Having done a fair bit of travelling in my time, I feel like I have perfected the contents of my ‘naturopathic first aid kit’. There are plenty of natural supplements that can help you stay well while travelling, and reduce your use of pharmaceutical medication. Here are some of my favourites that always come with me on holidays.
It’s very important to support your immune system while travelling, especially if you are one of those people who takes a holiday and immediately comes down with a cold or flu. Before I fly I make sure I’ve been taking an immune supporting supplement called Immune Defence by Ethical Nutrients that contains Andrographis, Echinacea, vitamin C and Zinc. I take this for a few days before leaving, as well as taking additional vitamin C and Zinc tablets to ward off any nasties that might be hovering on the plane. Depending where I’m going, I may take this supplement all the way through my travels, or use if I feel I’ve been exposed to illness.
If I do happen to come down with a cold or flu while travelling, I take these supplements in high dose to help my body recover quickly and get me back to enjoying my holiday.
I also take a little bottle of Herbal Throat Spay to use if I get a sore throat.
One of the biggest problems while travelling overseas is the possibility of picking up a tummy bug. Sometimes even just a change of diet can cause a bit of an upset stomach, constipation or diarrhoea.
If travelling to a third world country such as Bali, Thailand, or India, I take hydrochloric acid supplements before every main meal. Hydrochloric acid is a natural substance made by the stomach to digest food. Using a supplement can help improve digestion and also kill off bacteria and parasites that may travel into the body from food consumed. In addition to this, I take SB- a type on non-colonising yeast that helps prevent bad bugs from taking hold in the digestive tract. Travel Bug is one of the SB supplement available at Amcal. This supplement can also treat traveller’s diarrhoea if you do happen to come down with something.
Another item that’s always in my first aid kit is Nux Vomica- a homeopathic remedy. This helps treat nausea, hangovers, overindulgence and tummy upset.
And of course I always take a small supply of bowel stimulating supplements- my pick is the Nature’s Sunshine Lower Bowel Stimulant. Often changes in the diet or even just long flights can cause constipation, so I always keep a few on hand to use if needed.
For all of the above, I bring along a magnesium supplement, brands such as Ethical Nutrients, Wagner or Oriental Botanicals are very good. Magnesium is perfect for any cramps, spasms or aches, it can be great for use after a long hike, a big day of site seeing or an uncomfortable bed.
I also bring some high strength turmeric supplements for their anti-inflammatory action. These are great for any inflammatory type pain including headaches, migraines and period pain. You’ll find turmeric in Thompson’s or Caruso’s brand.
For muscles, I have a tube of Fisiocrem which I use topically for any muscular troubles. It works especially well for stiff necks after long bus or plan rides.
When you’re travelling, you don’t want jet lag eating up any of your valuable holiday time so I take some herbal sleeping tablets to use on the plane and for the first few nights of a new time zone. I also take an Australian Bush flower essence called Travel Essence which can help reduce the effects of different time zones and jet lag.
I know it might sound like a lot, but I fit all of these supplements into a relatively small makeup bag and find they add very little weight or size to my luggage. I have been travelling with these babies for many years and won’t leave home without them!
Come in and have a chat before your next holiday and see if you can use natural medicine to make your vacation even better!