By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

When travelling, the last thing you want to do is spend your vacation recovering from sleep deprivation, an injury or illness. With foreign destinations where first aid, herbs and drug accessibility may be limited, it’s wise to take along some first-aid basics, including band-aids, tweezers, Polysporin, hydrogen peroxide, anti-histamines, etc. Beyond the basics there are a number of naturopathic remedies I find indispensable when travelling.

The following are three common health concerns that many people will encounter while travelling and naturopathic remedies that are helpful in both prevention and treatment.

Travellers Diarrhea

  • Saccharomyces boulardii is a probiotic strain that is excellent for taking on the road as it helps prevent and treat traveller’s diarrhea and does not require refrigeration and. It should be taken before and during your travels.
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract is anti-bacterial and can help treat traveller’s diarrhea. Take acutely, when symptoms develop.
  • Arsenicum album 30 CH is a homeopathic remedy that is effective in the treatment of traveller’s diarrhea, and is best taken acutely and frequently, as soon as symptoms develop.
  • Electrolytes can be taken to prevent and address dehydration cause by traveller’s diarrhea, excessive sun exposure, as well as plane travel.

Falls, Sprains, Scrapes and Bug Bites

  • Arnica montana 30 CH is a homeopathic remedy that helps with speed the healing of sprains and injuries and is best taken acutely and frequently, as soon as symptoms develop.
  • Apis 30 CH is a homeopathic remedy that helps reduce swelling and itch of bug bites and is best taken acutely and frequently, as soon as symptoms develop.
  • Arnica montana cream can be applied to an area of bruising or sprain to help reduce swelling and speed healing.
  • Calendula cream is helpful for skin irritations and bug bites.

Jet-lag and Fatigue

  • B vitamins help improve energy and manage stress levels.
  • Astragalus and Siberian Ginseng are adaptogenic herbs that help the body manage stress and improve sleep, mood and energy. This is especially helpful for long flights and travelling between time zones, which can often lead to sleep difficulties and fatigue over the first few days of your travels.
  • Melatonin can be taken upon arriving in a new time zone, a half hour before bedtime to help reset circadian rhythm and improve quality of sleep.