My Kids Health: Natural Travel Kit for our Summer Travels…

My Kids Health: Natural Travel Kit for our Summer Travels…

So we’re leaving for Paris now in 13 days and counting, and I’ve finally, just now, graduated to that category of planning that transcends watching stylish French movies as part of my ‘language and culture’ research into actually figuring out how I’m going to take a family of three and move us out of our comfortable spacious house into 4 suitcases and a 3rd floor Parisian walkup. (Did I mention that the next step in my travel planning beyond pragmatic to-do lists – and far beyond film noir – is panic?)

But for tonight, no panic yet, just a few deep breaths and… Project Natural Health Travel Kit.

For those of you who’d also prefer not to be at the mercy of a pharmacist who doesn’t speak your native tongue at 12 midnight, or worse yet, be combing the streets of a foreign city or village in search of something, anything! – that’s open as your child cries or complains of an earache, stomachache, unhappy digestion, or just generalized jetlagged sleeplessness, I thought I’d share with you what I’ve decided is worth the prime real estate that is: my international travel kit for my kids health (and the rest of the family).

1. I am so pleased – I finally got myself a travel-size spray bottle and filled it with witch hazel, and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil and tea tree oil. This makes an amazing and natural hand sanitizer – powerfully antiseptic, without the pitfalls of the antibacterial hand rubs. This spray can also function to help clean and disinfect minor stings, bites, scrapes and scratches. It can soothe rashes, and, in a pinch, the lavender makes this spray very calming! (just a little at the wrists and temples). I love travel multi-purposing!

2. Probiotics and digestive enzymes — Now I know we’re going to Paris and not the third world, but there’s nothing that messes with little ones digestion more than making the shift from whole grains, beans, fresh veggies from the garden and organic juices to confits, cassoulets, crepes and croissants. His mouth doesn’t complain, but his tummy might. The probiotics will support his intestinal flora AND his immune system. The digestive enzymes will help stimulate easier food breakdown and assimilation. I got a probiotic that has acidophilus, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Great for kids health.

3. Protease Enzymes – now I wish I could combine the digestive with the protease, but the truth is, the protease that’s so good for inflammation can be worse than bad at digesting food. The protease enzymes are for between meals – at least 1 ½ hours after and 45 minutes before the next meal. They bring down inflammation, whether earache inflammation, or mommy-turned-her-ankle-in-these-new-‘walking’-shoes (yes, it’s happened). Just in case.

4. Multivitamin – again, home-cooked, veggie-friendly household goes crepe and croissant? Let’s just bring some added nutrients along… I’m sure paris does healthy cuisine too, it just may take us a couple of weeks to find our way there. ☺

5. My son really is happier, healthier, and his moods are more even with his DHA supplement (fish oil). And I feel good about supporting brain development – so he can really take note of all those kid-friendly wonders at the Louvre. ☺

6. Vitamin C – great antioxidant, helps keep you ‘regular’, bolsters immune system like nothing else. 9 hour plane flight. Need I say more?

7. Little dropper bottle of organic white vinegar for after swimming – a few drops each ear to prevent swimmer’s ear, and very good at soothing sunburn (don’t worry, we’re bringing the SPF too!)

8. Astragalus tincture: I really like it for immune-bolstering, just in case little one gets sick. I remember throwing-up my way across the eastern US and Puerto Rico when I was a girl. I’ll try my best to save him this edifying experience.

9. And while we’re at it: 100% Aloe gel. Sunburn. Just in case.

10. I make it a point to go nowhere without Rescue Remedy. On the wrists and temples it calms and soothes my son immediately, and is great for minor scrapes. They don’t even pay me to say this, I swear.

11. Band-aids: He rarely needs them, BUT, he REALLY likes them. Does your kid wear 4 – 14 at any given time? They are my son’s security blanket. (That and his Harry Potter cape, which will absolutely make the suitcase, but not the kids health travel hit list – although, stay tuned, I might make a good blog argument for this as well.)

12. And for the plane: chamomile tea packs, and a bottle of Calms Forte. Both of these help wind my son down amazingly well. Combined with a little head massage and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get 4-7 hours sleep out of him? (I only wish it worked so well for me. I, on the other hand, will be listening intently to my Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur, while the rest of the plane snores.)

Did I forget something vital? Probably. The good news is, you still have time to stop me from leaving without your favorite item. Blog me please, with your suggestions – I might just have a little room left in my travel pack…

 

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