By Paway-yatanatu way-akt, Medicine Woman

Vomiting is known medically as emesis, and informally as throwing up and by a number of other terms.  It is the forceful expulsion of the contents of one's stomach through the mouth and sometimes the nose.  The feeling that one is about to vomit is called nausea, which usually proceeds, but does not always lead to, vomiting.
In vomiting, the stomach is irritated and wants to get the substance out so it doesn’t harm the body.  It can occur due to a wide variety of conditions.  In most cases it is caused by eating the wrong food, overeating, poor combination of foods, or excessive alcohol.  Other things that may be the cause for vomiting are food allergies, poisoning, food poisoning, or infection.  If what comes up when you vomit looks like “coffee grounds,” it includes large amounts of blood from a bleeding ulcer or stomach cancer.  You should take care of this immediately by going to the emergency room since internal bleeding can be fatal.
If an infant has a fever, vomiting, and is unresponsive, it could indicate meningitis.  Call a physician immediately.
On the other hand, you may need to induce more vomiting because someone has just eaten a poisonous plant, rat poisoning, or having a gallbladder attack.  Drink an emetic herb tea.  Lobelia is probably the best.  With Lobelia tea, it is better to give the full dose all at once or you will not induce vomiting.  Add one ounce of Lobelia herbs to a quart of boiling water;  let steep (that means turn the heat off, put a lid on the pan, and let it sit) for 5-10 minutes if you are in a hurry or 15-20 minutes is better.  Then give the liquid (not hot), at least one cup and better is two, and let him vomit.
To stop vomiting there are several things you can do.  The first thing I would recommend is using the Tum EZ Therapeutic Oil directly over the stomach and bowel areas.  This oil is diluted so you may use it directly from the bottle unless you have sensitive skin in which case you add about five drops of the Therapeutic Oil to five drops of olive oil and then massage the area.
An interesting way to control vomiting is to hold half a peeled onion under each armpit. Or place an ice pack against the back of the neck.
Since you lose a lot of fluid when you vomit it is important to drink plenty of warm liquids so you do not get dehydrated.   Drinking cold fluids will shock the weak stomach.  Avoid eating for several hours and as you are able take fluids.  Warm or hot water herbal teas made from any of these Therapeutic Essential Oils, have been known to be beneficial:    

  • Peppermint 
  • Ginger
  • Spearmint
  • Basil
  • Clove Buds
  • Chamomile
  • Yarrow

To make a quick herbal tea, put a small amount of honey in a mug, mix a drop of one of the herbal Therapeutic Essential Oils mentioned above to the honey, and then add the hot or warm water.  Since the Therapeutic Essential Oils are very concentrated usually only one drop is needed.  You can have an herbal tea in an instant. 
It is best to wait on adding other more concentrated foods such as milk and heavy soups at this time because they may be too much for the stomach to handle just yet.  It is recommended you avoid drinking carbonated products while the stomach is healing.  When you are ready to eat, start back with a small carbohydrate meal, such as rice soup and avoid fatty substance since they remain in the tired stomach too long. 
Remember, vomiting also flushes out minerals.  These need to be replaced with electrolyte drinks, clear soups, apple or cranberry juice.  Another way to add electrolytes is to add a couple pinches of sugar and salt to your water.  In Africa I got Guardia from drinking un-boiled water and I used the sugar and salt method.  I was glad I knew it because there wasn’t much else available where we were.   It is best to sip the fluids slowly, pause, and then sip a little more.   Avoid gulping the liquids.  Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids such as fruit juices to assist the body returning to normal.

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