Travel is a dream come true, but no matter how much we love to explore the world, there are always challenges that come with it. Being on the road can be tough on our minds and on our bodies, even for the most experienced travelers, and part of a successful journey is making sure we stay as healthy as possible when traveling.
Being healthy when traveling is especially important when your trip is for some significant reason, like a honeymoon. From jet lag and lack of sleep to dodgy tummies and motion sickness, travel ailments can derail even the most romantic of vacations, and put a dampener on the entire trip.
So whether you are heading off on a dreamy Tahiti cruise or cycling through the Italian alps, it is important to take precautions. Luckily, there are plenty of natural solutions and gentle home remedies that you can pack that will keep your body and mind on an even keel and ensure your trip is memorable for the right reasons! Here are some of the best natural remedies for travel-related ailments.
Essential oils are one of the best, most effective, and most enjoyable natural home remedies available, and can help with an astonishing range of ailments. Lavender oil is a fabulous substance, and incredibly helpful when it comes to disrupted sleep, whether due to jet lag, unfamiliar surroundings, or general stress and anxiety. A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow or rubbed into your temples are guaranteed to help you drift off gently into dreamland…and you’ll smell delightful as well!
Long-distance travel can leave your body aching and sore. Sitting for hours on end in a cramped position and uncomfortable seats can be hard on your muscles and joints. Epsom salts are a wonder – brilliant in the bath post-exercise as a way to soothe tired legs – and Epsom salt rub is a great thing to take with you on the road. Rub a little of this balm into sore muscles or aching joints, and you’ll get almost instant relief, allowing you to relax and focus on having fun.
Whether because of dry airplane air, strong winds, or hot sun, a honeymoon can be rough on your skin. Taking care of your skin and treating it to a little pampering is incredibly important when on vacation, and shea butter is one of the most effective ways to do this. Shea butter, extracted from the nuts of a tree grown in Africa, not only soothes and heals damaged skin thanks to essential fatty acids and vitamins, but it actually acts as protection from harsh weather as well.
If you struggle to deal with jet lag and end up feeling fuzzy-headed and exhausted for the first couple of days of your vacation, then it might be worth giving melatonin a try. Melatonin occurs naturally in your body, a hormone that regulates your sleep patterns by increasing at night and decreasing in the morning. Taking melatonin supplements helps your body produce melatonin when it needs it, even if you’ve changed time zone.
Another magical essential oil, tea tree oil is the multi-tool of natural remedies, offering solutions for a truly remarkable range of classic travel mishaps. Its antiseptic properties mean it is useful to put on cuts, burns, scrapes, or blisters, while its anti-fungal properties mean it can help keep sweaty feet odor-free. It works well to take the sting out of insect bites, and can even help prevent zits!