Asking for Your Best Motion Sickness Solutions

You all are a wealth of knowledge, and I’d love to know what are your best motion sickness relief helps.

I used to be able to work on my laptop on trips and get a lot accomplished. Notice I said the words used to. What changed? Who knows. But one thing is sure, motion sickness is now a problem for me. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a quick trip to Kansas City or a road trip.

I’ll give you a little backstory on what I currently do:

  • PsiBands (they work to some extent but not enough to make travel totally comfortable: the link was Titus2’s Amazon’s Affiliate link, see the Privacy Policy)
  • Gum
  • Water
  • Snacks (I don’t do well if I’m at all hungry in the car)
  • Dramamine (Less-Drowsy formula isn’t so effective versus the regular, which is quite effective for me. The part I dislike is how crazy tired I feel with the regular Dramamine, but even with it, I don’t sleep well in a moving vehicle.)
  • Avoid looking at my phone
  • Driving (but that isn’t always feasible)

My family would also tell you the vehicle has to stay at a cool temperature. I’m sorry for their sake, as they often have to break out the sweatshirts during summer travel to help me.

So, I’d love to hear what you’ve found to be effective for motion sickness. I’d like to try some other things!

Sarah

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”
1 Peter 3:8

156 thoughts on “Asking for Your Best Motion Sickness Solutions”

  1. It doesn’t look like anyone has mentioned PUMA Method yet – “motions sickness therapy” through habituation is something I came across on the internet this morning as I have been praying for you. Daily, habitual exercises sound like possibly a wise approach to me. I know someone whose vestibular dizziness (though I know it’s not the same as what you are suffering) was fixed amazingly fast through eye exercises.

    I will keep praying too.

  2. Looks like I managed to lose the comment I just wrote! Here is my idea – motion sickness therapy (Habituation). It has been used for army personnel who suffer from it. There is something called the PUMA method, which uses exercises to combat motion sickness. Perhaps there is a list of exercises somewhere that wouldn’t require you to buy a program! But I know that dizziness and nausea etc can be SOO helped by amazingly simple exercises sometimes.

    God bless you and we will keep you in prayer for this really difficult trouble.

  3. Have you tried peppermint essential oil? Make sure you get a good brand. I use plant therapy. Affordable but still good quality. Orange and lemon can also help. Gin gins are a ginger candy that some people find effective as well.

      1. I think there is likely a website where you can check. There will be an image you look at and if you can see certain things they would be polarized. Or go into an optometrist and they should have the pic you can look at

  4. I had the worst motion sickness until I had to go off of dairy and wheat for a couple years for something not related to the motion sickness. It completely resolved. When I reintroduced dairy and wheat it came back. I noticed really limiting dairy significantly helps. Nothing ever helped my motion sickness before that and many times made it worse. To this day, I don’t really care for those red and white mints because my parents have then to me when I would feel sick in the car and it would only make things worse. Because I now eat the wheat and dairy, I usually look far out of a window if I am not driving or I pretend that I am driving and that helps too. I hope you find something that works for you! Blessings!

  5. A doctor once told me to eat but not drink. I make sure to eat a good breakfast before getting in the car but drink only a few sips of water. This seems to work very well.

  6. I’m a little like that; I can’t read very well while we drive. I think looking out the window helps a lot. I don’t have any “solutions,” but I can keep you in prayer! 🙂

  7. Miss Maxwell: consider trying ginger. There is hard-candy ginger you could suck on, ginger tea, or ginger snap cookies. You can always just nibble away at these & see if they help. Also, and this is strange, baked sour cream & onion Lays chips. Again, you can nibble, you don’t have to consume a lot (unless you are just needing a snack attack!) Good luck & God bless!

  8. Our family has always used homeopathics with great success! You may use it as well, but just in case you don’t, I wanted to share our family favorite remedy for motion sickness! It is Cocculus, but I’ve also heard good things with Tabacum. We just take one pellet every 15-30min just before you start a trip, and while you are experiencing the symptoms. It has always given us relief after one, possibly two doses. Don’t take homeopathics while within 15 minutes of chewing mint gum or eating food. It works faster that way! Hope this helps!

  9. Don’t know why your motion sickness has started in the last few years but it is a conflict of your senses. Your eyes and mechanisms of the inner ear are telling your brain two different things. That is why it is important to focus on the horizon. Perhaps you should get a doctor to look for any problems with your ears.

    J.

  10. I didn’t read all the comments, so maybe this was mentioned, but just straight ginger pills helped our daughter without the knock-out drowsiness of Dramamine.

  11. Hi Sarah,

    Since your motion sickness is a change for you, I would recommend first talking to your doctor to see if there is a physical cause for your symptoms. It could be something to do with the inner ear, since that’s the part of your body that has to do with equilibrium, balance and sensing where you are in space. If you get dizzy or nauseous at other times, other than in the car, be sure to mention that to your doctor. You may also want to try home-epley, google it, to see if it causes symptoms or brings you some relief.

  12. I struggle with motion sickness especially on long trips and in traffic that has a lot of rapid starts and stops. The Scopolamine patches work pretty well, but they are a bit pricey for daily use. I tend to save them for longer trips, unless I know for sure that I’m going to traveling during rush hour. If I end up traveling in town, and there are lots of rapid starts and stops, and I’m caught out from having a patch, I take a benadryl or two when I get home. I know you don’t like being tired, but I have found benadryl/diphenhydramine works in a pinch for relief if I’m out of the Scopolamine patch prescription or I just haven’t used it that day. It’s actually approved for nausea due to motion sickness and I like it better than meclizine. Of course, I always sit in the front seat, avoid heavy or greasy food on long trips, and avoid reading or checking my phone while the vehicle is moving.

  13. I second the comment about ginger! I have a lifelong history of motion sickness, & ginger has been my solution the last 10 years. I prefer candied ginger, but there are many other forms. I also keep the window cracked & occasionally sip water.

  14. Did you look into homeopathic remedies yet?There are 2 usually used for motion sickness,nausea,dizziness, vertigo. It’s been know to uproot symptoms for good after a couple uses and it’s safe for children. I’ve read that there’s no side effects.The 2 medicines are (Cocculus indicus 30c)and (tabacum30c). Hope this helps.

  15. What works for me, is to avoid drinking water right before and during the trip, and eating only salty crackers, non-flavored, throughout it. The salt helps absorb the liquids in your stomach. If you have to drink water, drink only one very small sip at a time, just to keep your mouth wet. In general, you want to stay away from strong smells, be it food, perfume, gasoline, etc. Another good advice I got from a doctor, is to keep my gaze fixed as far as possible in the sky (obviously, reading is not included!). I hope this helps!

    1. I love the suggestion on not drinking much water. I used to think that would help, but I’m seeing based on comments that’s not the case. I don’t like perfume in general; most of it gives me headaches.

      1. I have been suffering from very intense motion sickness since forever, so I have tried everything under the sun; from rubber wristbands that supposedly magnetize(?) your body to not feel it, to pills, to my poor grandma’s recipe (she too was a sufferer) of sticking a band-aid over your belly button (I am laughing now, but at the time I was desperate, so I am embarrassed to admit I tried that too). When all failed and it was obvious that I could not treat it, I tried to look for a trigger, or a pattern, so as to know what to avoid. It’s this way that I came to the conclusion that for me, it’s mostly the closed space and the smells that are a strong trigger. For example, I don’t like -or use- perfume either, but when I am in a car, the smell of the cologne of another passenger, the car interior or the pine tree car-freshener, are sure to start making me dizzy. Conversely, if I keep my face on top of the open car window, the symptoms are much milder. Sarah, I pray you can soon find a way to tackle this, I know it can be frustrating!

  16. I use doTerra essential oils. Peppermint or spearmint is really good for motion sickness. DoTerra oils are safe to take internally. I would put some under my tongue and rub it on my belly. Of you’re interested in a free sample let me know and I’ll send you some. They would also help Anna Marie.
    Cindy L.

  17. Homeopathic Cocculus Indicus has worked really well for my children with motion sickness. Boiron sells it in a pelleted form in small tubes. It is inexpensive, easy to carry with you, and has no side effects whatsoever. It might be worth a try for you.

    1. What strength did you use 6 or 30 ? I would like to try some for my son. I’ve also read it helps with vertigo which I suffer with.

  18. We use ginger and it helps a lot! You can use ginger candy or ginger tea. We use peppermint essential oil topically and hold it under our nose to smell it and it helps. The wrist bands and gum help us too.

  19. As you age your eyesight changes. I experienced the motion sickness problem as well. I find that wearing my glasses in the car, they are a mild prescription that I only use for driving and reading screens at conferences, helps enormously. I bought some inexpensive glasses from Zenni that I leave in the car. I hope this helps.

    1. Thank you! I have found I need to wear sunglasses when it’s sunny, but I’ll see if they are polarized. I did have my eyes checked recently, and they are great. 🙂

  20. Sarah,
    Some of kids suffer from motion sickness. We have found a medicine called ondansetron (Zofran) to be extremely helpful for them. It is a prescription only.

    My 22 y/o daughter used to get sick to her stomach on winding mountain roads and now can sit in the back seat and read! It does not cause drowsiness, although there are some side effects which should be weighed before using.

    We’ll be praying you find what is safe and effective for you!

    Mrs M

  21. Anti motion sickness glasses worked for me. Buy them online for 20 dollars. As ridiculous as they are to wear they help with my all day vertigo and motion sickness from the car.

  22. Hi Sarah!
    I get motion-sickness, altitude sickness, and occasionally migraines (usually from scents like perfume or chemicals, or LED lights), so I totally get your struggles!

    As far as motion-sickness, I use Hyland’s motion sickness, which is a homeopathic medicine that you dissolve under your tongue. You can take it every four hours, and I can sometimes tell when it’s getting close to the four hour mark, and I’m relieved to be able to take another round! With taking it, I can usually work if it’s a straight road and a steady speed, as long as I take couple-minute breaks to look out the front window. For curvy roads, I don’t even try to work – but with this, I don’t usually get sick either!

    Another interesting thing is that I tend to get quite a bit more carsick with certain family members (whereas with others I’m almost always fine!). I think it might be acceleration/deceleration speed, and how quickly/suddenly you turn the wheel to change lanes, how fast corners are taken, etc. 😉

    As far as altitude-sickness, I was recently recommended something to help with altitude sickness. Haven’t tried it yet because I haven’t been to high elevation yet, but if it works, I’ll be sure to tell you!

  23. We have a friend whose motion sickness disappeared after she was practicing somersaults with her children!

  24. Candied ginger and ginger chews help me. I also like to get ginger ale at our local health food store (I find the more potent the ginger flavor, the better and a lot of the commercial brands don’t have enough ginger for me.) I usually buy a box of mini saltines for flights and road trips. Sitting in the middle seat and staying focused on the horizon help. Lavender and peppermint essential oils are nice to have on hand. I still have to take Benadryl or Dramamine occasionally, but it’s always my last resort. I hope it gets better for you!

  25. Sarah…on a cruise one time in very choppy waters I got seasick. The Asian waiters insisted I eat an apple…and it worked. I was just on a cruise recently with very high waves, and what did they put out…bowls of apples, and once again it worked like a charm.

  26. A few things my siblings have tried are ginger candy, either from “the ginger people” or “chimes”. Also peppermint essential oil, cold air, and not sitting in the back. 🙂

  27. Have you thought about having your Ears checked for inner ear issues or excess fluid? Sometimes excess fluid in the ears can trigger motion sickness, especially since you usually do not have trouble.

  28. For me, placing something cold (like a cold pack) on the back of my neck or rubbing it gently on my face helps. Lying down and closing my eyes helps a lot too, although you couldn’t do either of these when you are driving. Having air blowing directly onto my face helps as well. I used to get carsick on long drives when I was younger, but now I don’t get motion sickness unless there is lots of traffic (the stopping and going makes me feel bad). I don’t get sick reading in the car but for some reason it makes me eyes really tired. I know this problem must be very annoying, I will pray it gets better!

  29. The Relief Band stopped severe morning sickness for me – I know it works for motion sickness for many, too. It’s a bit expensive but really it was priceless!

  30. Our children exhibit signs of motion sickness at various times but not all the time. We have found that simply getting a chiropractic adjustment especially focusing on C1 removes the motion sickness problem. Apparently, a sublexation of C1 can correlate to inner ear problems which may result in motion sickness. Hope that helps.

    Greg and Arielle

  31. On my honeymoon I used prescription ear patches and they worked wonderfully! No nausea. We were on a cruise ship for a week. You would replace a patch every three days and they are placed behind your ear. Very well worth long trips.
    As a natural alternative, Soloray has ginger supplements, chewable tablets and gimlets that both have helped me. Also, I found out I needed glasses and that did help as well.

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