Ingredients for a Natural Travel Kit

Homeopathic 

(12X, 24X, 12C or 30C: any one of these strengths will do)
If you purchase only one homeopathic make it Arnica.  

Arnica: pellets and salve i.e., Traumeel  
Cocculus
Nux vomica
Tabaccum
Ipecacuanha
Arsenicum album 
Belladonna 
Veratrum album 
Ledum 
Hypericum 
Apis 
Cantharis 

Herbal

Goldenseal
Tea Tree Oil
Dr. Dunn’s Viral KO
Gastromycin
Grapefruit seed extract
Bach Flower Remedy

Misc.

Insect repellent
Natural Sun block
Snake bite kit
Water Purifier
Probiotic

Prevention
Probiotic: one that is ok at room temperature: mine is Lactobacillus sporogenes.  
        Take one daily.
Dr. Dunn’s Viral KO tincture:  Antiviral, antibacterial, immune stimulant, decongestant and lymph support.  You can use it to prevent a cold or flu or stop one as long as treatment ensues soon after initial symptoms.  Ask for directions at time of purchase.
Golden Seal: antimicrobial.  Dose: 1-2 (500mg) 1-3 times a day with food, as needed to reduce the likelihood of  food born bacterial gastrointestinal illness.  (Avoid goldenseal if you suffer from GERD, because it will increase acid production).
Grapefruit seed extract (my product is Citricidin): antimicrobial    Dose: 1 cap up to 3 times daily as alternative to goldenseal with meals.

Motion Sickness & Nausea
Ginger Juice or Root: approximately 1 tsp. root or 1/4 tsp. fresh juice as often as needed.  Ginger powder in caps is ok but not as effective.  Crystallized ginger may be the most convenient for travel.
Homeopathic considerations:  Cocculus: dizziness.   Nux vomica: person is chilly, irritable and sensitive to light, sound and smells.  Tabaccum: dizzy, nausea, disconnected, chilly.  For dosage see GI upset directions.

GI Upset
Gastromycin (from me): antibacterial, antifungal, gas reducing, soothing for GI track to be taken 2-4 caps 3-4 times daily for intestinal problems.
Probiotic to help replenish GI system.   

Homeopathic Considerations: 
Dose is 2-5 pellets taken under tongue to dissolve every 30 minutes to every few hours as needed.  Do not give an individual remedy more then 5 times as more is not better and in 3-5 times if you haven’t resolved the problem it is the wrong remedy: try another.

Ipecacuanha: If diarrhea, vomiting and stool and/or skin pallor is greenish.
Arsenicum album: Fearful, cold, stools are offensive-smelling and blackish, and the diarrhea may be linked to food poisoning.
Belladonna: If red face (or one side red other pale), fever and diarrhea.
Veratrum album: Really bad diarrhea.

Soothing stomach tea:
Chamomile, slippery elm, marsh mellow root (Althea), lemon balm (Melissa), peppermint and about ½ tsp of freshly ground ginger root or dry ginger powder.   Make tea with 1 tsp. of each herb added to 1 quart boiling water, turn off heat, cover, let steep 10-15 minutes then when sufficiently cooled drink as able.  If you can get only one ingredient: ginger is excellent to soothe the stomach.

Dehydration
Pharmacies have electrolyte solutions, or you can make your own:  here’s two suggestions
One pint water brought to a boil.  As it cools stir in 1-3 heaping tsp. sugar (or honey if the person is older then 2), 1/4 tsp. of bicarbonate of soda and 1/4 tsp. table or sea salt.  Stir until dissolved and give when cool.
½ cup rice cooked in 4 c. H20   Drink cooled liquid for electrolytes.


Skin Care
Natural sun block:   Remember: suntan is good, sunburn is not. UV Natural Sunscreen from Isabellacatalog.com  or  Green Screen from kabanaskincare.com
Wild Mountain Healing Lotion: This is my favorite topical which will heal any skin problem you might encounter including: bites, burns, rashes, itches, hives and abrasions.

Bee sting (and ant and mosquito bites)
Remove stinger by flicking it off with a credit card or like object.  Try not to squeeze and pull it out to avoid injecting more venom into the tissue.  Apply a paste of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and cold water topically as soon as possible.  The alkalinity will neutralize the acid toxin.  Calamine lotionfor mosquitoes is also a consideration. 

Homeopathic considerations: (see dosage under GI Upset.)
Ledum: affected site is cold, numb or very sensitive to touch.
Hypericum: shooting pains.
Apis: rapid swelling and stinging pain.
Cantharis: sting site is red and feels burning hot.  Cantharis is also a good one for bladder infections.

Wasp sting:  Apply vinegar or lemon juice topically as soon as possible, the acidity will help neutralize the alkaline venom.

Injury/Trauma/Homesickness/Fear of Flying
Bach Flower Rescue Remedy: Especially good for the homesick little one and for fear of flying.  Dose as directed.
Arnica: for physical or mental trauma of any type.  Homeopathic pellets and topical Traumeel salve as directed for injury.
Cayenne:  For those rugged individuals who want to treat a bleeding injury naturally: apply a good dose of cayenne pepper to a wound and it will stop bleeding almost instantly and help create a scab.  It does hurt mightily, but gets the job done.

Bites
Insect repellent: Bite blocker from biteblocker.com  or buzz away from pennherb.com
Snake Bite Kit:  I like the Extractor Snake Bite Pump Kit which is good also for other travel mishaps such as scorpion stings (ouch: they really hurt, but for the most part aren’t lethal). 

Topical Antibiotic
Garlic paste for 20-30 minutes 3x/day
Honey
Goldenseal tincture & Tea Tree oil:  mix equal part.  Excellent antimicrobial topical for both fungal and bacterial problems.  Use few drops 2-3 times a day as needed.  Don’t let it get on/into sensitive tissues such as in the eye because it will burn.  Tea Tree by itself may burn, so if you want to use just tea tree by itself dilute it approximately 50:50 with olive oil.

Water  
I generally recommend only bottled drinking water while traveling: no tap water.
SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier:  from REI or like type store is a good resource for this ultraviolet portable water purifier.

Please contact me if you have any questions about your travel kit or the use of its contents.  

Happy Trails, Bon Voyage, Chao

In Health,
Jon Dunn, ND

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Dr. Jon Dunn, Licensed Naturopathic Doctor
February  2008
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