The Natural Travel Kit
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!
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.
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.
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. ☺
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. ☺
Great antioxidant, helps keep you ‘regular’, bolsters immune system like nothing else. 9 hour plane flight. Need I say more?
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!)
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.
Aloe Vera Gel
And while we are at it: 100% Aloe gel. Sunburn. Just in case.
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.
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.)
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.)