Motion sickness is the tendency to vomit or feel nauseated when traveling (in motion). This can be while traveling by air, a journey in a mountain journey, or something as simple as a car ride. While it might feel like a silly problem, only those who face this know how difficult it is to travel with motion sickness. I for one have always had this problem and was never able to go on those high rides in theme parks because even as a child I had motion sickness.

But nowadays I am able to manage better with the help of these remedies. Most often, I try a couple of these remedies together because my motion sickness isn’t mild.

Keep a lemon handy

Keep a lemon with you when you travel by a flight or any other mode that gives you motion sickness. Keep meddling with the lemon peel and inhale the aroma of the lemon juice. The aroma is effective in preventing nausea and this can work for mild to moderate cases of motion sickness. In severe cases, it works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t – well, at least for me. You can inhale the lemon even before nausea starts as prevention. I’ve seen the inhalation technique to be much more effective as prevention that as a remedy.


Cumin, tamarind, jaggery remedy


  1. Dry roast cumin seeds.
  2. Grind the roasted cumin seeds.
  3. Take a small ball of tamarind and a tablespoon of powdered jaggery.
  4. Mix the ground cumin seeds, jaggery, and tamarind together.

Keep this with you and eat half a teaspoon every hour to avoid motion sickness. It can also be an instant remedy for even severe cases of motion sickness. It can also make you feel better after you vomit.

If you do not have jaggery, you can use palm sugar instead but jaggery has the natural tendency to reduce nausea and this would work better.

Cumin seeds

Dried plums

Plums are delicious to eat as a fruit, but the dried ones are good for motion sickness. Just pop in a dried plum or two once an hour. Do not eat it immediately – chew on slowly and suck on the juice so that the flavor will prevent nausea. Chinese plums are the ones that work well to fight nausea (this also works with pregnancy-related nausea). These dried plums have a sour-sweet taste and this has a similar effect on nausea like that of the cumin, tamarind jaggery remedy that we spoke about.

Dried plum


Peppermint has a strong flavor that can prevent motion sickness. Peppermint tea is a great remedy for nausea.


  1. Take a handful of fresh mint leaves from your kitchen garden.
  2. Wash the leaves.
  3. Boil water in a vessel.
  4. Add the mint leaves to the boiling water and allow it to keep boiling for around five minutes.
  5. Switch off.
  6. While still hot, add half a teaspoon of crushed or powdered jaggery to the tea and stir well till the jaggery dissolves.
  7. Allow it to become warm and drink the tea before your journey.
Mint tea

Lemon juice

Lemon juice with a little sugar or salt based on your taste can work for mild cases of motion sickness. Squeeze some fresh lemons. Grind a handful of mint leaves with a grinding stone and add the mint leaves to the lemon juice. Leave the mint in the lemon juice for about five minutes for the mint extract to blend with the lemon juice.

Drink this fresh and strong lemon juice before you take your flight or any other vehicle that causes you to get nauseous.

Ginger candy

Ginger candy is available in many stores. Ginger can reduce and prevent nausea. Keep some ginger candy with you and pop one every time you feel nauseous. When you buy ginger candy, buy those which have very little sugar or jaggery – we do not want to add up more in terms of calories to fight nausea.

Ginger also has lot of health benefits about which you can read here.

Chamomile tea

The gentle aroma of chamomile is an excellent remedy for nausea. And thanks to flasks, you can make some chamomile tea with dried chamomile tea and carry it when you travel. Also, have a cup of chamomile tea before you start your journey. You can add half a teaspoon of ginger powder while preparing chamomile tea to make the tea more effective.

You can see the various benefits of chamomile tea here.

Chamomile cover

Roasted garlic

Raw garlic is great to fight motion sickness. But for those like me who aren’t huge fans of raw garlic, you can roast a little garlic in ghee and chew it on. This remedy seems to work for anyone who is not repelled by the strong smell of garlic.


  1. Peel 7 – 8 cloves of garlic.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of ghee in a pan.
  3. The ghee will melt.
  4. Add the garlic cloves and saute them for a minute or two till the raw smell leaves.
  5. Chew and eat the cloves slowly.

Almost all these remedies work for everyone. You may have to try the options and choose which one works best for you.


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Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.