Travel Remedies: Natural First Aid for Travel Ailments

| Modified on Jan 25, 2023
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Travel for work? Hitting the road soon for business or pleasure? Take a look at Earth Clinic's suggestions for how to stay naturally healthy while on the road!

When you travel, your body is under more stress than usual due to the travel itself but also due to new pathogens in an unusual environment. Your water might not be safe from viruses or bacteria. Your food may be in a style your digestive system is unaccustomed to and unprepared to digest easily. And if you are traveling on public transportation of any kind, you will be contained in an area where airborne viruses continually recirculate, increasing your exposure to illness-creating critters.

Having a trustworthy way to treat water for pathogens and a natural remedy for food sickness can be essential, especially when traveling abroad. Natural immune boosters are a good idea as well. Good habits and natural options to kill germs that you pick up through contact can serve you particularly well to protect your health.

What are your essential travel remedies? Send us your tips for safe and healthy travel!

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Michael (Placerville, California) on 05/08/2007

First, one point must be made. Apple Cider Vinegar kills every germ, bacteria, and virus ON CONTACT!!!So if you travel into a foreign country where the water might not be the healthiest, and concuming the food there might also be seriously questionable, take a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar before ingesting any food. If you do develope food poisoning from food or water, throw down just one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and within a short time the miseries will be gone. Too strong to just gulp it down? Take a cup of very hot water and add one tablespoon of honey and add to it three tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Stir until the honey is dissolved, then add a little cool water so you do not burn your mouth, and drink it. For a sore throat - make the same mixture of hot water, honey and cider vinegar, and then SIP - DO NOT GULP IT DOWN. The sore throat will be gone overnight, because every time you SIP the mixture, it washes down your throat and kills more and more of the infection. At first you will feel the sting of it working, but quickly that goes away and the throat begins to feel much, much better. For a good and sound night's sleep? Slowly drink the mixture and go to bed. Why? Your chemistry is different between first thing in the morning and at bedtime, so at night the drink will help you achieve a peaceful and sound sleep, and then in the morning drink it and it will give you a shot of energy! I hope all this helps someone. It has helped me for the past fifteen years.

Replied by Aginto
(Toronto, On)

My MUST HAVES for when travelling include: Oil of Oregano, Tea Tree Oil, Activated Charcoal caps, Aloe Vera Gel, and Hydrogen Peroxide.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Essential Oils

Posted by Mary Lou (Louisville, KY) on 01/24/2023

Question: I'm traveling to Israel and want several remedies handy for Jet Lag, as well as possible health issues.

I'm interesting in what I read about ACV and Essential Oils.

How do you carry those with you when flying since we are limited with quantity of liquids we can pack.

EC: Get ACV capsules from your local health food store or Amazon. Small bottles of essential oils shouldn't be an issue. Or buy whatever you need once in Israel!

Replied by mmsg
(somewhere, europe)

Mary Lou, when u get there, close your eyes and face the sun for 5-10 minutes. Doesn't have to be right away.

This "resets" the circadian rhythm.


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Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 07/21/2018

Hydrotherapy on the go:

I drove 500 miles by myself on Wednesday and Friday of this week. (I went to visit my dad.)

Driving for many hours really aggravates my back and neck. I am not the most relaxed driver so I tense up, especially in traffic. I also find that sitting in a car puts my back into a less than ideal stationary position for many long hours.

So I arrived at my destination stiff and sore. However, I had the option for shower as long as I wanted. Now, I love a long hot shower and it does loosen me up. BUT, hot showers are not helpful to inflammation. Cool showers are, however.

So I alternated the water temp. I started with a very comfortable warm shower and when I was warmed up I would change the water to cool and let it hit my back. I went back and forth between the two multiple times.

I felt much much better after my shower.

This will, of course, work at home too for back pain and stiffness. :)

~Mama to Many~


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Posted by Paul123 (Burns Harbor, Indiana) on 10/13/2012

Hi Bill from San Fernando, can you repost your remedy where you spray Lugol Iodine into your nose before traveling on plane to avoid sickness. Sorry I couldn't find it.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando , Philippines)

Iodine Spray for Airplane Travel

Hi Paul123... Before I catch a plane I usually add 3 or 4 drops of lugols iodine solution to a small capful of water and fill up a dropper. I simply squirt this into each nostril and suck it back gently into my throat. Doing this therefore coats the inside of the nostrils with iodine and also helps to coat the throat with iodine. The iodine also slowly vaporizes from these locations, and so this also protects you lungs against any germs on the plane.

To protect against electrostatc problems on the plane -- take at least 1000 mgs of Vitamin C(as Ascorbate) before you fly. This helps to counteract the bad effects from the build up of positive ions on the plane.

Jet Lag

Posted by Robyn (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 09/04/2012

I know this is not strictly an ailment that needs treatment but I was hoping to get some feedback on Jet Lag treatments/remedies that may be beneficial. I will be travelling from Australia to Europe, so as can be imagined the times zones will be extreme. While any responses will benefit me, I know many Earth Clinic officianados must travel and I won't be the only beneficiary. Thanks

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
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Robyn, Melatonin helps the "circadian rhythms" in the brain, among other benefits.

Multiple Remedies

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Posted by GT (Vero Beach, Florida) on 08/22/2007

I always take these items when i travel; My homeopathic kit of 50 remedies, this is good for such symptoms as- flu, colds, fear, anxiety, shock, bites and stings, infections, heatstroke, toxic food , the runs, sleeplessness....etc i also take aloe vera gel for skin/burns; bentonite clay to keep PH levels balanced; grapefruit seed extract for any bacterial and viral infections-externally and internally; vit c;and chlorella (use this much better than a multi vitamin). Finally, charcoal pills for loose bowels due to toxic foods. I never vaccinate prior to any trip not even to third world countries.