Most of us travel from time to time for work and/or pleasure. And while minor health problems can arise, knowing which homeopathic remedies to carry during a trip can bring peace of mind and shorten the periods of discomfort.
Here's a list of six remedies I highly recommend you consider for your next adventure:
Arnica: This homeopathic remedy is a first-aid remedy par excellence and an absolute must-have for all occasions. It can help after a fall, a strain or a blow to soft tissue. One pellet one to three times a day for a day or two should usually be enough to get you or your family members back in the game. It is also available in a cream for topical use. The WHP kit refill size Arnica is perfect for stowing away in your backpack and their topical Arnica ointments WHP Be gone™ Lil’ Bruises & Bumps and Sore Muscles are great to have on hand as well.
Arsenicum album: This homeopathic remedy is very helpful with travelers' diarrhea and upset stomachs. Your patient will often be chilly, restless, and thirsty for frequent small sips. Whether it be from bad food, anxiousness, or a bug, Arsenicum is often the homeopathic remedy likely to help. If the diarrhea is relatively mild, 1-3 doses in the first 12 hours should help enormously if it is the correct remedy.
Calendula: Another gem and must-have. This remedy is a wonderful option for the minor cuts and scrapes common to vacations. Preparations of Calendula come in pellet form and as ointments or topicals. Topical forms include creams: WHP Be gone™Lil' Cuts & Scrapes, and WHP Be gone™ Diaper Rash. If you're injured, first gently rinse the area of the wound with water. Then apply Calendula. Most formulations are entirely pain-free and safe for the very, very young as well as the old.
Chamomilla: This homeopathic remedy is essential if you are traveling with children, particularly small children. It's beneficial for young children who, for whatever reason, become restless, irritable, whiny, and can only be quieted when carried. It can be a lifesaver on a crowded plane.
Ledum palustre: It’s hard to be outside in the summer and not encounter biting insects. This remedy is often helpful. Ledum's bites feel cold to the touch (vs. Apis, which feels hot. By the way, if I was to add a seventh remedy to the list it would be Apis. Very helpful with bee and wasp stings). Ledum may also be particularly effective with large bruises (like poking your thigh into the corner of a desk) when Arnica doesn't help. Finally, it is often the best remedy to use with a black eye (best if used immediately after baseball or elbow makes contact with eye socket!)
Nux vomica: What's a vacation without a bit of overeating and drinking? And what's better for the aftereffects of those moments than Nux vomica? Be sure to take it on waking the following day, and you will be amazed at how much better you quickly feel! Take 1-2 doses (an hour apart) for relief.
Remember (particularly if you're new to homeopathy) the key to choosing the correct/helpful remedy is always the same. One must match the "characteristic symptoms" (i.e., unusual or peculiar) of the person you are caring for (not the common ones like a headache, sore throat, cough, fever, etc.) to a remedy capable of producing similar characteristic symptoms to have success. If you choose a remedy with characteristics most similar to the characteristic symptoms of your family member, you should have a happy outcome every time. If you don't, you or they will either feel no effect or one that is mildly positive at best. There is never a bad effect from choosing the "incorrect" remedy.
Once you have chosen a remedy that appears to match your symptoms, dose with a 30C or 200C to start by placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and then giving a teaspoon dose as needed. Always cease dosing when relief begins and only redose if symptoms again worsen. It is always advisable to discuss the use of any medicine, including homeopathy, during pregnancy or when nursing with your licensed practitioner. And as with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of the problem, as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. is an exceptional homeopath who provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet.You can follow her on Facebook as well.