Let me tell you about my friend Nancy’s recent vacation travels. She had a fabulous time visiting breathtaking cities across Europe. Her first stop was the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Next was the famous Colosseum in Rome, Italy. In Budapest, Hungary, she fell in love with the city’s architectural beauty. She even enjoyed the exciting nightlife in the capital of the Netherlands—Amsterdam.
All that travel wasn’t without its challenges. You see Nancy suffered from jetlag after traveling by plane to Paris. Then when she took a train from Paris to Rome, she got motion sickness.
By the time she got to Amsterdam, her sleep patterns were all over the place. Some nights she didn’t even sleep at all. Pretty soon, Nancy started experiencing flu symptoms such as a dry cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue and weakness, runny nose, sneezing, and nausea and vomiting.
She thinks she might have picked up a virus at one of the local restaurants; however, travelers like Nancy are always at risk of getting the flu in any country.
Other travelers to African and South American countries are at risk of the deadly blood disease known as malaria that produces dreadful symptoms like multiple convulsions, impaired consciousness, jaundice, and respiratory distress. It is transmitted to humans by the Anopheles mosquito.
Homeopathic Remedies for Travelers
Traveling is not the time to get sick. I mean, you work hard, and vacations should be a time to relax and recharge. That is why it understandable that getting sick is not part of your travel itinerary.
As a frequent flyer or an adventurous road-tripper, I’m sure you pack everything from floss to an extra sweater.
Travelers should be prepared to treat unwanted illnesses and corresponding symptoms that can occur while traveling, including motion sickness, digestive problems, the flu, and even malaria. That is why I don’t go anywhere without my homeopathic remedies.
The following are 10 homeopathic remedies that I never leave the house without! You know, just in case…
1. Cantharis (Spanish fly)
Many people often head south during the fall and winter. Anywhere the sun shines you are at risk of sunburn. Luckily, cantharis is great for those spending too much time on a sunny beach. Cantharis is useful for relieving painful sunburns that may blister. The remedy is also useful for chronic bouts of diarrhea and insect bites and stings when on vacation.
2. Gelsemium (yellow jasmine)
Gelsemium is considered the top homeopathic remedy for jetlag since people who benefit from gelsemium often feel drowsy, droopy, dull, or experience flu-like symptoms. Gelsemium is also used for people who feel anxious before traveling, especially when the person experiences other symptoms such as diarrhea, weakness, and trembling. A 2011 study published in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that gelsemium 30 CH influenced emotional response, which supports the use of the remedy for anxiety related symptoms.
Oscillococcinum, or oscillo, is a brand name homeopathic product that is quite effective at reducing the effects of flu-like symptoms. The remedy is made from wild duck liver and heart, which are thought to be reservoirs for influenza viruses. A 2006 systematic review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that oscillococcinum treatment reduced the length of the flu. There were four treatment trials and three prevention trials included in the study. At the first sign of the flu, it is best to take one dose of the remedy. Take a second dose two to three hours later, and a third dose later in the day or early the next morning.
4. Homeopathic malaria protocol
When traveling to African and South American countries, a homeopathic malaria protocol can offer protective effects against the disease. The malaria protocol includes taking the homeopathic malaria 30C remedy once a week during a trip, and once weekly for four weeks after your trip to prevent (or reduce) symptoms of malaria. China (Peruvian bark) is also used for malaria symptoms such as a fever. It is also used for insomnia, headaches, exhaustion due to illness, and digestive issues like gas and bloating. China 6C should be taken once daily for the other six days during the week of your trip, and for two weeks after your trip.
5. Aconitum napellus (monkshood)
Aconitum napellus is a great remedy to treat the fear of flying. It is also used to treat shock or fear that occurs during your flight, like the terror experienced during turbulence. The person that requires aconitum napellus may believe that the plane will crash and that death is near. Other symptoms include restlessness, heart palpitations, and perOne Symptom Travelers Shouldn’t Ignore spiration brought on by the claustrophobic atmosphere of sitting in economy class.
6. Belladonna (deadly nightshade):
Belladonna is often used for pounding headaches, fevers with high temperatures, and dry and hot skin. Other symptoms that require belladonna include muscle spasms, coughs and colds, intestinal worms, and restless sleep with twitching and problems falling asleep.
7. Rhus toxicodendron (poison ivy)
Many people enjoy participating in adventurous activities during their vacations such as hiking, mountain climbing, canoeing, and parasailing. On the other hand, you can really feel helpless being injured so far from home. Rhus toxicodendron may be the answer for you. The remedy is used for sprains, strains, and overexertion. Resting will stiffen the condition, and the pain eases with a gentle motion. Rhus toxicodendron may also be helpful for sunburns with blisters, rashes from poison oak and poison ivy, and arthritic flare-ups.
8. Pulsatilla (wind flower)
Pulsatilla is another one of the better homeopathic remedies for travelers. It is another good remedy to use when the flu strikes while on vacation. It is used when a fever alternates between cold and hot flashes, a lack of thirst, and maybe an earache. Other symptoms that require pulsatilla include violent coughing, sinusitis, and eye infections. Take pulsatilla when a cold or flu starts to develop while having some downtime during a vacation.
9. Cocculus indicus (Indian cockle)
Cocculus indicus is considered a great remedy for sea or motion sickness and nausea, especially when traveling on a plane, train, or cruise ship. The homeopathic remedy is also used for vomiting, dizziness, muscle weakness, chronic headaches, mental fatigue, and vertigo. The person that requires cocculus indicus will feel so sick that they can’t tolerate the smell or thought of food. Other symptoms include indigestion, faintness, cramps, trembling, and numbness.
10. Agaricus (fly agaric)
Many resorts these days open bars. As a result, people will sometimes consume more alcohol than usual. Agaricus is considered an appropriate antidote for hangovers after a night of drinking all those free alcoholic beverages. The person that requires agaricus will also experience trembling, unsteady movement, and a sensitive spine.
Other Go-to Homeopathic Remedies for Travelers
Homeopathy benefits travelers with other remedies such as aloe, apis, arnica, arsenicum album, ferrum phosphoricum, cambogia, hepar sulphuris calcareum, hypericum, , ipecacuanha, ledum palustre, natrum muriaticum, nux vomica, podophyllum, ruta graveolens, silicea, urtica urens, arnica montana, argentum nitricum, tabacum, calendula, carbo vegetabilis, and veratrum album.
Coffea cruda is another great remedy for those who are oversensitive to sound when the plane takes off. Chamomilla is the appropriate remedy when you start to get irritated after waiting for your suitcase at baggage claim. It is also a good remedy for any ear pain during a flight.
What Supplements Should Be In Your Carry-On?
When traveling it also helps to carry along some supplements, especially traveler’s probiotics or professional grade probiotic you can trust. Probiotics are essential for immunity and proper digestive function, especially when you are overseas. For those hampered with anxiety or need a magic potion for flying or during a long drive, you better believe there’s a remedy for that. A blend of flower essences developed by Dr. Edward Bacht will help calm you down with just a couple of drops.
Adaptogens are also herbs that help strengthen your immune system and relieve stress. Some of the top adaptogens include ashwagandha, gotu kola, holy basil, licorice root, Siberian ginseng, and rhodiola rosea, which often appear in an herbal adrenal formula combination.
What are other natural remedies that you should pack with you when you travel?
- Psyllium husk will help prevent hydration while flying.
- Ginger chews will help with digestion, motion sickness, and nausea.
- Activated charcoal will also help treat your diarrhea, bloating, gas, and any stomach bugs you may get on vacation.
- Other useful additions to your travel kit include digestive enzymes and magnesium for digestion, a B complex formula for energy and immune support, and nourishing herbal teas to help you relax, such as chamomile, passionflower, or hawthorne.
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