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3 Homeopathic Must-Haves for Your Summer Vacation

June 26, 2014

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During the summer, the idea of vacation is never far from our thoughts. Most of us spend time dreaming about and then planning for our next vacation. Where we will go?  What we will do?  What sites will we see and activities will we try?  The excitement of going somewhere new, or returning to fun places we once visited, fills our thoughts. 

What we don’t think about are the potential mishaps that might occur on our trips. We don’t schedule getting sunburnt on the first day. We don’t plan on sore quads after playing beach volleyball for 6 hours straight. The last thing we would ever include on our agendas would be an afternoon in the hotel room because last night’s dinner is keeping you within two feet of a bathroom.

Luckily, with a little planning, you can nip these problems in the bud before they derail your vacation. Whether you’ll be traveling locally, cross-country, or abroad, you’ll want to arm yourself with these three homeopathic remedies to ensure that your trip is happy and healthy:  


This is one of my favorite remedies, and I have it at home in many forms. Calendula is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and emollient. Studies have also shown that calendula stimulates the growth of new skin cells. All of these properties sure come in handy on a vacation with lots of outdoor activities where you might get cuts, stratches, or scrapes on your adventures.

When traveling, I recommend packing two varieties of calendula in your bag: calendula gel and calendula ointment, which you can increasingly find at most major drugstores (I find Boericke & Tafel’s Califlora gel particularly soothing!). The gel has a cooling effect, plus emollient and anti-inflammatory propertiesto soothe your skin (calendula cream will work also, but without the cool feeling). Anywhere you would use the standard triple antibiotic cream, calendula ointment can serve as an all-natural substitute. When at home, I prefer to use calendula oil versus the ointment, because it can be found locally and it usually contains 5 or fewer ingredients. Unfortunately, its glass bottle isn’t always travel-friendly—but the ointment does the trick!

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Arsenicum Album

This homeopathic remedy is a must-have if you are traveling anywhere that you might come in contact with contaminated water or food.  Arsenicum album is the number one homeopathic remedy for relieving diarrhea caused by spoiled or tainted food.  It is the key remedy for those suffering with “traveler’s diarrhea,” which can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and a thirst for small sips of water. You can find Arsenicum homeopathic pellets at health food stores, Whole Foods, or online, and they can be dissolved under your tongue or in a glass of water. Be sure to follow the packaging directions for proper dosage.

Arnica Montana

If you’re planning an active vacation, then Arnica could be your best asset. Arnica has become an increasingly common treatment for bumps or bruises, but what some might not realize is that the same anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve these ailments can also soothe sore muscles. If you’ve planned a vacation full of walking, swimming, hiking, or biking, you’ll want to bring Arnica in both cream and pellet form. Using both forms at once increases the Arnica’s healing strength by allowing you to treat your muscles externally with the cream and internally with the pellets. Arnica’s use as a safe and natural anti-inflammatory is gaining mainstream popularity, and it can be found in both pellet and cream form at your local drugstores, health food stores, Whole Foods, and online.

Here’s to beautiful weather, time with family and friends, and being prepared for whatever comes your way on your next vacation!

Where will your travels take you this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

 Melissa Tapp is a busy wife and mother of three daughters. She has been a massage therapist since 1996 and began practicing Craniosacral Therapy in 2004. She has been studying homeopathy and natural health since 2008 and has received diplomas in Bioenergetics and Homeotherapeutics from the Institute of Natural Health Sciences. Continuing on her educational journey in natural healing, she graduated from Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach training program in 2010 and completed IIN’s immersion program in 2012.