Dr. Greger’s Natural Nausea Remedy Recipe

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I travel a lot. When I was on the road full time, there were months I’d give over 40 presentations in 30 days across dozens of cities. My speaking schedule is still fuller than I’d like (especially now that I can save lives online in my jammies!), but I do love meeting folks face to face. One problem I’ve always had, though, is motion sickness. Whether in planes, trains, or automobiles I’ve struggled my whole life getting nauseated in moving vehicles

As a physician I can prescribe myself an array of powerful anti-nausea drugs, but I’ve always strived to find natural remedies for myself and my patients to avert the risks of side-effects (which take the lives of more than 100,000 Americans every year).

As I noted in my video Dangerous Advice From Health Food Store Employees, ginger has been found to be an effective remedy for nausea. Though used for thousands of years in traditional healing systems (in India it’s known as maha aushadhi, meaning “the great medicine”), ginger wasn’t proven to reduce nausea until 1982 when it beat out Dramamine in a head-to-head test in volunteers spun blindfolded in a tilted rotating chair. Ginger is now considered a nontoxic broad-spectrum antiemetic (anti-vomiting agent) effective in countering nausea during motion sickness, pregnancy, chemo, radiation, and after surgery.

I’ve tried nearly every ginger candy, chew, syrup, tea, ale and gum on the market and found them to be uniformly wimpy. At the other end of spectrum I’ve cringed on an eye-watering variety of fresh ginger extracts and glycerites. I needed to find something that packed a punch without actually burning my mouth. That’s how this recipe was born:

Lemon-Ginger Apple Chews

  • 1 whole peeled lemon
  • 1 hand of ginger
  • 1 finger of turmeric root (omit for use during pregnancy)
  • 4 apples, thinly sliced

Liquify the lemon, ginger, and turmeric in a high speed blender. Coat the apple slices with the blended mixture and place in a dehydrater until desired chewiness. I like them a little moist, but they can be also be dehydrated further into crispy apple chips for longer storage. For me, a few pieces eaten about 20 minutes before travel works wonders. 

I imagine mangoes would work well too. Please let me know in the comment section below if you come up with any yummy variations.

Ginger is generally considered safe during pregnancy, but the maximum recommended daily dose of fresh ginger during pregnancy is 20 grams (about 4 teaspoons of freshly grated). More than that may have uterine-stimulating effects. So those using these to combat morning sickness should spread this recipe out over several days. There is insufficient safety data regarding the use of turmeric during pregnancy, and so the turmeric should be omitted from the recipe for use for morning sickness. And because of the soluble oxalates in turmeric, even if not pregnant I wouldn’t recommend eating more than a half a batch a day.

Ginger also has all sorts of other wonderful properties. See for example Plants vs. Pesticides and Amyloid and Apple Juice. Reducing Radiation Damage With Ginger And Lemon Balm from my volume 13 DVD should be up on NutritionFacts.org in a month or so.

Dried apples are pretty amazing in their own right. See Dried Apples Versus Cholesterol. Make sure to cut off brown spots (Fungal Toxins in Apples) and leave them unpeeled (Apple Skin: Peeling Back Cancer). Which apple may be best? I just use whatever I can find at my local farmer’s market, but feel free to check out my video The Healthiest Apple. And if you’re wondering why the lemon? You probably missed Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here and watch my full 2012 – 2015 presentations Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, More than an Apple a Day, From Table to Able, and Food as Medicine.

  • Dianne Moore

    I must tell you as a Michigander, my Mom used the best ever anti nausea drink when we were children: Vernor’s Gingerale. In the midst of childhood stomache flus and upsets in the 1950s, she would warm some Vernors over the stove to be sipped by us….the warmed Gingerale still somewhat effervescent and quite gingery settled our tummies many a time.

    • Jim Ciaramitaro

      Mine, too.

  • Barbara Andersen

    When are you coming to Rio de Janeiro??

  • HemoDynamic, M.D.

    Thanks for posting this! I had a 13 yo come to my office the other day that has pretty bad car (motion) sickness and I told them the same thing about the typical medicines and their side effects. This recipe is fantastic!
    I wonder if it would work before going to amusement parks and riding the roller coasters?
    ””””’~~~~
    |:^()

  • Steve Mayer

    I wonder about the effectiveness of the ginger served with Sushi? It’s not overpowering at all (to me). I no longer eat sushi but I still like the ginger when I can get it.

  • Curious. What constitutes a “batch” of turmeric?

    • PaulB

      he used whole turmeric root, and used one “finger”. When you look at the whole root, you will see that the turmeric root looks like a human finger. .

  • Jess

    After years of car sickness I realized all I have to do is eat. It’s counterintuitive when you’re nauseous, but it works for me. Works best if it’s something absorbent like pretzels, cracker or O’s cereal. If I eat it before travel it’s preventative. If I eat a lot it’s better than just a little.

  • Lagaya

    Glad to hear that’s turmeric root. I thought from the picture that you threw in a caterpillar!

  • Amanda

    Can you be a little more specific on the quantities? How much is a hand of ginger? A finger of turmeric root?

    • That’s why I included the picture!

      • amanda

        ah got it, thanks for the reply!

      • Greg

        Do you peel the ginger and turmeric?

  • Teresa Thomas

    Where does one purchase turmeric root?? Also, do you peel your ginger first? Or just throw it in the blender as is?

  • P.F.

    Dear Dr. Greger,

    I just want to let you know how much we appreciate your emails. We often discuss the topics with our children, 7 and 4 years old. They too say things like: ” Dr. Greger says…” or ” Dr. Greger would approve (or not) of this meal…”

    I would like to ask you if you could give us an exemple of weekly menu or grocery list.

    Thank you very much.

  • GregB

    I blend 1 tsp. ginger powder and 1 tbsp. lecithin granules in 1.5 c. plain soy milk. The lecithin totally mellows out the ginger, and it doesn’t burn at all.

  • PamyCST

    Dr. Greger – although there is no scientific evidence (since randomized, double blind studies are impossible) for the efficacy of CranioSacral Therapy, I wonder if you have ever or would ever consider trying some sessions of CST to address your motion sickness. Does it not stand to reason that some restriction in the meninges just may be creating restriction in brain, spinal cord and/or nerves to send signals?
    LOVE your reports- repost them often. Thank you thank you.

  • Pandabonium

    I have found that few thin slices of pickled ginger – as is served with many Japanese dishes – works well and does not irritate the mouth.

  • Carl Newmeyer

    “Especially now that I can save lives online in my jammies!”

    Yes you’re my kind of doc and I’m happy that you’re are setting a streamlined standard.

  • lsc

    Wouldn’t you like to have Dr. Greger for your physician ??
    You often hear the phrase “nobody’s perfect”, but he’s probably so close you couldn’t tell the difference…..

    I sincerely thank you for your generosity, Dr. Greger, for sharing your time, energy and all of this knowledge – as well as your common sense. We all may not be so fortunate in our choice of physicians, but we can always read your recommendations and make informed decisions.

    • Plantstrongdoc

      Actually NF helps keeping me on track. I have absolutely no colleagues sharing my belief – well a few a little interested, but thats it. One day I was watching a video with Dr. Greger, and my wife (nurse) looked at it and said: “He actually looks quite healthy!” The point is that your lifestyle will even reflect in your appearance. You can tell if people smoke, drink too much, eat to much grease but you can also tell if they have a healthy lifestyle.

  • Dr. Greger, in your mini-bio above you mention that you “appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report”. Could you share those links with us somehow on this site? I for one, would love to see you on each show. I tried to search the internet for them without much success. Much thanks in advance!

  • Cheri

    Dr. Greger, I make natural ginger ale in my vitamix: blend a hunk of organic ginger [peeled] with about a half cup of filtered water. I keep it in the fridge in a glass jar and pour off through a strainer as I want it-mixed with a sparkling mineral water like Pelligrino and an ice cube it is a refreshing, settling drink. Friends who need it sweet have been satisfied if I add some raw honey in their drink.

    I love Reed’s Crystalized Ginger [significant bite]. Ingredients: diced baby ginger root, raw cane sugar, period…chunks @ 3/4″

    Wish you well…countless childhood road trips with a sick stomach and headache (no vomiting). I seem to have grown out of it…

    Drink it on the way to the airport. Carry on Reeds chunks…it is worth a try.

  • Thea

    Has anyone tried Dr. Greger’s recipe in an oven? (in case you don’t have a dehydrator)

    I could probably figure something out, but if someone else already has…

    Thanks

  • Cory

    I don’t know if this will help with your car sickness but during the winter I make ginger tea almost daily. My blend, which was inspired by your videos consists of ginger and cloves. All you have to do is slice up the ginger, maybe a 1 inch piece (cut more if you are planning to make a lot) and boil a small pot of water. Once the water starts boiling, through in a small handful of cloves. Let this boil for a half hour and let it cool down. Add sweetener if you please although I personally like the taste without it. This may help with your motion sickness. I will tell you that this does warm your body up during a cold winter day :-)

  • Fritz

    I take powdered ginger and put it into empty (non-gelatin, of course) capsules.I take it to prevent seasickness when I go scuba diving.

  • Anne

    Could powdered turmeric be a substitute? If yes, how much?

  • Ruth Frost

    I was so excited when my daughter Stephanie shared with me your video on animal protein and its effect on health. I have been googling information on health a nutrition extensively this past year. You are my hero, and my new health guru. I also happened upon information on Dr. Pottenger’s cats earlier this year and their diet on raw milk from grass fed cows. I assume raw milk would be in the same category of having an ill-effect on health, although other reports seem so positive. What are your feelings or studies on raw milk and raw whey concentrate from grass fed cows? And when will you be coming back to Taylor to teach us!? :). Love from the old Goodman Clan. :)

  • anncharpentier

    Dr. Gregor, you are doing such a great job! I love coming home from work, going right to my computer and seeing what you have posted for the day! Thank you so much!
    Ann – Milton, Ontario…Canada

  • John Clewett

    Do you peel the ginger and turmeric before putting them in the blender? And do you seed the peeled lemon?

  • Nick Kokoshis

    It’s easier to just cut a half inch of ginger root and chew it!

  • Suzanne

    Do you peel the ginger?

  • Will

    Dangerous maximum ginger recommendation?
    Does this recipe recommend 25 to 30 times too much daily ginger intake?

    Dr. Greger: “the maximum recommended daily dose of fresh ginger during pregnancy is 20 grams” This implies to me that for a non-pregnant adult more than 20 grams intake per day is fine.

    Furthermore, when I made up samples of “a hand of ginger” of the same scale in relation to the adjacent apples shown in the above website photo I got variations of between 100 to 120 grams. Apparently this is a permissible daily intake of ginger according to this recipe.

    However, I recently discovered several other nutrition sites that are consistent in recommending a maximum daily intake of ONLY FOUR GRAMS of ginger root.

    This huge discrepancy in recommended ginger intake concerns me. For over a year I have consumed around 60 grams of ginger root per day. This is split to have with 2 meals, diluted in slurry form with a few tablespoons of unsweetened apple juice then poured onto diced apple and pear plus other bits of other fruit. Confession: I also add about 300 grams of 0 fat yogurt.

    Could my health have been compromised by my (too high?) ginger intake? Should I drastically cut back my ginger intake to 4 grams per day as recommended by other sites? Or could I continue my 60 grams per day intake and even feel free to up it to 100 grams per day (the lowest amount that I estimated that the “hand of ginger” roughly weighs)? (Note: If it makes any difference, I’m 73 years old, in reasonable health and 5 years clear of stage 3 base of tongue cancer.)

    PS Except for this puzzle, I have found this to be a wonderful and informative site. For the past 3 years, it’s helped me to eliminate or greatly reduce my meat, fish, poultry and saturated fat intake and to focus on WFPB foods. Strangely, friends to whom I recommend this site haven’t taken me up on it. Still, I’ll keep recommending it. So… KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK DR. GREGER AND TEAM!

    NOTE TO THE ADMINISTRATOR: I’ve made 2 requests through the contact portion of this site to find out if my Canadian donation would be tax deductible. I’ve waited roughly a month now but still… no reply. I’d like to help financially but want this info before deciding on just how much to donate. Thank you.

    • Will

      Doc Greger: “And because of the soluble oxalates in turmeric, even if not pregnant I wouldn’t recommend eating more than a half a batch a day.” This implies that if the turmeric was eliminated, eating the whole recipe daily would be fine.

      Once again, isn’t this amount of daily ginger intake (~100 grams) far too much? It appears to be roughly 25x the recommended daily ginger intake by other nutritional sites. Could it be a health endangering amount? It would be helpful to get a NF staff response to my concern.
      Will

  • Arthur Michelson

    The recipe is for motion sickness. I don’t get motion sickness, but what about the above as just a healthy/tasty snack?