As I get older (I'm in my 70's now) I want to see as much of this marvellous planet as I can, before I get too old to travel with ease.
I prefer to travel light, just with carry on baggage, as it's less to worry about and easier to cart about when travelling.
That means packing everything I need in under 7 kg!
My travel companions always marvel at the variety of clothes I manage to magically pull out of my bag...I always have a change of clothes and underwear for seven nights and days including a light weight rain jacket. Of course I wash my wearables virtually every day to keep a fresh supply of clothes.
But more than my wardrobe, they're amazed at how I'm able to attend to such a variety of common injuries and illnesses, with my trusty herbal medicine bag. I have a much bigger medicine bag when I travel within Australia and don't have to worry about bag weight, but no matter where I am, I always make sure to have these essentials:
Croton / Liquid Bandage / Dragons Blood
A powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral plant product, Dragon's Blood has an amazing (almost magical) ability to quickly seal fresh wounds and stop bleeding when applied to the skin. It can also be used internally to treat gastrointestional issues such as diarrhoea, which is great to have on hand while travelling, especially overseas.
I never travel without it!
Nor would I ever travel without Propolis. Not only is it an antiseptic, but you can also prevent a flu, sore throat and other cold symptoms from coming on while you travel. You can read all about why I love propolis in this previous blog.
I also carry Slippery Elm to prevent and/or cure "Bali belly," any Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and even constipation.
Slippery elm bark is also a demulcent, so it can help with soothing a cough and sore throat as well.
I carry Pau D'Arco for much the same reason- it will kill any tummy bug and is a really effective herbal treatment for Candida.
Other uses for pau d'acrco include diabetes, ulcers, stomach inflammation (gastritis), liver ailments, asthma, bronchitis, joint pain, hernias, boils and wounds.
You can get these medicines of course in herb form, but I find that too much to carry, so I carry them in Spagyrics (only available from Happy Herb Co of course!), which are very light and convenient.
There are many other benefits of the above four primary medicinal herbs in my travel kit, find out more about them and other herbs in our handy dandy Herbs A-Z Guide.
Happy Herbal Travelling!