1. Ginger And Peppermint
Ginger helps to reduce inflammation and promote digestion by relieving nausea and vomiting. It can also help to give some relief from stomach cramps and bloating.
To make ginger tea:
- Add 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger or ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger root to 1 cup of water
- Boil 5 minutes and let steep 10 minutes
- Strain the tea when using fresh ginger root
- Drink 2-3 times daily to get relief
Ginger can be used as a spice in meals. People with stomach flu can also consume ginger by taking ginger capsules, drinking ginger ale, or chewing a piece of ginger.
Mint, such as peppermint, can also help to soothe an upset stomach and treat gas and bloating. It is most effective for an upset stomach when used as a tea.
- To make mint tea, take a few fresh mint leaves and boil them in water. Strain the infusion.
Chamomile is a plant that can be used as part of a stomach flu remedy. It relaxes the muscles and has anti-inflammatory properties.
This plant may help relieve diarrhea, stomach cramping, bloating, nausea, and gas in some individuals.
To make chamomile tea:
- Add 2-3 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to a cup of hot water, which can be purchased online at Amazon.
- Cover and let it steep for 10-15 minutes
- Dtrain, and then add some lemon juice and honey to taste
- Drink this tea three or four times a day for 2-3 days
Rosemary, red, and fennel tea may also have anti-inflammatory properties and aid digestion.
3. Rice Water
Rice water (water left over after boiling brown rice) is high in electrolytes.
- Strain it, cool it and sip it.
4. Try A Cool Compress
Not to say that a cool compress is going to take away your nausea or diarrhea, but if you have a low grade fever and are feeling exhausted, putting a cool, damp cloth on your forehead may help you to feel a little bit better. It’s a also a perfect addition to resting on the couch or in your bed. How to get rid of the stomach flu naturally means treating yourself to comforting details like this so that the time feeling sick is a little more bearable.
5. Go On The BRAT Diet
Once you think you can handle eating solid food again, start with the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) diet. These four foods are easy to digest, contain carbohydrates to give you energy, and replenish nutrients. Bananas help replace the potassium you lose through vomiting and diarrhea, and applesauce contains pectin, which puts the brakes on diarrhea. Also, both brown rice and whole-wheat bread contain fiber, which can be tough on your raw, inflamed intestines. So stick with the easier-to-digest white versions.
6. Drink Lots Of Water
Fluids are critically important, since you’re losing vital bodily fluids through sweating, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you’re having trouble keeping liquids down, try taking small sips at regular intervals or chewing ice chips. If you can’t keep anything down or start showing signs of dehydration like a headache, muscle cramps, dark yellow pee, or not being able to pee very much, call your doctor or consider going to urgent care. You may need IV hydration.
Some individuals report that acupressure can reduce nausea. Measure three finger-widths down from the bottom of the palm; apply pressure with your thumb to the soft part between two tendons. Massage for a couple of minutes.