But no matter how lightly I travel, I always carry along an herbal first-aid
kit. Being prepared with my favorite remedies gives me peace of mind on the road
or trail, and keeps me from having to search out herbal products in an
unfamiliar town — or from having to resort to padding my heels with mullein
leaves to ease the agony of a broken blister while on a backpacking
I’ve had plenty of opportunities to put my first-aid kit to use, from
treating blisters and bug bites to motion sickness and colds. I choose simple,
multipurpose remedies and store them in a small padded nylon lunch box that’s
always ready to toss into the car. For backpacking trips, I pare my kit down to
arnica gel, echinacea, peppermint and chamomile tea bags, crystallized ginger,
insect repellant, a tin of herbal salve, a tiny bottle of lavender essential
oil, and an assortment of bandages and moleskin.
With the following herbs and essential oils, you should be able to treat just
about any common condition you are likely to encounter in your travels.
The Herbal First Aid Kit: What to Buy
These are my favorite remedies — the ones I consider indispensable for a
travel first-aid kit. All of the remedies are available at any well-stocked
health-food store and by mail-order. Be sure to buy pure essential oils, not
fragrance oils. To prevent breakage, wrap glass bottles in small pieces of thick
• Aloe vera gel: Cooling and healing, aloe vera (Aloe vera)
soothes the inflammation of sunburn and common kitchen scalds and burns.
• Arnica gel or cream: Arnica (Arnica montana) flowers have
anti-inflammatory and circulation-stimulating properties; the gel or cream is
excellent for sore muscles, sprains, strains and bruises. Do not apply arnica to
• Calendula-comfrey salve: The bright yellow-orange blossoms of
calendula (Calendula officinalis) have astringent, antibacterial,
antifungal, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Comfrey
(Symphytum officinale) contains allantoin, a compound that stimulates the
growth of new tissue and helps heal wounds.
• Chamomile tea bags: With its delicious distinctive flavor, chamomile
(Matricaria recutita) makes a tasty tea. Gentle enough for children,
chamomile has mild sedative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
properties. It promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion and, when applied
topically, soothes skin irritations.
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