Despite the concern that we have on our health, and the way we look after ourselves, health can decide to aggravate when it seems a little shaky. It need not be a huge disease like thing or a chronic disorder necessarily, it can be small cuts, rashes, instant sprains, and pains, etc. So it is always advisable to stay precautioned and alert. We never know what awaits us in the future. So, a little vigilance and being witty with small things that could possibly go wrong shows us being extra responsible for our health. And, that extra vigilance can save others lives as well, if we encounter such people.
So, how do we go about having those extra little medicines in our satchels?
Our everyday kitchen commodity has a plethora of cures for every injury. And let’s get that right and understand when what has to be put into use.
What can go in the travel first aid kit?
What should go in the travel first aid kit really depends on your health history and the need that you may have. If you experience digestive problems, trouble sleeping in a new place, getting anxious, cold sores, throat aches for change in water and climate, sunny location and so skin burns, insect stings, dry and patch skin, headache and cold, etc, you may want to be mindful of the troubles that you can possibly encounter and carry your own medication accordingly in your kit.
Another important consideration is weight and space that you allocate for the travel. Here runs the kit.
- Antimicrobial healing salve. A comfrey based salve, consisting of herbs such as plantain, echinacea, St. John’s wort, calendula will subdue, fasten healing, and disinfect. Essential oils like the rosemary and lavender bolster the effects. You can use for any cuts and breaks on the skin.
- Ginger capsules. Savior for tummy upsets, and also works for morning and motion sicknesses, and gas. A great friend for menstrual cramps. Fennel and peppermint are alternatives, just in case.
- Insect repellant. Essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, cedarwood, lemongrass, citronella, and pennyroyal suspended in water or alcohol are odorful to humans and pernicious to bugs. The combinations work good than the single oil. You can make one of your choices.
- Bug bite and itch relief. St. John’s Wort, witch hazel, plantain, grindelia, and comfrey provides a supporting hand to insect bites and normal itching on the skin. Elixir combinations of these herbs are likely to work fine and can be applied to the skin directly. The juice from the plantain is vaguely effective and it grows throughout the region, you just have to scrunch up the leaves and dab gently onto the skin. The lavender essential oil can be applied on the skin directly as it is gentle and works wonders. It inflates any tincture combination.
- Muscle aches and pains liniment, external use only: St. John’s Wort, Arnica, and witch hazel tinctures in amalgam and essential oils of eucalyptus, camphor, rosemary, and clove bud are great combinations.
- Poison Ivy and Poison Oak embrocation, external use only. Jewelweed particularly neutralizes the Rhus toxin and works fine. Use tinctured or fresh, but the jewelweed is difficult to locate. Other cures include grindelia, fused with echinacea, calendula and white oak bark.
- Bentonite clay or charcoal tablets. Diarrhea. Period. It assists with detoxification, in the case of food poisoning. Get your dosage details prior from your doc. Gulp down a lot of water.
- Rescue Remedy or Five Flower Formula. Excellent emotional advocate for all trauma and extremely safe. Have it always.
- Cayenne capsules. Trademarked styptic. Just cut open and apply externally only to prevent bleeding. Bear the burns. It also warms cold feet, bestrewed inside your boots.
- Echinacea tincture. If you are out of your home, it is a must in your satchel. Internal and external antibiotic gives interim energy to the immune system. Antitoxins poison and also threatens cold.
- Thyme essential oil. A must have during camping. A great mouthwash cure for a toothache or a sore throat where you need to add 2 drops in 4 ounces of water.
- The hardware: Bandages, Band-aids, surgical tapes (½ inch), small scissors, single-edged razor blade, tweezers, cold pack, ace bandage, bandana, shot glass, waterproof carry bags for the kit are must-haves.
Having said these, you may have to be very careful and mindful in carrying these medications with you. The aforementioned will definitely give you relief then, however, if you experience prolonged discomfort, it demands a doctor’s supervision.
And if you have other personal self-aid kits, feel free to share it in your comments.