Tips for Travelers: Alternative Treatments or Naturopathy While Traveling

With warmer months just around the corner, people are preparing and planning for their summer holiday. A vacation should be fun and enjoyable. Getting injured or sick should not be part of the agenda. However, emergencies do happen and sometimes even when you are traveling through a foreign or remote country.

When traveling, health threats are usually familiar ailments such as dehydration, jet-lag, aching muscle, vomiting and/or diarrhea, sprains and strains, sunburn, blisters, allergies and mosquito bites. Besides having all the required immunizations specified by certain countries, you should also prepare a first aid travel kit with natural herbal and/or homeopathic remedies that are useful and serve multiple purposes.  

Homeopathic First Aid Kits

If you don’t already have a kit, get one before you go on holiday. As opposed to conventional treatments, homeopathy can heal ailments quickly and effectively. The compact first aid travel kits come with a description chart and can be obtained from pharmacies, homeopathic doctors or manufacturers. You can carry up to 50 different homeopathic medicines that will treat over seventy different acute illnesses.  

Natural Herbal First Aid Kit Essentials

All the items mentioned are available at pharmacies and health food stores. They play a vital role to not only help in dealing with health issues while traveling, but also aid to lead a long and healthy life.  When purchasing essential oils, make sure they are organic and not just fragrance oils. These multipurpose natural herbal remedies can be used to treat most common ailments.  Please note some essential oils need to be used with caution.

  • Herbal insect repellents work well when applied frequently
  • Echinacea can be used internally to treat colds and flu and externally used for burns and wounds
  • Eucalyptus oil can be used as a steam inhalation for treating sinuses and colds
  • Arnica cream and tablets are used to treat strains, sprains and bruises and also relieve sore muscles
  • Goldenseal tablets or powder is a powerful antimicrobial which can be used for diarrhea and also helps stops wounds and cuts from bleeding excessively
  • Peppermint oil and peppermint tea bags helps relieve itching from insect bites, soothes upset stomachs and eases congestion from colds and flu
  • Aloe Vera gel is a must for sunburn and can be used for minor cooking burns
  • Ginger capsules and tea bags soothes digestive upsets and relieves motion sickness
  • Lavender has multipurpose uses and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender oil relives insomnia, anxiety and headaches and when diluted can be applied to burns and wounds

You have the option to choose either one of the above mentioned first aid kits or you can combine the two options.  Make sure your first aid kit also includes the following:

  • powdered electrolyte replacement
  • adhesive bandage strips
  • bandages, adhesive bandage tape and sterile gauze pads
  • tweezers and scissors
  • sterile water sachets
  • thermometer

When traveling, most illnesses are relatively minor and do not require medical attention.  Always pack medications for ailments you know you are prone to. However, if you become seriously ill, seek medical attention immediately, especially if you are in malaria areas.  In a life threatening situation, do not self-treat, get to the nearest medical facility. No matter if you are traveling for business or pleasure it is good to have a first aid kit which can come in handy and save money.  

About the Author:

Karen Martin – Travel writer

For different people, traveling has different meaning; for me it was always a medium to know people, culture and experience the life of folks in the various regions of the world. I always have had an instinct to observe my surroundings, and my degree in journalism gave me the ability to be descriptive of what I see on my tantalizing adventures. That is how my passion transformed into a career as a travel writer, through which, for years, I have been narrating my adventures, excursions, and stories of treading friendly terrains, sometimes fatigue-inducing territories, and sometimes outright dangerous provinces.


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