Sea sickness: an old captain's recipe

Sea sickness: an old captain's recipe

Sea sickness: an old captain's recipe

Summer is a season for outdoor activities. Let's take advantage of it because it passes quickly. Many of our readers told us about their seasonal problems. One wrote to us: "My husband is a brother of pleasure boating, but as soon as I set foot on his boat, I feel nauseated, all the more so if the sea is rough. You can explain to me what I could do well to appreciate these journeys which quickly become intolerable. "


First of all, a little explanation is essential. In the cavity that contains hearing, at the base of the skull, a complex system connected to semicircular canals, there is fluid. By moving the head in one direction or the other, this liquid travels through the said channels and transmits various information to the brain. In full roll, the simple fact of tilting the head right and left, causes interference (or confusion) in the semicircular canals, triggering, in many people, the onset of dizziness accompanied by more or less pronounced nausea. The recipe I want to give you comes from an old trawler captain who is wandering on the Gaspé side. It is said to be worth its weight in gold.

1- Avoid sudden movements;

2- Marry, as much as you can, the movement of the boat;

3- If your discomfort persists, swallow a tablespoon of castor oil, which you could do before getting on the boat;

4- Eat sparingly by selecting, of course, all your food;

5- All foods containing artificial colors must be automatically eliminated;

6- Do not touch alcohol;

7- Do not clutter your digestive system; if you have to go on a cruise and you know it in advance, do a little preliminary cure;

8- Once on board, avoid participating in the maneuvers;

9- If the discomfort persists, lie down on a berth (or on the deck) saving all your movements;

10- Essential oils can be of great help to you, there are synergies available in roll-on to facilitate taking, in any situation
11- A hot water bottle on the feet and another on the abdomen can relieve you.

Finally, you can also ask your spouse to wrap you in a tight strip of fabric that compresses the abdomen. You are likely to do a bearable cruise, provided, and this is the most important factor, that your digestive system is not congested.
And for the rest, by the grace of God! Boat life is exciting and I sincerely pity all those who have their hearts on their lips from the first rolls. All sports have their drawbacks, but there is no common measure between a temporary backache and seasickness that makes you feel like your last hour has arrived.

July 11, 2020