When traveling, especially in foreign countries buying remedies for a cold, flu, upset stomach or other minor ailments can be a challenge.
While pharmaceuticals are available in most countries, sometimes it’s easier to try a natural remedy. We’ve compiled some everyday foods, herbs and a few natural products that can make your travels a lot more pleasant.
This is not medical advice and if you are pregnant or have any sort of health condition definitely check with a doctor before using any of these products or trying any rememdy.
1. Motion Sickness or Nausea
Ginger is one of the more popular natural remedies for motion sickness and also helps with indigestion. Buy ginger in the produce department of most grocery stores. Peel and slice. You can eat it raw or steep it in water as a tea. If you can’t find the real thing look for real ginger ale.
Other remedies such as Hyland’s Homeopathic Motion Sickness tablets, sucking on ginger candy such as Gin Gins Ginger Hard Candy or Prince of Peace Ginger Honey Crystals or trying acupressure wrist bands such as Bioband which known as a safe and effective way to relieve motion sickness are another solution.
2. Mosquito and Bug Repellent
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil is known as an effective natural repellent, but with West Nile Virus, it is always safer to use tested repellents such as a plant-based insect repellent with effective natural mosquito repellent such as Repel Lemon Eucalyptus which is Derived from oil of lemon eucalyptus or Bite Blocker Insect Repellent made with ingredients like Geranium oil, soybean oil and coconut.
3. Sore Throat
Drinking hot liquids such as a tea with Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne, and Honey is an old home remedy for sore throats. It is made by adding one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper, the juice of 1/4 lemon, and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot water.
4. Diarrhea or Constipation
For mild diarrhea drink plenty of fluids such as blackberry tea, ginger ale and carrot juice but stay away from caffeine and alcohol. Eating brown rice can also help.
For mild constipation figs and prunes are considered the best natural laxatives. In addition fiber and water should be incorporated. Drink at least eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water every day with a high-fiber diet such as fresh fruits, raw green leafy vegetables whole-grain oatmeal, and brown rice. In addition, eat whole grains, sweet potatoes, peas, okra, kale, garlic, carrots, cabbage, beans, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus.
5. Jet Lag
Drink lots of fluids while traveling. Water is best and stay away caffeine and alchohol. Peppermint reduces tension and helps promote restful sleep. Try a tea such as Traditional Medicinal’s Organic Peppermint tea. Herbal remedies are also great to help prevent jet lag like JetZone Jet Lag Homeopathic Remedy
6. Common Cold
While there is no cure for the common cold there are certainly methods to help alleviate symptoms. Hot liquids such as relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. Ginger tea with lemon and honey is a great choice. If you don’t want to make your own try Yogi Organic Cold Season Tea.
Menthol, eucalyptus and camphor. A small dab of mentholated salve under your nose can open breathing passages and help soothe the irritated skin at the base of the nose. Try Dr. Christophers Sen Sei Menthol Rub which has is also said to relieve headaches.
Headaches can be caused by anything from stress to dehydration. First, drink several glasses of water. If that doesn’t do the trick try lemon as a natural way to treat headaches. Squeeze three or four slices of lemon in a cup of tea and then place lemon slices with rind on in the tea while you sip. Applying the yellow, freshly rind of a lemon to each temple will also give relief. (Lemon juice can also be used as an antiseptic by placing it on minor scraps and cuts.)
Mustard acts as a decongestant and expectorant. Also, it’s said to help with sore throats.
Cloves are good for toothaches by reducing the pain and swelling. They naturally alleviate pain and act as an anti-inflammatory.
Horseradish is good for digestive issues and treats constipation. It also boosts your immune system by helping the liver filter harmful substances.