A first aid kit is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when packing for a trip abroad. However, it is a useful item to have. You can buy ready-made ones at specialty travel and camping stores as well as pharmacies or make your own. Along with the usual bandages, bug spray and remedies there are a few items used in natural healing practices that may be beneficial to throw into your kit. This Wellness Wednesday post looks at three of these items: arnica, aloe and essential oil of peppermint.
Arnica is touted for use on bruises, muscle/joint pain and swelling. It is commonly applied to the skin in either cream or gel form. Aloe is known as the ‘burn’ plant and has been applied to skin to help ease sunburn, itching and rash. Peppermint oil has often been used to help ease tension headaches. Keep in mind, though, that there could be several reasons for a headache e.g. dehydration. In this case, drinking enough water may be all that’s needed.
With extensive and conclusive evidence pending on the efficacy of these plants, there are no guarantees that they will work for everyone. They also have contraindications for use.
Consult a qualified practitioner to determine if these remedies are right for you.
- Dr. Weil’s Herbal Remedies: Arnica
- Aloe on WebMd
- Peppermint on WebMD
- How to Assemble the Perfect Travel First Aid Kit – IAMAT