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Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:01

Nature’s Helping Hand

Summertime is here! Before you head off to your summer destination, you can plan ahead with some help from nature. Don’t let minor stings and aches spoil your travel fun! Put together a natural first aid kit so you are prepared for the unexpected.

When traveling, it’s always easier to have things close by and avoid the emergency scramble to find things and/or communicate your needs in a foreign language.  All it takes is a few trips to an organic store and a pharmacy to take care of the essentials. 

So what are some emergency essentials to keep on hand?  The Belgian Red Cross has a First Aid kit available for around 20 euros and contains all the basics including bandages, an emergency thermal wrap, etc.  In addition, here are some natural remedies (in alphabetical order) to get you started.

Arnica – a tube in gel or cream form of this is useful for any trauma – but do not use on open wounds.  Arnica also comes in oil form which you can use on sore and strained muscles.  Try arnica in homeopathic form for internal use to minimize trauma.  

Aloe Vera – the gel of this plant is great for sunburns and skin irritations.

Calendula – available in many forms including cream, this plant has soothing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties often used for healing wounds and burns.  Many baby creams and oils contain calendula to help skin irritations.

Charcoal – look for this at a bio store and get the activated charcoal variety. This is a highly absorbent powder that is great for stomach ailments including diarrhea. It comes in powder, granular or capsule form (easiest when traveling). 

Clay – Bring along a tube of ready-to-use green clay paste made from raw illite clay which can be used for clay packs and compresses in case of bone or muscle damage.

Essential oil-based insect repellant – make your own or buy one of the ready-prepared mixes that include essential oils like lemongrass, peppermint, cedar, geranium, or rosemary.

Natural eye drops made from euphrasia are useful for long flights. They come in handy, single-use tubes.

Ginger – with anti-spasmodic properties, ginger capsules are especially useful for motion sickness.  Keep on hand for car or sea sickness.  Another easy way to bring it with you is in tea bag form.  You can also try specially formulated wrist bands that use acupressure to soothe stomach upsets.

Homeopathic remedies – head over to a specialist pharmacy like Debrus-Tensi near Montgomery for some tubes to help with common problems like runny nose, fever, stings, and overindulgence. You can also get homeopathic bug bite ointments.

Oregano – another plant with anti-bacterial properties that comes in capsule form, oregano is useful at the onset of a cold or sore throat.  Pranarom has a whole line of essential oil formulas that come in capsule or spray form for easy transport and storage.

Other essential oils that come in handy include lavender and tea tree oil.  Lavender is easy to use directly on the skin (test a small area first to ensure there are no allergies) and helps with burns and wounds.  It’s also good for relaxing and for easing headaches.  Both lavender and tea tree take the swelling and itch out of mosquito bites. Tea tree has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Rescue Remedy - Bach flower remedies for calming all kinds of emotions like anger, grief, and fear are also handy to have. There is also a specific night time formula to help with sleeplessness.

Keep all of the above in a safe place – you can get creative and store them all in a recycled cookie tin or lunch box, and remember to include some padding for the glass bottles so the contents stay safe for traveling.

Happy travels!

 

Nüket is a coach with a holistic approach to living a healthy and fulfilling life.  She lives in Brussels and works with individuals and companies, supporting them in making positive changes. Helping to create lifestyles and environments that are more balanced and healthy are her passion!  If you would like more information, or a free sample session, contact her by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:07

It’s springtime! Lighten your load!

It's springtime! Nature is waking up – blossoming with growth and rejuvenation. We too are part of nature and springtime is detox time for us humans! There are plenty of solutions in nature to help us rejuvenate.”

As my days get busier and time seems to get shorter, I decided to start the new year with a plan to simplify my life and do things more efficiently.   I finally got myself signed up for delivery of organic veggies (thank you, Reason2.be!) and wonder why I didn’t start earlier.      Every week, I receive a box of fresh organic produce delivered straight to my door.   I no longer have to make a few trips a week to get my shopping done; hoping that the ingredient I am looking for is in stock, fresh and available in the quantity I’m looking for.  I’m saving time, gas and shopping stress (yes, there is such a thing)!

Monday, 05 December 2011 12:03

Top 10 Tips for a Real Holiday Season

Champagne corks flying.... late nights out... 5 course dinners... gifts... swinging parties... tempting sweets... socializing with family and friends... piles of wrapping paper... cocktails... traveling across town (or the world)... shopping... decadent chocolates... Welcome to the Holiday Season! With all the festivities and so many things to prepare and do, the holidays can easily throw us off kilter, and lead to feeling rundown, even stressed by it all! With a little planning and positive intention, you can get through the season and come out of it feeling and looking great, and even help others and the environment along the way. To help create balance in and around your life, read on!

Friday, 11 November 2011 21:16

Autumn Balance

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year with leaves changing color.  It is also a time for accepting things as they are or have become.  Leaves fall, vegetables fade and everything is becoming settled, peaceful, quiet and calm.  The days become shorter than the nights.