Homeopathy is a great resource to stay healthy on trips. It is widely used in France, but not so well understood in Anglo Saxon countries despite being all natural and particularly adapted to young children. My problem is that I firmly believe in homeopathy benefits but I have not been able to make time for it in our daily family life. I am full of resolutions though .. Caroline Gaskin is a renowned homeopath based in London who has kindly shared some tips with us. Think of it as a cheat sheet for family holidays.
I first met Caroline Gaskin when I suffered from recurrent chest infections. She is a very approachable natural health practitioner and is a mother of 2 (now young adults, although you’d never guess by the look of her smooth skin!). These are all her notes:
STAYING SAFE IN THE SUN
There is conflicting discussion on the effects of high factor sunscreens and we tend to focus too narrowly on the sun as being the sole cause of skin cancers. Also, I’m conscious that since the early 1970’s, many people use far more chemical-based products for body & hair care. We shower and scrub our skin daily – bathing was a once a week event when I was a child. We washed the ‘smelly bits’ daily with simple soaps. So here are some sunscreen brands and feedback.
I’m trying to recommend products that are GM free, cruelty free, use little or no preservatives, use organic or wild harvested ingredients and have packaging that is reusable, recyclable or biodegradable.
Liz Earle lovely scents, good for sensitive skins, mineral based sunscreen. Neal’s yard Remedies use mineral based sunscreens, and were the first to be Soil Association approved. Green People are mineral based sunscreens, with 10% profits donated to charity. Do water-based kids sunscreens.
If you listen to the Raw Food fans, they will tell you that the more you eat raw, the less you actually burn in the sun. We still need to respect the sun and not over expose our skin but a diet with a high percentage of raw, fresh foods (preferably organic) gives us plenty of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. You can spend a lot of money on some of the latest technological supplements for pre-holiday sunshine, but you can do it easily at home with a few resources of your own. Here’s how:
Ditch the saturated fats, red meats and eat a diet of at least 80% raw fresh foods for two weeks before your summer holiday, that’s not just salads or you’ll go hungry. Add lightly toast seeds or raw walnuts, roasted butternut squash, sweet potato or beetroot, some fresh feta cheese or goats cheese to a big bowl of leafy greens and dig in. If you eat meat, then stick to organic chicken. If you eat fish, then favour the oily fish or the wild caught fish to avoid mercury and all the nastiness of farmed fish (you don’t want to know, honestly). Eat less carbs, try sticking to two delicious slices of wholemeal toast a day and brown rice or lovely risottos made with Arborio rice & lots of fresh veg and ditch the pasta, white rice, potatoes, crisps, white breads & flours.
If you’re left feeling hungry from not eating those high GI (glycaemic index foods) then make up some Dukan gallettes – just three a day – here’s how – mix 4 tablespoons of oat bran with 3 tablespoons of natural live low fat yoghurt, add one egg and some Himalayan salt. Mix well and cook as little pancakes in a very lightly oiled pan (olive or coconut oil is good). It should make 6 pancakes – 3 today, 3 tomorrow. Eat with a low fat ricotta or cottage cheese, a slice of tomato & freshly ground black pepper, yum!
Eat lots of berries. Kids love these and they are rich in antioxidants.
During these weeks when you’re away, drink green or white tea (high in antioxidants) instead of coffee. Drop back to just one glass of white wine and soda or one glass of good red wine a night (wine has antioxidants in it too!).
Now and on holiday, add in 1000mg essential fatty acids daily and start taking an antioxidant twice a day.
AVOIDING JET LAG
I’ve been using homeopathy to prevent Jet lag for a long time (particularly if flying from West to East) and have my own formula though you can get something fairly similar from most homeopathic pharmacies.
You can make life easier for yourself and avoid jet lag, without having to book first class! It’s really not difficult. You need Jet Lag Combo, which is fine for all the family. A 16gm pot at US$10 should be enough for everyone. If you are doing long haul, then I recommend some Aquasource Antioxidants as well.
For long haul, take one Jet Lag Combo and one Antioxidant capsule every 4 hours and for short haul take one of each before and after the flight.
Continue taking 3 a day on land until symptoms pass. If you are regularly doing long haul flights, the Antioxidants are essential as we encounter a lot of cell-destroying free radicals when flying.
I also tailor the basic formula to the needs of individual clients e.g. I can add in sleep remedies or immune support remedies if the Jet Lag Combo alone isn’t enough. I have a few clients who do a lot of long haul travel and suffer colds, coughs & sinus issues once they are back on land so I might add an Immune Support or a sinus balance homeopathy as a prophylactic.
NB. If pregnant, CoQ10 is better as an antioxidant as studies show it’s safe in pregnancy whereas trials just haven’t been done on Antioxidants for pregnancy yet.
WORRIES ABOUT FLYING AND EAR PAIN
Arg Nit homeopathy is the remedy that’s usually used for fear of flying for young and old alike though there are other remedies. Arg Nit is also helpful for claustrophobia, fear in lifts and crowds, hear of heights and for some anticipation issues. I usually give a 6c or 30c strength.
Adults & children can suffer ear pain in flight or ear issues after flying and there’s a few remedies. Chamomilla is for sharp pain and Kali Mur for blocked ears.
Note: Aquasource supplies an Antioxidant with Pycnogenol.