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Home Remedies for Food Poisoning

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Most of us have suffered through food poisoning at one time or another. Food poisoning is caused by bacteria, viruses or other toxins in food. Some of the symptoms are nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Food poisoning should not be ignored.

When you are suffering from food poisoning, your body is likely to lose more water than normal. So drink more water to stay hydrated. It will also help flush out the toxins causing your symptoms.

In fact, when experiencing diarrhea and vomiting, it is best to increase your fluid intake with water and clear liquids and avoid taking solid food.

Also, start treatment immediately with simple and readily available ingredients from your kitchen.

home remedies for food poisoning

Here are the top 10 home remedies for food poisoning. Also, do consult your doctor, especially if you have severe diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, or symptoms of dehydration.

1. Ginger

Ginger is an excellent home remedy for curing almost all types of digestive problems, including those caused by food poisoning.

Ginger Tea for food poisoninig

  • Drink one cup of ginger tea after eating lunch or dinner to stop heartburn, nausea and other symptoms associated with food poisoning. To make ginger tea, boil one teaspoon grated ginger in a cup of water for a few minutes, add a little sugar or honey and your tea is ready.
  • Another option is to add a few drops of ginger juice to one teaspoon of honey and swallow it several times a day to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • You can also eat raw ginger slices.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Though acidic in nature apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect due to the way it is metabolized in the body. Thus, it can alleviate various food poisoning symptoms. It can soothe the gastrointestinal lining and kill the bacteria, giving you instant relief.

  • Just mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water and drink it before eating your food.
  • Alternatively, you can drink two to three teaspoons of undiluted apple cider vinegar.

3. Fenugreek Seeds and Yogurt

Yogurt has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help fight the bacteria causing food poisoning. Plus, fenugreek seeds help treat abdominal discomfort.

You can take one teaspoon fenugreek seeds along with a tablespoon of yogurt. You just need to swallow the seeds and need not chew them. The combining effect of fenugreek seeds and yogurt will give you an immediate relief from stomach pain as well as vomiting.

4. Lemon

The anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties in lemons can give you much relief. The acid in lemons helps kill bacteria that cause food poisoning.

  • Just add a pinch of sugar to one teaspoon of lemon juice and drink it two to three times a day.
  • You can also sip on warm water with lemon juice to clean out your system.

5. Basil

Basil is an excellent herb to soothe the abdominal discomfort caused by food poisoning. It also has antimicrobial properties that help fight the micro-organisms  You can get the benefits from basil in several ways.

  • Drink basil juice extracted from a few basil leaves with one tablespoon of honey several times a day. You can also add some fresh coriander juice to it.
  • Put a few drops of basil oil in four cups of drinking water. Drink it slowly throughout the day to kill bacteria causing stomach pain and other problems.
  • Add basil leaves, some sea salt, and a pinch black pepper to three tablespoons of plain yogurt. Eat this three to four times a day until your symptoms are gone.

6. Garlic

Garlic is also very effective in fighting food poisoning due to its strong antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also relieves symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain.

  • Eat one fresh garlic clove, swallowing it with water. If you can tolerate the smell of garlic, you can also try garlic juice.
  • Alternatively, you can make a mixture of garlic oil and soybean oil and rub it on your stomach after eating.

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51 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Food Poisoning”

    1. I have food poisoning from undercooked pork, I mixed two tea spoons of apple cider vinegar and a small squirt of honey to a half cup of boiled water drank it over a few mins and it has helped stop the terrible pains in my stomach and soothed my sickness.

      1. I had the worse food poisoning reaction after eating gluten ( I have a celiac.)
        so…I ended up going to urgent care, and they provided me with IV shots, anti nausea shot, and steroids..I felt ok while I was getiing IV, but right after that…the food poisoning like reaction started again..I came back home..nightmare started the whole night..so..my husband was desperately looking for any home remedies, and found this page. he brought me a pure shot of apple cider vinegar..I was so dizzy and nauseous, and I had no choice but try..I bottomed it up..at first it was sour to my throat but once it passed through my esophagus..it was slowly dissolved in my stomach and disappeared. after..few minutes later..my symptoms were slowly disappeared and I felt so much better. I felt just so much better.
        but it is because I went to urgent care (no matter what you should see a doctor.), and I provide lots of fluid and drank slowly with pedialytes too. but apple cider vinegar with honey tea is good source to relieve the symptoms too.

        1. Gee, that’s strange. I’m 46 years old, eat a whole lot of sausage and bacon, and never have any problems whatsoever. I would advise you to speak from science, not religious magic.

          1. Obviously you have been fortunat enough not to have suffered from food poisoning and have always had your pork prepared and cooked correctly. If you are a non believer in holistic remedies- Why are you even here on this website?

    2. pork is so harmful and its blood leads to paralysis. The Best remedy for food poisoning, I have tried is Garlic and cured.

      Masha Allah.. nature herbal items which is available in kitchen like Garlic—> 1.good remedy for COUGH & cold 2. Good remedy for suffering from urine diseases,3. Good remedy for piles. 4. Good remedy for Stomach upsets. 5. Good remedy for liver diseases Side effects: Milk and Tea serving when you suffering from the vomiting,food poisoning will worsens the case.
      Remedy:ACV-Apple cider vinegar must be taken with 5 times more of water and without adding other items but little honey can be added for the best results.

  1. Food poisoning through leftover rice and beans covered for 6hrs• Stooling and very weak•
    The ingredients mentioned are things around us•

  2. i have tried the ginger it helps . I have started as I have fresh ginger juice . i made fresh ginger juice . by pounding the fresh ginger and boiling it with water.Then lake a much as you want in a glass add water and add honey to taste drink it at least three times a day.

  3. wow thank you. awesome information. my husband has food poisoning and I mixed Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon juice and I think it helped.

  4. I had fresh ginger root on hand so made a tea with it, helped with the terrible cramps within half an hour of sipping it – thx for the great info.

  5. Whenever I feel that I may have got food poisoning I take activated charcoal capsules. Especially after I got food poisoning from red wine and I didn’t do anything till I was throwing up and had to wait to take something till I could actually keep some water down.

  6. Garlic works well, tried it after reading it on this site and within 20 mins my stomach cramps have calmed dramaticly. I just cut the clove in half so it was easier to swallow and had them with a little bit of lemonade.

  7. Thanks these tips were very helpful – tried some raw garlic with a lemon/peppermint tea and honey and felt better straight away after hours of feeling awful.

  8. I tried mixing a glass of water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 5 squirts of bottled lemon juice, and chopped up basil leaves. I had to chug it due to the awful taste and had water close by to wash it down. It worked though within 15 minutes! I also recommend ginger ale with saltines and ginger capsules found in the natural section of vitamins!! These seemed to work the best for me

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  10. Thank you so much. I got food poisioning and tried the garlic clove washed down with fresh squeezed lemon juice, it really worked!!! Within 15 minutes stomach cramps subsided as did nausea… Thank you, thank you, Thank you!!!!

  11. Made some lemon with hot water, from eating bad shrimp last night, and took the courage to eat a big slice of garlic. So far I feel the effects of the burning sensation working from the garlic making its way down to the digestive system. Huge tummy ach at 3 in the morning from this. Seeing the reviews im hoping these remedies do their work! 🙂

  12. I had some food poisoning eating some local food. When I arrived home the symptoms started slowly headache, nauseous. My partner in crime gave a glass of water with lemon and I went to bed to rest. 2 hours later the vomiting began. Drank some water and tea. Next was diarrhea and I drank some alka seltzer and tums. Diarrhea again along with some abdominal cramps. Ate some apple and took my 1st garlic clove. I feel very relaxed and looking forward to ginger tea, honey and lemon.
    Thanks for home remedies is helping a lot to sooth the pain of food poisoning.

  13. Alhamdullilah . N thankful to you ppl for providing such info n i got curred by taking garlic ! Thanku
    ALLAH BLESS U ALL …

  14. I had some food 3 days back first my stomach was filled with gas , after 1 hour diarrhea and vomiting started. ,than I had 2 cloves of garlic it works thanks for the updates

  15. This site saved my life. all prompt care centers were closed til the A.M. and I googled my symptoms, and home remedies….quala…relief was found right in my pantry…Thanks a Bunch

  16. So I went to the gym earlier today and I didn’t know why I felt fatigued. I work through the my tired feelings. I got home had a banana and some water. Later on I had some grits another banana and some water. I took about 2 sips of wine around 4:30 pm and it was like bring on the pain. I immediately got diarrhea so I started drinking water and eating crackers. About 30 minutes later I threw up, Twice! Ugh. So I started to feel feverish. I looked up home remedies for Food Poisoning as I realized I had the classic symptoms. So far I had the 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and the Fresh Ginger Tea. Thank god I have all these items on hand. I haven’t thrown up in like 2 1/2 hours and I don’t really feel any nausea but I haven’t eaten anything else since the crackers about 5 pm. Also my stomach cramping is subsiding. I’m drinking my 2nd cup of tea and then I may try to eat a Garlic Clove if I can bear it. I’m so tired but hopefully I will be able to eat a couple pieces of dry toast later on tonight.

    1. 10:50 am. I feel so much better this morning. I did manage to eat a garlic clove.
      So last night…Stomach Cramps started to occur again around 9 PM. I repeated one dose of each, Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger Tea and 1/2 a Garlic Clove. I dozed off for about 20 minutes. At 12:30 AM I ate a slice of Dry Toast. I drank a little water with lemon and salt. At 1:20 I ate another piece of Warm Bread with water. All of these remedies work wonders. The last time I had Food Poisoning it lasted for 3 days because all I did was drink water and kept trying to eat solid foods. I finally fell asleep and today I’m started to feel like my old self, a little tired but that’s partially due to lack of sleep and the symptoms of food poisoning. I’m so happy I found this site and will be utilizing it often. I hope other people find this site so they do not have to suffer through the agonizing stomach cramps, fever, vomiting and diarrhea for days. Not to mention I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital…. Get Well & Be Well Everyone…

  17. aww. people over the world bonding over barfing. i had a rough cold, started getting better today and then got food poisoning. canny believe the luck. ill try what’s available in my cupboard to sooth my quivering tummy. look after yrselfs!

    1. Ugh I know thtz exactly how I feel I’m barely trying to get over this cold flu and then I have my tummy issues which I have all the time because I have intestinal disease so having tummy aches every day plus the symptoms that come along like bloating gas nausea diarrhea vomiting and just feeling sluggish every day and night really sucks I wish I knew a good home remedy to help ease the pain and discomfort do to tummy issues lack of sleep has gotten me down it’s been a minute I will keep all these remedies in mind for many of these beings are natural but still suck either way and whatever can help us beings are natural but still suck either way and whatever can help us is much appreciated thank you

  18. Ok my hubby got it the day before when he ate the turkey i made from thanksgiving..figured it was the injectible basting i put on it..i didntveat mine til 7pm last night had tummg cramps all day as the night progressed it got worse no vomiting just diarreha like 2015c already in past hour.i looked this up n took a tsp of ginger powder and shook it in a bottle of water all i had..1tsp of lemon juice too and ate a yoplait yougart…hoping these remedies relive the pains as they are severe tonight 24hrs later. My husband got better today n is fine on his own but im a kidney disease patient n im weaker immune wise…i do not want to go to er i dont like I’ve meds at all.i took half a hydrocodone too..i was wondering if white vinegar would help as i only have white vinegar i just want the cramping and diarreah to stop….hoping these few things help i can not sleep cuz im running bk n forth to bathroom…would that help white vinegar i dont have apple cider vinegar…ill try anything at this point have no antibiotics i searched nothing left so im using your remedys and hoping it will stop soon…im tired but cant sleep from the pains using heating pad on belly too…anyone know if white vinegar is ok and did i use enough ginger powder in a 16 oz bottle of water ir do i need more due to it being a powder n not the actual root?????

  19. Sorry for misspelling so much but in think you got the idea…im hurting n just want it to ease up…ty for the tips just wondering if i used enough of the lemon juice and ginger powder and if white vinegar would help….

  20. There’s a drink I first learned about while spending year in Vermont called switchel- a blend of water, apple cider vinegar, sweetener and optional additional ingredients, including ginger. After having a stomachache for the better part of the day, I noticed how many ingredients were shared here. It’s usually served cold, but the brand of vinegar I had wanted me to use purified water, so I boiled it and went ahead and used it hot. A couple hours later, I had my appetite back! If you’re interested, I used approximately 1 tbsp each of apple cider vinegar and honey (Vermonters often use maple syrup), a heavy pinch of powdered ginger, and (just for kicks) a dash of cayenne to a pint glass of hot water. The taste is definitely acquired, but it’s better than you might think!

  21. Pain was so bad, it felt like labor pain. Tried the apple cider vingear and water, after a while the pain in stomach stopped. Thank you.

  22. Thanks a lot i ate biryani yesterday and i got food poisoning every time i eat anything i vomit .. so i started looking for cure online n i got this website and saw garlic can cure food poisioning so i ate courageously n after half an hour it was cured and now im able to eat food without fear of vomiting n loose motions

  23. My son was severely suffering from food poisoning a night before his board exams
    I tried all I could,but all in vain
    Finally I served him with a teaspoon of honey with brandy
    He went to sleep
    And thus got cured.

  24. I was homeless once, got food poisoning from bad eggnog. Then I had bad gastroenteritis when I caught the damn flu bug that was going around at the time. Apple cider or white distilled vinegar doesn’t require preparation, or chewing, can be ingested straight from the bottle, and always does the trick.

  25. i got food poison from eating dog food. All i did was drink a lot of water. It didnt help at all. But its okay … It went away afyer 3 days .

  26. I have food poisoning from subway! An Italian bread 6 inch and double meat turkey and ham the lettuce and ham is what I noticed got spoiled/ be careful with fast food and ask for a fresh batch of meat of vegetable when making your sandwich. Drink water and use the restroom the flush it out.
    Then start on a brat diet slowly afterwards

  27. Ate something from ake out last night that poisoned me. Had stomach craps which led to diarrhea. Pains in my stomach were horrible the whole night which had me tossing and turning…ugh! Had read about all these remedies before I went to sleep but didn’t have the energy to go downstairs and make them. At 7:22am I downed a large garlic bulb cut in half and followed it up with 2 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar in hot water. It’s been 30 minutes now and the pain is lessening….amazing!

  28. I had horrible intestinal pains from food poisoning so after reading this I made ginger tea with lemon, honey and apple cider and it worked like a charm. What a relief! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  29. Comment:

    My husband had food poisoning and I just made him hot ginger tea,honey and gave him Apple cider vinegar. He is relief now and sleeping .Thanks for the home remedy solution

  30. I see everyone saying they swallowed garlic to help with food poisoning. Can you taste the garlic afterwards??

  31. swallowing garlic is good while food poisoning but it may also hurt and lead to mouth ulcers and turn sudden while hair. In normal time no problem in eating or swallowing garlic.

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