Seasonal Advice

Homeopathic Remedies for Travelling

Hopefully you will find this seasonal advice before you set off on your annual holiday. Here are a few useful tips and ideas to cope with the upsets that can make travelling unpleasant at times.

Anxiety and phobias about flying

Homeopathic remedies to consider:

Arg nit:
very restless, hurried and anxious; with diarrhoea; desires and feels better for fresh air; craves sweets which cause diarrhoea.

Gelsemium:
almost paralysed with fear; trembling; feels unable to move.

Rescue Remedy: universal remedy to help with fear and panic.

Travel sickness

Ginger (crystallised or as tea) has a reputation of easing queasy tummies. Acupressure wrist bands are available in high street pharmacies and at airports and ferry ports.

Homeopathic remedies to consider:

Cocculus:
travel sickness starts with feeling faint, chilly and lacking ability to think clearly; nausea much worse from any strong smells (avoid wearing perfumes); worse for lack of sleep; headache with retching.

Jetlag

To avoid jetlag, try taking Arnica 30c the night before travelling and, on long-haul flights, take at 6-hourly intervals throughout the flight.

Avoid dehydration during the flight by drinking plenty of water or watered down fruit juices. Remember that alcohol, tea and coffee aggravate dehydration.

Homeopathic remedies to consider:

Cocculus:
severely disturbed sleep with starting from sleep; feels exhausted, sluggish and cannot think clearly.

Nux vomica:
feeling of being hung over with irritability, nausea, tension headache and constipation.

Gelsemium:
tired, heavy limbs and almost paralytic weakness; disinclined to move.

Over-Exposure to Sun and Sunstroke

Homeopathic remedies to consider:

Nat mur:
cold sores from sun or from being at the seaside; heat rash/prickly heat from exposure to sun; generally sensitive to sun.

Urtica urens:
sunburn with itching; itchy skin eruptions (like nettle rash) from exposure to sun; can also be used externally as an ointment on sunburn or minor burns or scalds.

Belladonna:
sunburn with bright red, dry skin; throbbing headache; looking flushed; delirious from sunstroke.

Vomiting and Diarrhoea and Tummy Upset

Ensure that fluid intake is kept high to avoid dehydration.

Homeopathic remedies to consider:

Arsenicum:
extreme prostration from vomiting or diarrhoea; when vomiting and diarrhoea occur together; extreme chilliness and needs warmth in any form (covers, radiator, hot drinks); very anxious and feels much better in company; vomiting and diarrhoea that start between midnight and 3 am.

Veratrum:
when vomiting and diarrhoea occur together; sudden, projectile vomiting; watery diarrhoea; sensation of icy-coldness in stomach before vomiting or diarrhoea; icy-cold sweat on forehead before vomiting or diarrhoea; desires cold drinks; involuntary stools.

Carbo veg:
bloated abdomen and extreme discomfort from trapped wind; constant belching and burping; severe cramping pains and diarrhoea with a state of near-collapse; cannot bear tight clothing esp. around waist; desires fresh, cool air and to be fanned.

China:
if weakness and prostration remain after body fluids have been lost due to vomiting and diarrhoea.

Nux vomica:
hang-over from too much alcohol or over-indulgence in rich food; constipation with ineffectual urging and straining, with cramping pains; very irritable, over-sensitive and impatient.

Altitude Sickness

The homeopathic remedy Coca can be helpful but must be ordered from a homoeopathic pharmacy. Request labelling as Altitude Remedy or similar to avoid hassle at airports.

Remedies to consider for general self-help situations

Aconite:
useful in early stages of colds, fever and inflammation if symptoms come on suddenly.

Apis:
insect bites, esp. if they look like bee stings: red, shiny swellings which itch and are painful and feel much better for cold applications.

Arnica:
bumps and bruises, aching muscles from over-exertion, any physical trauma/accidents.

Belladonna:
sudden, very high fevers, bright red inflammation.

Calendula:
internal or external (tincture) for abrasions and other wounds to speed up healing and avoid infection.

Hepar sulph:
to drain painful wounds that appear to turn septic; dental abscess.

Rescue Remedy: for shock, panic (e.g. over lost luggage or missed connections) and any emotional upset; can be applied externally to bumps, rashes and sunburn.