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Natural Remedies for a Travel First Aid Kit

Pack these multipurpose herbal remedies for minor illnesses, scrapes and irritations that can threaten to derail vacation enjoyment.

| July/August 2012

  • Make your travels more enjoyable by packing a natural first aid kit to treat minor ailments while on the road.
    Photo By Thomas Gibson

Whether you’re sampling the local fare in Mexico, scuba diving in the Caribbean or hiking in the Rockies, these multipurpose herbal remedies—treating everything from blisters to upset stomachs to sleeplessness—can help ensure your travels are more enjoyable. Packed in a small case, these first-aid remedies will be ready to toss into your luggage, car or backpack. All of these items are readily available at health-food stores and by mail-order. Be sure to buy pure essential oils, not fragrance oils. To prevent breakage, wrap glass bottles in small pieces of thick flannel.

Travel First-Aid Kit Essentials

1. Valerian tincture: The sedative properties of valerian make it useful for relieving anxiety, insomnia and tension; it may also provide mild pain relief.

2. Eucalyptus essential oil: A potent antibiotic and antiviral, eucalyptus is excellent for treating colds and sinus infections when used as a steam inhalation.

3. Witch hazel extract: Distilled witch hazel has reported astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, useful for treating insect bites and skin irritations. It’s also an excellent base for diluting essential oils for topical application. Do not take it internally.



4. Herbal insect repellent: Herbal insect repellents work well when applied liberally and frequently. See “Natural Mosquito Control Methods" for more on insect repellents.

5. Arnica gel or cream: Arnica flowers have anti-inflammatory and circulation-stimulating properties; the gel or cream may help relieve sore muscles, sprains, strains and bruises. Do not apply arnica to broken skin.

Dylan Brooks
1/27/2013 6:42:38 AM

Burdock root extract COMPLETELY prevents any poison ivy symptoms from forming if you are exposed. I am very allergic and had every summer ruined until I found out about this. It works 100% if you catch it within the first day of exposure, and even better if you pre drink some when you are in a poison ivy heavy area. Squirt a dropper full into a drink or your mouth a couple of times a day. It is a miracle cure!




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