Flight fright, travel sickness and jetlag … there is homeopathy for that!
Spring is here, and whether or not a vacation is already booked or only just in planning, it is likely to involve travel. Unfortunately for some the travel to the distant retreat or exotic destination can involve anxiety, sickness or jetlag, which can reduce much of the joy associated with the upcoming vacation, or can create stress that can ruin much of the gained recovery from the holidays. Luckily though, there are some homeopathic remedies for that!
For travel anxiety, the fear of boarding a plane, of anticipated accidents or the crowd traveling there are three main homeopathic remedies.
Aconite: Someone needing Aconite is not just anxious, but downright panics. He or she suddenly develops an extreme fear of death, and is deeply convinced their plane will crash. There is great anguish and he or she becomes restless with fear.
Argentum-nitricum: The people needing this remedy are very anxious, are restless, have to walk about. Their anxiety gives them diarrhea. They are afraid of heights, are claustrophobic and fear crowds. They fear they may be having an accident on their journey to the destination. .
Gelsemium: With this remedy there is an anticipatory anxiety. Persons needing Gelsemium may experience their muscles becoming weak and give way with anxiety. There may be trembling, numbness and the individual may get diarrhoea.
In the event of travel– or motion- sickness homeopathy too has help to offer.
Cocculus: Cocculus is the #1 remedy for motion sickness or sea sickness. The person needing Cocculus feels dizzy from motion, or the sight of moving objects. There is nausea and there may be vomiting. He or she has revulsion and nausea from the thought and smell of food.
Tabacum: Tabacum gives the individual an incessant deathly nausea with a sinking feeling and the sensation of an empty stomach. Deathly paleness, headache, faintness, a sensation of collapse and facial cold sweat can accompany this sickness. The fumes of tobacco are unbearable. Least motion can cause this sickness.
Petroleum: This motion sickness is characterized by nausea that comes with an empty feeling in the stomach, and is improved by eating. There is vertigo and dizziness that are felt at the occiput. This state feels somewhat like the heavy head after drinking alcohol. There is also a strong aversion to meat and fatty foods.
For the jet lag, when getting to or coming from a location in a different time zone there are other homeopathic remedies that could help.
Cocculus: is indicated for jet lag where the individual has difficulty getting to sleep and feels like he or she is still in the moving vehicle or on the flying plane.
Gelsemium: With this remedy there is heaviness and exhaustion and the body feels immobilized akin to paralysis.
Arnica: This remedy is a treat where there is exhaustion accompanying the jet lag. It can help keep you awake until local bedtime which can aid an easier and swifter adjustment.
The best matching remedy should be taken as and when needed. It is suggested to use the 6X potency, and to take one dose (1 tablet, 3 sugar pills, or 5 drops) every 15 minutes for up to two hours in the acute state. For anxiety and motion sickness 1 to 2 doses can be taken ahead of travel, for example when going to the airport and when boarding the plane.