Nausea And The Bad Old Days

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At ReliefBand®, we’re well-versed in the treatment of nausea, retching, and vomiting related to motion and morning sickness.

We’re proud to bring our wearable technology to market—a device which provides drug-free, fast relief from the nausea, retching, and vomiting indicated above.

Because this is our world, we have an intense interest in not only what’s happening today in the area of relief of nausea and vomiting, but also in the treatment history of these symptoms.

Rachael Russell, a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester in the UK, wrote her thesis on the subject: Nausea and Vomiting: A History of Signs, Symptoms and Sickness in Nineteenth-Century Britain.

Her work is thorough and quite long (it is a thesis, after all), but we recommend it if the topic interests you.

We do want to share just a few of the fascinating bits that explain how nausea was treated back in the day, though we are not advocating for these practices. With apologies to Ms. Russell for not sharing her entire manuscript:

While Darwin tried raisins, others stuck to tea and dry biscuits. A light, bland diet was the favoured [food] option.

Brandy was a seemingly popular [alcohol] option . . . Dry champagne, sometimes iced, was also chosen to combat nausea and vomiting at sea, as it was considered able to revive energy and be retained in the stomach when everything else caused irritation. According to Dr Andrew Wilson . . . the reason for its success was its carbonic acid gas content.

Frederic Carpenter Skey (1798-1872), a surgeon at St Bartholomew’s, recommended to the sea-cadet Henry Knight (b. 1848) that he use quinine – ‘more efficient if given in port or sherry about 2 thirds of a glass.’

According to John King, a surgeon aboard a Nantucket whaler, he kept ‘ether’, a teaspoonful of which he mixed in wine for treating sea-sickness.

There were also numerous patent remedies that passengers could choose from . . . These remedies often contained alcohol, sugar and opium.

Most remedies were to be ingested and were thought to act directly on the abdomen. There were far fewer local applications, such as that patented by Pierre Molinari in 1858. Molinari claimed to prevent sea-sickness by adding to vinegar the following ingredients: rue, thyme, mint, rosemary, absinthe, turmeric, the green husks of walnuts, rocou, poppy heads and potash. Wadding was then soaked in this mixture and placed on the pit of the stomach.

In his 1857 lectures on digestion Thomas King Chambers suggested that ‘[t]he best remedy for healthy persons to take is very frothy bottled porter: if it does not in every case prevent the vomiting, yet the prostration afterwards is certainly avoided, and the ejecta are not so disagreeable.’ Chambers also recommended chloroform to prevent the violent straining during vomiting, though lamented that it would not prevent nausea.

In his text on How to Travel, for example, Thomas Knox advised his readers that: Many persons will tell you that it is an excellent thing to be sea-sick, as you are so much better for it afterwards. If you are a sufferer you will do well to accept their statements as entirely correct, since you are thereby consoled and soothed, and the malady doesn’t care what you think about it, one way or another.

Chemical formulas were rarely noted to have been successful. Creosote, an anti-emetic, was often mentioned. However, it was also criticised as, given in the wrong doses, it could make the sickness worse. James Henry Bennet argued in 1857 that chemical treatments were more commonly unsuccessful because they were expelled from the stomach before having the chance to work. He therefore suggested opium injections into the rectum. This was able to bypass the stomach and act directly on the nerves, encouraging sleep.

And with that, we draw this peek into the past to a close.

We’re grateful that science has brought us to this point! With a ReliefBand® on the wrist, we simply push a button to treat our symptoms.

Thanks to Rachael Russell for the historical perspective.

Ski Lifts, Elevators, And Motion Sickness, Oh My!

Motion sickness happens when one part of your body senses that you’re moving, and another part of your body does not sense movement.

Symptoms may include nausea, cold sweats, vomiting, and possibly a headache. It’s never fun.

For instance, when you’re riding in an elevator your inner ear senses movement, but your eyes don’t see any movement. Some people will feel nauseated when they get off the elevator. Motion sickness.

Or for those particularly sensitive to motion sickness, riding an escalator can cause problems. The eyes see movement, but the inner ear says we’re holding still. Nausea may ensue during or after the ride.

Ski lifts are similar to escalators – our eyes see that we’re moving, but our inner ear says we’re not. That conflict causes us to experience motion sickness.

Some people are so sensitive, they can think about a time they had motion sickness and feel it all over again.

Then there are those lucky individuals who are never bothered by motion sickness. They can sit on their bunk below deck and read a book in the middle of a storm . . . while their boat moves up and down 20 foot waves and not feel a hint of nausea.


Most of us will feel motion sickness given the right circumstances, and many of us feel it with annoying frequency.

The good news is you don’t have to be at the mercy of your senses. ReliefBand® is drug-free wearable tech that stops the symptoms of motion sickness before they can start.

Slip it on, and go live your life.

Winter Dreams Of Summer Days

It’s deep winter. Snow is piling up in parts of the country, and the miserable weather does not invite us to frolic outdoors.

What are we to do?

Simple. We cozy up by the fire and dream our dreams of summer.

And nothing says summer like sailing. Sunlight sparkling on the water’s surface, almost blinding in its brilliance, and the constant spray of water keeping the deck cool beneath your feet.

The best part—you’re traveling on the wind and dancing with nature.

Sailing is terrifying, peaceful, physically difficult, and satisfying to the soul.

Sailboats come in all sizes. As long as the boat has a mast and a piece of fabric to catch the wind, it’s a sailboat, and if you live near a big pond or lake, wide river or (gulp) the ocean, you can sail.

But wait. This all sounds dreamy, right? Except for the fact that you get seasick?

We feel your pain. Or should we say we feel your nausea!

That’s why we do what we do. ReliefBand® is FDA-cleared wearable tech that stops nausea associated with motion sickness before it starts, or if you left it too late, will quickly stop nausea and vomiting once you put the device on your wrist and turn it on.

Here’s what ReliefBand® user Ron Moore says, “I always got sick deep sea fishing. I bought one of these years ago and I was the only person in our group that didn’t get sick.”

Can’t beat that!

Don’t let preventable nausea stop you from grabbing life and living large.

See you out there!

Road Trip Dreams

Here you are, smack dab in the middle of holiday season dreaming about next year’s road trips.

Why not, right? Road trips are part of our national psyche. They’re a rite of passage we embrace.

Where are you headed and when will you go? We have a few ideas, and hope to see you on the road in 2017!


Arizona stuns the senses with its beauty. You could spend the entire trip at the Grand Canyon, or leave time to see the rest of the state. Saddle up and ride through the Petrified Forest, pretend you’re in an old-time Western in Monument Valley, or hike among the red rocks of Sedona.


This one’s a long drive even if you live on the West Coast—Denali National Park and Preserve. That’s right, Alaska. You can hike, bike, backpack, camp, mountain climb, canoe, and fly around in a tiny plane. It’s the big outdoors! And did we mention the wildlife?


Vermont—it’s the perfect place for the season. This petite state is littered with byways that dive deep into ridiculously gorgeous scenery. Grab a gallon of maple syrup and start counting the covered bridges along the way. (There are over 100.)

It doesn’t matter where we end up, it’s the journey that we all love. Make sure you keep loving the journey by taking along a ReliefBand for every passenger. (As we all know: carsickness + road trip = misery!)

5 Stocking Stuffers For Your Traveler

It’s December — time for holiday parties, twinkling lights, and trying to find the right something for that traveler in your life.

We have five gift ideas that’ll make the most world-weary of wanderers smile.

Paper laundry soap. It’s dried detergent in the form of slips of paper. You pop out a sheet or three and toss in the washer with your dirty clothes. This stuff is amazing, and there are a variety of brands from which to choose. Search travel laundry soap on Amazon and see what comes up.

Mutliple time zone watches. Watches that show two or more time zones are a treat for the jet-lagged passenger. No more counting backward or forward XX number of hours. If your traveler is in Portugal and you’re in Poughkeepsie, you will no longer be getting 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls.

Luggage beverage holder. It’s a contraption that attaches between the vertical bars of your luggage tow handle — think gimbal ring. Once it’s in place, you can put your coffee or water bottle in the holder and tow away without worrying about your drink. Looks spot-on, and solves a small but constant problem.

Inflatable foot rest. Long flights are horrible, particularly for those traveling in economy class. An inflatable foot rest flattens to practically nothing when not needed, and when inflated provides welcome relief to legs that are cramped in a small area for hours at a time.

ReliefBand. Whether your traveler is a newbie or a seasoned veteran, motion sickness can strike at any time. The nausea and vomiting that sometimes come with travel and its many forms of transportation can knock the hardiest individual for a loop. A ReliefBand on the wrist controls those symptoms. Simple!

We’d love to read about your travel gift ideas. Share them in the comments for everyone to see, and happy holidays!

Halloween And Carsick Kids

Halloween is just days away. Do you have a plan in place?

Oh sure, you have the kids’ costumes, or at least an idea of who’s going to be what.

Maybe you know where you’re taking the littles to trick-or-treat.

But do you know how you’re going to keep them from getting sick on the night when children gorge themselves on candy? Is that particular plan in place?

We have a few ideas:

Walk to your designated trick-or-treat neighborhood. When little kids are in the backseat of a car, sweating in their costumes and full of sugar, even those who don’t normally get carsick are likely to get carsick.

People ask us if kids can use Reliefbands to treat nausea, and this is what we say: Yes, if they are old enough to understand how to control the device and have big enough wrists to wear the device. Use of Reliefband for kids around 12 or older likely is most appropriate, but often children as young as 8 years of age also meet these criteria. In any case, however, we still suggest that you consult with your child’s pediatrician before using it on him/her. Make sure to keep Reliefband away from young children under 8 years of age.

Limit the amount of candy each child can consume before bedtime. Once that agreement is reached, pluck the bags of candy out of the hands of the littles and hide the bags until the next day. Most parents feel that bags stuffed with candy are best hidden in the parents’ bedroom. This allows them to keep a stern eye on the goods.

Insist that a healthy meal be eaten before any trick-or-treating is done. Fill up their tummies with solid, non-sugary food.

Find a way to ditch at least half of the candy in each bag. If the kids start howling in despair, put it in a freezer bag and shove it way, way back in the freezer. The top shelf is always good. Tell the kids that after they finish what’s not in the freezer, then eat all of the December holiday candy sure to make an appearance, they can circle back around to frozen Halloween candy in the spring. There’s a 50-50 chance they’ll have forgotten about it by then.

Good luck!

5 Amazing Travel Bloggers

Are you sitting on the couch watching TV and wondering why you’re not in a Parisian café? Or a New York theater? Or hiking the Grand Canyon?

Somewhere, doing something different?

If it’s because the thought of motion sickness when you travel is too much, well, we can fix that.

And, if you’re not sure where to go or what to do when you get there, these bloggers can help you have the time of your life.

Geraldine and her husband Rand travel — a lot. The Everywhereist isn’t a how-to kind of travel blog so much as it’s a how funny kind of blog.

If you like to read about faraway places and the offbeat experiences you can have while there (wherever there is), then go along with Geraldine, an award-winning blogger and soon-to-be published book author.

Dave and Deb are adventurers and, through their blog, seem determined that you become the same. The Planet D offers loads of travel tips and destination ideas you didn’t even know you needed.

Once you take a look at the gorgeous images D and D share, you’ll be packing your bags and calling the dog sitter — they’re just that good at what they do.

Travel industry veteran Dr. Paul Johnson takes it up a notch on A Luxury Travel Blog.

If you like to be pampered on your journey and spoiled during your stay, subscribe to this blog. The tips and notes on destinations are comprehensive, and your vacation research and prep time will be cut in half if you become a dedicated reader.

Stephanie at Twenty-Something Travel worked, saved money by living with her parents, then took off to see the world. Her blog is now one of the top-rated travel sites on the Web.

A glance at the home page of her blog shows articles such as How Not To Get Murdered Abroad, A First Time Guide To Palawan, and Hiking And Road Tripping In Bosnia: How To Avoid Land Mines. Well, OK then. Essentially, she shows you how to have fun and be safe, and that’s a good thing.

Matthew doesn’t watch much TV — he’s out there living his life every single day.

At Expert Vagabond, he takes readers on his journeys through thrilling stories, images, and videos. He’s also generous with his travel tips, telling readers how to find cheap accommodations and what accessories are must-haves for adventure travel.

There are thousands of travel bloggers on the Web sharing their lives and stories each day. We’d love to hear about your favorites, just share a link in the comments!

Motion Sickness – Be Prepared!

When you hear the words “motion sickness,” what scenario comes to mind?

Maybe for you, it’s riding in the backseat of a car and getting that nauseous feeling. Oh, and don’t forget the cold sweat blooming all over.

Or it’s sitting in a boat at anchor, the constant waves making it roll back and forth. The dizziness and nausea send you running for the head. Leaning over the rails might be easier, although you’ve got to watch out for that constant boat motion, as you can wind up in the water if you happen to lean at the wrong time.

For some people, it’s trains. If you’ve ridden on a train, you know they can move around almost as much as a boat. They sway, and jiggle, and rock side to side. It’s the swaying and rocking that invite nausea. As with any motion sickness, once the nausea starts, vomiting is always a possibility.

There are barf bags on passenger jets for a reason. They’re for the unfortunate fliers who don’t even need turbulence to feel nauseated once wheels are up.

When weather conditions are just right and visibility is limited, downhill skiers also can experience dizziness, nausea, and even vomiting.

Hopefully, if you do suffer from motion sickness, then you only do so in one of the above-mentioned scenarios. However, if you’re like many who suffer with motion sickness, then you’ve never met a form of transportation (even skis) that does not invite nausea.

But take heart, it’s not hopeless!

You know your triggers, and you can be prepared. Slip on a ReliefBand—go live your life.

Surviving Your Family Road Trip

Family road trips. Ah, yes. Three little words that elicit both nostalgia and . . . a sense of doom.

Remember the kids singing and giggling during the day, and then later, the quiet murmurings of the adults in the front seat as wee ones drifted to sleep in the back?

Precious days.

Oh, and do you remember this? “Dad, I don’t feel so good,” followed by the sound of a wee one barfing all over the backseat and probably the back of a sibling.

Doom need not be your traveling companion during family road trips. Whether you’re headed out on a meandering vacation, or going to grandma’s for the holidays, we have some tips on how to keep the nostalgia and ditch the doom.

Fill a pack or a sack for each child with age-appropriate activities, stuffed critters, and snacks. It is theirs to carry and keep close.

Place a small cooler on the floor behind the front seats and fill it with drinks.

Tuck packages of wet wipes and paper towels around the vehicle’s interior.

Encourage games that require kids to look out the windows. Reading or watching a screen may create a circumstance where the child’s inner ear feels the car’s motion, but his eyes do not see the motion, and that sets up a potential for carsickness.

Direct cool air to flow toward the kids, either from open windows, or the vehicle’s ventilation system. This helps tamp down feelings of nausea.

Wearing a ReliefBand will help ward off symptoms of carsickness, once your child is old enough to know how to control a ReliefBand, and his wrists are big enough to wear it. Your child’s pediatrician will be able to help you make that determination.

Food eaten during the trip should be of a healthy variety, and not too spicy or greasy.

And finally, naps are encouraged.

Have fun! In the end, you’ll be glad you went.

Don’t Let Road Trips Throw You A Curve

by ReliefBand | August 17, 2017

Road trips are escapes from the routine at the speed of life.

Americans and cars go together like apple pie and ice cream. We enjoy our cars, especially for road trips!

Many of us don’t typically experience carsickness, but you throw in enough curves and hills as we motor toward the end of a day’s driving, and some of us will feel queasy.

The fact is, any of us may experience carsickness under the right (or wrong) circumstances.

There are a few things you can do to try and get to the end of your driving day puke-free. Most importantly before you hit the road make sure you have a Reliefband for everyone in the car.

Take frequent driving breaks to get everyone out of the car and check out the scenery.

Keep a stream of cool air blowing in the face of each person while the car is in motion.

Don’t consume greasy or heavy food, and keep the smelly food for another time.

Eat light snacks while in the car.

Stay hydrated with non-sugary liquids – plain water is perfect.

Keep your eyes focused on the horizon (not at scenery zipping past the side of the car).

Be aware that it’s possible for anyone to get carsick, or even all your passengers. Be prepared, have fun out there and live life in full motion with Reliefband!