Using essential oils for nausea caused by motion sickness, digestive upset, or other factors may bring relief. Commonly suggested essential oils include:
Important: If you repeatedly experience nausea for an unknown reason, consult a healthcare provider.
You can inhale a single essential oil but might find an essential oil blend for nausea more effective.
To make an aromatherapy inhaler, drop the essential oils onto the cotton wick and insert it into the tube. Seal the tube with the bottom plug. Screw on the outer cover to keep the inhaler fresh. Remove cover and inhale deeply as needed.
General Nausea Relief Inhaler
Inhaler for Travel Sickness
Inhaler for Travel/Motion Sickness
Cautions: Do not use in pregnancy, if you have epilepsy, or with or near babies and young children.
Source: Cheryl Murphy, Certified Aromatherapist, "The Zingiberaceae Plant Family," NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Autumn 2018.3.
Gently massage a few drops of a nausea essential oil blend recipe onto your belly.
Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
To make a stock blend for nausea relief, add the following essential oils to a 5-ml dropper bottle:
Cap the bottle and shake well. Let sit at least eight hours before using.
To use: Make an aromatherapy inhaler (5 to 10 drops) or a massage oil (15 to 30 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil).
If your abdomen is tender and painful to touch, use this warm compress.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy recommends the following essential oils for nausea during pregnancy:
Learn more about using essential oils during pregnancy. Work with a professional to know which oils are safe for your pregnancy and how to best use them.
Some studies suggest essential oils may help relieve the side effect of nausea during cancer treatment. See Aromatherapy: Using Essential Oils as a Supportive Therapy and Effectiveness of Inhaled Aromatherapy on Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils suggests the following essential oils may help:
Check with and tell your healthcare provider about anything you are using.