Would you like to heal your family naturally? Spend less money? Not have to worry about harmful drugs or finding the local drugstore? Be prepared for minor illnesses and accidents while traveling? With lots of vacations and travel plans on the calendar, now is the perfect time to make a homemade travel kit.
Digestive issues are one of the number one problems when traveling. This can be because of over indulging on rich foods, too much take out, or if you’re in a foreign country, from bacteria that we are not used to here. The following are several items to take with you to be prepared for stomach ailments:
Ginger capsules are easier to take than trying to make ginger tea and they work the same for nausea. (Candied ginger also packs well.)
Bitters are a combination of herbs that aid the digestive process and can help if constipation becomes a problem. I’ve also heard from a few people that bitters can double as an insect repellent! I plan to try that out this summer.
Blackberry Root Tincture:
Blackberry root tincture is a fast acting remedy for diarrhea.
Smooth Move tea from Traditional Medicinals:
I’ve found it is much easier to pack a few tea bags than to take loose herbs and then try to find a way to brew and strain them. This tea works wonders for constipation.
Insomnia or Anxiety
Chamomile tea bags:
Chamomile tea is an excellent remedy for stressful situations. It also helps with insomnia that can come from being in a strange place or a different bed.
Exhaustion & Immune System Support
Other items to include are: Alacer’s Emer’Gen-C Packets: These little individual serving size packets are powdered vitamins, especially Vitamin C. Just add water and you have a fruit flavored drink. Emer’Gen-C packets are great for extra energy, when you are feeling run down, or to help fight off colds.
I would also recommend the following items that were mentioned the first aid kit I wrote about last month:
Bach’s Rescue Remedy, All-Purpose Healing Salve, Echinacea tincture, and Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Tea Tree essential oils.
A few tips if you are flying or traveling internationally:
Since September 11, traveling with herbs and tinctures can raise concern at checkpoints. I suggest having everything in one small bag, clearly labeled if made by hand, or in the original packaging if brand name. Also, if you are flying on an airplane, you can now carry only 3 ounces of liquid per container due to homeland security rules.
If you happen to be traveling internationally, especially to third world countries, it is a good idea to take a Steri-Kit. A Steri-Kit is basically your own IV & syringe kit if you need to go to the hospital. In some countries these supplies are not always available or sterile so having your own is a good precaution to protect against blood born diseases. Again, it is a good idea to have a Steri-Kit that is officially labeled so you aren’t questioned about why you are traveling with syringes! Steri-Kit are available from many companies on the internet or possibly at your local pharmacy.
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