For many, with winter snow sledding and shoeing come colds and flu’s that ravage the system worse than a stormy blizzard. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. The flu virus is more stable and lingers in the air longer when said air is cold and dry. Many of us wind up with miserable head colds, but nausea is no stranger to the winter months and it can be much more debilitating than a head cold, especially when you have relatives and children running rampant.

Here are some at home remedies to test out:

Aniseed. This helps cure nausea and vomiting. Brew aniseed into a tea by putting 1/4 teaspoon in 1/2 cup boiling water. Steep for five minutes. Strain and drink once a day.

Cumin Seeds. Also helps to relieve nausea and vomiting. If you can stomach yogurt, try sprinkling them on top.

Apple Cider Vinegar. This sounds, no doubt like a strange one, but 1 tablespoon of vinegar with a dollop of honey in either hot or cold water will help the churning and twisting.

Ginger. There’s no competition–not even what you can pick up from the pharmacy. Ginger, taken in any form, is the best cure, especially homemade tea with ginger powder.

Mint. Ever notice that tummy savers like Tums are mint flavored? It’s not a coincidence. Mint tea relieves nausea. Simply steep about 1 tablespoon dry leaves in 1 pint hot water for 30 minutes; strain and drink. And you don’t need to throw out the mint leaves when you drink the tea.  Eating boiled mint leaves can cure nausea, too. Or purchase peppermint or mint tea bags from the store, if you can’t stomach chewing leaf.

Don’t forget to REST and HYDRATE. As long as you can keep liquids down, you should be drinking plenty of fluids and electrolytes. Oh, and saltines, obviously. Keep a stack nearby.


-Arianna Schioldager

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