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10 natural, wacky and practical cures for car sickness that are worth trying

Car sickness is the worst. Here are some creative, all-natural ideas to help you survive the next road trip, or trip to the grocery store.
/ Source: TODAY

On Thursday, we shared some easy tips for managing car sickness with your little ones. Weird tip: Try a potato. Seriously, try having your child hold a potato. TODAY contributor Megan Colarossi swears by it. (And if that doesn't work, TODAY's Willie Geist keeps gallon freezer Ziploc bags stashed throughout the car for his perpetually carsick child.)

We wanted to know what TODAY viewers do to ease their children's (or their own) motion sickness on car trips.

There were so many great responses that we rounded up some of the 10 best cures for car sickness, from the crazy to the practical.

1. Cut-up lemon in a Ziploc bag

"My Venezuelan nanny who is strictly home-remedy, told me to cut up a lemon and put it in a Ziploc bag," Stephanie Campagna said. "Any time she felt sick, have her open and smell it. It works LIKE A CHARM! We drove all the way to Disneyland from the Bay Area, she felt sick three times and every time she smelled the lemons, she never got sick. Not once. It's my go-to remedy now."

2. Ginger or peppermint oil

"Peppermint or ginger oil. A few drops on a cotton ball in a plastic sandwich bag," Norma Fonseca Villasenor recommended. "When they start to feel queasy, they can open the bag and sniff the oil."

"Gin-Gin candies or crystallized ginger or Reeds ginger candy," said Megan Lea Disney.

"I have suffered from motion sickness my entire life and now my kids do too. Ginger (especially candied ginger) works very well and 'motion ease' is my new best friend," said Merie Uzzell. "It's an oil (and) you rub a couple drops behind each ear and it does wonders."

"We rub wrists and behind the earlobes with peppermint essential oil — works like a charm," said KylEmily Donovan Kerr.

3. Rubbing alcohol

"Smelling rubbing alcohol," Kimberly Schnell said. "I keep the single to-go wipes in the car. The smell gets rid of the nausea."

4. Place aspirin on your child's belly

"My daughter always got sick when we would fly," Marilyn Seamples said. "I would put an aspirin on her belly button and place a Band-Aid over it... no more sickness! I guess it was mind over matter."

5. Glasses

"I was terribly carsick as a child. Turned out I was myopic and all I needed was glasses," Donna Mabry said. "Never barfed in the car again."

6. iPads, music and movies

"We have two kids that get carsick. We let them watch movies on the iPad with headphones," Ashely Cissell Taleck said. "It is the only thing that seems to work for them. They are so focused on watching the movie they don't look around and get sick."

"The only thing that worked for my daughter and still works today, now that she is 25, was getting her headphones and a Walkman" Angie Conley said. "Now she has an iPod. The music keeps her mind off the motion."

7. Open a window

"They say cracking a window works for puppies, has to do with their inner ear," Kathy Bennett Fernandez said. "So that is what I do when my daughter starts feeling queasy — which is usually only on the backcountry roads...of which there are plenty!"

8. Place a paper bag in the waistband of your pants

"Placing a folded, brown paper bag in the waistband of the pants, in the front, prevents carsickness. As weird as it sounds, it really does work! I Used to get carsick as a kid all the time. My mom would take a brown paper bag, sometimes a lunch bag, and have me place it in the waistband of my pants on my stomach. It really worked!!!"

9. Soda/club soda

"Sip cold, real Coke — no diet, etc. I have suffered for 47 years," said Susan Pipes Kerr.

"The best thing for me has been original Lays chips and a COLD regular Coke (Pepsi doesn't work for some reason)," said Jackie Zuern.

10. Sea bands

"Sea Bands are wonderful!" Tricia Hunt Glenn said about the bands that hit pressure points on the wrist to curb nausea. "We put them on the night before ... great for cruises, air travel or driving. My sons refer to them as 'power bands,' super powers!"

"Try Sea Bands and candied ginger!" Kelly Cushing Ruby said.

"Sea Bands! Get 'em at Walgreens," Stacey Spurlock said.

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