Naturopathic Travel Advice

Natural remedies for travel ailments

Marisa Camilleri is a Naturopath who has been practicing for 10 years, she is also new mum to a beautiful baby girl. We tracked Marisa down at her practice ‘Melbourne Naturopathic Wellness’ for a chat on Natural remedies for common travel ailments and she had these great tips for us.

OK so I know what you are thinking. You are embracing the challenges and triumphs that only parenthood can bring and getting yourself into some sort of routine with your little bundle of joy. But at the same time you are also wanting to get away from it all and take off on a holiday to have a change of scenery. But then again it seems all too hard. Am I going to spend more time planning than actually resting and relaxing? What if my precious little bundle gets sick? Well on that last issue I can give you a few tips to help make your time off feel like time off!

Firstly if you are breastfeeding any remedies that you want your baby to have are best taken through you, the mother. So you ingest the herb/homeopathic/nutritional and baby gets it through your breast milk. Homoeopathics are wonderful for children however, you should seek advice from a qualified homeopath to ensure that the correct remedy is given.

In the colder months, or when travelling to cold climates the number one thing you are probably trying to avoid is your baby (and yourself) getting a cold on holidays. If however a cold does arrive be sure to have some basics on hand to make sure you can nip it in the bud. Vitamin C is a must when travelling with children. At the first hint of a cold, you want to start giving a reasonable dose of vitamin C. Check with your naturopath for the most appropriate dose for your child as dosing varies depending on weight and age.

Depending on where you are going, a stomach upset might be the next thing that could turn your holiday plans upside down. Ginger is a good preventative for travel sickness. Again you can administer this directly to your child or drink some soothing ginger tea before you embark on your journey.

Probiotics, or good bacteria, are useful in treating diarrhoea. Cinnamon is great to dry up diarrhoea and is nice and calming. Mix with a ripe banana and rice to help bind up the stool and it tastes yummy too!

If you are a Melburnian like me and are yearning some Queensland sun, sunburn maybe something you need to take care of. Aloe vera is very useful here, nothing beats the gel from a fresh plant, but as this may not be readily available the common cucumber mashed up is ideal as it very cooling especially if the cucumber has been in the fridge!

So as you can see your child’s health issues do not necessarily need to become a burden whilst holidaying. Happy travelling, the relaxation is certainly beneficial to your health!

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