What would you pack & why?

So, for the first time in a very long while, we’re travelling interstate. This is a trains, planes & automobiles situation with a helicopter thrown in for good measure. Packing light is essential. I thought long & hard about what I would pack in my small “medicine bag”. Normally I would get out the TGN medicine bag & fill it with goodies, you know “just in case”. This time, I don’t have that luxury & have to be mindful of amounts etc. In the end I went for my top 3, St Johns Wort pain salve, Insect bitey salve & an EO blend of peppermint & orange.

You may ask how did I come up with those items? The SJW salve is my go to for aches & pains & it works (best salve I’ve made). We’re heading to a very hot & humid area & I figure insects will be rife, so IB salve & the oil blend clears the sinus as well as making me feel grounded. (Might keep some bugs away too!)

So my question to you is, when travelling away from home, what would be your top 3 herbal medicines to pack, on a trip away & why.


  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Something for pain, something for digestive ills, and something for respiratory help.

    I have several to choose from so it would depend on where I was going and what I expected might be an issue. A toothache will kill a good time faster than anything. As will diarrhea and not being able to breath.

    I'd have to think strongly about adding an insect salve, too!

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 994 ✭✭✭✭

    It would also depend on where I was going and what I was doing. I make something similar to a vicks vapor rub. It's great for sinuses, headaches, and the like so I tend to always take that. Maybe some activated charcoal for digestive, and a healing salve I make for bites, cuts and rashes.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,505 admin

    Only 3 !!! I get packing light but only 3 !

    You have chosen well as these are the 3 that you know will help you personally the most, for where you are travelling.

    I'd have a small homeopathic kit tucked away somewhere, regardless of how light I was packing.

    So, 2 herbal remedies that I always carry with me in my purse are myrrh tincture and bitters. Myrrh for tooth infections or any other mouth infection (and bad breath) or it can be used for other topical infections, cleaning wounds, etc. Bitters cause I have digestive issues that bitters deals with very well. To choose just one more, I would have to pick cottonwood bud as it will help with wounds & rashes, pain relief and respiratory relief.

    A few charcoal capsules don't take up much space and could bring quite a bit of relief if something bad has been eaten.

  • jowitt.europe
    jowitt.europe Posts: 1,411 admin

    I always have dried pieces of masterwort root (peucedanum ostruthium) for mouth issues and sore throat. They take so little space and each tiny piece is so powerful. Then pine resin salve for skin issues and insect bites. A small bottle of horseradish tincture for stomach problems and a small bottle of nasturtium tincture for colds. I always take a few packages of my herbal tea mixtures. They are bigger but do not weigh a lot. This is my prevention kit. When I have my daily tea, usually I do not need anything else. This I skip, if I know that the area I am going to is rich with wild plants. Then I just collect something fresh.