Motion sickness: ginger.

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Motion Sickness & Ear Problems
From: Liz Jones <>
Date: 13 Sep 1995 17:32:10 GMT

>Does anyone know if ginger will relieve motion sickness? My mother says she's heard that making a ginger tea will help -- has anyone got a recipe?

Ginger tea works well to relieve nausea-- probably best to drink a strong cup BEFORE you get in the car, as it seems to work better that way. Make it to your own taste-- ginger powder works well in either hot or cold water-- just add as much powder as you can comfortably tolerate drinking. You can also boil two or three coin-sized slices of the root for a pleasant fresh tea. Another recommendation on its use that I read somewhere... sorry, I can't recall the source... was to fill capsules with ginger powder and take them until you can taste ginger in the back of your throat-- again, this would be prior to getting in the car. I've never tried it this way since I like the tea. Ginger can help alleviate nausea after it starts, but it doesn't seem to work quite as well that way(does anything?). And anyhow, why wait until you're already miserable?

>Are there any other herbs that relieve motion sickness? I suffer from severe motion sickness.

Other good herbs for nausea(in general) are cloves, peppermint and thyme. Probably don't overdo it on either cloves or thyme, but adding a bit of spice to a glass of water, hot or cold,can relieve a bellyache. Also, I have a friend who sucks on whole cloves as if they were Lifesavers and finds relief from nausea that way.

From: Richard Szubin <>

I just went on a road trip in Arizona and was pleased to find that eating candied ginger (which you can usually find in a good health food store or in asian markets) made my head feel as solid as a rock. I was really surprised at how well it worked. I knew that ginger was a great remedy for motion sickness, but wasn't sure that candied ginger would do the trick. I have a sweet tooth and it gave me a good excuse for gorging. I took it just before we hit the winding parts in the mountains.

From: (Bella Kinney)

> Unfortunately I'm diabetic so the candied part wouldn't be too good for me, so do you suppose ginger in another form will help me with my motion sickness problem?

I reccommend Japanese style ginger pickles. Thin slices of tangy pink ginger in a vinegar pickle, we like it a lot! I am considering making our own as soon as I can find a good way to cut paperthin ginger shavings quickly and evenly. Look for ginger pickles in your local Asian specialty grocery store.

From: (Pat Byrnes)

>I'm going on a bus trip tomorrow along a few windy roads, and wondered if there was anything herbal that I could take for motion sickness. I mean, I have dramamine for tomorrow, but I'd really like this information as a future reference.

The alltime, best "cure" for motion sickness is ginger. I've used it for years (I get very bus-sick) for myself and any dogs I've had who have car-sickness. It's great.

You can get capsules in any health-food store. For both me and my dogs (I have large, 75 lbs. + ones), take 2 capsules approximately 20 min. before the bus begins to move. On long trips I take 2 in the morning and another 2 in the afternoon. That takes care of whole day bus trips.

From: Marianne Fajstrup <>

>I'm going on a bus trip tomorrow along a few windy roads, and wondered if

Ginger in any form: pills, ginger ale, ginger snaps, raw, cooked or pickled, is very effektive against motion sicknes - and morning sicknes should that become an issue too!