The common ginger root used in cooking has been found to
alleviate nausea, indigestion, and motion sickness.
For motion sickness ginger is more effective than the common
Dramamine, says the British medical journal Lancet. Researchers
recommend 1,500 mg. of ginger approximately 30 minutes before
travel. An alternative is a 12 oz. glass of ginger ale. Another
study found that a 940 mg. dose of ginger was effective if it
was consumed 20 to 25 minutes before travel.
Physicians in Europe found that 250 mg. of common ginger stops
the nausea and vomiting of mothers-to-be.
A study with 80 Danish naval cadets unaccustomed to sailing
heavy seas found that one gram of ginger reduced vomiting and
cold sweating. Fewer symptoms of nausea and vertigo were also
The magic ingredient is gingerol, the active ingredient in
ginger. It works with the gastrointestinal tract and does not
interact with the nervous system so it has no side effects of
A 1/2 teaspoon of ginger is as effective as Dramamine in
relieving motion sickness and is equal to 940 mg.
A ginger tea can be made by measuring one teaspoon of powdered
ginger in a cup of boiling water or fruit juice.
Another method of using ginger is to use essential oil of
ginger. Fill a bowl with boiling water, put in one drop of
ginger per pint of water used, cover your head and inhale for 5
minutes with your eyes closed.
For morning sickness drink ginger ale or ginger tea, eat ginger
snaps or take 250 mg. of ginger four times daily. Using 1/8
teaspoon of powdered ginger 4 times a day relieved morning
sickness in pregnant women.
During pregnancy, the total daily dose should not exceed one
gram daily. For others, the daily dose may approach two to three
grams if needed. For prevention of motion sickness, begin taking
three to four hours before the planned trip.
The active ingredient in ginger is gingerol, so when purchasing
a ginger extract, make sure it is standardized in an 11:1
concentration. The recommended dose of the extract is 1,000 mg.
While ginger is safe for most people, if there is a history of
heartburn or gallstones, a doctor should be consulted before
Author: Marilyn Pokorney