6 Important Oils That Can Assist You Deal With Nausea


Nausea can be one of the most uncomfortable things around. Whenever I feel queasy, I’m desperate to figure out how to deal with it. There are definitely a few tricks you can try to help reduce nausea. Drinking clear or ice cold beverages, according to The Cleveland Clinic; eat light, bland food; eat slow and smaller, more frequent meals; and avoiding post-meal activities are all things you can do to relieve nausea.

You can also try other methods like using essential oils, either topically or as part of aromatherapy. Not all of them have the same effects, so the experts have shared with us some of the best essential oils for nausea. “These oils have been well studied as digestive aids in fresh or dried herbal form for cooking or tea. Therefore, the essential oils would of course be effective when applied topically or in a diffuser. They can be used alone or in combination,” explains Aba Gyepi-Garbrah, certified aromatherapist and founder of Aba Love Apothecary.

Viva Naturals Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil ($ 13)

But there are a few things that you need to be aware of when using essential oils. “As with any essential oil use, it is important to speak to your doctor to ensure that you can use natural products safely,” said Nicole Stevens, director of clinical research at DōTerra. “Each person’s genetics, medical history, medications, and other dietary supplements can influence (or avoid) their choice of essential oils. In general, it is best to use essential oils in small amounts because they are very concentrated blends of plant chemicals. “

Stevens also recommends trying one oil at a time so you know which one works best for you and which may be causing weird side effects. Then once you’ve found some favorites, you can experiment with your own mixes or switch to newer ones.

And if you’re applying them topically, be sure to diffuse in a carrier oil, as applying the oils directly to the skin can cause irritation. Gyepi-Garbrah recommends mixing them with fractionated coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, or sweet almond oil.

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Now take a look at some essential oils that can help with nausea.

Essential oils for nausea

1. Peppermint

Doterra peppermint oil ($ 29)

“One of the best-studied essential oils for calming the digestive system is peppermint,” says Stevens. “Several clinical studies indicate that it is used internally as a natural product that is great for upset stomach, and the herb has a long history of traditional uses for overall digestive health.”

Vitruvi Peppermint Essential Oil ($ 15)

2. Japanese mint (corn mint)

Nature’s Oil Cornmint Essential Oil ($ 15)

“It’s amazing against motion sickness while clearing the mind and keeping you awake. This mint doesn’t have the sweetness of peppermint,” says Gyepi-Garbrah.

Rocky Mountain Oils Corn Essential Oil ($ 13)

3. Fennel

Healing Solutions Fennel Essential Oil ($ 7)

Gyepi-Garbrah says fennel is known to aid digestion, gas, and cramping related to nausea. It also calms the digestive tract.

Artizen Fennel Essential Oil ($ 10)

4. Ginger

Doterra ginger oil ($ 59)

“Another oil that probably comes as no surprise is ginger. This essential oil has been studied as a good way to calm the stomach,” says Stevens.

Gya Labs Ginger Essential Oil ($ 10)

5. Lavender

Vitruvi Lavender Essential Oil ($ 18)

Gyepi-Garbrah says lavender can be helpful when the nausea is associated with pain or anxiety. It is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.

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6. Lemon

Airome Lemon Essential Oil ($ 10)

Lemon can be used to relieve morning sickness, adds Gyepi-Garbrah.

Soil Organics Organic Lemon Essential Oil ($ 8)

Do’s and Don’ts When Using Essential Oils to Treat Nausea

There are a few things to keep in mind when using essential oils for nausea. Gyepi-Garbrah gave some tips.

Spread the scent: If you are sensitive to strong odors, try using either a diffuser to diffuse the scent or dripping onto a tissue or cotton ball. Smelling straight out of the bottle can be too much for some people.

Do not take essential oils: Do this only under the guidance of a licensed healthcare practitioner.

Check the authenticity: Make sure the bottle doesn’t say “scented oil,” which is something completely different (usually synthetic) and doesn’t help with nausea. Look for botanical names and buy organic from a trusted source.

Cliganic organic jojoba oil ($ 10)

Do not apply directly to the skin: Remember to dilute it with a carrier oil.

Be careful if you are one of these groups: Pregnant women, the elderly, and young children should see their doctor first.

How to use essential oils

Rollerball pen

Vivaplex glass roll-on bottles (6 pieces) ($ 7)

You might find some of these essential oils in a rollerball pen, or you can make it yourself with a carrier oil. Gyepi-Garbrah recommends using a rollerball in five ways:

Palming: Brush the palms of your hands and inhale five times until you feel relief.

Pulse points: apply swabs to wrists and temples. “I also like to put a small swab on my upper lip on long car journeys (especially under a mask),” she says.

Sternum: Apply to the sternum / heart center with a roller.

Stomach: Use it here if the nausea is also accompanied by an upset stomach.

Lower abdomen: Use here if nausea is also accompanied by cramps.

Vitruvi stone diffuser ($ 119)


Investing in a diffuser can pay off as you can use aromatherapy and other essential oil blends to help relieve sleep, energy, stress, and anxiety.

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Putting a few drops on a tissue and inhaling five times until you feel relief is another quick fix, says Gyepi-Garbrah.

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Mist spray

Uervoton spray bottle ($ 7)

Gyepi-Garbrah says this is great for travel. “Mix essential oils with a combination of high proof alcohol (Everclear or vodka) with distilled water and shake it up,” she says.

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