If traveling by car makes you dizzy and queasy then I have some good news for you: there are several ways to stop motion sickness before it starts. Actually, some solution might help you conquer it for good.
The reason of motion sickness: some researchers believe it’s caused by incongruence in our body’s sensory systems. For instance, on a slow-moving cruise ship, your eyes may tell the brain you’re not moving at all, but the systems in your brain and inner ear that control balance and posture say, “Yes we are!”
In order to control motion sickness you can take medication, but you should know that there are other ways to combat this disturbance:
Take control of the situation – not driving can contribute to motion sickness. So, to control this situation is advisable to stay in the front seat and look at the horizon. This way your brain confers a sense of greater control than riding in the back.
Curb your consumption – watch your consumption of foods, drinks, and alcohol before and during travel. Avoid excessive alcohol, smoking, and foods or liquids that may aggravate your mood.
Talk yourself down – you actually can talk yourself out of motion sickness. A study found that “verbal placebos” have been effective in preventing seasickness. Set your own expectations before traveling by saying aloud, “I’m not going to get carsick this time.
Pre-treat with ginger – take one to two grams of ginger half an hour before traveling for best results. If you’re on prescription blood thinners, consult your doctor before supplementing with ginger.
Use pressure points – you can wear pressure point devices—such as wristbands with plastic bumps on them — helps convince your brain you’re not going to get sick.
Try aromatherapy – some claim to find relief in using essential oils as a motion sickness remedy. So, you can try aromatherapy with essential oils like ginger, peppermint, or lavender may alleviate nausea due to motion car, sea, or air sickness.
Or you can prepare a motion sickness freshener for your car:
- 1.5 oz of aroma beads
- a mason jar
- 4 drops of lavender essential oil
- 4 drops of ginger essential oil
- 2 drops of spearmint essential oil
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops of sweet almond oil
1. Blend oils in small bottle
2. Shake well
3. Put aroma beads in the mason jar
4. Pour oil blend over it
5. Shake well
6. Give the beads a few hours to absorb the blend, shaking the jar every so often
Place the jar inside the car and leave the beads to release the scent. Or you can let the blend dry and place it into a sachet. Tie the sachet near the air vents and turn on the AC. Now, the ac will distribute the scent throughout the vehicle.