ATLANTA – The Thanksgiving meal is gone, and all that’s left is a few extra pounds and maybe even an unsettled feeling in your stomach.
If you’re looking for a cure, mint is an excellent way to ease nausea.
“Peppermint can aid digestion and settle the stomach because it contains properties that dispel gas and relieve cramping,” says Corey Tolbert, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Thomas F. Chapman Center Wellness at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.
One of the key properties is menthol.
“The menthol in mint can help reduce gas and cramping,” says Nancy Weldeck of Taste and Savor.
Menthol also has a cooling effect that helps you and your stomach relax.
“It relaxes your stomach muscles and gets rid of that tight, uncomfortable, cramping feeling,” says Tolbert.
Peppermint gum is often suggested to help relieve motion sickness. Peppermint tea can help pregnant women or chemotherapy patients who are experiencing nausea.
The mere scent of peppermint oil can have the same effect.
Ginger is another natural remedy for nausea.