Banish travel sickness in minutes with pharmacist’s delicious 5p trick

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Leading pharmacist Abbas Kanani has shared some ways you can banish travel sickness while in the car – and the tasty and natural remedy will only cost 5p to rustle up

There’s nothing worse than going on a road trip and feeling travel sick – but there are ways you can alleviate the feeling.

The uncomfortable symptoms can ruin a journey, from dizziness to a dire headache or the sweats. While no one wants to suffer from motion sickness, sometimes it’s inevitable.

However there’s one clever way you can try and stop it according to one pharmacist, and it costs just 5p. The tasty and natural remedy, recommended by Abbas Kanani, lead pharmacist for Chemist Click, is peppermint tea, as its compounds can help reduce motion sickness symptoms.

Speaking on behalf of Cinch, Abbas explained: “Peppermint contains compounds like menthol, which has a calming effect on the stomach muscles and can help reduce feelings of nausea and vomiting associated with travel sickness,” and added: “You can try drinking peppermint tea or sucking on peppermint sweets to help relieve travel sickness symptoms,”

You can buy peppermint tea from Sainsbury’s for 95p, and it works out to be 5p per tea bag, making it a cheap potential solution and helping settle your stomach before, or while travelling.

Alternatively, ginger is another great solution to help banish sickness, The Express reports. Abbas explained: “Ginger can be effective as a natural remedy for nausea and travel sickness. Scientific research has found that ginger and its compounds may increase digestive responsiveness and speed up stomach emptying, which may reduce nausea.

“It seems to aid digestion and saliva flow, and its anti-inflammatory properties also support the release of blood-pressure-regulating hormones to calm your body and reduce nausea. You can consume ginger in various forms, such as ginger tea, ginger candies, or even ginger capsules.”

While taking these products may help ease symptoms of sickness, Abbas also recommended passengers avoid looking at their phones or devices. You may want some entertainment, but looking down at a phone or at a book can enhance the feeling of travel sickness Abbas explained.

He suggested “focusing your gaze” on a point in the distance to help reduce the sickness symptoms and said: “This helps to synchronise the information received by your eyes and your vestibular system, reducing the sensory conflict. This helps your brain better understand the motion and reduces the likelihood of experiencing travel sickness symptoms.”

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