a few cups of water for 10 minutes. I think the important thing is to get real ginger. I found some natural ginger mints called Meltzer's pure mints, that I absolutely love - they really help my nausea. They are the best all natural ginger mints and use real ginger extract - I think that's why they work so well for me. I highly recommend them. Some of the other ginger mints I have tried did not use much ginger, if any I don't think and I havent gotten the same results from them. Oh yes - try a bit of honey in the ginger tea. Phenomenal. Add some soda water and make your own ginger ale with real fresh ginger.



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