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Homeopathic Help for Your Road Trip by Laura Josephson

Heading out to the shore, mountains, or on an impromptu adventure for Labor Day weekend? Pack some homeopathic first aid remedies for your weekend fun. Hopefully, you won’t need them but in case you do, they just might save your vacation. It’s a snap to treat common injuries and ailments such as motion sickness during travel and recreation.

Motion Sickness

Cocculus indicus gives relief for nausea that is accompanied by marked dizziness from looking at moving objects. Other common symptoms include increased salivation, desire to lie down and feeling worse from becoming cold. Tabacum is excellent for nausea with cold sweat, a pale face, and a desire for cool air. Another symptom is tightness around the head like a band. Relief may be felt while the eyes are closed.

Nux vomica is needed for nausea with severe headache, faintness, and frequent gagging and retching. Consuming coffee and/or rich foods while traveling may be a contributing factor for people requiring this remedy.

Generally recommended dosage: For prevention, select one remedy in the 30C potency and take 3 pellets under the tongue, 2 doses over the 8 hours prior to travel and a third dose within one hour of departure. During travel, take every 2 to 3 hours only if symptoms are present. Other tips: sucking on ginger candy often is very helpful for easing motion sickness.


Arnica Montana is the universal trauma remedy for a wide variety of injuries. Whether from a fall, blow or most any type of accident, Arnica excels in speeding the healing of bruises, achiness, fractures, bleeding, sprains and strains from overexertion. From a minor bump on the head to the most serious of injuries, Arnica stands as a truly outstanding healer of trauma and should be in every first-aid bag.

Topical tips: Arnica is available as a cream, oil or gel which can be massaged into areas prone to injury just prior to activity and afterward to treat soreness. Arnica can be found blended with other essential injury remedies in some products. Topical Arnica products should not be applied to broken skin. To soothe and heal superficial cuts, scrapes and abrasions, Calendula cream is excellent.

Rhus toxicodendron is best for back or joint pain due to straining or over-lifting where marked stiffness results. Discomfort is worse especially on first motion after resting, and eases up on continued gentle motion. This is why Rhus tox has earned the nickname, the ‘rusty gate’ remedy.

Hypericum perforatum can rapidly ease pain in injured parts rich in nerve endings such as fingers, toes and tailbone and can bring relief quickly to a crushed finger or pain from a broken tooth. Hypericum is most helpful when sharp, shooting pains are present.

Aconitum napellus brings relief when an injured person shows tremendous anxiety and fear. Sometimes the shock of injury or the emotional trauma of witnessing a frightful event can cause panic and restlessness. It also is uniquely suited to treat eye injuries, especially when this classic emotional state is present.

Generally recommended dosage: Select one remedy and take 3 pellets under the tongue of the 30C potency, 3 to 5 times daily depending on severity of symptoms. Directly after injury, the first 2 to 3 doses may be spaced close together, around 30 to 60 minutes apart. As symptoms improve, take every 2 to 6 hours as needed for several days.

Homeopathy is a highly effective way to care for yourself and loved ones. Use common sense to determine whether a condition is beyond managing on your own. When in doubt, always seek professional help. If you are unsure about dosage or what remedy to use or if new symptoms arise, consult a local homeopath or other qualified professional. Should urgent care become necessary, homeopathic remedies may be given safely en route to an emergency room or while waiting for help to arrive.

Laura Josephson, CCH has been practicing homeopathy in Nyack for 20 years, is the author of A Homeopathic Handbook of Natural Remedies and former president of the New York State Homeopathic Association. She also teaches at the Centre for Homeopathic Education in New York City and gives workshops to local groups. For more information, call 353-1136 or visit

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