I have always kept crystallized ginger and ginger tea in my house for upset stomachs. Now, I have crystallized ginger, ginger tea, and 500mg ginger capsules in my house, as well as the capsules in a little container in my purse at all times.
In the past, I used crystallized ginger for motion sickness, but now thanks to my most recent trip abroad, I’ve learned that the ginger capsules are so effective to fight motion sickness I’m already planning my next trip. (Barcelona looks like it might be next when I actually have money to go)
But what does any of this have to do with histamine intolerance?
Ever since I was a little kid flying down to Miami from Boston when my Dad worked for the airlines and my grandparents lived on Miami Beach, I’ve gotten air sick. When the plane is about 45 minutes from landing and I felt it slow and drop down through the clouds, my stomach rolled around and sent me into waves of nausea. I couldn’t speak the entire time. I’d just sit there breathing heavily and sweating until the plane touched down.
I took Dramamine for years and it helped a bit, but then I’d have to sleep for hours after, so on any trip where I landed during the day, the rest of the day was an effort. I read about using crystallized ginger instead of Dramamine and decided to try it quite a few years ago. Dramamine works on your head, where ginger works on your stomach.
Right before this latest trip to Europe, I read on the Low Histamine Chef site that flying actually raises histamine. I began to wonder if my feeling badly during flights was a part of that. It also would make sense that ginger could help knowing that ginger works wonders for me when it comes to supplementing for my intolerance. I thought the connection was interesting. I’d say the crystallized ginger helped my air sickness only marginally. But I never saw anything that spoke about dosage other than to take a large chunk of ginger, so even on this trip that was all I planned to do.
Lucky for me I couldn’t reach the crystallized ginger in my bag before landing. It was under the seat in front of my neighbor because my space was blocked by an electrical box, and he was asleep at the time I needed it and I didn’t want to wake him, so I thought hey, I have ginger capsules in my “emergency” supplements container in my little purse, let me take one of those. (500mg)
Wow is all I can say. We dropped down through the clouds, bounced around a bit, and swayed and pitched through some turbulence while I sat up thinking this can’t be. I have absolutely no air sickness. Like none!
On the way back to Miami, I took the capsule about 45 minutes before landing and had the same experience. I was even chatting with the girl next to me. Simply unheard of in my previous years of flying.
I don’t know if the histamine intolerance has anything to do with my air sickness. I’m pretty sure I’ve been intolerant my entire life, although not to the extent I was six months ago. And I know you can be air sick and not intolerant. Those two things can me mutually exclusive. But it is interesting to me that one of the supplements I take daily for my histamine intolerance, from very early on, to control my itching has a major impact on the air sickness that has dogged me my entire life.
Six months ago, I stumbled over the fact that crystallized ginger stopped a reaction to histamine for me. Then I realized if I took it before I went to bed it helped minimize hot flashes. (I have been hot flash free for three months now) I switched to capsules to get a larger, more controlled dose and to eliminate the excess sugar of crystallized ginger. And if someone came in here today and said you can keep only one of your supplements, I might very well give up the quercetin before I give up the ginger. I believe in its benefits that much.
I take one 500 mg ginger capsule after breakfast and one before bed every day. I am still taking all of my other supplements, along with olive oil too. (You can see my regimen on the supplements page in the menu at the top of this page.) But for some reason, I feel the ginger is important to the entire scheme. I almost feel as if it’s a catalyst. But of course, this is only conjecture as I am not a scientist nor a doctor.
So whether you are looking to augment a supplement regimen for histamine intolerance or looking to combat motion sickness, maybe give ginger a try. Pleas remember, I’m not a doctor and you must do what’s right for your body. What works for me might not work for you…but it just might…
See ya in Barcelona!