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July 28, 2017

Top Five Treatments for Seasickness

Your friend has invited you for a weekend on his brand new luxury motoryacht, or you are gearing up for a private yacht charter vacation, and you suddenly realize, the last thing I want to do is “toss my cookies” on someone’s multi-million dollar interior!

Relax, even passengers that are prone to seasickness can totally enjoy the luxury of a motor yacht. Here are our top five ways how.

Medications – There are several medications that are very effective in preventing seasickness. The key is to take them before you board. Once seasickness takes hold, these drugs cannot help. Medications such as Dramamine and Bonine, prevent the “motion sickness” by blocking the “mixed signals” to your brain that throw off your balance. These can make you drowsy. Another seasickness drug popular in Europe is called Stugeron. It can be taken as a preventative or at the onset of symptoms. The active ingredient in Stugeron is known as cinnarizine. It is a type of antihistamine known to prevent and relieve nausea, vomiting, anxiety and headaches caused by motion sickness. Stugeron is not available in pharmacies in the US, but you can purchase it online.

Ginger Root – If you are not comfortable taking drugs, ginger root has long been known as an effective stomach settler. There are plenty of ways to take it – ginger tea or simply chewing on a piece of the root itself are the most common. However, if you don’t like the taste or are looking for something with a longer shelf life, a jar of ginger root capsules will travel well and can be easily added to your daily supplements.

Seasickness Bands – There are several “seasickness wristbands” available. Most work by “acupressure,” applying pressure to the acupuncture point on the wrist that is said to control nausea and vomiting. People do swear by them. The relief band by Explorer is said to be the best among them. Rather than simply applying pressure as most conventional bands, the Explorer sends out a gentle electronic pulse from the wrist to “interrupt the nausea signals between the brain and stomach.” Effective in 90 per cent of cases, the band is endorsed by the US Food & Drug Administration and promises relief within just 20 minutes with no side effects. The band uses replaceable batteries and offers five different power settings so it can be adapted for the severity and age of the user.


Peppermint Oil – Another non-drug solution for travel sickness is peppermint oil. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, rubbing peppermint oil on the temples and roof of the mouth can help relieve the feelings of nausea caused by motion sickness. The fact that it smells great and doubles up as a brilliant essential oil for massages and foot baths is just another reason to give it a try.

Lemons – Fresh lemons and fresh lemon juice contain citric acid that can settle a queasy stomach, and ease nausea and vomiting while traveling. In many people, even the smell of lemon can help bring relief as it triggers the higher brain regions to suppress the problem. You can trigger the same effect with essential lemon oil by applying it to the pulse points on your writs, and dabbing a little around the neck area or by shaking a few drops on to a tissue and inhale as required.

What If I Didn’t Take any Preventive Measures?

Most people will not feel seasick when the yacht is standing still or in calm waters. Some people may not know or believe that they are prone to seasickness, and therefore did not take any proactive measures. If you are on board, and are starting to feel sick, or just want to try to prevent getting sick, here are some tips you can do once the yacht is underway.

  • Try to stay above deck
  • Stay toward the center of the boat
  • Look at a fixed point on the horizon
  • Listen to music through earbuds
  • If you can, take a turn at the helm. Steering the yacht can give you focus and restore equilibrium

There really is no reason to let seasickness cause you to avoid or ruin a day out on the a yacht, because there are many ways to avoid it. And, even if you should get seasick, remember it is a passing thing, don’t let it ruin your whole voyage. You will feel better as soon as the yacht stops moving. Even if you have not taken any preventive measures at all, on long-term voyages or yacht charters, most people will get their “sea-legs,” and be less effected by the motion as the days go on.

Choosing the right charter experience can be challenging. If you would like to benefit from our expertise in these areas, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Charter Specialists, or call us at 954-235-3468

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