By Grace Bryce, MH, CNHP, CTBF
Summer is a time when a lot of people take a vacation or travel. Whenever I pack for a trip, I try to think of all of the herbs and supplements I want to take with me, just in case I need them. This list will vary depending on the destination, but overall in my experience, I’ve come up with a list of things to remember to pack. This is an extension of my herbal first aid kit.
1. Rescue Remedy
This is great for anxiety. Some people get really anxious in new situations or especially when they fly. This can also come in handy before bed, especially when it is your bed away from home. Custom flower essence formulas can also be helpful, depending on your needs.
2. Emergen-C Packets
The body can use some extra vitamin C, especially when stressed, or exposed to airborne pathogens. When traveling, we are often exposed to germs or allergens that can really mess up our vacation. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system, so the body can handle it. Emergen-C will also replenish electrolytes and provide anti-oxidants, which can help the body heal from sunburn.
3. Naturally CALM
I like to travel with this magnesium powder, because it helps me sleep, helps prevent constipation, and can help with muscle cramps, if I’m dancing, hiking or over-exerting myself. Most of the population is deficient in Magnesium, the “Queen of the Minerals”. It helps everything work better.
I pack ginger as capsules or tea or both, or as ginger candy. Ginger helps with nausea, queasy stomach and motion sickness. It also helps if I feel a sore throat or cold coming on and it also helps digestion.
5. Olive Leaf
This is another immune booster. I like to use it especially for sinus pressure. This can be more of an issue if you are traveling to a different climate or different altitude.
6. Activated Charcoal
This is good for gas and bloat. It also helps with food poisoning, accidental poisoning or over-consumption of food or drink. Unfortunately, if you are taking medications or other supplements, it can prevent the body from absorbing them too. Timing is something to consider. Always seek emergency medical care, if you suspect poisoning. Bentonite clay capsules (made for internal consumption- please inquire) could also be a better alternative, since they do not interfere with other nutrients consumed. Also, if you have over-consumed anything, homeopathic Nux vomica is good for over-indulgence, heartburn or hangover.
7. Digestive Aids
Remember to pack your digestive enzymes, Betaine HCl, and anything else you usually pack for digestion or gas relief. Gas-X or your favorite natural remedy such as peppermint candy or supplement designed for internal use. Consuming different foods and eating out can often cause more upset than usual.
8. High Altitude Supplements
If you are going to the mountains, there are several things to take with you to help you adjust to the altitude. Some of these are gingko biloba, chlorophyll, osha root tincture, cordyceps mushrooms, and CoQ10 or Ubiquinol, the converted form of CoQ10. These help bring more oxygen into the body and tissues and may help increase lung capacity.
9. Sleep Aids
I always pack ear plugs and an eye mask to help block out extra light and sound, when I travel. If you are traveling across several time zones it is useful to pack melatonin. I would only suggest it for temporary use and not for use with children. Too high of a dose can have the opposite effect, but it can help re-set your internal clock, especially if traveling far. Another sleep aid is passionvine tincture, which has traditionally been used for insomnia and anxiety.
10. Topical Help
Sunburn can be relieved topically by Aloe vera gel or Soothing Sun Salve. A good All Purpose Salve is great to heal up minor first aid issues. Another Salve is great for anything itchy, bug bites or stings and rashes. Check your mini-herbal first aid kit and see what you know you want to have on hand, with relation to where you are going to be, and stock it with your favorites.
There is a Jarrow probiotic called Saccharomyces boulardii that is great for stopping and preventing diarrhea. It is great to pack, just in case.
12. Trauma & Bruises
Arnica montana homeopathic gel, cream or pellets, or InflamAway Salve are both useful for injuries or aches that you might have while hiking or vacationing.
Other things to remember to pack would include a Natural Bug Repellent, if you are going to be in a buggy area and natural sunscreen or protective clothing. Natural products put less stress on the body and may not be readily available for purchase where you travel, so it is a good idea to get it in advance and pack it for the trip. After all, who needs more stress?
Sovereign Silver, a bio-active silver hydrosol, is also great to pack. I usually pack it in a travel sized spray bottle to help keep the germs at bay. Most of these things I keep in my first aid kit and depending on the trip, I will pack the whole kit.
Remember to pack the vitamins and supplements you normally take. Organize them in a vitamin box and secure with rubber bands to keep the boxes from opening during travel. If you think you need a vacation from your supplements, maybe you need better supplements. Your body needs good nutrition all of the time. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation to check your health and nutritional needs, click here. I would be happy to help you.
None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. No medical claims are made. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information contained herein is not intended to offer medical advice or to act in any way as a substitute for care and advice from a licensed physician.