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Natural Remedies For Traveling

When I was younger I didn’t give too much thought as to what I was putting on my body.  I would slather myself in 100% deet in the Ecuadorian rainforest, knock back a couple of valium to steady the nerves on a dodgy Indonesian airline and drink beer to counteract sea-sickness.  Nowadays I try to welcome the natural world where possible.  So I was quite excited to receive some interesting travel goodies to review; Mosquitan family patches, Gin-Gins from the Ginger People and Stress Relief Patches from Vie Healthcare (see pic below from my longhaul flight!)

Mosquitan 

As I type this, I’m really putting these Mosquitan family patches to the test. I’m in the hills of Phuket, Thailand, it’s dusk and the mozzies are out in full force.  We’ve worn these for the past few days and so far, so good.  The patches contain essential oils including Eucalyptus Citriodora and Citronella.  You simply pull one out the pack, activate the diffusor by squeezing the centre of the patch, pull off the backing paper and stick on your clothes. The adhesive diffusors can be applied everywhere from clothes to bed side tables. They are effective for 4-6 hours once activated. Best of all, you can use for the whole family, including newborns.

Vie Healthcare Stress Relief Patch

I’m a nervous flier so always happy to find something that will relax me (this is usually several big glasses of wine). On my last two flights (1 long-haul, 1 short-haul), I applied one of these Stress Relief Patches.  Essentially, this is a big plaster that contains lots of nice, calming soothing, natural essential oils. The patches can be left on for up to 24 hours and are easy to peel off. They contain a blend including valerian, hops and passion flower and are delivered direct into the bloodstream via your skin.  I don’t know if it was in the mind but I definitely did feel calmer after application!

Vie Patches cost £4.95 for six patches and are available online from www.vie-healthcare.com

Gin Gins Super Ginger Caramel by the Ginger People

These little treats are a sweet alternative to anti-nausea medication. Ginger has long been known to assist sickness and the sweets contain 30% fresh ginger.  The chewy ginger sweet has a real zing to it and I was quite happy popping them, despite not really suffering from motion sickness.  I have yet to truly test them out on someone who is suffering with sickness but the likelihood there won’t be many left in packet soon as they are rather delicious. Gin Gins Super Ginger Caramel sweets cost £1.65 for a 31g box and are available from health shops nationwide and www.healthy2u.co.uk.

 

If you have any natural products you use to combat mosquitos, motion sickness and fear of flying, please do let me know!

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