While most children look forward to family road trips, many cower in fear from the very thought of travelling long distances. The problem is motion sickness or an unpleasant nauseous feeling that happens when you are moving in a vehicle, boat or an amusement park ride. Common in children between the ages of 2 and 12, motion sickness affects a fourth of the population and is singlehandedly responsible for ruining many childhood memories. Luckily, the nausea can be tackled with a few handy ingredients from your pantry. Stock up on these things if your child or you are susceptible to motion sickness.
Ginger: Ginger is an old wives remedy that actually works against nausea. Carry candied ginger or cool ginger infused water on your road trip. It works best when it is combined with aerated drinks like plain soda. This brings us to our next ingredient.
Aerated drinks: Now many moms don't fancy giving cola to their children, but it is quite effective in controlling nausea. If you are not too keen on giving sugary cola drinks, try plain soda with a squeeze of lemon and ginger.
Any citrus fruit: Citrusy lemon fragrance and instantly tame any wild episode of nausea. Either suck on a lemon wedge or bruise the fruit and smell the skin. Both work equally well. Feeding oranges to the child can also abate a wave of nausea.
Anything mint: Fresh minty fragrance can put nausea of your mind. Fresh leaves can bruise easily and let out an unpleasant smell during travel. So carry peppermint oil or candies instead. Mint flavoured chewing gum can work wonders too!
Lemongrass: My personal favourite is lemongrass. Add a few drops of lemongrass-scented oil on a clean tissue paper or kerchief and sniff on it to suppress nausea. However, don't carry the actual leaves. The edges of lemongrass leaves and very sharp and may leave you with a cut.
Ice tea: Tea has citrusy undertones and can work well to suppress nausea. Carry bottles of ice tea, either peach or lemon flavoured, during your trip.