When we went to Arizona last fall, we drove over 4,000 miles in 8 days.
As a Family Herbalist, you would think that I would have been ready for anything that came up, right? Hmmm…maybe. When my son got sick due to over-indulgence from rich, greasy foods, I had a severe case of the mama guilts. My daughter developed a cough as well, and I felt helpless not having anything along with me to ease her suffering. I decided then and there that I would never again travel without an herbal medicine kit to help with anything that would come up.
Here are my top 10 child friendly herbs and oils to have while traveling.
You can keep them locked in ziploc bags, in a fishing tackle box, or makeup organizer, or even a backpack that you can stick in the car for ease of use.
you never know when your kids will venture and shove something into their mouth out in the wild, or a case of nasty food poisoning from an unfamiliar restaurant will hit you. It works by binding (adsorbing) chemicals, thus reducing their toxicity (poisonous nature), through the entire length of the stomach and small and large intestines (GI tract). This is helpful even while you reach advanced medical help if necessary.
2. Witch hazel
great for making a soothing sunburn spray or hand sanitizer. We add lavender essential oil and store in a spray bottle to take with us. Witch Hazel and lavender are naturally antibacterial and soothing to the skin.
3.Gauze pads or cheese cloth
In a pinch, cotton bandanas will work as well. These are used for making poultices with herbs and water to place directly on sore areas, like bumps, bruises or cuts.
great for sunburn sprays, hand sanitizers or adding to a calming evening massage oil. It’s an all around great oil to always have on hand. In small amounts, it can also be applied neat (or without a carrier oil) for minor burns, bug bites and stings.
this is my personal favorite carrier, especially for sunburns or evening massages, as it’s unscented and has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Very useful on toasty skin, or for massaging into sore knees and feet after a day of hiking. We like to have my detox salve on hand as well, in case of bee stings. Get the salve recipe here.
6.Echinicea tincture or alcohol free glycerite
Either homemade, or store bought,this is especially useful when the body is run down and then a cold comes on. This can help you fight off sickness and continue to enjoy your vacation. Use only when necessary, when a cold or flu actually occurs, however.
perfect for relaxing teas or adding to baths after a long, hard day at the beach, or hiking. Chamomile is wonderfully relaxing and can be used by just about anyone, except those who are allergic to ragweed. To use, simply infuse 1/4 cup of dried flowers in a quart of water to sip on.
8.Dried comfrey or plantain
These are easy to forage for in the Spring and dry to use later on. They are both awesome to have in your herbal kit for minor sprains, bumps and bruises. To use the dried herbs, simply place in a clean cloth or gauze and add a bit of water to moisten. Place directly on the sore area and allow to stay in place for 20-30 minutes. They can assist in healing and soothing those aches.
this is another herb you can forage for in the Spring, or grow yourself easily. This herb, moistened with water in a gauze can help stop bleeding from cuts and scrapes.
10.Dried mint (we like peppermint)
for those nights after an overindulgence of theme park or beach food. This can ease an upset tummy and help assist in digestion, when infused as an herbal tea.
These are my family’s favorite herbs and oils to carry with us and I have found to be the most useful for what we experience while traveling.
I normally will carry the dried herbs in a plastic ziploc baggie, with a small scoop to get out what we need, and the oils and spray bottles in dark amber glass bottles. This is easily carried in a small rubbermaid container with a tight fitting lid, tucked into a suitcase or backpack.
Have you ever used herbs while traveling? What did you bring with you?
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Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.