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Old 24-08-2011, 11:27   #1
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Ginger for Seasickness

Riffing off the scopalamine thread. I wonder what forms of ginger actually work. I have not had problems thus far with mal de mer, but my wife does. Raw ginger, ginger cookies, ginger ale ...?

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Re: Ginger for seasickness

There are candys available in natural food stores, very sweet and they work for my wife who is often sea-sick.

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Re: Ginger for seasickness

Ginger cookies worked well for a beagle I had that was prone to motion sickness. A good ginger ale such as Vernors works well also, I hear. I never get sea sick so I really could not give any first hand advice in that respect.
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I like plain yogurt. I find really nothing works be it Ginger, those bracelets, or staring the horizon. Best cure is hand steering for hours on end. It is mental thing as much as physical. I have heard about breathing exercises too which may help.
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Re: Ginger for Seasickness

Boil ginger root into a tea.. works every time...

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Re: Ginger for Seasickness

ginger tea (like the man said, boil slices of ginger) add sugar drink.

Candied ginger, which is not ginger candy.

I don't know why but somehow the sweetness is part of the cure for me... maybe helps the electrolytes stabilize if you are chumming...

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Wife and I used ginger for many years with limited success inland waters of Puget Sound and Inside Passage to Alaska. We sliced it thin, marinate in vinegar for a few minutes and suck on it. Also ginger ale, however I thought the hops in beer were just as effective. When we transited the Pacific coast to Mexico we used Sturgeron. It was very effective for all crew members. When off shore we wanted to be mentally and physically in the best possible condition to be able to stand watches and to get good rest off watches. I don't believe it can be had in US. We ordered ours on line. Small doses, not the large generic doses.
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Re: Ginger for Seasickness

The best part about ginger if it does not work - there are no side effects.

I find it good stuff, and do note Serafina's parsing - it's candied ginger you want. And start the day before leaving the dock with a nice mug of ginger tea. Ginger up!!
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Candied ginger settles the system down.

Ginger ale with real ginger re-hydrates and provides some nourishment.

Ginger snaps will usually stay down.

So side effects from any.
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Re: Ginger for Seasickness

I vote ditto for ginger tea. We always have fresh ginger on board. Just a quarter size slice (I prefer half dollar size) in a cup of tea with lemon and a little sweetener if you wish. Before you are queasy is better than after. Have heard ginger beer is also good.

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To be applied externally, or...?
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Re: Ginger for Seasickness

Can't top that!! S/V for whatever ails ya.

Motion-eze...which I believe is a ginger oil..Applied to the wrists and behind the ear like perfume or cologne.... has worked for a few passengers on my boat. The nice thing is that it works after the quizziness starts...

Most of the normal over the counter remedies need to be taken pre-departure.
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Re: Ginger for Seasickness

My experience is that there are certainly some foods and drinks including ginger that can help settle a mildly upset stomach, including when that comes from mild sea sickness.

In my experience, none of those things come even close to being substitutes for the preventative use of seasick medications for those who get sea sick easily.

Not only are they less effective in my opinion, but one won't keep down any tea or cookies if one is constantly puking over the side.
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I'm with sarafina, but would add Canada Dry ginger ale (also helps with dehydration)

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Re: Ginger for Seasickness

I recently tried ginger capsuls. 3X day. Big mistake. Ralph city. I think ginger cookies would have been better.

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