If you’re not someone who travels with an extensive first aid kit, you can still find remedies for your afflictions by purchasing medicines in your destination or even concocting your own. Many travelers may prefer the homeopathic options over constantly taking the pills, which could have unnecessary side effects. Check out these medicinal and homeopathic hacks you can find at home or while traveling, which could leave you feeling better without a trip to the pharmacy.
There are a few things that travelers swear by as their remedies for just about everything. Among them are Surfer’s Salve, a Hawaiian product great for chapped lips, sunburn and rough skin. PaPaw ointment, made from Australian papaya, is a similar product. Tiger Balm is common throughout Southeast Asia and is used for everything from muscle and joint pain, a Vicks Vaporub alternative, and treatment for bug bites, headaches and blisters. And we’ve already discussed how many things you can use coconut oil for, from hair gel to deodorant to eczema cream.
Headaches and Colds
For a headache, drink plenty of water or Gatorade, as this is typically a sign of dehydration. There may be no “cure for the common cold,” but crushing up garlic and ingesting it is said to aid symptoms, as is this awesome ginger tea. The sore throat that typically accompanies coughs and hay fever can be eased with a spoonful of honey or adding honey and lemon to your tea.
Burns and Bites
Believe it or not, toothpaste can be used to treat burns. I’ve also used it to take the itch out of some gruesome mosquito bites. Honey is another product that can take the liquid out of burns and bites. If you’re feeling the itch of mosquito bites or peeling sunburn, try dabbing some oatmeal on the locations.
A urinary tract infection can ruin your trip. Drinking a glass of dissolved Alka Seltzer will help with symptoms, but if you don’t have any, 1 teaspoon of baking soda will have the same effect. Cranberry juice and pineapple also help with the side effects, but you still need a doctor prescribed antibiotic to eliminate it completely. If left untreated, a UTI can spread to the kidneys and cause further health concerns.
Motion sickness and nausea can be eased by ingesting ginger, typically in the crystallized form. Chamomile tea and peppermint can also calm the digestive tract. Another cure for stomach and muscle pains is heat. You can fill your plastic water bottle (like those from Nalgene) with boiling water to apply to the source. And help prevent stomach bugs by ingesting 100% grape juice with a dash of apple cider vinegar.
Face and Nails
Honey can be used to clear up blemishes on your face. Vodka can do the same. Clear up that toe fungus you may have developed from a hostel shower my coating the nail or toe with mouthwash or tea tree oil.
Some people believe that many of these ailments can be fixed by pressing on certain points in the body. For example, the wrists can heal stomach troubles like motion sickness or nausea, which is why there are sea sickness wrist bands that push a round point into the arm. Massaging the area between your thumb and index finger will relieve headache, constipation and fever.
Do you have any special medicinal hacks that you’d like to share with other travelers? Leave us a comment!
*Please note: We are not medically trained professionals. We recommend seeking assistance from a doctor if your issues persist.
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