Brad and I travel a lot. In total we've spent at least a year and a half of our 7 years together on the road meeting people, hiking, eating, and exploring. Today we're leaving for another two and a half week trip. (!) This one will be a whirlwind. First we're heading to a 4 day music festival in Appalachian Ohio with some family. Then we're driving a car out west to Brad's cousin. In Seattle. In 5 days. (Will we have time for a hike?!) Then-- we fly to the beach for a week before coming home. We're going to miss Luna the cat sooo much.
It's tough for me to pare my herbal medicine chest down to the "essentials" but I think I got it for this trip. I've packed a handful of things that will address the greatest number of the ailments that I personally experience while traveling.
I get stomachaches easily, especially on the road. My healthy food choices are limited; I get carsick; I don't move enough. The bitters help my body to break down whatever junky thing I end up having to eat and if the bitters aren't enough the peppermint makes me feel better every time. The peppermint was also great the time I forgot my toothbrush while camping, it helps burns, and takes care of mild headaches. The ginger is incredible at stopping nausea-- perfect for winding roads and airplanes.
I'm bringing my all-purpose comfrey and plantain healing salve in case I get burned, cut, scratched, or... just end up needing moisturizer on the plane. The liniment is a serious disinfectant made with echinacea, goldenseal, myrrh, and cayenne. I'm bringing a shaker of cayenne because it also helps with digestion, is helpful in the event of a cold, and works as a mild stimulant for long drives.
Picking herbs for tea was perhaps the most difficult for me. I drink so many cups of herbal tea daily and sometimes put as many as 6 different herbs in each cup. I decided on stinging nettles because it's possibly the most vitamin-rich. Catnip I chose because it helps with stomach aches, restlessness, and anxiety. And I love the taste of both.
I might also bring my dream oil. It's practically an essential...