Top 11 Homeopathic Remedies for Travel

Jet lag, motion sickness, intestinal illness, homesickness, insect bites: traveling can present its own unique health challenges, but homeopathy can help! Homeopathic remedies can quickly and effectively prompt the body to heal the imbalance, naturally and with no side effects.


My family went on our first overseas trip recently, and homeopathy was there to support us through motion sickness, sunburns, mosquito bites, homesickness, overworked muscles, and more. I always pack along homeopathic remedies anytime we go out of town; they take away those annoying symptoms that can really impede our enjoyment.



Top 11 Homeopathic Remedies for Travel

1: Aconitum napellus

  • panic, fear, or fright, including fear of flying

  • sudden illness or fever, especially after exposure to cold wind and/or fright

  • shock due to injury, with distress, fright, or panic

2: Cocculus indicus

  • motion sickness with nausea and/or dizziness, which feels worse from fresh air

  • loss of sleep, which may be attended with nausea or feeling heavy/dumb in the head

  • jet lag with insomnia

  • NOTE: Cocculus can also be taken right before motion sickness-inducing event, such as airplane or boat ride

3: Tabacum

  • motion sickness with nausea and/or dizziness, which feels better from fresh air and worse from heat

  • NOTE: Tabacum can also be taken right before motion sickness-inducing event, such as airplane or boat ride

4: Ignatia amara

  • homesickness

  • missing beloved family members or pets

  • emotional stress such as grief, disappointment, or worry

5: Calendula officinalis

  • mild sunburns

  • wounds

  • NOTES: Calendula can be taken by mouth or dissolved in water and applied directly to affected area; with topical application, repeated application is often helpful; avoid topical use in deep wounds (use Ledum instead)

6: Cantharis

  • strong sunburns

  • burns or scalds

  • insect bites/stings with red inflammation and burning pains

  • NOTES: Cantharis can be taken by mouth or dissolved in water and applied directly to affected area; with topical application, repeated application is often helpful; taking doses by mouth is more effective for strong symptoms

7: Arnica montana

  • jetlag with muscle soreness or foggy brain

  • crick in the neck due to sleeping in unusual position

  • shock due to injury, with staring or confusion, or aversion to being attended to ("I'm fine")

  • bumps and bruises

  • overworked muscles

  • first remedy to use for most injuries including sprains, concussions, and broken bones

  • NOTE: Never apply Arnica directly to open wounds; instead, it can be taken by mouth

8: Arsenicum album

  • food poisoning, especially from bad meat

  • traveler's diarrhea

9: Nux vomica

  • overindulgence in food or drink

  • jetlag with tiredness, irritability, headache, or queasiness

  • NOTE: Complaints may include irritability and sensitivity to lights, noises, or odors

10: Apis mellifica

  • insect bites/stings with rosy color and watery or puffy swelling

  • poison ivy with watery swelling and redness

  • allergic reactions or hives with swelling and redness

  • NOTES: Apis can be taken by mouth or dissolved in water and applied directly to affected area; with topical application, repeated application is often helpful; taking doses by mouth is more effective for strong symptoms

11: Ledum palustre

  • insect bites/stings

  • puncture wounds

  • severe bruising with purple or black color

  • NOTES: Affected area may be numb and/or cold; can be taken by mouth or dissolved in water and applied directly to affected area; with topical application, repeated application is often helpful; taking doses by mouth is more effective for strong symptoms

Air Travel with Homeopathic Remedies

Depending on their power level, airport scanning devices can actually inactivate homeopathic remedies. To be sure my remedies will still be effective, I take my remedies in my carry-on bag and make sure to request a "hand-check" of the remedies so they are not sent through the scanners. I find it helpful to carry my remedies in a little zipper pouch. If asked what the items are, I just say "homeopathic medicines," and that works fine to allay their concerns.


Dosing and Potency

30c potency is a good general-purpose potency for most people. If there is no obvious improvement within 2-3 doses, stop using the remedy as it is probably not the right one. Correct dosing is just as important as remedy selection, and can make a huge difference in the results. Please read my article about homeopathic dosing to better understand how often to give doses to increase the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies.

Disclaimer

I am not a doctor or licensed healthcare professional. I am a homeopathic practitioner whose services are considered complementary and alternative by the state of New Mexico. The uses of homeopathic remedies described herein are provided for educational use only.




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