Natural Remedies To Pack In Your Suitcase For March Break

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March Break is upon us and if you are lucky enough to get away from this bitterly cold weather, you’ll want to arm yourself with some natural remedies so that you can enjoy you r getaway without getting sick!

So let’s start with the usual disclaimer…please make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the remedies I recommend or also use caution if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.  I am always around at the office if so please ask me if you are not sure!

Traumeel  Cream & Tablets (by Heel) – A must-have if you are active (or clumsy like me! J).  I carry these on vacation, but also in my gym bag.  They are great for preventing bruising and swelling from an injury.  The cream can be applied directly to NON-OPEN wounds or bruises, and the tablets are best dissolved under the tongue every 1-2 hours after an injury.

Unda 270 Ointment (by Unda) –  This is an all-purpose ointment that can be used for mild irritations, wound-healing and even diaper rash!

Pascallerg (by Pascoe) – If you suffer from seasonal allergies, this remedy works quickly to reduce the stuffy nose and sneezing.  You dissolve the tablet under your tongue every 15 minutes until the symptoms are gone.  I usually only have to take 2 doses in the morning.

Mucococcinum (by Unda) – Great for preventing and treating colds & flu.  You can dissolve one tablet twice under your tongue 2X the week before you travel, and daily for the first 3 days .  Not for sure in autoimmune disease or pregnancy.

Lymphdiaral Cream & Drops (by Pascoe) – If you get a lot of ear infections, or fluid behind the ear, lymph nodes that get inflamed when you get sick, then 10-15 drops of Lymphdiaral drops just before take-off and landing will help with the pressure that can build up in the ear and cause that terrible ear pain.  The cream can be used over swollen glands, lymph nodes, and ankles to improve lymphatic fluid movement.

Probiotics – It’s easy to get an upset tummy if your body is not used to eating new and different foods and drinks.  You can strengthen  your gut before your trip by taking probiotics (about 25 billion for adults per day), daily for 1-2 weeks before you leave, as well as during your travel.  Always take probiotics with food.

Grapefruit Seed Extract – To help protect against food poisoning, grapefruit seed extract can be taken for a few days before your trip and also during the trip.  It comes in liquid or capsule forms and kills viruses, bacteria and fungus.

Safe travels everyone!  Remember to stay well hydrated and catch up on sleep!  I will be here during the March Break– it is a great time to bring in your kids for a Naturopathic and Food Sensitivity assessment.

Dr. Misa

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