Traveling can be a lot of fun but it is not without its own set of specific problems. The average traveler can experience many discomforts and ailments whilst traveling and while there are many ailments that a small dose of painkillers can fix there are also some very handy natural remedies that you can also try.
Many people suffer from travel anxiety. They find the actual “travel” part of the vacation as quite stressful and can really suck out all of the fun in travel, and this includes the fun your travel companions may initially feel. Naturopaths swear by the Polynesian drink kava kava. The drink helps release tension and also promotes well-being and relaxation of the nerves and muscles.
Another common ailment people suffer from when traveling is motion sickness. If you want an all-natural remedy for it wear psi bands. These are adjustable wristbands that mimic the therapeutic effects of acupressure. The bands squeeze certain parts of your wrist that are associated with the prevention nausea and vomiting. Another good motion sickness fix are concentrated peppermint oils that you can smell when you don’t feel well. Drinking ginger tea is also a big help.
One of the most common complaints of travelers is traveler’s diarrhea. Because of the rigors and stress of travel, the microbial flora of the digestive tract becomes unbalanced and this result in probably the most unwelcome ailment a traveler will ever get. No one wants to be constantly within running distance of a toilet. To help aid the stomach, it is recommended that you take probiotics, either in drink or tablet form. Probiotics contain beneficial gastric flora that helps restore balance to your tummy.
After a long day of going to different locations, it’s almost inevitable that a tourist will suffer from sore muscles. A helpful remedy would be to soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts. This is a tried and tested way to relax muscles.
Nothing is more annoying (and potentially dangerous) than getting bitten by insects. There are many insect repellents that are made with natural ingredients like citronella. Bring a bottle with you everywhere you go and apply it as needed. Another tip, which is quite interesting, is to take Vitamin B1 daily two weeks before you travel. Allegedly, thiamine changes the odor of the body that is undetectable to humans but insects hate.
Sometimes you can’t escape from scrapes and bruises when you’re traveling. When this happens you have two options. You can use arnica to sooth your bruises. The good thing about arnica is that it can also do wonders with sore muscles so that’s hitting two birds with one stone. Another option is to rub tea-tree oil on scraped skin. It’s a natural antiseptic that is proven to be quite effective.
About The Author
Derek Gallimore is the owner of Boutique London Lets where travelers can book penthouse apartments in London.