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For motion sickness when traveling, I suggest taking a small amount of ginger, about size of a small pea. I do this when I go shopping after a meal. If we go out to eat, I take some before we go, because I can get motion sickness in the car going back home.
By Kathleen from Dothan, AL
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I'm going to Wales by car in a few weeks and it takes 4 hours. During long journeys I feel sick and really irritated. Is there anything to stop this. ie, certain food or drink or something?
By Danielle from London
There is over the counter pills for that. It would be either dramamine, or if you can't find it, Benadryl is basically the same thing.
This sounds weird to me, but I have been told that it works. Supposedly, if you read or concentrate on things inside the car as opposed to things outside, even though your body is moving, your mind believes that you are standing still, so you get car sick. The cure is supposed to be not to read, etc. in the car, but to look out the window at the scenery often so that your mind will know that you are in motion. I know, sounds crazy, but worth a try.
Ginger (the spice) works. About 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
Always make sure you eat and drink before a car trip. Strangely enough, an empty stomach contributes to the nausea.
Definitely looking out the car window at least now and again! It has to do with vision. When I was a little girl I got car sick every single time we went on any journey longer than about a half hour until I was able to sit tall enough to look out the window!
Eat lightly or lighter foods before traveling (toast, fresh fruit, soup). Heavy foods such as eggs will just sit in the stomach and cause vomiting. Sit in the front seat of the vehicle, you will be less likely to get car sickness than if you are traveling in the back seat; you will be less likely to get it if you are driving. Try to stay out of the sun, it seems to intensify the symptoms. Studies have shown that ginger relieves nausea as well as, if not better than, the prescription meds. I buy crystallized (candied) ginger and eat some continually before and during the trip.
Some travel sickness pills are quite strong. I don't travel well in a bus or in the back seat of a car and find that Joyrides (for children) are good, with no nasty side effects.
Here in Canada the product to use is Gravol. Ask your druggist for a recommendation.