Homeopathic Remedies are my saving grace in summer travel - they can truly be the difference between a fun, care-free holiday and a miserable one.
When choosing which remedies to bring on your summer holiday - be it camping, the cabin, a big trip abroad or just a day at the beach, it's important to consider what remedies are applicable to you and your family.
Some things to consider:
What injuries/ailments have hit your family in the past on holiday?
What ages are you caring for? What specific issues could come up for those ages? (Teething, growing pains, menstrual cramps etc.)
Pack any chronic remedies you're currently on.
What are your family's go-to remedies for colds, pains, etc?
What situations will you be in? Will there be bugs? Heat? Water in the ear? Hiking? What ailments could come up there?
The good news about homeopathy is the remedies don't take up too much space, so you can often get away with packing 10 or 20 or even more.
In terms of potency, I recommend going with what works best for your family. 30c or 200c (or both) of each remedy will usually suffice.
For inspiration, here's my non-exhaustive list of 15 remedies I would pack, in order of importance. Along with a list of some symptoms they can support!
ARNICA - SHOCK, BRUISING, INJURIES, CONCUSSION, TRAUMA, PAIN, JET LAG
ACONITE - FOR FRIGHT, SHOCKS, AILMENTS FROM WIND, ANXIETY, COLDS
APIS - BUG BITES, BEE STINGS, HOT SWELLING, ALLERGIC REACTIONS
ARSENICUM - DIARRHEA AND VOMITING, FOOD POISONING, FLU, BURNING PAINS, ANXIETY, RESTLESSNESS, BURNING SKIN ERUPTIONS
CANTHARIS - BURNS, BURNS, BURNS. SUN OR CONTACT BURNS, UTIS, BUG BITES THAT BURN AND STING
BELLADONNA - AILMENTS FROM TOO MUCH SUN/HEAT, FEVER, BURNS THAT ARE HOT AND DRY
LEDUM - PUNCTURE WOUNDS, TICK BITES, MOSQUITO BITES, SPRAINS (ESP WITH COLD, BLUE/PURPLE SWELLING)
CALENDULA - WOUND HEALING, BURNS, GREAT FOR TOPICAL APPLICATIONS
RHUS TOX - POISON IVY, STRAINS AND SPRAINS THAT ARE BETTER GENTLE MOTION, FLU WITH ACHEY MUSCLES AND BONES
NUX VOMICA - OVERINDULGENCE, HANGOVERS, INDIGESTION, HEADACHES
SILICEA - EXPELS FOREIGN OBJECTS, SPLINTERS, SWIMMERS EAR
NAT MUR - DEHYDRATION, AILMENTS FROM SUN, HEADACHES
GELSEMIUM - HEATSTROKE WITH LETHARGY, HEADACHE, FLU, DIARRHEA, ANXIETY
FERRUM PHOS - FOR INFLAMMATION, INJURIES, SUNBURN, OVER-HEATING
BRYONIA - SPRAINS, STRAINS, INJURIES, COLDS, COUGH - DRY AND WORSE MOTION.
From this list, look what ailments hit your family most often - do you have a poison ivy prone kid? Grab that Rhus tox (or Anacardium! Match the symptoms!). Do you do poorly in the heat? Stock up on Nat Mur, Gelsemium, Belladonna, Ferrum Phos - match your symptoms to the remedy.
You might need remedies not on this list...if you'll be on boats and have motion sickness maybe you grab Cocculus. Or if you'll be in the mountains - Carbo Veg for altitude issues.
The sky is the limit with Homeopathy - and as always it must be individualized.
If you're new to Homeopathy and want to learn how to use it at home, and on holiday, check out my course Homeopathy at Home to learn the basics of homeopathy, how to dose, what the different potencies mean, and 20+ of the most commonly used remedies in home acutes!
As always, if you have a chronic complaint or find yourself stuck with at home treatment, please book an appointment for support.
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