Your Travel Medicine Kit

Words: Dr Deborah OLENEV

I often receive and attend to several calls every summer from people asking me what homeopathic remedies I recommend them to take along when they are travelling overseas. When my daughter, for instance, went to India, some years ago, I prepared a kit for her. These are the remedies that I included in her kit. This list may not be comprehensive, because one cannot account for every eventuality, but hopefully the remedy you need will be in it.

Apis Mellifica 30C. For allergic reactions with swelling and redness, and burning and stinging pains, from insect bites. Thirstlessness and warm-bloodedness are characteristic. Awkwardness; tendency to drop things.

Arnica Montana 6C and 30C. Trauma, muscle strain, exhaustion, sore, bruised feeling, fear of touch and being approached, and bed feels uncomfortable. Excellent for sprained ankles and head injuries.

Arsenicum Album 30C and 200C. Food poisoning, or acute illnesses with vomiting, nausea, and diarrhoea. Worse midnight to 2:00am, with restlessness, anxiety, thirst for small sips of water, cold and chilly, burning pains, and a strong desire for company.

Belladonna 30C and 200C. Very high fevers 1030F and higher. Heat, redness and burning of affected parts; frightening hallucinations; desire to bite, strike, kick; and, dilated pupils. Sudden onset of symptoms, which are acute and violent. Dryness of mucous membranes. Sensitive to talking, jarring, touch, and noise. Desire for lemon, and lemonade. Throbbing right-sided headaches with red face. Fear of animals. Worse, at 3:00pm. Phytolacca decandra is also handy; it is useful for sore throat, pharyngitis and swollen tonsils.

Calendula Officinalis 30C. Wounds with pus, or risk of infection; abscesses [boils]. In cases of suppuration, when the discharge lasts for too long. Apply ointment externally to cuts and wounds. Change the bandages infrequently for best healing. No germs can live in its presence. Excellent post-surgically to hasten healing and preventing infection.

Cantharis 30C. A superb first-aid remedy for scald burns. Use Urtica urens ointment for slight burns, and Cantharis for second, and third degree burns. It takes away the pain rapidly and promotes healing.

China Officinalis 200C. Ailments from loss of body fluids [excessive bleeding, or diarrhoea, lactation, suppuration, perspiration], which can cause exhaustion, weakness, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and anaemia. Excessive bloating of abdomen with gas. Malaria-like fever. Extreme sensitivity to touch, but hard pressure relieves.

Hypericum Perforatum 30C. injuries to fingers, toes, spinal cord, back and head. Pain radiates, or shoots up, along the course of nerves. Animal bites. Prevents tetanus, or lock jaw. Pain in the gums after tooth extraction.

Ledum Palustre 30C. Puncture wounds; insect bites. The characteristic of the remedy is that the patient wants ice on the injured part. Wounds are cold to the touch, but the patient wants cold applications. Black eye from a blow. Prevents tetanus. Swelling from bee stings.

Podophyllum 30C. Diarrhoea with sputtering, foetid and explosive stools. Complaints worse in the summer. Early morning diarrhoea 4:00am-5:00am. Diarrhoea preceded by soreness, cramping, rumbling and gurgling. Patient must bend double. Alternating complaints [i.e., headache with diarrhoea].

Ruta Graveolens 30C. Repetitive strain injury; broken bones, injuries to the linings of the bones, or periosteum; injuries to ligaments and tendons [excellent for shoulder and knee injuries where the ligaments and tendons have been damaged]. Sensitive nodules on tendons, or periosteum, after injury; eyestrain.

Symphytum 30C. Excellent for healing broken bones [after Arnica montana and Ruta graveolens]. Trauma to the eyeball. Injuries from blows and blunt instruments. For slow repair of broken bones.

Veratrum Album 30C. I am including this remedy here, because a friend of mine and fellow homeopath, Dr Gobinder Samroa, saved his wife’s life with this remedy. They were flying to California from India and his wife all of a sudden said to him that she was dying. There was no warning that something was amiss. She turned as white as a sheet, broke out into a cold sweat, and her husband could not find her pulse. He remembered that he had some homeopathic remedies in his travel bag, and is eternally thankful, that this beautiful little remedy was there. He gave her a few globules and his wife was rapidly revived.


For minor injuries consider taking the lower potencies, such as a 6C. Arnica in a 6C strength can help when you are exhausted and sore from overexertion. Save the higher potencies such as 30C, or 200C for more painful conditions, such as a sprain, or head injury. For grave injuries, the higher and highest potencies are best, such as a 1M, or 10M.

The homeopathic remedies come in various sizes. If you have the large size pellets, 1-2 pellets are sufficient for a dose. With small pellets 5-8 pellets would be a good dose.

The rule I follow for repetition is to give just one dose of the remedy and not repeat unless there is evidence of a relapse.

Dr DEBORAH OLENEV, CCH, RSHom [NA], is a Classical Homeopath based in Mountain View, California, US. She treats people from all over the world via phone and video conferencing. Dr Olenev has had a passion for homeopathy for nearly forty years and has been in private practice since 1991. She has a vast knowledge of homeopathic Materia Medica, and integrates homeopathy with herbal medicine too. She is the owner of First Aid Cream, where she teaches about and sells homeopathic first-aid creams. She has several years of experience treating autistic children and people of all ages for all manner of health conditions.

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