But no one wants to leave home without their homeopathic remedies.
Are your remedies safe on a plane?
Will putting them through an X-Ray machine deactivate them?
Should you put them in a carry on bag?
Or pack them in a checked bag?
Do I need to take all my remedies?
Or should I just bring what I think I’ll need?
How To Take Homeopathic Remedies On A Plane
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Unfortunately, X-Rays and other scanning devices are a reality when you fly.
This is true regardless of whether you check a bag at the gate, or carry it on the plane.
However, it’s believed that wrapping your remedies in aluminum foil mitigates the effects of radiation.
Remedies ordered from a homeopathic pharmacy may also be X-Rayed as they pass through the mail system.
Fortunately, it appears homeopathic remedies are pretty hardy.
Being X-Rayed doesn’t seem to make the remedies stop working.
But no one knows if there’s a point in which repeated X-Rays render a remedy less effective.
So it also doesn’t hurt to exercise caution.
If you’re putting remedies in a checked bag wrap them in foil.
If they’re in a carry on also wrap in foil.
Or, better yet, see if the TSA agents will agree to hand inspect them.
If you’re a frequent flyer, another option is to purchase a small homeopathic kit designed for travel.
(Still wrap it in aluminum foil.)
Bring this kit on the plane with you, while keeping your other remedies at home.
This kit contains a good selection of remedies for most situations that arise while you’re away from home.
If you don’t want to invest in a travel kit, you can always put a few pellets of each remedy in small plastic pill bags.
Use these remedies exclusively for travel.
How Many Homeopathic Remedies Should I Bring On A Trip?
How many remedies you need to take depends upon your individual needs, as well as how long you’ll be away from home.
Obviously you want to bring more remedies for an extended stay, versus a long weekend away from home.
It also matters whether you’re going to a remote area. (You need a good selection of remedies, because you can’t buy them at your destination.)
However, if you’ll have Whole Foods or Sprouts nearby you can likely find emergency remedies locally.
I tend to pack only a few remedies if I’m going to a place with one of these stores nearby.
These are some of the remedies in my personal travel kit.
- Arsenicum – Because you never know when you’ll be hit with stomach flu or food poisoning. This is also a good remedy for colds and flus if the symptoms match.
- Bryonia – One of the top flu and headache remedies.
- Gelsemium – Also good for the flu. Upper respiratory infections are easy to acquire when you fly, due to closed air and the physical stress of travel.
- Ferrum Phosphoricum – This is the first remedy to think of for the very early stages (first few hours) when a cold or flu is developing. There are no strong symptoms but you may feel a little stuffy, run down and your throat is scratchy. A dose of Ferrum Phos can often offset the illness. I don’t like to travel without this remedy.
- Aconite – A good emergency remedy for shock and fright. Aconite can also be taken at the first sign of a cold or flu IF the person gets sick after being exposed to a cold dry wind. But Ferrum Phos is more reliable.
- Phosphorus – This is the first remedy to think of for emergency bleeding with bright red blood.
- Arnica – The first remedy to give when someone is injured.
- Ledum – One of its best known uses is for puncture wounds. This includes insect stings.
- Apis – This remedy is made from bees, and can be used for bee stings. If it doesn’t work then Ledum may be the remedy you need. It’s also a good emergency remedy for allergic reactions. (This doesn’t mean you don’t need emergency care for analphylaxis.)
- Histaminum – Allergic reactions that don’t respond to Apis. (Ditto on the emergency care/epi pen.)
- Belladonna – This remedy is good for sunstroke. The face will likely be very flushed and it may feel hot with throbbing pain. (This is not the only sunstroke/heatstroke remedy.)