When travelling around the world, it is wise to know what kind of prevention and cures can be made from natural foods. These easily found items can help a myriad of ailments if you are unsure of what you need to find in chemists. Prevention is the best cure but remember to always seek medical help if your situation worsens.
Raw garlic is well known to be a great immune system booster, so if you feel a cold coming on eat 1 -2 whole cloves. Don’t worry about the smell, tell people you just had a delicious pizza!
Honey is a wonderful natural remedy. It contains trace minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, it also contains a natural bacterial agent known as inhibine. It can be used to treat sore throats, aid digestion, quench thirst, and treat minor burns. A mug of steamy hot water, a drizzle of honey and some ginger slices can be a great cure all if you are feeling a little under the weather and even if you are having some home sickness. It helps perk you up with a little warm comfort.
Do you need to east congestion – give chili a try! This is great if you are travelling through chili loving countries as it is readily available in most dishes! In Thailand a bowl of Hot and Sour Soup (AKA Tom Yum Soup) will cure any congestion you may have ever thought about! Chili peppers also act as a mild pain reliever too (or maybe you are too busy wondering why your mouth is burning to think about your sore stomach!)
Rice is easy and very soothing on the stomach and therefore a good choice for traveller’s diarrhea or constipation.
Try to have steamed plain rice and keep your liquids up if you are experiencing any diarrhea or constipation.
There are many theories out there on the humble lemon and many people claim that lemons are great for treating headaches. Some recommend using the juice in a cup of tea, while others advocate using the lemon peel and placing it white side down (yellow rind out) directly on your forehead. For motion sickness it is an idea to sniff a piece of freshly cut lemon or try sucking on it. Lemon juice can also be used as an antiseptic by placing it on minor scraps and cuts.
If you are experiencing the pain of a toothache, the best natural remedy you can find are cloves. They are excellent for reducing the pain and swelling by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Cloves are also a stimulant and helpful in relieving flatulence!
Peppermint tea is frequently used by people to help promote a good nights sleep and to aid with digestion. It is commonly used in tea after meals. If you are experiencing tummy aces, have a cup of peppermint tea and a rest. Travelling can take it’s toll on people and taking time to relax is important (especially if you are about to head overland on a 11 hour bus trip!)
Ginger for me is the most wonderful thing in the world! I use it regularly to treat motion sickness. In both raw, powder and lollie form, it is a great relief for motion sickness, indigestion and it also works as a mild pain reliever. I personally wouldn’t travel without it – it is wonderful for seasickness especially if you are a diver and have a sensitivity to over-the-counter medicine such as Dramamine. Ginger is also known to reduce inflammation.
If you have had a monstrously big night out, then you should find yourself some horseradish! It boosts your immune system by helping the liver filter harmful substances which is great after those beers, a couple of wines and tequila shots! It is also very good for digestive issues and treats constipation.
10. Onion (including shallots and spring onions)
Onions have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as an antibiotic and anti-viral. Try it to help with inflammation from bronchitis and lung disorders.
What are your favourite travel remedies?