Natural Remedies – Kits for Home & Travel

 

A few weeks ago we were out for a walk when saw our neighbor and friend, Marlene. She had just returned from a trip with her family, and she had gotten sick from being on the airplane. I asked her what she was taking, and she said she was taking oil of oregano. I told her how I used oil of oregano to get rid of my strep last year—love that stuff!

Marlene and I mused on how sometimes when we get sick or injured we have this mental block, and can’t remember what to take for it. It’s so true! I can always think of just the natural remedy when it happens to someone else, but sometimes I forget when it’s my own family.

So I asked Marlene if she would help me create my own kits (one for home and one for travel) to put an end to forgetting (or not having something on hand) once and for all. The next week we went out for tea, sat outside and created our list. Finally, Marlene and I shopped for the items I didn’t have, and voila! Now I am prepared. Such a nice feeling.

The difference between my travel kit and my home kit is that I have more natural remedies for cold and flu in my home kit. Also, I refrigerate oil of oregano and elderberry syrup once they’re open.

Natural Remedies – Kits for Home and Travel

My natural remedies kit for home contains:

Elderberry Syrup —we use it for immune support
Mullein Garlic Oil —we use it for earaches
Oil of Oregano —we use it for bacterial infections
Eucalyptus
Oil —we use a few drops mixed with olive oil on the chest to help with breathing
Thyme
Oil —we use a few drops mixed with olive oil on the chest for coughs
Monolaurin
—we use it for viruses and bacterial infections
Children’s Cold & Flu Relief
—we use it for congestion, sore throat, runny nose, etc
Magnesium Citrate
—we use it for constipation
Rhus Tox homeopathic —we use it for chicken pox
Ferrum Phosphoricum homeopathic—we use it for fever
Arnica homeopathic —we use the cream for soreness and the pellets to prevent bruising

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for the suggestions in the comments! I didn’t mean to forget arnica so I am adding it now!

 

My natural remedies for travel kit contains:

Lavender Oil —we use it on cuts to clean the area and kill bacteria, and on burns (after they are cool!)
Activated Charcoal
 —we use it for nausea (and keep some home for during detoxing)
Emergen C
 —we use it for immune support while traveling, and it helps to keep us regular
Apis homeopathic —for bee stings
Ledum homeopathic —taken orally for a puncture
Arsenicum homeopathic —for diarrhea
And finally you will see I have Benedryl, which is not a natural remedy, but it can save your life if you or your child has an allergic reaction. I keep it for emergencies only.

Note: I think it’s best not to leave this kit in the car or expose it to heat.

UPDATE: Darla left me a comment on Facebook saying that homeopathics and essential oils shouldn’t be stored together. So good to know! So I will be putting my homeopathics in a smaller zebra zipper bag within the bag. Thanks Darla!

What natural remedies do you use? Share with us in the comments!

♥, Kelly

Kelly is the author of The Spunky Coconut blog, and three cookbooks. She lives in Boulder County, Colorado, with her husband, three daughters and Boston Terrier

 

Disclaimer: The authors of this article and website disclaim any liability for any adverse effects arising from the application of the information found herein. The text and opinions above should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

61 Responses to Natural Remedies – Kits for Home & Travel

  • Cecilia says:

    What do you use for cold and flu

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Cecilia, We use elderberry syrup, Monolaurin, Emergen-C, and anything else from the two lists above as needed : )

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  • Anna says:

    Great list. I would add homeopathic arnica for falls and bruises. Homeopathic belladonna for fever too. Homeopatjhic Aconite for first signs of illness. Something for burns.. homeopathic cantharis, aloe. In fact, I would just add a homeopathic over the counter first aid kit. I also use fennel for stomach problems.

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Anna, I didn’t mean to leave arnica off the list! Must have accidentally deleted it! Thanks for all the suggestions!

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  • joanna says:

    Hey Kelly, I always keep arnica montana on hand for bruising as well…. just a thought. I usually travel with my “tin” and am always frustrated when i have forgotten it! :)

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @joanna, Yes, me too, Can’t believe I somehow left it out! Thank you!

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  • Lexie says:

    Kelly, fantastic info. Thanks for this post!

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Lexie, Thank you!

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  • nikki says:

    We take Briar rose drops ( gemmo) daily. when sick we up it to 3 times a day. Also Black Currant and common birch.
    I just made my own garlic drops and are trying them right now!
    I read recently to put the garlic drops in daily and use a cool mist vaporizer each night to help keep everything moist to help prevent sickness. It’s worth a shot!

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @nikki, Thank you!

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  • Tracey says:

    wow! Thank you for this extremely useful post! i can’t wait to assemble my own kits, one for at home and one for travel in the lunch bag when we go on holidays and day trips!

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Tracey, You’re welcome :-)

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  • Leah says:

    What about for allergies? I have been trying a couple things, but they don’t seem to be working for me- any suggestions?

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Leah, The only thing we do for allergies is netty. Maybe you’re already doing that. If you do, make sure you use boiled water in the pot.

    Anyone else have suggestions for Leah?

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    kitblu Reply:

    @Kelly Brozyna,
    What kind of allergies are we talking about. I am allergic to hornet/wasp stings.

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    juliacd Reply:

    @Kelly Brozyna, My naturopath hooked me on Quercitan for allergies. It’s a mix of onions, garlic, and the like, and also has pineapple and bromelain I believe. Though usually you have to have it in your system for a while before it “works”.

    Thanks for the fabulous ideas, Kelly!

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  • Tessa Bryan says:

    I love GSE…I use it on everything all the time! A few drops in water as antibacterial hand sanitizer kept in the purse, in a spray bottle by the counter to wash fruits and veggies, in smoothies when sick or to prevent sickness, to wash our toothbrushes (and our teeth as it says it will whiten teeth), and as a disinfectant around the house on door knobs etc.

    I was wondering if there is anything for nasal allergy relief? I didn’t see any on the list but maybe missed it

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    Melissa Reply:

    @Tessa Bryan, What is GSE?

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Tessa Bryan, I don’t know what GSE is, but I will look it up. I was just telling Leah that for allergies we use a netty pot with water that was boiled, then cooled to the right temperature. We have also use one drop of tea tree oil in the pot.

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    Rupali Reply:

    @Kelly Brozyna,

    Grape seed extract

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    Kristin Reply:

    Grapefruit seed extract

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    sproutsmama Reply:

    @Kristin, yes, seconding Kristin here. it is grapefruit seed extract, and not grape seed. i’ve used it to disinfect toothbrushes as Tessa describes and to sanitize cloth diapers following a yeast rash or any digestive illnesses in baby. i’ve heard very mixed things about taking it internally or topically though.

  • Julie Taylor says:

    About 2 weeks ago, my allergies started.. I made hot honey water. Like tea, except 2spoonfuls of local honey. I slowly sip it. My allergies have ceased.

    Thank you for this list! Yesterday, I gave my son, Belladonna for fever. I have two homeopathic remedy kits and love them!

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Julie Taylor, Thank you!

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  • Michelle says:

    Hello, thanks for the list! What I’m never sure about is what quantities to use and whether the listed remedies are to be used externally or internally?? Am I the only one? =)

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  • Michelle says:

    GSE= Grapefruit Seed Extract? maybe?

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  • NANCY BENNETT says:

    Homeopathic Carbo Veg for indigestion…..Ledum Pal for mosquito bites

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  • Barbara says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering which brand of Elderberry syrup you’ve got in the bag? I’ve been using Berry Well made by Beeyoutiful and really like it, but am always on the look out for other great brands. Thanks for the great post!

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Barbara, It’s Honey Gardens : )

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  • Brandie says:

    Hi! This is such a great list… I use mostly homepoathics and essential oils also, but I didn’t know about a couple of these… I do use Oil of Oregano though, it is SUCH a great remedy but tastes AWFUL! It’s very hard to choke down… So, wondering, how do you take it? Thanks!

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Brandie, I use the oil in capsules. The one in the photo is Gaia Herbs : )

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  • Kelly, Thanks for the post. It is always great to see what other people include in their natural remedies kit. We use the Neti pot a lot for sinus stuff — definitely a great helper during cold season. In my own kit I include baking soda for bee stings, lavender essential oil for cuts and burns, arnica/comfrey salve for bruises and raspberry leaf to make into a tea for diarrhea and Rescue Remedy. I also have an Herbal Allies First Aid kit that a fellow herbalist and I have put together and selling to make it easy for those folks who want a natural remedies kit but don’t know what to put in it.

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  • I use Yin Caio (pronounced yin chow) as soon as I feel a scratch in my throat. I buy it at the Oriental market and just ask for it when I walk in. You can also buy it online but it’s much more expensive.

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  • This is a very informative post — thank you! I will be buying a few new things to add to my kit after reading this. :) We use garlic drops for ears, too, except I make them myself by warming a minced clove of garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil on the stove over low heat, letting it cool, and then straining it into a little dropper bottle. Our ND suggested this and it has helped us successfully treat several ear infections in my boys over the years. For allergies, I find PascAllerg homeopathic tablets (by Pascoe) work really well for me.

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  • I swear by Oscillo. I haven’t been sick in about 4 years due to the moment I feel a little “off” I take it.

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  • Jo says:

    We use GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) in several forms…. I put a few drops in our liquid soap pumps, and also have a spray bottle of GSE in distilled water for various disinfecting purposes. I also use Nutrib!otic GSE Ear Drops for EVERYTHING – on cuts, zits, ingrown hairs, for earaches – you name it! Then we also have the GSE capsules – anytime anyone in the family feels a sore throat or cold coming on I make sure they take some for a few days – if it doesn’t kick it completely it really lessens the duration and severity.

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  • virginia says:

    We also use EmergenC for muscle cramping. Amazing!

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  • Shawna Ambler says:

    Grapefruit Seed Extract

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  • niv says:

    Melissa – Thank you for making this list , I am all set to make a kit soon. Just last week our pediatrician recommended Briar Rose for cough and wheezing. I was also recommende to use Activated Charcoal when exposed to allergic foods, I guess that is like detoxifying.

    For seasonal allergies – D-Hist by Orthomolecular (Amazon.com) has worked the best for my 9 year old, we are atleast off Allegra or Singulair or any OTC meds.

    For Flu – taking Influenzium(Boiron) from Oct to Feb really helped and kept my son safe from flu.

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  • niv says:

    Kelly – sorry! – didnt mean to address you as Melissa, my bad :)

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  • Trish says:

    I’ve used the activated charcoal for years as suggested by my PCP for too much gas in the stomach. It absorbs it well and relieves the symptoms. For the Elderberry syrup we use a local organic distributor in Maine. Its AnthoImmune, tastes delicious and kept us well. I highly want to recommend that everyone take vitamin D3 supplements. All of us are way to low in this vitamin, as its sunshine driven. Even those in the sunbelt are showing high deficiencies in this vitamin. Be sure its the D3 vs D as it absorbs better into the body and binds with other minerals & vitamins to maximize the benefits. Last, glad its been mentioned to ALWAYS use boiled water in the neti pot as a The amoeba — Naegleria fowleri — gets up the nose, burrows up into the skull and destroys brain tissue. It’s found in warm lakes and rivers during the hot summer months, mostly in the South but has been linked to a recent death as the person used warm tap water to fill their neti pot. Thanks for this great bag of help.

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  • Trish says:

    No you aren’t the only one, I get confused about this too.

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  • Kristin says:

    How do you use oil of oregano? and have you heard of “thieves”? i am headed on an airplane next week and don’t want to get sick- i will get some emergenC today- anything else for prevention??

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Kristin, I never thought to take oil of oregano preventatively when flying! Thieves is great too, and makes you smell like Christmas : ) We mix a few drops with olive oil and rub it on the chest.

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  • Ashleigh says:

    Is there a natural alternative to Tylenol or Motrin ? I am having surgery and will need some sort of pain relief. Thanks

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    Kelly Brozyna Reply:

    @Ashleigh, Not that I know of. We NEVER use Tylenol though -our doctors say it’s linked to asthma. We do have Motrin for emergencies only.

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  • Joelle says:

    Love this post. We use Redmond Clay (in the first aid cream form) for anything from simple burns to bug bites to cuts etc. (I even use the toothpaste they have – it is great). It is amazing stuff! I also have the family on a clove of garlic (size of the tip of the little finger) every night during flu season. We use it until you can smell yourself and then we stop. Cayenne for cuts – heals fast and kills bacteria!

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  • Cleo says:

    Kelly…not sure if you’ve looked into the MTHFR gene defect, but I’ve heard statistics that 98% of people on the autism spectrum have this methylation problem. If you have it (I do), it’s important to avoid all folic acid and only take methylated folate. Emergen C has folic acid, so I would not use that product unless you know your daughter isn’t positive for MTHFR. (And if she is, you or your husband are too).

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  • Anna-Marie says:

    Grapefruit Seed Extract – hands down this wins on just about everything. I live in Africa and travel alot and if I have nothing else in my bag but GSE, it will be ok.

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  • misty says:

    this is a great resource!! i’m always trying to figure out what to use when it’s too late! the only thing i’ve used and know works well is the 365 brand children’s cough syrup. it’s all natural and is gfcfsf. and my kids love it. thanks again for posting – wonder about the shelf life of the products?

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  • I love the idea of having a travel bag always available. I usually pack everything up each time we travel. We’ve got a trip coming up so I need to do this.

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  • Niv says:

    Anybody from Texas? If so, have you tried Allergena, homeopathic med for Texas Trees and Shrubs (http://www.meditrend.com/texastrees). This year the allergies are really bad and I would definitely want to avoid Zyrtec or Claritin for my 9 yr old. If you know of anything better please advice.

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  • Annie says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for the tips. The only thing I’d like to add is that my naturopath has told me to always store homeopathics away from anything that has a strong smell…so definitely not in the same kit as your oils! This is a pain because you end up having to use two separate cupboards to store your first aid stuff but it’s well worth it as your homeopathics end up being more effective and lasting longer.

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  • Katy says:

    Thank you so much for this post! My Fiancee is sick, and I had no idea what to do because we are only a year into our paleo journey, and we are very distrustful of over the counter remedies because of the ingredients. I went and stocked up today, and I am so hopeful for the natural remedies, especially the elderberry syrup and oil of oregano! I also stocked up on the thyme oil and eucalyptus oil. I mixed it with coconut oil and rubbed it on his chest, and hopefully he gets over his cough and infection soon! Thank you a million for this post Kelly!

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  • Jodi says:

    We use mostly Standard Process supplements for viral and bacterial. Our new chiropractor has us using Chinese herbs which I’m not familiar with, and it’s hard to do research on them and get information. Also, Umcka at the beginning signs of a cold will shorten duration and severity (and they come in chewable tablets, perfect for travel). B&T’s Cough and Bronchial syrup for children or Expec are excellent at loosening mucous and calming a cough. I never leave home without Colloidal silver for earache, or Similisan drops for earache and pink eye.

    And we always have to travel with our nebulizer for emergencies, but it’s horrible if I don’t bring it and we have an emergency.

    Thanks for this post!

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  • Sarah says:

    I was told to dilute a few drops of oregano oil in a couple tablespoons of purified water. Then I toss that baby back like a shot. I usually end up with a little residual taste of it, but nothing too bad.

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  • GK says:

    One natural remedy that has helped me with allergies is HAS (Hayfever Allergy Sinus, by Nature’s Way). Although I have to say, I hardly ever use conventional medicine, but allergy shots REALLY helped my airborne allergies.

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  • Great Post!

    Pinned, shared on facebook and adding to my MMM Must-Make-Monday series :)

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  • Very helpful! We travel often and always pack an herbal bug repellant/sunscreen, essential oils: lavender, peppermint, oregano, eucalyptus, and peppermint, sanitizer, and nettle extract as an anti-histamine. I’ve used nettle tea in calming my toddler’s allergic reaction to peanuts and figured that carrying the extract would be handy. I leave the homemade garlic oil at home. :)

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